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by Laurens
Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it possible to achieve the Goal in such a short period of time?
Replies: 20
Views: 348

Re: Is it possible to achieve the Goal in such a short period of time?

If the suttas are accurate people seemed to be able to attain arahantship in the space of sermon. The Buddha of course was an exceptionally gifted teacher. I don't know the suttas well enough to pick specific examples, so I'll leave that to the others (this could be embarrassing if I am completely m...
by Laurens
Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is everyting predetermined?
Replies: 17
Views: 628

Re: Is everyting predetermined?

I don't think it's the kind of question that has any use to our practise. First off the answer may vary depending on what you mean by predetermined. You get atheist determinists as well as those who feel things are predetermined to fit into a plan made by some supreme being. Secondly there is no rea...
by Laurens
Wed Dec 19, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Pain meditation in vipassana
Replies: 12
Views: 686

Re: Pain meditation in vipassana

I think it's important to not turn your meditation into some kind of asceticism. Some pains come and go naturally or are tolerable, but if it is severe I'd recommend changing posture. It's probably not going to do your meditation or your body that much good to keep it in a painful position for too l...
by Laurens
Tue Dec 18, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Is it possible to practice compassion in daily life?
Replies: 10
Views: 557

Re: Is it possible to practice compassion in daily life?

I try to use it as an antidote to anger. Sometimes things that random people do will cause anger to arise in us. Road rage is a prime example of this. A good way to counteract it, before your hand reaches for the horn, is to release that sense that this person did something specifically to annoy you...
by Laurens
Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Why is it necessary to cultivate sila to have samadhi?
Replies: 16
Views: 813

Re: Why is it necessary to cultivate sila to have samadhi?

I think this is obvious, and I don't think that sutta quote disproves it. What you are talking about it not really a samadhi - it is basic satipatthana, 7th path factor. However, I can say, 1st factor of Right Views is much more crucial in developing sila rather than 7th, which you can completely i...
by Laurens
Tue Dec 18, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Why is it necessary to cultivate sila to have samadhi?
Replies: 16
Views: 813

Re: Why is it necessary to cultivate sila to have samadhi?

They support eachother in symbiosis. No they don't. Short answer - sila is a method to cleanse your mind, while samadhi is a futher way to develop it. When you start directly with samadhi, you get a situation which is described this way in the suttas: "What kind of meditation did the Blessed One no...
by Laurens
Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Why is it necessary to cultivate sila to have samadhi?
Replies: 16
Views: 813

Re: Why is it necessary to cultivate sila to have samadhi?

I think the aim to cultivate samadhi is going to support the cultivation of sila. I don't think it's useful to think of it like you have to plant and harvest the seeds of sila before you can do the same for samadhi. They support eachother in symbiosis. The more time you spend calming the mind in med...
by Laurens
Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Making a video game
Replies: 15
Views: 645

Re: Making a video game

I suppose it depends on the type of game, something gratuitously violent might be against the ethics of some Buddhists. I don't see that there is much wrong with contributing your skills to help your friends develop a game. Video games aren't necessarily harmful, although some people might use them ...
by Laurens
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Brahm
Replies: 28
Views: 1756

Re: Ajahn Brahm

Ajahn Brahm has gone for a specific style of teaching that can be a bit marmite. That is to say you either like it or you don't. For those who enjoy the humourous, informal style of teaching, he is great. For those who prefer sutta references and a more strict approach he probably won't cut it. I li...
by Laurens
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: how do we know what the buddha looked like?
Replies: 33
Views: 3482

Re: how do we know what the buddha looked like?

The honest answer is: we can't really know, but that's alright because it doesn't matter. The suttas describe the appearance of the Buddha as I expect many other posts in this topic have pointed out. If that constitutes good enough evidence for you then that's fine. I personally feel like the "marks...
by Laurens
Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?
Replies: 40
Views: 3846

Re: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?

I think the debate here over whether or not tobacco is a violation of the 5th precept is irrelevant. Maybe they should make Dhamma warnings on cigarette boxes: "The fruits of all my actions, both wholesome and unwholesome, skillful and unskillful, I will inherit" Make your choice, but don't pretend ...
by Laurens
Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?
Replies: 40
Views: 3846

Re: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?

Again, smoking tabacco causes not to lose restrain from evil deeds I think this is up for debate. I've been addicted to cigarettes in the past and I can tell you that at the point of trying to quit, but still feeling cravings, I would likely have taken a cigarette that wasn't given to me if someone...
by Laurens
Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Jordan Peterson - Developing Your Inner Psychopath
Replies: 16
Views: 2563

Re: Jordan Peterson - Developing Your Inner Psychopath

A lot of people deny their own capacity for evil, thinking themselves wholly good. I certainly used to think that of myself. This is misguided because it can allow you to act selfishly in small ways whilst believing oneself to be good. It can create a blind spot as it were. Being aware of the ways i...
by Laurens
Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?
Replies: 40
Views: 3846

Re: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?

The 5th precept is, so far as my understanding goes, about substances which cause heedlessness. Tobacco is difficult to fit definitively into the category of things which cause heedlessness because in terms of it's effects it doesn't impede your judgement as much as something like alcohol, or other ...
by Laurens
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Tips on maintaining a consistent method
Replies: 12
Views: 960

Tips on maintaining a consistent method

I've been meditating on and off for the best part of 10 years. My issue seems to be that I frequently tend to flit from method to method (e.g. body scan to breath to vipassana etc) rather than developing one method consistently. I'm not exactly sure why this is. I think it may be due to running out ...