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by Wizard in the Forest
Tue Nov 30, 2010 7:23 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Drug use and drug abuse
Replies: 17
Views: 3672

Re: Drug use and drug abuse

My experience, in 'helper' positions, is that generally speaking, people don't want your help. That's not true of everyone, of course, and we should always be willing to offer help. When it's given unrequested though it's not appreciated. If you're doing something merely to be appreciated for it yo...
by Wizard in the Forest
Tue Nov 30, 2010 7:19 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: No place for spirituality in Theravada?
Replies: 95
Views: 8774

Re: No place for spirituality in Theravada?

KonstantKarma wrote:
Wizard in the Forest wrote: We perceive words, that's how we communicate. How would you prefer the Dhamma be taught to you, if you don't wish words to be used?
If words don't work, then demonstration.
by Wizard in the Forest
Tue Nov 30, 2010 5:49 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: No place for spirituality in Theravada?
Replies: 95
Views: 8774

Re: No place for spirituality in Theravada?

I think being is fairly straightforward and hard for most people to skew... Being doesn't involve any action other than observing, including the observation of things changing. That's how you project such a word. Being can be described in terms of animate versus indeterminate, transcendental or sub...
by Wizard in the Forest
Tue Nov 30, 2010 5:34 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Drug use and drug abuse
Replies: 17
Views: 3672

Re: Drug use and drug abuse

When we tread our individual Path in the dhamma, it does not help to be concerned about 'what everyone else is doing'. I both agree and disagree, because I agree it's good not to make other people's problems yours, but I think that to not speak out about an endemic problem which is harming and kill...
by Wizard in the Forest
Tue Nov 30, 2010 5:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: No place for spirituality in Theravada?
Replies: 95
Views: 8774

Re: No place for spirituality in Theravada?

Has anybody tried just being? :namaste: Being is meaningless if you don't know what it means either. :jumping: Meaningless words are funny. What do you contend that being means? Letting things stay as they are? Well that won't happen because they'll change. The nebulous meaning of "spiritual" evolv...
by Wizard in the Forest
Tue Nov 30, 2010 4:18 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: No place for spirituality in Theravada?
Replies: 95
Views: 8774

Re: No place for spirituality in Theravada?

What zavk said was rightly discerned and also hazy at the same time. I reject Spirituality, because I reject use of glittering generalities in general because they're used to exploit one way or another. Sometimes by EXACTLY the way that zavk got the negative association, which is by allowing him to ...
by Wizard in the Forest
Tue Nov 30, 2010 3:40 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Drug use and drug abuse
Replies: 17
Views: 3672

Re: Drug use and drug abuse

I was talking about MDMA, Alcohol, Ketamine, Heroin, Opiates, and LSD.... And I'm a lady.
by Wizard in the Forest
Tue Nov 30, 2010 3:37 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Looking for a Sutta for dealing with difficult people
Replies: 12
Views: 1870

Re: Looking for a Sutta for dealing with difficult people

Oooh the Kesi Sutta was the one I was looking for, and the other ones are also brilliant! Are there more?
by Wizard in the Forest
Mon Nov 29, 2010 8:53 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Looking for a Sutta for dealing with difficult people
Replies: 12
Views: 1870

Looking for a Sutta for dealing with difficult people

I remembered a from the back of my mind a Sutta about dealing with difficult people, but I don't remember the title, and I was wondering if and anyone remembers a Sutta where the Buddha faced useless criticism and his response was to "Kill them" by ignoring them and other suttas like this one, becau...
by Wizard in the Forest
Sun Nov 28, 2010 5:33 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Drug use and drug abuse
Replies: 17
Views: 3672

Re: Drug use and drug abuse

Many Westerners like them were first drawn to Zen, and Buddhism generally, through an inconvenient lie: that meditation would induce a state similar to a drug high. There seems to be a near-consensus now that this is not the case. Now even the teachers who once advocated their use have abandoned the...
by Wizard in the Forest
Fri Nov 26, 2010 2:52 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: No place for spirituality in Theravada?
Replies: 95
Views: 8774

Re: No place for spirituality in Theravada?

Neither is "word". They're ultimately tools to help us understand each other, and understand the teachings, but glittering generalities can be more problematic because they're used with an agenda in mind. They are meant to mislead people. I don't like using them.
by Wizard in the Forest
Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:21 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Can one be a Buddhist without taking refuge in a Vihara?
Replies: 20
Views: 1992

Re: Can one be a Buddhist without taking refuge in a Vihara?

True, but even in that case transportation is an issue because I cannot drive, and I am very shy, cautious, and wary to ask a stranger to carpool with me. I don't have any lay followers nearby that I know In Real Life so it will be a stranger, and I'm afraid of a cultish Vajrayana temple that is nea...
by Wizard in the Forest
Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:15 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: No place for spirituality in Theravada?
Replies: 95
Views: 8774

Re: No place for spirituality in Theravada?

I also found those words you used to be far more direct, truthful, and universal when it comes to practice. The word spiritual somehow to me echoes of an empty meaningless word.
by Wizard in the Forest
Fri Nov 26, 2010 4:03 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: No place for spirituality in Theravada?
Replies: 95
Views: 8774

Re: No place for spirituality in Theravada?

To be honest "Spiritual" is a nebulous word that is a type of glittering generality that can lead to miscommunication. A person hurt by such a word will see it as threatening. A person who finds such a word appealing will use it freely to describe whatever is in their imagination, but I think to be ...
by Wizard in the Forest
Thu Nov 25, 2010 10:47 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Can one be a Buddhist without taking refuge in a Vihara?
Replies: 20
Views: 1992

Re: Can one be a Buddhist without taking refuge in a Vihara?

Perhaps this might help http://www.urbandharma.org/udharma2/bds.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Oh yeah I've got this down (^^) I recite it 3 times a day, morning and night and midday: Namo tassa, bhagavato, arahato samma sambuddhasa Namo tassa, bhagavato, arahato samma sambuddh...