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by philosopher
Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:19 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Has anyone ordered / seen in person Three Hands Buddha statues?
Replies: 11
Views: 4101

Has anyone ordered / seen in person Three Hands Buddha statues?

They look nice in the photos, but I've had mixed luck with Overstock, and I imagine a statue would be pricey to return.

https://www.overstock.com/search?keywor ... ype=Header

I especially love the "pondering" Buddhas (is that what that posture is called?) in the top row.
by philosopher
Fri Sep 21, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Finding quiet living conditions as a householder
Replies: 17
Views: 2378

Re: Finding quiet living conditions as a householder

JamesTheGiant wrote: Fri Sep 21, 2018 4:39 am
philosopher wrote: Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:58 am That sounds amazing. :)
Yes, it's a pretty good spot to live.
Lovely. Thanks for sharing.
by philosopher
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Any recommendations for how to find local stores that might carry Buddha statues for a shrine?
Replies: 9
Views: 2672

Any recommendations for how to find local stores that might carry Buddha statues for a shrine?

I tried searching for "Buddha statue" in Yelp but got a bunch of New Age stores and various Buddhist temples. Online stores would be fine, too, though I'd prefer to look in person. Thank you! :anjali:
by philosopher
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Relative access of practice
Replies: 6
Views: 2156

Re: Relative access of practice

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote: Tue May 02, 2017 1:19 pm See Phra Yuttadhammo's explanation of why noting is difficult.
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I really enjoyed this talk; thanks for posting. :anjali:
by philosopher
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Tips for dealing with intrusive noise when practicing mindfulness?
Replies: 8
Views: 1706

Re: Tips for dealing with intrusive noise when practicing mindfulness?

Mindfulness practice is about attending to whatever is happening here and now, it's not about shutting out some experiences and concentrating on others, it sounds like you are doing concentration practice not mindfulness practice. With mindfulness practice you should notice that you are hearing, no...
by philosopher
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Any recommended teachings, talks, or advice for dealing with noise?
Replies: 19
Views: 2932

Re: Any recommended teachings, talks, or advice for dealing with noise?

@Volovksy and @paul, I have tried many noise canceling headphones - including top of the line ones by Bose as well ones designed for shooting ranges. None block the sounds of my neighbors - loud voices, children screaming, dogs barking, etc.
by philosopher
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Any recommended teachings, talks, or advice for dealing with noise?
Replies: 19
Views: 2932

Re: Any recommended teachings, talks, or advice for dealing with noise?

...and the famous Ajahn Chah passage, which actually comes in several forms throughout his collected teachings: It's the same with sankhāras. We say they disturb us, like when we sit in meditation and hear a sound. We think, ''Oh, that sound's bothering me.'' If we understand that the sound bothers...
by philosopher
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Finding quiet living conditions as a householder
Replies: 17
Views: 2378

Re: Finding quiet living conditions as a householder

Irritation to sound is a good meditation object it's aversion watch the aversion pass and sound won't bother you. I have been trying to do this; thanks for the suggestion. I will keep trying. I notice that the anger lingers for quite some time - perhaps because it brings up the memories of all the ...
by philosopher
Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Finding quiet living conditions as a householder
Replies: 17
Views: 2378

Re: Finding quiet living conditions as a householder

Hello: As a householder i just moved to a rural area. If you cant do that, there are always quiet neighborhoods in the cities. You can also make an investment in sound isolation for your house or apartment. If you cant do any of those, just make more money so in the future you can solve the problem...
by philosopher
Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Finding quiet living conditions as a householder
Replies: 17
Views: 2378

Re: Finding quiet living conditions as a householder

Yeah, I moved out to a farm to get away from people and noise. I rent a meadow from a friendly farmer, and I live there by myself in a yurt. I have solar panels, a log fire, and even a little kitchen. The loudest noises are the birds, and sometimes a strong wind roaring in the trees. That sounds am...
by philosopher
Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you like or dislike devotional practices?
Replies: 25
Views: 2961

Re: Do you like or dislike devotional practices?

What are some examples of devotional practices that one might do at home? I must be a very typical Western Buddhist, because I don't even know what this entails. Chanting? Lighting incense in front of a Buddha image?
by philosopher
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Finding quiet living conditions as a householder
Replies: 17
Views: 2378

Finding quiet living conditions as a householder

As an adult I’ve often run into issues with noise in my living situations. I strive to be an 8 preceptor and to always maintain mindfulness throughout the day, and I think in some ways my practice has increased my sensitivity to external noise. Or, to try to put it another way, I've developing a str...
by philosopher
Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Any recommended talks / teachings on equanimity?
Replies: 8
Views: 1054

Re: Any recommended talks / teachings on equanimity?

Firstly, a caution that equanimity should not be taken as a stand-alone remedy: “And how is striving fruitful, how is exertion fruitful? There is the case where a monk, when not loaded down, does not load himself down with pain, nor does he reject pleasure that accords with the Dhamma, although he ...
by philosopher
Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Any recommended talks / teachings on equanimity?
Replies: 8
Views: 1054

Re: Any recommended talks / teachings on equanimity?

There's a good article by Ajahn Sucitto on the Brahma-Viharas that I really like, which discusses equanimity along with the others in a practical way: Equanimity holds a caring space that allows us to grow. It trusts that we can go through what we need to experience; it is love manifesting as trust...