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by TreeSleeper
Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana?
Replies: 15
Views: 964

Re: Jhana?

Is there still awareness of the meditation object in the first jhana? I was just noting the in and out breathing and enter some very subtle rapture and like a state of not being aware of anything it was enjoyable as I felt like I could sit like that for a long time but my awareness was less than no...
by TreeSleeper
Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: 8 Silas and Basketball
Replies: 5
Views: 815

Re: 8 Silas and Basketball

I feel like you already know the answer. It seems you feel uneasy about it. That's the answer. I'd say it breaks the spirit of the 8 precepts. For starters, you're not allowed to dance, I'd say sports are similar enough to that. As well going to see entertainments, so why would you be able to be a p...
by TreeSleeper
Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness directed to the body
Replies: 8
Views: 904

Re: Mindfulness directed to the body

Hello: Have u ever felt the need to scratch some part of your body when somebody is saying something u don't like?. Mindfulness of the body is recognizing that the body and the mind are connected, so u can be able to let go unwholesome states better. Regards. What does one do when they notice that ...
by TreeSleeper
Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:06 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sweeping ants.
Replies: 2
Views: 445

Re: Sweeping ants.

Sometimes, when I'm sweeping the floor, I notice little ants running among the dust and dry leaves. I try my best not to sweep them away too, but sometimes they, too alarmed and not knowing what is going on, run towards the broom. Even if I try to be careful, some of them always end injured (and so...
by TreeSleeper
Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation and Mindfulness
Replies: 28
Views: 1686

Re: Meditation and Mindfulness

The difference between mindfulness and meditation is that in meditation you are being mindful, ie, continually remembering, the same object. It's single pointed. If you are mindful of different things through out the day, that diversity of things won't turn into the deep concentration of having onl...
by TreeSleeper
Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Strong Mantra's for evil thoughts
Replies: 8
Views: 691

Re: Strong Mantra's for evil thoughts

Buddho.
by TreeSleeper
Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness directed to the body
Replies: 8
Views: 904

Re: Mindfulness directed to the body

It depends on the practice, traditionally it is being aware of the body in all activities, using the body as an anchor of awareness. If you are doing sitting meditation you can use the general feeling of your body as the meditation object. It can also mean being fully aware when doing things like be...
by TreeSleeper
Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation and Mindfulness
Replies: 28
Views: 1686

Re: Meditation and Mindfulness

“Both involve being aware of the present moment,” I doubt if your understanding of mindfulness is comprehensive. As well as being aware of present events, mindfulness involves putting that awareness into a remembered Dhamma context. That is the way the raw material of the present, which is itself d...
by TreeSleeper
Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation and Mindfulness
Replies: 28
Views: 1686

Re: Meditation and Mindfulness

The difference between mindfulness and meditation is that in meditation you are being mindful, ie, continually remembering, the same object. It's single pointed. If you are mindful of different things through out the day, that diversity of things won't turn into the deep concentration of having only...
by TreeSleeper
Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Uplifting Thread
Replies: 9
Views: 852

Re: The Uplifting Thread

Even as the days go by, and I feel this suffering, continuously, I know there is a way out, for I have tasted bits of freedom, happiness, friendship, joy, tranquility. The fruits of this practice. These memories uplift me. I have the strength to carry on. I know that in the end, all of my effort's w...
by TreeSleeper
Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Normal?
Replies: 9
Views: 565

Re: Normal?

Yeah, it's because you're cleaning up the the more coarse and overtly delusional aspects of your actions and speech so you're starting to notice your latent desire to murder. The desire to kill is an everyone. Through societal evolution we've hidden and sublimated our basic desire to attack and kill...
by TreeSleeper
Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Where Did I Go?
Replies: 23
Views: 1784

Re: Where Did I Go?

I've been meditating for about ten years now but lately I get to a point where I have a very still mind, no thoughts and no awareness of my body. There's a feeling of losing myself, like there is no me anymore. It's very disconcerting. Just wondering if anyone else has had similar experiences. Fear...
by TreeSleeper
Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: What is wisdom?
Replies: 27
Views: 2449

Re: What is wisdom?

Wisdom, the Highest Virtue. Wisdom, with it, you will free yourself. Wisdom means to "see" things in a new way. It can also mean to realize something. The purpose of "wisdom contemplation" is to come to this new way of "seeing". Such as when one is investigating the body, seeing it as suffering, loa...
by TreeSleeper
Sat Jul 29, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: can someone with depression ordain?
Replies: 10
Views: 1045

Re: can someone with depression ordain?

Yes, definitely. That's a very inspiring and noble pursuit. Go become a monk to come to complete end of your problems once and for all. The Buddha would take anyone who had depression or what ever problem they had without exception. You become a monk so you can realize the end of your suffering. I'...
by TreeSleeper
Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: was jesus an arahant
Replies: 130
Views: 6233

Re: was jesus an arahant

Probably the rebirth of Sotapana or Sakadagami after practicing Buddhism for lifetimes or even being a disciple of the Buddha. He was only 600 years after the Buddha, so it wasn't long after the Buddha turned the wheel of Dhamma. And that's like 7 lifetimes right there.
by TreeSleeper
Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Sotapanna, Sakadagami, Anāgāmi, and Arahant. More trouble than they are worth.
Replies: 19
Views: 1987

Re: Sotapanna, Sakadagami, Anāgāmi, and Arahant. More trouble than they are worth.

Just because some people misuse things doesn't mean there's something wrong with the terms. There's a strong logical fallacy at play in your argument. Just because some people think that they are Arahants or stream-enterers doens't mean that no one is! These are four distinct stages of enlightenment...
by TreeSleeper
Fri Jul 28, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: When the end of consciousness come nothing to be afraid at all!!
Replies: 12
Views: 1213

Re: When the end of consciousness come nothing to be afraid at all!!

There is no way that consciousness can come from the brain. This tiny bag of meat called the brain just part of the body. Awareness is first, it is who we are, it is the one who knows, the heart. The heart is what controllers perceptions. The heart is the one that remembers. The brain just picks up ...
by TreeSleeper
Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Personality type
Replies: 7
Views: 1158

Re: Personality type

Is focusing on one of the four foundations of mindfulness better for the three personality types which are greedy, aversive or delusional? Just as an example is mindfulness of feelings better for an aversive person etc...? Thank you. You should focus on the four foundations equally no matter what t...
by TreeSleeper
Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana Dhamma Talks
Replies: 28
Views: 12422

Re: Jhana Dhamma Talks

A personal friend of mine told me his account of Jhana. He said it was like being in love with the most beautiful girl continually. he said this state lasted for sever days. It was like every moment was sheer joy and happiness, like being in love, but with everything. This is when he acquired the co...
by TreeSleeper
Fri Jul 28, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: can someone with depression ordain?
Replies: 10
Views: 1045

Re: can someone with depression ordain?

Yes, definitely. That's a very inspiring and noble pursuit. Go become a monk to come to complete end of your problems once and for all. The Buddha would take anyone who had depression or what ever problem they had without exception. You become a monk so you can realize the end of your suffering. But...