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  • How did the Buddha know he'd reached Enlightenment under the tree? How did he know he'd reached an insight regarding the "Middle Way"? What kind of questions are these? I don't understand. "How did you know you were sitting?" What?
  • I have the book. I stopped reading a little after Chapter 2. I don't know if there's that much to say about each chapter, honestly. I'm thinking a more open discussion format might work best. We tried a book club once before, and it broke down, b…
  • OP, are you keeping track of who's ready to go? Let us know when to begin.
  • @DhammaDragon said: Almost on chapter 4. What I love till now, and that is consistent with the Buddha's teaching as I always knew it, is the emphasis in the here and now. No reference to other lifetimes from his mouth, till now...🐉👍 …
  • I thought it was about demonizing the old religion, in which the serpent maybe symbolized tantric knowledge and humankind's potential to become quasi-Divine. The wrathful, jealous god of the Old Testament couldn't have any of that going on, could he…
    in Adam and Eve Comment by Dakini June 25
  • I've read up through Chapter 2 so far, which is the most interesting so far, IMO. That's enough for now. Such a small book to generate so much excitement!
  • I got my book. I'll read the introduction, because I'm curious about the author's views.
  • OP, I've never heard of any kind of time frame given to rebirth in Buddhism. Where did you get the 49-day thing?
  • @DhammaDragon said: I still think the chapter by chapter analysis will help better grasp concepts step by step. In the introduction, Fronsdal does bind chapters according to themes. We could take it from there too. I am going slowly in…
  • @DhammaDragon said: As soon as everyone gets the book, we will begin a separate thread for the introduction and the sixteen different chapters, then 🐉🙏👍 Well, what about comments that tie chapters together, or broader observations and dis…
  • This issue of not recognizing ordinations for women seems to pertain mainly to Thailand or to Theravada Buddhism? Except there was an example of a nun who was ordained in Sri Lanka, and attained a leadership role there, with public support. So maybe…
  • Here's my last video post, sorry for sidetracking, but these are so moving! This one's from last year. This 13-year-old, Laura Bretan, is a Romanian-American. She auditioned for the talent show in both the US (America's Got Talent), and in Romania,…
  • Are we off-topic yet? Wait, are we even supposed to be posting TV clips? This kind of reminds me of the precept in Buddhism that prohibits listening to music. Back in the Buddha's day, music and "dancing girls" were a sensual thing, so it was c…
  • Thanks, @Kerome. Loved the Norwegian! But the music drowned out her singing a little. Interesting comment by one of the judges, that the girl is an "old soul" who's lived many lifetimes.
  • @Vastmind said: I admit ....I read the review/summary from SBA before this thread...so...I might be a little too bias for a discussion....but I'm in. What is the deadline for having or actually reading the book? Are we doing by section...o…
  • @DhammaDragon said: I am ready anytime, @Dakini. All interested members, let us know when you get the book. The Atthakavagga consists of sixteen chapters, with Frondsdal's explanations. According to Fronsdal, there is a huge differ…
  • OP, I got rid of my TV years ago. I found that even being very selective about programs, I didn't seem to have the discipline to turn off the TV when my one preferred program for the day was over. I'd sit dumbly in front of the thing, staring passi…
  • @eggsavior said: I would be interested in reading as well! OK, so visit your bookstore and see if they have it. I just ordered a copy from Amazon, expedited delivery, so we can get started without a long delay.
  • Well, if we want to all discuss the book together, those who are interested (including myself) would have to order the book ASAP, or get it from their local bookstore. Are we up for this, gang? Do you all have time to do some steady reading after…
  • @vinlyn said: I was having a discussion with a Thai Buddhist monk a week ago, and karma came up. I said that it seemed to me that karma did not necessarily occur if someone did something bad. And he said that karma ALWAYS occurs, but that we do…
  • This would be a really good topic for a Buddhist bookclub discussion. Is anyone else game?
