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by ShanYin
Fri Oct 09, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Bhante Vimalaramsi: the wisest monk of our time
Replies: 10
Views: 8799

Re: Bhante Vimalaramsi: the wisest monk of our time

I found Bhante Vimalaramsi's teachings to be strange, so I typed in youtube: Bhante Vimalaramsi fake monk, and this came up:



I'm not saying I agree with that person.
by ShanYin
Wed Sep 23, 2020 1:44 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What is the Dhamma?
Replies: 12
Views: 3773

Re: What is the Dhamma?

My understanding of the eightfold path is that one should prevent unwholesome qualities and arise in the mind wholesome states in a nutshell and let go of unwholesome states that have arisen and perfect (or cultivate) wholesome qualities that have already arisen. So, I think I understand it a bit i...
by ShanYin
Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What is the Dhamma?
Replies: 12
Views: 3773

Re: What is the Dhamma?

In my thoughts the idea of "cultivating that which is good" gets me stuck on the cultivate part. My understanding of the eightfold path is that one should prevent unwholesome qualities and arise in the mind wholesome states in a nutshell and let go of unwholesome states that have arisen and perfect ...
by ShanYin
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What is the Dhamma?
Replies: 12
Views: 3773

What is the Dhamma?

What is the Dharma? I have heard that the Dharma is a universal principle. What is this principle?

Does Dhamma mean the same thing?
by ShanYin
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Ciggarettes
Replies: 52
Views: 28950

Re: Ciggarettes

Well I am using the patch and losenges starting now. I am out of smokes and am going to try to quit. You can do it Aaron. :thumbsup:
by ShanYin
Wed Sep 02, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Ciggarettes
Replies: 52
Views: 28950

Re: Ciggarettes

I went 6 days without smoking then relapsed. Nicotine losenges, apples and water were what I used to make it that long. I think I will set a quit date then quit cold turkey again.
by ShanYin
Thu Aug 27, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Sense restraint
Replies: 18
Views: 12794

Re: Sense restraint

What about video games? Should these be given up as part of the eightfold path?
by ShanYin
Fri Aug 21, 2020 1:51 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Meditation
Replies: 28
Views: 13033

Re: Meditation

When I try Samatha, it is too difficult. It feels almost certain that I am not developing concentration. But on the other hand I can tell that I have kept my mind on the belly a bit longer each time, but it doesn't feel like it's helping me. The labeling of vipassana I think might help get rid of th...
by ShanYin
Fri Aug 21, 2020 1:48 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Meditation
Replies: 28
Views: 13033

Re: Meditation

That's what I think too! brb
by ShanYin
Fri Aug 21, 2020 1:37 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Meditation
Replies: 28
Views: 13033

Re: Meditation

If it all has to do with desire, then why is there so much emphasis on vipassana and samatha? Are you thinking that vipassana and samatha are not practices that reduce and eliminate desire? Did I understand that implication in your question correctly? Is Buddhism mostly about meditation to achieve ...
by ShanYin
Thu Aug 20, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Meditation
Replies: 28
Views: 13033

Re: Meditation

Before I got diagnosed with schizophrenia, I believe I was starting to thoroughly understand the eightfold path and four noble truths. :tantrum:
by ShanYin
Thu Aug 20, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Meditation
Replies: 28
Views: 13033

Re: Meditation

My answer to that is ultimately I don't know. But the answer is probably no you cannot. I think what brought on my question was reading a Dharma book (if my memory is correct which it is often not) saying that Buddha discovered that meditation is the key or answer. I talked to a Buddhist monk over t...
by ShanYin
Thu Aug 20, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Meditation
Replies: 28
Views: 13033

Meditation

Is Buddhism mostly about meditation to achieve Nirvana or enlightenment? If it all has to do with desire, then why is there so much emphasis on vipassana and samatha? Doesn't that turn Buddhism into a sort of transcendental meditation path? I'm trying to get back to the basics. I think I am confused...
by ShanYin
Thu Aug 13, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Ciggarettes
Replies: 52
Views: 28950

Re: Weed

. An absolutely essential underpinning to successful progress is trying to adher to the 5 basic silas or moralities or virtues. Namely: Abstaining from taking lives Abstaining from taking things that are not given Abstaining from sexual activities where anyone, including self, suffers any harm Abst...
by ShanYin
Thu Aug 13, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Ciggarettes
Replies: 52
Views: 28950

Re: Ciggarettes

It has been around 72 hours since I last had a ciggarette. I believe I can do it for life.