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by TreeSleeper
Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana?
Replies: 15
Views: 1646

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: 1131

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: 1274

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: 647

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: 2286

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 (Archive)
Topic: Strong Mantra's for evil thoughts
Replies: 8
Views: 993

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: 1274

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: 2286

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: 2286

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 (Archive)
Topic: The Uplifting Thread
Replies: 9
Views: 1170

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: 776

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: 2349

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: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What is wisdom?
Replies: 27
Views: 3608

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: 1449

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: 8759

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.