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by reflection
Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:32 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Past Life Study: Cognitive Science of Religion
Replies: 8
Views: 1160

Re: Past Life Study: Cognitive Science of Religion

An interesting and daring study, thank you and good luck in advance. I missed the option for people to share the initiation of their past life memories. Like spontaneous, through meditation, hypnosis, etc. Are you not interested in this? Or did I misunderstood a question? :anjali: (= sign of respect...
by reflection
Thu Nov 14, 2013 7:13 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Training without self-inspection.
Replies: 12
Views: 2878

Re: Training without self-inspection.

I wouldn't say that is all that it is about, but for an important part, yes. I also wouldn't say concentration is a totally wrong translation, but just like many other words in the Buddha's teachings, one needs to know it is just a choice of translation for a word that has no accurate English counte...
by reflection
Thu Nov 14, 2013 7:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and logic?
Replies: 23
Views: 2756

Re: Buddhism and logic?

There is logic in Buddhism, but the teachings are something to be applied, not just to ponder upon. As for quotes where the Buddha and his direct disciples specifically spoke about this: Bhante, there are some ascetics and brahmins who come to Kesaputta. They explain and elucidate their own doctrine...
by reflection
Thu Nov 14, 2013 6:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Good reasons to reject Mahayana and follow Theravada
Replies: 40
Views: 3885

Re: Good reasons to reject Mahayana and follow Theravada

This won't answer your question, but you can also choose both. Or - and this is what I prefer to identify with - neither. I want to follow the Buddha's original teachings as close as possible, not later additions, commentaries and traditions that have gotten in. And this happened to both groups you ...
by reflection
Thu Nov 14, 2013 6:31 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: When a translator needs a vacation
Replies: 6
Views: 1353

Re: When a translator needs a vacation

I laughed so many times when reading the suttas. I guess it depends on the way you look at it.
by reflection
Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:52 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Brian Ruhe and Representation
Replies: 148
Views: 12429

Re: Brian Ruhe and Representation

I think the division Theravada/Mahayana is unneeded. I did watch some things, but found them incorrect so as a response I added some comment to his video. Those comment I really worded nice and kindly with good arguments if I say so myself, but he did not respond and actually deleted it. I don't say...
by reflection
Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:42 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Training without self-inspection.
Replies: 12
Views: 2878

Re: Training without self-inspection.

Wow.. Yes that does change things, thank you for that bit of advice. I was always wondering at what point this practice would change from being a chore into more of a compulsion, I assumed it was once I started to get clarity and peace that I would be afraid to lose that would motivate me into it.....
by reflection
Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:50 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: 3 month meditation retreat ( samatha ) where ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1789

Re: 3 month meditation retreat ( samatha ) where ?

You can probably do it in many monasteries, but a lot like it if they already know you. For them of course it is also a sort of 'risk' to take a person they totally don't know in for three months. But, there will be jobs in most if not all monasteries but I don't think they will be detrimental to th...
by reflection
Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:46 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Eradicating sex drive
Replies: 98
Views: 18645

Re: Eradicating sex drive

Is there some mention of this in Buddhism, of the connection between the urges for food and sex? There is, but I don't know specifics in the suttas themselves. Other than that to totally remove sensual desire, all sensual desires (food/sex/music etc go together). I do however recall teachers pointi...
by reflection
Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:38 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Eradicating sex drive
Replies: 98
Views: 18645

Re: Eradicating sex drive

There is a tendency here that "eradicating sex drive" is a harsh formulation and may be the wrong way to go about it. Reading the OP also, I agree with that. But the Buddha also used quite strong words apparently: "And which is even practice? There is the case where a monk doesn't acquiesce to an a...
by reflection
Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:22 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: World Chess Championship 2013
Replies: 46
Views: 5139

Re: World Chess Championship 2013

Interesting game - too deep for me to follow sometimes even the basic ideas, even if I wouldn't have been doing other stuff in the meantime.

(I think the moves you posted are not right, though. It's yesterdays game.)
by reflection
Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Emptiness
Replies: 12
Views: 1050

Re: Emptiness

The way Mahayana talk of emptiness often seems too much abstract metaphysics... the phrase "Buddhist wisdom" conjures up teachings more abstract and paradoxical, flying in the face of common sense — emptiness being a prime example. Emptiness, we're told, means that nothing has any inherent existenc...
by reflection
Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:24 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Eradicating sex drive
Replies: 98
Views: 18645

Re: Eradicating sex drive

There is a tendency here that "eradicating sex drive" is a harsh formulation and may be the wrong way to go about it. Reading the OP also, I agree with that. But the Buddha also used quite strong words apparently: "And which is even practice? There is the case where a monk doesn't acquiesce to an ar...
by reflection
Wed Nov 13, 2013 7:56 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Eradicating sex drive
Replies: 98
Views: 18645

Re: Eradicating sex drive

This may be interesting: "Now this body that has material form consists of the four great elements, it is procreated by a mother and father, and built up out of boiled rice and bread, it has the nature of impermanence, of being worn and rubbed away, of dissolution and disintegration. It must be rega...
by reflection
Wed Nov 13, 2013 7:46 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Training without self-inspection.
Replies: 12
Views: 2878

Re: Training without self-inspection.

Hi, I'm happy some people could help. But based on this I first experimented with meditation about half a year ago and of course I found simply sitting down and focusing on the breath a rather difficult task. .. Why then, do I see so much insistence that beginners instead sit and wrestle their atten...