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by Nicolas
Wed Oct 15, 2014 8:58 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Right Action & Anger
Replies: 13
Views: 1057

Re: Right Action & Anger

And to be honest, I literally wanna beat that guy with a baseball bat. The feeling is just not controllable, it feels like my lungs are being tickled by a tangible force. Right at that moment, it's just not possible to stay calm for someone like me. [...] Now without serious anger and hatred here, ...
by Nicolas
Wed Oct 15, 2014 5:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Pa Auk Monastery Burma Sponsorship Letter for US citizen ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1788

Re: Pa Auk Monastery Burma Sponsorship Letter for US citizen

You could send them a letter.
I hope you'll be able to get in touch with them.
by Nicolas
Fri Sep 19, 2014 7:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which aggregates due the jhana-factors belong to?
Replies: 6
Views: 1081

Re: Which aggregates due the jhana-factors belong to?

There was the case where Sariputta — quite secluded from sensuality, secluded from unskillful qualities — entered & remained in the first jhana: rapture & pleasure born of seclusion, accompanied by directed thought & evaluation. Whatever qualities there are in the first jhana — directed thought, ev...
by Nicolas
Fri Sep 19, 2014 5:39 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Discouraged
Replies: 7
Views: 1474

Re: Discouraged

I would say: try to be as present and aware as possible, and whenever you notice your mind bouncing, just gently return to your breath (or whatever meditation object you're using). What's important in my opinion is noticing when the mind bounces, because once you notice it's easy to get back into fo...
by Nicolas
Wed Sep 17, 2014 8:16 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Has there ever been any Dhamma-Dharma Councils
Replies: 4
Views: 920

Re: Has there ever been any Dhamma-Dharma Councils

Also, this website mentions "World Buddhist Congresses" and "World Buddhist Sangha Councils" between 1950 and 1995.
Walhola Ralpula supposedly came up with these Basic Points Unifying the Theravāda and the Mahāyāna for one of these congresses.
by Nicolas
Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:08 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Sam Harris Book - Waking Up: a Guide to Spirituality ...
Replies: 5
Views: 1224

Sam Harris Book - Waking Up: a Guide to Spirituality ...

Sam Harris has recently been mentioned on this forum for some of his blog posts on meditation. His new book, "Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion" has been released on September 9 (cf. Sam Harris's website & the publisher's website ). Knowing the following that Sam Harris has within ...
by Nicolas
Mon Sep 15, 2014 5:11 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Drag Me To Hell - The Sequel
Replies: 35
Views: 3457

Re: Drag Me To Hell - The Sequel

The questioner here seems to want to preach his doctrine more than try to understand the other's. In these cases I think it's a good idea when answering questions to specifically not "counter" (which will lead to resistance), but simply answer within the questioner's paradigm ("punishment") as best ...
by Nicolas
Mon Sep 15, 2014 4:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why contemplation on death is so difficult?
Replies: 36
Views: 5496

Re: Why contemplation on death is so difficult?

Also (my bolding): There are these five facts that one should reflect on often , whether one is a woman or a man, lay or ordained. Which five? 'I am subject to aging, have not gone beyond aging.' 'I am subject to illness, have not gone beyond illness.' 'I am subject to death, have not gone beyond de...
by Nicolas
Fri Sep 12, 2014 7:26 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What was that Sutta that talks about what to trust
Replies: 3
Views: 888

Re: What was that Sutta that talks about what to trust

"So, as I said, Kalamas: 'Don't go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, "This contemplative is our teacher." When you know for yourselves that, "These qualitie...
by Nicolas
Fri Sep 12, 2014 6:24 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Happy birthday Nicolas!
Replies: 5
Views: 729

Re: Happy birthday Nicolas!

Oh, I just saw this. Thank you!
by Nicolas
Thu Sep 11, 2014 6:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Having children vs. not
Replies: 10
Views: 1132

Re: Having children vs. not

Bhante :anjali: Thank you for this answer.
by Nicolas
Wed Sep 10, 2014 9:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Having children vs. not
Replies: 10
Views: 1132

Re: Having children vs. not

Ah, apologies. Please move these messages to that thread if deemed necessary.
by Nicolas
Wed Sep 10, 2014 8:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Having children vs. not
Replies: 10
Views: 1132

Re: Having children vs. not

I don't think the world needs more people, my opinion actually sides with yours, the question just came to mind.

:anjali:
by Nicolas
Wed Sep 10, 2014 7:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Having children vs. not
Replies: 10
Views: 1132

Re: Having children vs. not

I agree, but I think the reason he encourages people to become monastics is that enlightenment is the ultimate goal, more important than anything else. There are some suttas giving advice to laypeople that are not geared towards encouraging them to be monastics, but towards how to live their lay lif...
by Nicolas
Wed Sep 10, 2014 6:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Having children vs. not
Replies: 10
Views: 1132

Having children vs. not

Having children is an obstacle to practice, but a human birth is rare and an opportunity for enlightenment. In view of the latter, shouldn't laypeople be encouraged to reproduce as much as possible? (Thus enabling other beings to be reborn as humans.) Or would the human birth be provided no matter w...