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by befriend
Mon Jan 25, 2021 1:54 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The raft simile
Replies: 6
Views: 164

Re: The raft simile

I read the end notes on access to insight and I misinterpreted the meaning.
by befriend
Sun Jan 24, 2021 6:19 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The raft simile
Replies: 6
Views: 164

The raft simile

In the simile of the raft sutta it says at the end to let go of wholesome states let alone bad states of mind I never understood this. Does this mean an Arahant no longer cultivates good states of mind?
by befriend
Thu Jan 21, 2021 8:04 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Mentally ill
Replies: 9
Views: 284

Re: Mentally ill

The proper terminology could be applied here more accurately as mentally disturbed. People who suffer from a serious mental illness are usually lucid caring and thoughtful like ordinary people. Unless their having a manic or psychotic break. Ordinary people can also be confused and disturbed. It ca...
by befriend
Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:55 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Mentally ill
Replies: 9
Views: 284

Re: Mentally ill

The proper terminology could be applied here more accurately as mentally disturbed. People who suffer from a serious mental illness are usually lucid caring and thoughtful like ordinary people. Unless their having a manic or psychotic break. Ordinary people can also be confused and disturbed. It can...
by befriend
Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism or psychotherapy?
Replies: 4
Views: 107

Re: Buddhism or psychotherapy?

There are many people who have trauma and mental health issues bhikkhu analayo says the brahma viharas are a good support for working through difficult mental obscurations. He also says meditation is more about how we treat people and less on having insights on the cushion. Even in a small monastery...
by befriend
Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What do you give to a beginner online?
Replies: 12
Views: 228

Re: What do you give to a beginner online?

Anything written by bhante gunaratana is good because it's easy to understand specifically 8 mindful steps to happiness sums up Buddhism.
by befriend
Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How to meditate?
Replies: 10
Views: 352

Re: How to meditate?

Dharmaseed.org Has guided theravadan meditations from bhikkhus and lay teachers.
by befriend
Sun Jan 10, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Frustration and joy
Replies: 10
Views: 210

Re: Frustration and joy

Teachers tell us to gradually increase time sitting on the cushion. I've had this too I take a break from meditating formally for a lot of months then do like a whole day of mindfulness and I'm messed up. My advice is to start formal sitting but set a timer for 20 minutes and work your way up.
by befriend
Sat Jan 09, 2021 6:24 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Newbie Impermanence topic question.
Replies: 19
Views: 815

Re: Newbie Impermanence topic question.

Developing the perception of impermanence reduces greed hate and delusion making positive emotions like love more dominant than before developing perception of impermanence. People still exist even though thought, feelings, conciousness, perceptions, body are impermanent.
by befriend
Wed Jan 06, 2021 4:08 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Newbie Impermanence topic question.
Replies: 19
Views: 815

Re: Newbie Impermanence topic question.

Be careful to remember to think for yourself and contemplate your experience. Contemplate what happens with an act of generosity given with a mind imbued with loving kindness. You have first the thought of giving which gives joy in the mind/heart the act of giving and the result of making someone ha...
by befriend
Mon Jan 04, 2021 5:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Walking Meditation Sutta
Replies: 10
Views: 1095

Re: Walking Meditation Sutta

I do this as my main meditation. I think first " there is a body" then that thought brings me into a felt sense of my body as a whole. Then I start walking and think " I am walking" my awareness automatically goes to the feeling of my feet on the ground, when I stop at the end of the path or whateve...
by befriend
Mon Jan 04, 2021 5:49 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: The constant "I shouldn't be feeling this way" feeling
Replies: 16
Views: 8129

Re: The constant "I shouldn't be feeling this way" feeling

Find some news paper with only good news all around the world and while reading it and seeing smiling happy faces - smile with them, rise this feeling of joy in your heart. I don't mind this as advice for laypeople who are trying to practice the 4 precepts, but OP is a meditator from what I read. T...
by befriend
Fri Jan 01, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: When someone's words hurt you.
Replies: 24
Views: 1604

Re: When someone's words hurt you.

If what they say is true use it as rough speech that also contains good advice on how to improve yourself. Take it as a Dhamma talk. If it's not true who cares you know yourself better than anyone.
by befriend
Sun Dec 27, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: What miraculous healing (or any interesting miracle) have you witnessed, or heard from credible source?
Replies: 25
Views: 6884

Re: What miraculous healing (or any interesting miracle) have you witnessed, or heard from credible source?

I used to suffer from ANTs automatic negative thinking, I went to a monastery and when I came back they've been gone ever since! :buddha1: :anjali: