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by Laurens
Fri Dec 11, 2009 12:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will the Dhamma be forgotten....?
Replies: 39
Views: 10662

Re: Will the Dhamma be forgotten....?

When you're lost in dangerous waters, you need to cling to your life raft.
by Laurens
Thu Dec 10, 2009 10:29 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: A thread for short (maybe longish) poems of any sort
Replies: 36
Views: 6583

Re: A thread for short (maybe longish) poems of any sort

I wrote a song called 'Impermance', it was one of the first songs I ever wrote so its not too impressive, but I'll post it anyway. You never could stop the ticking of the clock Your ideas seemed as solid as a rock All the things that were never meant to be Are all rocks erroded by the sea I see you ...
by Laurens
Thu Dec 10, 2009 6:35 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Saying "I am a Buddhist"
Replies: 46
Views: 8406

Re: Saying "I am a Buddhist"

There are a few things that make me shameful to asscociate myself with the term Buddhist. Without being overly specific, there are a lot of ancient superstitions and whatnot, that in some cases have promoted shameful sectarianism and discrimination. I think we should try to weed out this kind of poi...
by Laurens
Wed Dec 09, 2009 11:15 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Dawkins Dilemma
Replies: 42
Views: 7971

Re: The Dawkins Dilemma

The problem that I find with atheists is that they are increadibly hypocritical. They use extremely judgemental and often offensive terms to describe someone who claims to know that there is something beyond this life, yet they claim to know with some certainty that there is nothing beyond this life...
by Laurens
Wed Dec 09, 2009 10:02 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Word Association Game
Replies: 11969
Views: 1173502

Re: Word Association Game

Problems

:computerproblem: :rofl:
by Laurens
Wed Dec 09, 2009 8:23 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Dawkins Dilemma
Replies: 42
Views: 7971

Re: The Dawkins Dilemma

The difference in Buddhism is that continuing beyond this life into another is not a comfort.
by Laurens
Wed Dec 09, 2009 6:03 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Dealing with people who want to hurt us...
Replies: 18
Views: 3679

Re: Dealing with people who want to hurt us...

Laurens, Thanks for the reply. I agree with everything you said and am wondering if there are any practices that might be suggested to help give up my resentment towards him. I understand that I should speak with calmness and understanding. Generally I do this, but as I described he pushed my butto...
by Laurens
Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:49 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Uposatha Observance Club
Replies: 335
Views: 147923

Re: Uposatha Observance Club

I observed my first Uposatha day last week. I don't think I did too badly, but before I observe tomorrow, I would like to ask for some pointers. Last time I turned on the computer in order to use it to listen to a couple of Dhamma talks online, however, out of habit I did find myself logging in to f...
by Laurens
Wed Dec 09, 2009 4:35 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Dealing with people who want to hurt us...
Replies: 18
Views: 3679

Re: Dealing with people who want to hurt us...

Hello green tea, To be fair you were being provokative in saying "Do it", not saying your father was right in taking a swing at you, but perhaps your saying that is what pushed him to it. Would that scenario have ended in the same way if you apologised sincerely for saying "shut the f**k up" and exp...
by Laurens
Wed Dec 09, 2009 4:16 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: E-sangha news
Replies: 103
Views: 28179

Re: E-sangha news

I don't think I'll be using e-sangha again, even if it does get up and running. Its probably not the topic to say exactly why. I feel that this is a much better forum though, I like it here :D
by Laurens
Mon Dec 07, 2009 10:29 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Looking for Video resources for Sunday School
Replies: 3
Views: 678

Re: Looking for Video resources for Sunday School

There is a really good documentary about the life of the Buddha on youtube (just search for 'the life of the buddha') I think it is a decent educational documentary, not strictly Theravadin though.
by Laurens
Mon Dec 07, 2009 10:06 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 5407
Views: 690162

Re: Poll: Are you vegetarian/vegan?

I am a vegetarian. I tried for ages to give up meat in order to purify my 1st precept as it were, but I couldn't do it, I liked the taste too much. However one time I was eating a rare steak, and I noticed a blood vessel running across the steak and then I started to realise that I was actually eati...
by Laurens
Sun Dec 06, 2009 8:59 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Word Association Game
Replies: 11969
Views: 1173502

Re: Word Association Game

Elephants :tongue:
by Laurens
Sun Dec 06, 2009 6:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation is not My Focus
Replies: 4
Views: 1055

Re: Meditation is not My Focus

Concentration (i.e: Mindfulness and meditation) is a big section of the eightfold path, whilst you can study Buddhism without it, I would say you can't really practice it so well without some kind of meditation or mindfulness going on. To benefit from meditation it has to be an ongoing (daily) thing...