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by Dhamma Chameleon
Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Material contribution of monks to society
Replies: 29
Views: 346

Re: Material contribution of monks to society

EDIT: I ended up watching the entire video because it turned out to be really interesting and it seems to prove that it’s possible to live as a wandering hermit in the US. It also provoked a few other questions that I will ask in another thread. Thanks! Great! I was going to suggest you watch it an...
by Dhamma Chameleon
Sun Nov 15, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Material contribution of monks to society
Replies: 29
Views: 346

Re: Material contribution of monks to society

In this interview with Ajahn Sona a wandering monk in northeast America talks about the benefit he brings to the communities he stays in.
by Dhamma Chameleon
Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: death of forum member dylanj
Replies: 45
Views: 8551

Re: death of forum member dylanj

:candle:
by Dhamma Chameleon
Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wanting as an ability
Replies: 16
Views: 2948

Re: Wanting as an ability

It is hard to want when the I can't is so much stronger. Hi, I recognise what you describe. When you don't believe you are capable (or rather, when you don't believe your achieved result can meet expectations) you're mainly motivated to want and do the things that will avoid you feeling that way. T...
by Dhamma Chameleon
Tue Oct 13, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Negative thoughts to positive
Replies: 38
Views: 5151

Re: Negative thoughts to positive

What are your thoughts on changing all your negative thoughts into positive thoughts. I tried it for a few days and it made me very happy. Mudita that it made it happy :anjali: how did you do that? In the short term it may lead to happiness, but I think one danger is that it can lead to suppression...
by Dhamma Chameleon
Tue Oct 13, 2020 5:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where to buy "Clearing the Path"?
Replies: 13
Views: 3020

Re: Where to buy "Clearing the Path"?

Given the ostensible commitment to dhamma dāna I wonder, how do venerables Ñāṇamoli, Hiriko and the rest justify SELLING works that in the past (before these monks got their hands on the publishing rights) were always given away free? I get a sense that (especially in the west) teachers or their as...
by Dhamma Chameleon
Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How many of you really tried to attain jhana?
Replies: 210
Views: 80142

Re: How many of you really tried to attain jhana?

Great advice and descriptions, greenjuice. In my experience it's very helpful to maintain strong mindfulness between sessions and ideally at all waking hours (and even during sleep if you wanna go hardcore). You can also practice keeping 25% of your attention on your breath, whatever you're doing. T...
by Dhamma Chameleon
Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Imperfect morality and sotapanna
Replies: 153
Views: 15184

Re: Imperfect morality and sotapanna

confusedlayman wrote: Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:49 am
Buddha said sotapanna wont commit 5 precepts break
He did not say this, as mentioned ever so many times on this and other threads.
by Dhamma Chameleon
Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Imperfect morality and sotapanna
Replies: 153
Views: 15184

Re: Imperfect morality and sotapanna

What they do after is on them, but like I said above, the notion of "obligation" to tend to the world is a tough sell. But passion for the betterment of the world? Damn near inconceivable. They know that the true escape, which they have partially gained, was not done so on account of the world's be...
by Dhamma Chameleon
Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Imperfect morality and sotapanna
Replies: 153
Views: 15184

Re: Imperfect morality and sotapanna

:goodpost: Human rights are for the world. They are for the betterment of the world around you , external to you. In these terms, the world is the counterpart of you, the congruence of which would mean harmony for you . Wanting a better world means the change to arrange the congruence is external, a...
by Dhamma Chameleon
Sat Sep 12, 2020 5:13 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: What is the magic trick to open your hips?
Replies: 29
Views: 15191

Re: What is the magic trick to open your hips?

Lots of good advice here. Like DooDoot says, if you can sit on a chair you can meditate. You don't need to open up any body part first. I second Kim's advice of adding in yin and stretching the rest of the body too. You don't need to do the chant during Surya Namaskar, just focus on doing the pose a...
by Dhamma Chameleon
Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: What is the magic trick to open your hips?
Replies: 29
Views: 15191

Re: What is the magic trick to open your hips?

I have been doing the asanas in this book: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41qRx-Cpq3L._AC_SY400_.jpg They are here too: http://zenmontpellier.net/eng/lotus/lotuseng.html Please send help. My hips are killing my meditation. Those look like the right asanas. How long do you hold the...
by Dhamma Chameleon
Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism in (your) two words
Replies: 119
Views: 24829

Re: Buddhism in (your) two words

Responding wisely
by Dhamma Chameleon
Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Imperfect morality and sotapanna
Replies: 153
Views: 15184

Re: Imperfect morality and sotapanna

confusedlayman wrote: Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:00 am
even if choice is not there, there should be absention from wrong act
No. You cannot be held responsible for unintentional actions. If you have no choice in the matter (eg because it's an accident) this can even happen to an arahant and he would remain blameless.