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BhanteLucky · Alternative lifestyle person in the South Island of New Zealand · Veteran

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  • Yes Dhammachick's link is super useful if you're interested in Buddhism and Magic. http://newbuddhist.com/discussion/comment/485398#Comment As to whether it is forbidden or practised: Once someone gets really awesome meditation or enlightened, t…
  • This is my dad inspecting quake damage on the Kaikoura coast. The police let them past the roadblocks because he was on some official business and was driving a tough 4WD truck. His house was not damaged, but my step-mother's Buddha statue fell and…
  • In ancient times, monks were at the very forefront of information technology, early adopters, at the cutting edge itself. How so? A short time after paper began being made in ancient India, monasteries were producing it, improving it, and using t…
  • Before I became a monk, I stayed for about 5 months at the monastery as a layperson. I didn't seriously think of becoming a monk until about month 5, and even after that I didn't take the robes for another two years. So you don't need to rush your …
  • @tlish said: @BhanteLucky said: There was one set of quotes in there that was Bahai. Did you put that in there by mistake? Yeah that would be a mistake on my part. Sorry about that. I have also been looking at the Baha…
  • There was one set of quotes in there that was Bahai. Did you put that in there by mistake?
  • @tlish said: Would you say that it is a positive thing for different religions to stand together in defense of good values? No, because it means imposing your views of what are "good values" on other people. If someone has "bad" values, j…
  • @Kerome , you are right, and apparently toddlers killed more people than terrorists in the USA in 2105. Mostly preschool kids playing with handguns!
  • @SpinyNorman said: @JamestheGiant said:> Let's be careful not turn this thread into the muslim-hating that we see on so many other sites on the internet. The middle way would be to acknowledge that Islamic fundamentalism…
  • Let's be careful not turn this thread into the muslim-hating that we see on so many other sites on the internet. So, how do we move towards ending the hatred instead of stoking it? Or perhaps there really is no solution in the human realm... hmmm.…
  • There has to be action on multiple angles. Not just socially and economically but also within Islam.
  • A whole page of replies, and nobody has mentioned the elephant in the room. Islam. Of coure it is vital to deal with the social and secular causes of contemporary global terrorism, such as poverty, inequality, lack of education, etc. But it is sh…
  • I find going to a group Very Very helpful, to answer questions and keep up motivation. I've been to some seriously weird groups, but just keep your brain working, and your bullshit-detector on high power, and you'll be fine.
  • I'm a kiwi, and I voted for change. I voted for the spiral one, but it didn't even get selected for the final vote. But the whole "change the flag" debate has been a sideshow, a distraction to get the media focussing on something other than the Tr…
  • @gottzi said: I find myself, at times, getting angry st even th slightest thing. I try my best not to let it happen but I struggle to keep my cool I was often angry for about two years, and it slowly got worse and worse. It was damagin…
    in Anger Comment by BhanteLucky March 2016
  • The Thai Delegation, led by a senior monk from Chulalongkorn University, vetoed Ajahn Brahm's paper, due to their opposition to any discussion of the bhikkhuni issue. The Thai delegation was opposed to both ordaining women, and even any discussion …
  • @raywhite said: ...and not how to do it... You've heard of meditation? That's how.
  • I do not like the new mobile site, and so I make my phone's browser use the full site. Why? A bit of my screen is taken up with newbuddhist mobile toolbars top and bottom that I do not use. When I type to post, the keyboard takes up another half …
  • Sounds like extremist fundamentalism, not just simple dogmatism. But if the Budha said it, it MUST be true, right? Because the suttas weren't rewritten later, and the translations are perfect, surely. The holy scriptures say there's ONE and ONLY…
  • Just being aware of the breath generally, with no specific narrow spot of awareness, can be a really good method. It can stop you from getting too tense and rigid. Over time, months and years, the awareness of breath usually naturally sharpens on on…
  • I have met three, possibly four Stream Enterers (that first taste of enlightenment). They all got there by meditating really a lot, working hard following the 8-fold path, and it took them decades of practise. Literally, decades. Patience, young j…
  • Mr Depression , for another.
  • There is suffering and stress in life. Enlightenment is the end of suffering and stress. I don't care about self or no-self, I just want an end to suffering. For me it's quite simple like that. That's why I aim for enlightenment.
