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by Mkoll
Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New to Buddhism
Replies: 11
Views: 1113

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: 11
Views: 1113

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 (Archive)
Topic: Why do Americans not have to announce which country they are from?
Replies: 137
Views: 5596

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: 81
Views: 27505

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: 674

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: 1469

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: 375

Re: A Talk Dealing With Lay Life

Thanks for sharing this.
by Mkoll
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:53 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: has the smartphone destroyed a generation
Replies: 38
Views: 1979

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: 1170

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: 1036

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 (Archive)
Topic: Advice for getting over being humiliated?
Replies: 14
Views: 590

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 (Archive)
Topic: Sattva/Louise
Replies: 21
Views: 1459

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 (Archive)
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 2011
Views: 205942

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: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to get over being wronged?
Replies: 28
Views: 2066

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 (Archive)
Topic: Trump. And why I hate him.
Replies: 210
Views: 11320

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...