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by Mal
Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:35 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 46.53: Aggi Sutta — Fire
Replies: 12
Views: 5627

Re: SN 46.53: Aggi Sutta — Fire

Hi Mal, Doesn't concentration lead to Jhana, which includes rapture, an energising factor, as well as calm & equanimity, the calming factors? Yes, but I think that's over a longer time scale. I suspect the sutta is talking about short time scales: "If you are sluggish right now do this, if you're r...
by Mal
Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:04 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is a UK student loan considered debt
Replies: 85
Views: 16842

Re: Is a UK student loan considered debt

Interesting that all the UK posters in this thread suggest that a senior monk might see the UK student loan as not really a loan! So it might be worth seeking out a senior monk of UK origin if you are from the UK, he is likely to understand your situation better. Until the 1980s students (like me) g...
by Mal
Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:39 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 46.53: Aggi Sutta — Fire
Replies: 12
Views: 5627

Re: SN 46.53: Aggi Sutta — Fire

Doesn't concentration lead to Jhana, which includes rapture, an energising factor, as well as calm & equanimity, the calming factors?
by Mal
Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:23 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is a UK student loan considered debt
Replies: 85
Views: 16842

Re: Is a UK student loan considered debt

The state pays a monthly support for poor people, and they have to pay it back after finding a job. ot money from the state. I would feel grateful and indebted and would try to pay it back, if I had enjoyed this support. But I didn't. My parents had payed an education insurance... So it's all right...
by Mal
Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:03 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is a UK student loan considered debt
Replies: 85
Views: 16842

Re: Is a UK student loan considered debt

Who am I second guessing? You said, "I doubt a senior monk in the Theravada tradition will allow such an ordination." That's guessing what the combined opinion of all senior monks will be. I am only suggesting you effort to find a senior monk to ordain a person with debt will be futile, a wild goos...
by Mal
Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:55 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is a UK student loan considered debt
Replies: 85
Views: 16842

Re: Is a UK student loan considered debt

Gosh, that blows my mind! Shopping around to find a senior bhikkhu who is lax in vinaya? Not a good way to start a monastic life. Most people go the other way, look for a good conscientious preceptor. I'm not suggesting one should shop around for a lax senior bhikkhu, just one who can see that the ...
by Mal
Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jhana meditation and attachment to pleasure
Replies: 52
Views: 14760

Re: Jhana meditation and attachment to pleasure

There are ten fetters to be eliminated to attain Nirvan. Two of the ten fetters are attachment to form and formless realam. (This implies Samatha Meditaion) ie: 6.lust for material existence, lust for material rebirth (rūparāgo)[12] 7.lust for immaterial existence, lust for rebirth in a formless re...
by Mal
Sun Oct 07, 2012 11:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jhana meditation and attachment to pleasure
Replies: 52
Views: 14760

Re: Jhana meditation and attachment to pleasure

So once again, what exactly IS the difference between the pleasure of meditation and any other sort of sensual pleasure? Or is there none? Try reading Ajahn Brahm's book "Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond". I'll attempt a rough description of some of his main points on the differences between sensory p...
by Mal
Sun Oct 07, 2012 10:47 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is a UK student loan considered debt
Replies: 85
Views: 16842

Re: Is a UK student loan considered debt

Yes, but my underlying points are that (a) it is only the Preceptors opinion that matters, and (b) I doubt a senior monk in the Theravada tradition will allow such an ordination. However, if you find one... then bless your journey. :anjali: Who are you to second guess all senior monks in the Therav...
by Mal
Sun Oct 07, 2012 10:46 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is a UK student loan considered debt
Replies: 85
Views: 16842

Re: Is a UK student loan considered debt

Buckwheat wrote: Yes, but my underlying points are that (a) it is only the Preceptors opinion that matters, and (b) I doubt a senior monk in the Theravada tradition will allow such an ordination. However, if you find one... then bless your journey. :anjali:
Who are you to second guess a senior monk?
by Mal
Sat Oct 06, 2012 1:08 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is a UK student loan considered debt
Replies: 85
Views: 16842

Re: Is a UK student loan considered debt

Ask the senior monk under whom you would want to take dependence. His opinion is the only one that matters, because he will either say "yes" and you get to become a monk, or he will say "no" and you will have to find a job for a few years before you can become a monk. Or you can find another senior...
by Mal
Sat Oct 06, 2012 12:51 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Being spiritual but not religious is a cop-out
Replies: 41
Views: 8614

Re: Being spiritual but not religious is a cop-out

Following precepts, sila I imagine is on the back-burner or not existent for many on the "spiritual but not religious side." This is not to say they are bad in any way, but according to many Buddhist teachers sila is necessary to make progress. I'm sure many spiritual people follow the five precept...
by Mal
Sat Oct 06, 2012 12:43 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Being spiritual but not religious is a cop-out
Replies: 41
Views: 8614

Re: Being spiritual but not religious is a cop-out

Those in the spiritual-but-not-religious camp are peddling the notion that by being independent - by choosing an "individual relationship" to some concept of "higher power", energy, oneness or something-or-other - they are in a deeper, more profound relationship than one that is coerced via a large...
by Mal
Fri Oct 05, 2012 3:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Trying to gain more insight...
Replies: 15
Views: 4478

Re: Trying to gain more insight...

There are basically three traditions: Theravada, Mahayana and Zen. That's perhaps one to way to split them, but not everyone splits them that way. Wikipedia says: "Two major branches of Buddhism are recognized: Theravada ("The School of the Elders") and Mahayana ("The Great Vehicle"). Mahayana ... ...
by Mal
Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:23 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is a UK student loan considered debt
Replies: 85
Views: 16842

Re: Is a UK student loan considered debt

A loan is a loan. A debt is a debt. Anything else is playing word games, trying to weasel a way around the clear and simple rule. Blimey mate, you don't expect us poms to make anything clear and simple do you :) I'm a UK tax payer and my money has been given to students as a "student loan". But I'm...