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by anthbrown84
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Muditā (joy) for unethical livelihood?
Replies: 13
Views: 237

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: 841

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: 1173

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: 1920

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: 1183

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...
by anthbrown84
Fri May 03, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: An Anthology of Discourses for Lay Followers
Replies: 9
Views: 313

Re: An Anthology of Discourses for Lay Followers

OP, thankyou for taking your time to create such a thing..wow.....

I look forward to reading these :)

Sadhu

Anthony
by anthbrown84
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: "I" am a time traveller...
Replies: 3
Views: 293

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: 293

"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: 183

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: 444

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: 936

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: 270

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: 270

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: 425

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: 3339

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