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by Alobha
Sun May 31, 2015 10:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why take refuge in the Buddha...
Replies: 23
Views: 1644

Re: Why take refuge in the Buddha...

Vakkali Sutta - Seeing the Dhamma "For a long time, Lord, I have wanted to come and set eyes on the Blessed One, but I had not the strength in this body to come and see the Blessed One." "Enough, Vakkali! What is there to see in this vile body? He who sees Dhamma, Vakkali, sees me; he who sees me s...
by Alobha
Sat May 30, 2015 6:50 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Alcoholist boyfriend
Replies: 8
Views: 1281

Re: Alcoholist boyfriend can cause my difficulties with meditations?

lotus flower wrote: The truth is i can not really get a better person because myself have too much problems with mental health.
Do not worry about "better persons" who don't accept you the way you are. Be well :smile:
by Alobha
Tue May 26, 2015 3:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Bodhi / White House thread
Replies: 14
Views: 1654

Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi / White House thread

Dear all, If you are looking for the discussion on the Bhikkhu Bodhi / White House thread, it has been placed temporarily in the admin forum where some housekeeping can be conducted. I do apologise to all those who were actively involved and took an interest in the legitimacy of engaged Buddhism. W...
by Alobha
Sat May 23, 2015 1:30 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Bikkhu Bodhi and Buddhist leaders convene at White House
Replies: 192
Views: 3187

Re: Bikkhu Bodhi and Buddhist leaders convene at White House

I think it's a valid point of concern that a heavy involvement of religion into politics caused and still causes a lot of problems all over the world. World history is full of the terrible consequences of this and still today people suffer because of a lack of separation of religion and state. The s...
by Alobha
Sat May 23, 2015 9:44 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Bikkhu Bodhi and Buddhist leaders convene at White House
Replies: 192
Views: 3187

Re: Bikkhu Bodhi and Buddhist leaders convene at White House

Greetings, The Bodhisatta had the choice between becoming a fully enlightened one or a world-turning monarch. He made his choice and not even Mara could tempt him away from his chosen path. It seems certain disciples (so called "leaders") are much more susceptible to the worldly lure of Mara than t...
by Alobha
Thu May 21, 2015 10:26 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Practice Questions for Kasinas
Replies: 2
Views: 682

Practice Questions for Kasinas

Perhaps someone either can recommend a good source or has some experience and would like to offer some advice. I've taken a look at the Visuddhi Magga and didn't find the instructions very helpful (I found the descriptions rather obscure). 1. Are there ideal recommendations for the form when creatin...
by Alobha
Tue May 19, 2015 3:04 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: X-anity = Buddhism - breathing mindfulness
Replies: 11
Views: 1263

Re: X-anity = Buddhism - breathing mindfulness

Oddly enough, because standard Christianity preaches total non aggression. In buddhism, I prefer to always go back to the source when making claims about the actual content of the teachings of the Buddha. You will not find a single sutta where the Buddha speaks in favor of violence and killing othe...
by Alobha
Mon May 18, 2015 1:01 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: My Teacher Needs Help
Replies: 3
Views: 1020

Re: My Teacher Needs Help

sattva wrote: I hate to ask for help, but my teacher could use all the financial support you can offer. [...]
Thank you for offering this opportunity to help sattva. I hope many people will help out our good Zen friends :smile: :anjali:
by Alobha
Thu May 14, 2015 9:36 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New
Replies: 10
Views: 1148

Re: New

Welcome Frank! :smile:
by Alobha
Wed May 13, 2015 3:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Something Amusing
Replies: 31
Views: 1716

Re: Something Amusing

Great! If I make up a fake buddha quote and post it here would it eventually make it to the list? Here goes: The buddha said "chownah is the greatest". This may be as close to immortality as I will ever get! chownah http://ibin.co/21b7mR8BNvqB It must be true because it's on a picture with a buddha...
by Alobha
Fri May 08, 2015 11:11 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: A day in the life of a novice Buddhist monk
Replies: 24
Views: 4291

Re: A day in the life of a novice Buddhist monk

Thanks for sharing Bhante!
by Alobha
Wed May 06, 2015 11:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Are we hypocrites?
Replies: 28
Views: 2604

Re: Are we hypocrites?

The fact that you do not think about it, does not make it less true Let alone that you have missed the point Sarath was making: that you use products of technology by at the same time condemning the attachment of the people who brought this technology to you :redherring: I addressed the point that ...
by Alobha
Wed May 06, 2015 5:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Are we hypocrites?
Replies: 28
Views: 2604

Re: Are we hypocrites?

Are we hypocrites? Why monks eat meat, if they opposed to killing? (please do not answer this question as this was discussed enough in this forum) Why do we use electricity, if we oppose to fossil burning to make electricity? Why do we use petrol, if we opposed to oil spill? Why do we against pollu...
by Alobha
Wed May 06, 2015 1:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: giving to beggars
Replies: 14
Views: 1098

Re: giving to beggars

If I have the time, I normally buy and give food instead of giving money. [...] It makes me feel a bit uneasy, but seems like the best solution. Didn't have those negative experiences personally but I do it the same way - I rather give food, never money. I have witnessed cases of "beggars" organizi...
by Alobha
Sat May 02, 2015 3:36 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Sádhu sádhu sádhu
Replies: 17
Views: 1913

Re: Sádhu sádhu sádhu

Welcome Tonie! :smile:
by Alobha
Sat May 02, 2015 1:03 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Lay life or monasticism?
Replies: 23
Views: 3915

Re: Ditching lay life, wanting to ordain.

Dear Upasaka Sumana, I very much sympathize with your strong desire to ordain and would agree with you that monkhood provides more suitable conditions for practice than lay life usually does. Otherwise Buddha would not have spoken so highly of the monk life (eg SN 42:7, An 3:45, Sn 274 and 221, Iti...
by Alobha
Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:53 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from the Jersey Shore!
Replies: 13
Views: 1245

Re: Greetings from the Jersey Shore!

Welcome! :smile:
by Alobha
Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:06 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Australia & a general question
Replies: 2
Views: 632

Re: Australia & a general question

Instead of speculating, I'd recommend directly asking the abbots of the monasteries you are interested in about that matter and visiting them as a layperson before considering ordination there. Some of the australian monasteries have online message boards and all of them can be reached by snailmail,...
by Alobha
Fri Apr 24, 2015 1:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: United States of Europe
Replies: 4
Views: 504

Re: United States of Europe

Considering the horrors of TTIP and the like in mind, i'm against a EU zone where the political independence of countries is cut back to a point where companies can sue entire countries, countries are forced to privatize government infrastructure (Watersupply, energy) or state funding for cultural p...
by Alobha
Tue Apr 21, 2015 2:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are kilesas so bad?
Replies: 88
Views: 6056

Re: Are kilesas so bad?

My intention is not to troll What is your intention then? To prove that your utterly flawed and wrong concepts show that buddhists and monks are disingenuous? Because you can't be asking all these questions because you want to understand anything. Answering your questions is like talking to a wall....