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by manas
Fri Sep 10, 2010 2:59 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Australia's hung parliament
Replies: 47
Views: 2788

Re: Australia's hung parliament

With the Greens holding the balance of power in the Senate, the corporations who give the orders to the the govt of the day (liberal, labor, whatever) will actually be held to a bit more account. Regarding the minority govt in the House of Reps, I also agree that it is still positive for there to ha...
by manas
Fri Sep 10, 2010 2:08 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Scary or horrific images or thoughts in meditation
Replies: 10
Views: 5136

Re: Scary or horrific images or thoughts in meditation

On the scary thoughts, I'm back in the saddle and sitting every morning again. I feel like I have 'grown up' a bit more as a meditator through this whole affair, because I now make myself sit as an act of caring for myself ; not because I know it can lead to peaceful, blissful states of mind (they a...
by manas
Fri Sep 10, 2010 1:45 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment
Replies: 1005
Views: 95372

Re: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment

Regarding what legolas wrote about MahaBuwa, I looked up Mahaboowa and his writings to see his gentleness. He appears very animated in denouncing a lot of people and even claims that the Buddha cried after his enlightenment? Firstly, the Buddha said that there is a time and a place for harsh words, ...
by manas
Thu Sep 09, 2010 6:22 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: I am tired
Replies: 31
Views: 4251

Re: I am tired

Hey pebble, I just remembered something else...the tendency to ruminate (constantly go over things in the mind / overuse the thinking process) can become a real problem for some (for me it is anyway). Sometimes I have to use force with myself, tear myself away from this PC or up off the couch and DO...
by manas
Thu Sep 09, 2010 6:12 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: I am tired
Replies: 31
Views: 4251

Re: I am tired

Greetings Pebble, Many of the above are symptoms of depression - if that's a possibility, you might want to investigate your options in that space, if you've not already done so. As I type this, I've got my blue-light seasonal affective disorder light shining in my eyes, helping regulate my seraton...
by manas
Thu Sep 09, 2010 5:49 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment
Replies: 1005
Views: 95372

Re: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment

I checked out Ajahn MahaBuwa on youtube, and he strikes me as exceedingly gentle, almost childlike in lack of conceit. I can't of course understand his Thai, but his manner exudes humility, and one can learn just from this, too. :)
by manas
Thu Sep 09, 2010 5:31 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: I am tired
Replies: 31
Views: 4251

Re: I am tired

Hi pebble, something that keeps me humble is when I remember that it is basically the Dharma that keeps me from sliding into deeper depression than I often experience. (What a wonderful tool the Satipatthana sutta is, teaching us to simply know things as they are, and not to cling to them as 'me' or...
by manas
Thu Sep 09, 2010 2:48 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment
Replies: 1005
Views: 95372

Re: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment

I could not delete what I wrote before, so I have edited it. I just realized that although D. Ingram has probably overestimated his level of attainment, and seems to have misunderstood the goal of Buddhist practice (liberation), that still, I do not want to be too harsh about him. He is, after all, ...
by manas
Thu Sep 09, 2010 1:58 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Bhikkuni Prophecy?
Replies: 32
Views: 3968

Re: Bhikkuni Prophecy?

Since women in all ages and societies are in a position where they can be easily overwhelmed, being at the mercy of their sex, a Boddhisattva is never born as a woman. Their long struggle to perfect themselves is difficult enough without that disadvantage. Thence Buddhas are also only born as males...
by manas
Sun Sep 05, 2010 1:02 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Bhikkuni Prophecy?
Replies: 32
Views: 3968

Re: Bhikkuni Prophecy?

Goodness, I do hope that everyone here realizes that not every word in the Tipitaka can be trusted as the actual word of the Buddha, but must be tested and tallied against our own wisdom and experience (as the Buddha, incidentally, tells us we should be doing...) From time to time I read or hear thi...
by manas
Sun Sep 05, 2010 12:33 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"
Replies: 91
Views: 15113

Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

I am very much a newbie bere, nevertheless I wish to offer my condolences to the family of James Brand also. May they not be afraid, as to my knowledge, the goodness and insight cultivated by him in the course of this lifetime will be his truest friend now, whatever happens from here. May he, and hi...
by manas
Fri Sep 03, 2010 10:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Scary or horrific images or thoughts in meditation
Replies: 10
Views: 5136

thanks everyone!

I never expected so many replies, so much good sane advice, and helpfulness. Now I can really perceive that the 'virtual sangha' is for me, living so isolated as I do! Thanks to all of you who have replied. :anjali: I must admit that 'all round mindfulness' is a weakness for me (ie 'mindfulness in d...
by manas
Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:16 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Scary or horrific images or thoughts in meditation
Replies: 10
Views: 5136

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 mind...
by manas
Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Replies: 32
Views: 9713

Re: Thanissaro Bhikkhu

I found this excerpt from Alagaddupama Sutta: The Water-Snake Simile : "And how is a monk a noble one with banner lowered, burden placed down, unfettered? There is the case where a monk's conceit 'I am' is abandoned, its root destroyed, made like a palmyra stump, deprived of the conditions of devel...