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by Laurens
Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:07 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Helping someone with depression
Replies: 14
Views: 1381

Helping someone with depression

My partner is currently quite severely depressed. I am trying my best to support her in whichever ways that I can, however it seems that in her state of mind most of my suggestions, and offers for help are rejected. It is hard for me to constantly be there to support her, yet deal with my own feelin...
by Laurens
Wed Nov 30, 2016 1:15 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Secular theravadan
Replies: 96
Views: 7612

Re: Secular theravadan

Theravada is appealing to me because it is a path focused on this life. I am a secular person in that I am not religious. I also hold values that one might expect from such a person. I value science and empiricism. I value reason and critical thinking. I don't call myself a Buddhist let alone a Ther...
by Laurens
Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6108
Views: 487631

Re: the great rebirth debate

I do not believe that rebirth does not occur, however currently I see no reasons to believe that it does. Just like the question of whether or not there was ever life on Mars. To say there definitely was given the level of evidence that we currently have would be foolish. But to say there definitely...
by Laurens
Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Online Buddhists aren't real Buddhists" - Yes or No?
Replies: 122
Views: 10166

Re: "Online Buddhists aren't real Buddhists" - Yes or No?

I think discourse on the internet about anything is awkward and difficult. The written word is so open to misinterpretation that you often see people who actually agree with each other arguing fervently because they're just talking past each other. You can't see the people there, thus you can percei...
by Laurens
Mon Nov 28, 2016 8:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Is it essential to have a specific point of awareness?
Replies: 6
Views: 717

Is it essential to have a specific point of awareness?

I have been reading Mindfulness in Plain English, in which the author instructs to focus on the breath at the nostrils. I have trouble maintaining focus at a single point, it seems my mind tends to veer off and distractions are somehow more stirring when I do so. I experimented a few times with simp...
by Laurens
Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:43 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What to do when a precept is broken
Replies: 12
Views: 2179

Re: What to do when a precept is broken

Don't think of precepts like most people think of the Ten Commandments. As you progress along your path you will be a moral person because you will have uprooted the causes of immorality. Think of it like a garden. The precepts are not a sign post with the words "absolutely no weeds allowed". Viewin...
by Laurens
Sat Nov 19, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: killing insects
Replies: 12
Views: 2120

Re: killing insects

I imagine that if it is a matter of your religious beliefs you ought to be able to raise the issue with your employer and tell them that it is against your religion to kill insects. If they discipline or fire you over it then that might qualify for unfair dismissal. I'd consider contacting an employ...
by Laurens
Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Pleasant Sensations During Meditation
Replies: 8
Views: 1761

Re: Pleasant Sensations During Meditation

Thanks for the replies all, Edit: as you got this practice from Ajahn Brahm, I bet he discusses it in Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond . http://www.wisdompubs.org/book/mindfulness-bliss-and-beyond I did read that book some time ago, unfortunately I passed it on to friend perhaps thinking my ability to ...
by Laurens
Wed Nov 16, 2016 5:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Pleasant Sensations During Meditation
Replies: 8
Views: 1761

Pleasant Sensations During Meditation

I practise a form of meditation in which I focus on different parts of the body and calm them. I learnt this from a guided meditation by Ajahn Brahm. Anyway that's sort of beside the point. I get to the point where I have calmed each body part with "loving awareness" and I start to focus on the body...
by Laurens
Tue Nov 08, 2016 9:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Body Sweeping Meditation Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 1060

Re: Body Sweeping Meditation Questions

Hi Laurens, I'm not sure what you mean by "complete". You don't say exactly what you are doing, but if you were going full Goenka-style you'd just keep sweeping up and down. On the other hand, I think many of us use some scanning as a preliminary settling-down technique. You might find the guided m...
by Laurens
Tue Nov 08, 2016 8:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Body Sweeping Meditation Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 1060

Body Sweeping Meditation Questions

This is one of the meditation techniques that I go to frequently as it gives me quite a lasting mindfulness of the body and some good relaxation to boot. One thing I have a bit of difficulty with however is what exactly to concentrate on after the sweep is complete. I tend to focus on the body as a ...
by Laurens
Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:21 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Issues with the terminology "lesser beings"
Replies: 5
Views: 1156

Issues with the terminology "lesser beings"

I often hear animals being referred to as 'lesser beings' and I cannot help but take slight offence at the terminology. After all we are animals, we're just a particularly arrogant kind of ape that seems to think it is better than everyone else. To be sure we do have distinguishing features as a spe...
by Laurens
Tue May 24, 2011 7:32 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Infinity
Replies: 22
Views: 1682

Re: Infinity

Oh, stop. Enough of this please. It's a waste of time. This is the lounge where we discuss whatever randomness we want (within the forum rules), if it is such a waste of time in your eyes why not just ignore this topic? I have to agree with Modus.Ponens, you seem a bit rude. I started this topic be...
by Laurens
Mon May 23, 2011 9:53 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: The Most Amazing Photo Ever Taken (?)
Replies: 18
Views: 2894

Re: The Most Amazing Photo Ever Taken (?)

I'll let Monsieur Sagan to continue your stream of thought: :soap: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnFMrNdj1yY&feature=related I think his Pale Blue Dot speech is perhaps one of the most profoundly moving things I have ever heard. His message to deal more kindly with each other and look after our ho...
by Laurens
Mon May 23, 2011 9:46 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: The Most Amazing Photo Ever Taken (?)
Replies: 18
Views: 2894

Re: The Most Amazing Photo Ever Taken (?)

Dan74 wrote:OK, I like the picture and appreciate the thought, but it seems to beg the question of where does it leave us with our day-to-day responsibilities?
It leaves us feeling like they are slightly less significant than we initially thought :P