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by Quiet Heart
Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:05 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Enjoyment
Replies: 19
Views: 2194

Re: Enjoyment

:smile: Johnny: There's a Buddhist "teaching story" .... rather like a Koan with a moral I guess .... that has some relevance to your question on "enjoyment" in a world of Samsara. It goes something like this. A monk is traveling on a road through a jungle area. He comes to a part of the road that w...
by Quiet Heart
Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:36 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Two levels of compassion: is it possible?
Replies: 21
Views: 2380

Re: Two levels of compassion: is it possible?

Is it possible to exhibit extreme compassion for one particular group of sentient beings in this world to help them in their worldly suffering, at the risk of overall bodhicitta (if I use the word correctly)? Can one perform work as a nurse, child or homeless welfare worker, animal rescuer, out of ...
by Quiet Heart
Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Nuns in Thailand ... cause a stir!
Replies: 7
Views: 1273

Re: Nuns in Thailand ... cause a stir!

What do you think of the ordination of nuns in Thailand? http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingnews/332401/female-monks-should-be-investigated Graham ---------------------------- I believe officially they can NOT be considered Nuns as by Theravada rules as they can not be ordained as Monks The reason ...
by Quiet Heart
Sat Jan 05, 2013 3:34 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: A Dharma Story
Replies: 2
Views: 1436

Re: A Dharma Story (part 2?)

:smile: A reply? (see above story) There was a Zen master who often gave instructions to his students. One day, having finished a lecture, he asked if they had understood his lesson. Only one student dared to answer his question, "I think I understood your lesson", he said, "but I have another perha...
by Quiet Heart
Sat Jan 05, 2013 3:08 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: DW will be down Jan. 5 8 am GMT
Replies: 4
Views: 1421

Re: DW will be down Jan. 5 8 am GMT

:smile:
Thanks for the infotmation.
I'm 7 hours ahead of GMT here in Bangkok .... that means 15:00 t0 17:00 or so Bangkok time I guess,
:smile:
by Quiet Heart
Sat Jan 05, 2013 2:57 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: A Dharma Story
Replies: 2
Views: 1436

A Dharma Story

:smile: Once there was a monk who lived his life in a temple from his days as a young boy. Although he was a very devout and gentle person, he was but a simple man and without any formal education. He listened to the other monks and learned teachers, but he could not understand their educated words ...
by Quiet Heart
Thu Jan 03, 2013 2:24 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: "No Seeking" teaching of Linchi (Rinzai)
Replies: 26
Views: 3595

Re: "No Seeking" teaching of Linchi (Rinzai)

This is a dangerous teaching. There is so much to do - the mind is a mess, and it needs cleaning up. Doing nothing changes nothing. ---------------- It is not a dangerous traching, it is the teaching of first reaching a certain level however. Therefore, it shouldn't be given to those who are not ye...
by Quiet Heart
Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:58 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How can you live completly under the Noble Eigthfold Path
Replies: 13
Views: 1904

Re: How can you live completly under the Noble Eigthfold Path

:smile: :smile: :smile: Easily. Every day you have your choices to make. If you are guided by your understanding of the Dharma your choices are easy. You just do what you feel is right and true. How else has it ever been? Even since the Buddha left his home, (that was his choice that he made then) t...
by Quiet Heart
Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:40 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How smart do you have to be to get it?
Replies: 55
Views: 6978

Re: How smart do you have to be to get it?

How smart do you have to be to be enlightened? Can even a stupid person of low iq get it, and is it easier or harder for them? Also i read about the different "capacites" of different people. Do people of higher capacity need extra help? Because reading various buddhist bulletin boards, it seems th...
by Quiet Heart
Sat Dec 08, 2012 2:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why do some religions try to convert others?
Replies: 13
Views: 1794

Re: Why do some religions try to convert others?

