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by JohnK
Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Sati-sampajjanno - Practical advice on breaking away from thought runs
Replies: 10
Views: 156

Re: Sati-sampajjanno - Practical advice on breaking away from thought runs

So, it is an "attachement" that makes the mind to go around again and again into it. I certainly really missed to realize that too!. Certainly I should also be mindful of that too. I wonder what makes the mind "attached" to this thinking... My sense of it is that one is attached...
by JohnK
Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:01 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Sati-sampajjanno - Practical advice on breaking away from thought runs
Replies: 10
Views: 156

Re: Sati-sampajjanno - Practical advice on breaking away from thought runs

"What shall we do about these "thought runs" revolving around the same task? - one strategy is, "I know i am thinking, but its not anything bad, let me allow it", and soon might get lost in the thought run, until next moment awareness kicks in and I realize "I have bein...
by JohnK
Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:38 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravada position on self-immolation
Replies: 41
Views: 1133

Re: Theravada position on self-immolation

This post is not really related to the discussion, but is related to the title of the thread. Making my way through the MN, I just read MN 124 (Bakkula Sutta) and thought it was interesting, and not a typical MN sutta -- thought I would share for those who might not be familiar. At the age of 160, ...
by JohnK
Sat Jan 07, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravada position on self-immolation
Replies: 41
Views: 1133

Re: Theravada position on self-immolation

This post is not really related to the discussion, but is related to the title of the thread. Making my way through the MN, I just read MN 124 (Bakkula Sutta) and thought it was interesting, and not a typical MN sutta -- thought I would share for those who might not be familiar. At the age of 160, s...
by JohnK
Mon Jan 02, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism vs Western Philosophy - The fundamental difference
Replies: 17
Views: 396

Re: Buddhism vs Western Philosophy - The fundamental difference

Quick clarification please -- where is "here" as used below? Thanks.
Twilight wrote:I have noticed that many buddhist here do not understand what buddhism is...
by JohnK
Thu Dec 29, 2016 3:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will you eat your pet fish if you are really hungry?
Replies: 30
Views: 496

Re: Will you eat your pet fish if you are really hungry?

...Let me just add that this is supposed to be a response to a little girl. A small child is in the process of learning about the world and might not be able to process some answers in a beneficial way. If someone gave the answer that they would eat the fish and that they might even eat her too do ...
by JohnK
Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will you eat your pet fish if you are really hungry?
Replies: 30
Views: 496

Re: Will you eat your pet fish if you are really hungry?

SarathW wrote:...If I say I do not know which means there is no effort in my side.

Looks like we disagree, friend. :bow:
I suspect we are closer in practice than these attempts with language and concepts would suggest.
Be well.
by JohnK
Wed Dec 28, 2016 8:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will you eat your pet fish if you are really hungry?
Replies: 30
Views: 496

Re: Will you eat your pet fish if you are really hungry?

I think one can sincerely take the precepts while acknowledging that the future is uncertain, for example, dementia, or even humble uncertainty of my own ability to keep every precept in every situation. In fact, a responses of "I don't know" (perhaps followed by some explanation) can be s...
by JohnK
Wed Dec 28, 2016 4:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suttanipata trans. by Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi
Replies: 7
Views: 203

Re: Suttanipata trans. by Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi

Oh, I just requested a hardcopy of the Thanissaro translation a couple of weeks ago.
http://www.dhammatalks.org/ebook_index.html#suttanipata
by JohnK
Wed Dec 28, 2016 3:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will you eat your pet fish if you are really hungry?
Replies: 30
Views: 496

Re: Will you eat your pet fish if you are really hungry?

I think the honest answer to the little girl is to say that I don't know what I would do...chownah This makes sense to me. Heck, there are examples of people eating people when deranged by starvation. I would like to say I would never do that, can't even conceive of it, but who knows for sure? Many...
by JohnK
Tue Dec 20, 2016 7:14 pm
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Spreading a simple piece of advice that has helped me with Metta
Replies: 6
Views: 220

Re: Spreading a simple piece of advice that has helped me with Metta

Regarding receptive: I have on occasion in the beginning of metta practice visualized someone close to me (someone I might believe!) looking at me and saying the metta phrases for me. I suspect I was instructed that this could be helpful, but I can't recall for sure. (Maybe another angle on less &qu...
by JohnK
Mon Dec 12, 2016 3:17 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Wood for the Trees
Replies: 17
Views: 443

Re: Wood for the Trees

My Vipassana teacher sometimes mentions the parallel with shikantaza, but not in any detail -- not enough to highlight want might be differences.
So, I look forward to additional discussion here; thanks for bringing it up.
by JohnK
Sat Dec 10, 2016 4:37 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: The harder I practice the worse my wrong views get, help!
Replies: 17
Views: 339

Re: The harder I practice the worse my wrong views get, help!

I've heard teachers say that thoughts should be known as thoughts -- impermanent blips that arise and pass that we often get all caught up in -- is it a good thought or a bad thought? Is it a true thought or a false thought? Is It a thought I should try to get rid of? Is it a thought I should tell m...
by JohnK
Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:22 pm
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: What Should I Be Focusing On?
Replies: 6
Views: 197

Re: What Should I Be Focusing On?

One example; from the respected Ajahn Sumedho, from his book The Mind and the Way. When you practice mindfulness of the breath (anapanasati), you learn to concentrate the mind on the breathing. If you wish, you can do it for just ten minutes at a time, as an exercise. When you are meditating for a l...
by JohnK
Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is your most profound fear?
Replies: 59
Views: 748

Re: What is your most profound fear?

On the subject of fear, this is from Ajahn Sumedho's book, The Mind and the Way, chapter called "Cleansing the Mind." After about ten minutes of intensive practice, let go, and don't concentrate on the breath anymore. Instead, watch the condition of mind: watch what arises and passes away....
by JohnK
Fri Dec 09, 2016 4:08 pm
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: I'm confused about the "sign"
Replies: 11
Views: 266

Re: I'm confused about the "sign"

weskinner wrote:Do I have this right?-- One has to become concentrated enough (jhana?) in order to properly practice vipassana.

There is probably some agreement among the wise ;) about "concentrated enough" -- probably no agreement that jhana is necessary.
by JohnK
Thu Dec 08, 2016 2:48 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: "Swaying" in sekhiyavatta
Replies: 7
Views: 183

Re: "Swaying" in sekhiyavatta

Perhaps I was too glib, hence no replies. Let me try a bit harder: I am not familiar with the rules for monks. Are there a number of rules that apply to "inhabited areas," or is this one unique? What was meant by the word translated as inhabited area? -- does it include the monastery? And ...
by JohnK
Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:04 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: "Swaying" in sekhiyavatta
Replies: 7
Views: 183

Re: "Swaying" in sekhiyavatta

Hmm. Much swaying in uninhabited areas?
by JohnK
Mon Nov 28, 2016 5:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Definitions of the factors of the 1rst Jhana
Replies: 4
Views: 245

Re: Definitions of the factors of the 1rst Jhana

Shaila Catherine's Focused and Fearless has a chapter on the factors that I thought was very clear -- sorry no link.
Just a link to the Wisdom pub page on the book:
http://www.wisdompubs.org/book/focused-and-fearless
by JohnK
Sun Nov 27, 2016 6:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Morality of killing in war
Replies: 20
Views: 621

Re: Morality of killing in war

Thanks for the link/source/advice, RyanM.

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