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by paul
Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Is there Nimitta outside of Theravada?
Replies: 6
Views: 143

Re: Is there Nimitta outside of Theravada?

Development of the sign (nimitta) means developing visualisation, which is a prominent part of Tibetan meditation, however in Theravada it is not emphasised because of the danger of attraction to the ten imperfections of insight, such as illumination, which may lead off the path. But this does not m...
by paul
Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No Creator in Buddhism
Replies: 95
Views: 731

Re: No Creator in Buddhism

Only those things connected with the goal: Once the Blessed One was staying at Kosambi in the simsapa (Dalbergia sisoo) forest. Then, picking up a few simsapa leaves with his hand, he asked the monks, "What do you think, monks: Which are more numerous, the few simsapa leaves in my hand or those...
by paul
Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Non-conceptual thoughts while meditating ... ?
Replies: 7
Views: 151

Re: Non-conceptual thoughts while meditating ... ?

The commendable thing is that you're detached (citta-viveka) from these feelings and able to recognize them. The basis of mental formations (images, words) is feeling so it simply means you are penetrating deeper into the perceptual process, which is defined as feeling, perception, mental formations...
by paul
Tue Jan 10, 2017 5:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do we cry?
Replies: 7
Views: 144

Re: Why do we cry?

Crying is the result of excessive emotion and in the practice devotion to that extent would be detrimental to the balance necessary. In the five spiritual faculties, faith, energy, mindfulness, concentration and wisdom, faith does have a devotional aspect which strengthens beliefs but only until the...
by paul
Sun Jan 08, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anatta, Sakkaya-ditthi (self view),Mana (pride)?
Replies: 23
Views: 327

Re: Anatta, Sakkaya-ditthi (self view),Mana (pride)?

"Isn't Mana is relevant to sensual realm as well?" After the completion of the first three paths, there is no return to the sensuous sphere, so in the sutta context the five higher fetters including mana, conceit about meditational achievements (including inferiority) refer only to the fin...
by paul
Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: ordination in Bali
Replies: 4
Views: 148

Re: ordination in Bali

Indonesia would be a good place to practice as it's free of the serious religious tensions between Buddhists and other religions which exist in the Theravada countries, in fact it's an example of religious harmony to the Theravada countries and in addition Buddhism is growing there from a new base, ...
by paul
Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Practicing the Four Foundations of Mindfulness
Replies: 24
Views: 1496

Re: Practicing the Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Rowyourboat: There is a misconception that the moment before death or sleep is special. The Buddhism rejects this idea and places the emphasis on what that person did his or her entire lifetime. Mohan Gnanathilake: …the last mental state (last citta) of this life, the death-consciousness (cuti-citta...
by paul
Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anatta, Sakkaya-ditthi (self view),Mana (pride)?
Replies: 23
Views: 327

Re: Anatta, Sakkaya-ditthi (self view),Mana (pride)?

Anatta is an overall term; sakkya-ditthi is personality-belief, a lower fetter tying to the sensual world; mana is conceit, a higher fetter binding to the fine-material and immaterial worlds.--Samyojana, Buddhist Dictionary, Ven. Nyanatiloka.
by paul
Fri Jan 06, 2017 1:08 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Practicing the Four Foundations of Mindfulness
Replies: 24
Views: 1496

Re: Practicing the Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Feelings, perceptions and thoughts are arising continually and one tries to be aware of them in whatever domain they happen but the response that occurs in the fourth foundation, ‘contents of the mind’ is the important one. Here one becomes aware of the defilements and how they control thinking, but...
by paul
Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Hypothetical: Perfect samadhi person being immoral but still living in peace
Replies: 13
Views: 224

Re: Hypothetical: Perfect samadhi person being immoral but still living in peace

"Considered from the standpoint of practical training, the eight path factors divide into three groups: (i) the moral discipline group (silakkhandha), made up of right speech, right action, and right livelihood; (ii) the concentration group (samadhikkhandha), made up of right effort, right mind...
by paul
Wed Jan 04, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Struggling to understand the distinction between Samatha and Vipassana, in practice.
Replies: 7
Views: 183

Re: Struggling to understand the distinction between Samatha and Vipassana, in practice.

Samatha is a synonym of samadhi (concentration) and is one-pointedness developed through repeatedly bringing the mind back to the subject of meditation (and there are 40 subjects- the subject should be interesting to the meditator), and it is a skill separate from vipassana. Concentration can also b...
by paul
Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Everyone Attention In Nibbāna : Have You Even Known 5 Nibbāna/2 Nibbāna Using In Tipitaka?
Replies: 11
Views: 301

Re: Anyone Attention In A Nibbāna : Have You Even Known 5 Nibbāna/2 Nibbāna Using In Tipitaka?

The word ‘pahana’ is close to ‘padhana’ meaning ‘effort’, (that is the four right efforts) and the first three methods of overcoming, suppression (samadhi), overcoming by the opposite (sila) and destruction or cutting off (panna), are stages in abandoning. Overcomings four and five are the disappear...
by paul
Tue Jan 03, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: What are the hurdles hindering Dhamma propagation in the US?
Replies: 69
Views: 4517

Re: What are the hurdles hindering Dhamma propagation in the US?

The Indian tradition regards celibacy as the highest lifestyle, not only is it a prerequisite for attaining liberation but it is a necessary practice for attaining certain mental and spiritual powers similar to the five mundane higher powers in Buddhism. MN 29 states that the purpose of celibacy is ...
by paul
Tue Jan 03, 2017 12:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha say Anihilationism was to be the best of the wrong views.?
Replies: 28
Views: 366

Re: Did Buddha say Anihilationism was to be the best of the wrong views.?

The Buddha is saying here that annihilationism is the best of wrong views. The modern scientific view is annihilationist; it believes in the basic nature of the body as elements which simply return to the environment upon death, close to the Buddhist ultimate reality, but it does not extend cause an...
by paul
Mon Jan 02, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: What are the hurdles hindering Dhamma propagation in the US?
Replies: 69
Views: 4517

Re: What are the hurdles hindering Dhamma propagation in the US?

Moth wrote:A major hindrance to propagating the Dhamma in the west, in my opinion, are the people who want to modify the teachings to suit their kilesa.

And it is seen on this site also.
by paul
Mon Jan 02, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What are views?
Replies: 22
Views: 329

Re: What are views?

"Mundane right view involves a correct grasp of the law of kamma, the moral efficacy of action. Its literal name is "right view of the ownership of action" (kammassakata sammaditthi), and it finds its standard formulation in the statement: "Beings are the owners of their actions,...
by paul
Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What are views?
Replies: 22
Views: 329

Re: What are views?

“Our views might not be clearly formulated in our mind; we might have only a hazy conceptual grasp of our beliefs. But whether formulated or not, expressed or maintained in silence, these views have a far-reaching influence. They structure our perceptions, order our values, crystallize into the idea...
by paul
Fri Dec 30, 2016 8:07 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: HI Everyone !
Replies: 11
Views: 169

Re: HI Everyone !

Welcome to DW sandun and your conclusion that studying the suttas directly rather than receiving Dhamma that is encumbered by traditional baggage is correct.

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