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by Sanghamitta
Thu Feb 23, 2012 4:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Secular Buddhist
Replies: 289
Views: 32687

Re: The Secular Buddhist

Following instructions from ones teacher/s with diligence and observing Sila.
Beliefs come and go.
by Sanghamitta
Thu Feb 23, 2012 4:11 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: An Apology
Replies: 19
Views: 2720

Re: An Apology

Peter was baptised into the Orthodox church last november.
I believe he took his leave of the mods at that time, with mutual goodwill.

Actually quite a lot of people did see it coming.


:anjali:
by Sanghamitta
Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Secular Buddhist
Replies: 289
Views: 32687

Re: The Secular Buddhist

I respectfully disagree....in this matter almost everything is.
by Sanghamitta
Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: An Apology
Replies: 19
Views: 2720

Re: An Apology

I think perhaps note should be taken of the date of this post...it was in March 2011.
Peter no longer considers himself to be a Buddhist and in fact was baptised into the Eastern Orthodox Church towards the end of last year after more than forty years as a Buddhist.
Just for information.



:anjali:
by Sanghamitta
Thu Feb 23, 2012 1:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Secular Buddhist
Replies: 289
Views: 32687

Re: The Secular Buddhist

Liking or disliking particular teachings is only an issue in the absence of instruction. With proper instruction one just gets on with it. Its not about us. Either way. Proceeding on the basis of what attracts or repels us is a recipe for endless circling. The Great Physicians prescriptions are effe...
by Sanghamitta
Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:55 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Your favorite historical teachers
Replies: 30
Views: 9754

Re: Your favorite historical teachers

Ananda.
by Sanghamitta
Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Gaia house
Replies: 1
Views: 896

Re: Gaia house

Gaia House started more or less as a satellite of Sharpham House when Martine and Stephen Batchelor were there before moving to France. I would not describe it as a cross between schools. It is a centre of Vipassana/Vipashnya, and hosts Vipassana/Vipashnya teachers from all traditions where insight ...
by Sanghamitta
Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Secular Buddhist
Replies: 289
Views: 32687

Re: The Secular Buddhist

:goodpost: I disagree. It seems to me that cherry picking is all about our personal beliefs, preconceptions and assumptions. Actually the use of the phrase "cherry picking" is dismissive, derogatory, and about our personal beliefs, preconceptions and assumptions. ... If someone reads the newspaper t...
by Sanghamitta
Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to cultivate pasada if you *don't* believe in rebirth?
Replies: 21
Views: 2481

Re: How to cultivate pasada if you *don't* believe in rebirth?

:goodpost:


For me, I see both belief and disbelief as frivolousness.
by Sanghamitta
Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Secular Buddhist
Replies: 289
Views: 32687

Re: The Secular Buddhist

Well said....I am fairly neutral about Zen but they have a concept which i think ties in closely with the approach of Luang Por Chah...the Further, one might "use" -- for example -- the Christian Hell as a motivational tool? Or one might use the "don't know mind" as a tool. I think there is no subsi...
by Sanghamitta
Mon Feb 20, 2012 3:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Secular Buddhist
Replies: 289
Views: 32687

Re: The Secular Buddhist

Within reason the initial reason for practice is less important than the continuing thereof. It usually boils down to dukkha. Our personal preferences including which commentators/translators we prefer are more or less arbitrary, or are dependent on factors of culture and temperament which are event...
by Sanghamitta
Mon Feb 20, 2012 2:14 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Nature
Replies: 15
Views: 3301

Re: Nature

And do you suppose that all those furry and winged fellow denizens of this planet as they hunt and are hunted are also recharging their batteries ? Or is that a luxury afforded only to humans who find it all terribly romantic ...?
by Sanghamitta
Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:16 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Nature
Replies: 15
Views: 3301

Re: Nature

" We sit by a lake on a warm summers day and and project feelings of peacefulness...meanwhile below the surface everything is engaged in a struggle to simply survive...everything is hunting or hunted by everything else...its the nature of Dukkha "

Ajahn Munindo.
by Sanghamitta
Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Craving while being mindful?
Replies: 42
Views: 4055

Re: Craving while being mindful?

However in the next moment of becoming aware of this very craving craving is dissolved and mindfulness re-established. That is how one might think it works. Probably one would... I would suggest that this kind of assumption is a result of DIY practice sans instruction...with the latter things are s...
by Sanghamitta
Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Secular Buddhist
Replies: 289
Views: 32687

Re: The Secular Buddhist

Good for you. Open minds are of course defined by being open all round. That being the case I will leave judging the route by which other people arrive at empirical knowledge... I see no evidence that holding either belief or disbelief results in saddha per se. Over the years I have seen many who we...