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by TLCD96
Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:59 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Holding each other accountable in daily life
Replies: 12
Views: 10471

Holding each other accountable in daily life

Hello everyone, lately in my practice I've been noticing a theme of the need to hold each other accountable, be it in the world of politics, business, family, and friendships. It seems that when we tell others not to do something, or to do something, often there is a pushback: "you can't tell me wha...
by TLCD96
Sun Aug 16, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Inspiring (Christian) maxims in "Moral Code for Youth", 1925
Replies: 1
Views: 8171

Inspiring (Christian) maxims in "Moral Code for Youth", 1925

I recently went to an outdoor museum in northern Michigan that had an old school house. This was framed on one of the walls: If I want to be a happy, useful citizen I must have: COURAGE AND HOPE I must be brave -- This mans I must be brave enough and strong enough to control what I think, and what I...
by TLCD96
Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Question on energy
Replies: 17
Views: 1264

Re: Question on energy

Yes. I think "Right Effort" as a factor of the overall path has a sort of conceptual value to it (i.e. we have to differentiate right from wrong), while Viriya as a factor of enlightenment is more visceral, heartfelt, etc. As a factor of enlightenment it's an invigoration of our mind, while as a fac...
by TLCD96
Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:43 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Jain Ideas Absorbed into the Dhamma
Replies: 129
Views: 8360

Re: Jain Ideas Absorbed into the Dhamma

This is the Vappa sutta referred to in the OP: https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/AN/AN4_195.html It seem that the Buddha isn't advocating for Jain practices, but is rather describing how new kamma isn't formed by an enlightened being:: Vappa, as for any effluents causing trouble & vexation that ari...
by TLCD96
Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Advaita Vedanta as non-caring, non-identifying bliss ("How I meditated too much")
Replies: 54
Views: 4371

Re: Advaita Vedanta as non-caring, non-identifying bliss ("How I meditated too much")

What do you make of that, TLCD96? Mooji's teachings are quite questionable! Lots of people have apparently found this person's posts helpful, but it seems like some pretty heavy spiritual bypassing. It's not inspiring to me, but I have no knowledge of what's really going through this person's mind.
by TLCD96
Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do western philosophies have anything similar to precepts or Vinaya?
Replies: 11
Views: 1311

Re: Do western philosophies have anything similar to precepts or Vinaya?

Go back to Pythagoras Golden Verses and many commentaries by those in his tradition, like Hierocles. Practice was the theme throughout the Platonic tradition. I.B. Horner, in the introduction to the third volume of her translation of the Vinaya Piṭaka, draws a comparison between the seventy-five se...
by TLCD96
Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Advaita Vedanta as non-caring, non-identifying bliss ("How I meditated too much")
Replies: 54
Views: 4371

Re: Advaita Vedanta as non-caring, non-identifying bliss ("How I meditated too much")

You're welcome. I'm not part of a physical sangha here but have a few good dhamma friends. Even so I feel connected to the virtual sangha - teachers and followers from the past and present, the people in spaces like this forum, on youtube etc. So good to hear! :anjali: From a discussion with a very...
by TLCD96
Sat May 30, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Advaita Vedanta as non-caring, non-identifying bliss ("How I meditated too much")
Replies: 54
Views: 4371

Re: Advaita Vedanta as non-caring, non-identifying bliss ("How I meditated too much")

They used to follow Mooji who is very vague and refers little to any scriptures. Since then they have switched to the Bhagavad Gita, which at least has a solid base for morality and practice, and a more coherent world-view. I trust that things have improved now. I don’t think it’s helpful to go int...
by TLCD96
Thu May 28, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do western philosophies have anything similar to precepts or Vinaya?
Replies: 11
Views: 1311

Re: Do western philosophies have anything similar to precepts or Vinaya?

You should question your premise because you seem to assume buddhism to be a philosophy and thus compare the apple with the pears. There are western religions that have precepts for the ordained, too. Thanks for the feedback Stero. Actually, I'm moreso referencing others who have taken that as thei...
by TLCD96
Thu May 28, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do western philosophies have anything similar to precepts or Vinaya?
Replies: 11
Views: 1311

Do western philosophies have anything similar to precepts or Vinaya?

I think we might all be familiar with the tendency to compare Buddhism to different philosophies: Stoicism, Epicureanism, Aristotle's Virtue ethics. But so many of these comparisons revolve more around theory rather than practice. It seems that a huge and glaring difference is the fact that Buddhism...
by TLCD96
Tue May 26, 2020 11:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Advaita Vedanta as non-caring, non-identifying bliss ("How I meditated too much")
Replies: 54
Views: 4371

Re: Advaita Vedanta as non-caring, non-identifying bliss ("How I meditated too much")

:focus: I spent some time in an Advaita community. As far as I can observe, the practice can lead to a long-term soft 6th jhana (consciousness) which the practitioners then identify with. Meditating more intensively leads to a harder jhana which was interpreted as total unity i.e. the ultimate attai...
by TLCD96
Fri May 22, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Advaita Vedanta as non-caring, non-identifying bliss ("How I meditated too much")
Replies: 54
Views: 4371

Re: Advaita Vedanta as non-caring, non-identifying bliss ("How I meditated too much")

That reminds me of Mahayana thought. Why not simply bliss out? It might inspire others to bliss out, too. I think the problem with that is that not all "blissful" states are actually wholesome; perhaps in that sense they aren't really blissful either. It's one thing to "bliss out" on dhamma, someth...
by TLCD96
Wed May 20, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Advaita Vedanta as non-caring, non-identifying bliss ("How I meditated too much")
Replies: 54
Views: 4371

Advaita Vedanta as non-caring, non-identifying bliss ("How I meditated too much")

Hi everyone, I watched this video yesterday of Rokas (of "The Journey" and "Martial Arts Journey") talking about his experiences with Advaita Vedanta: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRAPhLCgG0Q Basically, he talks about a time when he was heavily invested in the practice, and at one point he engage...
by TLCD96
Wed May 06, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Eckhart Tolle. Your opinion?
Replies: 60
Views: 6549

Re: Eckhart Tolle. Your opinion?

Yeah, it really seems like his teachings have been helpful for a lot of people who burden themselves with thinking. I remember I found them super helpful when I first started getting into "spirituality"; his teachings were soothing and made a lot of sense at that time. Better than fault-finding, th...
by TLCD96
Tue May 05, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Eckhart Tolle. Your opinion?
Replies: 60
Views: 6549

Re: Eckhart Tolle. Your opinion?

Yeah, it really seems like his teachings have been helpful for a lot of people who burden themselves with thinking. I remember I found them super helpful when I first started getting into "spirituality"; his teachings were soothing and made a lot of sense at that time. Better than fault-finding, tha...