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by Alexander____
Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Practioners of Thanisarro's Meditation Method - What Is Different?
Replies: 14
Views: 2123

Re: Practioners of Thanisarro's Meditation Method - What Is Different?

It took me a long, long time to work out what this 'breath energy' business is, but now that I understand what it refers to, it makes a lot of sense, and is a great method. I too have found this and still am slightly uncomfortable with it. I do find Thanissaro's teachings immensely useful and inspi...
by Alexander____
Mon May 29, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Whose Buddhism is the "truest"?
Replies: 37
Views: 4358

Re: Whose Buddhism is the "truest"?

Thanks for that post. Very interesting.
by Alexander____
Fri May 05, 2017 6:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Virtual Reality app for Color Kasina Meditation
Replies: 19
Views: 5693

Re: Virtual Reality app for Color Kasina Meditation

Yes that article id pretty Mills and Boonish, whenever I've heard teachers talking about it it is in terms of the experience being a hindrence and how to deal with it as such. You'll never find true love through VR! Only through Samatha Romance will you reach the stability of mind to get the insigh...
by Alexander____
Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: What century is there in France ?
Replies: 47
Views: 6485

Re: What century is there in France ?

Dogmatic wrote:80% of them support sharia law, similar percentages support death for those who leave their religion, etc.

Polls show that the vast majority of muslims support ISIS
Do you have any references to back these statistics up?
by Alexander____
Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: What century is there in France ?
Replies: 47
Views: 6485

Re: What century is there in France ?

What with the holocaust revisionism and associates who are Nazi sympathisers it does get a bit suspicious.
by Alexander____
Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: What century is there in France ?
Replies: 47
Views: 6485

Re: What century is there in France ?

Ha, I thought Le Pen is the fascist one!
by Alexander____
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Facts VS fiction: Buddhist themes in Yuval Noah Harari's writings
Replies: 15
Views: 4953

Re: Facts VS fiction: Buddhist themes in Yuval Noah Harari's writings

The first book is excellent. I saw him speak in London a few weeks ago and was very impressed. My partner speaks very often about the second book too which I've started. The second one is actually dedicated to Goenka. The first book has a section on Buddhism which as you'd expect is fairly complimen...
by Alexander____
Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bay Area dhamma instructors compatible with Thanissaro/Lee
Replies: 39
Views: 6232

Re: Bay Area dhamma instructors compatible with Thanissaro/Lee

Ajahn Geoff visited us last summer for a non-residential weekend retreat, and I was fortunate enough to record the whole thing and post it to our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/PortlandFriendsoftheDhamma Ah great thanks for that. The only other youtube series with Ajahn Thanissaro is the...
by Alexander____
Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Watching the docu Samsara by Ron Fricke.
Replies: 7
Views: 1633

Re: Watching the docu Samsara by Ron Fricke.

I'm more inclined towards Baraka but this is a worthy sequel The only trouble with Baraka, for me, is that I can't figure out what is being said with all of the footage of staring faces. Ron Fricke seems to be making some kind of statement about anthropology, and about a certain voyeurism inherent ...
by Alexander____
Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Psychotherapy
Replies: 57
Views: 9899

Re: Psychotherapy

However, I'm sure that there are elements of psychotherapy that tie in well to Buddhism. Could you list some? Well not really, that's why I started this topic. From seeing some books about Buddhism and Psychotherapy at the library of the Buddhist Society in London I expected there to be some links....
by Alexander____
Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:54 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Psychotherapy
Replies: 57
Views: 9899

Re: Psychotherapy

Yeah I see where you're coming from.

I get the feeling most people here aren't too keen on psychiatrists and the medical model.

However, I'm sure that there are elements of psychotherapy that tie in well to Buddhism.

:focus:
by Alexander____
Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Psychotherapy
Replies: 57
Views: 9899

Re: Psychotherapy

I have providd two articles that indicate that herapists, incl psychiatrists are at higher risk for suicide and show depression rates similar or higher to general population. Which doctors kill themselves more idk, it may be anastesiologists, psychiatrists, dentists or other idk.. Some studies sugg...
by Alexander____
Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Watching the docu Samsara by Ron Fricke.
Replies: 7
Views: 1633

Re: Watching the docu Samsara by Ron Fricke.

I'm more inclined towards Baraka but this is a worthy sequel
by Alexander____
Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Psychotherapy
Replies: 57
Views: 9899

Re: Psychotherapy

Therapists aren't on any top 10 of suicides I've seen. Usually it's farmers, doctors and dentists

http://www.therichest.com/rich-list/the ... ide-rates/

http://www.newhealthguide.org/Highest-S ... ssion.html
by Alexander____
Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Future resolution of division in US society?
Replies: 108
Views: 10662

Re: Future resolution of division in US society?

There is a suggestion in research that the environmental factors of poverty itself can contribute to low IQ:

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/341/6149/976