Search found 430 matches

by Laurens
Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: dream about alcohol
Replies: 22
Views: 597

Re: dream about alcohol

"if my thought-dreams could be seen, they'd probably put my head in a guillotine," - Bob Dylan I don't think we can control the thoughts that sometimes pop into our heads let alone the dreams we have. We can choose whether or not we identify with them. I had a dream recently where I was trying to hi...
by Laurens
Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Drawing parallels with nature to rationalize Buddhism
Replies: 18
Views: 688

Re: Drawing parallels with nature to rationalize Buddhism

Rebirth and past kamma relate so little to day to day practise that you don't have to make analogies, and draw parallels in order to make yourself believe them. I think about the kamma, or intention of my actions in the present, but aside from that Buddhism works pretty well regardless of whether or...
by Laurens
Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 83
Views: 5245

Re: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?

I think I probably come across on the doubt side with some aspects of Buddhism. I don't think having a sceptical mindset is antithetical to the Dhamma. I actually think its important, and I believe it is the mindset that is encouraged in the Kalama sutta. Its worth saying that I don't doubt that the...
by Laurens
Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 128
Views: 3475

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

I chose 'no' because I think that it is better to not believe anyone to be infallible, but rather explore for ourselves whether the teachings are true. When we hear the Four Noble Truths for instance, I don't think the correct response is to just become a Buddhist. The correct response is to think a...
by Laurens
Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does a Buddha Suffer after Enlightenment
Replies: 54
Views: 1702

Re: Does a Buddha Suffer after Enlightenment

I used to think of awakening as some kind of constant state of feeling blissed out. Nothing hurts, and everything just feels great. Like you're on a drug or something. As I've matured, I now see that an awakened being might experience having a bad back for example, just that their response to feelin...
by Laurens
Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: in my opinion the buddha knew science and technology
Replies: 25
Views: 908

Re: in my opinion the buddha knew science and technology

But the issue I'm pointing out is not your lack of belief, it's your decision to preclude the possibility & actively look for alternate explanations, it shows you have already made up your mind & are not concerned with investigating the matter without bias. The fact that you argue on the basis of t...
by Laurens
Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: in my opinion the buddha knew science and technology
Replies: 25
Views: 908

Re: in my opinion the buddha knew science and technology

But the proper response to such a claim isn't to simply try to "think of explanations" against it....that's intellectually dishonest & quite obviously undermines anything you'll say, given you've clearly decided upon your conclusion beforehand irrespective of what evidence there might be. Its the o...
by Laurens
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: in my opinion the buddha knew science and technology
Replies: 25
Views: 908

Re: in my opinion the buddha knew science and technology

I've never encountered anything that would suggest accurate, specific predictions of the future came from the Buddha. Nor did he say anything specific about science and technology. The Buddha taught of the path to the end of suffering, and specifically said he was not a god. I don't think it's usef...
by Laurens
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: in my opinion the buddha knew science and technology
Replies: 25
Views: 908

Re: in my opinion the buddha knew science and technology

I've never encountered anything that would suggest accurate, specific predictions of the future came from the Buddha. Nor did he say anything specific about science and technology. The Buddha taught of the path to the end of suffering, and specifically said he was not a god. I don't think it's usef...
by Laurens
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: in my opinion the buddha knew science and technology
Replies: 25
Views: 908

Re: in my opinion the buddha knew science and technology

I've never encountered anything that would suggest accurate, specific predictions of the future came from the Buddha. Nor did he say anything specific about science and technology. The Buddha taught of the path to the end of suffering, and specifically said he was not a god. I don't think it's usef...
by Laurens
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: in my opinion the buddha knew science and technology
Replies: 25
Views: 908

Re: in my opinion the buddha knew science and technology

I've never encountered anything that would suggest accurate, specific predictions of the future came from the Buddha. Nor did he say anything specific about science and technology. The Buddha taught of the path to the end of suffering, and specifically said he was not a god. I don't think it's usefu...
by Laurens
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: how do you do mettā
Replies: 23
Views: 1808

Re: how do you do mettā

I thought I'd highlight some ways in which I practice metta. Firstly is of course the traditional practise that the OP mentioned. I like Jack Kornfield's phrasing, I may not have it remembered exactly but I cite: May I [/he/she/they/all beings] be happy, May I be well May I be peaceful and at ease M...
by Laurens
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Guilt and Shame
Replies: 24
Views: 2345

Re: Guilt and Shame

Guilt and shame are based on self view, but so is the watching of them coming and going. Trying to get rid of guilt and shame is not conducive to the practice, but trying to get rid of what gives rise to guilt and shame is. Everything else equal, those who experience guilt and shame for twrong doin...
by Laurens
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: The Idea of the Historical Buddha
Replies: 41
Views: 2249

Re: The Idea of the Historical Buddha

I think it's reasonable to assume that there is a figure at the root of Buddhism. I think it's also reasonable to assume that there have been elements of mythology that have creeped in to some of the accounts. Ultimately if the teachings lead to their prescribed goal then the debate about what we mi...
by Laurens
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Guilt and Shame
Replies: 24
Views: 2345

Re: Guilt and Shame

I don't think Buddhism encourages or discourages guilt or shame. As I understand it Buddhism teaches awareness if you feel guilt or shame don't shut it out or say "ah this is good I need to feel this more" just watch how it comes and goes, as with all feelings and thoughts they come and go. Watching...