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by Coyote
Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:25 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is eradication of sexual desire the biggest sign?
Replies: 27
Views: 2372

Re: Is eradication of sexual desire the biggest sign?

If a lay Buddhist is not in the position to have a permanent girlfriend or wife or unable to attrract one, but has tremendous libido..is it okay for him to engage in non-committed sex while still maintaining the precept of sexual conduct? There is nothing in the precept that prohibits premarital se...
by Coyote
Mon Jul 20, 2015 8:20 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 7.6: Jata Sutta — The Tangle
Replies: 11
Views: 1519

Re: SN 7.6: Jata Sutta — The Tangle

So, do members think:
  • Where name-&-form,
    along with perception
    of impingement & form,
    totally stop without trace:
    that's where the tangle
    is cut.
Refers to a nibbanic meditative attainment, the non-meditative experience of the Arahant, final cessation (parinibbana), or something else?
by Coyote
Fri Jul 17, 2015 2:08 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Mantras, Chanting & Meaningfulness
Replies: 7
Views: 968

Re: Mantras, Chanting & Meaningfulness

Hi goldy_locks, My understanding is that chanting should be used to reflect on the meaning of the words as there is no in magical or spiritual power to the syllables themselves from a Theravada perspective, as there is in Hindu and Mahayana contexts. So there are no rules. The Thai forest tradition,...
by Coyote
Thu Jul 16, 2015 11:29 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: That everyone has the Buddha nature does not mean that everyone is a Buddha.
Replies: 22
Views: 2113

Re: That everyone has the Buddha nature does not mean that everyone is a Buddha.

. Regarding a Tibetan Buddhist explanation of "Buddha Nature," this is from the glossary of "Awakening the Sleeping Buddha" by the12th Tai Situpa: Buddha Nature = (T: sangs-rgas-kyi- khams/rigs ) Unrealised enlightened mind, the essential nature of all sentient beings. :anjali: Hi Aloka, what do yo...
by Coyote
Thu Jul 16, 2015 7:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Lasting effect of formal meditation vs ad hoc application
Replies: 19
Views: 1203

Re: Lasting effect of formal meditation vs ad hoc application

Alex, I think you are right about counteracting states in real time, especially when it comes to the brahmaviharas. They should become your attitude towards dealing with people. Whether standing or walking, seated or lying down Free from drowsiness, One should sustain this recollection. -Metta Sutta...
by Coyote
Wed Jul 15, 2015 9:23 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Metta vs. Breath
Replies: 36
Views: 4860

Re: Metta vs. Breath

Do you have a Sutta reference for favorable rebirth intention for the teachings? Rebirth in heaven as far as I understand involves a lot of pleasure, but it ends, even after a long period of time it ends and then what? again in to Samsara the eternal suffering wheel, liberation is different, is the...
by Coyote
Wed Jul 15, 2015 8:01 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Metta vs. Breath
Replies: 36
Views: 4860

Re: Metta vs. Breath

Don't forget: 4 Brahamaviharas plus 7 factors of awakening = Base of Nothingness Jhana It comes to my mind when the Buddha says I teach suffering and the end of suffering, heaven is not the end of suffering so I wonder if he would actually teach something just to gain a rebirth in paradise, I remem...
by Coyote
Wed Jul 15, 2015 7:42 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Metta vs. Breath
Replies: 36
Views: 4860

Re: Metta vs. Breath

I guess that is the bottom line, does repetition in the Pali cannon mean anything? After all I believe that the breath is the most detailed meditation in the cannon. Ven. Sujato points out in "A Swift Pair of Messengers" pg.112 that the six recollections and the brahmaviharas are most often recomme...
by Coyote
Wed Jul 15, 2015 8:33 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Saving a duck family in Slovakia
Replies: 2
Views: 579

Re: Saving a duck family in Slovakia

They are adorable! Thanks.
by Coyote
Mon Jul 13, 2015 7:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: New book forthcoming from Bhikkhu Analayo
Replies: 15
Views: 2311

Re: New book forthcoming from Bhikkhu Analayo

I can't wait. It's coming out so near to my birthday too...
by Coyote
Mon Jul 13, 2015 7:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Going for Refuge - What does it mean to you?
Replies: 18
Views: 1722

Re: Going for Refuge - What does it mean to you?

What does going for refuge mean to you? To me going for refuge means all that, but also more. The Buddha-refuge is the historical Buddha - a flesh and blood person who walked this earth, became awakened under the bodhi tree, and taught dhamma for the benefit of all sentient beings. Without him, the...
by Coyote
Sun Jul 12, 2015 6:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kamma and poverty - Culakammavibhanga Sutta
Replies: 131
Views: 7623

Re: Kamma and poverty - Culakammavibhanga Sutta

I am not sure if this point has been raised on this thread, but just a thought arose in my mind: If beauty, power, money ...etc are all the results of good Kamma, would not these things usually lead to attachments which will eventually lead to more suffering? If I am beautiful, I will be more likel...
by Coyote
Sun Jul 12, 2015 5:06 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Consolement is unwholesome or wholesome kamma?
Replies: 9
Views: 1271

Re: Consolement is unwholesome or wholesome kamma?

One important factor of right speech is "spoken at the right time". There is a good time to console and a good time to talk about dhamma. It all depends on your wisdom in assessing the situation. Will it benefit the person who is upset? If not, then I don't think there's anything unwholesome in chee...
by Coyote
Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kamma and poverty - Culakammavibhanga Sutta
Replies: 131
Views: 7623

Re: Kamma and poverty - Culakammavibhanga Sutta

I think it means you should not kill, should not lie, should not steal, should not be stingy, etc, etc. because if you do, there are bad consequences for you to come. Seems to me this kind of teaching is meant to be a "forward looking" teaching, not a backward looking one. To take the Buddha's teac...
by Coyote
Fri Jul 10, 2015 7:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kamma and poverty - Culakammavibhanga Sutta
Replies: 131
Views: 7623

Re: Kamma and poverty - Culakammavibhanga Sutta

As I read it, suttas such as these are meant to encourage good action, rather than blaming the victim. As far as I know the Buddha never recommended gloating over one's good fortune or disparaging those experiencing the results of unwholesome kamma. Rather, one should have sympathetic joy for those ...