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by Weakfocus
Sun Dec 22, 2013 7:07 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Missionaries in India: Conversion or Coercion?
Replies: 26
Views: 3193

Re: Missionaries in India: Conversion or Coercion?

Excerpt from Goenkaji's address at Millennium World Peace Summit : Much has been said here about conversion, both for and against. Far from being opposed to conversion, I am in favor of it—but not conversion from one organized religion to another. No, the conversion must be from misery to happiness....
by Weakfocus
Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and Islam
Replies: 18
Views: 3815

Re: Buddhism and Islam

His argumentation goes roughly :' there is misery , which is due to desire. To get rid of misery you must remove desire , i.e. by following the 8th fold Nobel Path. That means: to do so you must have desire in order to remove desire , which is contradictory , therefore the 4 Noble Truths cannot sta...
by Weakfocus
Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:28 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: AN 3.64 Sarabha
Replies: 7
Views: 2464

Re: AN 3.64 Sarabha

From this I feel I have learnt: 1. Sarabha had most likely learnt the Dhamma Um, no. Sarabha did not understand Dhamma and you did not understand the sutta. Buddha questioned him in the manner in he did for the benefit of the assembled people, including Sarabha himself. If Sarabha had indeed unders...
by Weakfocus
Sun Dec 15, 2013 9:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge
Replies: 433
Views: 118961

Month 5

Fourth month of daily sitting is over. A month of great growth, as illustrated by the facts that: I did not miss a single sitting. Sure most morning sittings were done in late afternoon and most evening sittings late at night, but I did not skip a single sitting. I do not have to fight myself to do ...
by Weakfocus
Sat Dec 07, 2013 2:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: disturbing noise and anger
Replies: 23
Views: 4288

Re: disturbing noise and anger

please give me some advice, so I can be at peace even with all that noise. I live in a very noisy part of a very noisy city in a very noisy country. The house is not of good construction and basically all the outside noise comes in. There is a huge interesction and a lot of traffic noise 24 hours a...
by Weakfocus
Wed Dec 04, 2013 7:10 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Why Procrastinators Procrastinate
Replies: 3
Views: 1340

Re: Why Procrastinators Procrastinate

Terrific, thanks for sharing Mkoll. There is so much truth in this excerpt [taken from How to Beat Procrastination ] No one "builds a house." They lay one brick again and again and again and the end result is a house. Procrastinators are great visionaries—they love to fantasize about the beautiful m...
by Weakfocus
Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What should be the right attitude towards meditation?
Replies: 13
Views: 3572

Re: What should be the right attitude towards meditation?

I do not look forward towards my morning and evening 1 hour sitting. I have to really struggle with my mind in order to sit for meditation. Once I sit, however, I meditate well and the effects after meditation are also good for the next 24 hours. I started meditating around August 15th (just 20 min...
by Weakfocus
Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:01 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Thanks for everything Ben!
Replies: 24
Views: 13415

Re: Thanks for everything Ben!

After approximately 3 years as a global moderator, and then 2 years as an administrator here at Dhamma Wheel, Ben will be stepping down from these roles to pursue an excellent job opportunity that has come his way. Congratulations to Benji on new job, and I hope he can still find time to post here ...
by Weakfocus
Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:41 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhanas and Hindrances
Replies: 62
Views: 8767

Re: Jhanas and Hindrances

So I wonder, where is this repetitive structure of misunderstanding coming from? Ignorance of the people who misunderstand and then spread their misunderstanding to others as wisdom? How many people who contest these jhana versus 'dry-insight' issues on internet are actually practicing anapanasati ...
by Weakfocus
Wed Nov 20, 2013 3:09 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: I'd rather be reborn
Replies: 188
Views: 21996

Re: I'd rather be reborn

I'm starting to think I'd rather be born again. I mean, what's the point of not existing? The absence of dukkha? I'd rather live and suffer than not have ANY experience. People say, Nibbana is not non-existence. I don't know how they can say that. If you are not born, you don't exist -- period. How...
by Weakfocus
Fri Nov 15, 2013 6:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge
Replies: 433
Views: 118961

Month 4

Third month of daily sitting is over. A very mixed month. The biggest negative is that in many sittings there was barely any mindfulness, I daydreamt through the entire sitting. This daydreaming and fictional-world-building has been getting worse. I have also had to 'fight' myself to sit, the tempta...
by Weakfocus
Wed Nov 13, 2013 7:17 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?
Replies: 483
Views: 85903

Re: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?

If a person, a company or an organization does not want you to take a copy of their creation without paying, and you download their content with torrents or filelockers, you are denying them some revenue. Of course, it is entirely possible that if downloading was not possible you would not buy the c...
by Weakfocus
Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge
Replies: 433
Views: 118961

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Also, I don't usually time my mediations (setting a timer ensures I spend the first ten minutes letting go of the thought "how long has it been now?"). Heh, I am the very opposite! Because of my anxious nature and wild mind, I simply cannot sit without an alarm. Otherwise I always wonder how long h...
by Weakfocus
Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:54 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Lost focus...
Replies: 7
Views: 1926

Re: Lost focus...

So hard at the moment to find the breath....where's it gone?? Used to be the anchor, now its hard to even find and if I do its of little use in terms of a focus as its having a numbing effect. Anyone else had that? :namaste: Yes. Sometimes you just get this wooly / brain-fog type of feel inspite of...
by Weakfocus
Sun Nov 03, 2013 9:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Concentration Cycles..
Replies: 5
Views: 2167

Re: Concentration Cycles..

As a novice meditator I can confirm I have somewhat similar experience. Concenteration level does not stay the same during the sitting. I usually start strong, get weak in the middle while my mind builds fantasy worlds, then I suddenly realize that time is almost up and I have nearly wasted another ...