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by Lazy_eye
Mon Jul 03, 2017 1:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is "mind"?
Replies: 41
Views: 3204

Re: What is "mind"?

I think its going to depend on who you ask! I believe most interpret the verse ethically (for example Bhante Sujato), while rarely you'll see it interpreted more ontologically (Venerable Nanananda). Most all of these interpretations would grant that the mind is conditioned, whether its contaminated...
by Lazy_eye
Mon Jul 03, 2017 12:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: theravada training: disgust with the body
Replies: 12
Views: 1105

Re: theravada training: disgust with the body

I think disgust is a bad translation, or that the english variant of the word has wrong implications. In the Nikayas, the Buddha is always going on about dispassion, we contemplate the 'yucky' parts of the body to combat lust and to see things as they really Are. This leads to Revulsion and then di...
by Lazy_eye
Mon Jul 03, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is "mind"?
Replies: 41
Views: 3204

What is "mind"?

Hello: Today I was mulling over the famous opening line of the Dhammapada. I've seen it translated in various ways, e.g.: "Mind precedes all mental states" (Acharya Buddharakkhita) "Phenomena are preceded by the heart" (Thannisaro) "Mind is the forerunner of all things" (a common formulation, not su...
by Lazy_eye
Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Mental illness and buddhism
Replies: 35
Views: 2604

Re: Mental illness and buddhism

There are several people who are mentally ill, like me. We still want to live a better life. The most disturbing is my obsessive-compulsory disorder. This means I have compulsory thoughts, which I can hardly control. This makes meditation harder. I easily cling to people, thoughts, dreams, craving ...
by Lazy_eye
Thu Jun 29, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: original buddhism
Replies: 27
Views: 3683

Re: original buddhism

As a follow-up to my recent DhammaWiki article on Pudgalavada (and topic here), I made this analysis / interpretation of original Buddhism. I'm sure it will have some detractors from both hard-core Theravadins and hard-core Mahayanists, but that's okay: https://dhammawiki.com/index.php?title=Origin...
by Lazy_eye
Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Making sacrifices for our partners
Replies: 12
Views: 1028

Re: Making sacrifices for our partners

I think a healthy balance is required. If you haven't done so already, I would recommend that you talk with your wife about what your practice means to you and why it is important. This clears up a lot of confusion. After that, I would say that you should be making those sacrifices for your wife. Y...
by Lazy_eye
Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: The image of Buddha
Replies: 6
Views: 811

Re: The image of Buddha

I think the "fat Buddha" originated in Chinese culture. He's not supposed to be Siddartha Gautama -- rather, he's a happy Chan monk.
by Lazy_eye
Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can you follow Buddhas teachings and still dislike people?
Replies: 66
Views: 5190

Re: Can you follow Buddhas teachings and still dislike people?

Disliking someone is just an exercise in self making. Whenever the condition of not liking someone arises if you just stop and realize that it is your delusional self suffering aversion to your perceived delusional self of another and then re-evaluate the situation so that you see that it is really...
by Lazy_eye
Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can you follow Buddhas teachings and still dislike people?
Replies: 66
Views: 5190

Re: Can you follow Buddhas teachings and still dislike people?

Hi, Swatantra,

Here are links to some guided metta meditations. Listening to a few of these may give you a clearer idea of how this kind of meditation is done.
by Lazy_eye
Sun Jun 25, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Is Nibbana the sole purpose of Buddhism?
Replies: 11
Views: 1178

Re: Is Nibbana the sole purpose of Buddhism?

Hello everyone, thank you for your patience. To all of you here, is enlightenment your sole reason for following Buddhism? The reason why I have started to learn the Dhamma is because I want to become the best person I can be, and the noble eightfold path is an exemplary guide for bettering oneself...
by Lazy_eye
Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Origin of the Mahayana.
Replies: 4
Views: 624

Re: Origin of the Mahayana.

Hello, Vincent, The assertion that Mahayana "drops the idea that the awakened one is liberated from rebirth" sounds iffy to me. My understanding is that the ultimate goal in Mahayana is "anuttarā-samyak-saṃbodhi" (complete perfect enlightenment), which entails freedom from the rounds of rebirth. Whe...
by Lazy_eye
Mon Aug 15, 2016 1:36 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Happy Birthday Lazy_eye!
Replies: 8
Views: 898

Re: Happy Birthday Lazy_eye!

Thanks very much, friends!
by Lazy_eye
Sat Jul 23, 2016 7:02 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Happy Birthday, daverupa!
Replies: 9
Views: 1204

Re: Happy Birthday, daverupa!

Happy birthday and all best wishes!
by Lazy_eye
Mon Jun 20, 2016 3:42 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Victims of Communism
Replies: 231
Views: 19293

Re: Victims of Communism

The problem is not in the political system, but in the leader(s). Please remember that the happiest times for humanity (according to the Buddha) happen during the reign of the universal monarch (not during democracy, communism, fascism, whatever). Wouldn't that be a type of political system too, ca...
by Lazy_eye
Mon Jun 20, 2016 2:53 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Victims of Communism
Replies: 231
Views: 19293

Re: Victims of Communism

And neoliberal capitalism doesn't have blood on its hands? I think not. Of course it does. All the major political systems and ideologies do. But that doesn't mean we can't make meaningful distinctions among them. For instance, I hope you would agree that a liberal society is preferable to a fascis...