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by JamesTheGiant
Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:35 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: I broke a precept today...
Replies: 3
Views: 87

Re: I broke a precept today...

Dreamy wrote: Wed Jan 13, 2021 5:33 pm What can I do to make amends?
Just make a determination you won't do it again. Simple.
Making amends is a Christian concept, which you don't need to do.
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Jan 07, 2021 10:56 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Piti and heat
Replies: 3
Views: 148

Re: Piti and heat

The problem is that my fulfilling rapture is hot. I talked to my dhammar friends in Thailand and they say that it should be cold because Thailand is hot so it must be cold to achieve sukha, and further suggest to me that I should adopt the 8 Sila into my life. Heat can be manifestation of lust, and...
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:07 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhu monasteries that support bhikkhuni ordination?
Replies: 21
Views: 781

Re: Bhikkhu monasteries that support bhikkhuni ordination?

If you mean supportive of resurrecting the defunct bhikkhuni order, and treating it as "equal" without procedural, social, or vinaya-legal considerations you have none I am aware of, even Brahm from my understanding. The Bhikkhuni order never died out. It has existed unbroken in China since the fir...
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Jan 03, 2021 8:20 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I wish to further my practice by becoming a monk. I can't find anywhere that invites someone 53 yrs old. Advise pls
Replies: 8
Views: 352

Re: I wish to further my practice by becoming a monk. I can't find anywhere that invites someone 53 yrs old. Advise pls

When Covid is finished and the borders are open again, (a few years?) go to Thailand and stay at various monasteries, and they will maybe offer to ordain you after you've proven you're not crazy. Not Nanachat, they are very picky and discriminate against people middle aged. But there are thousands o...
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Jan 03, 2021 7:08 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Frank Yang is DONE!
Replies: 72
Views: 2022

Re: Frank Yang is DONE!

Someone makes a youtube video and now its being discussed....making a youtube video is pretty much as sophisticated as writing on a bathroom wall. If someone finds a declaration of having attained awakening or enlightnemnt written on a bathroom wall will they come and post it here for discussion? J...
by JamesTheGiant
Sat Jan 02, 2021 6:55 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Frank Yang is DONE!
Replies: 72
Views: 2022

Re: Frank Yang is DONE!

Very interesting! Here's the YouTube video. I skipped forward to 4.23 when something really starts going on, and then gets more and more.
Judge for yourself, but something significant is happening maybe, could be. Uncertain, as Ajahn Chah says of his own attainments.
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Jan 01, 2021 1:42 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: wasted time
Replies: 21
Views: 724

Re: wasted time

Now imagine the same robots with tactical black paintjob, shining razor claws, and rotary guns. Scary!

So, about that dhamma....
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Dec 31, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Age limits
Replies: 15
Views: 4271

Re: Age limits

Ok then so no matter the age, what does a young or older sotapanna apparently feel like a) when sitting and b) when just walking around or talking... For instance do they feel smooth quiet and cruisy or buzzing and energetic etc They feel just like anyone else would feel. There's no magic differenc...
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Dec 31, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: covid vaccine: yea or nay?
Replies: 79
Views: 2387

Re: covid vaccine: yea or nay?

I will take it eventually. which won't be for ages, because they'll do all the at-risk people first. They haven't purchased enough to inoculate the whole population of New Zealand. But to be honest, with the madness in the world this year, I wouldn't be surprised if it turned out to stop Covid AND a...
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Dec 28, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Precepts
Replies: 2
Views: 482

Re: Precepts

Best to read the entire pratimoksha every season change instead of just once a year... one will find oneself at much less fault. The strange thing is in reading them only keeping the basic eight to ten they've rarely broken any of the other two-hundred plus. Why read the 227 monks rules four times ...
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Dec 27, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Buddha has your nose
Replies: 7
Views: 1021

Re: Buddha has your nose

There is an AI which automatically generates text, based on a paragraph or sentence you put in. It's a neutral network trained on millions of pages of text. Very similar to BlackMagic. Have a try
https://deepai.org/machine-learning-mod ... -generator
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Dec 27, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: what happens if you take your parents off life support?
Replies: 9
Views: 536

Re: what happens if you take your parents off life support?


not as in euthanasia but as in palliative care
This sounds important, but i don't understand the difference. Could you explain?
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Dec 27, 2020 12:10 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: What is 'fart' in pali?
Replies: 12
Views: 995

Re: What is 'fart' in pali?

I've been told some Pali dictionaries have been censored, and many "rude" words left out.
Firstly in victorian times, by English translators, due to prudish morals
And thereafter by conservative translators in Burma and Sri Lanka, who still suffered from the colonial influence of the victorian era.
by JamesTheGiant
Sat Dec 26, 2020 6:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Is consciousness me? " ... 40 Days @ Pa Auk / Experiences of a Goenkaji's student
Replies: 23
Views: 1704

Re: "Is consciousness me? " ... 40 Days @ Pa Auk / Experiences of a Goenkaji's student

Good article, thankyou. I'm glad I don't do intense retreats anymore! The memories are of pain and dread. But they were also amazing and useful times.
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Dec 25, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Studying pre-Sectarian Buddhism, reading manga and black-listing bad people.
Replies: 25
Views: 2668

Re: Studying pre-Sectarian Buddhism, reading manga and black-listing bad people.

I am a rational person, so I don't believe in rebirth etc. It would be more rational to say: "I am a rational person, so I only believe in things based on evidence I have seen." I am such a person, and after reading the book "Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation" by Ian Stevenson, I decided I c...