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by Mkoll
Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: schedule
Replies: 15
Views: 2403

Re: schedule

If tired, try going to bed earlier if this is possible. Since I started going to bed at 10pm, I am able to wake at 4am with little grogginess. Whereas when I went to bed at 11pm, I would want to sleep in until 6am or 7am and I would feel groggy upon awakening. Now that I've made early sleep a habit,...
by Mkoll
Thu Sep 12, 2013 3:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Focusing on the nostrils?
Replies: 5
Views: 1542

Re: Focusing on the nostrils?

mal4mac said: "Many books say that you don't always get wonderful feelings during meditation, and not to mind this, not to expect it. If you don't expect wonderful feelings, you will not feel frustration. Just do it everyday, maybe for a shorter period each day until things get better? Anyone can d...
by Mkoll
Wed Sep 11, 2013 10:13 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is controlling?
Replies: 82
Views: 4469

Re: What is controlling?

Everything arises due to causes and conditions... but that doesn't mean something is negated (i.e., the control) just because someone is trying to view it outside of the causes and conditions. :anjali: Hi beeblebrox, The trying to look outside the causes and conditions to get a view of the causes a...
by Mkoll
Wed Sep 11, 2013 2:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sexual Misconduct
Replies: 5
Views: 1767

Re: Sexual Misconduct

Would/could masturbation be considered misconduct? If not, is pornography? And if two consenting partners partake in extreme fetishes (bdsm, urination, etc), is this misconduct? I tend to feel like attachment is the real issue, as there always seems to be attachment involved in intimacy, but should...
by Mkoll
Wed Sep 11, 2013 2:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and smoking, what's your thoughts?
Replies: 223
Views: 12730

Re: I'm giving up tobacco, permanently

I can't speak for tobacco but I can for marijuana. Though not as addictive, I allowed it to have a hold on me for 5 years. Towards the end, the negative aspects of the practice became more and more apparent: the burning sensation of the smoke going down into the lungs, the dirty taste of the smoke a...
by Mkoll
Wed Sep 11, 2013 1:41 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Health benefits of a wholefoods plant-based diet
Replies: 20
Views: 3490

Re: Health benefits of a wholefoods plant-based diet

Hi Ben and All I hope that you don’t mind me drifting the thread a bit. What is your take on the raw food/cooked food debate; benefits and otherwise in relation to vegetarian and vegan diets. Metta paul If you don't have any digestive disorders, I would recommend eating a mixture of raw and cooked ...
by Mkoll
Wed Sep 11, 2013 3:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Effect of happiness on genes
Replies: 12
Views: 1490

Re: Effect of happiness on genes

A relevant passage from DN21: Joy is of two sorts, I tell you, deva-king: to be pursued & not to be pursued.' Thus was it said. And in reference to what was it said? When one knows of a feeling of joy, 'As I pursue this joy, unskillful mental qualities increase, and skillful mental qualities declin...
by Mkoll
Wed Sep 11, 2013 3:16 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is controlling?
Replies: 82
Views: 4469

Re: What is controlling?

When I conducted a meditation retreat in England, one of the meditators had put much effort into his practise both sitting as well as walking, and awareness of the activities too. So after about four days meditation he came to me and asked a question. ''Venerable Sir, my meditation is getting worse...
by Mkoll
Tue Sep 10, 2013 5:23 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monk Hygiene?
Replies: 2
Views: 1493

Monk Hygiene?

Friends,

Just curious, how often do monks bathe and brush their teeth?

I'm guessing that most must have to shave every day because I don't see monks with hair or beards.

Thank you.

:anjali:

James
by Mkoll
Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Effect of happiness on genes
Replies: 12
Views: 1490

Re: Effect of happiness on genes

Thank you for the article, Kim. I found these passages especially striking. Synaptic pruning eliminates weaker synaptic contacts while stronger connections are kept and strengthened. Experience determines which connections will be strengthened and which will be pruned; connections that have been act...
by Mkoll
Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is controlling?
Replies: 82
Views: 4469

Re: What is controlling?

“I have not, brahman, seen or heard such a doctrine, such a view. How, indeed, could one — moving forward by himself, moving back by himself [2] — say: ‘There is no self-doer, there is no other-doer’? What do you think, brahmin, is there an element or principle of initiating or beginning an action?...
by Mkoll
Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: non attachment
Replies: 3
Views: 454

Re: non attachment

Sadhu, Bhante, thank you! Also: Well then, bhikku, purify the very starting point of wholesome states. And what is the starting point of wholesome states? Virtue that is well purified and view that is straight. Then, bhikku, when your virtue is well purified and your view straight, based upon virtue...
by Mkoll
Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:56 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is controlling?
Replies: 82
Views: 4469

Re: What is controlling?

:shrug: I don't know what controlling is, yet. I think the meaning will become more clear at an experiential rather than intellectual level as practice matures. I'm pretty sure that at a certain point on the path, intellectual expansion is stopped because at that point, it isn't conducive to the goa...
by Mkoll
Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Effect of happiness on genes
Replies: 12
Views: 1490

Re: Effect of happiness on genes

It seems that the more we learn about genes, the more we seen how many of them are "plastic" in the sense that they can be switched on and off by virtue of how one lives life.

:anjali:

James
by Mkoll
Mon Sep 09, 2013 1:36 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Is Kamma self?
Replies: 8
Views: 1831

Re: Is Kamma self?

"All things are not-self" — when one sees this with wisdom, one turns away from suffering. This is the path to purification. -"Maggavagga: The Path" (Dhp XX), translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita. Access to Insight, 23 April 2012, http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/dhp/dhp.20....
by Mkoll
Mon Sep 09, 2013 1:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Chinese buddhist hermit monks
Replies: 3
Views: 606

Re: Chinese buddhist hermit monks

It's definitely one of the best documentaries on the Buddhist Path.

:namaste:

James
by Mkoll
Mon Sep 09, 2013 1:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can consciousness experience woeful states?
Replies: 8
Views: 1472

Re: Can consciousness experience woeful states?

Consciousness is one of the five aggregates along with form, feeling, perception, and mental formations. There is eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, and mind-consciousness. They are all imperamenent, suffering, and not-self. Whatever consciousness is past, future, or present; internal or external; blatan...
by Mkoll
Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:20 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Preparatory stretches for Lotus / sitting
Replies: 23
Views: 7636

Re: Preparatory stretches for Lotus / sitting

Friends, The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark is the best I've found in regards to stretching. Stretches are not demanding of the musculature (like in many hatha yoga asanas) and are held for much longer. One is encouraged not to cause pain but to only go to an "edge" that can be held for ...
by Mkoll
Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:00 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Health benefits of a wholefoods plant-based diet
Replies: 20
Views: 3490

Re: Health benefits of a wholefoods plant-based diet

Friends, Thank you for the link, Ben. That is a well done documentary and I would also recommend Food, Inc. for those interested in the industrial side of food in addition to nutrition as well. You can rent it online for a few dollars. In terms of peer reviewed studies, here is a website I have foun...
by Mkoll
Sun Sep 08, 2013 10:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Book on Scholarly Language and Word Terms
Replies: 6
Views: 572

Re: Book on Scholarly Language and Word Terms

Thank you, friends. My query has been quenched. :twothumbsup:

:anjali:

James