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by Akashad
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?
Replies: 78
Views: 1815

Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?

Hello, I'm not sure if buddhism with all the bowing and chanting and rituals is for me.I use to be very self reliant on inner qualities like my own virtue and kind deeds but now tried to go to external things and don't feel authentic. I don't feel really inspired when I visit temples or monasteries....
by Akashad
Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Guidance on Anger
Replies: 17
Views: 569

Re: Guidance on Anger

Hello friends, I need some guidance on some recurring anger. At home, our morning routines work out such that when I'm taking my morning shower, my wife is brushing her teeth, washing her face, etc. at the sink. This naturally requires my wife to turn the faucet on and off, on and off. Every time s...
by Akashad
Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana
Replies: 243
Views: 9027

Re: Jhana

Dear Akashad, I am not denying another's practice, or what works for them, I just wanted to say that I find right speech, is harder for me than accomplishing right jhana, inference being right jhana is not that hard to accomplish, as some folks imply. With that in mind... Yes I agree,samadhi can be...
by Akashad
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:40 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana
Replies: 243
Views: 9027

Re: Jhana

Jhana as a tool of ekayana, some sweep jhana aside as too difficult, and use negative terms such as 'jhana clingers', for those who practice this path of ekayana. But the 4 rupa jhanas, when rightly practiced, constitute the 8th factor of noble Path. If one rejects these, by calling these special a...
by Akashad
Sat Jul 06, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monks talking about their sex lives before they ordained
Replies: 30
Views: 1298

Re: Monks talking about their sex lives before they ordained

I've never heard monks talking about their sex life before ordaining..that's strange for even a lay person to talk about.like imagine someone talking to you about their sex life..uh...no thanks.😂👐bye.
by Akashad
Fri Jul 05, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Trillions of mistakes per second when stuck in a bad mood
Replies: 9
Views: 818

Re: Trillions of mistakes per second when stuck in a bad mood

According to my limited understanding of the Abhidhamma, cittas arise and pass away each mind moment which is an extremely short duration of time. So being stuck in a bad mood means trillions of mistakes per second, the teaching in response to each being Majjhima Nikāya 61, Instructions to Rahula ....
by Akashad
Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Aren't we losing much with attachment?
Replies: 14
Views: 421

Re: Aren't we losing much with attachment?

This mindful adjustment quickly alleviated the fear and restored equanimity. However, the quality of the experience has also lost much. A basic question, perhaps, but aren't we all losing much by practicing mindfulness and unattachment? For example, the experience of being gripped by fear, or overw...
by Akashad
Sun Jun 30, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Levitation during meditation
Replies: 28
Views: 1312

Re: Levitation during meditation

I would have believed it but he poured way too much effort when he added music effects to the video.
by Akashad
Sun Jun 30, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Mudita Bhavana
Replies: 6
Views: 220

Re: Mudita Bhavana

https://youtu.be/8CAscBCdaQg I think it's not a coincidence Oprahs one of the most Influential people around.I was digging around and found out the karmic consequence of jealousy and envy it is. not being influential and not having friends" .I remember Oprah once said the thing she remembered about...
by Akashad
Sun Jun 30, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Mudita Bhavana
Replies: 6
Views: 220

Mudita Bhavana

Hi, I was reading about the brahmaviharas as I've changed my meditation object and noticed not a lot has been written about mudita.I have a few questions regarding mudita? 1.The traditional phrase is May I/you/ all beings not lose all that I* have gained?Are they referring to MATERIAL things too..? ...
by Akashad
Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: extreme bliss feeling without body awareness
Replies: 17
Views: 734

Re: extreme bliss feeling without body awareness

As the title says, what kind of state of meditation is that? any sutta reference? only bliss feeling is observed and body awareness is completly lost. first vauge bliss and body feeling (little thinking like intension), then bliss and body feeling (no thinking), then bliss alone with no body feelin...
by Akashad
Sun Jun 30, 2019 5:03 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Why does mindfulness cause the breathing to calm?
Replies: 11
Views: 427

Re: Why does mindfulness cause the breathing to calm?

Dear forum Even though mindfulness is established, why does breathing lack calmness so it must be calmed? Thanks :smile: I think because calmness is not the same as mindfulness. For example,too much calm or tranquility or concentration can lead us to the bhavanga area or sleep if it lacks mindfulne...
by Akashad
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordaning Now or Studying Abroad (Dilemma)
Replies: 18
Views: 724

Re: Ordaning Now or Studying Abroad (Dilemma)

Consider visiting some monasteries while you travel. It is easy to idealize monastic life. Spend some time around monks and try following the 8 or 10 precepts for a while. Thank you very much for this suggestion. I hadn't really considered that there will be monasteries where I'm going, and a coupl...
by Akashad
Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Can 'difficult external circumstances' impact on samadhi practice?
Replies: 13
Views: 548

Re: Can 'difficult external circumstances' impact on samadhi practice?

No not external circumstances, I find myself while travelling or away from my house thinking oh maybe if I don't have a room for myself I can't meditate,there's a lot of people I can't meditate but it never works like that, like clockwork when I pay attention to the breath Vicara and vitakka develop...
by Akashad
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What are the Benefits of Chanting?
Replies: 9
Views: 536

Re: What are the Benefits of Chanting?

Any thoughts about whether it is better to chant in English or Pali? I've tried both, and found chanting in English to be more useful. I prefer reading the meaning of the chant in English then chanting in pali.something about pali that has a tranquilising effect.☺ I was brought up as a Roman Cathol...