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by JohnK
Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What homage is owed, and to whom?
Replies: 44
Views: 1284

Re: What homage is owed, and to whom?

Perhaps relevant (to latest issue in thread), from Sedaka Sutta:
"When watching after yourself, you watch after others. When watching after others, you watch after yourself."
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .than.html
by JohnK
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?
Replies: 78
Views: 1064

Re: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?

Then the Blessed One said to Ven. Ānanda, “Ānanda, the twin Sal trees are in full bloom, even though it’s not the flowering season. They shower, strew, & sprinkle on the Tathāgata’s body in homage to him. Heavenly coral-tree blossoms are falling from the sky.… Heavenly sandalwood powder is falling ...
by JohnK
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mantra in Theravada (aside from Buddho)
Replies: 3
Views: 103

Re: Mantra in Theravada (aside from Buddho)

Metta phrases are bit like mantras. I have heard (from lay teachers influenced by Theravada) of the use of "peace" on the in breath and "ease" on the out breath to aid settling the mind in difficult circumstances. Another phrase I've heard referred to as a mantra is "not now" when noticing distracti...
by JohnK
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Guidance on Anger
Replies: 17
Views: 383

Re: Guidance on Anger

...here are two talks you could listen to: "I am a Buddhist, why am I so angry?" from Ajahn Amaro: https://www.amaravati.org/audio/i-am-a-buddhist-why-am-i-so-angry/ and "How can I get rid of anger?" from Ajahn Sumedho: https://www.amaravati.org/audio/how-can-i-get-rid-of-anger/ Kind regards, Aloka...
by JohnK
Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dharma Talks or Videos
Replies: 102
Views: 38260

Re: Dharma Talks or Videos

Unfabricated Happiness.
I thought this recent 13 minute talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu was especially clear -- decided to share here.
https://www.dhammatalks.org/Archive/y20 ... piness.mp3
Our stressful fabricating obscures the happiness of not.
by JohnK
Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Guidance on Anger
Replies: 17
Views: 383

Re: Guidance on Anger

I also thought "why not get up earlier." That being said, your anger is a chance to more deeply understand the Four Noble Truths. What is the clinging that brings forth the ill-will? There is probably some subtle idea that you deserve an ideal shower; that the world should be such that you get the i...
by JohnK
Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Hello, I need help understanding "desire"
Replies: 24
Views: 614

Re: Hello, I need help understanding "desire"

I just listened to a recent 12 minute talk called "The Truth of Desires" by Thanissaro Bhikkhu that is relevant to this thread. This link is to a list of talks. Select the one called "The Truth of Desires" from June 19, 2019. https://www.dhammatalks.org/mp3_index_current.html Get to know your desire...
by JohnK
Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Hello, I need help understanding "desire"
Replies: 24
Views: 614

Re: Hello, I need help understanding "desire"

Wow, I didn't expect so many replies. Thank you very much for your help, I'm really greatful. Now I have a lot of information to reflect on. The first idea that comes to mind after reading all the answers is that there are wholesome and unwholesome desires. The final goal is to get rid of all of th...
by JohnK
Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: te sela ramayanti mam
Replies: 7
Views: 256

Re: te sela ramayanti mam

Sam Vara wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:46 pm
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And thank you, Sam.
May we all have some wholesome delight.
by JohnK
Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: te sela ramayanti mam
Replies: 7
Views: 256

Re: te sela ramayanti mam

... Thank you, Mike. One can see how translation is an art. Interesting to see that the definition of "rama" includes "mano" (gladdening of the heart), a phrase I associate with a result of generosity (and so with no tinge of the potential danger of "delight"). And here (just for completeness) is t...
by JohnK
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: te sela ramayanti mam
Replies: 7
Views: 256

te sela ramayanti mam

Can someone "unpack" this phrase a bit fore me? It appears a few times in the Theragatha, e.g., Maha Kassapa repeats it seven times. It is translated as "Those rocky crags refresh me" (Thanissaro); "These rocky crags delight me" (Sujato). I gather "sela" is "rocky," but I would like to understand th...
by JohnK
Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: B.sujato translates 'metta' as 'love'. That's horrible, and it's wrong.
Replies: 26
Views: 706

Re: B.sujato translates 'metta' as 'love'. That's horrible, and it's wrong.

The blog reminds me of this passage from the Mahāsi Sayādaw's discourse on the Vammika Sutta. Although it is on the topic of metta, it is lacking in good-will. Translation is not an exact science, but an art. In his discourse on the Vammika Sutta , the Venerable Mahāsi Sayādaw relates the following...
by JohnK
Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Request for Metta
Replies: 13
Views: 319

Re: Request for Metta

And It is a felt benefit to me to cultivate and extend metta to you; so thank you for the request.
by JohnK
Fri Jul 05, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Distinguishing equanimity from indifference
Replies: 16
Views: 366

Re: Distinguishing equanimity from indifference

...An example: Imagine a person relinquishing his/her ambitions for career accomplishments. On one hand this may be a genuine approach to equanimity according to the noble eightfold path... I don't think the eightfold path precludes wanting to successfully accomplish the tasks associated with one's...