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by James the Giant
Mon May 12, 2014 11:22 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Who experienced Jhana, and how?
Replies: 42
Views: 6861

Re: Who experienced Jhana, and how?

...I can pop into the 4th jhana while sitting in a meeting at work. Then I can direct myself to the 5th, or 6th. If I'm in the right mindset, the 7th. I can still listen to what people are saying, and if I start talking I drop back down, usually. Sorry to say, you aren't in any kind of jhana if you...
by James the Giant
Mon May 12, 2014 8:36 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Life from what period
Replies: 108
Views: 13949

Re: Life from what period

Here is the rest of the article that MikeNZ posted the first part of. It has some very relevant sutta references although some of them are not related to abortion - they talk about IVF instead. http://www.dhammatalks.net/Books7/Ajahn_Brahm_When_Does_Human_Life_Begin.pdf 3. When Does A New Human Life...
by James the Giant
Mon May 12, 2014 8:27 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Paying off all debt in hopes of soon ordaining
Replies: 16
Views: 2307

Re: Paying off all debt in hopes of soon ordaining

Hi Denso, it's cool to hear you are intending to ordain, best wishes to you! Have you sat down and worked out a savings plan? For example, written down how much you earn per week, minus food, other outgoings, etc, and what's left is debt repayment. To be honest, fast food (or any unskilled job) does...
by James the Giant
Mon May 12, 2014 12:18 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Life from what period
Replies: 108
Views: 13949

Re: Life from what period

a monk believes that aborting a fetus that is less than 3 or 4 months old is not a problem and he thinks the Texts support this. This is a view that may be acceptable in the "Modern Theravada" groups but the ancients saw it differently I would like to read what this monk actually says. Three or fou...
by James the Giant
Mon May 12, 2014 11:47 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Life from what period
Replies: 108
Views: 13949

Re: Life from what period

Robert, I'm sure you are aware of this thread, sutta quotes with references to abortion and fetuses and all that stuff. http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=17159&p=245253 There are some other relevant references in this paper http://www.stefan.gr/buddhism/books/ajahn-brahm/when-does-life...
by James the Giant
Mon May 12, 2014 9:35 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Life from what period
Replies: 108
Views: 13949

Re: Life from what period

And now let's see you quote the texts that monk you mentioned used to justify his position. Seems fair to present both sides of what could easily become a harmful or fiery debate, since that monk is not here to rebut the commentaries.
by James the Giant
Mon May 12, 2014 2:02 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm, unconventional
Replies: 100
Views: 17956

Re: Ajahn Brahm, unconventional

Hi Melancholy, there is an article by Ajahn Brahm somewhere, where he shows in the suttas it says an embryo is not classed as a person/human/sentient until a certain stage of development is reached.
So your vinaya references above are not relevant.
by James the Giant
Sun May 11, 2014 3:40 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: DELETED
Replies: 8
Views: 2261

Re: Is "Positive thinking" Good or Bad?

I'd like to give a big :twothumbsup: Thumbs Up to everyone who referenced the suttas on this question. Great stuff.
by James the Giant
Sat May 10, 2014 7:23 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: DELETED
Replies: 8
Views: 2261

Re: Is "Positive thinking" Good or Bad?

Yes, positive thinking can be forced and artificial.
Just like metta, you create it deliberately and use it as an antidote for negativity or hate.
It's a useful tool, the same as metta.
by James the Giant
Fri May 09, 2014 1:34 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Almsfood in Western countries
Replies: 11
Views: 2377

Re: Almsfood in Western countries

SarathW wrote:Is it illegal to beg in the street in Western Countries?
:thinking:
Not everywhere, but yes in many cities and towns it is illegal.
The police do not enforce it much unless there is a complaint from the public, and an annoyance being caused.
by James the Giant
Thu May 08, 2014 8:55 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: My Name Is Christopher / Nihilistopher
Replies: 10
Views: 2116

Re: My Name Is Christopher / Nihilistopher

Your message is profound and deep. I will meditate upon it for several minutes at least.
Your grammar, however, is appalling.
Best of luck with being taken seriously!
by James the Giant
Thu May 08, 2014 5:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Knees Touching the ground (posture question)
Replies: 8
Views: 4012

Re: Knees Touching the ground (posture question)

What posture did he/she have you sit in? Cross legged, on a cushion, the common way. Fine for a day or two, but then the inflexibility of the hips causes force to be transferred to the knees, slowly but constantly forcing the knee joint to try to bend sideways- not the way it's designed to bend! Th...
by James the Giant
Thu May 08, 2014 5:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Favorite Dhammapada Verse
Replies: 25
Views: 3171

Re: Favorite Dhammapada Verse

Hehe, I confess. I was excited when I found out Yoda or Yodha is Pali for "soldier". But seriously now, this is my favourite dhammapada verse. It's not poetic or lovely, but it's so useful for me to remember when I'm frustrated or annoyed by people at the monastery... Which happens often. #253 "He w...
by James the Giant
Thu May 08, 2014 12:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Favorite Dhammapada Verse
Replies: 25
Views: 3171

Re: Favorite Dhammapada Verse

Fear is the path to the dark side.
Fear leads to anger.
Anger leads to hate.
Hate leads to suffering.”
by James the Giant
Mon May 05, 2014 3:56 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Venerable Father--a Life with Ajahn Chah Have you read this?
Replies: 29
Views: 3473

Re: Venerable Father--a Life with Ajahn Chah Have you read t

alan wrote:Just a bunch of dummies with psychological needs. Could be any other cult, as far as I'm concerned.
See no wisdom there.
And in one quick, curmudgeonly post, Alan hilariously dismisses the wisdom of Ajahns Sumedho, Amaro, Brahm, Anan, Dtun, Passanno, Piak, Viradhammo, Thiradhammo, etc etc.