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by Ryan95227
Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:47 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Can you still ordain at age 50?
Replies: 5
Views: 1818

Can you still ordain at age 50?

Hello, I just had a thought about my future. I've always wanted to ordain simply because I want to end suffering and rebirth, but I've delayed that goal to not give suffering to my family if i leave. My goal is to fully support my parents until they die and then become a monk in a southeast asian co...
by Ryan95227
Sun Jan 10, 2016 1:00 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Can I still follow the Dhamma
Replies: 6
Views: 1728

Can I still follow the Dhamma

intensively if i become homeless because of financial problems? Are there ways a homeless can still practice buddhism just like a layperson?
by Ryan95227
Thu Dec 03, 2015 12:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth is such a frustrating concept
Replies: 8
Views: 1146

Re: Rebirth is such a frustrating concept

There is no birth or death. It is a mental construct due to attachment. If there are no attachment aversion and ignorance there is nothing to be born or die. :thinking: Perplex thinking about re-birth is the result of attachment aversion and ignorance. Instead of re-birth see the dependent originat...
by Ryan95227
Wed Dec 02, 2015 10:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth is such a frustrating concept
Replies: 8
Views: 1146

Rebirth is such a frustrating concept

To be fair, I was fine and happy for billions of years before I popped up in this world and i became aware of everything. Then came mental problems, depression, and pointlessness of life. If rebirth is in fact true oh my I'm utterly depressed. My soul is crushed. What are the chances for me to becom...
by Ryan95227
Sun Nov 22, 2015 6:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What sutta do I start with?
Replies: 7
Views: 954

What sutta do I start with?

Hi, I guess I'm a beginner to all of this as I have never read the Sutta except the Satipatthana sutta provided in bhikku bodhi's book. I'm really confused when I see something like MN,SN,KN ... 24.2 or something like that. Anyone care to explain those abbreviations? :thinking: I'm just looking thro...
by Ryan95227
Fri Nov 20, 2015 1:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Difficult to meditate for long time
Replies: 11
Views: 1492

Re: Difficult to meditate for long time

Instead of doing just sitting meditation, alternate walking and sitting meditation. By the way, what kind of meditation are you doing ? Instead of meditating 2 hours, start with 15 minutes, 2-3 times per day (or maybe 15 minutes walking plus 15 sitting). In terms of meditation, it is important to o...
by Ryan95227
Thu Nov 19, 2015 6:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Difficult to meditate for long time
Replies: 11
Views: 1492

Difficult to meditate for long time

Hi guys I have hard time meditating for more than 25 mins. What do you think is the problem for this physical discomfort? Here's a list -I tried to mediate without any back support on the ground. My back hurt like 4-5 mins after i sat down. So now I sit on the bed and have the pillow to support my b...
by Ryan95227
Thu Oct 22, 2015 2:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Life just seems utterly horrible
Replies: 29
Views: 2992

Re: Life just seems utterly horrible

When I think about the eons of rebirths for a being to go through in this horrible world, I just want to ask "why does it have to be this way?" Why couldn't beings be already free from 5 hindrances? There are so many distractions like poverty, disease, financial problems, relationship problems that...
by Ryan95227
Thu Oct 22, 2015 2:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Life just seems utterly horrible
Replies: 29
Views: 2992

Re: Life just seems utterly horrible

They say it takes lot of rebirths but sigh... That is not necessarily true. You have wondered in the Samsara many re-births already. You have been an excellent citizen of the universe. That is why you have been blessed with the level of intelligence to understand the reality of existence. Encounter...
by Ryan95227
Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Life just seems utterly horrible
Replies: 29
Views: 2992

Life just seems utterly horrible

When I think about the eons of rebirths for a being to go through in this horrible world, I just want to ask "why does it have to be this way?" Why couldn't beings be already free from 5 hindrances? There are so many distractions like poverty, disease, financial problems, relationship problems that ...
by Ryan95227
Mon Oct 19, 2015 5:33 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Ill Will ( One of the 5 hindrances )
Replies: 7
Views: 1321

Ill Will ( One of the 5 hindrances )

Hello guys, I have a problem in my life at the moment which is ILL WILL. There's some person who is harming my father and my family financially and emotionally. There are also others who provoke little bit of Ill will in me. Buddha says to meditate loving kindness but no matter how much I try to spr...
by Ryan95227
Sun Oct 11, 2015 6:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kinda lost on what to do
Replies: 3
Views: 558

Kinda lost on what to do

Hello guys, i have a question on what to do for my practice? I've been meditating ~40 mins a day + constantly being mindful of thoughts,feelings, and whatever arises. I notice that some thoughts are extremely easy to be observed as simply meaningless concepts while other thoughts like Ill will or di...
by Ryan95227
Mon Oct 05, 2015 5:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Beginning to notice family is also to be let go
Replies: 15
Views: 1379

Re: Beginning to notice family is also to be let go

NotMe wrote:
Ryan95227 wrote:I think I should do that.
How will you do that? is the next question ...
I should not let go right away. These days I'm trying to cut away all the pleasures like watching tv or even basic activities like enjoying a treat. Maybe I should take it seriously.
by Ryan95227
Mon Oct 05, 2015 4:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Beginning to notice family is also to be let go
Replies: 15
Views: 1379

Re: Beginning to notice family is also to be let go

Ryan, how old are you? 20? Do you have association with comforting companions other than your parents? Renunciation needs to be gradual, healthy, and skillful. There is a time to cling, a time to loosen, and a time to let go. You should not cling too tightly to your family as they are on loan, but ...
by Ryan95227
Mon Oct 05, 2015 4:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Beginning to notice family is also to be let go
Replies: 15
Views: 1379

Re: Beginning to notice family is also to be let go

Noticing and being aware of clinging is a good first step. Congratulation You are currently aware of the content of your thoughts and imagination. One day if you are lucky may realize the content of thoughts and imagination are no longer interesting. But many people (including yours truly) often go...