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by marc108
Tue Jun 18, 2013 5:12 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Nostril concentration risks?
Replies: 8
Views: 2369

Re: Nostril concentration risks?

unlikely, or most Theravada meditators would have high blood pressure... Samadhi generally reduces blood pressure.
by marc108
Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A virtual hermitage for admirable companions?
Replies: 11
Views: 3331

Re: A virtual hermitage for admirable companions?

i think this is a good idea and would love to participate in whatever arises. there isnt much of a Sangha where I live and sharing in a public forum that is so large takes away from the intimacy that i assume would arise in a hermitage type situation. shoot me a PM sometime :)
by marc108
Fri Jun 14, 2013 12:15 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Dhamma & Marriage?
Replies: 9
Views: 2537

Re: Dhamma & Marriage?

Zenainder wrote: It would seem to me that absense of clinging and love / marriage oppose one another.
attachment and entanglement are not the same thing!
by marc108
Tue Jun 11, 2013 12:25 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: The ethics of advising divorce
Replies: 14
Views: 1752

Re: The ethics of advising divorce

John isn't responsible for his wife's decisions and shouldn't allow himself to be held hostage emotionally. Beyond that I would say that if that were my wife, I would #1 consult a professional about the proper way to intervene and #2 have her committed which he can do legally I believe.
by marc108
Thu Jun 06, 2013 4:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective
Replies: 95
Views: 8002

Re: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

Hi Peter, glad you've decided to contribute :) Really really interesting to hear the perspectives of a former Buddhist/current Christian. I'm interested to hear whatever you have to say, even in private, if you think it's not proper to post in the forum. Have you studied the NT depth, both in and of...
by marc108
Tue Jun 04, 2013 4:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective
Replies: 95
Views: 8002

Re: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

You can google the parable if you'd like to generously hunt for alternatives. i really do not see those things in that parable... but i'm also not a christian :jumping: i think that is a very course interpretation... akin to saying the 1st Jhana simile is about taking a bath. I don't think there's ...
by marc108
Tue Jun 04, 2013 2:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective
Replies: 95
Views: 8002

Re: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

Yes - but that line of the parable is about divine retribution, so the point stands. Jesus taught about divine retribution because, on this view, ones ability to contribute in a positive way is solely God-given (there will be theological hairsplitting here, but naught hangs on the details) so one m...
by marc108
Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective
Replies: 95
Views: 8002

Re: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

I believe that Jesus was likely a stream-enterer due to the way he speaks and teaches around the 1st 3 fetters. I also think his contact with God and angels was not a delusion or some sort of story made up after his death, but rather that he was in contact with sort of deva(s), perhaps what had beco...
by marc108
Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective
Replies: 95
Views: 8002

Re: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

The parallel sayings are sometimes a bit spooky though. I think I should clarify that my interest is in finding similarities and differences between the historical teachings of the Buddha and Jesus, and not the religions that developed around them. and yes there seems to be dozens if not hundreds o...
by marc108
Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:44 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective
Replies: 95
Views: 8002

Re: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

Fr. Greg Boyle... my favorite Christian: “Here is what we seek: a compassion that can stand in awe at what the poor have to carry rather than stand in judgment at how they carry it.” ― Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion "Anderson Cooper was struck with the selfles...
by marc108
Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:43 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective
Replies: 95
Views: 8002

Re: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

plwk wrote: Are you required to for this course?
thanks! no this class is upper division for my BA, 'Intro to the New Testament'... GE class outside of my major.
David N. Snyder wrote:By Ven. Dhammika:

http://www.buddhisma2z.com/content.php?id=62
thanks Dr. Snyder
by marc108
Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:28 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Which Palicanon translation to use?
Replies: 24
Views: 7026

Re: Which Palicanon translation to use?

i think its important to compare translations and not to just rely on a single translator. i prefer Ven. Thanissaro & Ven. Bodhi but there are SO many other translations worth reading. http://www.suttacentral.net/ is great & will give you all the major, publicly available translations
by marc108
Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:56 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective
Replies: 95
Views: 8002

Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

I'm going to be taking a class on the New Testament (the part of the Bible based on the teachings of Jesus) starting tomorrow. The class will be focused on the history of the development of Christianity and the teachings of the historical Jesus. This class is going to be intense... 6 hours of lectur...
by marc108
Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Tutteji !
Replies: 3
Views: 667

Re: Tutteji !

gavesako wrote: where he studied with the very best Swamis, Gurus, Tulkus, Rinpoches, Senseis, Roshis, Ajaahns and independent Spiritual Masters available.

well then! :jumping:
by marc108
Sun May 26, 2013 4:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Insight timer for iphone, ipad and android: review plse
Replies: 21
Views: 4523

Re: Insight timer for iphone, ipad and android: review plse

i use it. i dont use the social functions but the timer itself is superior to all others i've tried for meditation.
by marc108
Sun May 26, 2013 2:15 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Breath, and Cherry-Picking for Cultural Convenience
Replies: 146
Views: 12776

Re: The Breath, and Cherry-Picking for Cultural Convenience

I think one of the advantages of Dhamma in the West is that we actually do have a fair amount of choice. If you're inclined to a more devotional type of practice, you can find it; if you're more of a secularist or rationalist, you can find it; if you prefer a meditation-centered approach you can fi...
by marc108
Sun May 26, 2013 1:44 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Breath, and Cherry-Picking for Cultural Convenience
Replies: 146
Views: 12776

Re: The Breath, and Cherry-Picking for Cultural Convenience

I'm not sure how much this matches up to reality, but I think that the laity at large during the time of the Buddha likely was not practicing with the same scope and intensity as the laity is now. The serious modern day practitioner is probably much closer in terms of practice to a monastic than the...
by marc108
Thu May 23, 2013 9:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A drug that helps meditating ?
Replies: 36
Views: 6090

Re: A drug that helps meditating ?

you're probably going to catch a lot of flack here for this, but i'm willing to engage in discussion about this even in private if this thread gets deleted. i think it's an important topic. You are losing the practical reality thinking about theory. Been disociated from the body makes the body pain,...
by marc108
Thu May 23, 2013 3:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A drug that helps meditating ?
Replies: 36
Views: 6090

Re: A drug that helps meditating ?

what this drug basically does is cut of your mind from your body, that is the whole magic about it. The body is a big impediment in meditation this is pretty much exactly the opposite of the Buddhist approach to meditation. Having both abused DXM recreationally and being long time meditator, I beli...
by marc108
Tue May 21, 2013 8:54 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: chafing problem
Replies: 15
Views: 2331

Re: jock itch

the key is to keep your bits dry. use a hair dryer and dry your bits up really good immediately after you get out of the shower. wear loose fitting underwear as well.