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by Rui Sousa
Sun Mar 25, 2012 12:43 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Lay Buddhists and the end of sexual intercourse?
Replies: 67
Views: 6592

Re: Lay Buddhists and the end of sexual intercourse?

Greetings Rui Sousa, Lazy Eye, I have to take my wife's (non-Buddhist) expectations into account too. It would harm her to be the sole determiner of the amount of sex we have. Aging alone has minimized my thirst for sex, but (evidently) not hers. (Would it be off topic to ask if one can have sex mi...
by Rui Sousa
Thu Mar 22, 2012 11:09 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Lay Buddhists and the end of sexual intercourse?
Replies: 67
Views: 6592

Re: Lay Buddhists and the end of sexual intercourse?

Reflection on the nature of the desire that builds inside my mind, and drives my behavior, has reduced my sexual activity to a level that is more bearable for both parts. So, as a married man, I am grateful that meditation and reflection has helped me to minimize the thirst for sex. A sad condition ...
by Rui Sousa
Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: patience paramis
Replies: 13
Views: 1800

Re: patience paramis

I try to remember the Akkosa Sutta (SN 7.2): "What do you think, brahman: Do friends & colleagues, relatives & kinsmen come to you as guests?" "Yes, Master Gotama, sometimes friends & colleagues, relatives & kinsmen come to me as guests." "And what do you think: Do you serve them with staple & non-s...
by Rui Sousa
Wed May 04, 2011 10:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Adhiṭṭhāna - what are you determined to achieve?
Replies: 36
Views: 4877

Re: Adhiṭṭhāna - what are you determined to achieve?

I have been trying to keep my mind with enough energy, avoiding sloth and torpor.

But I have been having some trouble sleeping... Hum.. :thinking: I guess I should shut down the energy mode before going to bed :)
by Rui Sousa
Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Urgent question
Replies: 10
Views: 1285

Re: Urgent question

Exercise, not sports, is a recent activity, one century ago you would either be poor and work hard or be rich and have enough time to dedicate to sports. I think exercise is important if you spend, as I do, over 10 hours a day sitting in front of a computer. Competitive sports, in the other hand, ca...
by Rui Sousa
Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: More peace = lower living standard?
Replies: 25
Views: 3230

Re: More peace = lower living standard?

Adamantus wrote:I really don't want to loose what I have by working.
You will loose peace. Accept it and let it go.

And don't use fear as an excuse for inaction, do get a job and deal with it. Samsara sucks...
by Rui Sousa
Wed Dec 15, 2010 1:33 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: what is your opinion on Euthanasia?
Replies: 18
Views: 2291

Re: what is your opinion on Euthanasia?

Digger wrote:Here is a link to a section of the Pali Canon where a very sick monk named Channa takes his own life:

http://www.buddhism.org/Sutras/Agama/Sa ... aggo-e.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Very interesting, thank you for the link.
by Rui Sousa
Wed Dec 15, 2010 12:55 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Computer advice wanted
Replies: 32
Views: 5783

Re: Computer advice wanted

I understand your requirements to be: 1 - Buy a desktop not too expensive 2 - That performs well form family use (Internet, Office & Multimedia) 3 - That will allow you to continue using the software you have today on XP Where is my advice: Advice number 1: There are four variables that affect perfo...
by Rui Sousa
Tue Dec 07, 2010 9:26 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Books by Venerable Ledi Sayādaw
Replies: 34
Views: 8036

Re: Books by Venerable Ledi Sayādaw

Venerable,

Thank you for the links. I started reading "A Talk on Intoxicants and Gambling" and today it was very helpful at a certain moment of the day.
by Rui Sousa
Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Psychology beyond the Brain
Replies: 21
Views: 2346

Re: Psychology beyond the Brain

Maybe not essential, but I think that it relates to the OP in that it posits that various types of emotional / mental state are related to particular parts of the body, rather than all of them being related to the same part, eg. the brain or heart, or no part at all. I find this useful in that if w...
by Rui Sousa
Sat Dec 04, 2010 7:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Psychology beyond the Brain
Replies: 21
Views: 2346

Re: Psychology beyond the Brain

I do find chakras and energetic flows on the body to be more than informative, but not as mystical as in some Yogic traditions (as far as I have been informed). To me forcing energy to flow through the body seems to have a repairing effect on the body, and a calming effect on the mind. But I am not ...
by Rui Sousa
Sat Dec 04, 2010 12:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Psychology beyond the Brain
Replies: 21
Views: 2346

Re: Psychology beyond the Brain

Very interesting indeed. I have recently observed a significant change in one of my dogs behaviour, she had her ovary removed and she changed her interaction and behaviour considerably. We are entities of body and mind, even if the mind oversees all phenomena the body also influences what the mind e...
by Rui Sousa
Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: To Dog or Not to Dog
Replies: 10
Views: 1732

Re: To Dog or Not to Dog

I have had dogs since I can remember, either at my home or my grandparents home, and I am the owner of two adopted dogs. One of my dogs is now ill and will not live for long. I have accepted to adopt another dog that will be born in January, has the owner was looking for a family that would provide ...