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by Mojo
Wed Jun 05, 2013 3:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Equanimity practice during or after metta practice?
Replies: 2
Views: 592

Re: Equanimity practice during or after metta practice?

I've been thinking about it, and perhaps the second part of Bhante G's metta phrase really is about compassion and not equanimity? Thanissaro stated in his book: Compassion is the attitude that goodwill develops when it sees people suffering or acting in ways that lead to suffering. You want them to...
by Mojo
Tue Jun 04, 2013 2:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Equanimity practice during or after metta practice?
Replies: 2
Views: 592

Equanimity practice during or after metta practice?

Do you think it makes a difference? Bhante G includes it during metta instructions he gives in Mindfulness in Plain English. 1. May I be well, happy and peaceful. May no harm come to me. May no difficulties come to me. May no problems come to me. May I always meet with success. May I also have patie...
by Mojo
Fri May 31, 2013 8:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: My foot keeps falling asleep
Replies: 11
Views: 1681

Re: My foot keeps falling asleep

I also vote chair
by Mojo
Wed May 29, 2013 4:09 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 1754
Views: 148748

Re: What music are you listening to right now?

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by Mojo
Wed May 29, 2013 4:07 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 1754
Views: 148748

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by Mojo
Mon May 27, 2013 10:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Do you watch tv?
Replies: 38
Views: 5430

Re: Do you watch tv?

I quit paying for cable because of the expense Oct 11 and am in an area where I can't get digital reception, so I've been just watching dvds from the library since. I don't ever plan on paying for cable or satelite again, though I'd get an antenna someday if my geography permits to watch PBS. I hate...
by Mojo
Sat May 25, 2013 5:36 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Amitabha or Sakyamuni statue
Replies: 8
Views: 1923

Re: Amitabha or Sakyamuni statue

I don't mind when people refer to Hotei as the Buddha. It creates an opportunity to teach people a little about Buddhism without seeming proselytical. Anyways, Hotei is an incarnation of Metteyya, the next Buddha, according to prophecy. So, to call him Buddha isn't that far off. https://en.wikipedia...
by Mojo
Tue May 21, 2013 6:16 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: chafing problem
Replies: 15
Views: 2291

Re: jock itch

Jock itch is a fungus and oesn't just come and go, though like other fungal infections, it can be fairly dormant and then bloom suddenly. Fungi love dark warm moist environments, like your jocular region after a workout. The best way to keep it from blooming is by completely getting rid of it. And d...
by Mojo
Mon May 20, 2013 3:14 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: masturbation what's wrong?
Replies: 535
Views: 94332

Re: masturbation what's wrong?

The need to have sex is in our DNA as a means of species continuity. I don't think it is healthy to fight our biology. So at the very least, if practicing religious celibacy, masturbation should be allowed. Though, I really believe marriage and therefore sexual intercourse with the spouse should be ...
by Mojo
Sun May 19, 2013 11:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Need a short youtube intro to breath meditation
Replies: 6
Views: 678

Re: Need a short youtube intro to breath meditation

I would offer kaya contemplation: basically training to experience breathing as a whole-body event, and sustaining attention away from chains of thought. Then, talking with them about calming involvement with that has a good foundation, and in this way the first tetrad of anapanasati is introduced ...
by Mojo
Sun May 19, 2013 5:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Need a short youtube intro to breath meditation
Replies: 6
Views: 678

Re: Need a short youtube intro to breath meditation

Perhaps an intro to metta?
by Mojo
Sun May 19, 2013 6:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Need a short youtube intro to breath meditation
Replies: 6
Views: 678

Need a short youtube intro to breath meditation

Howdy all. I have a stressed out work acquaintance that I'd like to introduce to a basic breath meditation. I'm really looking for something short and sweet - something eyecatching but useful - nonsectarian. This person is online alot which is why I'm going the youtube route instead of a book. This ...
by Mojo
Fri May 17, 2013 3:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Where are all the hairy monks?
Replies: 6
Views: 1492

Re: Where are all the hairy monks?

more body hair = more testosterone = less interest in monkish endeavors?
by Mojo
Thu May 09, 2013 2:17 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Violent sports
Replies: 43
Views: 6150

Re: Violent sports

There are some grey areas here. Sports that inflict pain and injury on others is not wholesome exercise, even if human beings are able to consent to being hit or injured by participating in such sports. Take a look at this extract from the Venerable Sayādaw's Gonasūra Dīpanī, and contemplate the mo...
by Mojo
Thu May 09, 2013 2:08 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Violent sports
Replies: 43
Views: 6150

Re: Violent sports

I have always enjoyed martial arts as a form of personal development and self defense. Sparring is good practice. I could even support an argument that full fledged MMA fights are a test of personal development and mastery of one's mma skills. I just wish it was not tested in front of crowds of non-...
by Mojo
Thu May 09, 2013 7:06 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Violent sports
Replies: 43
Views: 6150

Re: Violent sports

Fighting sports where the goal is a knock out? I've thought about this alot. From the fighter's point of view, I can see how the fight is the ultimate test of their training and respect their opponents and yet many fans pay to see the fight out of bloodlust. Is this a problem? If so, where does the ...
by Mojo
Tue May 07, 2013 2:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: No Piti, No Sukkha, No Vipassana?
Replies: 58
Views: 7375

Re: No Piti, No Sukkha, No Vipassana?

Thanissaro is an excellent choice in my opinion due to the daily talks he provides that address problems you encounter in real-life meditation practice. Instructions only go so far; you have to figure things out yourself by practicing. You may want to explore his collection of talks that accompany ...
by Mojo
Tue May 07, 2013 4:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: No Piti, No Sukkha, No Vipassana?
Replies: 58
Views: 7375

Re: No Piti, No Sukkha, No Vipassana?

I am waiting for a copy of Thanisareo's Each and Every Breath to arrive in the mail but had printed the "method" portion from the pdf when I was at the library last week and am wondering if the book later goes on to show how to develop all the steps of Anapanasati or if this book is strictly the fou...
by Mojo
Mon May 06, 2013 5:35 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: anapanasati & compassion
Replies: 3
Views: 766

Re: anapanasati & compassion

I like this sutta. Perhaps it is fitting for your situation? http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn47/sn47.019.olen.html SN 47.19 PTS: S v 168 CDB ii 1648 Sedaka Sutta: The Bamboo Acrobat translated from the Pali by Andrew Olendzki © 2005–2013 Alternate translation: Thanissaro [The Buddha add...
by Mojo
Mon May 06, 2013 4:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Serious back pain when sitting
Replies: 7
Views: 1320

Re: Serious back pain when sitting

Many people believe the next Buddha will come to enlightenment while sitting in a chair. My understanding is that cross legged postures are for stability - some say so you don't fall over if you fall asleep in meditation. I try to sit in a way that that is comfortable (for me this means not on the f...