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by anthbrown84
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: "I" am a time traveller...
Replies: 3
Views: 130

Re: "I" am a time traveller...

Was suffering, clinging, and craving reduced? If not, it's irrelevant. The mind is good at producing hallucinations. Significantly reduced :) The mind was very very calm and my awareness has been heightened since (on average compared to my standard days). I think the idea that I was outside of time...
by anthbrown84
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: "I" am a time traveller...
Replies: 3
Views: 130

"I" am a time traveller...

Hello all, I had an experience practising TWIM based jhana (as taught by bhante Vimalaramsi) this morning where I seen an event (an occurrence in my mind which was part of my internal cognition / dependent origination I think) happen and then an intuitive knowing that I hadn't perceived it happening...
by anthbrown84
Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Becoming in DO
Replies: 6
Views: 131

Re: Becoming in DO

Each time anything makes contact with a sense sphere there is "contact" With the arising of contact there is feeling towards the contact, ( it's either pleasent, unpleasant or neutral) We then crave for "more" of this (if it's pleasent), or we crave to repel it (if its negative) if it's neutral we c...
by anthbrown84
Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sutta that states jhana leads to nibanna
Replies: 12
Views: 341

Sutta that states jhana leads to nibanna

Hello all,

I am wondering, I have heard Ajahn brahm say in the past there is a sutta where The Buddha says he sees no other possible destination than Nibanna for one who practises jhana regularly

Does anyone know which sutta this is? Or any similar suttas?


Thankyou

Anthony
by anthbrown84
Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Whats Anicca?
Replies: 24
Views: 675

Re: Whats Anicca?

Nibanna is the unconditioned state We live in a conditioned system, because things have a condition, they CAN NOT be permanent... They are relying on that very condition for their own longevity Of a condition has a start, then it must have a finish, therefore everything in this world we live in is i...
by anthbrown84
Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: dedicating merit to an unborn child who died
Replies: 4
Views: 244

Re: dedicating merit to an unborn child who died

Thankyou all for your kindness and help also. James, that was a lovely story about your sister coming to visit you to thank you, how amazing. All, I will follow your advice and dedicate merit in my own way. Even if the baby can not receive the merit, it may some day bare fruit for him/her. I feel re...
by anthbrown84
Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: dedicating merit to an unborn child who died
Replies: 4
Views: 244

dedicating merit to an unborn child who died

hello all, Does anyone here know of any way I can dedicate merit to my unborn child who died before my wife and I could ever meet him/her. The child never had a name, nor did we ever get to see it because it was an early mis-carriage. I have learned to deal with my level of suffering where this is c...
by anthbrown84
Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Reading stories aloud to children
Replies: 5
Views: 385

Reading stories aloud to children

Hello all,

I am wondering what the stance is on reading a child a book. Like red riding hood, or any other fiction... Is this a lie?

I mean, there wasn't a Wolf dressed as a granny was there... So its not true??

Hmm... Please give your views on this

Anthony
by anthbrown84
Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly is Ekagata. (One pointedness)?
Replies: 63
Views: 3030

Re: What exactly is Ekagata. (One pointedness)?

I personally, through experriencing jhanas fairly regular, prefer the term collected over concentration.

Concentration to me has craving in it, Colectedness is concentration with the "tranquilizing" of the bodily formations done as a back bone to the meditation
by anthbrown84
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What’s your practice routine?
Replies: 6
Views: 485

Re: What’s your practice routine?

OP why don't you get up, make a list of these distractions that you "have" to worry about for the day and then meditate? Our minds aren't naturally free from worry, we meditate to help let go of that very worry. The writing down may help subdue the emergency of those thoughts a bit? To answer your q...
by anthbrown84
Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Softening is the key
Replies: 3
Views: 670

Re: Softening is the key

I like this simile a lot; https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.020.than.html ...Just as the thought would occur to a man walking quickly, 'Why am I walking quickly? Why don't I walk slowly?' So he walks slowly. The thought occurs to him, 'Why am I walking slowly? Why don't I stand?' So he...
by anthbrown84
Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Softening is the key
Replies: 3
Views: 670

Softening is the key

hello DW, I just want to share a small part of my own insight and also mainly teachings from far more wise people than myself who have helped me see this. softening in meditation is the key to letting go. If we look around our bodies and mind in meditation for where we feel some resistance or some a...
by anthbrown84
Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: How much entertainment should we allow?
Replies: 17
Views: 1692

Re: How much entertainment should we allow?

I have a go formula that works perfect for me I don't watch much TV at all during the week. Very very rarely in fact. Fridays I do my uppsala days and the weekend evenings I watch TV. This works perfectly as I'm not trying to be a monk while I'm a lay, and the 8 precepts taken very very seriously, a...
by anthbrown84
Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Seeing Impermanence, what does this mean
Replies: 7
Views: 440

Re: Seeing Impermanence, what does this mean

hello all, as a follow up to this, I just thought I'd share a couple of things after my meeting with the ajahn. He gave me some amazing advice and things I will not try and do justice over here. I could not word what he said as eloquently or in as wiser words. Basically I shouldn't let the deluded e...
by anthbrown84
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why don't people remember their past lives according to the suttas?
Replies: 26
Views: 2676

Re: Why don't people remember their past lives according to the suttas?

Is there a sutta that explains why people do not remember their past lives? Per Bhikkhu Bodhi, recollection of past lives is very advanced (not something most people can do), and not even essential for arhantship. The jhānas and the formless attainments by themselves do not issue in enlightenment a...