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by thepea
Sun Dec 25, 2016 7:59 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Can practice be fully liberating if it does not undermine one's metaphysics?
Replies: 2
Views: 1932

Re: Can practice be fully liberating if it does not undermine one's metaphysics?

I suppose seeing the impermanence of metaphysics is to undermine ones metaphysics.
by thepea
Sat Sep 17, 2016 11:14 pm
Forum: Practicing the Perfections & Brahma-viharas
Topic: When inspiration for practice is low...
Replies: 40
Views: 49970

Re: When inspiration for practice is low...

Thanks Anjali, I do many short meditations as you suggested throughout the day basically moments of awareness, waiting at a red light, or waiting in line, while posting on the forum, I try to notice my mental state, breathing and sensations experienced. Perhaps it is simply ok for me to lower expect...
by thepea
Sat Sep 17, 2016 10:24 pm
Forum: Practicing the Perfections & Brahma-viharas
Topic: The place of chanting
Replies: 6
Views: 17059

Re: The place of chanting

It was more a question of purpose, rather than one of ability of the practitioner. My suggestion is that the primary purpose of chanting must be something other than purifying the mind. I see chanting or mantras, as a way to lift the spirits. Similarily Christians use singing gospel songs in church...
by thepea
Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:53 pm
Forum: Practicing the Perfections & Brahma-viharas
Topic: When inspiration for practice is low...
Replies: 40
Views: 49970

Re: When inspiration for practice is low...

Perhaps you could find a quiet, shaded spot outside to stand and do your practice. I do try some sitting outside, but I find it difficult. In Canada it is very humid and mosquitos are out morning and night. Winter is to cold I sit sometimes for a change when conditions are decent. Standing meditati...
by thepea
Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:21 am
Forum: Practicing the Perfections & Brahma-viharas
Topic: When inspiration for practice is low...
Replies: 40
Views: 49970

Re: When inspiration for practice is low...

He is not ignoring this perhaps he is interpreting this differently. Sati is recollect we are to develop satipatthana. There are many techniques, we are not to mix.
by thepea
Thu Sep 15, 2016 12:03 am
Forum: Practicing the Perfections & Brahma-viharas
Topic: When inspiration for practice is low...
Replies: 40
Views: 49970

Re: When inspiration for practice is low...

My two cents - forget about 'sitting' meditation of whatever tradition. Your mind is the cushion, whether walking or hearing barking dogs, wives and/or children. Pick something simple and profound to recite inwardly, (and as constantly as possible) like Namo Buddhaya or whatever is the Pali version...
by thepea
Wed Sep 14, 2016 9:22 pm
Forum: Practicing the Perfections & Brahma-viharas
Topic: When inspiration for practice is low...
Replies: 40
Views: 49970

Re: When inspiration for practice is low...

Not sure if we need to go that that extreme, I may just have to demand a space to meditate and not give in to her OCD tendencies. Whether this will remain sacred is another thing altogether. I am curious how Lhamo maintains the sanctity of her 2 sq. meters in a busy household. Perhaps she does not h...
by thepea
Tue Sep 13, 2016 10:20 pm
Forum: Practicing the Perfections & Brahma-viharas
Topic: When inspiration for practice is low...
Replies: 40
Views: 49970

Re: When inspiration for practice is low...

This feeling of being "unsupported" and having no space for meditation, I know as well. But in my case it evolved to the better over the years. I enforced in my family: I need two squaremeters for to sit, and I don't allow them to put their bags or laundry-heaps there. Two squaremeters sacred place...
by thepea
Tue Sep 13, 2016 11:07 am
Forum: Practicing the Perfections & Brahma-viharas
Topic: When inspiration for practice is low...
Replies: 40
Views: 49970

Re: When inspiration for practice is low...

AlexMcLeod wrote:Does your practice not give you back more time and energy than it takes? I am perhaps confused.
Yes, it does seem to when a level of continuity(balance) can be maintained, but as I am trying to explain I am struggling with this balance lately.
by thepea
Tue Sep 13, 2016 11:04 am
Forum: Practicing the Perfections & Brahma-viharas
Topic: When inspiration for practice is low...
Replies: 40
Views: 49970

Re: When inspiration for practice is low...

