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by DarrenM
Sat Jan 09, 2021 9:58 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Salivation and swallowing
Replies: 12
Views: 326

Re: Salivation and swallowing

Hello my noble friends! I´ve encountered a very annoying issue recently. Currently, I´m on sort of a private retreat in the mountains which means I have enough time to meditate (I try to stick to the 3 x 1 hour session per day scheme). I have great mental clarity and my focus is getting really soli...
by DarrenM
Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:21 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordination footage of some of the first western Bhikkhus in thailand
Replies: 8
Views: 812

Re: Ordination footage of some of the first western Bhikkhus in thailand

2 minutes in the commentator mentions smoking cigarettes and the bhikkhu to the left appears to be taking a drag of a cigarette before putting it out. I wonder how common smoking was amongst monks in them days and was obviously not seen as a transgression or the 5th precept.
by DarrenM
Wed Dec 30, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: addicted to energy drinks
Replies: 15
Views: 7355

Re: addicted to energy drinks

Some years ago, I drank energy drinks for a month or two, two a day at most, before I started experiencing heart palpitations and short bouts of irregular heart rhythm. I quickly stopped drinking them. I've never had an irregular heart rhythm from anything else in my life, including copious amounts...
by DarrenM
Wed Dec 30, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Psychic Powers
Replies: 88
Views: 8941

Re: Psychic Powers

Are there any recent verified accounts of monks showing these powers? I know it’s against the Vinaya, but surely there’d be at least one Devadatta like monk in the last 2500 years that would rebel and use these powers for their own end? Imagine the power they’d have. Plus by verifying their power th...
by DarrenM
Sun Dec 27, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Buddha has your nose
Replies: 7
Views: 1654

Re: Buddha has your nose

Interesting.

Just couldn’t stop reading....
by DarrenM
Sun Dec 13, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What to do?
Replies: 23
Views: 2455

Re: What to do?

Is it better for a man who has chosen to remain a layperson yet celibate to own their own home or to move in with their parents, help to look after them in old age and give any extra cash that might have gone on living alone (bills etc) to charity/monasteries? I’m basically asking regarding myself....
by DarrenM
Sat Nov 28, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: how do devas and brahmas look?
Replies: 21
Views: 2081

Re: how do devas and brahmas look?

I read in some suttas (forgot which) that the mere appearance of devas can make people (even yogis caught lacking) turn absolutely mad and ludicrous, think utter psychosis, because apparently they are so much better than what human beings look like, even the most beautiful ones. No idea if true or ...
by DarrenM
Sun Nov 22, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ānāpānasati
Replies: 73
Views: 16301

Re: Ānāpānasati

@chownah Based on MN118, its not at all clear to me how the four tetrads of ananasati are supposed to bring the four frames of satipatthana to culmination. Particularly with the third and fourth frames of satipatthana, where attention is exclusively on mind and mental qualities, in and of themselve...
by DarrenM
Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist ombudsman
Replies: 21
Views: 1586

Re: Buddhist ombudsman

Don’t want to complain about anything anymore. I’ve had a talk with an empathic monk and just want to move on. Is this a Theravada or Mahayana organisation? I haven’t come across any Theravada organisations like this in the UK. In any case the monks advice seems sound if they were presumptions on y...
by DarrenM
Sun Oct 18, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Dad bods are best for family men
Replies: 12
Views: 24974

Re: Dad bods are best for family men

What about dads that go to mediation classes or to weeks long retreats, I wonder if they would be classed as worse fathers than those who stay at home. By the way I do none of these, I’m in great shape due to lucky genetics, have zero friends other than my wife and kids and no social life at all. Al...
by DarrenM
Sun Oct 18, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: death of forum member dylanj
Replies: 45
Views: 39441

Re: death of forum member dylanj

That’s so sad. He seemed to have knowledge of the Dhamma and a bright mind. :candle:
by DarrenM
Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Should we avoid driving?
Replies: 20
Views: 2009

Re: Should we avoid driving?

Yes, but I can be careful when I walk, maybe even I can be careful when I cycle. But if a squirrel runs out in front of you when you're driving, there's nothing you can do. Now in that moment you can tell yourself that you had no intention of killing the squirrel, which is true, but the fact is tha...
by DarrenM
Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Theravada for lay people
Replies: 46
Views: 16204

Re: Theravada for lay people

Personally I believe only way to enter the path is either ordain or live secluded. Even then there may be distractions. Nah, entering the path is more than possible in a lay life. Anagaminship, though, is the path almost fully treaded. That’s why I said ‘personally’. This would be the only way for ...
by DarrenM
Sat Aug 29, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Theravada for lay people
Replies: 46
Views: 16204

Re: Theravada for lay people

Householders can also obtain any of the level of awakening bar Arahantship Highest possible is anagaminship, though, hardly attainable these days. I agree, very difficult with modern day job, family, etc, huge obstacles in the way. Personally I believe only way to enter the path is either ordain or...
by DarrenM
Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:59 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Interest in Buddhism
Replies: 13
Views: 22700

Re: Interest in Buddhism

Hello. :hello: