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by rowyourboat
Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Practicing the Four Foundations of Mindfulness
Replies: 24
Views: 2516

Re: Practicing the Four Foundations of Mindfulness

How do you practice the four foundations of mindfulness? All at once or one at a time? Hi Corey, The Four foundations of mindfulness should be practiced while intermittently reviewing the mind, to ensure that you are making progress (reduction of defilements like craving, aversion and delusion). ht...
by rowyourboat
Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Practicing the Four Foundations of Mindfulness
Replies: 24
Views: 2516

Re: Practicing the Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Dear Mohan What happens after death is determined by what someone did while they were alive, according to the Buddha. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn42/sn42.006.than.html There is a misconception that the moment before death or sleep is special. The Buddhism rejects this idea and place...
by rowyourboat
Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What are views?
Replies: 29
Views: 1042

Re: What are views?

Hi SarathW Mundane (laukika) samma ditti are things like mother, father etc compared to supramundane (lokuttara) samma ditti, where these would be seen as five aggregates could be considered incorrect, but nevertheless beneficial on the path to nibbana, though not taking one to nibbana per se. metta...
by rowyourboat
Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Killing and Corruption in Sri Lanka
Replies: 30
Views: 3922

Re: Killing and Corruption in Sri Lanka

US defence budget for foreign operations: $600 billion. UK defence budget: £45 billion Sri Lanka total GDP: $6 billion. Number of countries destroyed by Sri Lanka: 0 Number of countries made financially dependant by Sri Lanka: 0 Number of countries destabilised by Sri Lanka: 0 Morality, for who? Ope...
by rowyourboat
Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Developing faith (Saddha)
Replies: 8
Views: 1575

Re: Developing faith (Saddha)

Faith it seems can grow. How can it be like what Ven Ananda has here:? The power of visionary faith over skepticism is exemplified in An 3.8, a passage which more closely resembles in tone and quality many of the later Mahāyāna sutras. Buddha extols Ānanda over the skeptic Udayi when Ānanda is awed ...
by rowyourboat
Wed Mar 20, 2013 12:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Political involvement of the Sangha
Replies: 40
Views: 3697

Re: Political involvement of the Sangha

Hi Cassandra They shouldn't even be talking about it: "Just now, lord, after the meal, on returning from our alms round, we gathered at the meeting hall and got engaged in many kinds of bestial topics of conversation: conversation about kings, robbers, & ministers of state; armies, alarms, & battles...
by rowyourboat
Wed Mar 20, 2013 6:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Developing faith (Saddha)
Replies: 8
Views: 1575

Re: Developing faith (Saddha)

I felt confidence was more about things like 'the trains will run on time'. They are low risk issues. Trust would be higher risk as in trusting a surgeon with your life. Faith is for the highest risk issues- do I trust samsara, my salvation with a teaching of a man or God and what kind of man (in th...
by rowyourboat
Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to become a dhamma or faith follower?
Replies: 7
Views: 1454

Re: How to become a dhamma or faith follower?

Hi PolarBuddha They seem to have the five faculties suggesting they practice the dhamma quite well: "And what is the individual who is a Dhamma-follower? There is the case where a certain individual does not remain touching with his body those peaceful liberations that transcend form, that are forml...
by rowyourboat
Mon Mar 18, 2013 4:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Developing faith (Saddha)
Replies: 8
Views: 1575

Developing faith (Saddha)

Hello all

I'm focusing on developing faith (Saddha) in my practice and would like to know 1) what it means for you 2) how you gained or developed it and 3) how it manifests in your life and practice.

