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by Goedert
Sun Oct 10, 2010 3:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Explaining Buddhism to my Girlfriend
Replies: 31
Views: 3231

Re: Explaining Buddhism to my Girlfriend

I've been having a series of conversations about Buddhism with my girlfriend, who was raised Catholic, but has since rejected her faith -- and all faith, which is why I thought Buddhism would interest her, but she's been a bit resistant to the idea. She says she's very skeptical of anyone who claim...
by Goedert
Sun Oct 10, 2010 3:27 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Afraid of completely letting go
Replies: 20
Views: 3430

Re: Afraid of completely letting go

Hello Dhamma Friends, For years now I've been thinking about going forth and ordaining. I've already renounced most of my possessions; my lifestyle is very simple and clutter free. And I don't see myself having a problem giving up everything else, like my computer, my iPod, or my hair. :) I don't h...
by Goedert
Sat Oct 02, 2010 6:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Boredom!
Replies: 11
Views: 2529

Re: Boredom!

Dear friend, I'm facing the same problem as you. I advice you to engane in some new hobbies, class and fun times. Try to have equanimous love in your heart for yourself first and them to the others, metta is a good meditation for you. Go out with your partner, do different things, plan a vacation, c...
by Goedert
Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:53 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: awakening myth?
Replies: 66
Views: 5269

Re: awakening myth?

Is awakening (in the Buddhist sense) a myth? It is assumed that many great teachers were awakened. But were/are they really? One is generally discouraged from making enlightenment the focus or goal of one's practice. But occasionally we find ourselves questioning why we are even practicing.There ma...
by Goedert
Mon Sep 06, 2010 1:20 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Meditating vs Thinking
Replies: 31
Views: 3794

Re: Meditating vs Thinking

Your opinions please - when a college student is trying to penetrate and deeply understand, for example calculus or physics, they may spend time reading, studying, etc. A student may have to battle their wandering mind and at some point keep focus and by thinking begin to just grasp, then grasp mor...
by Goedert
Mon Sep 06, 2010 1:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Role of the teacher in Theravada
Replies: 41
Views: 5921

Re: Role of the teacher in Theravada

In the ancient times, the teacher and preceptor, I think, played an important rule in the trainning of a new bhikkhu. Of course they were subordinated to the vinaya and dhamma of The Lord. Today as far technology goes and some bhikkhus go to the homeless life, just to get a living, this two figures ...
by Goedert
Sat Sep 04, 2010 7:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is sharing Merit a Buddhist teaching?
Replies: 20
Views: 2656

Re: Is sharing Merit a Buddhist teaching?

By giving with one's own hand, one makes merit. By urging others to give, one makes merit. If they also give, after being urged to give, they make merit. Even if they don't give, if they have the wholesome thought of rejoicing in your giving, they make merit. Likewise for all other wholesome action...
by Goedert
Sat Sep 04, 2010 3:04 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Help/Advice With Aversion!
Replies: 13
Views: 1802

Re: Help/Advice With Aversion!

I cannot practice outside of being alone because of intense aversion. I always feel like EVERYONE is trying to screw me over somehow. I believe most of this was caused by experiences with the bad women I had in my life. What view should I hold about people in general? How can I change this? I am al...
by Goedert
Fri Sep 03, 2010 5:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Daily Words of the Buddha- Free Email Subscription
Replies: 3
Views: 468

Re: Daily Words of the Buddha- Free Email Subscription

Thank you friend, I appreciate it.
by Goedert
Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:15 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment
Replies: 1005
Views: 103024

Re: Latest from "hardcore dharma"

Well, after going beyond the 11th nyana (Equanimity regarding formations) for the first time and attaining cessation or nibbana, the momentary cessation of mind&body, one is in what's often called a 'Review phase', that is, one can attain Fruition of first path at will, but it takes practice. After...
by Goedert
Fri Sep 03, 2010 1:29 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Scary or horrific images or thoughts in meditation
Replies: 10
Views: 5583

Re: Scary or horrific images or thoughts in meditation

Hi all, sometimes when the mind becomes quite calmed, beautiful images arise, conducive to serenity, and easily let go of, bringing the mind back to the breath. Sometimes, however, my worst fears arise, scary as hell (literally), and quite distracting, making me wonder if I should be calming my min...
by Goedert
Fri Sep 03, 2010 1:05 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment
Replies: 1005
Views: 103024

Re: Latest from "hardcore dharma"

Friend nibs read this, and may you understand the meaning of a saint, not cristian saint, a buddhist saint: [..] "The end of desire, abandoning doubt, clean, without a mote, & danger-free. Saññas settle out, sankharas don't disturb it. The heart is thus brimming, with nothing lacking. Quiet & still,...
by Goedert
Thu Sep 02, 2010 12:19 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment
Replies: 1005
Views: 103024

Re: Latest from "hardcore dharma"

I belive it is just orthodox dogma. Threads of truth but not the whole picture. A selling point. Buddhist propaganda to make it more attractive. It worked. Myth of the saintly superman. But not the whole picture. You should go for Actual Freedom instead. They profess all that ideal, kind of :) And ...
by Goedert
Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:53 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment
Replies: 1005
Views: 103024

Re: Latest from "hardcore dharma"

Hi Goedart, Please include some details as to why you just said this? nibs Friend, see his definition of an arahat: An Essay about Arahats (Arhats, Arahants, etc.) by Daniel M. Ingram, Arahat Here are a number of bogus myths and falsehoods about arahats, each of which violates one of more of the Fi...
by Goedert
Thu Sep 02, 2010 4:16 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Which Precept is most difficult for you?
Replies: 38
Views: 4943

Re: Which Precept is most difficult for you?

2. Musāvādasuttaṃ 82. “Catūhi, bhikkhave, dhammehi samannāgato yathābhataṃ nikkhitto evaṃ niraye. Katamehi catūhi? Musāvādī hoti, pisuṇavāco hoti, pharusavāco hoti, samphappalāpī hoti — imehi kho, bhikkhave, catūhi dhammehi samannāgato yathābhataṃ nikkhitto evaṃ niraye. Endowed with four things, mo...