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by Faelig
Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: How to stop associating yourself with your thoughts?
Replies: 47
Views: 1545

Re: How to stop associating yourself with your thoughts?

In my understanding, according to the suttas: develop and master the second jhana, then you will experience for yourself the complete cessation of thoughts (vitakka and vicara) and will come to the conclusion (not intellectually but experimentally) that they are not yours.
by Faelig
Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Justin McDaniel's book "Architects of Buddhist Leisure"
Replies: 5
Views: 370

Re: Justin McDaniel's book "Architects of Buddhist Leisure"

This remind me of one of the first lesson in the Warder... pamādo , the pali word for 'pastime' also means 'negligence'...! "Appamādo amatapadaṃ, pamādo maccuno padaṃ; Appamattā na mīyanti, ye pamattā yathā matā." "Heedfulness is the path to the Deathless. Heedlessness is the path to death. The heed...
by Faelig
Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: How does a Buddhist socialise?
Replies: 13
Views: 815

Re: How does a Buddhist socialise?

You want to be careful to guard your speech and avoid, what the Buddha called, idle chatter. This sort of speech is not conducive to mindfulness and can lead to other forms of unwholesome speech such as gossiping, slandering, and lying. Socialization should be kept to a minimum because the dhamma i...
by Faelig
Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 16.5 Jiṇṇa Sutta. Old.
Replies: 3
Views: 493

Re: SN 16.5 Jiṇṇa Sutta. Old.

I have compassion for later generations, thinking, ‘May those of later generations follow my example!’ [280] For when they hear, ‘The enlightened disciples of the Buddha were for a long time forest dwellers and spoke in praise of forest dwelling … were energetic and spoke in praise of arousing ener...
by Faelig
Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right Concentration on the Arisen Path.
Replies: 15
Views: 544

Re: Right Concentration on the Arisen Path.

I'm trying to understand your exposition: unarisen path and the arisen path Where is this distinction made? I'd be interested to know more about what is the difference. Could you direct me towards some quotes? If we assume that the path has arisen for a stream-winner, then that definition will no lo...
by Faelig
Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Someone practicing Dhyana only ?
Replies: 27
Views: 1421

Re: Someone practicing Dhyana only ?

Previously in western Buddhism there was an emphasis on vipassana but now the pendulum has swung towards jhana. Hi Paul, I'm curious to know how you came up with that analysis? For example, when I look for retreats or courses here in Western Europe, Burmese-style/vipassana/satipathana retreats are ...
by Faelig
Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: extroverts versus introverts
Replies: 62
Views: 2891

Re: extroverts versus introverts

The best example of how to balance seclusion with good friendship is in the description of how Anuruddha lived with his co-residents. Basically, they performed their monastic duties without even speaking unless it was necessary, using hand signals if they needed assistance from another. They each s...
by Faelig
Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: extroverts versus introverts
Replies: 62
Views: 2891

Re: extroverts versus introverts

The social is a necessary part of practice Is it really? In what way? There Ven. Ananda went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, having bowed down to the Blessed One, sat to one side. As he was sitting there, Ven. Ananda said to the Blessed One, "This is half of the holy life, lord: admirable frien...
by Faelig
Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: extroverts versus introverts
Replies: 62
Views: 2891

Re: extroverts versus introverts

The social is a necessary part of practice Is it really? In what way? I've got the impression that the path goes in the opposite direction to the 'social'. Nowhere in the suttas I read about the social being a necessary part of the practice. On the contrary solitude is a necessary part of the pract...
by Faelig
Mon Feb 06, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Asian forest monasteries for fully-ordained bhikkhunis? (with kutis)
Replies: 3
Views: 469

Re: Asian forest monasteries for fully-ordained bhikkhunis? (with kutis)

Bhante Lucky wrote:Try emailing the nuns at Dhammasara monastery, in Australia. They will be able to give you the names of some places no doubt. Email the BSWA office manager on admin@bswa.org and they will give the email to the nuns.
Thank you very much Bhante :namaste:
by Faelig
Mon Feb 06, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Asian forest monasteries for fully-ordained bhikkhunis? (with kutis)
Replies: 3
Views: 469

