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by Kamran
Sun Oct 28, 2012 4:18 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dalai Lama quote
Replies: 25
Views: 5941

Re: Dalai Lama quote

I think the Dalai Lama, and Buddhism in general, is against proselytizing. In many countries trying to convert people to Buddhism would cause a backlash from the clergy and/or religious community, so Dalai Lama is making it clear that that is not his intention. Ajahn Sumedho also tries to diffuse th...
by Kamran
Sat Oct 27, 2012 5:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rohingya Massacres, Theravada Complicity?
Replies: 75
Views: 17966

Re: Rohingya Massacres, Theravada Complicity?

"Burma's president has admitted an unprecedented wave of ethnic violence has targeted his country's Rohingya Muslim population, destroying whole villages and large parts of towns. Thein Sein's acknowledgement follows the release of satellite images showing the severe scale of the destruction in one ...
by Kamran
Sat Oct 27, 2012 5:33 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: How bad is killing a mosquito?
Replies: 71
Views: 20713

Re: How bad is killing a mosquito?

Buddhism is not dogmatic like Christianity. Rational thought, rather than blind obedience to a scripture or teacher is encouraged. As Thanissaro Bikhu has said you have to be true to yourself not to the Pali Canon or any teacher. "How do you know if the texts are what the Buddha really said ? " - Th...
by Kamran
Wed Oct 24, 2012 1:43 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do you believe that Buddha is infinitely good and gentle?
Replies: 10
Views: 2373

Re: Do you believe that Buddha is infinitely good and gentle?

There are no good and bad people. Buddhism is a completely different paradigm. There is only skillful and unskillful. The Buddha was just a man who developed skills for dealing with emotions like anger, greed, and lust, and he created a training program so that others could develop the skills requir...
by Kamran
Sat Oct 20, 2012 9:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Disagreeing with Leigh Brasington
Replies: 83
Views: 4900

Re: Disagreeing with Leigh Brasington

Leigh Brasington's jhana resources are invaluable. Although I have not been able to repeat it, I am very fortunate to have reached 1st Jhana a couple of times because I now know what Leigh and others are saying is true (atleast for the first jhana). However, If I was proficient in jhana practice I d...
by Kamran
Thu Oct 18, 2012 1:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How to assess meditation teacher quality/worthiness?
Replies: 32
Views: 5812

Re: How to assess meditation teacher quality/worthiness?

You might like the book "Saints and Psychopaths". An autobiographical account in looking for good meditation teachers.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/19649507/Sain ... sychopaths" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by Kamran
Sat Oct 13, 2012 3:52 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Pharmacological Aids to Enlightenment
Replies: 72
Views: 11014

Re: Pharmacological Aids to Enlightenment

I think the problem is that you have to experience the process of insight before you are be able to understand what the higher goal of meditation is.
by Kamran
Sat Oct 13, 2012 3:05 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Help! New Buddhist!
Replies: 10
Views: 4181

Re: Help! New Buddhist!

In my opinion, it is not skillful to think or intellectualize about where suffering comes from.

Only through meditation can we gain insight into how we cause ourselves to suffer.

" Don’t think. See." - Bhante Gunaratana.
by Kamran
Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:14 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Listening to someone and being mindful
Replies: 21
Views: 5282

Re: Listening to someone and being mindful

Part of your attention is on the speaker the other part is on your body, or breath. Depending on how much attention is needed to understand what is going on you may need to put 80% on the speaker and 20% on your body, 50/50 or whatever. Just don't let your awareness completely go out of you. I belie...
by Kamran
Wed Oct 10, 2012 1:42 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Bedbugs and the 1st precept
Replies: 29
Views: 9010

Re: Bedbugs and the 1st precept

It would be irrational not to kill the bedbugs given they pose a health concern.

I think it is possible in any religion to become an extremist or take it to the point of insanity.
by Kamran
Sun Oct 07, 2012 4:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Good resourse for the 32parts of the body meditation
Replies: 7
Views: 2203

Re: Good resourse for the 32parts of the body meditation

Thanks for the http://www.32parts.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; link. Below website is also a good resource.

http://www.arrowriver.ca/dhamma/body.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by Kamran
Sat Oct 06, 2012 11:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Practice in Burma or Thailand????
Replies: 16
Views: 4502

Re: Practice in Burma or Thailand????

From what I have read, Burma is a great place to go for the real deal, but there may be some issues around dealing with the government, the oily food, the culture, the water,the heat, parasites, and malaria-carying mosquitos that should be considered. If you want Mahasi method you might want to cons...
by Kamran
Sun Sep 23, 2012 5:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Don't like to meditate
Replies: 51
Views: 14065

Re: Don't like to meditate

1/2 hour or so of strenuous exercize prior meditating works great for me.

walking meditation is not enough to get rid of the restless energy in my case
by Kamran
Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Eternal Citta
Replies: 5
Views: 1309

Re: Eternal Citta

"Read yourself, not books." - Ajaan Chah

The Dhamma can't be learned from reading books. It has to be seen through meditation.

Its like an apple. The only way to know what an apple tastes like is by eating one.

Reading books about apples wont help you :)
by Kamran
Wed Sep 19, 2012 2:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: New Book on Mindfulness by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Replies: 266
Views: 56407

Re: New Book on Mindfulness by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

It may not come across as clearly in his writing, but in his talks Ajaan Thanissaro's comparisons of other methods and traditions are not denigrating and are extremely informative. Here's his take on Zen's "Buddha Nature" for example: "The idea of innate natures slipped into the Buddhist tradition i...