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by Zenainder
Wed Jul 03, 2013 3:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Share meditation tips here
Replies: 26
Views: 4641

Re: Share meditation tips here

To answer the question: Speaking from my relative state this is what inspires me: 1. Liberation. a. It's freeing being simply aware, as opposed to constantly engaged and entangled. b. It's freeing to see the temporal nature of existence. c. The emptiness of a still mind is equanimous. d. It's refres...
by Zenainder
Wed Jul 03, 2013 3:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Share meditation tips here
Replies: 26
Views: 4641

Re: Share meditation tips here

Going to the gym and watching the weights--even with mindfulness--will not make you stronger. You have to pick up the damn things yourself. For me, "Bare attention" was a waste of time. I'm taking a more active approach now. Given your "watching the weights" comment it is obvious you do not underst...
by Zenainder
Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:04 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Impermanence & Anatta
Replies: 0
Views: 670

Impermanence & Anatta

"What is of nature to arise, is of nature to cease." Most of this life prior to being formally introduced to the dhamma I've remarked on the patterns of this existence. Observed it in history, friends, foes, and myself. After being taught the dhamma and seeing it further within my practice I cannot ...
by Zenainder
Tue Jul 02, 2013 3:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Equanimity vs indiference
Replies: 16
Views: 2799

Re: Equanimity vs indiference

I still don't get it. But I have enough faith to try to find out for myself. :anjali: If you have not already, I recommend practicing samatha (tranquility) meditation. As the wisdom of the insights dawn and the mind and body are stilled, so is it like a tranquil morning as the sun dawns upon a stil...
by Zenainder
Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can an Ariya suffer from mental disease?
Replies: 32
Views: 5565

Re: Can an Ariya suffer from mental disease?

In hopes to contribute a meaningful post, I will say a few more things. To those who suffer a "mental illness", however that may be defined, my thoughts are: 1. Continue therapy and take medications as directed by a psychian. 2. A majority of mental disorders that I know of usually have periods of c...
by Zenainder
Sun Jun 30, 2013 3:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Confirmation
Replies: 14
Views: 2864

Re: Confirmation

Forum, Also, please do not mistake me, I left with more resolve and inspiration as the amount of devotion to building those temples and maintaining them is by a donation base. And Taiwan has 1,000's of these places of worship. The "disappointment" was drowned out by their devotion and inspired withi...
by Zenainder
Sun Jun 30, 2013 3:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Confirmation
Replies: 14
Views: 2864

Re: Confirmation

After having visited Taiwan, I need little console now to know that I am on the right path; even if Theravada is not 100% "original" (however that may be defined), but it seems to me to be the most balanced. The focus on the suttas and a keeping things as original as possible has gifted this tradit...
by Zenainder
Sun Jun 30, 2013 1:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Confirmation
Replies: 14
Views: 2864

Re: Confirmation

Hi Zenainder, You can read Ven Huifeng's posts here: http://www.dhammawheel.com/search.php?author_id=742&sr=posts http://www.dharmawheel.net/search.php?author_id=194&sr=posts but I'd certainly rate him as highly serious... :sage: :anjali: Mike I do not question the seriousness of any practitioner r...
by Zenainder
Sat Jun 29, 2013 11:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Confirmation
Replies: 14
Views: 2864

Re: Confirmation

Zenainder, Fo Guang Shan is a Mayahana group: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fo_Guang_Shan http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g1433860-d456238-Reviews-Fo_Guang_Shan_Monastery-Kaohsiung_County.html Here's Shi Huifeng when he was still a PhD candidate: http://hcbss.stanford.edu/event/between-...
by Zenainder
Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Confirmation
Replies: 14
Views: 2864

Re: Confirmation

Hi Zenainder, I certainly have the same impression from visiting Mahayana temples in Hong Kong and China. However, as Chownah says, if you visit a few famous temples in Bangkok will probably get a similar impression (though they thankfully don't have the incense sticks as big as your arm that I've ...
by Zenainder
Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Confirmation
Replies: 14
Views: 2864

Re: Confirmation

I'm not sure it's a simple matter of "wayward temples". Though I'm sure there are some (perhaps many) "wayward temples" there is likely to be a large variety of both monks and lay people at any monastery. I would make a few points: 1. The Buddha taught a gradual path, which begins with dana and sil...
by Zenainder
Sat Jun 29, 2013 6:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Confirmation
Replies: 14
Views: 2864

Re: Confirmation

Zenainder, If you had stopped at a Theravada country and examined some of the temples you very well may have come away with the same bad feelings as you did from your Mahayana temple visits......the reality of Buddhist daily practice as done by the bulk of Buddhists is not very attractive to one wh...
by Zenainder
Sat Jun 29, 2013 3:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Confirmation
Replies: 14
Views: 2864

Confirmation

Hey forum! I hope you are all well and happy. I am on my flight back home from Taiwan. Before arriving there, though, I had read and heard that Buddhism was common in the country. Naturally, I sought temples only to find folk tradition, 1000's of gods, few monastics, and no knowledge of meditation. ...
by Zenainder
Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikku's Regarding Money & Activities
Replies: 5
Views: 1457

Re: Bhikkhus Regarding Money & Activities

Does A Bhikkhu Beg? Even if a donor has given some money to a lay-attendant (kappiya = one who makes things allowable), inviting the bhikkhu to ask for whatever he needs, the bhikkhu should not order the kappiya to buy this or buy that. He should only say, "I need this." If the kappiya fails to buy...
by Zenainder
Sat Jun 22, 2013 3:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikku's Regarding Money & Activities
Replies: 5
Views: 1457

Bhikku's Regarding Money & Activities

Hello forum, I respectively ask with the intent to better understand the Theravada tradition I am walking the path through. The nearby temple I have access to, upon a festival visit celebrating the sri-lankan new year and the temple's new meditation room addon (a significantly large addon): a bhikku...