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by Laurens
Sun Nov 22, 2009 11:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monks' & Nuns' names
Replies: 8
Views: 1898

Re: Monks' & Nuns' names

Dugu wrote:What if you didn't like the name they give you, can you make a request for another? just wondering... :mrgreen:
That reminds me of that scene in Reservoir Dogs when they are all being given their code names and they start arguing about them :lol:
by Laurens
Sun Nov 22, 2009 10:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Switching the point of awareness...
Replies: 11
Views: 1818

Re: Switching the point of awareness...

Thanks for the reply. There seems to be a huge variety of interpretations of the Anapanasati sutta resulting in a vast number of techniques. I guess its best not to worry about the method that is the most correct, rather I should go for the method that works.
by Laurens
Sun Nov 22, 2009 10:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: AHHH, THE FREAKIN' NOISE!
Replies: 19
Views: 2527

Re: AHHH, THE FREAKIN' NOISE!

If you find yourself becoming angry at your father I would certainly recommend metta meditation.

Also another simple thing that might work is this:

"Dad is that okay if you turn the TV down just a little please? I find it distracts me from my meditation"
by Laurens
Sun Nov 22, 2009 9:14 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: your home altar/shrine
Replies: 193
Views: 76072

Re: your home altar/shrine

PICT0048.JPG I keep it fairly simple. I recently bought the Buddha statue off ebay at a reasonible price, its quite a nice statue but when it arrived it had the most awful paint job! So I decided to paint it black and it does look a whole lot better now! I feel like I need to get some better flower...
by Laurens
Sun Nov 22, 2009 8:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Metta practice
Replies: 9
Views: 1916

Re: Metta practice

Thank you for sharing that, I could feel it working just from reading that without even being at the cushion! I makes a lot of sense.

:namaste:
by Laurens
Sun Nov 22, 2009 8:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Switching the point of awareness...
Replies: 11
Views: 1818

Switching the point of awareness...

Hello, I was simply wondering whether it is adviseable or not for someone to switch the focus point of awareness from the inhalation to the exhalation? When I breathe in I can strongly feel the breath on the pallette area, however on the out breath my awareness is not as strong on this area, I feel ...
by Laurens
Sun Nov 22, 2009 8:24 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Literal translation of Anapanasati Sutta pleas
Replies: 10
Views: 2818

Re: Literal translation of Anapanasati Sutta pleas

Just to put another spin on things, I listened to a talk in which Ajahn Brahm stated the 'establishing mindfulness infront' means to bring one's attention to the present moment. He was quite adament about this, and stated that it is wrong to focus simply on the nose or the lips, or any area in parti...
by Laurens
Sun Nov 22, 2009 7:43 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Not believing in life after death
Replies: 36
Views: 5611

Re: Not believing in life after death

There isn't a tendancy in Buddhism to tell you what you can and can't believe, it's much more about discovering the truth for yourself. That being said, one cannot discover the truth with a closed mind, meaning you shouldn't approach any subject such as life after death with complete denial. I think...
by Laurens
Sun Nov 22, 2009 7:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What if everyone were Buddhist?
Replies: 59
Views: 8324

Re: What if everyone were Buddhist?

Interesting question. I am guessing you meant a world in which everyone would be practicing well and following the teachings closely rather than a world where everyone identified themselves as being Buddhist (because the two would be very different). If everyone was practicing Buddhism then its easy...
by Laurens
Sun Nov 22, 2009 6:18 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings all
Replies: 6
Views: 737

Greetings all

Hello :)

I'm Laurens, several of you may remember by from e-sangha, although I didn't post there an awful lot. As someone increasingly drawn to Theravadin practice I hope that this site would be of great benefit to me.

All the best

Laurens