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by Mkoll
Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If a non-Dhammic person taught the Dhamma, would you learn from him?
Replies: 39
Views: 535

Re: If a non-Dhammic person taught the Dhamma, would you learn from him?

If a non-Dhammic person (should it be adhammic?) gave fantastic Dhamma talks would you visit him to learn from him or listen to him on YouTube? Imagine he is good, so good that he is a dazzling teacher .. makes it all seem so easy and takes away all your doubts and hesitation .. but you know (and e...
by Mkoll
Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New to Buddhism
Replies: 10
Views: 361

Re: New to Buddhism

Glad to hear it, I'm sure they'll be able to accommodate you. There's also Aloka Vihara monastery. I haven't been myself, but I've seen their abbess give a talk and she's inspiring. If you're near Berkeley, some of the Abhayagiri monks come down on the first Tuesday of every month and some of the Al...
by Mkoll
Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New to Buddhism
Replies: 10
Views: 361

Re: New to Buddhism

Hey Doug, welcome. Sounds like you're in the Bay Area. I highly recommend going up to Abhayagiri Monastery up north, especially if you can stay for a few days or longer. The abbot there is very kind, wise and experienced in answering all kinds of questions from folks, Buddhist, non-Buddhist or anyth...
by Mkoll
Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why do Americans not have to announce which country they are from?
Replies: 125
Views: 2869

Re: Why do Americans not have to announce which country they are from?

If somebody has never heard of California and has no idea where it is they also probably don't have internet access. Also, I identify more as a Californian than an American. I'd almost consider voting to secede from the union but I'd be concerned about the fate of the world if the US was not at all...
by Mkoll
Tue Mar 20, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dharma Talks or Videos
Replies: 69
Views: 13712

Re: Dharma Talks or Videos

I've been listening to some of Ajahn Sona's talks during longish car trips and I quite like his style. He references the suttas and Dhamma teachings pretty often, with helpful commentary and practical tips from his own experience and practice.
by Mkoll
Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Headaches from bhavana
Replies: 7
Views: 390

Re: Headaches from bhavana

Have you tried noticing whether you're tensing your muscles while you're meditating, especially in the face, neck and shoulders? This tension can cause a headache.
by Mkoll
Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can a lay person learn, practice and become peaceful and happy?
Replies: 33
Views: 979

Re: Can a lay person learn, practice and become peaceful and happy?

Hi, Can a lay person learn buddhism, practice and become peaceful and happy? Without becoming a monk? Thanks. According to the suttas, yes. They attest that many laypeople attained the first 3 stages of enlightenment during the Buddha's lifetime, the first of which is described in the Dhammapada th...
by Mkoll
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A Talk Dealing With Lay Life
Replies: 3
Views: 223

Re: A Talk Dealing With Lay Life

Thanks for sharing this.
by Mkoll
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:53 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: has the smartphone destroyed a generation
Replies: 38
Views: 980

Re: has the smartphone destroyed a generation

Thanks for sharing this article.
by Mkoll
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: New Translation: Suttas from the Suttanipāta
Replies: 28
Views: 581

Re: New Translation: Suttas from the Suttanipāta

The Silent Sages of Old: Suttas from the Suttanipāta This small selection of Suttas is by no means comparably small in its importance and significance. For the realization of Dhamma is beyond any descriptive words or concepts: truth is not subject to measurement, comparison or classification. The B...
by Mkoll
Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:56 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: A few questions...
Replies: 19
Views: 538

Re: A few questions...

Hi all, Whilst my personal practice is still in its infancy I had a few queries on which I hoped fellow forum members may grant me some clarification.I meditate when possible during my daily schedule and have been reading the Dhammapada, which I have greatly enjoyed. Firstly, it seems to me that to...
by Mkoll
Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Advice for getting over being humiliated?
Replies: 14
Views: 308

Re: Advice for getting over being humiliated?

This sutta may help. "Monks, these eight worldly conditions spin after the world, and the world spins after these eight worldly conditions. Which eight? Gain, loss, status, disgrace, censure, praise, pleasure, & pain. These are the eight worldly conditions that spin after the world, and the world sp...
by Mkoll
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sattva/Louise
Replies: 20
Views: 668

Re: Sattva/Louise

Thanks for checking in Louise. May you be well and happy.
by Mkoll
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 1975
Views: 171241

Re: What music are you listening to right now?

Have a soft spot for these kind of "fantasy tavern" style songs.

Divinity Original Sin 2 OST (Borislav Slavov) - Amber Ale

by Mkoll
Sun Dec 31, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: How to get over being wronged?
Replies: 28
Views: 1131

Re: How to get over being wronged?

How to get over being wronged?
Keep cultivating the brahmavirahas. Reflecting on envy, conceit, restlessness, etc. is helpful---the Abdhidhamma and commentaries are a good resource to flesh our your reflections.
by Mkoll
Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Trump. And why I hate him.
Replies: 210
Views: 6388

Re: Trump. And why I hate him.

1) He refuses to recognize facts. 2) He is living in his own, separate reality, in which only he is great--all others are wrong. 3)He is debasing, through his very presence, but also his "tweets", the Presidency. 4) He is a God Dam Crazy Man, a complete narcissist, and also a pathological liar. All...
by Mkoll
Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 1975
Views: 171241

Re: What music are you listening to right now?

An absurd video, but vocal female French pop doesn't get better than Alizee at her prime.

Alizee - L'Alize

by Mkoll
Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:36 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 129
Views: 4430

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Sam Vara wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:10 pm
binocular wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:12 pm

I think the proverbial testosterone could be playing a major part in this.
Surely this is playing the balls rather than the man?
:lol:

Touche!
by Mkoll
Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The body
Replies: 8
Views: 353

Re: The body

I hesitated to use the word subjective because it is so loaded and tends to reify a self-subject experiencing/observing an object. Maybe elementary would be better? I'm open to suggestions. The bottom line though is that the Buddha used "the world" in different ways. It seems the "fathom-long body" ...
by Mkoll
Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The body
Replies: 8
Views: 353

Re: The body

The Buddha referred to the world primarily in 2 ways. 1) He referred to it in the conventional way, exemplified by this bolded stock passage often found in the suttas: So long as I did not directly know as they really are the five aggregates subject to clinging in four phases, I did not claim to hav...