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by drifting cloud
Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:12 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Is Theravada too conservative for the youth?
Replies: 35
Views: 8798

Re: Is Theravada too conservative for the youth?

Speaking as a youth or at any rate as a "young adult" (20 something), I would have to say....no.
by drifting cloud
Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: ridding yourself of Desire
Replies: 10
Views: 1473

Re: ridding yourself of Desire

Tanha is not the same as chanda . Ajahn Succito states: Sometimes taṇhā is translated as “desire,” but that gives rise to some crucial misinterpretations with reference to the way of Liberation. As we shall see, some form of desire is essential in order to aspire to, and persist in, cultivating the...
by drifting cloud
Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does belief in rebirth amount to wrong views clinging?
Replies: 2
Views: 1097

Re: Does belief in rebirth amount to wrong views clinging?

Rebirth as the Buddha taught is part of Right View and it does not involve 'self-doctrine clinging', so I would say the answer to your question is no.
by drifting cloud
Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Bodhi
Replies: 8
Views: 3601

Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi

Thank you for posting this; I am grateful for Bhikku Bodhi's scholarship and also for his non-sectarian approach.
by drifting cloud
Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:20 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Becoming a Monk: Are Transgender People Welcome?
Replies: 19
Views: 8511

Re: Becoming a Monk: Are Transgender People Welcome?

The Thai concept of "kathoey" (ladyboy) might be more relevant here than descriptions of "eunuchs". Are kathoeys allowed to ordain?
by drifting cloud
Mon Dec 24, 2012 10:21 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Lost and Still Searching
Replies: 18
Views: 2731

Re: Lost and Still Searching

Here is an audio recording of basic breath meditation instructions from Thanissaro Bhikku: http://www.audiodharma.org/talks/audio_player/300.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; That should be enough to get you started, although I also recommend finding a qualified teacher as well. Ac...
by drifting cloud
Sun Dec 09, 2012 8:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Regression progression
Replies: 5
Views: 1779

Re: Regression progression

However, each stage of progress is punctuated with a short period of regression e.g. lack of mindfulness, anger & lust arising easily, increase in unskillful thoughts, doubts and restlessness before coming back onto the path with a leap. I can best describe it as 1-step-forward-2-steps-back-then-3-...
by drifting cloud
Sun Dec 09, 2012 8:21 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is life a bad thing in Buddhism?
Replies: 7
Views: 1594

Re: Is life a bad thing in Buddhism?

No, not at all. Buddhism teaches us to respect all life and in particular to value our human life: Staying at Savatthi. Then the Blessed One, picking up a little bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monks, "What do you think, monks? Which is greater: the little bit of dust I have ...
by drifting cloud
Sun Dec 09, 2012 8:15 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: your take on nibbana
Replies: 28
Views: 3815

Re: your take on nibbana

I don't know if it makes much sense to discuss one's "take" on nibbana if one has not attained nibbana. I will be happy to get back to you when I have attained it. This may take me a few lifetimes. :) In the meantime, this is how it was described by one who attained it: " This is peace, this is exqu...
by drifting cloud
Sat Dec 08, 2012 3:19 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: No-self?
Replies: 2
Views: 1233

Re: No-self?

What is the meaning of no-self in Buddhism? Is it the idea that instead of independent beings, there is a collaborative "we" in all life forms? or is it a more nihilistic view that the self is not real and that nothing is real? Neither. It is one of the "Three Characteristics" that are said to appl...
by drifting cloud
Fri Dec 07, 2012 11:19 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Ego?
Replies: 6
Views: 1653

Re: Ego?

nrose619 wrote:I understand an aim of Buddhism is to diminish one's ego but is the ego and self confidence the same thing?
The aim of Buddhism is liberation from suffering.

"Ego" is a concept from Western psychoanalysis/psychology.

As far as I can tell these two things don't have much to do with one another.
by drifting cloud
Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Neurosurgeon's visit to heaven - proof of afterlife?
Replies: 113
Views: 18786

Re: Neurosurgeon's visit to heaven - proof of afterlife?

When a neurosurgeon found himself in a coma, he experienced things he never thought possible—a journey to the afterlife. It is interesting that these "journeys" tend to occur in hospital when a person is pumped with drugs or when brain malfunctions... How do we know that these memories are not by-p...
by drifting cloud
Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Depression and Right View
Replies: 10
Views: 3436

Re: Depression and Right View

hey Sekha,

Re: desire, you might also find this thread helpful: http://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=14397" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by drifting cloud
Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:35 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Help! New Buddhist!
Replies: 10
Views: 3826

Re: Help! New Buddhist!

Just to add to what others have said - a lot of confusion arises among Buddhists (both new and not so new) over terminology like "desire", "mindfulness", etc. In my experience a lot of this confusion is because of how certain technical Buddhist words in Pali or Sanskrit have been translated into oth...
by drifting cloud
Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Godel, Escher, Bach ...and Buddha
Replies: 35
Views: 7362

Re: Godel, Escher, Bach ...and Buddha

This strikes me because the formula for the five aggregates appears to be recursive as well. This is how I understand it: Form, feeling, perception, and volitional formations are all necessary for consciousness as the fifth aggregate to arise. However, consciousness is necessary for the first four ...