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by Mawkish1983
Wed Jun 03, 2015 5:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why did you choose Theravada rather than Mahayana?
Replies: 28
Views: 2684

Re: Why did you choose Theravada rather than Mahayana?

At first I was drawn to Zen and loved the mysticism of Mahayana. Before too long, the pragmatic part of my brain started screaming at me. For the past seven years I've been practising Theravada. I've recently started reading some of the Dalai Lama's stuff, having become mentally exhausted with sutta...
by Mawkish1983
Mon Jun 01, 2015 4:45 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Largest Buddha-rupa in Europe
Replies: 8
Views: 1664

Re: Largest Buddha-rupa in Europe

It was this event:
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Looking back, it was probably very disrespectful to take this picture.
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by Mawkish1983
Mon Jun 01, 2015 4:38 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Largest Buddha-rupa in Europe
Replies: 8
Views: 1664

Re: Largest Buddha-rupa in Europe

A few years ago I visited that temple. It's buried in a quiet, serene park on the outskirts of Paris. The place was open for an event, but my French wasn't good enough for me to work out what. There were a lot of folk about.
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by Mawkish1983
Thu May 28, 2015 4:22 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Can unenlightened person, not even knowing its original language by heart really translate it correctly?
Replies: 17
Views: 2629

Re: Can unenlightened person, not even knowing its original language by heart really translate it correctly?

My opinion: how close the texts and translations are to the 'original' is less important than their usefulness. "These things are good; these things are not blamable; these things are praised by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to benefit and happiness" I've recently began to foc...
by Mawkish1983
Tue May 19, 2015 6:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Goenka meditation donation?
Replies: 3
Views: 1749

Goenka meditation donation?

I understand one can undertake 10-day vipassana meditation courses in Ven. Goenka's style, and that these courses are 'free'. Obviously, if I attend one, I'd want to donate the appropriate amount. I know a few people here have taken the course. How much is appropriate to donate? My wife wasn't keen ...
by Mawkish1983
Tue May 19, 2015 4:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Conceit. Boo.
Replies: 1
Views: 396

Conceit. Boo.

When I grew up, to be conceited meant to be overly proud of yourself. The word 'conceit' is firmly stored in my mind as a negative word to describe a personality trait. Only in the last seven years have I encountered the word 'conceit' to mean some sort of literary device; since studying Buddhism. I...
by Mawkish1983
Sat May 16, 2015 8:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why is cynicism so popular?
Replies: 5
Views: 771

Why is cynicism so popular?

At my school, we are going to start trialling a secular mindfulness programme, inviting students who are easily distracted or prone to act instinctively without thinking about consequences. It's no secret at school that I practice Buddhism, so I was invited to participate with the introduction sessi...
by Mawkish1983
Sun May 10, 2015 3:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy birthday, Ben!
Replies: 26
Views: 2078

Re: Happy birthday, Ben!

Happy birthday Ben.
by Mawkish1983
Mon May 04, 2015 12:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A pointless post I made on a social network today
Replies: 2
Views: 598

A pointless post I made on a social network today

Some rambling thoughts I had today IMG_20150504_132209.jpg I like to sit here. There are lots of things one can contemplate from this position. My daughter, growing up fast. Right now a little angel, but certainly our relationship will face the usual trials as she grows up. Right now she's sleeping...
by Mawkish1983
Mon May 04, 2015 7:47 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Let's consider how we experience this image
Replies: 87
Views: 5524

Re: Let's consider how we experience this image

A sense of frustration at a) the jittery animation (on my phone, which doesn't have the processing power to run the animation smoothly) and b) the objects bouncing as they wouldn't really if they were dropped (they would be far more chaotic)
by Mawkish1983
Mon May 04, 2015 7:42 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Christening draws near
Replies: 10
Views: 1486

Re: The Christening draws near

I am sorry you are embroiled in this family tradition circus. I hope it gives you pause for thought on rites and rituals. It's certainly a circus. When I was asked if I opposed the christening, I could honestly answer 'no' because if I were to oppose it, it would cause significant familial disharmo...
by Mawkish1983
Mon May 04, 2015 7:37 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Christening draws near
Replies: 10
Views: 1486

Re: The Christening draws near

It's also worth noting that there is a new form of Anglican baptism for the unchurched who are unfamiliar... Likelihood is that I've studied Christianity to more depth than the vicar, and I've first hand experience of the religion from when I rebelled against my strictly atheist upbringing in my ea...
by Mawkish1983
Mon May 04, 2015 7:34 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Christening draws near
Replies: 10
Views: 1486

Re: The Christening draws near

Sam Vara wrote:Have a beautiful day.
Thank you
by Mawkish1983
Mon May 04, 2015 7:34 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Christening draws near
Replies: 10
Views: 1486

Re: The Christening draws near

Bakmoon wrote:What are the actual beliefs of your sister and brother in law? Are they just rather indifferent atheist/agnostics who are culturally christian?
Atheist and, if anything, openly critical of all religions.
by Mawkish1983
Sun May 03, 2015 8:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Christening draws near
Replies: 10
Views: 1486

Re: The Christening draws near

The vicar said that I was on my own journey and my daughter was on hers, and as long as I have an open mind, she didn't think it was a problem.

The Christening is next weekend. Shame it wasn't this weekend: Vesakha for most people.
by Mawkish1983
Sun May 03, 2015 7:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Christening draws near
Replies: 10
Views: 1486

The Christening draws near

Today, my wife and I had to meet with the vicar who will be conducting the Christening. I've said all along that I would not be lying to anyone, so when the vicar assumed my wife and I were both Christians I had to correct her. I told her that I have a long complicated relationship with Christianity...
by Mawkish1983
Sat May 02, 2015 7:56 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Vesak
Replies: 10
Views: 2037

Re: Vesak

Sam Vara wrote:Lay supporters bring food
But be warned; I allegedly made a social faux pas on my first Vesakha. Apparently pringles and cakes are not appropriate foods to bring. I'll be celebrating Vesakha on 1st June this year with eight precepts, dhamma study and meditation.
by Mawkish1983
Fri May 01, 2015 5:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular than Theravada in the west?
Replies: 57
Views: 6485

Re: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular than Theravada in the west?

Feathers wrote:the one thing ALL traditions seem to agree on is you shouldn't cherry pick, and should stick to one tradition! :tongue:
Well that's completely up to you: do whatever you find beneficial.