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by anagarika
Sun Apr 18, 2021 6:24 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism say about gender?
Replies: 57
Views: 2028

Re: What does Buddhism say about gender?

I´d say the reason why Buddhism, or even the Buddha himself, don´t say much about gender is very simple - it is irrelevant for liberation. I believe there are some sections in Abhidharma that deal with gender, but for practical goals of release from suffering, it is absolutely unnecessary or even co...
by anagarika
Mon Apr 12, 2021 11:43 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Wanting and Suffering
Replies: 25
Views: 644

Re: Wanting and Suffering

Practice to obtain samadhi [at awareness; this is not final samadhi] first then if you want fruit of your merits will bloom you can have women or be reborn in heavens. This is a very bad advice, especially on a Buddhist forum. Buddha himself stated that even "being re-born as a Brahma is too low of...
by anagarika
Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Wanting and Suffering
Replies: 25
Views: 644

Re: Wanting and Suffering

Practice to obtain samadhi [at awareness; this is not final samadhi] first then if you want fruit of your merits will bloom you can have women or be reborn in heavens. This is a very bad advice, especially on a Buddhist forum. Buddha himself stated that even "being re-born as a Brahma is too low of...
by anagarika
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:56 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why drugs are bad for meditators?
Replies: 19
Views: 369

Re: Why drugs are bad for meditators?

I´m afraid this isnt´t even a debate :/ There are two extremely simple reasons why drugs aren´t a possibility for meditators: 1) Buddhist meditation is about taking some things away from your mind, not adding anything to it. The progression of jhanas, for instance, is characterized by gradual simpli...
by anagarika
Tue Apr 06, 2021 8:33 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Wanting and Suffering
Replies: 25
Views: 644

Re: Wanting and Suffering

Well this is a tricky one indeed... I hope it won't be interpreted as a heresy when I write that for some people a certain amount of samsaric experience might be a prerequisite to sincere practice. I know exactly what your dilemma is. When I was younger I had great difficulties sorting this out. I w...
by anagarika
Mon Mar 22, 2021 5:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How much do you meditate?
Replies: 19
Views: 662

Re: How much do you meditate?

My schedule usually allows for 1 to 3 hours of formal sitting practice a day. This amount of time allows me to develop other meditations alongside my core practice, such as brahmaviharas, formless meditations, recollections etc. I would totally love to shift up a gear and make the 3 hours mark my l...
by anagarika
Mon Mar 22, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How much do you meditate?
Replies: 19
Views: 662

Re: How much do you meditate?

My schedule usually allows for 1 to 3 hours of formal sitting practice a day. This amount of time allows me to develop other meditations alongside my core practice, such as brahmaviharas, formless meditations, recollections etc. I would totally love to shift up a gear and make the 3 hours mark my lo...
by anagarika
Sun Mar 21, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is Buddhism necessary?
Replies: 32
Views: 1022

Re: Is Buddhism necessary?

Wow, such an interesting debate going on here! I could very easily assume the role of the Devil´s advocate here since I myself have been putting the dharma under scrupulous scrutiny and making it the subject of extensive critique for more than 7 years. I´ve contrasted it to all relevant religions an...
by anagarika
Sat Mar 20, 2021 7:47 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: How does brahmacarya specifically help your meditation?
Replies: 8
Views: 370

Re: How does brahmacarya specifically help your meditation?

Thank you all for your messages and views! It is becoming clear to me that there is no need to add anything in this respect to my practice. It would introduce unnecessary concepts and complexities to my relatively straightforward, but efficient and productive jhanic routine. At this point it seems t...
by anagarika
Fri Mar 19, 2021 9:53 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: How does brahmacarya specifically help your meditation?
Replies: 8
Views: 370

Re: How does brahmacarya specifically help your meditation?

Hello my noble friends! I wasn´t exactly sure in which category does my post fit so I decided to put it here. I was wondering if any fellow brahmacarya practitioners would be willing to share in which specific ways do they feel this practice benefits their meditation. It´s been several months since...
by anagarika
Fri Mar 19, 2021 9:22 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: How does brahmacarya specifically help your meditation?
Replies: 8
Views: 370

Re: How does brahmacarya specifically help your meditation?

