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by Polar Bear
Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Heavenly Pleasure
Replies: 29
Views: 4727

Re: Heavenly Pleasure

This is pretty suggestive: “But, Master Gotama, what is the celestial high and luxurious bed that at present you gain at will, without trouble or difficulty?” “Here, brahmin, when I am dwelling in dependence on a village or town, in the morning I dress, take my bowl and robe, and enter that village ...
by Polar Bear
Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha die?
Replies: 52
Views: 4950

Re: Did the Buddha die?

We can say for certain that the Buddha’s body succumbed to medical death.

:anjali:
by Polar Bear
Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the necessity of "going forth"
Replies: 26
Views: 2712

Re: On the necessity of "going forth"

It really seems to come down to faith here. Faith in the Buddha and the early Sangha who praise the monastic life as the best or most fruitful. Since you’ve mentioned so many ways in which monastic life might make you unhappy, you should consider whether you have enough faith in both your own dedic...
by Polar Bear
Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Advices for investing money.
Replies: 24
Views: 2953

Re: Advices for investing money.

A traditional Buddhist answer would be to invest in your long-term future: “When one’s house is ablaze The vessel taken out Is the one that is useful, Not the one left burnt inside. “So when the world is ablaze With the fires of aging and death, One should take out one’s wealth by giving: What is gi...
by Polar Bear
Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: self-mettā
Replies: 15
Views: 3058

Re: self-mettā

binocular wrote: Thu Oct 03, 2019 7:01 pm

1. Note the if-clauses. If self-love would be a given, then the if-clause would make no sense here.

I think the ‘if’ clause is rhetorical.
by Polar Bear
Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Looking for Sri Lankan Monastery to practice Brahma-viharas
Replies: 2
Views: 513

Looking for Sri Lankan Monastery to practice Brahma-viharas

Hi Everyone, I’m wondering if anyone knows of a monastery in Sri Lanka where one can specifically request to do a retreat focusing on developing the Brahma-viharas in the classical way outlined in the Visuddhimagga, or in a way fairly similar to it if not perfectly faithful. Thanks for your time. :a...
by Polar Bear
Sun Aug 04, 2019 4:52 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: how long can you last with an inguinal hernia
Replies: 14
Views: 2928

Re: how long can you last with an inguinal hernia

salayatananirodha wrote: Sun Aug 04, 2019 4:47 am they can be taken without food so i'm taking them without food
Awesome 👍
by Polar Bear
Thu Aug 01, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: how long can you last with an inguinal hernia
Replies: 14
Views: 2928

Re: how long can you last with an inguinal hernia

Bro, don’t be insane, take the antibiotics. You don’t want to die or lose a testicle because of some bacteria. What a lame way to go or, perhaps worse, depending on your level of awakening, be emasculated.

:anjali:
by Polar Bear
Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:15 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Admirable friendship vs. ordinary friendship
Replies: 14
Views: 3124

Re: Admirable friendship vs. ordinary friendship

My understanding is that a kalyanamitta may share almost zero emotional intimacy and spend almost no time at all with one. The Buddha for example when a bhikkhu comes to him and the Buddha provides a brief teaching before sending the bhikkhu off on his own. Then Ven. Punna went to the Blessed One an...
by Polar Bear
Sat Jul 27, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can one be reborn into several beings at the same time?
Replies: 36
Views: 2804

Re: Can one be reborn into several beings at the same time?

Is it possible that one may be reborn as many and many may be reborn as one? Apparently not, for the mental continuum is not conceived as being capable of either generating forks or being fed by tributaries. If it could generate forks, then it would be false to say that “consciousness is lone-farin...
by Polar Bear
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Guidance on Anger
Replies: 22
Views: 24375

Re: Guidance on Anger

If you switch to taking cold showers the temperature fluctuation would be less annoying. And your showers would be more invigorating and moisturizing for the skin.

:anjali:
by Polar Bear
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain
Replies: 42
Views: 3885

Re: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain

I would also like to be able to teach her Dhamma properly because I think she might get something out of it, and we all know that's a better reward than anything else I could give her, and also a better use for my life. But I just can't feel at ease knowing that I'm causing her to suffer so much, e...
by Polar Bear
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain
Replies: 42
Views: 3885

Re: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain

I think the OP’s intention to renounce is admirable and his reflection on the uncertainty of the time of death as a motivator to ordain sooner than later is the kind of thinking the Buddha encouraged. I think the advice to finish a degree is pragmatic but it isn’t the kind of advice you would find i...
by Polar Bear
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Thankfulness
Replies: 9
Views: 1095

Re: Thankfulness

Also, here’s a list of talks on gratitude from Audio Dharma

https://www.audiodharma.org/talks/?search=Gratitude+
by Polar Bear
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Thankfulness
Replies: 9
Views: 1095

Re: Thankfulness

Something else you might read:

Gratitude in the Buddha’s Teaching Compiled with the assistance and guidance of Venerable Nyanadassana Thero; Mahinda Wijesinghe.

And

The Lessons of Gratitude by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

:anjali: