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by LonesomeYogurt
Fri Mar 09, 2012 9:03 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New here, seeking some advice
Replies: 8
Views: 1171

Re: New here, seeking some advice

Hello one and all! I have recently been reading quite a bit about the Buddha and his teachings, and about Buddhism in general. I'm not sure yet if it's really for me, but I'm hoping this forum can teach me much more. There's so much information online I don't know where to start! I've read about th...
by LonesomeYogurt
Thu Mar 08, 2012 5:17 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: The interpretation of the 8 precepts
Replies: 29
Views: 6625

Re: The interpretation of the 8 precepts

The post above pretty much sums up anything I could say (and a lot more too) but on the subject of mirrors, I feel like there were probably fewer mirrors in the Buddha's time so the act of looking into one was a deliberate beautification attempt. I don't think just like walking by a mirror during yo...
by LonesomeYogurt
Thu Mar 08, 2012 4:05 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 909
Views: 50596

Re: Free will and the mind

Viscid wrote:I've never heard a good definition of 'free will.' Nothing ever satisfies and the arguments for it always seem empty.

Do you recommend Sam Harris' book?
Yeah it's very interesting, and you can really pick out the Buddhist influence which is cool.
by LonesomeYogurt
Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 909
Views: 50596

Free will and the mind

I'm reading Sam Harris' book Free Will and many of his ideas mirror the traditional view on Buddhist non-self. So my question is, if we are not the thinker of our own thoughts, and feelings and mental states are arising and ceasing without creation by a central self, how do "we" still make effort to...
by LonesomeYogurt
Mon Feb 27, 2012 1:16 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Parinibbana - practicing for cessation
Replies: 52
Views: 2969

Re: Parinibbana - practicing for cessation

The dhamma is far less about losing both suffering and joy, and far more about realizing that the things we think cause joy actually cause suffering. As Retrofuturist said above, joy is an important part of our path to enlightenment.
by LonesomeYogurt
Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6108
Views: 463779

Re: the great rebirth debate

Far too much of this debate, at least in my humble opinion, is focused on evidence for rebirth instead of a logical basis for rebirth. Einstein had very little "look, there it is" evidence for relativity when he first devised it, but he knew that it was the only logical assumption to make based on t...
by LonesomeYogurt
Sat Feb 25, 2012 6:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4366
Views: 291460

Re: the great vegetarian debate

I'm a vegetarian mostly because I think it really helps me cultivate non-attachment to food. Having a simple and healthful diet of primarily vegetables and grains and fruits and such can really help a person learn to enjoy simplicity. I think butchering animals is obviously a hideous thing to do, bu...
by LonesomeYogurt
Sat Feb 25, 2012 6:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is your favorite sutta and why ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1943

Re: What is your favorite sutta and why ?

The Nandana Sutta is pretty great: I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying near Savatthi in Jeta's Grove, Anathapindika's monastery. Then Mara the Evil One went to the Blessed One and recited this verse in his presence: Those with children delight because of their children. Tho...
by LonesomeYogurt
Fri Feb 24, 2012 6:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: unethical job for greater good?
Replies: 14
Views: 1305

Re: unethical job for greater good?

Although stealing from a rich person to give to the poor might help them out short-term, in the long run you need to wonder whether or not that would truly help them in the only way that really matters - the cultivation of non-attachment, compassion, and wisdom. So would demonstrating that stealing ...
by LonesomeYogurt
Fri Feb 24, 2012 6:31 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: The differences between Mahāsi Sayādaw and Goenka
Replies: 5
Views: 2261

Re: The differences between Mahāsi Sayādaw and Goenka

So Samatha is pure meditation on the breath in order to build concentration, while Vipassana is a more investigative focus on bodily sensations, thoughts, feelings, and mental states?
by LonesomeYogurt
Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Secular Buddhist
Replies: 289
Views: 24545

Re: The Secular Buddhist

As a Westerner, I don't have any negative feelings towards secular Buddhism at all. I've practiced meditation with many SBs and they've been incredibly diligent and very helpful. Believing in rebirth solely on another's authority is not in line with the Buddha's teaching of self-examination. However...
by LonesomeYogurt
Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:49 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: The differences between Mahāsi Sayādaw and Goenka
Replies: 5
Views: 2261

The differences between Mahāsi Sayādaw and Goenka

I have always been unclear about the exact differences between Mahāsi Sayādaw's methods for meditation and Goekna's, but they seem to be separate camps with supporters on both sides. Could someone help illuminate the distinction between the two methods, and perhaps give some advice on which approach...
by LonesomeYogurt
Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:22 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Can killing be acceptable in Buddhism?
Replies: 28
Views: 4287

Re: Can killing be acceptable in Buddhism?

To kill another animal in order to survive would be done out of clinging to your own life. Instead, why not sit down and meditate on your hunger while realizing the impermanence of living? You could become enlightened right then and there on that island if you confronted your fear and desire instead...
by LonesomeYogurt
Thu Feb 23, 2012 4:34 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 7
Views: 1042

Hello!

Man I couldn't think of a snappy title. I'm from a small town in America, having practiced the Dhamma for about a year now. There are very few temples or practitioners at all around here so the internet, combined with some retreats and books, has mainly constituted my practice. I'm looking to learn ...