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by JohnK
Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jellyfish and Buddha
Replies: 23
Views: 226

Re: Jellyfish and Buddha

...maybe he was wrong about everything. :anjali: From the final few pages of Thanissaro Bhikkhu's The Buddha's Teachings : .. the true test of a teaching lies not in the claims of tradition, but in the results it gives when put into practice . To be fair, the test must involve four things: • associ...
by JohnK
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Suffering is vital condition for faith
Replies: 4
Views: 132

Re: Suffering is vital condition for faith

Bhikkhu Bodhi's exposition of the Upanisa Sutta says ...the Buddha says that faith has for its nutriment hearing exposition of the true Dhamma. [11] Saddha...is essentially an attitude of trust and commitment directed to ultimate emancipation. At footnote [11] AN 10.61 Ko caharo saddhaya? Saddhammas...
by JohnK
Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Amazing drop in BP by visualizing Buddha & chanting 'Budho'
Replies: 3
Views: 163

Re: Amazing drop in BP by visualizing Buddha & chanting 'Budho'

I may have mentioned this on DW before. I was in a hospital room hooked up to a bunch of monitors while waiting to be wheeled into a room for some tests. While waiting, I decided to meditate. An alarm went off on one of the monitors and a nurse came in to be sure I was okay. I don't know what measur...
by JohnK
Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Great success with "full body" breath meditation
Replies: 39
Views: 1246

Re: Great success with "full body" breath meditation

I have not listened to his online guided meditation lately, but his book With Each and Every Breath says: "...maintain that sense of whole-boidy breathing throughout the remainder of your meditation." (pager 45 of the printed copy) Then again: "...see how quickly you can spread your awrareness along...
by JohnK
Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Can dhamma practitioner read non dhamma books?
Replies: 16
Views: 366

Re: Can dhamma practitioner read non dhamma books?

Last year the abbot of a Theravada monastery gave me a "non-dhamma" book after he had read it . I'm sure he would not have given it to me if he thought it was a problem. I like what Sam said about what one brings to the reading -- understanding intention. Is it to avoid something, merely for distrac...
by JohnK
Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Cause of feelings
Replies: 8
Views: 222

Re: Cause of feelings

... I know this should be simple. Why do I still feel hole in my heart? We suffer because we are not awake. The end of suffering is at the end of the path. We can't pretend to be awake. It is NOT simple or everyone would be awake. The task of the first noble truth is to know suffering -- you have a...
by JohnK
Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ledi Sayadaw claiming jhana not necessary for path/fruit?
Replies: 28
Views: 609

Re: Ledi Sayadaw claiming jhana not necessary for path/fruit?

In his introductory section to the Chapter "The Planes of Realization" in his book In the Buddha's Words . Bhikkhu Bodhi says in regard to MN 70 (Kitagiri Sutta): Those arahants "liberated by wisdom" have not mastered the formless attainments but have gained the final fruit by the power of their wis...
by JohnK
Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ledi Sayadaw claiming jhana not necessary for path/fruit?
Replies: 28
Views: 609

Re: Ledi Sayadaw claiming jhana not necessary for path/fruit?

Joshua wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:12 pm
The exact quote, on page 16 of my copy(Pariyatti BPS Edition) is "Those persons who wish to attain the paths and fruits thereof...
Perhaps it is clear from a previous sentence exactly what "thereof" is referring to?
by JohnK
Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How to not be dissapointed by other people in your path to englightenment?
Replies: 18
Views: 610

Re: How to not be dissapointed by other people in your path to englightenment?

...why is it that internally we want everyone to like us and behave in a way that pleases us, Because it is gratifying. why does this lead to suffering, Because it is not reliable. and how to over come it? By dropping our attachment and finding a reliable source of gratification. Here I am followin...
by JohnK
Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Everything happens for a reason
Replies: 23
Views: 425

Re: Everything happens for a reason

For whom? A sotapanna? I was not intending a limitation regarding to whom it would apply...happy to hear a differing opinion though. Does an infant have "an opportunity to see it clearly which would" push him toward nibanna? Does someone facing a shooting squad ... having the final stage of rabies ...
by JohnK
Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do wise people get cheated by cunning people?
Replies: 34
Views: 540

Re: Why do wise people get cheated by cunning people?

Maybe wise people don't suffer from being cheated, so they don't worry about it and aren't "on the lookout" for it. Instead, they are "on the lookout" for opportunities to develop mental qualities that can't be taken from them.
by JohnK
Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Everything happens for a reason
Replies: 23
Views: 425

Re: Everything happens for a reason

binocular wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:11 pm
JohnK wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:06 pm
alfa wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:12 am
each event is, whether or not you're aware, pushing you toward nibanna
No, but each event presents an opportunity to see it clearly which would.
For whom? A sotapanna?
I was not intending a limitation regarding to whom it would apply...happy to hear a differing opinion though.
by JohnK
Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Everything happens for a reason
Replies: 23
Views: 425

Re: Everything happens for a reason

alfa wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:12 am
each event is, whether or not you're aware, pushing you toward nibanna
No, but each event presents an opportunity to see it clearly which would.
by JohnK
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How to not be dissapointed by other people in your path to englightenment?
Replies: 18
Views: 610

Re: How to not be dissapointed by other people in your path to englightenment?

I still think it is important to reflect on the expectation that is the cause of your disappointment. However, I was just now reading the Metta chapter in Ajahn Sucitto's Parami that may be helpful/relevant to some degree (I have added some boldface): Consciousness is just this awareness of ‘being w...
by JohnK
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How to not be dissapointed by other people in your path to englightenment?
Replies: 18
Views: 610

Re: How to not be dissapointed by other people in your path to englightenment?

...Basicallly i'm asking how to not be dissapointed by ignorance around you... Disappointment is about something not meeting an expectation. So, it might be worth reflecting on what expectation (belief/view) you have that is not being met. (Where does that expectation come from? Why do you hold it?...