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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: 91984

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: 3834

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: 3834

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: 14680

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: 4954

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: 4954

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: 9455

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...
by manas
Thu Jul 29, 2010 9:13 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 88
Views: 9882

Re: Celebacy

Thereductor, thank you for your thoughtful reply, once more. That sutta quote is great, I've not seen it before. I'm going to leave off this subject after this post, because I DID end up lapsing, but I have learned SO MUCH from the last week and a half of trying out complete sexual abstinece (in all...
by manas
Thu Jul 29, 2010 7:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 88
Views: 9882

Re: Celebacy

Thank you thereductor for your prompt reply! I have not actually lapsed as yet, still feeling the pain, knowing as best as I can that these feelings are just memories in the mind, the memories of the sight and other sensory impressions of the fair sex... So for now I am practicing Satipatthana on th...
by manas
Thu Jul 29, 2010 6:42 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 88
Views: 9882

Re: Celebacy

Hi all, I'm posting here cos I am in a hurry and don't know where else to post...I wonder if any other householder experimenting with complete sexual abstinence has found that just when they have begun to taste some higher pleasure in meditation, just when they feel like they have had a GLIMPSE of w...
by manas
Mon Jul 26, 2010 8:54 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 88
Views: 9882

Re: Celebacy

I feel its better to make the effort towards wisdom, and in that sense as one goes up the other goes down. Yes, that is my personal experience also. Keep striving with this, it is worth every tear shed and every moment spent standing between the meditation room and the PC room, feeling the lust in ...
by manas
Mon Jul 26, 2010 8:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Other Buddhas/Bodhisattvas
Replies: 41
Views: 3269

Re: Other Buddhas/Bodhisattvas

I have had doubts in my practice, have sometimes taken to heart a bit the subtle criticism I once heard implying that in the Theravada we are practicing 'to liberate ourselves' and are thus not as pure as those who pursue the Bodhisattva ideal. I have, after MUCH reflection, decided that since the P...
by manas
Mon Jul 26, 2010 3:37 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 88
Views: 9882

Re: Celibacy

My attempts at finding a 'middle way' of enjoying sexual pleasure 'moderately' have always ended in failure. In my mind, the whole idea of pleasure is to maximize it, not to stingily give it to myself in little drips. So I have found that I tend towards sexual obsession, trying to squeeze more and m...
by manas
Mon Jul 26, 2010 1:28 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What's wrong with living a "normal" life?
Replies: 55
Views: 6405

Re: What's wrong with living a "normal" life?

Yes, that question troubles me from time to time. The things that are most important to me, such as meditative awareness, and peaceful reflection (I don't always have these things - I am a lay person with two dear children) - these peaceful, simple things are not praised by popular culture, or in th...