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by Mkoll
Fri Jun 18, 2021 5:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Focusing like an Owl
Replies: 19
Views: 375

Re: Focusing like an Owl

Furthermore, I mentioned those other two suttas to give the OP better examples of the concept being described in the talk since this example from MN 50 was not very clear. In AN 11.9 for example, the wild colt, when put in front of the trowel just considers the food right there in front of him and ...
by Mkoll
Sat Jun 05, 2021 1:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Vinaya as a detailed legal system
Replies: 17
Views: 298

Re: The Vinaya as a detailed legal system

One thing I have never been entirely happy about is Siddhatta deserting his wife and child. I regard this as being akin to defaulting on a debt that one has occurred. There are certainly many mitigating circumstances around it in Siddhatta's case, most significantly that he brought the dhamma to th...
by Mkoll
Sun May 30, 2021 3:59 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: is it true that the sun is bad?
Replies: 10
Views: 221

Re: is it true that the sun is bad?

Here's a useful facts page about skin cancer from the American Academy of Dermatology: https://www.aad.org/media/stats-skin-cancer

IMO, moderation is the way to go here.
by Mkoll
Tue May 18, 2021 2:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Textual support for anatta.
Replies: 147
Views: 1314

Re: Textual support for anatta.

SDC wrote: Tue May 18, 2021 12:17 pm Wow, Zenny, you hooked like 10 fish in two days. Not bad.
That's basically my opinion as well, SDC. I don't think he'll be able to keep this pace up much longer though. The novelty will wear off sooner or later, for the fisherman and the fish.
by Mkoll
Thu Apr 29, 2021 3:34 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Cross-legged meditation and knee health
Replies: 6
Views: 325

Re: Cross-legged meditation and knee health

I've been meditating in a chair ever since Do you manage to get as deep as in crossed-leg position? Or would you say that the change of posture affected the intensity of your meditation? I've never really gotten too deep for a sustained period of time, regardless of position. But that's a result of...
by Mkoll
Wed Apr 28, 2021 7:32 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Cross-legged meditation and knee health
Replies: 6
Views: 325

Re: Cross-legged meditation and knee health

I can't speak to long-term knee health into old age, but I can tell you my own personal experience. I injured something in the medial part of my right knee when I first got serious about practicing meditation. That was about 8 years ago and I still have issues with it. I've been meditating in a chai...
by Mkoll
Tue Apr 27, 2021 2:30 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Brahma Sahampati - non returner
Replies: 2
Views: 235

Re: Brahma Sahampati - non returner

Thank you, Bhante.

:anjali:
by Mkoll
Tue Apr 27, 2021 12:57 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Brahma Sahampati - non returner
Replies: 2
Views: 235

Brahma Sahampati - non returner

The Brahma Sahampati was the one who encouraged the Buddha to teach after he became enlightened, despite his inclination not to do so because of how deep and profound the Dhamma is and how few could understand it (see e.g. SN 6.1). I was reading SN and came across this sutta that I hadn't taken note...
by Mkoll
Sat Apr 24, 2021 7:08 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ajahn Pannobhasa is disrobing
Replies: 134
Views: 5089

Re: Ajahn Pannobhasa is disrobing

So what I am getting at here is that I want a woman, someone to love and be close to; and I already know who she is, I have my heart set on her already, and she is truly lovely. So there is that, too. :coffee: I recall browsing through a thread on here recently with some discussion about common rea...
by Mkoll
Sun Apr 11, 2021 2:33 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What do you give to a beginner online?
Replies: 41
Views: 2358

Re: What do you give to a beginner online?

If someone online asks "Where do I get started with Buddhism?" or "Where do I learn more about Buddhism?" or "What books/websites/videos/podcasts do you recommend to get started with Buddhism" what do you give? Please share. Thanks. :juggling: I always recommend the same thing: In the Buddha's Word...
by Mkoll
Mon Mar 22, 2021 10:40 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: limit the influence of secular buddhism
Replies: 178
Views: 7857

Re: limit the influence of secular buddhism

3.j. Excessive posting against core Theravada principles, including kamma, rebirth, the awakening of the Buddha will not be allowed except in great rebirth thread and other topics where it may be on-topic, but not in other areas of the forum. Thank you. That's a very positive move, which I hope wil...
by Mkoll
Sun Mar 14, 2021 8:29 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Discouragement and perfectionism in virtue
Replies: 7
Views: 770

Re: Discouragement and perfectionism in virtue

"Abandon what is unskillful, monks. It is possible to abandon what is unskillful. If it were not possible to abandon what is unskillful, I would not say to you, 'Abandon what is unskillful.' But because it is possible to abandon what is unskillful, I say to you, 'Abandon what is unskillful.' If thi...
by Mkoll
Sat Feb 27, 2021 8:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How do YOU meditate?
Replies: 72
Views: 3153

Re: How do YOU meditate?

I'm pretty new here, so I wanted to ask how you guys meditate and what seems to give the best results? I like to use the technique described in With Each and Every Breath by Thanissaro Bhikkhu, but I know there are a plethora of others. What works for you to get your mind settled and concentrated? ...
by Mkoll
Tue Jan 05, 2021 12:55 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: covid vaccine: yea or nay?
Replies: 135
Views: 15010

Re: covid vaccine: yea or nay?

DooDoot wrote: Mon Jan 04, 2021 1:26 am
Mkoll wrote: Sat Jan 02, 2021 7:24 am Yes. I got my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine some time last week.
Why have you been offered an emergency vaccine? Thanks
They didn't tell me why and I didn't ask. I assume it's because I work in healthcare and sometimes take care of Covid positive patients.
by Mkoll
Sat Jan 02, 2021 7:24 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: covid vaccine: yea or nay?
Replies: 135
Views: 15010

Re: covid vaccine: yea or nay?

Yes. I got my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine some time last week. Felt a little tired that afternoon and the injection site was sore for 2 or 3 days. That was the extent of the side effects for me; they were virtually identical to what I experience with the yearly flu vaccine. I'm glad and gratefu...