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by Polar Bear
Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Request for Metta
Replies: 13
Views: 878

Re: Request for Metta

May you be happy, may you be from suffering, may you be well! May whatever sorrows you’re feeling now fade away swiftly, and only peace remain.

You’ll be my neutral person in the meditation I’m about to do shortly :meditate:

:anjali:
by Polar Bear
Fri Jul 05, 2019 3:32 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monks talking about their sex lives before they ordained
Replies: 30
Views: 3909

Re: Monks talking about their sex lives before they ordained

Quite right too. But guys, input here please. Are all men that shallow? Maybe I should shave my head and go live in a cave. But only if I can take my phone, PS4 and tv with me. Well, what do you expect, anyone short of Sotapanna is still a potential Mara agent, exactly like how Morpheus explained i...
by Polar Bear
Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:28 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Rains Residence 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 760

Re: Rains Residence 2019

Hi James Do you know Bhante Jinalanra Bhante Jinalankara? Yes I know him, I stayed for 4 months in the Bodhinyanarama monastery when he was there, before he moved to a smaller vihara then started Dhamma Gavesi. He helped when I asked him for recommendations for good Sri Lankan monasteries to ordain...
by Polar Bear
Wed Jul 03, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monks talking about their sex lives before they ordained
Replies: 30
Views: 3909

Re: Monks talking about their sex lives before they ordained

Trying to show that one was normal could be due to ego or it could be done to assure those listening that their advice and lifestyle is relevant to them. If people think that all monks are asexual or never had much of a sex life then they may think the ideal of celibacy in Buddhism is just a fringe ...
by Polar Bear
Sun Jun 30, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The most influential modern theravada books written
Replies: 17
Views: 1588

Re: The most influential modern theravada books written

That's great that you had such a direct path to the Buddha's teaching. I stumbled through philosophy then Alan watts/Eastern mysticism then Zen then vajrayana, then finally therevada I stumbled through western philosophy simultaneously with Buddhism. I knew a small amount about Buddhism and eastern...
by Polar Bear
Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The most influential modern theravada books written
Replies: 17
Views: 1588

Re: The most influential modern theravada books written

What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula- ^ I saw it in a library when I was 19 or something, checked it out on a whim and the book is what got me into Buddhism; largely because I thought it was cool and edgy that Theravadins/Buddhists-generally considered it delusional to believe in a soul. In the ...
by Polar Bear
Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Levitation during meditation
Replies: 41
Views: 19543

Re: Levitation during meditation

The suttas describe the ability to fly through the air in a cross legged position like a winged bird. I’d like to see someone at least fly higher and farther than the Wright Brothers first flight. https://duckduckgo.com/?q=like+a+winged+bird+site%3Awww.dhammatalks.org%2Fsuttas&kj=%23f0f0f0&kx=%233d3...
by Polar Bear
Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 99.9% of Theravada is primitive, false
Replies: 22
Views: 2346

Re: 99.9% of Theravada is primitive, false

The Pali Suttas recognize their own unreliability: Furthermore, take another teacher who is an oral transmitter, who takes oral transmission to be the truth. He teaches by oral transmission, by the lineage of testament, by canonical authority. But when a teacher takes oral transmission to be the tru...
by Polar Bear
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Drinking Water in South & Southeast Asia
Replies: 14
Views: 2889

Drinking Water in South & Southeast Asia

In October, I’m going to be heading off to Sri Lanka and after that India and Southeast Asia and I’m interested in finding ways to drink water safely without buying plastic water bottles. Anyone here have any experience with filter bottles they liked or stories of horrible illness I should be warned...
by Polar Bear
Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do the suttas ever specify...
Replies: 12
Views: 1385

Re: Do the suttas ever specify...

I think people may have mostly meditated with their eyes open back in the day. If your eyes were closed, it wouldn’t be amazing to not see anything while meditating. Once it so happened that Āḷāra Kālāma, while traveling along a road, left the road and sat at the root of a nearby tree for the day’s ...
by Polar Bear
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?
Replies: 53
Views: 4531

Re: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?

Is might be better to speak of lines and not a line. Buddhism as it is now in its vast scope from Theravada to Pure Land and Vajrayana contains many ideas that are not found in the early texts. To go through all of these differences would take a series of tomes which I don’t plan to write. It is cle...
by Polar Bear
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Secular mindfulness - Resources and recommendations?
Replies: 8
Views: 1043

Re: Secular mindfulness - Resources and recommendations?

Here’s a link to a free online MBSR- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course. It has explanatory videos, articles, guided meditations, and worksheets. Typically you would do this over 8 weeks but it’s self guided. https://palousemindfulness.com/ This online MBSR training course is 100% free, creat...
by Polar Bear
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Understanding the truth of the dhamma? or convincing oneself of it?
Replies: 45
Views: 3856

Re: Understanding the truth of the dhamma? or convincing oneself of it?

I wonder why experienced meditators, even after having experienced firsthand the absence of self and "understood" it, still have to carry on meditating for years and years. I was under the impression that once you have understood something, that thing is understood, end of story, you don't need to ...
by Polar Bear
Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Starving the defilements
Replies: 18
Views: 1672

Re: Starving the defilements

befriend wrote: Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:37 pm could Buddhism be theoretically described as the practice of starving the defilements?
Yes, see the below sutta which talks about feeding and starving the hindrances and factors of awakening.

https://suttacentral.net/sn46.51/en/sujato

:anjali: