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by Goofaholix
Thu Jun 10, 2021 6:43 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Why buddhist monks being called samana ?
Replies: 7
Views: 535

Re: Why buddhist monks being called samana ?

In suttas one can see sometimes bhikkhus are called samana why ? Was bhikkhu and samana synonym ? All Bhikkhus are called samanas, novices are called samaneras. The meanings are different, see... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%9Arama%E1%B9%87a https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhikkhu#:~:text=A%20bh...
by Goofaholix
Wed Jun 09, 2021 7:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is human consciousness creating reality?
Replies: 29
Views: 371

Re: Is human consciousness creating reality?

However, say If I see an apple and see it just as food to satisfy my hunger, how do we explain that? Is an apple a delusion? Is my hunger a delusion? Or both are delusions? Hunger is a physical sensation. The point is that you didn't create the apple with your mind, if you did chances are it would ...
by Goofaholix
Wed Jun 09, 2021 7:22 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is human consciousness creating reality?
Replies: 29
Views: 371

Re: Is human consciousness creating reality?

We certainly distort reality based on our perceptions and delusions, but to suggest we create it seems daft to me.
by Goofaholix
Wed Jun 09, 2021 7:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Desire and Karma. How do they belong to each other?
Replies: 7
Views: 153

Re: Desire and Karma. How do they belong to each other?

Craving left to run it's course conditions future craving.

Intentional action fueled by craving creates kamma.
by Goofaholix
Wed Jun 09, 2021 5:13 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Radhasoami and Hearing sounds while meditating
Replies: 7
Views: 153

Re: Radhasoami and Hearing sounds while meditating

I haven't heard of them. I find that that the sound of silence is generally apparent whenever I'm mediating if attention is quite stable, also if it's competing with a noisy environment but not as strong. When attention is superficial it's usually not noticeable. So I use it as an indicator. Sometim...
by Goofaholix
Tue Jun 08, 2021 8:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Breath or Breathing (the process)
Replies: 33
Views: 502

Re: Breath or Breathing (the process)

Using your example... mindfulness of walking or mindfulness of feet... So a body part rather than a process. If that's the case then I guess you are asking whether he taught mindfulness of breathing, or mindfulness of nostrils (or nose, or lungs, or diaphragm). Looking at the Anapanasati sutta I th...
by Goofaholix
Tue Jun 08, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Breath or Breathing (the process)
Replies: 33
Views: 502

Re: Breath or Breathing (the process)

I'm actually more interested in 'breathing' or 'breath' in this thread. Trying to get back on topic if I asked you did the Buddha teach us to be mindful of walk or did he teach to be mindful of walking? Would that seem an odd question? Whether one uses a noun or verb it's just one thing, whether on...
by Goofaholix
Mon Jun 07, 2021 12:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Breath or Breathing (the process)
Replies: 33
Views: 502

Re: Breath or Breathing (the process)

It seems to have been turned from a calming/samadhi practice into a laser concentration practice. I'm not convinced concentration practice involves blocking out what's clearly within awareness. While you do emphasis the cohesive rather than the changing aspects of the breath and don't get into cont...
by Goofaholix
Sun Jun 06, 2021 7:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Breath or Breathing (the process)
Replies: 33
Views: 502

Re: Breath or Breathing (the process)

I don't think it makes sense to try to be mindful of breath without being mindful of breathing, the most obvious characteristic is that it is a process like much of what we experience in life.
by Goofaholix
Sat Mar 27, 2021 7:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can we accept secular Buddhism as Buddhism?
Replies: 124
Views: 6139

Re: Can we accept secular Buddhism as Buddhism?

DNS wrote: Sat Mar 27, 2021 3:56 pm So in a way so called "Secular Buddhism" is an oxymoron. :tongue:
You're right, Buddhism is the name of a religion so it's an oxymoron. Secular Buddha Dhamma would be more correct but then that's more of a mouthful.
by Goofaholix
Sat Mar 27, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Question on noting during meditation
Replies: 3
Views: 413

Re: Question on noting during meditation

The noting is just an aid, whatever aids you to concentrate and see experience in minute detail is fine. Generally simpler noting two or three step is recommended when you are starting and/or concentration is poor, more complex noting five or six step when you've got some momentum going and concentr...
by Goofaholix
Sat Mar 27, 2021 7:35 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordination (pabbaja) for gays
Replies: 5
Views: 567

Re: Ordination (pabbaja) for gays

There isn't a lot of difference between a celibate who is gay and one who is straight, maybe a bit more temptation in a monastery. I know a gay many who ordained 24 years ago in the Thai forest tradition and now heads his own monastery. There are more compelling reasons than this to avoid Dhammakaya...
by Goofaholix
Sat Mar 27, 2021 7:26 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Going to Myanmar
Replies: 17
Views: 1356

Re: Going to Myanmar

Lots of foreigners have been going to Myanmar for meditation over decades on military dictatorship so there's no reason to assume that won't happen in future. The unrest could go on for a long time though, prior to the recent experiment with democracy people couldn't organise, but the difference is ...
by Goofaholix
Mon Mar 22, 2021 7:00 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can we accept secular Buddhism as Buddhism?
Replies: 124
Views: 6139

Re: Can we accept secular Buddhism as Buddhism?

I think if the practice they are undergoing has roots in early Buddhist practice and the purpose and goal of their practice is to free themselves of craving and awaken the human mind the I don't really care what they do or don't believe it's not up to me to accept or reject them. But if they are pra...
by Goofaholix
Mon Mar 22, 2021 6:50 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Which Theravada school is the closest to early Buddhism?
Replies: 46
Views: 2997

Re: Which Theravada school is the closest to early Buddhism?

In the Buddhas time monastics lived in the forest. To the degree that monks live in the forest is the degree to which a modern Theravada school is closest to early Buddhism. In the Thai forest tradition monks live in monasteries but generally they are forest monasteries which is closer to being in t...