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by Laurens
Sat Jul 27, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Simple Pali chants and where to learn them?
Replies: 6
Views: 398

Simple Pali chants and where to learn them?

I am already familiar with Namo tasso bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhasa

I was wondering whether there were any other similar chants I could learn, and whether there were any good resources for learning them.

Regards

Laurens
by Laurens
Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How to do breath mediation?
Replies: 11
Views: 466

Re: How to do breath mediation?

In addition to the other replies An important instruction that is sometimes difficult to grasp is that you aren't trying to change anything about the breath. I used to feel like this meant you aren't trying to breathe harder or softer or in a more relaxing way or whatever. So I would do this, but al...
by Laurens
Thu Jul 25, 2019 7:18 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Feeling suicidal or drinking two glasses of wine?
Replies: 17
Views: 928

Re: Feeling suicidal or drinking two glasses of wine?

Alcohol is very dangerous and should not be used for therapeutic reasons. Or any reason for that matter. It's bad for your physical and mental health. Really you need to talk to a professional about how you feel and they will put you on the right track. You don't have to fight these feelings alone o...
by Laurens
Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Nibbana
Replies: 46
Views: 3868

Re: Nibbana

My take on it, as someone who doesn't understand what it is, is that the reason Nibbana is hard to understand is because it's beyond all concepts. It is like this, or it is like that don't apply. It's like trying to find the words to describe the colour blue to a person that was completely blind fro...
by Laurens
Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Greatest Theravada teachers alive that can meditate
Replies: 16
Views: 673

Re: Greatest Theravada teachers alive that can meditate

It's hard to say who can meditate the deepest or has the most mastery because who really knows. Few teachers will outright claim how awesome they are at meditation and you probably would do well to be weary of people bragging about being meditation masters. So a better way to answer would be to sugg...
by Laurens
Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation Objects
Replies: 10
Views: 490

Re: Meditation Objects

Constantly changing meditation objects is akin to digging lots of shallow holes, it would be better to put your effort into digging one or two deep holes. Having said that, I think having a few objects that you select from consciously isn't necessarily a bad thing. Just look into your motivations fo...
by Laurens
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?
Replies: 78
Views: 2233

Re: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?

You don't need to bow to statues or chant in dead languages if you don't want. Try your best to follow the eightfold path, that is the essence of Buddhist practice. I used to feel the same about bowing to/showing reverence to the Buddha. Because I had been brought up into Christianity. I saw reveren...
by Laurens
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Guidance on Anger
Replies: 17
Views: 779

Re: Guidance on Anger

I find metta meditation is a good practise to stop anger from arising when otherwise it might. When it does arise, however, try to let it go, and replace the thought of ill will with a thought of goodwill. Remember something you appreciate about her and direct some thoughts of kindness towards her. ...
by Laurens
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mantra in Theravada (aside from Buddho)
Replies: 10
Views: 911

Mantra in Theravada (aside from Buddho)

I find mantras a very useful practise for staying centred and mindful when doing work or going about my day when the breath is not necessarily as easy to focus on. I am aware of the use of Buddho among the Thai Forest Tradition, but was just wondering whether there were any different mantras used in...
by Laurens
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is disliking certain people consider an extreme ?
Replies: 23
Views: 546

Re: Is disliking certain people consider an extreme ?

But I supposed this stupid things not only in reality but is happening in the buddhism forums as well . Isn't this is exactly what everyone is experiencing , if you are Theravada buddhist you dislike Mahayana buddhist , vice versa , whenever Mahayana buddhist encounter with Theravada buddhist , whe...
by Laurens
Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is disliking certain people consider an extreme ?
Replies: 23
Views: 546

Re: Is disliking certain people consider an extreme ?

I see , but not because based on single person action . Perhaps , another example (not sure right or not) you are white , you surrounded by a group of Indian , probably being treated badly in the past by many Indian , feeling alienated and fear , feeling dislike then aversion arises . So , whenever...
by Laurens
Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is disliking certain people consider an extreme ?
Replies: 23
Views: 546

Re: Is disliking certain people consider an extreme ?

I don't know about what the Buddha said, but you'd have to be pretty ignorant to think along those lines. Some would be inclined to say 'ignorant' is too soft a term. :anjali: What do you mean ? You're original post seems to be asking whether disliking a certain ethnic group based upon the actions ...
by Laurens
Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is disliking certain people consider an extreme ?
Replies: 23
Views: 546

Re: Is disliking certain people consider an extreme ?

I don't know about what the Buddha said, but you'd have to be pretty ignorant to think along those lines.

Some would be inclined to say 'ignorant' is too soft a term.

:anjali:
by Laurens
Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Enough?
Replies: 24
Views: 770

Re: Enough?

Fair enough. My experience has been quite different, and I've more often observed an ambivalence towards jhana. For example, I used to attend a Thai Forest group, and was told that the jhanas were a "distraction", and not to waste time on them. I remember being surprised by this attitude, since eve...
by Laurens
Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Enough?
Replies: 24
Views: 770

Re: Enough?

Who are all these people getting "hung up" on jhana? I haven't met any. And who are all these people just aiming for jhana to get a bit of bliss? Again, I haven't met any. I really don't understand why this patronising rhetoric is aimed at people practising jhana, and not at people practising other...