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by LonesomeYogurt
Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:18 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Teacher Characteristics?
Replies: 8
Views: 978

Re: Teacher Characteristics?

Sometimes people just aren't natural teachers and will come off as awkward no matter how advanced they are spiritually. In the same vein, some are so talented as speakers that their confidence can mask their relative inexperience. The only real measure of a good teacher is their level of greed, hatr...
by LonesomeYogurt
Wed Mar 20, 2013 9:52 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: A clear mind more important than listening to music
Replies: 63
Views: 8281

Re: A clear mind more important than listening to music

Rejoice in renunciation! The joy of a clear mind is far greater than the joy of sensual contact at any sense door.
by LonesomeYogurt
Wed Mar 20, 2013 9:04 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: If you couldn't be a Buddhist, what would you be?
Replies: 43
Views: 5956

Re: If you couldn't be a Buddhist, what would you be?

Hi all. When I examine the basic teachings of all the masters of all religions, I find that their core message is one of love, compassion , and respect for all beings.At the time that's all that existed, the tag of a religion came after their deaths whereupon all the beliefs dogmas etc. we're added...
by LonesomeYogurt
Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:11 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: If you couldn't be a Buddhist, what would you be?
Replies: 43
Views: 5956

Re: If you couldn't be a Buddhist, what would you be?

2) Does everyone in this thread believe Buddhist practice is mutually exclusive to all other practices? I don't think that's the case, but Buddhism is unique enough in its philosophy that one who practices as a Buddhist primarily may have trouble adjusting that approach to allow for other practices...
by LonesomeYogurt
Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: metta meditation
Replies: 14
Views: 1670

Re: metta meditation

I believe the Visuddhimagga is the first text to suggest the same-sex rule, but it only applies when you're doing the specific self>friend>indifferent>enemy path. If you're sending metta to the entire world, or to sizes or types of beings, it's totally appropriate to send it towards the opposite sex...
by LonesomeYogurt
Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:16 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Other Methods? [Here's an interesting one for you...]
Replies: 12
Views: 1384

Re: Here's an interesting one for you...

I don't practice the previous methods I'm familiar with because they simply cannot accomplish my current goal, which is dukkha-nirodha. Ceremonial Magick, taijiquan, qigong, various shamanisms, Hoshinroshiryu's Secret Smile, Zen - it was all of a similar flavor, where satipatthana is altogether dif...
by LonesomeYogurt
Tue Mar 19, 2013 5:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Developing an Anapanasati practice over time?
Replies: 23
Views: 3804

Re: Developing an Anapanasati practice over time?

A very helpful response for me, but I wonder about the meanings of the two words I highlighted in red. For me, this is the thorniest problem in understanding the suttas. For instance these two terms seem so imprecise and indefinite. :reading: In physics, "bodies" means material objects, and the onl...
by LonesomeYogurt
Tue Mar 19, 2013 5:38 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: global warming
Replies: 396
Views: 31609

Re: global warming

I've used Kim's information and it made no sense when I plugged in the numbers. It is not the matter of belief, but of analyzing and checking the available data. No, it's not. You have made your own formulas and your own models to explain things that you don't understand. And it's okay to not under...
by LonesomeYogurt
Tue Mar 19, 2013 5:10 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Other Methods? [Here's an interesting one for you...]
Replies: 12
Views: 1384

Re: Here's an interesting one for you...

I used to practice in the Mahasi tradition, but I just felt like I was more geared towards tranquility than bare insight. I still love the Mahasi walking meditation techniques though.
by LonesomeYogurt
Tue Mar 19, 2013 1:41 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: V-bulletin
Replies: 28
Views: 7181

Re: V-bulletin

I don't know about you, Ñāṇa, but I take my skyscraper enthusiasm seriously.

:jumping:
by LonesomeYogurt
Tue Mar 19, 2013 1:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Developing an Anapanasati practice over time?
Replies: 23
Views: 3804

Re: Developing an Anapanasati practice over time?

It's important, first of all, to note that the first two steps are not something that one really practices, at least in the same way that one practices the next 14. (1) While breathing in long he fully comprehends: I breathe in long. While breathing out long he fully comprehends: I breathe out long....
by LonesomeYogurt
Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:45 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: How to know if you are suitable?
Replies: 25
Views: 5263

Re: How to know if you are suitable?

There is another thing that keeps people in the robes, and that's samvega. From what I've heard about and from other monks, it takes a healthy revulsion towards lay life to compel someone through the rough spots of a monastic career. If you ordain not because you want to be a monk but solely because...
by LonesomeYogurt
Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:24 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: global warming
Replies: 396
Views: 31609

Re: global warming

I apologize, I didn't see this post Daniel. All science is opinion. Presuming that everyone in the discussion believes in the validity of fact v. value or fact v. opinion false dicthotomies further obsfucates an all ready overly emotionlly charged topic. You're free to believe that all science is op...
by LonesomeYogurt
Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:30 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: global warming
Replies: 396
Views: 31609

Re: global warming

Why so dismmissive? You (or anyone in this thread except Alex) haven't addressed even one of the glaring fallacies I've pointed out from climate change "science." And in your dismissiveness you've gone and commited yet another informal fallacy: tu quoque ("you too"). If you're going to presume the ...
by LonesomeYogurt
Mon Mar 18, 2013 5:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Bhante Vimalaramsi and the 6R's?
Replies: 13
Views: 3139

Re: Bhante Vimalaramsi and the 6R's?

I used to rush into watching the breath far too early when I first started meditation - it is very important to spend a good five minutes or so just slowly un-tensing the body. Make sure you are a breathing with your belly - chest breathing can make the body far less tranquil as it requires more eff...