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by Polar Bear
Thu Jun 17, 2021 3:11 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: How do you imagine beings of other realms?
Replies: 31
Views: 15713

Re: How do you imagine beings of other realms?

Ceisiwr wrote: Sun Aug 30, 2020 3:04 pm:)
Aslan?

Edit: I immediately realized after posting you were referring to the animal realm :toilet:
by Polar Bear
Fri May 28, 2021 5:18 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastic life and fond of work?
Replies: 5
Views: 342

Re: Monastic life and fond of work?

Bhikkhu Anālayo lives in a cottage at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. He is a solo monk, i.e. he doesn’t live in a monastery with other monks. My understanding is he spends quite a lot of time in retreat, for months at a time, and when he isn’t strictly in retreat he is leading retreats or wr...
by Polar Bear
Thu May 20, 2021 1:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Disagreements about nirvana.
Replies: 93
Views: 1141

Re: Disagreements about nirvana.

Is there any scholarly consensus on whether nirvana is consciously experienced after death? And do the different sects in buddhism agree with each other on this? No and no. If you want to read up on ideas about Nirvana post-Morten I recommend you check out the following sources if you care to spare...
by Polar Bear
Wed May 19, 2021 11:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Vism.'s Buddhaghosa says the sukha-pleasure is experienced by a physical body in third jhana!
Replies: 104
Views: 1487

Re: Vism.'s Buddhaghosa says the sukha-pleasure is experienced by a physical body in third jhana!

I doubt Ven. Buddhaghosa has departed from the Abhidhamma: “Born of detachment” means: Initial application, sustained application, rapture, pleasure, one-pointedness of consciousness; they in this detachment are born, begotten, existent, fully existent, apparent. Therefore this is called “born of d...
by Polar Bear
Wed May 19, 2021 8:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Vism.'s Buddhaghosa says the sukha-pleasure is experienced by a physical body in third jhana!
Replies: 104
Views: 1487

Re: Vism.'s Buddhaghosa says the sukha-pleasure is experienced by a physical body in third jhana!

The quote below suggests to me the Visuddhimagga accepts the idea of bodily pleasure in jhana- So uplifting happiness can be powerful enough to levitate the body, make it spring up into the air. 98. But when pervading (rapturous) happiness arises, the whole body is completely pervaded, like a filled...
by Polar Bear
Wed May 12, 2021 1:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Four Right Exertions vs The Four Exertions
Replies: 3
Views: 121

Re: The Four Right Exertions vs The Four Exertions

The first set seems like the general principle and the second a specific instance of it. It isn’t difficult to imagine that one might use other methods to prevent the arising of unwholesome states etc, e.g. buddhanussati which helps prevent and abandon greed, hate, and delusion overtaking the mind. ...
by Polar Bear
Tue May 11, 2021 4:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the Chinese translation for the term "body witness"
Replies: 14
Views: 212

Re: What is the Chinese translation for the term "body witness"

Coëmgenu wrote: Tue May 11, 2021 3:17 pm ...
I think he wants the Chinese translation for kāyasakkhī which Ven Sujato translates as personal witness and Ven Thanissaro as bodily witness.

https://suttacentral.net/an9.43/en/sujato

:anjali:
by Polar Bear
Mon May 10, 2021 3:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is dhammawiki.com article on 'Last thought moment' correct?
Replies: 23
Views: 519

Re: Is dhammawiki.com article on 'Last thought moment' correct?

Apparently, undertaking right view at the time of death can be helpful in attaining a good rebirth. This is not the same as saying the last thought moment is decisive but it’s heading in that direction. Now, Ānanda, take the case of the person here who killed living creatures … and had wrong view, a...
by Polar Bear
Sun May 09, 2021 2:43 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Risk of taking vaccine jab
Replies: 69
Views: 1680

Re: Risk of taking vaccine jab

My immune system is currently reacting to a second dose of moderna I received nine hours ago. I have a mild headache, feel a bit achy and chilly, my skin’s a bit sensitive to the touch, and I’m a little thirstier than usual. It’s not so bad, and it helps that I’m in a comfy bed about to get some sh...
by Polar Bear
Sun May 09, 2021 7:53 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Risk of taking vaccine jab
Replies: 69
Views: 1680

Re: Risk of taking vaccine jab

My immune system is currently reacting to a second dose of moderna I received nine hours ago. I have a mild headache, feel a bit achy and chilly, my skin’s a bit sensitive to the touch, and I’m a little thirstier than usual. It’s not so bad, and it helps that I’m in a comfy bed about to get some shu...
by Polar Bear
Wed May 05, 2021 9:04 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Dare mighty things
Replies: 16
Views: 2005

Re: Dare mighty things

I think the suttas can speak for themselves: “Mendicants, I have learned these two things for myself—to never be content with skillful qualities, and to never stop trying. I never stopped trying, thinking: ‘Gladly, let only skin, sinews, and bones remain! Let the flesh and blood waste away in my bod...
by Polar Bear
Sun May 02, 2021 9:54 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: what are your thoughts on taking psychotropic medications for mood disorders?
Replies: 48
Views: 1351

Re: what are your thoughts on taking psychotropic medications for mood disorders?

I think the modern psychiatric- industrial complex, if you’ll allow me that phrasing, is basically evil. And most people have been propagandized into accepting it as a pseudo-religious authority. Enjoy the article below and do some more exploring of your own if you dare: https://www.scientificameric...
by Polar Bear
Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The European Pagan Connection
Replies: 22
Views: 23387

Re: The European Pagan Connection

Thor and Indra are both thunder gods who fight a mighty serpent

Indra fights Vritra

While Thor fights Jörmungandr

:anjali:
by Polar Bear
Thu Apr 16, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Lockdown Stress
Replies: 89
Views: 33610

Re: Lockdown Stress

Good luck! It must be very trying! Last week, one of my sons managed to get home via Germany from Central America, courtesy of Lufthansa, who were flying lots of Germans home. Luckily, Qatar are still flying from Europe to Asia/Australasia, so he was able to connect to NZ via Doha. A rather long wa...