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by marc108
Thu Jul 04, 2013 7:05 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Going vegan!
Replies: 37
Views: 6983

Re: Going vegan!

I asked if I should take an Omega-3 supplement or switch from olive to canola oil and he didn't seem to think I needed to. He said to continue taking my multivitamin, and recommended the cheapest I could find. It has 18mcg (300% rda) B12 which would be my main concern. congratulations on all your s...
by marc108
Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The law of attraction
Replies: 13
Views: 1982

Re: The law of attraction

absolute nonsense. try it and see if you win the lottery. :jumping:
by marc108
Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:39 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Upcoming College Grad Looking for Advice on Jobs/Moving
Replies: 16
Views: 3462

Re: Upcoming College Grad Looking for Advice on Jobs/Moving

No problem. Bhavana Society retreats fill up quickly and well ahead of time so plan accordingly. A lot of popular places like Abhayagiri are using a lottery system I believe. Also just FYI, Wat Metta in San Diego is basically a year round retreat center... you just need to call and make sure they ha...
by marc108
Sat Jun 22, 2013 2:41 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Upcoming College Grad Looking for Advice on Jobs/Moving
Replies: 16
Views: 3462

Re: Upcoming College Grad Looking for Advice on Jobs/Moving

congrats on your upcoming graduation. my suggestion, first off, would be to do at least 2-4 weeks of retreat immediately after your graduate. you likely wont be able to get that much time off again during the first few years of work. do whatever you have to do to go on retreat... borrow money, skip ...
by marc108
Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: To what extent can you trust the voice within?
Replies: 40
Views: 6498

Re: To what extent can you trust the voice within?

to the same extend that your mind has been purified.
by marc108
Tue Jun 18, 2013 5:12 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Nostril concentration risks?
Replies: 8
Views: 2616

Re: Nostril concentration risks?

unlikely, or most Theravada meditators would have high blood pressure... Samadhi generally reduces blood pressure.
by marc108
Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A virtual hermitage for admirable companions?
Replies: 11
Views: 3855

Re: A virtual hermitage for admirable companions?

i think this is a good idea and would love to participate in whatever arises. there isnt much of a Sangha where I live and sharing in a public forum that is so large takes away from the intimacy that i assume would arise in a hermitage type situation. shoot me a PM sometime :)
by marc108
Fri Jun 14, 2013 12:15 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Dhamma & Marriage?
Replies: 9
Views: 2675

Re: Dhamma & Marriage?

Zenainder wrote: It would seem to me that absense of clinging and love / marriage oppose one another.
attachment and entanglement are not the same thing!
by marc108
Tue Jun 11, 2013 12:25 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: The ethics of advising divorce
Replies: 14
Views: 1893

Re: The ethics of advising divorce

John isn't responsible for his wife's decisions and shouldn't allow himself to be held hostage emotionally. Beyond that I would say that if that were my wife, I would #1 consult a professional about the proper way to intervene and #2 have her committed which he can do legally I believe.
by marc108
Thu Jun 06, 2013 4:27 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective
Replies: 95
Views: 9969

Re: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

Hi Peter, glad you've decided to contribute :) Really really interesting to hear the perspectives of a former Buddhist/current Christian. I'm interested to hear whatever you have to say, even in private, if you think it's not proper to post in the forum. Have you studied the NT depth, both in and of...
by marc108
Tue Jun 04, 2013 4:23 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective
Replies: 95
Views: 9969

Re: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

You can google the parable if you'd like to generously hunt for alternatives. i really do not see those things in that parable... but i'm also not a christian :jumping: i think that is a very course interpretation... akin to saying the 1st Jhana simile is about taking a bath. I don't think there's ...
by marc108
Tue Jun 04, 2013 2:27 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective
Replies: 95
Views: 9969

Re: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

Yes - but that line of the parable is about divine retribution, so the point stands. Jesus taught about divine retribution because, on this view, ones ability to contribute in a positive way is solely God-given (there will be theological hairsplitting here, but naught hangs on the details) so one m...
by marc108
Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:23 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective
Replies: 95
Views: 9969

Re: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

I believe that Jesus was likely a stream-enterer due to the way he speaks and teaches around the 1st 3 fetters. I also think his contact with God and angels was not a delusion or some sort of story made up after his death, but rather that he was in contact with sort of deva(s), perhaps what had beco...
by marc108
Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:08 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective
Replies: 95
Views: 9969

Re: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

The parallel sayings are sometimes a bit spooky though. I think I should clarify that my interest is in finding similarities and differences between the historical teachings of the Buddha and Jesus, and not the religions that developed around them. and yes there seems to be dozens if not hundreds o...
by marc108
Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:44 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective
Replies: 95
Views: 9969

Re: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

Fr. Greg Boyle... my favorite Christian: “Here is what we seek: a compassion that can stand in awe at what the poor have to carry rather than stand in judgment at how they carry it.” ― Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion "Anderson Cooper was struck with the selfles...