  • I'm in Thailand at the moment, and in the evenings I like to find the nearest temple, and just go in and chant evening puja with the monks. It's almost always the same chants, so learning them and following along is quite easy. Morning puja howeve…
  • Just embrace your contradictions. Live like a real human, inconsistent and wonderfully messy. Enjoy your freedom and ability to think one thing, but to do something else.
  • The Ukraine voluntarily gave up their nuclear weapons in the 90's, with the guarantee from the UK and USA that they would fight if the Ukraine got invaded. Which they are now ignoring. I reckon nobody would have messed with the Ukraine if they'd k…
  • "The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function." F. Scott Fitzgerald. But George Orwell called it Doublethink, where the people had no awareness…
  • This monastery I'm visiting does several of the thirteen special austere practises, meant only for those keen to push their limits. I can't imagine doing the no lying down one! http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhutanga
  • I'm currently at a monastery where they only eat one huge meal. It makes me feel awful for a few hours after eating... Groggy, tired. I really don't like doing it. The rest of the day I feel fine though, except for low energy in the hour before eati…
  • What I call the"Golden Hours", my sharpest and deepest meditations of the day, are always between 4pm and maybe 8pm. The morning for me is a total disaster zone, jumbled, busy mind that won't stay on the breath... but I meditate in the morning anyw…
  • Zen monks often wear all black, they have the coolest robes of any monastic tradition. As a lay person attending a zen meditation group, I was asked to wear all black. I like wearing black too, almost all my clothes were black a few years ago. Now …
  • Actually, this one is my favourite... Go to http://www.dhammaloka.org.au/ and donate to the new Nuns monastery they're building. The earthworks have been done, and the foundations will be laid hopefully this month, most exciting for the nuns, who ar…
  • http://www.buddhistglobalrelief.org/ organised by Bhikkhu Bodhi
  • Would I stay there? Sure. I'm booked in to stay there for a month, starting at the end of February. I'll write you up a report of how it was for me.
  • have you left ajahn brahm ? No way, it''s great here. Inspiring, interesting, excellent. I'm just off on one last holiday, to see Wat Pah Nanachat and a few other monasteries iin Thailand before I am trapped here for five years. Well, maye trap…
  • I know some foolish buddhists. They're intelligent, but just have no idea of how it all fits together, or they've got some serious mistaken views from something they've read and interpreted wrongly. But yeah, I don't know any low IQ buddhists.
  • Oh dear, I'm booked to fly into BKK on February 17th... I hope the airport iwill be open. Yeah, it's all about me. Poor old Thailand, what a situation. No easy way out.
  • Ah, Bhavana Society, awesome. It will be interesting for you to be a monastic with internet access. We have access here but we must walk 2 kilometers to use it, and it's not encouraged.
  • Ah, Bhavana Society, awesome. It will be interesting for you to be a monastic with internet access. We have access here but we must walk 2 kilometers to use it, and it's not encouraged.
  • Sadu sadu dhamma friend :-), which monastery is this? Ajahn Brahm's, Bodhinyana, near Perth. Great place, 6 anagarikas currently, I'm number three. You're off to Wat Metta?
  • Actually, I think I might do more kitchen work than meditation... So maybe my title should be : Professional Monastery Kitchenhand.
  • I'm an anagarka at a monastery, doing my one year of service and trying it out before I ordain as a monk in October. It's not really "fun"... But I'm learning lots, being around monks all the time is great, and I do lots of meditation and help peopl…
  • Buddhist thoughts on suicide; He'll be back, same shit, different life. My apologies if that sounds harsh or disrespectful, but your friend will be back, in another life, with much the same karma as he had in this life. In Buddhism, suicide is not …
  • Access Concentration / Upacara Samadhi. Or Khanika Samadhi, if it lasted less than an hour or so.
  • Could well be. But strangely, realizing that fully, takes exactly as long as following the precepts and doing the meditation and such. Or longer, if it's just an excuse for laziness.
  • - what do you think is really worth to do in life, if you look back at your years which are gone?. I'm only 35, but when I look back on my life so far, the best/most worthwhile parts of it have been the moments when I've helped other people. Even…
  • This should be required viewing.