The preparing excersises in Tibetan Buddhism (Ngöndro) take much time and effort. I tried to do the prostrations as quickly as possible, since I don't believe it will be getting easier the older I grow. I gave a great donation of time over two years for it and I thought: "Okay, right now I focus on...
by thepea
Tue Sep 13, 2016 12:38 am
Forum: Practicing the Perfections & Brahma-viharas
Topic: When inspiration for practice is low...
Replies: 40
Views: 49970

Re: When inspiration for practice is low...

It's not just financial, we need to support our family. I have a two bedroom home a boy and a girl. They want their own rooms. Our house needs to grow with us. There are financial responsibilities and complications with family lay life. This is normal stuff for north American families, is it a bit n...
by thepea
Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:54 pm
Forum: Practicing the Perfections & Brahma-viharas
Topic: When inspiration for practice is low...
Replies: 40
Views: 49970

Re: When inspiration for practice is low...

I think, 9 and 7 is the most wonderful age for kids. This is really a time to rejoice. When they are adult, they might not be interested in their parents at all. Then they're just gone, coming for a visit every two years. I mean, every time in life has it's disadvantages and it's advantages - and I...
by thepea
Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:39 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: One Truth
Replies: 17
Views: 6110

Re: One Truth

the air is a lot fresher in here than in some other fora! it smells like......waking up! Have to say I agree, this is what Mr. Tolle has written about and discusses. Also my teacher Mr. Goenka spoke like this: God 1. Who is God? Truth is God. Realize the truth within you, and you will realize God. ...
by thepea
Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:50 am
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Is Buddhism a Religion?
Replies: 25
Views: 9733

Re: Is Buddhism a Religion?

We may not have e to be hit by a truck because as we grow and experience and run into hard things and bump and bruise ourselves we learn through direct experience. I agree that religion does refer to the spiritual and beyond element and most people do not have direct experience and therefore have on...
by thepea
Sun Sep 11, 2016 6:45 pm
Forum: Jain Dharma
Topic: Buddhist-Jain similarities
Replies: 14
Views: 22017

Re: Buddhist-Jain similarities

Note that he attained first jhana and the higher ones later in succession. And also note, the Buddha states that it is the "path to enlightenment" which would mean that Jains practicing this type of meditation are also on the path to enlightenment. Jhanic states are definitely passed through before...
by thepea
Sun Sep 11, 2016 6:28 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Is Buddhism a Religion?
Replies: 25
Views: 9733

Re: Is Buddhism a Religion?

I assume that is your definition for religion. In which case, in most cases, yes. However, that also causes other things to be religion, such as Statism, Capitalism, Socialism, Communism, History, Science, Math, etc. Such a vague definition causes literally anything to be a religion. Because we bel...
by thepea
Sun Sep 11, 2016 4:31 am
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Is Buddhism a Religion?
Replies: 25
Views: 9733

Re: Is Buddhism a Religion?

I think that in order to answer such a question, one needs to first define Buddhism and religion. Without an agreed upon definition for both, the answer is yes, no, both yes and no, and also neither yes nor no. The scope must be limited before the answer can be definite. I think it's belief in ......
by thepea
Sat Sep 10, 2016 3:53 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Is Buddhism a Religion?
Replies: 25
Views: 9733

Re: Is Buddhism a Religion?

I personally don't feel that the eightfold path is a religion, and I do not classify this teaching as Buddhist. I do feel that what most feel constitutes Buddhism is however a religion whether one cares to think of it as one. There is just too much belief and ritualistic behavior associated with the...
by thepea
Tue Sep 06, 2016 11:51 pm
Forum: Theravada Buddhism
Topic: Disability discrimination in Thai Buddhism
Replies: 3
Views: 14893

Re: Disability discrimination in Thai Buddhism

That just doesn't seem right.
He's better off without them.
by thepea
Tue Sep 06, 2016 12:03 am
Forum: Practicing the Perfections & Brahma-viharas
Topic: When inspiration for practice is low...
Replies: 40
Views: 49970

Re: When inspiration for practice is low...

For the past year I have noticed a decrease in daily sitting. I started my contracting construction business again and it is very consuming both physically and mentally. Physical work during day and computer paperwork in evening. my two children are older 9 and 7 and they are awake earlier and go to...