Tibetan? I´m not sure what you´re asking: 1) If you´re asking about my nationality, then the answer is no, I´m not Tibetan :D 2) If you´re asking about my lineage, it´s not Tibetan either - it´s Theravada, but I´m asking here because I don´t think they have any similar practice. It´s fine if there ...
by anagarika
Fri Mar 19, 2021 9:10 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: How does brahmacarya specifically help your meditation?
Replies: 8
Views: 370

How does brahmacarya specifically help your meditation?

Hello my noble friends! I wasn´t exactly sure in which category does my post fit so I decided to put it here. I was wondering if any fellow brahmacarya practitioners would be willing to share in which specific ways do they feel this practice benefits their meditation. It´s been several months since ...
by anagarika
Mon Feb 08, 2021 11:35 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Signs of fruits of Practice
Replies: 42
Views: 1499

Re: Signs of fruits of Practice

I was just curious about the tradition or traditions you practice and your teacher or teachers.Not your personal practices. It would not be off topic.They are directly related to signs of practice.Without them you would not have any.... I am with the Theravada tradition. As I live in a country wher...
by anagarika
Mon Feb 08, 2021 11:06 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Signs of fruits of Practice
Replies: 42
Views: 1499

Re: Signs of fruits of Practice

What is the tradition that you practice? Who did you learn your practices from? It would probably be better if we could discuss this in a PM as my personal practice is not the subject of this thread :jumping: I don´t want to be off-topic... I was just curious about the tradition or traditions you p...
by anagarika
Mon Feb 08, 2021 10:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Signs of fruits of Practice
Replies: 42
Views: 1499

Re: Signs of fruits of Practice

Is this your experience? Yes, that's why I'm so enthusiastic about it and willing others to experience the same :) To be more specific regarding the dreams - I still notice latent tendencies that will need some undoing. But this is not an overnight process - it is the consistency that counts. Also ...
by anagarika
Mon Feb 08, 2021 12:04 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Signs of fruits of Practice
Replies: 42
Views: 1499

Re: Signs of fruits of Practice

From my own experience I would say that signs of progress can hardly go unnoticed. If you really make dharma and practice your life priority, this will permeate your whole being on many levels. You´ll find that you are no longer attracted to things that you used to find so irresistibly appealing be...
by anagarika
Sun Feb 07, 2021 8:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Signs of fruits of Practice
Replies: 42
Views: 1499

Re: Signs of fruits of Practice

From my own experience I would say that signs of progress can hardly go unnoticed. If you really make dharma and practice your life priority, this will permeate your whole being on many levels. You´ll find that you are no longer attracted to things that you used to find so irresistibly appealing bef...
by anagarika
Thu Feb 04, 2021 3:11 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Can anyone recommend similar chant recordings?
Replies: 4
Views: 333

Re: Can anyone recommend similar chant recordings?

Ayu wrote: Thu Feb 04, 2021 3:04 pm How about the video list of the user who posted that?
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv4SHD ... SSjSJ3yQ7w
It's not too long though.
That was the first thing I tried but unfortunately the rest is just visuals + electronic (pop) music :/
by anagarika
Thu Feb 04, 2021 2:48 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Can anyone recommend similar chant recordings?
Replies: 4
Views: 333

Can anyone recommend similar chant recordings?

Hello my noble friends, I´ve stumbled upon this thoroughly mesmerising chanting of the Lotus Sutra by Nikko Hansen and would love to hear more in this style: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mLpGpebu-0 My problem with chanting videos/recordings on YouTube is that the vast majority of them is absolut...
by anagarika
Fri Jan 29, 2021 12:41 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra
Replies: 37
Views: 1751

Re: Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra

I had asked this question before in the Books thread, but since I received no answer perhaps I'll have better luck here: Are there other translations of the Mahaparinirvana Sutra, other than the (pricey) BDK edition or the translation from Dr. Tony Duff, which from what I understand, bears some "un...

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