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by StrivingforMonkhood
Mon Nov 23, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: I'm looking for friends in the dhamma...
Replies: 9
Views: 242

Re: I'm looking for friends in the dhamma...

Dear friends, I am already your friend in the Dhamma. Read and meditate. Be patient. Don't get overwhelmed because you have no Sangha. Many of us do not, as you can clearly see. All will come in time. Keep your spirits up, and participate online for support. We are here for you, as much as can help ...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Mon Nov 23, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: No reason to practice Buddhism without rebirth
Replies: 48
Views: 8614

Re: No reason to practice Buddhism without rebirth

Immerse yourself in the Buddha’s teaching for a while, then step back and take a big-picture view of what you’ve encountered and you cannot but see that the Buddha may be trusted as one trusts one’s own mother, or father, or whoever one might have known whose word one has trusted implicitly. Becaus...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Mon Nov 16, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Mahayana and secular logic has made me largely give up on the path...
Replies: 56
Views: 11048

Re: Mahayana and secular logic has made me largely give up on the path...

You say that, but you don't say how this is so. What are these Mahayana teachings which negate the Pali Canon and refute Theravada? I agree. We have to be very careful when we criticize other schools of Buddhism. In the end, the Dhamma is the Dhamma, and the Buddha's most prominent and important te...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Sun Nov 15, 2020 3:04 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Buddhist practice as a monastic in another religion?
Replies: 27
Views: 530

Re: Buddhist practice as a monastic in another religion?

Opinions will be greatly appreciated. Have you thought of being a hermit? There's quite a tradition of hermits in some countries. It's a lonely life though, and difficult with food and healthcare and old age. The only other alternative I could think of is to properly be an 8-precept layperson full-...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Sat Nov 14, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: From Mahayana to Theravada
Replies: 41
Views: 20692

Re: From Mahayana to Theravada

I wouldn't presume to define Zen, but according to Bodhidharma, it is not dependent on words, and points directly at the Original Mind, ie Nibbana. Zen teachers are meant to embody realisation and point it out with skilful means, appropriate to the student, through words-actions, their entire being...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Thu Nov 12, 2020 12:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: From Mahayana to Theravada
Replies: 41
Views: 20692

Re: From Mahayana to Theravada

Comparing is never wholesome.

The forum is useful to me, and to many others. I have learned a lot.

The Sangha can support you, but only you can find enlightenment. Others cannot do it for you.


:namaste:
by StrivingforMonkhood
Wed Nov 11, 2020 2:26 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: death of forum member dylanj
Replies: 45
Views: 8425

Re: death of forum member dylanj

May this dear man find pure happiness in future lives. He, like all of us, will someday fulfill his deepest wish for happiness. It may be countless lifetimes, but we all shall prevail from rebirth at some point. Death awaits us all. It is real and is coming. It is why we practice. We don't have much...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Wed Nov 11, 2020 2:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: From Mahayana to Theravada
Replies: 41
Views: 20692

Re: From Mahayana to Theravada

Taro, As an addendum I want to say this. Its something I should have mentioned earlier in that first post I made on this thread, but it surfaced into my mind a few moments ago. You will find in Vajrayana communities that the word 'enlightened' gets used very easily, partly because of the Guru Yoga ...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Mon Nov 09, 2020 2:35 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How many of you really tried to attain jhana?
Replies: 210
Views: 79884

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

The Jhanas are somewhat like what the Mahayanas in the Tibetan traditions call Dzogchen. I am not sure if the Zen/Chan/Seon traditions have an equivalent, as they're all quite simplistic: Shikantaza meditation (the Japanese Zen term). I know the Jhanas are real. I know the Dhamma is real. I know tha...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Sun Nov 08, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 8
Views: 413

Re: Hello

May you fulfill your deepest wish for happiness.

:namaste:
by StrivingforMonkhood
Tue Nov 03, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: No reason to practice Buddhism without rebirth
Replies: 48
Views: 8614

Re: No reason to practice Buddhism without rebirth

confusedlayman wrote: Tue Nov 03, 2020 9:57 amThere is no peace in existance
Yes, dear friend, samsara is no longer seen as samsara when our minds are purified and we see emptiness directly. We are permanently at peace in nibbana. There is no ego, no self, and no clinging. Pure consciousness only.

:anjali:
by StrivingforMonkhood
Mon Nov 02, 2020 12:45 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: No reason to practice Buddhism without rebirth
Replies: 48
Views: 8614

Re: No reason to practice Buddhism without rebirth

Buddhism is not nihilstic. Also, we don't need to consider rebirth, either. If all human beings were to see clearly (nibbana), they would see the most profound value in living life, as they would have no more suffering -- only perfect peace. Because we are all Buddha at our core, we have potential f...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Mon Nov 02, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: No reason to practice Buddhism without rebirth
Replies: 48
Views: 8614

Re: No reason to practice Buddhism without rebirth

but if it isn't, then making an effort in Dhamma practice is quite important. No. It appears the opposite. It appears it is those that believe in future lives that don't make a strong effort. For example, Ajahn Brahm is always telling his audience there are so many lives in the future to attain the...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Fri Oct 30, 2020 2:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Sadhguru
Replies: 50
Views: 11452

Re: Sadhguru

Striving for Monkhood wrote about being very disturbed by some things that Sadguru said, but not wanting to discuss it because it would be negative speech. Respectfully, may I suggest, that bringing it up and then not discussing the details is worse. Now we are left to imagine what might be these d...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Sadhguru
Replies: 50
Views: 11452

Re: Sadhguru

Yes.. it not wholesome to talk of others Absolutely! We can strongly disagree but not talk ill of others. I am afraid my language will get out of control to continue. Also, I was disheartened a bit, but I understand that Sadhguru is just one person who is not even a Buddhist. LOL. If he were a Budd...