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by JohnK
Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana Course
Replies: 0
Views: 104

Jhana Course

Just FYI -- upcoming online course with Shaila Catherine
https://bodhicourses.org/jhana-states/
by JohnK
Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Degree in Buddhist Studies
Replies: 15
Views: 427

Re: Degree in Buddhist Studies

https://ocbs.org/
Oxford Centre for Buddist Studies

https://tricycle.org/magazine/where-to-study/
(Oops -- didn't see "this article is only for subscribers.")
by JohnK
Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What could rouse more conviction?
Replies: 14
Views: 294

Re: What could rouse more conviction?

ctcrnitv wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:21 am
...Is there anything in your life, aside from personal practice, that might give a new practitioner conviction in the Buddha's awakening?
Finding a teacher with that conviction who you can trust and who expresses the dhamma in a way that makes sense to you.
by JohnK
Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: If you're delusional, how can you be sure you've chosen the right religion/Buddhist school?
Replies: 62
Views: 1611

Re: If you're delusional, how can you be sure you've chosen the right religion/Buddhist school?

binocular wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:19 pm

A putthujjana has no starting point for the Dhamma. He is disqualified by default.
Then why did the Buddha teach? :shrug:
(Maybe I am misunderstanding your point.)
by JohnK
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Theravada Abhidhamma by Y. Karunadasa
Replies: 2
Views: 317

Re: Theravada Abhidhamma by Y. Karunadasa

This isn’t the first time I’ve seen this with Wisdom announcements — it would be nice if Wisdom were clear about it.
Any feedback on the book anyone?
by JohnK
Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Theravada Abhidhamma by Y. Karunadasa
Replies: 2
Views: 317

Theravada Abhidhamma by Y. Karunadasa

https://wisdomexperience.org/product/th ... bhidhamma/
I just received an email announcing this book.
FYI.
by JohnK
Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: If you're delusional, how can you be sure you've chosen the right religion/Buddhist school?
Replies: 62
Views: 1611

Re: If you're delusional, how can you be sure you've chosen the right religion/Buddhist school?

A modern interpretation of "delusional" would suggest no ability for rational consideration. I think the Buddhist use of the term suggests some specific delusions, such as seeing the impermanent as permanent. If we are all delusional in the modern sense, there really would have been no reason for th...
by JohnK
Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Is thinking too much bad?
Replies: 17
Views: 560

Re: Is thinking too much bad?

...I also have this habit of thinking of all the possible outcomes to a problem and then fear for the worst consequences. I don't do this intentionally... This sounds like one of the five hindrances, in this case, "restlessness/worry." Learning more about this hindrance and possible antidotes shoul...
by JohnK
Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I don’t understand rejecting life’s pleasures
Replies: 43
Views: 1362

Re: I don’t understand rejecting life’s pleasures

Nwad wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:03 am
...Actually there is no pleasure as phenomena, there is only release from suffering, absence of suffering, that we perceive as "pleasure"...
Greetings, Nwad.
This is interesting; is there a place in the suttas where pleasant vedana is described in this way?
Thanks. :anjali:
by JohnK
Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I don’t understand rejecting life’s pleasures
Replies: 43
Views: 1362

Re: I don’t understand rejecting life’s pleasures

It's more about not craving and clinging to pleasure; not following a strategy of seeking sense pleasure as a path to true happiness; not seeking sense pleasure as a cure for dis-ease -- realizing that the full eightfold path is the cure.
by JohnK
Sat Jul 27, 2019 3:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How to do breath mediation?
Replies: 11
Views: 380

Re: How to do breath mediation?

Possibly allow this guidance from Thanissaro Bhikkhu if you have not tried it already.
https://www.dhammatalks.org/Archive/gui ... 40min).mp3
by JohnK
Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What homage is owed, and to whom?
Replies: 44
Views: 1609

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: 1848

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: 9
Views: 598

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: 576

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...