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Wolfgang

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In Topic: IS PSYCHOTHERAPY and dhamma

18 December 2008 - 09:03 PM

QUOTE(RobertK @ Dec 16 2008, 05:47 AM) View Post

The concept of 'Therapy' derives from 'Theravada.' ..

In Alexandria, the Theravada monks and nuns became known as the Therapeutae (Sons of the Elders). A Jewish contemplative, name Philo, a contemporary of Jesus, wrote an appreciative tract, De vita Contemplativa (On the Contemplative Life of the Therapeutae) describing the Buddhist monks and nuns as "spiritual athletes" for their disciplined way of life, austere rules and vegetarian diet in their community in the hills outside Alexandria.

The Greek word 'therapeuta' has come to mean 'healing' with its initial derivation from the Buddhists in Alexandria practising to heal suffering. In terms of the Four Noble Truths, the Buddha described himself as a doctor who


Funny, what other original meanings of words could be found.

I heard Psychotherapy derives from the greek psychein - breath, live; and therapon - attender, companion.

If this would be true - I see even closer resemblance to Anapana itself!

Kind regards..


In Topic: Nanayāna

22 June 2008 - 09:47 AM

QUOTE(mike @ May 29 2008, 04:26 AM) View Post

Sure, but "...what should I expect?"


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AN 10.80 - Aghata Sutta - Hatred - Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

"There are these ten ways of subduing hatred. Which ten?

[1] "Thinking, 'He has done me harm. But what should I expect?' one subdues hatred.

[2] "Thinking, 'He is doing me harm. But what should I expect?' one subdues hatred.

[3] "Thinking, 'He is going to do me harm. But what should I expect?' one subdues hatred.

[4] "Thinking, 'He has done harm to people who are dear & pleasing to me. But what should I expect?' one subdues hatred.

[5] "Thinking, 'He is doing harm to people who are dear & pleasing to me. But what should I expect?' one subdues hatred.

[6] "Thinking, 'He is going to do harm to people who are dear & pleasing to me. But what should I expect?' one subdues hatred.

[7] "Thinking, 'He has aided people who are not dear or pleasing to me. But what should I expect?' one subdues hatred.

[8] "Thinking, 'He is aiding people who are not dear or pleasing to me. But what should I expect?' one subdues hatred.

[9] "Thinking, 'He is going to aid people who are not dear or pleasing to me. But what should I expect?' one subdues hatred.

[10] "One does not get worked up over impossibilities.

"These are ten ways of subduing hatred."


Thanks for the hint to this little Sutta, Mike. Recently I suffered serious hatred attacks due to the appalling corrupt behaviour of superiours at my working place. And these few wise words helped me to place it into a more healthy context again (beside other things).

kind regards..

In Topic: CSCD to velthius or unicode tool

22 June 2008 - 09:35 AM

QUOTE(mike @ Jun 21 2008, 11:45 PM) View Post

The link to convertpad is broken. Does anyone know if and where it can be found?


Hi Mike,

not that I knew it - but google was so kind and told ;-):

http://www.library.w.../convertpad.htm

kind regards,

W.

In Topic: Dhamma for Disciples of Goenkaji's Vipassana II

14 May 2008 - 05:25 PM

Thanks Robert,

QUOTE(RobertK @ May 14 2008, 06:13 AM) View Post

Dear Wolfgang
Here is something I saw on Esangha you might be interested in:
http://www.lioncity....mp;#entry953341
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I read this article already some time ago. Though in my eyes the author mentions quite some points worthwhile for discussion - however, it's too bad that he is ridiculing himself by seriously attesting billions of Indians a dissociative disorder according to the psychiatrics classification scheme. Where some psychologists - through much self-exploration - would find it hard not to apply all of them to a certain degree to their own personalities. lol

Such kinds of classification schemes make it very straightforward to get easy access to highly psychoactive pharmaceuticals. Just the other day I heard of a psychiatrist prescribing Haldol by simply diagnosing a 3 !!! year old of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, because the mother merely mentioned nightmares. This is real madness.

Not without reason pharmaceutical is only second to weapon industry in profits. But I'm getting too much of topic here.


That the thread you're pointing out - is already censored at e-sangha - tells much of the kind of conviction in the Dhamma of its Mods there, who can't really handle the slightest critique and are really perpetuating their own questionable missionary agenda. Which to me has very little in common with the Buddha Dhamma anymore ..

kind regards..

In Topic: Pyschology dangerous?

04 March 2008 - 08:36 PM

QUOTE(Bhikkhu Pesala @ Mar 4 2008, 08:03 PM) View Post

.. what is the purpose of the fifth precept? ..


though not so directly connected to insight, I would say not creating conditions for becoming psychotic in the first place?

kind regards..