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by legolas
Tue Jun 14, 2011 2:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: HHDL Cook Off!
Replies: 49
Views: 3951

Re: HHDL Cook Off!

This is one of the sillier thread I have seen in some time. The Dalai Lama is on a cooking show? He is not my teacher, he does not belong to the school I belong to, he does not seem to be doing anything inappropriate, so I don't give a rat's ass. There are other thing that one can get one's nose ou...
by legolas
Tue Jun 14, 2011 12:14 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: HHDL Cook Off!
Replies: 49
Views: 3951

Re: HHDL Cook Off!

Greetings Legolas, Agreed. It is an irony that HHDL is someone whom I could admire as a political leader whilst I find his behaviour as a monk rather suspect. If you were to assess him against Theravada criteria, then this would be so. However, on the other hand, he's probably drawn more people to ...
by legolas
Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:12 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: HHDL Cook Off!
Replies: 49
Views: 3951

Re: HHDL Cook Off!

Agreed. It is an irony that HHDL is someone whom I could admire as a political leader whilst I find his behaviour as a monk rather suspect.
by legolas
Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:59 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: HHDL Cook Off!
Replies: 49
Views: 3951

Re: HHDL Cook Off!

Greetings Legolas, I know the vinaya has rules about watching shows, surely they have rules about partaking in them. I don't claim to be an expert in Mahayana, so I'm happy for someone to tell me I'm wrong... but I've heard that Bodhisattva Vows trump conventional Vinaya for a Mahayana Bhikshu. Pre...
by legolas
Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:52 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: HHDL Cook Off!
Replies: 49
Views: 3951

HHDL Cook Off!

http://aww.ninemsn.com.au/videos/?video ... 6ddd&tab=1

Reality shows? Is this really what a monk should be doing?

I know the vinaya has rules about watching shows, surely they have rules about partaking in them.
by legolas
Sun Jun 12, 2011 7:16 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 486
Views: 122832

Re: The Great Jhana Debate

...Ajahn Brahm (who is an absorption advocate)... in most cases the different instructions from different teachers are not contradictory. They are instructions for achieving different aims... Instruction differs greatly. 1. In jhana, you can(not) perceive the body. 2. Before jhana, there is (not) a...
by legolas
Fri Jun 10, 2011 8:56 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Goenka retreat- aversion towards Chanting
Replies: 144
Views: 28137

Re: Goenka retreat- aversion towords Chanting

If my memory of the discourses serves me right, the chanting produces "vibrations" which are said to be beneficial to the meditator.
by legolas
Thu Jun 09, 2011 2:15 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Dalai Lama show on a higher plane
Replies: 11
Views: 963

Re: Dalai Lama show on a higher plane

I was watching the BBC news which described HHDL as the Tibetan Buddhist leader, later in the day Sky news had reinvented history and described him as Buddhism's spiritual leader. At least we now have a heirarchy to work with. What's so annoying is having to explain to family members that I don't ac...
by legolas
Thu Jun 09, 2011 11:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Video: Meditation: Suttas vs Commentaries
Replies: 101
Views: 17190

Re: Video: Meditation: Suttas vs Commentaries

Has anyone tried out "his" method of meditation yet for a significant amount of time? There is enough in what he has said, as noted above, to impeach him. As I have said elsewhere, there are fair better teachers out there than to waste time with this man. Groannn! And around we go again. Respect to...
by legolas
Thu May 26, 2011 6:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Analytic meditation
Replies: 15
Views: 1694

Re: Analytic meditation

A whole host of subjects that are suitable for contemplation can be found here:-

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
by legolas
Sun May 22, 2011 9:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Analytic meditation
Replies: 15
Views: 1694

Re: Analytic meditation

Definitely :smile:
by legolas
Sat May 21, 2011 5:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Analytic meditation
Replies: 15
Views: 1694

Re: Analytic meditation

.........and following on that sutta we read............ Herein, monks, when sense-desire is present, a monk knows, "There is sense-desire in me," or when sense-desire is not present, he knows, "There is no sense-desire in me." He knows how the arising of the non-arisen sense-desire comes to be; he ...
by legolas
Sat May 21, 2011 1:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Analytic meditation
Replies: 15
Views: 1694

Re: Analytic meditation

Hi Slava, My problem was that when the midfulness was weak, it was impossible to avoid unwholesome thinking. The initial wholesome thinking would eventually convert into unwholesome thinking, and since the mindfulness was too weak to catch that, it would take a very long time to realize that the th...
by legolas
Fri May 20, 2011 10:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Analytic meditation
Replies: 15
Views: 1694

Re: Analytic meditation

How does one know that the results of his intellectual meditation are not distorted due to presence of desires and ill-will in the mind? I tend to agree with Ajahn Brahm that the mind has to be absolutely still before you can see things as they really are. So, perhaps it is better to start with Sam...
by legolas
Thu May 19, 2011 10:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Analytic meditation
Replies: 15
Views: 1694

Re: Analytic meditation

The suttas are full of analytical contemplations. However not everybody would agree. The sutta below is hard evidence of analytical "meditation", that cannot in any way be mistaken for anything else. It also states quite clearly that this meditation will give rise to the factors of the path. http://...