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by Digity
Sun Apr 03, 2011 8:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: My meditation experience that brought me closer to Buddhism
Replies: 3
Views: 465

Re: My meditation experience that brought me closer to Buddhism

Yes, I feel as if I'm still attached to that experience thinking I need to repeat it to progress. I need to let go of that...otherwise, meditation turns into a game of sorts.
by Digity
Sun Apr 03, 2011 8:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: noises while meditating
Replies: 17
Views: 1913

Re: noises while meditating

I have tinnitus...my ear rings 24/7. It fluctuates...sometimes it's louder than other times, but I've gotten to the point where I've just accepted it and meditate even though I hear the ringing. If there's noise, just learn to deal with it. I wouldn't purposely put myself in a noise environment if y...
by Digity
Sun Apr 03, 2011 8:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Obsessed with Dhamma
Replies: 58
Views: 4021

Re: Obsessed with Dhamma

Then why are you obsessed with Dhamma? Because I believe in the teachings and think it's the proper path to walk in life. Like many, I've had this angst about life and what it means. It's always something that's bothered me and Buddhism is the only thing that really clicked with me and made sense. ...
by Digity
Sun Apr 03, 2011 3:53 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddha Boy!
Replies: 18
Views: 3145

Re: Buddha Boy!

Ha! I know...would Buddha have whipped some ass too? So, do you think he's a con-artist or something? I saw documentary and regardless his ability to meditate for so long without moving is impressive, but it doesn't prove anything.
by Digity
Sun Apr 03, 2011 3:37 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Obsessed with Dhamma
Replies: 58
Views: 4021

Re: Obsessed with Dhamma

Obsessiveness, if well-directed, can be turned into a strength. Sure, we need to work on improving our weaknesses (balance is an area that I could use some improvement, but I am working on it) but make use of your strengths in a skilful way. Quite often the very concept of what is a "strength" and ...
by Digity
Sun Apr 03, 2011 3:30 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Obsessed with Dhamma
Replies: 58
Views: 4021

Re: Obsessed with Dhamma

alan wrote:What if you channeled your obsession into a 4 times a day sitting practice?
I'm not proficient enough in my meditation to handle that much in a single day. I'm sure I'd burn myself out and get discouraged. I don't think that's a good approach.
by Digity
Sun Apr 03, 2011 3:25 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddha Boy!
Replies: 18
Views: 3145

Re: Buddha Boy!

Sorry to resurrect an old topic, but what is everyone's take on the story of the Buddha Boy. I went to this site and it says in the FAQ that he's enlightened and planning to teach the Dhamma.

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by Digity
Sat Apr 02, 2011 10:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Obsessed with Dhamma
Replies: 58
Views: 4021

Re: Obsessed with Dhamma

Yes, I know that. I didn't mean to place blame on the dhamma itself. I'm just saying that when you mix the dhamma teachings with people with certain personalities it can lead to problems.
by Digity
Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Obsessed with Dhamma
Replies: 58
Views: 4021

Re: Obsessed with Dhamma

I just wanted to add...I do think I need to cool my jets a bit with my studying. I love the teachings, but I do see a dangerous side to Buddhism if it's not handled properly. I know of someone who's going on retreats and when he gets home he becomes very isolated and doesn't talk with his wife much....
by Digity
Sat Apr 02, 2011 5:18 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do arahants still have delights/sorrows and longings?
Replies: 30
Views: 2620

Re: Do arahants still have delights/sorrows and longings?

The Buddha didn't want to teach the Dharma at first, because he felt it would be too much of a hassle. Instead, he wanted to dwell in ease. However, he eventually decides to teach. From the sounds of that, it seems obvious that an enlightened person still feels delight/sorrow. Enough now with teachi...
by Digity
Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: My meditation experience that brought me closer to Buddhism
Replies: 3
Views: 465

My meditation experience that brought me closer to Buddhism

About a year ago I was practicing meditation, but I had such a horrible job situation and under so much stress that it was hard to meditate. The job was making me physically sick from stress...it was that bad! I eventually quit that job and took up meditation. The thing was, once I quit that job and...
by Digity
Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:26 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Why not ordain?
Replies: 130
Views: 18556

Re: Why not ordain?

My goal is to establish a strong practice as a lay person first. My feeling is that if you can't establish a good practice as a lay person then you're probably not going to last long as a monk. That's why I'm trying to avoid getting married and having kids, because in 5 years if I want to take that ...
by Digity
Fri Apr 01, 2011 7:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: My friend says Buddhism is selfish... how to reply?
Replies: 40
Views: 8753

Re: My friend says Buddhism is selfish... how to reply?

Imagine a world where we all dedicated our lives to the Buddha's teachings. We'd all work together to support ourselves enough to practice the Dhamma and do our best not to create harm in the world. Does that sound like a bad world to live in? Does that sound like a bunch of selfish people? On the s...
by Digity
Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Access to Insight Bulk Download
Replies: 22
Views: 3203

Re: Access to Insight Bulk Download

I love Access To Insight! I'm thinking of writing and Android app for reading ATI. I have the iPhone one and love it.
by Digity
Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Obsessed with Dhamma
Replies: 58
Views: 4021

Re: Obsessed with Dhamma

Yes, I just want to have a healthy relationship with the Dhamma. I know that Buddhism can be used for escapism...people want to hide from real life and lose themselves in the practice. I want to make sure my intentions are in the right place and that I'm doing the practice for the right reasons. I d...