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by anthbrown84
Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Reading stories aloud to children
Replies: 5
Views: 268

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: 51
Views: 1491

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: 372

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: 379

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: 379

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: 780

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: 332

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: 2115

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...
by anthbrown84
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Seeing Impermanence, what does this mean
Replies: 7
Views: 332

Re: Seeing Impermanence, what does this mean

Thankyou all for posting your views and insights into this.

I am heading to see the abbot of the monastery I go to a lot tonight, and I will let you know my take on what he says.

With a smile


Anthony
by anthbrown84
Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Seeing Impermanence, what does this mean
Replies: 7
Views: 332

Re: Seeing Impermanence, what does this mean

Hello Anthony, How do you feel this experience affected you after it subsided? in other words, why do you think it is significant? Well, I had bubbling joy moving through my body when I reflected on it, and then, kinda ironically, I was very restless for the rest of the day, almost as if I had been...
by anthbrown84
Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Seeing Impermanence, what does this mean
Replies: 7
Views: 332

Seeing Impermanence, what does this mean

Hello All, Rcently, my meidtations have been really deep. I am practising the sutta form of Jhana and having a lot of success with it. Shortly after a meditation I had an insight into impermanence. To explain properly, I will explain the meditation experience first. I sat in meditation for just unde...
by anthbrown84
Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can mind sustained without an object?
Replies: 20
Views: 563

Re: Can mind sustained without an object?

Can u say a bit more on the bolded part, cuz I can relate to it? Well for instance, vibrations on the surface, or some sort of contact appearing on the ear base (for me it felt like something scratching against the base of the ear) are subtle links of dependent origination.... its important at this...
by anthbrown84
Wed Aug 29, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can mind sustained without an object?
Replies: 20
Views: 563

Re: Can mind sustained without an object?

If there is nothing felt does this mean there is no object? In the realm of neither perception nor none perception, the mind itself becomes the object. There will be plenty of NOTHING to observe, broken up with little vibrations, these are the links of dependent origination. There may also be littl...
by anthbrown84
Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is the jhana produce joy and happiness feeling ?
Replies: 14
Views: 385

Re: Why is the jhana produce joy and happiness feeling ?

The first Jhana, the first time you experience it, is intense joy, very powerful and a lot of excitement in it. This is the mind freed from the 5 hindrances.... and what we need to understand as practitioners, is there is pretty much ALWAYS a hindrance there, in one form or another, unless we are i...
by anthbrown84
Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can mind sustained without an object?
Replies: 20
Views: 563

Re: Can mind sustained without an object?

“But what is the pleasure here, my friend, where there is nothing felt?” If there is nothing felt does this mean there is no object? In the realm of neither perception nor none perception, the mind itself becomes the object. There will be plenty of NOTHING to observe, broken up with little vibratio...