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by Laurens
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Analayo's Satipatthana Mediation Practise Guide
Replies: 7
Views: 6590

Re: Analayo's Satipatthana Mediation Practise Guide

Thanks for the responses everyone. I'm not surprised to hear that others have benefited from this book and Analayo's other works. Thanks to all who posted links to additional content, it is much appreciated. I continue to find benefit in these meditations. In this quarantine situation, I have been t...
by Laurens
Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monks sharing spiritual achievements with lay people
Replies: 14
Views: 2069

Re: Monks sharing spiritual achievements with lay people

I also imagine scenarios like the following: Monastery A and Monastery B are in close proximity. The abbot of monastery A is an arahant and openly claims to be so to the people in the local area. The abbot of monastery B is not an arahant and therefore doesn't make such a claim. Which monastery woul...
by Laurens
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monks sharing spiritual achievements with lay people
Replies: 14
Views: 2069

Re: Monks sharing spiritual achievements with lay people

I think it is because it has potential to fan the flames of sectarianism and division. Not to mention that it could potentially lead to abuse. It might have some benefit in giving followers more faith and trust in their teacher, but there is a lot of potential negative consequences that mean it shou...
by Laurens
Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does one arrive at right view ?
Replies: 24
Views: 1774

Re: How does one arrive at right view ?

Contemplating the way things are. For instance the five subjects for frequent recollection. These are subjects to contemplate that will break through any delusions you have about things. The same is true of contemplating death, the body parts, the elements and so on. It's about reminding yourself of...
by Laurens
Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Analayo's Satipatthana Mediation Practise Guide
Replies: 7
Views: 6590

Analayo's Satipatthana Mediation Practise Guide

I recently got this book after being impressed by some of Analayo's talks and such online. I am very impressed with it. The practise he has developed is very much in line with the practises discussed in the Satipatthana sutta. I would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to practise in line with ea...
by Laurens
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Sense restraint question
Replies: 6
Views: 1908

Re: Sense restraint question

If, for instance, you love rich foods, but you know you should restrain yourself because you also want to be a good Buddhist. Trying to force yourself to stop is just throwing one part of yourself into battle with another. Who will win, the Buddhist in you, or the lover of rich food in you? It is da...
by Laurens
Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist Pope
Replies: 33
Views: 2245

Re: Buddhist Pope

I don't think Buddhism needs a Pope. There are inherent issues with appointing one person to lead an organisation that reaches as many people as Buddhism does. Its open to corruption. In the perfect world, the Sangha would appoint an arahant each time and they would lead the organisation perfectly. ...
by Laurens
Sat Mar 21, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Off cushion
Replies: 19
Views: 3843

Re: Off cushion

I think it's important to understand that off the cushion generally will mean you will get distracted way more. It's good to have the right attitude towards this, because you don't want to be frustrated because you can't meditate constantly. Just bring yourself back whenever you notice that you've b...
by Laurens
Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Training in Aversion is wrong
Replies: 24
Views: 3067

Re: Training in Aversion is wrong

I agree with the title of this topic. When doing the meditation on the parts of the body for instance, the idea is not to develop disgust towards it so that one is repulsed at the sight of bodies. The idea is to understand it as it is, that is made up of skin, flesh, bones, organs and so on. To look...
by Laurens
Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: How To See Impermanence ?
Replies: 27
Views: 37740

Re: How To See Impermanence ?

I sometimes use my memory to reflect upon the nature of change. For instance, I will think back to what I was doing before meditating and realise how different things were then in terms of my experience. Contrasting then and now is a clear way to see that experience is just a constant state of flux....
by Laurens
Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Dangers of Marijuana
Replies: 35
Views: 13596

Re: Dangers of Marijuana

I've changed one word. And it makes some sense What's scary is society's hate against people who are addicted to feeling happy. I'm not quite sure I understand what you are getting at. My intention is not to hate against anyone. However, as someone who has gone through addiction to marijuana, one o...
by Laurens
Mon Mar 16, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism a death cult?
Replies: 35
Views: 3773

Re: Is Buddhism a death cult?

I think Buddhism encourages us to look at reality for what it is. Part of that is acknowledging death. I don't know if that makes it a death cult...

But if so, its better to acknowledge it than ignoring it.
by Laurens
Sat Mar 14, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Coronavirus (Wellness, Diet & Fitness)
Replies: 494
Views: 197981

Re: Coronavirus?

Does anybody have any links to where people can donate to aid those affected by the virus?
by Laurens
Wed Mar 11, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Can we avoid bacterial and virus infections by practicing Metta?
Replies: 47
Views: 7453

Re: Can we avoid bacterial and virus infections by practicing Metta?

Perhaps. I think it's doubtful though.

It's also very important to not become intoxicated with this notion and think yourself beyond sickness.
by Laurens
Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Questions for practitioners of the Mahasi noting method
Replies: 8
Views: 3153

Re: Questions for practitioners of the Mahasi noting method

Hi Laurens, I gave links to some resources here: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=341#p6695 You might find Patrick Kearney's retreat talks useful, as they include a lot of Q&A with the participants. Not quite as good as asking your own questions, but much better than just having instruc...