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by Laurens
Thu Dec 03, 2009 1:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Brahm preceptor status revoked
Replies: 50
Views: 10639

Re: Brahm preceptor status revoked

I think that the actions taken by the Thai authorities are unjust considering that Ajahn Brahm is simply trying to bring the monastic order back to the way that the Buddha intended it to be.
by Laurens
Wed Dec 02, 2009 11:46 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Motorcycling Dilemma
Replies: 2
Views: 748

Re: Motorcycling Dilemma

How do you mean 'reduce stress'?

Your personal stress or stresses within the group?
by Laurens
Wed Dec 02, 2009 7:46 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Word Association Game
Replies: 11969
Views: 1170736

Re: Word Association Game

decline
by Laurens
Wed Dec 02, 2009 1:56 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: World Cup 2010
Replies: 238
Views: 28979

Re: World Cup 2010

I tend not to pay much heed to football. I do watch the world cup though, I can't help but be sucked in.

Most of the time I find football boring to watch, and I resent the amount that they are being paid for kicking a ball around!
by Laurens
Wed Dec 02, 2009 1:15 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhanas in lying meditation
Replies: 15
Views: 6460

Re: Jhanas in lying meditation

In the "sutta jhanas" the senses are not shutted off. It is in the "comentarial jhanas" that the senses are shutted off. As far as I know, the "vipassana jhanas" (of the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition) do not have the senses shutted down _ and thus are similar to the "sutta jhanas" _ and can be attained ...
by Laurens
Wed Dec 02, 2009 1:10 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Word Association Game
Replies: 11969
Views: 1170736

Re: Word Association Game

Today!
by Laurens
Wed Dec 02, 2009 12:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Happy Uposatha Day!
Replies: 34
Views: 7120

Re: Happy Uposatha Day!

Happy Uposatha Day everyone.

This is actually the first Uposatha day in which I've decided to observe. If I manage it I would like to observe more in future.

Take care all.
Laurens
by Laurens
Wed Dec 02, 2009 2:15 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhanas in lying meditation
Replies: 15
Views: 6460

Re: Jhanas in lying meditation

I don't think it's possible to attain jhana it walking meditation because one's is up and moving, eyes open, and this, I understand makes it quite impossible to attain jhana. I see it as a possibility. There are people who have mastered jhana to the extent of being able to enter it at will. It woul...
by Laurens
Wed Dec 02, 2009 2:03 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhanas in lying meditation
Replies: 15
Views: 6460

Re: Jhanas in lying meditation

I don't see why it wouldn't be possible to attain jhana whilst lying down, although for the umteenth I shall mention the sleepiness issue, the trouble is we associate laying down with going to sleep, so this makes it easier for us to fall asleep in this posture. I would say if you can't sit upright ...
by Laurens
Wed Dec 02, 2009 12:52 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Word Association Game
Replies: 11969
Views: 1170736

Re: Word Association Game

Dhamma :D
by Laurens
Tue Dec 01, 2009 7:12 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Word Association Game
Replies: 11969
Views: 1170736

Re: Word Association Game

Tea

(ok that wasn't so much related to 'abstain' but I saw the word 'drinking' and I've got a cup of tea in my hand... And I probably drink too much tea anyway so what the hey... :tongue:)
by Laurens
Tue Dec 01, 2009 5:38 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Buddhism in one sentence
Replies: 21
Views: 8268

Re: Buddhism in one sentence

Buddhism is the art of being kind and letting go.
by Laurens
Tue Dec 01, 2009 4:08 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: The Beatles
Replies: 25
Views: 4438

Re: The Beatles

Haha it is indeed, a lot of their stuff can be quite deceiving too. My brother learnt Rain recently, then just gave up, realising how little the guitar has to do compared to McCartney's brilliant bassline. Here's a little snippet that I recorded of the first segment of A Day In The Life. It took me...
by Laurens
Tue Dec 01, 2009 3:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do you find Hinayana offensive?
Replies: 241
Views: 38326

Re: Do you find Hinayana offensive?

Well as Ajahn Brahm says if the greater vehicle (Mahayana) is like the bus, then the lesser vehicle (Hinayana) is like a bicycle, so we're simply doing our bit to reduce our carbon footprint :rofl: His intentions in making this joke may be good. But by accepting the erroneous translation "the lesse...
by Laurens
Mon Nov 30, 2009 11:38 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Word Association Game
Replies: 11969
Views: 1170736

Re: Word Association Game

feet