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by Feathers
Sat Jun 07, 2014 7:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: urban buddhist monk
Replies: 28
Views: 2427

Re: urban buddhist monk

Wasn't there a story about Ajahn Chah visiting London, encountering some hostile / violent local, and declaring he would send all his monks to London for training - that it was a real test of equanimity? I may be remembering, I googled to try and find a source and couldn't, but it sticks in my head ...
by Feathers
Wed May 28, 2014 6:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Whats your motivation ?
Replies: 13
Views: 967

Re: Whats your motivation ?

Pain and a questioning mind.
by Feathers
Tue May 20, 2014 6:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What will be your last thought in this life?
Replies: 22
Views: 1523

Re: What will be your last thought in this life?

My first thought on seeing the thread title was: 'probably "oops"' :tongue: But the question has actually lodged in my brain the last day or so. If I go peacefully and am aware, then I really hope it will be with a sense of calm and of adventure. I will try to do metta. In a catastrophe? Who knows. ...
by Feathers
Sat May 10, 2014 12:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm, unconventional
Replies: 100
Views: 10889

Re: Ajahn Brahm, unconventional

I love that picture, because it's at the same time so ordinary - normal looking kids and a monk whose robes look a bit wrinkled and who looks completely 'human' - and so full of joy.
by Feathers
Sat Apr 05, 2014 8:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which fetters are you hoping to eliminate in this life?
Replies: 22
Views: 1479

Re: Which fetters are you hoping to eliminate in this life?

Fetters: 1. belief in a self (Pali: sakkāya-diṭṭhi) 2. doubt or uncertainty, especially about the teachings (vicikicchā) 3. attachment to rites and rituals (sīlabbata-parāmāso) 4. sensual desire (kāmacchando) 5. ill will (vyāpādo or byāpādo) 6. lust for material existence, lust for material rebirth...
by Feathers
Sat Mar 29, 2014 6:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What do you want to do when you're dead?
Replies: 18
Views: 1662

Re: What do you want to do when you're dead?

Aww I thought this was gonna be a sort of 'pick your dream afterlife' thread (kinda like 'design your dream home' or whatever). Possibly I'm on the wrong board right now . . . Anyway, organs etc. to anyone who can use them, and then whatever means of disposing of the rest is cheap and environmentall...
by Feathers
Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If it helps you, do you care where it comes from?
Replies: 27
Views: 2109

Re: If it helps you, do you care where it comes from?

To an extent I don't care - I am still working my way through Pema Chodron's books, despite being perfectly convinced that Theravada is the best fit for me, because I find them helpful. However I do think some caution is needed. On the one hand, if secular meditation stuff helps people, then great, ...
by Feathers
Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly
Replies: 42
Views: 4134

Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Personally I don't like the idea of pushing religion on children, however soft and cuddly it may appear.
by Feathers
Sat Mar 15, 2014 10:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On associating with the wise
Replies: 12
Views: 1604

Re: On associating with the wise

I don't read the advice to 'associate with the wise' as advice to also cut off completely from those we don't consider wise (and it always worries me a bit, making a judgement on other people like that). It's perfectly possible to be friendly with people, socialise with them, but avoid joining in th...
by Feathers
Sat Mar 08, 2014 7:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Women's Day 2014
Replies: 7
Views: 489

Re: Women's Day 2014

I love this picture: http://www.healtherpeople.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Malala-Yousafzai-and-Muna-011.jpg The girl beside Malala is Fahma Mohamed, who has just led a successful campaign in the UK to raise awareness of FGM, including getting information about it sent to all schools. I just thin...
by Feathers
Wed Feb 19, 2014 7:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: what happens to people who commit suicide?
Replies: 24
Views: 2015

Re: what happens to people who commit suicide?

Cianna200, I'm glad you were able to post about your feelings here. Sometimes simply being able to say to someone how you're feeling can help a little. My advice . . . would be that Buddhism may well have something to offer, but be gentle with yourself. Attempt only what you can manage without addin...
by Feathers
Thu Feb 13, 2014 8:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: And therefore, God does not exist!
Replies: 221
Views: 7769

Re: And therefore, God does not exist!

Binocular I'm slightly confused, sorry - you are looking for arguments FOR the existence of god? But what you linked in the OP is intended as a way of arguing AGAINST the existence of god by spoofing common arguments of the for camp . . .
by Feathers
Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: And therefore, God does not exist!
Replies: 221
Views: 7769

Re: And therefore, God does not exist!

The OP is definitely satirical, its spoofing common arguments FOR the existence of god . . . presumably with the intent of showing how flimsy they are?
by Feathers
Sat Feb 08, 2014 7:03 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Beginner Questions
Replies: 5
Views: 970

Re: Beginner Questions

My (very general and subjective) impression is 'lineage' has almost a different meaning in Vajrayana and Zen (and is implemented in different ways in those two, as well) to what we might think of in Theravada. Yes, people might be impressed by connections to a certain teacher (e.g. Ajahn Smith studi...
by Feathers
Sat Feb 08, 2014 10:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Feeling scared when I read about the good things . . .
Replies: 19
Views: 2224

Re: Feeling scared when I read about the good things . . .

... Trading greed for aversion doesn't seem so helpful ... [big cut] ... It seems reasonable that this suggests not only that it isn't worth fastening onto good fabrications and pushing bad ones away, but that similarly it isn't worth pushing good fabrications away or fastening on to bad ones. Abso...
by Feathers
Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Feeling scared when I read about the good things . . .
Replies: 19
Views: 2224

Re: Feeling scared when I read about the good things . . .

I'm revisiting this because I had a thought (it's a rare occurrence :-P ) : One of the things about Buddhism that I didn't need any convincing about was impermanence. In particular, my life the past 8yrs in particular has taught me not to trust the good times and feelings. The other night on the way...
by Feathers
Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ordained & the social networking services
Replies: 30
Views: 3162

Re: Ordained & the social networking services

Thank you to the individual lay people and the organisations which provide computers and pay electricity and Internet bills to enable the great Teachings and advice we get from Ordained Sangha members online. Thank you to our wonderful Venerables! I wouldn't be a Buddhist without them. Sadhu! With ...
by Feathers
Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist View of Animals & Pet Ownership
Replies: 14
Views: 3973

Re: Buddhist View of Animals & Pet Ownership

Is't owing a dog another attachement? I do not mean to say that we should not look after animals in need. Westerners spent too much resourses on pets. We have to kill lot of wild animals to feed pets! I think animals should be living in the jungle. We are very cruel to our pets by way of cutting th...