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by Digity
Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kamma determined birth ?
Replies: 44
Views: 1923

Re: Kamma determined birth ?

I wonder why you listen to a scholar and ignore the Buddha. You're always listening to a scholar. The Buddha, apart from speaking very poor English, is unfortunately dead. We are always reliant upon a string of translators and interpreters. That's the irony of the statement...without scholars would...
by Digity
Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Does negative thinking matter?
Replies: 37
Views: 2309

Re: Does negative thinking matter?

It all comes down to neuroplasticity. Whatever mental habit you practice becomes more ingrained. If you keep indulging in negativity then it gets easier and easier to do it. Have you ever been around someone who is super negative? Did you enjoy it? Did it give you the sense that this was an "enlight...
by Digity
Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are spiritual people depressed and unhappy and poor?
Replies: 33
Views: 2180

Re: Are spiritual people depressed and unhappy and poor?

I think people who seek out a path like Buddhism see that something is off about life. They see the problems and are aware of all the anxieties that come with existing. I think they're more acutely aware and sensitive to the pains in life. This can lead to a depressed an anxious disposition, but the...
by Digity
Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kamma determined birth ?
Replies: 44
Views: 1923

Re: Kamma determined birth ?

I couldn't believe it when I read this sutta....it says that human rebirth happens by sheer coincidence: SN 56.48 Chiggala Sutta: The Hole https://accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn56/sn56.048.than.html "Monks, suppose that this great earth were totally covered with water, and a man were to toss a ...
by Digity
Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: has the smartphone destroyed a generation
Replies: 38
Views: 2357

Re: has the smartphone destroyed a generation

You can't put the genie back in the bottle. Smartphones are here to stay. We need to learn how to live with them in a healthy way. I think it's possible but requires discipline in terms of usage.
by Digity
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Structuring lay life
Replies: 103
Views: 9323

Re: Structuring lay life

Yeah, I don't think I have the discipline to be a full time monk, but I continue to practice in my own way as a lay follower. Each year I try to become a bit more disciplined in my practice. I've sort of settled on the gradual approach...for me it's a marathon not a race. However, I admire those who...
by Digity
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?
Replies: 45
Views: 3379

Re: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?

I sometimes like to sit in the bath and read (laugh if you want). I can be there for three hours sometimes. Sometimes I like to read Dhamma at that time or listen to a Dhamma talk. It never seemed inappropriate to me, until I heard about not reading a Dhamma book in the washroom. I heard about that ...
by Digity
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Dumbbell Training
Replies: 10
Views: 970

Re: Dumbbell Training

I'm pursuing calisthenics. You won't get big doing that sort of workout, but you can gain impressive strength and power. It also makes you more flexible and balanced, since some of the more advanced moves require a lot of stability in your core, etc. I use to do heavy weightlifting, but it just wasn...
by Digity
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:15 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?
Replies: 45
Views: 3379

Re: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?

What if you like to take long baths and read...would it be offensive to read a Dhamma book in the bath tub or on your phone?
by Digity
Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Finding Mahasi Sayadaw Meditation difficult
Replies: 29
Views: 1822

Re: Finding Mahasi Sayadaw Meditation difficult

I have no formal training in this approach but have toyed with it in the past. It seems noting is nothing more than recognizing what your internal state is at any given moment. If you are angry, you're angry. If you're blissful, you're blissful. What is the 'problem' doing this? Why would it stress...
by Digity
Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Finding Mahasi Sayadaw Meditation difficult
Replies: 29
Views: 1822

Re: Finding Mahasi Sayadaw Meditation difficult

Hi Digity If you like the general framework of Burmese Vipassana but find that noting makes you racey and stressed out, besides heeding Mike's advice and that of other's that are experienced with this approach, I would recommend exploring the teachings of Sayadaw U Tejaniya. His basic approach is m...
by Digity
Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Finding Mahasi Sayadaw Meditation difficult
Replies: 29
Views: 1822

Re: Finding Mahasi Sayadaw Meditation difficult

Thanks, I'll have a listen.
by Digity
Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Finding Mahasi Sayadaw Meditation difficult
Replies: 29
Views: 1822

Re: Finding Mahasi Sayadaw Meditation difficult

Hi Dignity, Yes, perhaps you're trying too hard. I'm not sure it's easy to learn any approach without some personal instruction, but if you are interested in this approach, the next best thing might be to listen to one of Patrick Kearney's retreat recordings, which I've linked here: https://dhammaw...
by Digity
Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Finding Mahasi Sayadaw Meditation difficult
Replies: 29
Views: 1822

Finding Mahasi Sayadaw Meditation difficult

Does anyone else here find the Mahasi Sayadaw style of meditation difficult? I've tried doing the walking meditation where you note everything like lifting the heel, lifting the foot, moving the foot, touching the foot, placing the foot. I find that it's just too much to track and it's actually kind...
by Digity
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which is the most important precept to get right for the Noble Path?
Replies: 28
Views: 1532

Re: Which is the most important precept to get right for the Noble Path?

I think first thing is to take care of gross levels of breaking the precepts and then progress until you eliminate even subtle forms of breaking them.