Thanks

With metta

Rowyourboat
by rowyourboat
Fri Nov 30, 2012 4:53 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Existential Crisis
Replies: 22
Views: 5011

Re: Existential Crisis

Perhaps some metta meditation to help light the darkness, not being afraid to learn from the darkness as well. It is time for reassessing your life, actions, and speech. I suppose you find a way to have a meaningful life either changing yourself/beliefs or your actions/livelihood.
by rowyourboat
Fri Nov 30, 2012 4:39 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Trouble finding motivation
Replies: 21
Views: 2516

Re: Trouble finding motivation

Could you be having too much free time? Maybe some structure in your day would be helpful to discipline the mind a bit.
by rowyourboat
Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:03 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Some Help, Please?
Replies: 14
Views: 2194

Re: Some Help, Please?

Greetings Philovitist. I hope you won't undervalue the importance of living your life according to the basic principles. This is an essential part of the practice. :anjali:

With metta

Matheesha
by rowyourboat
Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Depression and Right View
Replies: 10
Views: 2108

Re: Depression and Right View

Keep the precepts- it will keep you away from remorse and guilt/shame. Develop a mind(fullness) of metta as much as possible through the day (off the cushion). Develop joy and bliss (piti, sukha) whenever you can. Focus on objects which bring you wholesome joy. See if you can focus deep into the low...
by rowyourboat
Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Cultivation of the brahmaviharas by meditation
Replies: 8
Views: 1511

Re: Cultivation of the brahmaviharas by meditation

You should be able to expand them in a limitless way just like metta. I try to give rise to karuna, mudita and upekkha as the situation demands/opportunity arises. I am trying to stay with metta on my mind as long as possible through the day.

With metta
by rowyourboat
Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:52 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 46.54: Metta Sutta
Replies: 24
Views: 4248

Re: SN 46.54: Metta Sutta

Ven Katukurunde Nanananda has just published a book called Metta Ceto Vimutti (liberation of mind by metta). It is a tour-de-force on the subject of metta, looking at every reference in the suttas and contrasting with modern and commentarial practice. Hopefully the English translation will be out so...
by rowyourboat
Sun Oct 14, 2012 9:24 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Neurosurgeon's visit to heaven - proof of afterlife?
Replies: 113
Views: 12832

Re: Neurosurgeon's visit to heaven - proof of afterlife?

I think it is not a matter of proof but a matter of faith, at this point. 50 years ago some of the subatomic particles found recently would be just theoretical. No point expecting proof when the instrument which can measure it doesn't exist. All we have now is a theory. Is this theory helpful for yo...
by rowyourboat
Sat Oct 13, 2012 4:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: enjoying nature
Replies: 22
Views: 2632

Re: enjoying nature

By seeing the drawbacks of pleasant sensation (sukha vedana) we eventually let go of the mind's tendency to give rise to craving for pleasant sensation. Craving is the cause of suffering and ignorance about the true nature (no pun intended) of pleasant sensations give rise to craving- so we must und...
by rowyourboat
Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:20 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The Cart Simile
Replies: 10
Views: 2262

Re: The Cart Simile

"Now I am frail, Ananda, old, aged, far gone in years. This is my eightieth year, and my life is spent. Even as an old cart, Ananda, is held together with much difficulty, so the body of the Tathagata is kept going only with supports. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/dn/dn.16.1-6.vaji.html" o...
by rowyourboat
Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Compassion Vs real Practice
Replies: 11
Views: 1590

Re: Compassion Vs real Practice

Keep your precepts. Have metta in your mindfulness, which you try to maintain all the time. Rub away your defilements, develop your wholesome qualities. Then watch impermanence when your metta and mindfulness is established! There's your samatha and vipassana -all you need for enlightenment. Practic...
by rowyourboat
Tue Oct 02, 2012 6:18 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How to see deeply into one's own mind?
Replies: 30
Views: 4045

Re: How to see deeply into one's own mind?

[Ajita:]
"Everywhere flow the streams.[defilements]What is the obstruction for the streams, tell me the restricting of them, by what are they cut off?"

[The Lord:]
"Whatever streams are in the world, it is mindfulness that obstructs them and restricts them, and by wisdom they are cut off."