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by cookiemonster
Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Moha, lobha & dosa and work
Replies: 31
Views: 871

Re: Moha, lobha & dosa and work

In terms of work, the company is paying you so I think it's important to do your job well. Otherwise, you might get fired or you'll be the first to get laid off if they need to cut people. Are all businesses unskillful? I mean, people need to make a living and feed their families, etc. As long as y...
by cookiemonster
Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Moha, lobha & dosa and work
Replies: 31
Views: 871

Re: Moha, lobha & dosa and work

...I also see the unskillfulness in almost all (business) work...My motivation to strive in this world of business has gone considerably down...How should we as lay followers (e.g. with a family to support) approach this in our Buddhist practice? Just a few thoughts: Perhaps the motivation at work ...
by cookiemonster
Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Moha, lobha & dosa and work
Replies: 31
Views: 871

Re: Moha, lobha & dosa and work

I'm going to ask the same thing I asked the person who started a very similar thread last week: what about sex? Has that gone down at the same pace? The reason I harp on this is because it is easy to loose interest in this or that detail in the world while you allow sex to hold up the whole thing. ...
by cookiemonster
Sun Nov 24, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Moha, lobha & dosa and work
Replies: 31
Views: 871

Moha, lobha & dosa and work

Since becoming a Buddhist, I see anicca, dukkha, anatta in all aspects of daily life & I see the futility in most activities which I used to take such pleasure in, such as yearning for the latest gadgets or toys, games, shows, shopping, eating out, etc., things which I don't partake of much anymore....
by cookiemonster
Thu Nov 21, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How did the Buddha disciples get to memorize everything?
Replies: 10
Views: 281

Re: How did the Buddha disciples get to memorize everything?

sentinel wrote:
Wed Nov 20, 2019 4:24 pm
Were they born with the gift of super gigantic memory ?
Were they somehow fast learner ?
Or they knew tricks to attain extraordinary memory ?
I wonder if iddhi played a part.
by cookiemonster
Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: In which sutta does the Buddha explain what no self means?
Replies: 28
Views: 955

Re: In which sutta does the Buddha explain what no self means?

I would like to understand whether the typical Western understanding of no self is the same as the traditional understanding. Does anyone have suggestions for which texts I can begin with to understand what is traditionally meant by no self? anatta = "not self" = a perspective & approach towards li...
by cookiemonster
Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Introduction and musings about Christianity and Buddhism
Replies: 31
Views: 1464

Re: Introduction and musings about Christianity and Buddhism

Seeker_of_Truth wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:05 pm
You guys need Jesus.
Jesus helped me find the Lord Buddha. :clap:
by cookiemonster
Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Introduction and musings about Christianity and Buddhism
Replies: 31
Views: 1464

Re: Introduction and musings about Christianity and Buddhism

Hello! I'm a member of a Lutheran church, the church of my parents, but I take Buddhism very seriously and have a little experience practicing it. I have meditated somewhere around 100 hours and read seven books about Buddhism. At the moment I'm reading The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, which I...
by cookiemonster
Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: I am looking for free books on Buddhism
Replies: 15
Views: 465

Re: I am looking for free books on Buddhism

Hello members of this Dhamma Wheel forum, I wish to read some books on Buddhism. But not just any books on Buddhism. I had bought some books online before . The problem now is I am broke I cannot afford to buy books anymore. But if it is cheap I can still buy them. By cheap I mean about US$3.00 I a...
by cookiemonster
Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Crazy wisdom = Crazy ignorance?
Replies: 13
Views: 504

Re: Crazy wisdom = Crazy ignorance?

Crazy wisdom = Crazy ignorance? ============== Santa100 in another thread, worth repeating: santa100 wrote: ↑Thu Oct 24, 2019 12:16 am The biggest problem with ideas like "crazy wisdom" is that there's really no way to tell its difference against "crazy ignorance". So, if it quacks like a duck, it'...
by cookiemonster
Sun Oct 20, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jhanas and rebirth as a god
Replies: 6
Views: 206

Re: Jhanas and rebirth as a god

I dont know why people cling to jhana as jhana is addictive? I thought pleasure apart from 5 sense bases won't stay In brain and cause craving. but I dunno. "I thought: ‘I recall once, when my father the Sakyan was working, and I was sitting in the cool shade of a rose-apple tree, then—quite seclud...
by cookiemonster
Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is Buddhist scripture including Theravada so vast?
Replies: 34
Views: 773

Re: Why is all Buddhist scripture including Theravada so vast?

Alternatively, the pletheora of writings can be seen as the Buddha's attempt at analyzing and expounding the Dhamma from many different directions. I compare it to describing a multi-storied building from the standpoint of various entry points. I appreciate the vast detail in that respect. The comp...
by cookiemonster
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is Buddhist scripture including Theravada so vast?
Replies: 34
Views: 773

Re: Why is all Buddhist scripture including Theravada so vast?

I don't see why Theravada Buddhism can't have one central sacred text that cuts out all the excess fat by encapsulating the complete teaching. For some, like myself, the Samyutta Nikaya is just that. The other Nikayas are sometimes considered expansions on the SN. Alternatively, the pletheora of wr...
by cookiemonster
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 2 different types of approaches to reading the Nikayas
Replies: 15
Views: 491

Re: 2 different types of approaches to reading the Nikayas

1) Read first and understand as what one mostly has no direct experience 2) Read and only accept what one has experience before Which style is more superior? Both - in a way. It's not an either-or proposition, but rather involves a spectrum. I think of knowledge as a single lightbulb over my head, ...
by cookiemonster
Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:51 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Who/what do you think the Christian god is?
Replies: 20
Views: 839

Re: Who/what do you think the Christian god is?

I'm an ex-Christian who is now a Buddhist. I was involved in all three branches of Christianity over the years - Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant. I'm curious as to what other Theravada Buddhists think about the god of Christianity. Does he exist? To recap, the god of Christianity is an insanely j...