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by Kamran
Tue Jul 24, 2012 3:37 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Eat-your-sweet-corn-raw
Replies: 2
Views: 1156

Re: Eat-your-sweet-corn-raw

just tried raw sweet corn after seeing this post - it was very good :)
by Kamran
Sat Jul 21, 2012 9:42 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Books Forum
Replies: 5
Views: 2206

Re: Books Forum

There are so many freely available books in Theravada that the problem is deciding on which I should be reading first :)
by Kamran
Tue Jul 17, 2012 1:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: foot falling asleep too the point that i can't move it???
Replies: 29
Views: 13705

Re: foot falling asleep too the point that i can't move it???

I think this is usually caused when blood flow to the foot is slowed down(its not completely cut off). The blood is pushed out to capillaries. It like when there is an accident on the freeway and everybody takes the side roads :) In time, new capillaries will grow and the blood will be re-routed to ...
by Kamran
Sun Jul 15, 2012 4:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha statues are not idols?..
Replies: 52
Views: 13739

Re: Buddha statues are not idols?..

This is why I don't have an altar. It does not feel right to me, even though I understand that the bowing is for respect, I don't want it to seem that I worship the Buddha, or possibly even slip into that pattern of thought myself.
by Kamran
Sat Jul 14, 2012 2:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: giving up on breath as the object
Replies: 13
Views: 2800

Re: giving up on breath as the object

As mentioned in Ajahn Lee's method 2 below, you should not focus on the nose if you have nervous problems. I would suggest whole body awareness with abdominal breath to maintain a centered but broad awareness . I would also suggest listening to a lot of Thanissaro Bikhu's talks (he teaches ajahn lee...
by Kamran
Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do Buddhist believe in god?
Replies: 204
Views: 28634

Re: Do Buddhist believe in god?

Both Buddhism and Atheism are trying to convince people to stop following any god, and not to rely on any god for their salvation. They do this using different methods (one says gods don't exist, while the other says gods are worthless), but both seem to have the same end result in mind - breaking p...
by Kamran
Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do Buddhist believe in god?
Replies: 204
Views: 28634

Re: Do Buddhist believe in god?

Thanks for the link cooran. Instead if refuting the existence of gods, the Buddha was teaching people not to believe in or follow any god. Seems to have simular objectives as atheism. http://www.budsas.org/ebud/ebdha068.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; "The gods are all eternal sco...
by Kamran
Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:31 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Mahasi technique and overcoming defilements
Replies: 4
Views: 2000

Re: Mahasi technique and overcoming defilements

Thanks Bikhu Pesala for the informative post. Recently, I was angry about something that happened at work. I got the mind well concentrated, and serene and realized that I was actually making myself suffer because my sense of self/identity had been insulted. Once I understood this, it no longer both...
by Kamran
Sun Jul 08, 2012 6:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How do I stop cycling back into worldliness?
Replies: 8
Views: 1782

Re: How do I stop cycling back into worldliness?

Maybe its time get a wife, and grow out of girl chasing like the way kids grow out of playing with toys :)
by Kamran
Thu Jul 05, 2012 4:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do Buddhist believe in god?
Replies: 204
Views: 28634

Re: Do Buddhist believe in god?

Many Buddhists do not believe in God. Some do. Buddhism is atheist friendly :) My understanding is that Buddhism is not a belief system, you don't have to believe in gods (or anything else). Just to accept as a working hypothesis that you can develop the skills to end suffering, which is not hard to...
by Kamran
Sat Jun 23, 2012 5:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Eyes
Replies: 9
Views: 1582

Re: Eyes

The only difference between my previous "Zazen" practice, and my current "Vipassasana" practice I see is the huge amount of free resources available in theravada to help me progress :)
by Kamran
Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Pressure/tension in face/teeth during meditation
Replies: 39
Views: 31515

Re: Pressure/tension in face/teeth during meditation

Ajahn Lee's method 2 (below) discusses relieving pressure in the head (headaches/tension) by moving your focus from the nostrils to the abdomen. Focusing on the nose causes headaches and tension for some people. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai/lee/inmind.html" onclick="window.open(this.href)...
by Kamran
Fri Jun 15, 2012 3:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Other conditions today???
Replies: 130
Views: 17031

Re: Other conditions today???

Hi ground, This reminds me of the story where a guy with an arrow shot through him first asks the doctor to explain what type of wood is the arrow made out of, what forest did the tree come from, who created the arrow, etc, before allowing the doctor to just remove the arrow :) Here's an Empirical T...
by Kamran
Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Other conditions today???
Replies: 130
Views: 17031

Re: Other conditions today???

ground,

There are empirical truths and pragmatic truths.

If a teaching such as rebirth is put into practice and has positive results then it is regarded as a pragmatic truth :)
by Kamran
Sun Jun 10, 2012 6:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Other conditions today???
Replies: 130
Views: 17031

Re: Other conditions today???

I agree that there is not a significant difference as far as the practice is concerned. I think it might take a bit more effort to get the mind settled down due to the different types of jobs and distractions in modern societies. In the balance between concentration and insight we may need to work m...