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  • As Ajahn Brahm says "Good? Bad? Who knows....."
  • Good on you @Kerome. I have thought along similar lines a bit over the last few years. But my latest idea is that if I keep working in the (relatively) high paying IT job I have now I cann save more money so retire earlier to spend the rest of…
  • Best to give politics a wide berth I've found.
  • @silver said: I'd say use it yourself, for the Buddhist adventure - it's unavoidable anyway - you are a Buddhist or Buddhist-leaning. You might find someone to meditate for. Just a way of meeting others. In casual conversation with someone, yo…
    in Gift Voucher Comment by Bunks July 26
  • No, not conditional. However I'm sure they'll assume I'll use it. Having said that, I have decided to give it to my ex-wife's best friend who has been going through a particularly hard time lately. Her and my ex can have a girl's night and stay t…
    in Gift Voucher Comment by Bunks July 26
  • Correct @vinlyn
    in Gift Voucher Comment by Bunks July 26
  • Funny you should mention that - I was just reading about the four foundations of awareness this morning. You might like this: http://naturalawareness.net/foundations.pdf
    in Awareness Comment by Bunks July 21
  • Thanks for your input guys! @karasti is right - the very fact it keeps coming up is probably a good sign I am not really comfortable with some of my life style choices at the moment. I'll keep looking into it.
  • @federica said: @Bunks said: ....But I am unwilling to stop at this stage. That, right there. That's the Key Comment. THAT'S the one which carries every aspect of both the precept and The EightFold Path. I …
  • No offence at all @karasti - I always appreciate your thoughtful comments. I am not entirely convinced it's right myself. But I am unwilling to stop at this stage. Who knows, I may change soon. I have certainly changed quite a few behaviour…
  • Hi @karasti - I should add further that I have taken the five precepts and I intend keeping them as best I can. I have given up alcohol completely for some time now and am trying to keep the others. I suppose, as you say, it's up to me to deci…
  • I know I am harping on a bit about it but I do struggle with the idea that as a single person I should stop having sex. I am happy to openly admit I sleep with sex workers (it is legal in Australia) fairly regularly. And there are times when I fe…
  • Thank you @Shoshin - well said.
  • @Shoshin said: Should the Middle Way also apply when it comes to sexual misconduct...? Avoid the two extremes... Find a happy medium I actually don't really understand what you mean. If I went to a monk and said "Hey, I…
  • Yep. I have read and heard the same numerous times. Lust is lust isn't it? The Buddha certainly didn't mention it in the Pali Canon.
  • Just to add to the confusion: What about a single person sleeping with a prostitute? The vibe I got from some interpretations of the third precept is that if you're single you should be celibate. Not sure how I feel about that......
  • @vinlyn said: @upekka said: ... in my case i had been deluded 54 years (more than five decades) I know the feeling. Three weeks ago I learned that in some ways I have been coasting through life. …
    in 4NT Revisited. Comment by Bunks July 18
  • Apologies for hijacking your thread @Kerome. I'll shut up now. Too little sleep and too much caffeine make Luke a chatty boy ;-)
  • @federica said: That depends. Would it jeopardise your financial responsibility to your children? Good point. I certainly wouldn't do it if that were the case.
  • When my ex starts working more regularly and earning more, I've started thinking about just working four days a week and spending the extra day at the Monastery / volunteering etc. One less day prostituting myself can only be a good thing right?
  • You nailed it! Good for you.
  • The aim should be for stream entry in this life. Then one will be enlightened within seven lifetimes. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sotāpanna
  • Metta meditation. http://googleweblight.com/?lite_url=http://www.buddhanet.net/metta_in.htm&ei=TchUmfuY&lc=en-AU&s=1&m=356&host=www.google.com.au&f=1&gl=au&q=metta+meditation&ts=1500013410&sig=ALNZjWk3RtjsW…
  • @vinlyn said: Due to a heart issue, I can no longer take melatonin. Me too? I haven't read about that in any of the side effects.
    in Sleeping pills Comment by Bunks July 14
  • @Shoshin It does get cold in Melbourne. I reckon Auckland and Melbourne have similar winters but Melbourne is hotter in summer. We have more of a dry heat whereas Auckland seemed to be sub-tropical. I really enjoyed Auckland summers. Would tra…
  • 8C is cold during the day for us Southerners @shoshin! I went and stayed up in the hills north of Melbourne last week for a few days and it struggled to get up to that temperature each day.
  • @upekka. Fyi, Jayson hasn't been around here for ages so I wouldn't expect a response.
  • Love yourself and be awake - Today, tomorrow, always. First establish yourself in the way, Then teach others, And so defeat sorrow. To straighten the crooked You must first do a harder thing - Straighten yourself. You are your only ma…
  • My daughter has been taking 2mg of slow release melatonin (under doctor supervision) every night for about the last 3 years. It was a life saver for our family! We used to have 3 or 4 nights a week where she'd get up at 1am or 2am and it was l…
    in Sleeping pills Comment by Bunks July 11
  • I wonder if she missed the irony of what she did?
    in Buddhist faith Comment by Bunks June 29
  • Good call @shoshin! I definitely have seen a shift in my perspective. Train running late? Oh well.... Person steps in front of me in a queue? No worries! Car cuts me off? All good..... I still get annoyed at times but find I get over stu…
  • @silver said: Ha ha, I think a future Mrs. Bunks would figure you wouldn't mind the pain of having it redone with her name if you really love her. The other alternative is that she change her name to Angela - if she loves me enough s…
  • I got this tattoo on my bicep as a birthday present to myself about three years ago. I also have my kids names and DOB's along with (stupidly!) my ex wife's name - we're still friends so I suppose it ain't all bad. I wonder what a possible future Mr…
  • Good luck @eggsavior!
  • I won't ask what you thought of the SOO last night
  • No worries @dhammachick - happy birthday!
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solstice> @dhammachick said: I love that my birthday is during Winter Solstice. It's like the Universe saying "Sorry I cursed you to be born on the shortest day of the year, with corresponding physical height.…
  • Ta @karasti - I have changed my diet quite drastically (I used to eat a lot of bread and rice) so I am sure this has to have an affect. I feel great apart from some nausea when I start to get hungry again. It's only been about the last three days…
  • @Bunks said: Yes - English is your second language I wasn't joking - that was the first thing I perceived
  • Has anyone undertaking the LCHF path felt sick and had an upset stomach a few days after beginning? I read about the LC "flu" and it suggested it was due to a lack of salt. I drank a glass or two of salty water and it feels a bit better but th…
  • Yes - English is your second language
  • Just to clarify @vinlyn, I think you mean the results of karma always happen. Karma just means any "intentional action" undertaken so I don't think any of us could argue that this doesn't happen at present for us Anyways, I have heard that only …
  • @Hozan said: Its on a knife edge ! Hung parliament? Coalition? We will have to wait and see. Great! You'll be in the same boat Australia has been for a decade. No laws get passed and the major parties compromise their principles to ple…
    in UK elections. Comment by Bunks June 9
  • Peace. When things are a bit hectic I reflect on the Three Jewels and usually feel an instant calming effect.
    in Taking Refuge Comment by Bunks June 8