Asian forest monasteries for fully-ordained bhikkhunis? (with kutis)

Dear DW readers, I am looking for some forest monasteries in Asia for fully-ordained bhikkhunis. In particular, monasteries with individual kutis in the forest. Have you got any recommendations for such places? Edit (some background information): A friend of mine is looking to ordain soon. She plans...
by Faelig
Fri Dec 16, 2016 4:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Being Religious or Spiritual Is Linked With Getting More Depressed
Replies: 86
Views: 3472

Re: Being Religious or Spiritual Is Linked With Getting More Depressed

"Suttas do speak that he was omniscient (if he really wanted he could get full knowledge of something (but not everything at once) via deep samadhi states). However, Buddha didn't use this ability too often, at certainly, not all the time. (Could you point to some of these suttas? if not too time c...
by Faelig
Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:21 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Support in following the 8 precepts
Replies: 17
Views: 1451

Re: Support in following the 8 precepts

Hi Philosopher, I am pondering these questions as well right now... and, like you, I found that reading the suttas daily helps me a lot! I feel that I would benefit from being part of a group of persons following the same precepts or practices (eg: uposatha), which is not the case yet. Regarding mus...
by Faelig
Tue Dec 13, 2016 10:07 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Being Religious or Spiritual Is Linked With Getting More Depressed
Replies: 86
Views: 3472

Re: Being Religious or Spiritual Is Linked With Getting More Depressed

[*]2. The Buddha knew beforehand that these monks would commit suicide due to their previous kamma. It is also why he left specific instructions with Ānanda that he was not to be disturbed for the remainder of that fortnight. [/list] Is this your personal interpretation or does it come from a comme...
by Faelig
Tue Nov 29, 2016 8:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Last moment of death
Replies: 5
Views: 480

Re: Last moment of death

This sutta seems to imply a link between the state at the moment of death and the consequences on rebirth (in this case 'not returning to this world'): Sutta A3.94 in Bhikkhu Bodhi's 'Numerical Discourses' (emphasis added): ( Sutta 3.95 at suttacentral ) "Bhikkhus, just as, in the autumn, when the s...
by Faelig
Mon Nov 28, 2016 12:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Definitions of the factors of the 1rst Jhana
Replies: 4
Views: 412

Re: Definitions of the factors of the 1rst Jhana

I might found one in MN 117 for directed thought: [...] but then again it opens the question of why would not the Buddha just say that the first Jhana has right thought as a factor? Regarding these definitions of the factors of the path, it has been suggested that they might have been a later addit...
by Faelig
Thu Nov 17, 2016 2:00 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: How to practice easily
Replies: 7
Views: 1481

Re: How to practice easily

Hello vofm, Between 7pm and 8am and during weekends, I would try to prioritize my activities: getting rid of a few non-dhamma activities and using that free time to slow down and practice a bit. I'd try to simplify my life (materially and in term of commitments/activities) as much as possible. As we...
by Faelig
Sun Nov 13, 2016 6:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Translations of the Niddesa of the Khuddaka Nikaya?
Replies: 2
Views: 286

Re: Translations of the Niddesa of the Khuddaka Nikaya?

Thank you Banthe.
I'll have to wait a bit then! (or learn Pali). But in a way, I find it quite exhilarating that there is still some texts of such an important tradition still not translated in English...
by Faelig
Sun Nov 13, 2016 4:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Translations of the Niddesa of the Khuddaka Nikaya?
Replies: 2
Views: 286

Translations of the Niddesa of the Khuddaka Nikaya?

Hi all,

Do you know where I could find some English translations of the Nidessa or parts of the Nidessa? (online or book, free or to buy)
I just found the one poem on Access to Insight...

Thanks,

Faelig
by Faelig
Sat Nov 05, 2016 5:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Paths to awakening
Replies: 10
Views: 805

Re: Paths to awakening

mikenz66 wrote: There are a number of suttas where nibbana is based on one of the jhanas.
Here is another one which lists 11 'doorways to the Deathless', including each one of the four jhānas:

AN11.17 Dasama Sutta: To Dasama

Faelig