  • Fabulous topic! I've seen the book reviews of this book, and it's on my "to buy" list. Thank you for posting this review. I think it can be very valuable to get down to the Buddha's basics. What's so appealing is that the Buddha made everything so s…
  • @DhammaDragon said: I saw pictures of the Dalai Lama training on a treadmill. Apparently it is not forbidden. And the Buddha suggested that we should take good care of our bodily vessel... I remember that photo! It was in a New Yo…
    in Monk health Comment by Dakini June 12
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  • Hi, Lilac. Welcome to the forum. May I ask you what treatments you've tried (if any, at this point) for your PTSD? The technique called EMDR is with rare exception (war vets/multiple traumas) quite effective within just a few treatments. A certai…
  • When I was in college, I used to do a 3-day fast, now and then. Filling up on water helps beat hunger pangs. By around the middle of day 2, you may start to get a sort of high. By day 3, I definitely had a spiritual high. YMMV. Let us know how it go…
    in Fasting Comment by Dakini June 8
  • @vinlyn said: Trump presents we Buddhists with a conundrum. Many of us are appalled with his policies and behaviors. Yet, to me, it seems "un-Buddhist" to attack a person, particularly on a Buddhist website (although I certainly understand the …
    in Trump Comment by Dakini June 6
  • @Hozan said: No more Trump comments from me. Its not constructive and achieves nothing other than to make me more annoyed at him. So its a Trump radio silence from me. You can't withdraw from your own thread. You're stuck with it.
    in Trump Comment by Dakini June 6
  • Thanks for the interesting topics you contribute!
  • @vinlyn said: The President can't be expected to make a public statement in every murder situation in the United States. If it is a national issue, that's different. Oh? Obama expressed condolences about mass/group murder incidents. Mayb…
    in Trump Comment by Dakini June 6
  • @Hozan said: 5 people killed in the US today as a gunman went into his former place of employment and shot dead ex colleagues. Metta to all involved in this Does trump make any comment or condolences? Nothing. Like it never happened. We all know …
    in Trump Comment by Dakini June 6
  • @Kerome said: Apparently if the state of Texas was a nation, it would have the 4th largest wind power energy sector on the planet. So it's not all bad news. Seems to be creating a lot of jobs too for wind turbine technicians. Well, yes, t…
    in Trump Comment by Dakini June 5
  • @Hozan said: https://fractalplanet.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/how-guy-mcpherson-gets-it-wrong/ I dont doubt climate change and the problems we face but I wouldnt believe guy mcphersons version of events https://fractalplanet.wordpress…
    in Trump Comment by Dakini June 5
  • @vinlyn said: Before we slit our wrists, do we even know what's in the Paris Accord? I was listening to a discussion about it today on Sirius Radio, and I couldn't believe that what they were saying was accurate. So I came home and did a …
    in Trump Comment by Dakini June 5
  • Yes, actually, the issue comes up for discussion in the world of Tibetan monks from time to time. I recall hearing about a Westerner who, I think, was teaching English in a monastery, and set up a basketball court, to get the monks moving. This caus…
    in Monk health Comment by Dakini June 4
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  • The Buddha's Parinirvana Sutra series was given on his deathbead. Those are the Buddhanature/True Self teachings. I'm not aware that he actually said "The Self is the Dharma", though. I haven't read the entire Parinirvana collection, though, becaus…
  • @SpinyNorman said: That sounds rather like Atman, true self, something "beneath" the aggregates. The "True Self" or Buddhanature doctrine, as we're told the Buddha articulated it on his deathbed, does sound a bit like Atman.
  • OP, another bit of information you may be missing about the Buddhanature concept is that it is unrealized until cultivated via Dharma practice. Most people are not born Buddhas. Buddhanature is a seed of potential everyone has within, but that seed…
  • OP, you'd be surprised the extent to which Christianity--and not just some of the warm fuzzy aspects--has commonalities with Buddhism. Buddhists also believe that newborns are programmed to "sin". But what does this word mean? In Buddhism, it means…
  • You can focus on whatever works for you. However, one reason breathwork is recommended is that it's a specific physiological technique that has been proven to relax people and calm their busy mind, thereby facilitating focus (on whatever one chooses…
  • @paulyso said: the question arise,what is dharma?to me any method that reduce stress is dharma to me.i can try to see the angle of buddhism in dharma,in contempary phrases.for example,work hard and play hard.this dharma,is telling me,from a buddh…