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by StrivingforMonkhood
Thu Nov 12, 2020 12:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: From Mahayana to Theravada
Replies: 46
Views: 30888

Re: From Mahayana to Theravada

Comparing is never wholesome.

The forum is useful to me, and to many others. I have learned a lot.

The Sangha can support you, but only you can find enlightenment. Others cannot do it for you.


:namaste:
by StrivingforMonkhood
Wed Nov 11, 2020 2:26 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: death of forum member dylanj
Replies: 45
Views: 39347

Re: death of forum member dylanj

May this dear man find pure happiness in future lives. He, like all of us, will someday fulfill his deepest wish for happiness. It may be countless lifetimes, but we all shall prevail from rebirth at some point. Death awaits us all. It is real and is coming. It is why we practice. We don't have much...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Wed Nov 11, 2020 2:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: From Mahayana to Theravada
Replies: 46
Views: 30888

Re: From Mahayana to Theravada

Taro, As an addendum I want to say this. Its something I should have mentioned earlier in that first post I made on this thread, but it surfaced into my mind a few moments ago. You will find in Vajrayana communities that the word 'enlightened' gets used very easily, partly because of the Guru Yoga ...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Mon Nov 09, 2020 2:35 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How many of you really tried to attain jhana?
Replies: 220
Views: 119322

Re: How many of you really tried to attain jhana?

The Jhanas are somewhat like what the Mahayanas in the Tibetan traditions call Dzogchen. I am not sure if the Zen/Chan/Seon traditions have an equivalent, as they're all quite simplistic: Shikantaza meditation (the Japanese Zen term). I know the Jhanas are real. I know the Dhamma is real. I know tha...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Sun Nov 08, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 8
Views: 10829

Re: Hello

May you fulfill your deepest wish for happiness.

:namaste:
by StrivingforMonkhood
Tue Nov 03, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: No reason to practice Buddhism without rebirth
Replies: 48
Views: 27516

Re: No reason to practice Buddhism without rebirth

confusedlayman wrote: Tue Nov 03, 2020 9:57 amThere is no peace in existance
Yes, dear friend, samsara is no longer seen as samsara when our minds are purified and we see emptiness directly. We are permanently at peace in nibbana. There is no ego, no self, and no clinging. Pure consciousness only.

:anjali:
by StrivingforMonkhood
Mon Nov 02, 2020 12:45 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: No reason to practice Buddhism without rebirth
Replies: 48
Views: 27516

Re: No reason to practice Buddhism without rebirth

Buddhism is not nihilstic. Also, we don't need to consider rebirth, either. If all human beings were to see clearly (nibbana), they would see the most profound value in living life, as they would have no more suffering -- only perfect peace. Because we are all Buddha at our core, we have potential f...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Mon Nov 02, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: No reason to practice Buddhism without rebirth
Replies: 48
Views: 27516

Re: No reason to practice Buddhism without rebirth

but if it isn't, then making an effort in Dhamma practice is quite important. No. It appears the opposite. It appears it is those that believe in future lives that don't make a strong effort. For example, Ajahn Brahm is always telling his audience there are so many lives in the future to attain the...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Fri Oct 30, 2020 2:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Sadhguru
Replies: 68
Views: 31989

Re: Sadhguru

Striving for Monkhood wrote about being very disturbed by some things that Sadguru said, but not wanting to discuss it because it would be negative speech. Respectfully, may I suggest, that bringing it up and then not discussing the details is worse. Now we are left to imagine what might be these d...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Sadhguru
Replies: 68
Views: 31989

Re: Sadhguru

Yes.. it not wholesome to talk of others Absolutely! We can strongly disagree but not talk ill of others. I am afraid my language will get out of control to continue. Also, I was disheartened a bit, but I understand that Sadhguru is just one person who is not even a Buddhist. LOL. If he were a Budd...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Sadhguru
Replies: 68
Views: 31989

Re: Sadhguru

What u found Well, he has said some things of a political nature that I found a bit disheartening. I do understand that he comes from India, and thus has a different political understanding than Americans. I keep this in mind when listening to his comments. What Americans find offensive politically...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Sun Oct 25, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Sadhguru
Replies: 68
Views: 31989

Re: Sadhguru

I just saw a recent video of Sadhguru talking politics with a group of people outside. No one seemed to be wearing masks. In the comment section, I found it terribly disheartening what I was reading about; in other words, Sadhguru seems to have been saying some things that I find disturbing. I am ve...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Fri Oct 23, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suicide is not Buddhist
Replies: 40
Views: 4474

Re: Suicide is not Buddhist

We never underestimate the terrible pain of others. Suicide in a very general sense is very wrong; however, there are cases when ending one's life may be the only solution to end unbearable suffering: terminal disease; being tortured with no real escape; etc. Never judge others when you're not in th...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Fri Oct 23, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Poll: the most difficult precept for you?
Replies: 27
Views: 8989

Re: Poll: the most difficult precept for you?

I'm celibate (relatively easy for me), but I still am delusional with sexual self-pleasure (not going to be embarrassed to say it). I don't drink...never have, nor have I ever taken drugs. Grateful for that. Right Speech .... I need a lot of work, but I made a lot of progress, especially online. I s...
by StrivingforMonkhood
Tue Oct 20, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Newly Joined
Replies: 69
Views: 41035

Re: Newly Joined

Dear Chew SK,

May you fulfill your deepest wish for happiness through the Holy Dhamma.

Mahabrahma wrote: Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:17 am I had dreams of walking across Thailand in monk robes sixteen years ago. Maybe someday I will do that.
May that wish come true. I would love to join you. :anjali: