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by reflection
Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:56 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Eradicating sex drive
Replies: 98
Views: 19552

Re: Eradicating sex drive

Some love their sex drive, others would rather not have it and try to diminish or remove it. Is that hard to understand? Apparently so. Still I wonder why these threads always tend to turn into some discussion about why we should or shouldn't. I mean, if somebody opens a thread about how they'd lik...
by reflection
Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:50 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Eradicating sex drive
Replies: 98
Views: 19552

Re: Eradicating sex drive

That will not happen. Oh no.. please don`t disturb my enthusiasm :lol: I would disagree however. On a level of mind made realms (First Jhana and upwards) all beings are androgynous that is why no sexual craving exists. Deep meditations are therefore a temporary relief of that craving. On a bodily l...
by reflection
Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:39 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Eradicating sex drive
Replies: 98
Views: 19552

Re: Eradicating sex drive

Some love their sex drive, others would rather not have it and try to diminish or remove it. Is that hard to understand? Apparently so. Still I wonder why these threads always tend to turn into some discussion about why we should or shouldn't. I mean, if somebody opens a thread about how they'd like...
by reflection
Tue Oct 29, 2013 5:41 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: We need new rules
Replies: 110
Views: 5585

Re: We need new rules

Why should Buddhism change to fit society instead of the other way around?
I've read the monk rules and none seem impossible. And there are monasteries in the west that make it work, and still seem to be well supported. There are also creative people there.
by reflection
Tue Oct 29, 2013 5:34 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: All that you can do is do your best
Replies: 11
Views: 1421

Re: All that you can do is do your best

For me letting go is the opposite of doing and the opposite of trying. :anjali:
by reflection
Tue Oct 29, 2013 1:19 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: World Chess Championship 2013
Replies: 46
Views: 5400

Re: World Chess Championship 2013

Just take your king off the board and you can never be checkmated! :anjali:
by reflection
Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 3 month meditation retreat in forest monastery
Replies: 6
Views: 1197

Re: 3 month meditation retreat in forest monastery

Hi, I just applied for 3 month meditation retreat in Pa Auk Forest monastery. will send the letter tomorrow. can any of you share experiences and give advice for a newbie in meditation retreats. i have never done meditation retreats but i practice meditation daily. thanks :anjali: I don't think the...
by reflection
Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:47 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Eradicating sex drive
Replies: 98
Views: 19552

Re: Eradicating sex drive

Body follows mind on this matter. I wish you much luck abstaining for as long as you see fit. Please know that you are not the only one finding a way. I'm also trying not to engage in any sexual activities till I go on a year long retreat soonish. Of course, over there (and after) I plan to keep wit...
by reflection
Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: problem breathing when focusing on breath.
Replies: 15
Views: 2942

Re: problem breathing when focusing on breath.

Hi,

It may be that you are (unconsciously) trying to graps and control the breathing. Try to relax and only be watching the breath. Otherwise, just stay in the present moment and let the breath come to you instead of you going after it.

Hope this helps a bit.

Reflection
by reflection
Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:49 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: World Chess Championship 2013
Replies: 46
Views: 5400

Re: World Chess Championship 2013

Looking forward to it! I can probably follow a few matches before I'm off to a retreat. (which I'm looking forward to even more)
by reflection
Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:49 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Beginner questions I have about Buddhism?
Replies: 5
Views: 1224

Re: Beginner questions I have about Buddhism?

Hi there! Venerable Pesala gave a good reply, but let me just add my thoughts: 1. This truth works on so many levels, it's hard to explain. First you'll get an idea of what it's about, then you get more and more feeling and appreciation for it. Meditation helps on many levels. 2. In general you can ...
by reflection
Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Feeling Of Insufficiency
Replies: 21
Views: 1230

Re: Feeling Of Insufficiency

A big thank you to everyone. I have downloaded "Wings Of Awakening" and "Each & Every Breath". I am a great fan of Ajahn Brahm. So thanks to Reflection for sharing the link. Now let me go back and read for few months and then get back to all of you with further questions, :anjali: CalBudd Hey, This...
by reflection
Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: We can't all ordain...right?
Replies: 33
Views: 4101

Re: We can't all ordain...right?

But I don't see what is limiting about dependency on the lay people. It is good because it forces connection with the outside world, not turning into some insiders-only club. I was thinking for geographically isolated areas, especially in the United States, where a dedicated Buddhist lay community ...
by reflection
Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Feeling Of Insufficiency
Replies: 21
Views: 1230

Re: Feeling Of Insufficiency

Hi, So you ask for a sort of guide to guide you through the suttas and will teach you what you need, am I correct? If so, that poses a problem because every practitioner is different! There are thousands of suttas and later teachings for a reason: What rings a bell with one person, doesn't with the ...
by reflection
Sun Oct 27, 2013 4:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Awareness in the Theravāda
Replies: 27
Views: 3936

Re: Awareness in the Theravāda

Since I'm not too familar with the meditation practices of Thai forest teachers, I'm curious as to whether similar instructions are mentioned among the meditation instructions of Thai forest teachers. Their usual way of speaking about awareness does seem to be difficult to fit with the Sūttas. Ther...