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by befriend
Wed Jun 16, 2021 12:53 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: As a man thinketh
Replies: 0
Views: 43

As a man thinketh

As a man thinketh is a book by James Allen written about 100 years ago he was influenced by Christianity Confucianism Buddhism and Hinduism it's a great non Buddhist yet dhammic leaning book that focuses on how to have right thought and how that develops your character. I am always confused in Buddh...
by befriend
Sun Jun 13, 2021 10:06 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from AZ, USA
Replies: 5
Views: 99

Re: Hello from AZ, USA

Sharon salzberg and Joseph Goldstein insight meditation workbook I would recommend for getting the basics of Buddhist and meditation practice
by befriend
Thu Jun 10, 2021 6:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Did the Buddha use method of "analysis" ???
Replies: 17
Views: 241

Re: Did the Buddha use method of "analysis" ???

contemplation of the 32 parts of the body is not just to reduce lust but to develop insight into Anatta same with contemplation of the elements.
by befriend
Sun Jun 06, 2021 3:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Condensing buddhism to friends or relatives
Replies: 21
Views: 332

Re: Condensing buddhism to friends or relatives

Buddhism teaches that you are your own savior. I'd add that. The goal is non conditional well being. and it's a difficult path. Being a lay Buddhist is hard for me atleast. monks are so respected because it's such difficult work to do.
by befriend
Sat Jun 05, 2021 10:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How do i develoup wisdom?
Replies: 5
Views: 130

Re: How do i develoup wisdom?

Have you been taught meditation?
by befriend
Thu Jun 03, 2021 6:27 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Paramis in the Noble Eightfold Path
Replies: 4
Views: 153

Re: Paramis in the Noble Eightfold Path

Generosity and renunciation are under the first right intention. Equanimity is right mindfulness without clinging, patience is meeting unpleasant experiences/unpleasant feelings with compassion and mindfulness or thinking the refrain "I am experiencing an unpleasant feeling" which leads to experienc...
by befriend
Thu Jun 03, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: About renouncing and contentment
Replies: 48
Views: 765

Re: About renouncing and contentment

Speaking on contentment, one monk said one should be content with good mind body and speech. Renunciation is the view that hedonism or addictiveness to sense pleasures is not a valid path to happiness nor is its opposite self mortification. Renunciation can also mean non clinging to anything meaning...
by befriend
Thu Jun 03, 2021 2:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Work hard play hard
Replies: 9
Views: 169

Work hard play hard

Is part of the reason monks don't work because it would create some kind of tiredness and need for hedonism. I know a lot of people who work hard all week need to kick back and relax with a six pack or smoke pot to relax.
by befriend
Thu Jun 03, 2021 2:34 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Reading about NDEs
Replies: 34
Views: 2955

Re: Reading about NDEs

Isn't there something in the abhidhamma that talks about your last thought moment before you die? It's like different types of kamma come up which direct your next life? This could be akin to your life flashing before your eyes, which in Buddhism would actually be your kamma/behavior? And since this...
by befriend
Wed Jun 02, 2021 6:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Was Buddha a reformer ?
Replies: 12
Views: 230

Re: Was Buddha a reformer ?

Jesus and buddha can be considered reformists in the sense that Buddha said it was not just the Brahmin class that can live holy lives he made religion available to everyone even the lowest cast. And saying things like not by birth is one considered a Brahmin but by good conduct is one a Brahmin. Th...
by befriend
Mon May 31, 2021 3:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The nature of human is evil?
Replies: 22
Views: 395

Re: The nature of human is evil?

Greed hatred and delusion aren't our nature because we feel better when we don't express them they are unnatural in a way I would say generosity/renunciation love and awareness would be more inherent to us because those three qualities arise in mindfulness meditation or you could say when we're bein...
by befriend
Mon May 31, 2021 2:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Maranasati
Replies: 5
Views: 197

Maranasati

I'd like to include maranasati mindfulness of death into my daily Dhamma practice. But am unsure how often does one consider the fragility of life and that death can come anytime? Thanks!
by befriend
Sat May 29, 2021 4:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Teachers
Replies: 35
Views: 645

Re: Teachers

A teacher can give you more knowledge in a half hour than reading a handful of Buddhist books and clear up confusions you may have regarding Dhamma perspectives.