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by Ryan95227
Thu May 05, 2016 5:05 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Is thinking of death to "let go" harmful?
Replies: 6
Views: 1402

Is thinking of death to "let go" harmful?

Whenever I'm in a troubling situation in which I'm faced with like 3 midterms,1 essay, and some activities all on me or financial crisis I just "let go" by thinking that I'm going to die anyway and none of this really matters. Is this healthy?? How should I beneficially let go. It seems I'm making a...
by Ryan95227
Fri Apr 15, 2016 1:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Complicated issue I'm facing with meditation and mindfulness
Replies: 17
Views: 3600

Complicated issue I'm facing with meditation and mindfulness

I'm following Ajahn Brahm's method of meditation and i dont fully understand what present moment consists of. When I try to be presently aware during my meditation I get these 0.1 sec of thoughts that just come and go away in 2-3 second interval. Iam mostly aware of present moment but distracted by ...
by Ryan95227
Wed Apr 13, 2016 5:52 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: So what is exactly Sloth and Torpor?
Replies: 4
Views: 1298

So what is exactly Sloth and Torpor?

I've always assumed to be related to sleepiness during meditation but can it also mean lack of motivation/laziness to study buddhism and be continually mindful?
by Ryan95227
Sun Jan 17, 2016 6:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Doubting supernatural side of Buddhism
Replies: 50
Views: 7539

Doubting supernatural side of Buddhism

Hello, I was wondering if any of you actually believe in hungry ghosts, hell realm, magic, or other seemingly "supernatural" part of buddhism. I just can't imagine Buddha actually talking about this stuff. These stuff makes buddhism seem like other religions.(i.e jesus walking on water) Do you guys ...
by Ryan95227
Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:05 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Isn't a layperson closer to enlightenment?
Replies: 11
Views: 2005

Isn't a layperson closer to enlightenment?

In the modern world? Don't get me wrong, but I'm really happy that a layperson like you guys and I have wide variety of information about Buddhism. Even better, I can ask many experienced people on this site or etc if the information or the teacher I'm attend to is reliable. Of course there are dist...
by Ryan95227
Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:47 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Can you still ordain at age 50?
Replies: 5
Views: 1958

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: 1826

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: 1277

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: 1277

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: 1072

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: 1609

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: 1609

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: 3367

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: 3367

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: 3367

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 ...