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by Dhamma Chameleon
Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: death of forum member dylanj
Replies: 44
Views: 1426

Re: death of forum member dylanj

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by Dhamma Chameleon
Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wanting as an ability
Replies: 16
Views: 1015

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: 1335

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: 990

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: 168
Views: 66826

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: 13589

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: 13589

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: 13589

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: 27
Views: 10391

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: 27
Views: 10391

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: 23749

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: 13589

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.
by Dhamma Chameleon
Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Imperfect morality and sotapanna
Replies: 153
Views: 13589

Re: Imperfect morality and sotapanna

Let’s say I was drinking a ginger ail and my friend was drinking a beer, and I accidentally grabbed his glass and had a sip I would be guilty of stealing and consuming alcohol. It would not be my volition but it could happen. You apologize to your friend and get on with it. You would not be guilty ...
by Dhamma Chameleon
Wed Sep 09, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Imperfect morality and sotapanna
Replies: 153
Views: 13589

Re: Imperfect morality and sotapanna

Only arahants have completely perfect morality. As we progress along the path the transgressions people are capable of making become more and more minor, but before arahantship they are still possible. I think it's important to stress that the first three stages of awakening are attainable for lay p...