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by seeker242
Thu Oct 18, 2012 9:50 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Does rape fall under sexual misconduct?
Replies: 5
Views: 1564

Re: Does rape fall under sexual misconduct?

Abandoning the taking of what is not given, he abstains from taking what is not given. He does not take, in the manner of a thief, things in a village or a wilderness that belong to others and have not been given by them. Abandoning sensual misconduct, he abstains from sensual misconduct. He does n...
by seeker242
Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravada and Zen sitting practice
Replies: 8
Views: 1592

Re: Theravada and Zen sitting practice

Like most non-Buddhists who get introduced to Buddhism through Zen, my knowledge of Theravada is rudimentary. I am familiar with terms like Shamatha and Vipassana (at least I feel I am) and would like to know if meditation practices of Zen tradition have any correlation with Shamatha and Vippassana...
by seeker242
Sat Jun 16, 2012 12:12 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: I am Someone Else
Replies: 6
Views: 714

Re: I am Someone Else

I have a question. If we are not our bodies,or thoughts or feelings etc.. would it be correct to treat this body and our life as if it were someone else's? I know this sounds very sci fi..and makes me think of an alien invading someones body and thoughts or like a puppet being pulled with strings. ...
by seeker242
Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:43 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The world that you see is a reflection of yourself.
Replies: 6
Views: 2262

Re: The world that you see is a reflection of yourself.

Thanks you for the references, will check them out! :thanks:
by seeker242
Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:06 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The world that you see is a reflection of yourself.
Replies: 6
Views: 2262

The world that you see is a reflection of yourself.

The world that you see is simply a reflection of yourself. Lots of people say this in various different spiritual traditions. What I'm looking for is some textual Buddhist references that speak to this particular phenomena. For example, a thief will see the world as being filled with other thieves, ...
by seeker242
Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The world is at war. What do you do?
Replies: 52
Views: 4223

Re: The world is at war. What do you do?

Wishing and trying won't save the world. What actions would you take? If you don't act, how will you justify it when the world is ruined? The world is already ruined. It is born that way. You can't save the world. It is impossible to save the world. The world will always be filled with suffering an...
by seeker242
Thu May 24, 2012 4:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ignorance
Replies: 13
Views: 979

Re: Ignorance

It is said the cause of sufferings is ignorance, our mind/nature intrinsically is pure and luminous. This is a Mahayana concept. In Theravada, the mind is not inherently this or that, it is just mind, often falling into greed, anger, and delusion. The Buddha didn't focus on origins. He focused on t...
by seeker242
Mon May 21, 2012 8:52 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Anyone tried Salvia divinorum before?
Replies: 27
Views: 2213

Re: Anyone tried Salvia divinorum before?

What are you hoping to gain by taking this hallucinogenic drug? I have done my fair share of legal and illegal drugs and will save you a lot of time and trouble and tell you right now that intoxicants are incompatible with Buddhist practice. The fifth precept was put in place by the Buddha for a re...
by seeker242
Thu May 17, 2012 12:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can a layperson actually follow "The Middle Way"?
Replies: 7
Views: 955

Re: Can a layperson actually follow "The Middle Way"?

It depends on your definition of "indulge". Personally I'm too busy earning a living and raising a family to have much spare time to "indulge" in anything. Ha, this is what young people don't get about lay life. From the outside looking in, it's very appealing, I mean you get to live with a woman, ...
by seeker242
Wed May 16, 2012 7:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can a layperson actually follow "The Middle Way"?
Replies: 7
Views: 955

Can a layperson actually follow "The Middle Way"?

Can a layperson actually follow "The Middle Way" when they are still indulging in sense pleasures? Sex comes to mind. "There are these two extremes that are not to be indulged in by one who has gone forth. Which two? That which is devoted to sensual pleasure with reference to sensual objects: base, ...
by seeker242
Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Daily life meditation
Replies: 9
Views: 1786

Re: Daily life meditation

As I see it, there are two benefits to doing this "daily life meditation". There is the benefit of staying with whatever you are doing which produces a calm tranquility. And then there is the benefit of "coming back". This coming back has a great benefit if you do not judge the fact that you have "w...
by seeker242
Tue Apr 03, 2012 12:37 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: The Bodhi Tree thread
Replies: 14
Views: 24958

Re: The Bodhi Tree thread

Bodhi, a Pāḷi word meaning ‘awaken,’ is the name given to the particular tree growing at Bodh Gayā which the Buddha was sitting under when he became enlightened. This Bodhi Tree was a variety of fig known to botanists as Ficus religiosa and which has large spreading branches and rounded leaves with...
by seeker242
Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The thought that stops......
Replies: 26
Views: 5057

Re: The thought that stops......

Wow. Are we getting mislead by those who claim we should simply observe thoughts as they arise? No, because you can not stop thoughts from arising! All you can do is make an effort to maintain mindfulness of breathing. If you try to do both, then you are not really maintaining mindfulness of just b...
by seeker242
Sat Mar 31, 2012 4:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The thought that stops......
Replies: 26
Views: 5057

Re: The thought that stops......

Wow. Are we getting mislead by those who claim we should simply observe thoughts as they arise? No, because you can not stop thoughts from arising! All you can do is make an effort to maintain mindfulness of breathing. If you try to do both, then you are not really maintaining mindfulness of just b...
by seeker242
Sat Mar 31, 2012 3:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: One Buddhist way or many?
Replies: 41
Views: 4586

Re: One Buddhist way or many?

Many different techniques, but only one way. "And this, monks, is the noble truth of the cessation of dukkha: the remainderless fading & cessation, renunciation, relinquishment, release, & letting go of that very craving." — SN 56.11 So technically, you could say it's both many ways and also only on...