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by befriend
Mon Apr 19, 2021 1:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Asura realm
Replies: 23
Views: 317

Re: Asura realm

Venerable punnadhammo has a 700 page book on Buddhist cosmology on his website at arrow River monastery in Canada
by befriend
Sat Apr 17, 2021 7:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How possible is it to train like this ?
Replies: 12
Views: 221

Re: How possible is it to train like this ?

https://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php/11 ... cing_Metta One of the 11 benefits of metta is that poison fire swords cannot harm you. My guess is it may harm the body but not the mind. Maybe
by befriend
Fri Apr 16, 2021 12:54 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Abortion
Replies: 123
Views: 29901

Re: Abortion

People with Down syndrome are like anyone else except sometimes they can't do simple tasks they are not a burden to society at all if anything they are a massive boon I worked alongside people with special needs for 6 years they are funny smart and loving. They can also contribute to society even if...
by befriend
Thu Apr 15, 2021 2:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Metta Meditation
Replies: 91
Views: 15494

Re: Metta Meditation

If you hate yourself which is common in western society metta towards oneself is good. Buddha said you live for the benefit of yourself others and all beings. You are one of the beings in this world shouldn't you deserve happiness Karuna mudita upekkha too?
by befriend
Thu Apr 15, 2021 2:00 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Jesus is the Only Way?
Replies: 47
Views: 1417

Re: Jesus is the Only Way?

If earth is impermanent why wouldnt heaven be impermanent? It would run by the same rules because it's in the same cosmos. If your suffered greatly from Christian teachings remember to have happiness heaven on this earth by creating good mind good body good speech and avoiding bad mind body and spee...
by befriend
Sat Apr 10, 2021 12:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Waking meditation while focusing on breath?
Replies: 15
Views: 418

Re: Waking meditation while focusing on breath?

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/dn/dn.22.0.than.html #2 in mindfulness of the body. I misspoke. when you think I am walking awareness in my experience goes to the feeling of your feet touching the ground. When you think "there is a body" in my experience this leads to awareness of the feeli...
by befriend
Sun Apr 04, 2021 1:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 4 noble truths
Replies: 10
Views: 229

Re: 4 noble truths

Thank you.
by befriend
Sun Apr 04, 2021 12:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Waking meditation while focusing on breath?
Replies: 15
Views: 418

Re: Waking meditation while focusing on breath?

Mindfulness of the four postures walking meditation is taught simply with the refrain "I am walking" in the suttas. just having the thought I am walking brings ones attention into the whole body, awareness is immersed in the body. Bhikkhu Analayo used these refrains and used the felt sense of the bo...
by befriend
Sun Apr 04, 2021 12:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 4 noble truths
Replies: 10
Views: 229

4 noble truths

There is suffering, suffering is caused by craving to sense pleasures, existence and non existence, cessation of craving ends suffering, the path to end craving is through the eight fold path. Buddha mentions craving lands on agreeable sights sounds tastes touch smells thoughts of these etc. why doe...
by befriend
Fri Apr 02, 2021 11:47 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Question having children
Replies: 16
Views: 953

Re: Question having children

Having children is very other cherishing attitude and not much time for self cherishing so I can see how that would be good at the end of people's lives ive heard many say their greatest accomplishment was having kids and then having grandkids and so forth. Yet if ones motivation is pure and you wan...
by befriend
Wed Mar 31, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Does someone only teach Satipatthana explicitly without being focused on Anapanasati?
Replies: 14
Views: 314

Re: Does someone only teach Satipatthana explicitly without being focused on Anapanasati?

Bhikkhu Analayo uses whole body awareness as the homebase for satipatthana instead of the breath he has great book called satipatthana a practitioners guide or something close to that
by befriend
Wed Mar 24, 2021 11:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can we accept secular Buddhism as Buddhism?
Replies: 113
Views: 3279

Re: Can we accept secular Buddhism as Buddhism?

We should accept secular Buddhism as Buddhism. Buddhism is secular until you've reached the 4th jhana and attained the divine eye which allows one to see where beings go after death and others previous lives. The rest is what it is. If I believe in hell thats a beleif. It's not like I can go to a br...
by befriend
Wed Mar 24, 2021 10:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Questions about good and bad
Replies: 24
Views: 666

Re: Questions about good and bad

If it has a negative effect on your conciousness it's bad a lot of people gossip but does that even feel good? If something doesn't uplift and brighten your citta It's either neutral or bad. Not wholesome.
by befriend
Tue Mar 23, 2021 11:11 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Autobiography of monks
Replies: 7
Views: 805

Re: Autobiography of monks

That looks great thank you