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by StrivingforMonkhood
Tue Dec 15, 2020 3:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Layman monastic life
Replies: 14
Views: 2863

Re: Layman monastic life

Not all monks belong to monasteries. Some are permanent nomads, wanderers, etc. This is the original monk. I know a man who considers himself a Buddhist monk, but he is not attached to any monastery. He's a hermit in the desert. We can be lay and enlightened. We don't have to be monks in monasteries...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Mon Dec 14, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: About Buddhist hell . .
Replies: 70
Views: 61842

Re: About Buddhist hell . .

confusedlayman wrote: Tue Dec 01, 2020 3:35 pmnot all teachers saw hell but they know hell by actions and result in this life so I think without divine eye everyone should depend on bad feeling as hell
Hell is our suffering minds.

Peace and enlightenment.
by StrivingforMonkhood
Sat Dec 12, 2020 2:56 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: We are all mentally ill
Replies: 16
Views: 6297

Re: We are all mentally ill

I hold the view that even before Enlightenment, if someone is full of Love for others and for themselves, they have found the purpose of life and are not faulty in their thinking. Even if one just Loves the Buddha, I think that is enough, and it will certainly bring them to achieve the Buddha Way. ...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Sat Dec 12, 2020 1:10 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: We are all mentally ill
Replies: 16
Views: 6297

Re: We are all mentally ill

Yutthadammo Bikkhu talks about how we are all mentally ill to some degree. So then, for all of those who are mentally ill by the world's standards: know that we are all mentally ill before enlightenment. As long as we fail to see clearly, the mental illness will continue. Mental illness = suffering ...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Fri Dec 11, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Don't attach to happiness"...?
Replies: 13
Views: 1474

Re: "Don't attach to happiness"...?

But once Peace is a given, can one go to a higher state of kindness to oneself? I suppose that perfect peace as taught by the Holy Buddha includes a perfect love for yourself and other sentient beings. I don't think it can go any higher. Bliss is euphoria, which really isn't happiness, but an tempo...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Fri Dec 11, 2020 1:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Don't attach to happiness"...?
Replies: 13
Views: 1474

Re: "Don't attach to happiness"...?

Peace is the highest happiness -- not bliss.

Peace and enlightenment.
by StrivingforMonkhood
Fri Dec 11, 2020 1:31 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Could someone explain some classical Madhyamaka for me please?
Replies: 137
Views: 56355

Re: Could someone explain some classical Madhyamaka for me please?

Emptiness is seen slightly differently than in Mahayana Buddhism. I have studied this little, though I am not an expert. So, I could be speaking ignorantly. Anyways, emptiness (sunyata) is more tied in with direct momentary experience in Theravada Buddhism. Things come and go - nothing - and I mean ...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Sat Dec 05, 2020 3:37 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: How did you come to Buddhism? (poll)
Replies: 55
Views: 30994

Re: How did you come to Buddhism? (poll)

The path of the Dhamma is one of *self*-actualization; the only person who can transform you in any meaningful way is you. Thus have *I* heard (and experienced), at least... Yes, that is the ultimate truth. We tell ourselves story after story: this person will make me happy; this place; this house;...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Wed Dec 02, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 5
Views: 8224

Re: Hello

May you fulfill your deepest wish for happiness.


:anjali:
by StrivingforMonkhood
Mon Nov 30, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: About Buddhist hell . .
Replies: 70
Views: 61842

Re: About Buddhist hell . .

I never thought that heaven or hell were real places in Buddhism, in contrast to Western religions. Heaven and hell are states of mind. Sure, there could be gods and goddesses and other realms, but ultimately, everything is born of causes and conditions. No state is permanent. All things arise from ...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Mon Nov 23, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: I'm looking for friends in the dhamma...
Replies: 9
Views: 9572

Re: I'm looking for friends in the dhamma...

Dear friends, I am already your friend in the Dhamma. Read and meditate. Be patient. Don't get overwhelmed because you have no Sangha. Many of us do not, as you can clearly see. All will come in time. Keep your spirits up, and participate online for support. We are here for you, as much as can help ...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Mon Nov 23, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: No reason to practice Buddhism without rebirth
Replies: 48
Views: 27792

Re: No reason to practice Buddhism without rebirth

Immerse yourself in the Buddha’s teaching for a while, then step back and take a big-picture view of what you’ve encountered and you cannot but see that the Buddha may be trusted as one trusts one’s own mother, or father, or whoever one might have known whose word one has trusted implicitly. Becaus...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Mon Nov 16, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Mahayana and secular logic has made me largely give up on the path...
Replies: 56
Views: 29128

Re: Mahayana and secular logic has made me largely give up on the path...

You say that, but you don't say how this is so. What are these Mahayana teachings which negate the Pali Canon and refute Theravada? I agree. We have to be very careful when we criticize other schools of Buddhism. In the end, the Dhamma is the Dhamma, and the Buddha's most prominent and important te...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Sun Nov 15, 2020 3:04 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Buddhist practice as a monastic in another religion?
Replies: 27
Views: 11674

Re: Buddhist practice as a monastic in another religion?

Opinions will be greatly appreciated. Have you thought of being a hermit? There's quite a tradition of hermits in some countries. It's a lonely life though, and difficult with food and healthcare and old age. The only other alternative I could think of is to properly be an 8-precept layperson full-...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Sat Nov 14, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: From Mahayana to Theravada
Replies: 46
Views: 31253

Re: From Mahayana to Theravada

I wouldn't presume to define Zen, but according to Bodhidharma, it is not dependent on words, and points directly at the Original Mind, ie Nibbana. Zen teachers are meant to embody realisation and point it out with skilful means, appropriate to the student, through words-actions, their entire being...