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by Ben
Fri Jul 01, 2016 6:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Anicca" as "uncertainty" - Ajahn Chah via Ajahn Amaro
Replies: 62
Views: 3822

Re: "Anicca" as "uncertainty" - Ajahn Chah via Ajahn Amaro

With all due respect, it doesn't seem like the "yeah well I don't think so" argument contributes much to the conversation. My point was that IMPERMANENCE is something I can easily handle in meditation...but being able to quickly call it to mind in all manner of daily interactions can take a bit mor...
by Ben
Fri Jul 01, 2016 5:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What do the wider Theravadan world think about Goenka?
Replies: 43
Views: 4166

Re: What do the wider Theravadan world think about Goenka?

I suggest you do some research on SN Goenka particularly, the esteem in which he held the Bhikkhu Sangha. Also, it might be worthwhile searching for, and reading, the obituaries to him. That should give you an indication of the respect he held for the tradition and the respect that the wider Therava...
by Ben
Fri Jul 01, 2016 12:38 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: May I take refuge here?
Replies: 9
Views: 1208

Re: May I take refuge here?

Welcome Dhammacola!
Yes, you can take refuge here.
Chill, read, learn and discuss.
Thank you for sharing your traumatic experience and I hope the negative effects of being held up at gunpoint diminish.
kind regards,
Ben
by Ben
Thu Jun 30, 2016 11:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Anicca" as "uncertainty" - Ajahn Chah via Ajahn Amaro
Replies: 62
Views: 3822

Re: "Anicca" as "uncertainty" - Ajahn Chah via Ajahn Amaro

Goofaholix wrote:
JMGinPDX wrote:impermanence just seems too esoteric and lofty a concept.
Really? there's nothing lofty or esoteric about it, it's something that is easily observable, like gravity.
You took the words right out of my mouth.
by Ben
Wed Jun 29, 2016 3:10 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: "Moderation in what is beneficial"? - Yoga connections.
Replies: 115
Views: 9178

Re: "Moderation in what is beneficial"? - Yoga connections.

Yet again, more irrational nonsense. Knowledge brings mastery. If Western medicine was aware of all the components in semen surely they would have made use of them or exploited them rather. What about this is irrational if I may ask? You've demonstrated a complete lack of knowledge of the subject a...
by Ben
Wed Jun 29, 2016 2:09 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: "Moderation in what is beneficial"? - Yoga connections.
Replies: 115
Views: 9178

Re: "Moderation in what is beneficial"? - Yoga connections.

You made the claim Well if they knew every single component of semen surely we'd have clones and test tube babies running rampant which is not the case. Yet again, more irrational nonsense. I'm sorry but this is irrational nonsense. I'm sorry you feel that way. Its not a feeling. Its a statement of...
by Ben
Wed Jun 29, 2016 1:52 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: "Moderation in what is beneficial"? - Yoga connections.
Replies: 115
Views: 9178

Re: "Moderation in what is beneficial"? - Yoga connections.

and it isn't only zinc as I said there are numerous compounds present in semen of which modern medicine is completely in the dark! Such as hormones enzymes etc. Really? Please do tell. What hormones, enzymes and other compounds is modern medicine completely in the dark about? How should I know? You...
by Ben
Wed Jun 29, 2016 1:27 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: "Moderation in what is beneficial"? - Yoga connections.
Replies: 115
Views: 9178

Re: "Moderation in what is beneficial"? - Yoga connections.

ihrjordan wrote:and it isn't only zinc as I said there are numerous compounds present in semen of which modern medicine is completely in the dark! Such as hormones enzymes etc.
Really? Please do tell. What hormones, enzymes and other compounds is modern medicine completely in the dark about?
by Ben
Tue Jun 28, 2016 11:37 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: "My whole life is about devotion to the Buddha’s teachings"
Replies: 7
Views: 1501

"My whole life is about devotion to the Buddha’s teachings"

Some will find the following interview extract a source of inspiration, as I do. Originally published on http://burmadhamma.blogspot.com.au/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Bhikkhu Agga is a Dutch monk living in Myanmar. While back home for a short time, he was interviewed about his l...
by Ben
Tue Jun 28, 2016 3:05 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Going against the advice of the monk?
Replies: 19
Views: 1660

Re: Going against the advice of the monk?

I second Mike's sound advice.
All the best,
Ben
by Ben
Tue Jun 28, 2016 2:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Fear of becoming a boring person
Replies: 35
Views: 2545

Re: Fear of becoming a boring person

Many years ago I had a friend who decided to get a sex change. When I probed him as to why the answer he gave me was that he wanted to be 'an interesting person'. Now, I don't have a thing against LGBTI, but I didn't think his motivation was healthy nor appropriate. And I let him know as gently as p...
by Ben
Sun Jun 26, 2016 6:15 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: HAPPY BIRTHDAY COORAN!!
Replies: 13
Views: 1140

HAPPY BIRTHDAY COORAN!!

Many happy returns to you, Chris, on your birthday!

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by Ben
Fri Jun 24, 2016 11:31 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: definition of "becoming?"
Replies: 11
Views: 1547

Re: definition of "becoming?"

Please review the guidelines for the classical Theravāda forum before posting here.
Posts that do not comply with those guidelines will be removed from view.
by Ben
Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:35 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: permanently banned?
Replies: 21
Views: 3390

Re: permanently banned?

Digity wrote:cough syrup guy got me banned too, but David fixed the issue. Damn you cough syrup guy!!! *shakes fist at cough syrup guy*
I am sorry about that.
Kind regards,
Ben
by Ben
Thu Jun 23, 2016 12:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Tricycle worth it?
Replies: 3
Views: 558

Re: Is Tricycle worth it?

Hello all, The yearly digital subscription fee is reasonable and there is at least one article I want to read. Does anyone have an opinion on the quality of the magazine in general? Do you subscribe to it and read new issues when they're released? Are most articles worth reading? I'm guessing that ...
by Ben
Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:42 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Birthday mikenz66 and vinasp!
Replies: 19
Views: 1260

Re: Happy Birthday mikenz66 and vinasp!

Happy birthday gentlemen.
by Ben
Tue Jun 21, 2016 10:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Degree in Pali
Replies: 4
Views: 720

Re: Degree in Pali

This might be relevant to you: Pali Online School and Reading Group (Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies) This year the OCBS trialled a brand new Pali Online School. This was designed for all those interested in learning Pali with Professor Gombrich, who cannot travel to Oxford for the Summer School....
by Ben
Mon Jun 20, 2016 7:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Pictures that prove Australia is the Craziest
Replies: 55
Views: 4722

Re: Pictures that prove Australia is the Craziest

Kim OHara wrote:Another too-good-not-to-post pic: how to measure a saltwater croc
Dear Kim,

Don't forget to mention the man-eating spiders.
You can hear them eating their prey. They chew with their mouth open.
kind regards,

Ben
by Ben
Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:32 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Victims of Communism
Replies: 231
Views: 15539

Re: Victims of Communism

And neoliberal capitalism doesn't have blood on its hands?
I think not.