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by marc108
Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:43 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective
Replies: 95
Views: 9329

Re: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

plwk wrote: Are you required to for this course?
thanks! no this class is upper division for my BA, 'Intro to the New Testament'... GE class outside of my major.
David N. Snyder wrote:By Ven. Dhammika:

http://www.buddhisma2z.com/content.php?id=62
thanks Dr. Snyder
by marc108
Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:28 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Which Palicanon translation to use?
Replies: 24
Views: 7959

Re: Which Palicanon translation to use?

i think its important to compare translations and not to just rely on a single translator. i prefer Ven. Thanissaro & Ven. Bodhi but there are SO many other translations worth reading. http://www.suttacentral.net/ is great & will give you all the major, publicly available translations
by marc108
Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:56 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective
Replies: 95
Views: 9329

Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

I'm going to be taking a class on the New Testament (the part of the Bible based on the teachings of Jesus) starting tomorrow. The class will be focused on the history of the development of Christianity and the teachings of the historical Jesus. This class is going to be intense... 6 hours of lectur...
by marc108
Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:00 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Tutteji !
Replies: 3
Views: 755

Re: Tutteji !

gavesako wrote: where he studied with the very best Swamis, Gurus, Tulkus, Rinpoches, Senseis, Roshis, Ajaahns and independent Spiritual Masters available.

well then! :jumping:
by marc108
Sun May 26, 2013 4:03 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Insight timer for iphone, ipad and android: review plse
Replies: 21
Views: 5613

Re: Insight timer for iphone, ipad and android: review plse

i use it. i dont use the social functions but the timer itself is superior to all others i've tried for meditation.
by marc108
Sun May 26, 2013 2:15 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Breath, and Cherry-Picking for Cultural Convenience
Replies: 146
Views: 14467

Re: The Breath, and Cherry-Picking for Cultural Convenience

I think one of the advantages of Dhamma in the West is that we actually do have a fair amount of choice. If you're inclined to a more devotional type of practice, you can find it; if you're more of a secularist or rationalist, you can find it; if you prefer a meditation-centered approach you can fi...
by marc108
Sun May 26, 2013 1:44 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Breath, and Cherry-Picking for Cultural Convenience
Replies: 146
Views: 14467

Re: The Breath, and Cherry-Picking for Cultural Convenience

I'm not sure how much this matches up to reality, but I think that the laity at large during the time of the Buddha likely was not practicing with the same scope and intensity as the laity is now. The serious modern day practitioner is probably much closer in terms of practice to a monastic than the...
by marc108
Thu May 23, 2013 9:16 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: A drug that helps meditating ?
Replies: 36
Views: 6751

Re: A drug that helps meditating ?

you're probably going to catch a lot of flack here for this, but i'm willing to engage in discussion about this even in private if this thread gets deleted. i think it's an important topic. You are losing the practical reality thinking about theory. Been disociated from the body makes the body pain,...
by marc108
Thu May 23, 2013 3:19 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: A drug that helps meditating ?
Replies: 36
Views: 6751

Re: A drug that helps meditating ?

what this drug basically does is cut of your mind from your body, that is the whole magic about it. The body is a big impediment in meditation this is pretty much exactly the opposite of the Buddhist approach to meditation. Having both abused DXM recreationally and being long time meditator, I beli...
by marc108
Tue May 21, 2013 8:54 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: chafing problem
Replies: 15
Views: 2536

Re: jock itch

the key is to keep your bits dry. use a hair dryer and dry your bits up really good immediately after you get out of the shower. wear loose fitting underwear as well.
by marc108
Tue May 21, 2013 4:49 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Breath, and Cherry-Picking for Cultural Convenience
Replies: 146
Views: 14467

Re: The Breath, and Cherry-Picking for Cultural Convenience

Buddhism has cultural bias within all cultures... that being said, the Buddha himself placed special emphasis on Anapanasati and I think that rather than being cherry picked for cultural convenience, the emphasis on breath meditation simply reflects the Buddha's own emphasis. Also, nearly all of the...
by marc108
Thu May 16, 2013 6:44 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: A rock is moving through my body
Replies: 6
Views: 1304

Re: A rock is moving through my body

http://www.dhammatalks.org/ebook_index.html#eachandeverybreath Pressure. As you release tension or tightness in different parts of the body, it can often give rise to unusually strong or unbalanced energies or sensations. This is normal, and these energies, if left alone, can often work themselves o...
by marc108
Thu May 16, 2013 12:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Don't like to meditate
Replies: 51
Views: 10834

Re: Don't like to meditate

great advice in this thread!
by marc108
Thu May 16, 2013 12:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: POLL: The purpose or goal of meditation retreats is...
Replies: 21
Views: 1720

Re: POLL: The purpose or goal of meditation retreats is...

what a loaded question lol :jumping:

i think this question depends on where the person is in their practice and what the goals of their practice are. given the option i would have chosen most if not all of the above.