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by alfa
Thu May 30, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "I didn't ask to be born."
Replies: 30
Views: 922

Re: "I didn't ask to be born."

I hear this from people time to time. They're usually depressed, or prone to depression. Generally, they seem to think life is an imposition. It plays out in all kinds of sad and destructive ways. What's going on in the thoughts behind that statement? How does one get out of that view? Isn't this B...
by alfa
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and the Family
Replies: 17
Views: 744

Re: Buddhism and the Family

Someone once told me: one should have no family. Fellow seekers of dharma are your family.
by alfa
Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lifespan of a thought
Replies: 9
Views: 477

Lifespan of a thought

:namaste: Everything is impermanent, but still they all last for certain duration. A mosquito only lives for a day or two. A turtle can live for even 200 years. Humans can live for 80 years or even more. But these are the lifespans of FORMS. What about names? These are the lifespans in the world of ...
by alfa
Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Object of Meditation
Replies: 11
Views: 997

Re: Object of Meditation

:namaste: Most of the time Buddhist literature and teachers ask you to focus on the breath. Is there any other meditation object that may be quite as effective in creating jhanic states like piti or sukha? :anjali: The thing with your breath is that it is an object that you always have with you, it...
by alfa
Thu Mar 21, 2019 3:56 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Object of Meditation
Replies: 11
Views: 997

Object of Meditation

:namaste:

Most of the time Buddhist literature and teachers ask you to focus on the breath. Is there any other meditation object that may be quite as effective in creating jhanic states like piti or sukha?

:anjali:
by alfa
Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Rage
Replies: 13
Views: 654

Re: Rage

:namaste: We all have our crosses to bear. Mine is not greed or lust. It's rage. Almost bordering on spiteful hate. This rage inside scares me. :crying: Suddenly some memory comes up and triggers this anger. Or there could be some environmental trigger. Even though I don't lash out in the open, it ...
by alfa
Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: So confusing!
Replies: 2
Views: 295

So confusing!

:namaste: As I stated in an earlier thread, I struggle with anger, but somehow I can control greed, lust, etc. Let's say I finally tame anger too. How come it is relatively easier to control emotions than it is to control thoughts? I am not saying it's easy as in piece of cake, obviously I am still ...
by alfa
Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Rage
Replies: 13
Views: 654

Rage

:namaste: We all have our crosses to bear. Mine is not greed or lust. It's rage. Almost bordering on spiteful hate. This rage inside scares me. :crying: Suddenly some memory comes up and triggers this anger. Or there could be some environmental trigger. Even though I don't lash out in the open, it a...
by alfa
Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: My addictions
Replies: 2
Views: 245

My addictions

:namaste: There is addiction, and there is addiction. Some people are addicted to alcohol or tobacco. I am addicted to watching 2 hours of TV/drinking four cups of coffee. Is my addiction a defilement or hindrance in Buddhism? Or is it just a harmless thing born of boredom? Do we distinguish between...
by alfa
Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:43 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Whack-a-mole approach
Replies: 9
Views: 528

Whack-a-mole approach

:namaste:

Someone once told me Buddhist practice is NOT a whack-a-mole approach, but isn't that what it is?

Mindfulness ... you observe, something comes up, you observe, etc. Rinse, repeat.

It's piecemeal and seems to be never-ending.

What am I missing? :anjali:
by alfa
Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:25 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi folks
Replies: 3
Views: 354

Hi folks

:namaste:

Glad to be a part of this forum. I consider myself non-denominational, although I lean towards Nagarjuna's school of thought. Empty, empty, all is empty. :smile:

Hope to learn more and participate. :anjali:

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