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by Feathers
Sun Aug 17, 2014 3:24 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Robin Williams, depression, suicide and meditation
Replies: 47
Views: 5581

Re: Robin Williams, depression, suicide and meditation

(Up to 40mg Cipralex, up to 400 mg Trittico, plus Deanxit, plus Perilla Oil, plus Ritalin... I know what I am talking about) When I was in a Thai monastery meditating most of the day, I didn't need any medication after two weeks and stayed off medication for several months afterwards. What kind of ...
by Feathers
Sun Aug 17, 2014 2:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If someone says women aren't victims of harrassment ....
Replies: 36
Views: 3386

Re: If someone says women aren't victims of harrassment ....

Please forgive me before I begin for any discord this response may receive. I think Cooran (Chris) really wanted to be heard, without the need as many women have, to defend herself, to get in a long heated discussion. She wanted to be heard. This is her truth. I have had cases in the past when I wa...
by Feathers
Sun Aug 17, 2014 2:12 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Robin Williams, depression, suicide and meditation
Replies: 47
Views: 5581

Re: Robin Williams, depression, suicide and meditation

Thank you Dan for sharing. I am saddened by your own struggle but happy that you were able to navigate your way out of the sargasso. I have not disclosed this publicly before, but now seems to be the right time. Clinical depression is something that has been a constant companion since 1976. Some pe...
by Feathers
Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:00 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Blog post By Ajahn Sucitto
Replies: 2
Views: 437

Re: Blog post By Ajahn Sucitto

Very good, thank you for sharing :smile:
by Feathers
Sat Jul 26, 2014 8:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Progress Along The Path Self Generated
Replies: 28
Views: 1482

Re: Is Progress Along The Path Self Generated

I think you hit it on the head with your computer programming example. Computer programming can be self taught - but trust me, teachers speed up the process a lot! But I wouldn't give up because of lack of access to teachers. If you can listen to dhamma talks online and go on a retreat occasionally ...
by Feathers
Fri Jul 25, 2014 11:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The necessity of faith in rebirth to drive practice?
Replies: 107
Views: 3583

Re: The necessity of faith in rebirth to drive practice?

waterchan wrote: I believe it's more important to be a student of the Dhamma who is attracted to the Dhamma, than wanting to be a "full-on Buddhist" which is a non-category.
Thank you :smile:
by Feathers
Thu Jul 24, 2014 11:32 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The necessity of faith in rebirth to drive practice?
Replies: 107
Views: 3583

Re: The necessity of faith in rebirth to drive practice?

Alex, I get the feeling you've understood my quandry :-) I will give you my two cents, straight up. My apologies for what may come across as unwarranted assumptions or harshness but like I said: straight up. No apology needed :-) From what I can tell, your lack of faith in rebirth stems from not hav...
by Feathers
Thu Jul 24, 2014 3:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The necessity of faith in rebirth to drive practice?
Replies: 107
Views: 3583

Re: The necessity of faith in rebirth to drive practice?

Hi Chownah, sorry that bit is a little unclear! I meant, how to practice while agnostic, given that I struggle to see the purpose of it without some sort of rebirth.
by Feathers
Thu Jul 24, 2014 2:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The necessity of faith in rebirth to drive practice?
Replies: 107
Views: 3583

Re: The necessity of faith in rebirth to drive practice?

Aloka, thanks for the article: it's really interesting. The one question I have is, the writer talks about seeking liberation in this lifetime. Liberation from what, if there is no cycle of rebirth? NoBS: I am much more interested in happiness. But I can't be happy following a practice I don't reall...
by Feathers
Thu Jul 24, 2014 2:01 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The necessity of faith in rebirth to drive practice?
Replies: 107
Views: 3583

Re: The necessity of faith in rebirth to drive practice?

