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by JohnK
Thu Apr 02, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhamma for difficult times - resources
Replies: 16
Views: 500

Re: Dhamma for difficult times - resources

Thanissaro Bhikkhu's recent evening talks (10-15 minutes each) make reference to the current difficult times. For example, I just listened to the talk called "Four Mountains Moving In." https://www.dhammatalks.org/mp3_index_current.html Edit: Noticing that Bhikkhu Bodhi (video above) focuses on stra...
by JohnK
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Correct Translation of the Kāḷakārāma Sutta
Replies: 12
Views: 256

Re: Correct Translation of the Kāḷakārāma Sutta

Not knowing Pali, I can only reflect on their benefit to a student/practitioner. Ven. Boddhi's is VERY general -- there can be many ways to misconstrue. Ven. Sujato's is a specific type of misconstruing (identification or appropriation) -- I am very conformable with that, but perhaps there are other...
by JohnK
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Correct Translation of the Kāḷakārāma Sutta
Replies: 12
Views: 256

Re: Correct Translation of the Kāḷakārāma Sutta

Just to add a fourth translation, Ven. Thanissaro : "Thus, monks, the Tathāgata, when seeing what is to be seen, doesn’t suppose an (object as) seen . He doesn’t suppose an unseen. He doesn’t suppose an (object) to-be-seen. He doesn’t suppose a seer." https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/AN/AN4_24.html
by JohnK
Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: About cessation feeling perception
Replies: 26
Views: 491

Re: About cessation feeling perception

SN 41:3 is worth a read -- in this case, rather than embarrassing, he seems to have provided an opportunity.
https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/SN/SN41_3.html
A sutta well worth reading in any case.
(An aside: In the suttas, the monks ask each other advanced questions pretty regularly.)
by JohnK
Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: About cessation feeling perception
Replies: 26
Views: 491

Re: About cessation feeling perception

I just happened to read this evening a footnote to SN 41:3; Thanissaro Bhikkhu says
"Citta the householder was a lay non-returner who had a fondness for posing difficult questions to monks."
by JohnK
Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindful Reading
Replies: 11
Views: 3117

Re: Mindful Reading

Please share more of your mindful reading techniques if possible. Thank you 🙏 I'm not sure if this counts as "mindful," but in case it is helpful, here is more or less what I do -- I find it aids my concentration, comprehension, retention, and ability to find and re-read key parts quickly. It's old...
by JohnK
Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Abandoning greed of higher fetters
Replies: 13
Views: 275

Re: Abandoning greed of higher fetters

"A monk who has attained non-returning should attend in an appropriate way to these five clinging-aggregates as inconstant, stressful, a disease, a cancer, an arrow, painful, an affliction, alien, a dissolution, an emptiness, not-self. For it is possible that a monk who has attained non-returning, ...
by JohnK
Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Abandoning greed of higher fetters
Replies: 13
Views: 275

Re: Abandoning greed of higher fetters

Hi: The way i see it: Fetters and hindrances are the same thing ,... My understanding: Fetters: one is fettered until one is not -- once and for all (Fetters are broken only at their respective stages of awakening). Hindrances: come and go, come and go, come and go (until unfettered). For example, ...
by JohnK
Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Abandoning greed of higher fetters
Replies: 13
Views: 275

Re: Abandoning greed of higher fetters

Less craving= less tied to the fetters. Regards. Hi, I'm probably being overly technical with what is a metaphor (fetter), but I think one can't be "less tied" to a fetter. It is ether broken or not. However, with practice, the hindrances that arise from or are expressions of the fetters can be wea...
by JohnK
Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Abandoning greed of higher fetters
Replies: 13
Views: 275

Re: Abandoning greed of higher fetters

To desire release from the fetters (higher or otherwise), I don't think is necessarily greed. It seems that abandoning attachment (greed) to anything is a process of seeing that it is not satisfactory (danger), having some conviction in an alternative (escape), and knowing/following a path of practi...
by JohnK
Fri Mar 20, 2020 1:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: craving for happiness is craving
Replies: 19
Views: 577

Re: craving for happiness is craving

sunnat wrote:
Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:53 am
...By letting go and relaxing into the truth of the moment, you start to let go of craving.
and so begin to recognize and develop a happiness that is not dependent on conditions being the way you want ("in this lifetime").
:anjali:
by JohnK
Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: craving for happiness is craving
Replies: 19
Views: 577

Re: craving for happiness is craving

Craving and dukkha go together — regardless of the object of the craving. Then there is desire (Chanda) which is one of the bases of power, which are among the 37 wings of awakening. Quoting from Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Wings (text in brackets added by me): ...in the practice of meditation, as with any...
by JohnK
Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Momentary 'experience'
Replies: 173
Views: 6908

Re: Momentary 'experience'

mikenz66 wrote:
Wed Mar 11, 2020 8:15 pm
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That's what I was trying to say. I see the sutta as saying: "Try out this way of regarding experience and see if it works", not: "Try to prove this view by arguing about it on an Internet Forum".

:heart:
Mike
Also very nice. :)
by JohnK
Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Momentary 'experience'
Replies: 173
Views: 6908

Re: Momentary 'experience'

... I don't think it's productive to think of the Dhamma in terms of philosophical arguments. These teachings are about the eradication of suffering, not about the establishment of some particular view of reality... ...”Listen up guys, you don't have absolute control over your body and mind so taki...
by JohnK
Sat Mar 07, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Thai Forest Monasteries
Replies: 15
Views: 1665

Re: Thai Forest Monasteries

Recently I have received a list of some dhammayut forest monasteries in thailand. Does anyone know anything about these monasteries and teachers... You might write or call Wat Metta outside of San Diego to ask for some advice -- contact information on website. https://www.watmetta.org/index.html