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by Alexander____
Sun Oct 09, 2016 6:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it biologically possible to breath other than your lungs?
Replies: 16
Views: 2367

Re: Is it biologically possible to breath other than your lungs?

If you aren't a mammal yes but humans maybe 1% of respiration. If you aren't breathing you aren't going to last very long

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cutaneous ... on#Mammals
by Alexander____
Mon Jun 27, 2016 12:05 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: UK leaves EU
Replies: 165
Views: 23221

Re: UK leaves EU

A good summary from the BBC of the polls taken for the referendum

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-e ... m-36271589" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by Alexander____
Tue Jun 21, 2016 9:42 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Wrong mindfulness
Replies: 10
Views: 2673

Re: Wrong mindfulness

A technical but important point, there is a case where a wholesome mind state doesn't include Right View, namely where Right Effort is changing wrong view to right view, which could cover quite an expanse of time and is a significant activity in the practice: "One makes an effort for the abandoning...
by Alexander____
Sat May 28, 2016 9:32 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: How do you spend your time? What kind of work do you do?
Replies: 26
Views: 5333

Re: How do you spend your time? What kind of work do you do?

Thanks for sharing Alexander! What tech startup do you work at? It's amazing you one from doctor to software development...how many years did you practice as a doctor? What made you dislike the lifestyle? It's in healthcare developing a number of apps to improve communication and efficiency in hosp...
by Alexander____
Wed May 25, 2016 9:55 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: How do you spend your time? What kind of work do you do?
Replies: 26
Views: 5333

Re: How do you spend your time? What kind of work do you do?

What kind of work do you do?: I work at a tech startup in healthcare leading a software development team and running a pilot of it. I trained and practised as a doctor but that wasn't the life for me. This is my last go to try something fairly conventional... How do you spend your time outside of wo...
by Alexander____
Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:09 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mentally Stopping One's Heart Beat
Replies: 15
Views: 1973

Re: Mentally Stopping One's Heart Beat

Rather than stopping, slowing down the heart rate is interesting. I find that just as I can manipulate the breath to cause a calming down of the body, feelings and mind likewise I can turn my attention and concentration to my heart rate and blood flow throughout my body to do the same. The breath is...
by Alexander____
Mon Feb 08, 2016 6:46 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Urine use
Replies: 57
Views: 16048

Re: Urine use

The reason other animals get nutrition from our waste products is that they have different bodies which are able to metabolise our waste products. The only reason I would ever drink my own urine would be in a state of extreme dehydration away from a water source. The only thing my body would take ba...
by Alexander____
Tue Feb 02, 2016 10:48 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Fourth Tetrad Anapanasati Sutta
Replies: 6
Views: 1670

Re: Fourth Tetrad Anapanasati Sutta

I was hoping that different members could relate their technique to this specific tetrad to increase my understanding of the range of methods out there.
by Alexander____
Mon Feb 01, 2016 7:24 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Fourth Tetrad Anapanasati Sutta
Replies: 6
Views: 1670

Fourth Tetrad Anapanasati Sutta

I'm not particularly clear on how breath meditation is related to the fourth tetrad of the Anapanasati Sutta.

I wonder if other members who practise breath meditation, could relate their technique to this part of the text.
by Alexander____
Sun Jan 17, 2016 3:33 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Book For Newcomers
Replies: 4
Views: 1021

Book For Newcomers

I was wondering if someone could recommend an introductory book to Therevada Buddhism. Something for the more scientific, secular types. Not too academic but not too pop psychology. Nothing too far out there either, don't want to alienate anyone before they get started! Also not too based in meditat...
by Alexander____
Wed Dec 02, 2015 10:47 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Inspiring University President stands up against intellectual infantilization
Replies: 267
Views: 31467

Re: Inspiring University President stands up against intellectual infantilization

This is the first time I've come across this idea of safe spaces. What actually happens in them and what form do they take? Are they lounge areas where people drink tea and discuss matters, or group therapy areas, or lecture theatres to learn about tolerance? Google searches illustrate the idea but ...
by Alexander____
Tue Dec 01, 2015 7:32 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Coffee, Chocolate and the 5th Precept
Replies: 66
Views: 11432

Re: Coffee, Chocolate and the 5th Precept

Ah ok I see where you're coming from. But even if we only look at recreational drugs there are some that block receptors such as ketamine which blocks the NMDA receptor. However, as you say the end point of many drugs leads to an increase in bodily function. The enzyme which caffeine blocks usually ...
by Alexander____
Mon Nov 30, 2015 7:20 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Coffee, Chocolate and the 5th Precept
Replies: 66
Views: 11432

Re: Coffee, Chocolate and the 5th Precept

I also gave pro-caffeine arguments about how caffeine functions as an adenosine antagonist, so that this only prevents this substance from inducing sleep, which makes caffeine more as a molecule that blocks a bodily function, therefore not much of a drug. However, there are other molecules that are...
by Alexander____
Sat Nov 28, 2015 1:30 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Christmas time, suffering and wine
Replies: 18
Views: 2657

Re: Christmas time, suffering and wine

Sounds like you're getting a bit stressed out by this, understandably. Living in a part of the world where the material aspect of it is so much in our face can be a trial. Alternatively we could turn that to our advantage. Perhaps we could use this experience as a useful method for investigating our...
by Alexander____
Wed Nov 25, 2015 7:10 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Coffee, Chocolate and the 5th Precept
Replies: 66
Views: 11432

Re: Coffee, Chocolate and the 5th Precept

Well there's no getting away from the fact that caffeine is a drug with mental and physical effects including tolerance and addiction. Different people are affected to different degrees. I once had a very learned doctor colleague tell me that caffeine has been shown to be one of the most addictive d...