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by Buckwheat
Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Number of Western practioners in the World?
Replies: 21
Views: 2692

Re: Number of Western practioners in the World?

Good data. I didn't think the OP estimates were that far off until I saw the more refined estimates. Very intersting!!
by Buckwheat
Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vipassana vs Theravada
Replies: 94
Views: 20148

Vipassana vs Theravada

Hi Pilgrim, Don't forget the thousands of Vipassana practitioners . Which side of the fence do they fall in? Realistically, we are Theravadin. What we practice is considered to be mainstream Theravada within Myanmar. U Ba Khin described what he practiced and taught as Buddhism as did Ledi Sayadaw b...
by Buckwheat
Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:25 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Oh Nooo, why I end up here? What's wrong?
Replies: 27
Views: 2348

Re: Oh Nooo, why I end up here? What's wrong?

I'm having a hard time following this thread, so I apologize in advance if I am off the mark. Thanissaro Bhikkhu said in a recorded dhamma talk (I can look for the reference if it becomes an issue) not to worry about what jhana or realm you are in, but to constantly look for stress and disturbance, ...
by Buckwheat
Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ever hear of this method?
Replies: 11
Views: 1475

Re: Ever hear of this method?

...There are signs whether our meditation is making progress or not.... Only time is your good friend. Yes! All of our experiences and actions are judged only by the results. If we are moving toward suffering, no bueno. If we are moving toward liberation, celebrate the victory!!! In time, all will ...
by Buckwheat
Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:06 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Happy Birthday Buckwheat!
Replies: 8
Views: 890

Re: Happy Birthday Buckwheat!

Awesome!! This is a great community, and I appreciate the opportunity to discuss the dhamma with you. We are very fortunate to have exposure to the wonderful Buddhadhamma. Let us not take it for granted.

Thanks! :anjali:
by Buckwheat
Thu Dec 22, 2011 12:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ever hear of this method?
Replies: 11
Views: 1475

Re: Ever hear of this method?

This is a wrong method. From MN2: "This is how he attends inappropriately: ...' Am I? Am I not? What am I? How am I? ... Hi Zom, Let me play devil's advocate. I'm not sure about all this, but I'd like to add the point to the discussion to deepen my understanding based on your feedback. The meditati...
by Buckwheat
Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:29 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: New Apple Product!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 1047

Re: New Apple Product!!!

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:All you really need is the right kind of application.
:thumbsup:
Last night I was laughing so hard at that I couldn't respond. Thanks, Bhante!
by Buckwheat
Wed Dec 21, 2011 10:21 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Go forth, o bhikkhus !
Replies: 51
Views: 20794

Re: Go forth, o bhikkhus !

So, let me see if I am getting this straight: Appropriate: Supporting a teacher or sangha through service, donations, and advertisement (fliers). Organize an event if there are none locally. If qualified, teaching meditation and/or dhamma talks Offering exposure to the dhamma to those who are accept...
by Buckwheat
Wed Dec 21, 2011 9:00 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Go forth, o bhikkhus !
Replies: 51
Views: 20794

Re: Go forth, o bhikkhus !

My own forums have very few visitors — while I am somewhat reluctant to post on Dhamma Wheel because so many come here just to argue, not to learn the Dhamma at all. It is the same on most Buddhist forums. I appreciate your presence. I have learned a lot from every one of your posts. Hat's off :anj...
by Buckwheat
Wed Dec 21, 2011 6:16 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Proselytizing
Replies: 1
Views: 1426

Proselytizing

What does the Canon say about proselytizing? Are there different rules or conventions for monks vs lay followers? Where is the line between general conversation and proselytizing? What would be the pro/cons? While proselytizing is not exactly in my character (I tend to hide my Buddhism from people)...
by Buckwheat
Wed Dec 21, 2011 5:26 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: New Apple Product!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 1047

New Apple Product!!!

Did you guys hear about the new Apple product called iNirvana? For $500 (US) you can simply plug earbuds into your ears and within 60 minutes you will have the bliss of nirvana. It will also help develop the abilities to read minds and walk on water. No need for years of boring and difficult practic...
by Buckwheat
Wed Dec 21, 2011 5:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Four Noble Truths
Replies: 16
Views: 4510

Re: The Four Noble Truths

I did not say you are misguided, or question your character. Also, I am certainly not enlightened, so I apologize if I was talking at you as if I am a teacher. I do, however, see a flaw with one line of your post (it's a mistake we all struggle with until we become arahants, and the rest of your pos...
by Buckwheat
Tue Dec 20, 2011 8:27 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Learning Buddhism
Replies: 9
Views: 1512

Re: Learning Buddhism

If you have time on your hands, these people lead meditation retreats. I'm giving you the link to centers in the UK. I have never been, but I am scheduled to go in March. Many people on this forum have a great deal of experience with these retreats. These retreats are free (donations only) and suppo...
by Buckwheat
Tue Dec 20, 2011 7:59 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Learning Buddhism
Replies: 9
Views: 1512

Re: Learning Buddhism

I think this is a great resource, and I also have the link to my favorite author. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Ajaan Sumedho has a large, ...
by Buckwheat
Tue Dec 20, 2011 7:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Cannot believe in magical things
Replies: 70
Views: 10609

Re: Cannot believe in magical things

For the record, I am on the fence when it comes to rebirth. Blind disbelief can be as much of a hindrance as blind belief. Well said, my friend. Finally, there is a large difference between developing trust in the Buddhadhamma :sage: and blind faith. :evil: Agreed. But there is also a large differen...