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by Kamran
Thu Dec 13, 2012 2:02 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do Zen Buddhists fully believe in Rebirth?
Replies: 10
Views: 6725

Re: Do Zen Buddhists fully believe in Rebirth?

If interested, Soto Zen is non-mystical with no rebirth according to monks like Gudo Nishijima (see his interesting 30 questions below). He has a theory that meditation is a way to balance the autonomic nervous system. http://www.dogensangha.org/questions.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return...
by Kamran
Tue Dec 11, 2012 1:36 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Non-Buddhist writing that reminds you of the dhamma
Replies: 59
Views: 9466

Re: Non-Buddhist writing that reminds you of the dhamma

I think the Iranian Poets Rumi, Khayyam, and Hafez seem Buddhist: I sent my soul through the invisible, some letter of that after-life to spell and by-and-by my soul returned to me and answered, "I myself am heaven and hell". - Omar Khayyam In these one, two, three days a lifetime has passed, like c...
by Kamran
Sun Dec 09, 2012 6:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: cause of depression
Replies: 61
Views: 9365

Re: cause of depression

As danielLion mentioned, Congative Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is highly effective and compliments Buddhist meditation practice. My understanding of CBT is that emotional disturbances are caused by irrational thoughts. You have to catch these thoughts and dispute them rationally. This is where meditati...
by Kamran
Tue Dec 04, 2012 5:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Stoicism
Replies: 12
Views: 6596

Re: Stoicism

Thanks for the link to Pyrrhonism: How the Ancient Greeks reinvented Buddhism. ( http://www.e-reading.org.ua/bookreader.php/134630/Pyrrhonism.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; ). I am interested in stoicism but could not find information on what practices they used to reach their go...
by Kamran
Sat Dec 01, 2012 2:28 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Trouble finding motivation
Replies: 21
Views: 5052

Re: Trouble finding motivation

I find the 10 min dhamma talks that Thanissaro Bikhu gives to the monks at Metta Forrest monastery before they meditate to be motivational. The talks seem to be intended to motivate the monks to meditate, and deal with issues that come up during meditation. They are available at dhammatalks.org
by Kamran
Sun Nov 25, 2012 3:08 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Continuity of Satipatthana Practice in Daily Life
Replies: 13
Views: 3216

Re: Continuity of Satipatthana Practice in Daily Life

I am not a Goenka student, but so far have found whole body awareness as taught by Thanissaro Bikhu to be most effective for daily mindfulness. Its not hard to keep the window of awareness large enough to fit your whole body. When the window of your awareness starts to shrink up you can use body sca...
by Kamran
Sat Nov 24, 2012 4:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6834
Views: 904353

Re: Is hell and hungry ghost realm to be taken literally?

Attachment to views, even right views, is a hindrance. If we have a good understanding of the Dhamma, we shouldn't get too upset when other disagree with us. If we argue too vigorously for our POV, it indicates some doubt and insecurity. When someone disagrees too vehemently, it is best not to resp...
by Kamran
Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:08 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Feeling a llittle negative (but don't want to)
Replies: 11
Views: 3261

Re: Feeling a llittle negative (but don't want to)

It seems that you feel entitled to guidance but perhaps you have to earn that over a long period of time. THeravadan culture is not western culture. Also, I think we all tend to convert our personal preferences, in this case your preference that the monk reply to you, into absolutistic demands (he s...
by Kamran
Tue Nov 20, 2012 3:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Canon as Spoken by Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu
Replies: 10
Views: 2216

Re: The Canon as Spoken by Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu

With the birds chirping in the background it seems like you are sitting in the forest listening to the buddha :)
by Kamran
Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:40 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Karma, Rebirth and Animals
Replies: 21
Views: 6044

Re: Karma, Rebirth and Animals

Interesting post. When you consider animals the logic of rebirth seems to break down. Its like asking if animals go to heaven :)
by Kamran
Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:36 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: “Skillful Means” and the rhetoric of Mahāyāna proselytism
Replies: 63
Views: 19496

Re: “Skillful Means” and the rhetoric of Mahāyāna proselytism

"As such, skillful means is a provocative and sophisticated idea that served the purpose of advancing a new religious ideology in the face of an already established canonical knowledge."

I don't see the connection between a new perspective or interpretation and the creation of a new ideology.
by Kamran
Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:12 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Anomalous Phenomena/"The Broken Buddha" by Ven. S. Dhammika
Replies: 66
Views: 10245

Re: "The Broken Buddha" by Ven. S. Dhammika

Friend Beeblebrox, Thank you for your wise counsel in presenting us with a relevant Sutta quote. I should've stuck to my original plan and not responded again. Alas, I am filled with defilements and they are showing. :embarassed: I want to apologize to everyone, especially Cittasanto, for being arg...
by Kamran
Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:22 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the sound of one hand clapping?
Replies: 33
Views: 6689

Re: What is the sound of one hand clapping?

Thanks for the replies. I paraphrased the quotes from dhamma talks but will have to find them on my mp3 player. Below is some additional info that I found. "In trying to answer the Koan, the student will come to a mental "precipice", as it were, where all the methods and procedures of accepted think...
by Kamran
Thu Nov 01, 2012 1:55 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the sound of one hand clapping?
Replies: 33
Views: 6689

What is the sound of one hand clapping?

Thanissaro Bikhu says that maybe this famous koan is referring to sights, sounds, smells, and tastes that clap against the mind and cause it to clap back. Is the koan referring to the mind that does not clap back and does not react to the senses but just observes them ? That is the mind that we are ...
by Kamran
Wed Oct 31, 2012 3:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Big problem with tension in chest
Replies: 7
Views: 1854

Re: Big problem with tension in chest

I would try changing your focus by either moving from nose to abdomen, or focusing on whole body plus breath at the same time to see if the pressure related to what your are focusing on. Ajahn Lee's method 2 (below) discusses relieving pressure (headaches/tension) by moving your focus from the nostr...