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by Sekha
Mon Dec 30, 2013 8:59 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Why are jhanas considered superior to sensual pleasures?
Replies: 44
Views: 5741

Re: Why are jhanas considered superior to sensual pleasures?

There is no answer to this question. It has to be experienced.
by Sekha
Sun Dec 29, 2013 12:05 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 2011
Views: 188886

Re: What music are you listening to right now?

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by Sekha
Fri Dec 06, 2013 11:38 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: The Petition Thread
Replies: 21
Views: 6019

Prevent fade of democracy & rise of corporate hegemony

I just received this email, and I think it is worthwhile to have a look on it and take steps The nuclear power industry is suing Germany because it's phasing out its unpopular nuclear power stations. Tobacco giant Philip Morris is suing Australia for billions of dollars in lost profits because the g...
by Sekha
Fri Dec 06, 2013 8:02 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: 10 Spiritually Transmitted Diseases
Replies: 8
Views: 550

Re: 10 Spiritually Transmitted Diseases

Although our desire to grow is genuine and pure, it often gets mixed with lesser motivations, including... the belief that the spiritual path will remove our suffering
well, I do have such a "lesser" motivation. I must be suffering from "confused motivation", then.
by Sekha
Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:50 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 2011
Views: 188886

Re: What music are you listening to right now?

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by Sekha
Sat Nov 23, 2013 7:35 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How to be in solitary for 30 days or longer
Replies: 12
Views: 2616

Re: How to be in solitary for 30 days or longer

I think it was a wise choice from Goenkaji to ask for people to get established in the technique and to have cleaned up their daily life before going for longer retreats. Some people however may already have their life pretty clean and perhaps could sit sooner, but there is no easy criteria to recog...
by Sekha
Sat Nov 23, 2013 7:22 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Monk's Headaches
Replies: 4
Views: 540

Re: Monk's Headaches

Corruption of fellow monks and of the traditional Buddhist world in general would be quite a headache for me. Being forced to practice pointless rituals would also be a major one.
by Sekha
Wed Nov 13, 2013 5:36 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Eradicating sex drive
Replies: 98
Views: 18622

Re: Eradicating sex drive

"And which is even practice? There is the case where a monk doesn't acquiesce to an arisen thought of sensuality. He abandons it, destroys it, dispels it, knows it,[2] demolishes it, wipes it out of existence. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an04/an04.164.than.html And we should remember...
by Sekha
Wed Nov 13, 2013 5:14 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Which organization do you donate to?
Replies: 4
Views: 603

Re: Which organization do you donate to?

sorry, I forgot to mention it is Typhoon-oriented info I am looking for at the moment. As for Kiva, I have read a lot about it not being really what lenders think it is. In the end, people get money for a ridiculously high interest rate and if they can't pay back, they are in even more serious troub...
by Sekha
Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:41 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Which organization do you donate to?
Replies: 4
Views: 603

Which organization do you donate to?

Alas, a lot of the well-known charities turn out to use donations for private profit. I have little time to look for a good organization to donate to. Can anyone give any advice?
by Sekha
Wed Nov 13, 2013 8:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Please help
Replies: 7
Views: 665

Re: Please help

Practice Metta. SN20.3 states that if one practices Metta, non-human beings cannot do him/her any wrong. So the advice from this sutta is to practice Metta, and of course to have perfect morality.

In other cases, the same sutta states that one cannot get rid of such non-human beings.
by Sekha
Wed Nov 13, 2013 12:40 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Buddhism closer to Christianity than atheism?
Replies: 198
Views: 11041

Re: Is Buddhism closer to Christianity than atheism?

a Buddhist "ship" may go to hell, a Christian one may be headed for a paradise and an atheist one for Nibbana... it all depends on who is the captain.
by Sekha
Wed Nov 13, 2013 12:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism against ecology?
Replies: 7
Views: 1031

Re: Buddhism against ecology?

The Buddha does instruct us to dwell "conscientious, merciful, friendly and compassionate towards all living beings" (lajjī dayāpanno, sabba-pāṇa-bhūta-hitānukampī viharati)...
by Sekha
Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:15 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Positive thinking is wasted on the brain
Replies: 20
Views: 1706

Re: Positive thinking is wasted on the brain

Ben wrote: Hi Paul,
As a Buddhist, I find it profitable, indeed skilful, to look at things from a variety of approaches.
Kind regards,
Ben
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by Sekha
Sun Nov 10, 2013 11:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha statues are not idols?..
Replies: 52
Views: 9531

Re: Buddha statues are not idols?..

dagon, pardon me if I am being wrong, but as you explain it, it seems to me your daughter thinks you "have some sort of inherent magical sacredness," which you seem to acknowledge by saying "she is showing respect and recognition for my role and what she thinks I bring to her life ". Also, I would s...