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by LonesomeYogurt
Tue Mar 12, 2013 11:47 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: How to know if you are suitable?
Replies: 25
Views: 4446

Re: How to know if you are suitable?

I've heard from a few monastics that one should spend around a month straight at a temple as a lay resident before deciding on whether or not anagarika ordination would be suitable. Afterwards, the general one-year period in the white robes is a good test run for how you handle sense restraint, medi...
by LonesomeYogurt
Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:51 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Bad Karma to have intent to KILL germs?
Replies: 6
Views: 1434

Re: Bad Karma to have intent to KILL germs?

Germs and viruses are not sentient beings but instead complex forms of rūpa, like a computer or an automobile.
by LonesomeYogurt
Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Brahm for sale?
Replies: 242
Views: 26149

Re: Ajahn Brahm for sale?

I would disapprove if I thought this was going to lead in any way to a rash of Bhikkhu auctions, but Ajahn Brahm is sufficiently unique in his methods that I can't really see this becoming a larger issue. From what I understand of Vinaya, the lottery structure renders this appropriate, if a little c...
by LonesomeYogurt
Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Brahm for sale?
Replies: 242
Views: 26149

Re: Ajahn Brahm for sale?

tiltbillings wrote:I'd have my own prvt retreat and let him run the schedule.
I'd take him Go-Kart riding.
by LonesomeYogurt
Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:13 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: This time: TEN days, zero tobacco
Replies: 70
Views: 8886

Re: seven days with zero tobacco

I do have a question for anyone who knows about this. In my travels on the Internet, I have heard apologists for tobacco say things like, "the Native Americans smoked tobacco, and because it was natural and not processed with chemicals as ours is today, they didn't get the same dire health problems...
by LonesomeYogurt
Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Brahm for sale?
Replies: 242
Views: 26149

Re: Ajahn Brahm for sale?

Some of you all are just hilarious :jumping: I thought about this at work today and came to the conclusion that while i may enjoy the good humoured cheerfulness of his talks on occasion 7 days of unruffled, cheerful, equanimity would probably drive me up a wall. If i won id have to send him out on ...
by LonesomeYogurt
Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:51 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Best way to learn Pali?
Replies: 6
Views: 2790

Re: Best way to learn Pali?

http://arrowriver.ca/pali/palidrill1.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

This might help. Have you come across it?
by LonesomeYogurt
Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:34 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: A Couple of Questions
Replies: 15
Views: 2484

Re: A Couple of Questions

The second question is easy - they have to rely on the lay people for food, and the desire to provide delicious, exciting meals for the monks often trumps the desire to give them healthy food. I've even seen a few monasteries where they have a sign up that says, "Please consider the health of the mo...
by LonesomeYogurt
Mon Mar 11, 2013 6:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Brahm for sale?
Replies: 242
Views: 26149

Re: Ajahn Brahm for sale?

According to AN 5.177, the selling of human beings is wrong livelihood!

:jumping:
by LonesomeYogurt
Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:09 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism & Alcohol
Replies: 18
Views: 2683

Re: Buddhism & Alcohol

Welcome friend! I too have struggled with alcohol in the past. Do you have a meditation practice at all? Even a small amount of mindfulness meditation will give you some great tools to work with craving. I wish you the best! The Buddha taught us that a clear, sober mind is a great gift, not somethin...
by LonesomeYogurt
Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What Does "Buddadhamma" Mean?
Replies: 8
Views: 1002

Re: What Does "Buddadhamma" Mean?

That's what the OP is about. But if they're self-evident, assuming is not required. Haha, you're right; that was a clumsy phrase on my part. I was merely asking you to explain why you think what you said makes logical (for what it's worth) sense to you. I believe that the words of the Buddha can be...
by LonesomeYogurt
Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: REAL Meditation: The Originalist Thesis
Replies: 187
Views: 16805

Re: REAL Meditation: The Originalist Thesis

My sympathy is with seeking truth (if truth there is to find), with honesty and integrity, which are not contrary to the "buddhadhamma," but in fact in line with it's spirit and purposes. I don't doubt that for a second - and the lack of honesty and integrity one finds in the rebirth- denying commu...
by LonesomeYogurt
Sun Mar 10, 2013 6:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What Does "Buddadhamma" Mean?
Replies: 8
Views: 1002

Re: What Does "Buddadhamma" Mean?

How can you get specific about an historical figure? History generalizes and narrates (ask any historiagrapher). Obviously the Buddha did teach something. That something is the Buddhadhamma. It's as simple as that. By saying this, I'm not claiming that somehow I (or anyone else) have the true knowl...
by LonesomeYogurt
Sun Mar 10, 2013 5:32 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What Does "Buddadhamma" Mean?
Replies: 8
Views: 1002

Re: What Does "Buddadhamma" Mean?

Greetings, I searched Dhammawheel for, "What is the buddhadhamma?" and "buddhadhamma" but it yielded nothing clarifying. It's a term that gets used a lot around here but without much clarification on what, exaclty, the users mean by it. I Googled "buddhamma" and was directed to Wikepedia's "Buddhis...
by LonesomeYogurt
Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: REAL Meditation: The Originalist Thesis
Replies: 187
Views: 16805

Re: REAL Meditation: The Originalist Thesis

If for some strange reason in the future I decide I don't want to call myself a Buddhist anymore, I will cite the rebirth debacle of this thread as a principal reason. If this kind of bickering, soap-boxing, and myopic dogmatism are what being a Buddhist today devolves to, then I want nothing to do...
by LonesomeYogurt
Sat Mar 09, 2013 8:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: REAL Meditation: The Originalist Thesis
Replies: 187
Views: 16805

Re: REAL Meditation: The Originalist Thesis

This does all look problematic. Not worrying about rebirth, however, doesn't run afoul of any of this. The only reason rebirth is a question at all in American Buddhism is because it runs afoul of our precious materialist/secularist American religion. The fact that most converts to Buddhism are tho...
by LonesomeYogurt
Sat Mar 09, 2013 6:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: REAL Meditation: The Originalist Thesis
Replies: 187
Views: 16805

Re: REAL Meditation: The Originalist Thesis

I don't think so; rebirth and metaphysical retribution is liable to drive away secular and materialist inquirers, in my experience. And teaching that great effort is required for enlightenment is liable to drive away lazy inquirers, while I'm sure an emphasis on the Buddha's disdain for the Caste s...
by LonesomeYogurt
Sat Mar 09, 2013 6:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Reincarnation
Replies: 115
Views: 14711

Re: Reincarnation

As opposed to paticcasamuppada-6, paticcasamuppada-8, paticcasamuppada-10, etc...? I preferred Paticcasamuppada 3: Judgement Day. Sorry, sorry, back on topic :jumping: I think what the many different forms of dependent origination point to is a shifting, dynamic understanding of paticcasamuppada th...
by LonesomeYogurt
Sat Mar 09, 2013 6:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Need advice on my meditation experience
Replies: 18
Views: 2138

Re: Need advice on my meditation experience

I've decided to start following the instructions in Bhikkhu Buddhadasa - Mindfulness with Breathing: http://what-buddha-taught.net/Books3/Bhikkhu_Buddhadasa_Anapanasati_Mindfulness_with_Breathing.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; I focused on the long breath as described in section...
by LonesomeYogurt
Sat Mar 09, 2013 8:40 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Reincarnation
Replies: 115
Views: 14711

Re: Reincarnation

Paticcasamuppada is a fluid dependency teaching, with many possible formulations. Sticking to paticcasamuppada-12 can generate artificial difficulties. Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu, in this article talks about just this - it seems that the traditional stock set of twelve steps is not the only formulation of ...