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by anthbrown84
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong?
Replies: 67
Views: 833

Re: What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong?

How can we possibly know? I have heard the account of someone who was apparently a once returner who said in a past life he was a priest to Shiva in the himalayas. He had wrong view yet he was reborn relatively close to that life as a human being once again, this time becoming an anagami. If one has...
by anthbrown84
Wed Jul 03, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why the references to Brahma
Replies: 5
Views: 204

Why the references to Brahma

In the roots of the uposatha Sutta, when reflecting on The Tathagata it says the effects are this: "As he is recollecting the Tathagata, his mind is cleansed, and joy arises; the defilements of his mind are abandoned. He is thus called a disciple of the noble ones undertaking the Brahma -Uposatha. H...
by anthbrown84
Fri Jun 28, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is my hapiness depending on how some people treat me?
Replies: 32
Views: 819

Re: Is my hapiness depending on how some people treat me?

It's not our fault for others behaviour It's our karma It doesn't mean we put up with people bullying us We can't do anything about our karma Yes we can? Our karma is our actions... We can always do something about that As for the results of past deeds.. Thunk of the salt in the cup versus the salt...
by anthbrown84
Fri Jun 28, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is my hapiness depending on how some people treat me?
Replies: 32
Views: 819

Re: Is my hapiness depending on how some people treat me?

. If we suffer, we have caused this through our clinging, and our roll is to let go :) Sure, it's good to let go, and of course we do have some control over our reactions. However, unless we have a high degree of development, making progress under trying conditions is difficult. So, if there is the...
by anthbrown84
Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is my hapiness depending on how some people treat me?
Replies: 32
Views: 819

Re: Is my hapiness depending on how some people treat me?

It's not our fault for others behaviour It's our own doing when it causes us to suffer That's craving and clinging, it's as simple as that It doesn't mean we put up with people bullying us, it doesn't take the kammic effect off the person being nasty Their kamma is their kamma Our actions are our ac...
by anthbrown84
Fri Jun 28, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 99.9% of Theravada is primitive, false
Replies: 22
Views: 637

Re: 99.9% of Theravada is primitive, false

Whether this is or isn't trolling, I'd be very careful The Buddha talks about people denying The Buddha was who he said he was after he had declared it... And their destination is not a good one So even if you don't believe in The Buddhas the teachings, then please be careful. I say this with compas...
by anthbrown84
Thu Jun 27, 2019 4:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is my hapiness depending on how some people treat me?
Replies: 32
Views: 819

Re: Is my hapiness depending on how some people treat me?

Pleasent or unpleasant contact on the mind is just that, a form of pleasent or unpleasant contact Our job in practice is to let go of these attachments to the "I like being praised" or "I dislike Mr X because he's nasty" etc. That's our job in practice, to let go... The outside is just the outside. ...
by anthbrown84
Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is my hapiness depending on how some people treat me?
Replies: 32
Views: 819

Re: Is my hapiness depending on how some people treat me?

Read the Similie of the saw No matter how people treat you or talk to you, we radiate loving kindness This is the way to true happiness I recommend highly bhante Vimalaramsi and his twim meditation (6r meditation) Practise this and before long you'll see how happiness van be brought up even in the t...
by anthbrown84
Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Six sense base without sense object any sense consciousness ?
Replies: 75
Views: 1153

Re: Six sense base without sense object any sense consciousness ?

Read the six sets of six sutta

This explains dependent origination perfectly
by anthbrown84
Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:50 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What are the Benefits of Chanting?
Replies: 9
Views: 425

Re: What are the Benefits of Chanting?

I genuinely think the chants are better used as a contemplative tool.

Contemplating the qualities of the Triple Gem nave been far more.penetrating than chanting, which to me, is more of a devotional practise

Just my two cents
by anthbrown84
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Muditā (joy) for unethical livelihood?
Replies: 13
Views: 481

Re: Muditā (joy) for unethical livelihood?

Deflection is key here Do not say congratulations if you do not mean it because this is then a lie (imo) I have similar things going on in my life and if noble silence isn't appropriate, then saying "oh ok" maybe is enough? Or we can respond by asking questions It is not for us to try and change a p...
by anthbrown84
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Understanding the truth of the dhamma? or convincing oneself of it?
Replies: 45
Views: 1296

Re: Understanding the truth of the dhamma? or convincing oneself of it?

This is very simple

Because we are still craving

Seeing the impersonal nature of things is not awakening. Letting go of the impersonal nature of things absolutely, that is full awakening

Until then, craving just keeps cropping up and up... Time after time, second after second

:)
by anthbrown84
Wed May 22, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha a product of Mara?
Replies: 43
Views: 1469

Re: Are Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha a product of Mara?

The Buddha himself didn't want us to blindly believe in him. We balance faith with our own findings (aka wisdom).

Questions like this fall under the hindrance of doubt, and should be worked at until they are abandoned.

Anthony
by anthbrown84
Sat May 04, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Toxic Relationships
Replies: 14
Views: 2118

Re: Toxic Relationships

The Buddha gave a brilliant sutta on how to approach these sort of people, it's called the Similie of the saw. But from me personally, let them be who they are, don't get involved and jeopardise your path (even though it's hard) and accept that this is how things will be for a year. In that year you...
by anthbrown84
Sat May 04, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Christmas?
Replies: 68
Views: 1798

Re: Christmas?

I practise TWIM meditation so therefore keeping a light uplifted mind is extremely beneficial to my practise. For many years I struggled with the concept of christmas, the greed, the fact people are temporarily kind when not giving it much thought other times of the year etc But now, I open up to it...