Thanks for the replies. I'll check out the links now. if you find it difficult believing in rebirth since it cannot be confirmed empirically, do you find believing in nibbana difficult as well? At this stage, I don't have a clear enough idea of what nibbana 'is' to say whether I believe in it or not...
by Feathers
Thu Jul 24, 2014 12:52 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The necessity of faith in rebirth to drive practice?
Replies: 107
Views: 3583

Re: The necessity of faith in rebirth to drive practice?

Thanks NoBS, I think we have a pretty similar attitude on a lot of things :smile: I guess my problem is feeling torn - part of me really wants to throw myself into this more, and part of me thinks I'd be wasting my time. So it's not that I think I 'should' be a better Buddhist, it's that part of me ...
by Feathers
Thu Jul 24, 2014 12:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The necessity of faith in rebirth to drive practice?
Replies: 107
Views: 3583

The necessity of faith in rebirth to drive practice?

Hi! Sorry in advance for the long post. Also I know I'm revisiting stuff this board has gone over dozens of times (rebirth and faith), but there's a particular problem I'm having and I realised it was tied up with this yesterday . . . I like a LOT of what I read about Buddhism. Metta meditation has ...
by Feathers
Tue Jul 22, 2014 7:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Faith vs Belief
Replies: 20
Views: 1063

Re: Faith vs Belief

When taking the three refuges, you're actually taking refuge in the Ariya Saṅgha, the community of Noble Ones who have attained the Paths and Fruitions, not in the ordained monks and nuns, who are the conventional Saṅgha (samutti Saṅgha). I didn't know that (about what taking refuge in the sangha r...
by Feathers
Sat Jul 19, 2014 9:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Metta Bhavana - Instruction & Power
Replies: 5
Views: 599

Re: Metta Bhavana - Instruction & Power

Hi Delacey, Regarding your first question: I couldn't do it all at first, I found just repeating the phrases took all my concentration. With practice though I properly memorised them and now they are almost like a background rhythm while I visualise. It's maybe just a case of repeating them a bit to...
by Feathers
Wed Jul 16, 2014 12:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The questions of Dr Dukkha
Replies: 60
Views: 2835

Re: Why does Buddhism not work for some people?

Good points in this thread about the pull of cultural and racial background, and starting at too advanced a level. I've heard it said several times that the monks who last longest in robes are sometimes not the strictest, most devout, most intense, but the ones who are a bit more chilled out about t...
by Feathers
Tue Jul 15, 2014 2:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 132
Views: 11357

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

I'm pretty sure all but the very strictest Thai temples would have two meals a day for the monks, breakfast and lunch before noon, all the local Therevada immigrant temples I attended had two meals for monks, somewhere people get the idea that Thai Forest Tradition rules apply to all monks, when in...
by Feathers
Sat Jul 12, 2014 8:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibbana does not exist when . . .
Replies: 159
Views: 4834

Re: Nibbana does not exist when . . .

TheNoBSBuddhist wrote:
I think perhaps a valuable insight is to be able to discern which conundrums will help us to put one foot in front of the other, and which conundrums we encounter, will trip us up...
Definitely :smile:
by Feathers
Sat Jul 12, 2014 7:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibbana does not exist when . . .
Replies: 159
Views: 4834

Re: Nibbana does not exist when . . .

With regards to the view that these types of discussion are unhelpful / unskillful / best set aside: Sometimes we can get too caught up in the intellectual. But sometimes we need to face the tough problems head on, and even if we eventually decide we can't resolve them, we can gain a great deal from...
by Feathers
Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: urban buddhist monk
Replies: 28
Views: 2421

Re: urban buddhist monk

I'd find it a fascinating read, although all I'm currently striving for is the discipline to do daily metta and stick to vegetarianism :p
by Feathers
Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Depression and Meditation
Replies: 22
Views: 1726

Re: Depression and Meditation

I am at work so have not watched the video, but if I may chip in on the wider topic, and please forgive me if this post becomes a little rambling. I have been diagnosed with, and receiving medical treatment (i.e. drugs) for depression since November 2007. There are better times, there are worse time...