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by Buckwheat
Sat Dec 03, 2011 5:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Karma and Newton's Laws
Replies: 31
Views: 3575

Re: Karma and Newton's Laws

Here is a link to a series of similar Suttas - http://www.metta.lk/tipitaka/2Sutta-Pitaka/3Samyutta-Nikaya/Samyutta2/18-Lakkhana-Samyutta/01-Pathamovaggo-e.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; I apologize for the tortured fish thing earlier. My cite is very loose, because I heard it ...
by Buckwheat
Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:53 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Disrobing
Replies: 27
Views: 11020

Re: Disorbing

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:Its a very personal decision...
:goodpost:
by Buckwheat
Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6834
Views: 904746

Non-Rebirth Buddhism (NRB)

I have always had a hard time with belief in rebirth, but it seems if you take the rebirth out of Buddhism, then I just have to die and I will stop suffering, no matter how I lived and died. I want to know how other Non-Rebirth Buddhists (NRBs - can I coin that?) resolve this issue.
by Buckwheat
Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Karma and Newton's Laws
Replies: 31
Views: 3575

Re: Karma and Newton's Laws

1. Karma is not about moral punishment. 2. Given the doctrine of anatta, who exactly is available to pay the consequences? Its a web, the suffering spreads out from the point where the act was commited. Karma doesnt take names, it just happens. I recently (and kind of still do) subscribe to a simil...
by Buckwheat
Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:16 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Disrobing
Replies: 27
Views: 11020

Re: Disorbing

it should be no concern to laity for reason of disrobing since they did not put the robes on. What if a lay person is giving some serious consideration to putting the robes on? I, for one, am doing just such a thing, but I do not want to end up realizing three months from now (or ten years) "Oh, cr...
by Buckwheat
Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:11 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Disrobing
Replies: 27
Views: 11020

Re: Disorbing

A more relevant question would be is temporary ordination more productive than an extended meditation retreat as a lay person over the same period of time, I think not. Sorry, my post was hyperbole. I did not mean to get off topic to the ethics of temporary ordination. The OP was: I would like to k...
by Buckwheat
Thu Dec 01, 2011 5:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Karma and Newton's Laws
Replies: 31
Views: 3575

Re: Karma and Newton's Laws

Gena1480 wrote:what ceases first, it is verbal fabrications
what arises last ,it is verbal fabrications
what arises first, it is mental fabrications
what ceases last, it is mental fabrications
metta
I'm still not clear on your point. Please teach me as if I am a child.
by Buckwheat
Thu Dec 01, 2011 4:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: stone head syndrome
Replies: 29
Views: 6097

Re: stone head syndrome

This thread gave me the confidence to really relax, and I seem to have turned my "stone head syndrome" into something much more subtle and relaxing that fills the entire body (not just my head). I will continue relaxing and looking for subtle disturbances so that I may continue to progress. Really, ...
by Buckwheat
Thu Dec 01, 2011 4:41 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Quotes -
Replies: 23
Views: 3573

Re: Quotes -

Here are a handful from Einstein: "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." "Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind." "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." "Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age ei...
by Buckwheat
Thu Dec 01, 2011 4:12 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Concering Anatta
Replies: 6
Views: 1606

Re: Concering Anatta

Buddha didn't speak directly about the absense of self due to the reason that many would not understand that properly. So he spoke about it absense indirectely . When one looks at something and says "this is me, this is mine", one must recognize that as a fabrication. If the fabrication is skillful...
by Buckwheat
Thu Dec 01, 2011 12:11 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Disrobing
Replies: 27
Views: 11020

Re: Disorbing

Temporary ordination is more productive than going to college to join a fraternity.
by Buckwheat
Wed Nov 30, 2011 3:32 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Concering Anatta
Replies: 6
Views: 1606

Re: Concering Anatta

No-self or Not-self? by Thanissaro Bhikkhu Thanissaro Bhikkhu is the one who made that distinction clear to me, even though now I go back and see a lot of things I read before were making that distinction and I just missed it. What worked for me was to take the metaphysical soul out of the picture ...
by Buckwheat
Tue Nov 29, 2011 6:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Karma and Newton's Laws
Replies: 31
Views: 3575

Re: Karma and Newton's Laws

Buddha says in that the results of kamma are imponderable. To see if I am understanding.... there is past karma influencing the events of life, there is also the present moment choice of how we perceive and react to those karmic fruits. The present moment is the opportunity to bend the curve toward...
by Buckwheat
Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: One moment meditation
Replies: 8
Views: 1932

Re: One moment meditation

Love it. Good thread. I think of every moment as an opportunity to meditate. I recently read a meditation guide that said, "You can even be mindful in a fit of rage". This may possibly be hyperbole, but each moment we definitely have the opportunity to choose between a) mindfully seeking skillful ac...
by Buckwheat
Tue Nov 29, 2011 6:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation Preparation
Replies: 12
Views: 2173

Re: Meditation Preparation

Meditation is difficult. In the morning I'm too tired to focus on anything. During the day I have a hard time calming down. At night I tend to space out on a blissful non-jhana (more like that late night high that makes dumb jokes seem funny). What I have found that works for all three is to put a l...