Like why does religion that is based on judaism try to convince others that their way is true. If god exist-which im sure he does not,he would take care of the sinners. If you are a true believer you would care that you alone are living by "gods words" and dont mind for others? -Its pretty simple t...
by Quiet Heart
Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:37 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Accepting Attachments/Household Life
Replies: 48
Views: 7037

Re: Accepting Attachments/Household Life

:smile: Zealot: I do not mean to be unkind, I really don't. But in my personal opinion you seem to have a very idealised and simplistic view that there are only two ways to go....either the path of total abandonment of the world or a path of total attachment to the "sinful" and evil world. There is ...
by Quiet Heart
Mon Nov 19, 2012 2:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhists offended by sexy magazine spread
Replies: 7
Views: 1490

Re: Buddhists offended by sexy magazine spread

:smile: Here in Thailand there are certain customs that are regarded as offensive. Touching the head, especially with your foot is offensive. Pointing your foot, even unintentionally, toward another person is regarded as offensive. Sitting or standing above a monk (or a buddha statue) is regarded as...
by Quiet Heart
Mon Nov 12, 2012 5:37 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: science and buddhism forum?
Replies: 12
Views: 2366

The Buddhist Science Forum?

:shrug: Seems like everyone likes the idea, but it hasn't been created yet. In the meantime I've found this article that I (at least) find interesting and it definately has a "science" edge to it. So I hope I can get away with posting a link to the article? The story is at: http://www.sciencedaily.c...
by Quiet Heart
Sun Nov 11, 2012 5:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?
Replies: 117
Views: 12096

Re: when asked for ... "evidence" ... ideas, please ?

:smile: Turn the arguement around....contend, as I do, that the "evidence" of a matierial "reality" that can be "seen" and "experienced" as a reality is only a artifact of our limited perception. For example....we see light only in a limited range....because of the physical nature of our vision. Hum...
by Quiet Heart
Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:58 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How sane are you?
Replies: 64
Views: 6997

Re: How sane are you?

I am always amazed how the crazier and more deluded we are, the more everyone else is deluded and crazy . . . :shrug: As far as I know Buddhism leads us to greater mental stability, no matter the starting point. :woohoo: Most of us are a mix of attributes and also can manifest genuine Buddha Emptin...
by Quiet Heart
Sat Oct 27, 2012 12:11 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from Thailand
Replies: 16
Views: 2158

Re: Greetings from Thailand

Hello everyone, I'm Graham and I teach in Thailand, though I am from the UK. It's Theravadan Buddhism here, which I find quite strange :) Everyone eats meat and drinks alcohol. I'm married with two small kids. Graham ---------------------------- So you're in Thailand too! I'm in Bangkok, originally...
by Quiet Heart
Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:36 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Buddhism without a teacher
Replies: 34
Views: 7063

Re: Buddhism without a teacher

:smile: CoreyNiles92 Just my personal opinion .... but maybe you are one of those who can find a path without a formal "Teacher". I am one. It's NOT an easy path .... but in my particular case it seemed to be the only path I would accept. Yes, a lot of errors were made, but then realizations too. If...
by Quiet Heart
Wed Oct 24, 2012 5:26 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Bankei's "method" of abiding in the unborn
Replies: 43
Views: 8319

Re: Bankei's "method" of abiding in the unborn

Thank you very much for the article. Some points of practice that I've noticed: ...one needs to cease struggling entirely. ...If one is truly natural and innocently spontaneous, the Unborn will appear ...letting go of everything which is not the Unborn... ...it involves the total openness of one wh...
by Quiet Heart
Fri Oct 19, 2012 3:15 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Flush with the lid down!
Replies: 2
Views: 573

Re: Flush with the lid down!

:tongue: I have a friend who spent many years in the U.S. navy as a submariner until he retired. In submarines nowadays the toliets flush into a storgae tank system....never directly outside. But still there are vent tanks. When you are at depth the pressure OUTSIDE is often greater than the pressur...
by Quiet Heart
Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:15 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Koans
Replies: 5
Views: 1311

Re: Koans

hi everybody! :-) I feel that any question that is bothering me and I can't seem to get an answer to I can use as a Koan even though it is not a formal koan. does anybody else have a similar experience? with metta tomer ---------------- Not a Koan as such, but a story to consider....meditate on, if...

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