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by Polar Bear
Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to walk the Buddha's path: suttas and practice
Replies: 10
Views: 1176

Re: How to walk the Buddha's path: suttas and practice

budo wrote: Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:15 pm

The gradual training refers to results, not to practice.
Why would something called a training refer to results and not to practice, i.e. training? It seems an odd enough idea to me I originally wrote a more mocking post, and then thought better of it.

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by Polar Bear
Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: SN 14.31 What are the gratification,draw back and escape of four elements?
Replies: 25
Views: 1196

Re: SN 14.31 What are the gratification and draw back of four elements?

these are abstracted qualities - hardness/impenetrability, cohesiveness, movement, and warmth I believe that this is a later interpretation and not backed up by the EBTs. While it’s true that the earth element consists of whatever is hard and solid, this is associated with actually hard and solid t...
by Polar Bear
Thu May 30, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: DMT and Buddhism
Replies: 11
Views: 1358

Re: DMT and Buddhism

I think it’s interesting that DMT spiritualism has made its way onto a Theravada forum. And if you rub your eyes, you see stars! EDIT: I mean -- A spirituality that depends on intoxicants is a spirituality that depends on luck. It's a spirituality where one's own actions mean little or nothing. It'...
by Polar Bear
Thu May 30, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: DMT and Buddhism
Replies: 11
Views: 1358

Re: DMT and Buddhism

Fascinating. As a disclosure, I should say I’m skeptical that the hallucinations experienced by DMT users correspond to anything in reality but it’s still interesting anyway.

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by Polar Bear
Thu May 30, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: DMT and Buddhism
Replies: 11
Views: 1358

DMT and Buddhism

From another thread, I didn’t want to go off-topic: Moses saw God (Brahma -> Abrahm -> Abraham, Saraswati -> Sarai -> Sarah) in Egypt because he smoked DMT. At that time trees in that region were loaded with DMT , which are now extinct Acacia Nilotica (tree with lots of DMT) was all over Israel and ...
by Polar Bear
Thu May 30, 2019 4:39 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Q & A on my approach to kasina meditation
Replies: 18
Views: 2021

Re: Q & A on my approach to kasina meditation

Those reading this thread might be interested in a documentary on Kundalini by an articulate western Swami:



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by Polar Bear
Tue May 28, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Early 40's, wanting to have baby
Replies: 22
Views: 22742

Re: Early 40's, wanting to have baby

I've contemplated anti-natalism for a long time, maybe over a decade now. From a Buddhist perspective, giving a being a chance to attain path is good karma. From a selfish naturalist perspective, having kids to take care of you when you're old is a good insurance policy. From an altruist atheist le...
by Polar Bear
Tue May 28, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Early 40's, wanting to have baby
Replies: 22
Views: 22742

Re: Early 40's, wanting to have baby

My apologies if the advice of a 20-something male is unwanted and not needed, but you should probably talk to your doctor. https://www.marchofdimes.org/complications/pregnancy-after-age-35. You might also consider whether it is even ethical to bring humans into this world. The Case for Not Being Bor...
by Polar Bear
Mon May 27, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Physical Food as Nutriment
Replies: 28
Views: 2611

Re: Physical Food as Nutriment

I think the end of nutriment in this case doesn’t occur until anupadisesa nibbana, I.e. at the death of an arahant. Completing the noble eightfold path brings an end to rebirth and so after this last life, one will never eat again. And of course, the other nutriments of sense impressions, volitions,...
by Polar Bear
Sun May 19, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Portable Meditation equipments
Replies: 15
Views: 2161

Re: Portable Meditation equipments

For a more minimalist approach:

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by Polar Bear
Sun May 12, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Secular Buddhism
Replies: 237
Views: 10827

Re: Secular Buddhism

I've just read an interesting article on secular Buddhism by a secular Buddhist. Would be interested to hear people's views on it, or secular Buddhism in general. The article can be found here: https://secularbuddhism.org/secular-buddhism-divisive_criticism/?fbclid=IwAR3fivpRH3-QLC1zgBCnf7cd5bc2AjZ...
by Polar Bear
Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:39 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Buddhaghosa's Visuddhimagga: nāma, nati, namati & nāmeti ???
Replies: 9
Views: 1840

Re: Buddhaghosa's Visuddhimagga: nāma, nati, namati & nāmeti ???

On the subject of creative etymologies, you might read be interested in the following article: Sanskrit plays a very special role in the traditional world view of Brahmanism. It is, to begin with, the language of the Veda. Since for many Brahmanical thinkers the Veda is uncreated and eternal, Sanskr...
by Polar Bear
Sun Apr 07, 2019 5:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist yoga - an alarm clock. Religion and science do not wake up.
Replies: 3
Views: 551

Re: Buddhist yoga - an alarm clock. Religion and science do not wake up.

JamesTheGiant wrote: Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:58 am Are you a male aged between about 17 and 26?
Just curious if my idea of your demographic is correct.
Are you a budding Sherlock Holmes and/or forensic psychoanalyst? :tongue:
by Polar Bear
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Going to the forest
Replies: 21
Views: 1521

Re: Going to the forest

Which Sutta is it where the Buddha praises the monk nodding off in the forest but criticizes the monk in jhana near a town? This is the Sutta methinks: Take a mendicant living in the neighborhood of a village who I see sitting immersed in samādhi. I think to myself: ‘Now a monastery worker, a novic...