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by JohnK
Wed Sep 02, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism in (your) two words
Replies: 119
Views: 11018

Re: Buddhism in (your) two words

retrofuturist wrote: Tue Sep 01, 2020 2:15 am Knowing release
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by JohnK
Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How to be happy about other people's achievements, when you don't have it?
Replies: 19
Views: 7152

Re: How to be happy about other people's achievements, when you don't have it?

...I was wondering how can you be happy for someone else when you don't have what he/she has, which is the hard bit?... How? There is no quick fix, only by following the whole Noble Eightfold Path, which is designed to get beyond such things by seeing the dukkha in attachment to achievements (espec...
by JohnK
Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What's on your Raft? Which sutta passages absolutely critical to core of Buddhism?
Replies: 6
Views: 2519

Re: What's on your Raft? Which sutta passages absolutely critical to core of Buddhism?

What's on your Raft ☸🚣? I have spent quite a few days in the last few weeks on my raft here in Wyoming (USA). The thread title made me think: what are the most critical things on my raft? Appropriate attention and discernment seem the most critical -- recognizing hazards (the unwholesome) as well a...
by JohnK
Sun Jul 19, 2020 3:29 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: SDC stepping down as a moderator
Replies: 25
Views: 12780

Re: SDC stepping down as a moderator

Thanks for your moderation, SDC; enjoy the letting go.
I have appreciated your contributions.
:bow:
by JohnK
Thu Jul 09, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Poems of the Elders
Replies: 27
Views: 10226

Re: Poems of the Elders

Vakkali -- 5:8 Stay in the Grove Stricken by sharp, wind-like pains, you, monk, living in the forest grove —harsh, with limited range for alms— what, what will you do? Suffusing my body with abundant rapture & joy, & enduring what’s harsh, I’ll stay in the grove. Developing the establishings of mind...
by JohnK
Thu Jul 09, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Poems of the Elders
Replies: 27
Views: 10226

Re: Poems of the Elders

1:14 Vanavaccha's pupil:
...My body stays in the village;
my mind has gone to the wilds.

... There's no tying down
one who knows.
by JohnK
Thu Jul 09, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Poems of the Elders
Replies: 27
Views: 10226

Re: Poems of the Elders

1:13 Vanavaccha The color of blue-dark clouds, glistening, cooled with the waters of clear-flowing streams covered with ladybugs: Those rocky crags refresh me. [/b] https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/KN/Thag/thag1_13.html :namaste: From within both 11 Sankicca and 18 Maha Kassapa With clear waters ...
by JohnK
Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why begin with the eighth?
Replies: 12
Views: 521

Re: Why begin with the eighth?

Perhaps:
On first hearing the teaching, I think it is easier to see/recognize/acknowledge one's craving than to see/recognize/acknowledge one's ignorance.
Edit: similar to mike's "clearest link" idea.
by JohnK
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: One "Point" which includes vs. excludes
Replies: 45
Views: 10701

Re: One "Point" which includes vs. excludes

Somewhat related: I've been reading Shaila Catherine's Wisdom Wide and Deep . In discussing kasina practice, for example on "whiteness," one is focused on whiteness to the exclusion of everything else, but gradually expands that perception of whiteness to the point of its limitlessness, including th...
by JohnK
Sat Jun 20, 2020 3:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Question on energy
Replies: 17
Views: 872

Re: Question on energy

Regarding balancing factors (in this case the faculties), here is a piece by Ayya Khema discussing the balancing of pairs of chariot horses. The latter part discusses balancing energy and concentration. Mindfulness is the lead horse. Faith and wisdom also need to be balanced. https://www.vipassana.c...
by JohnK
Fri Jun 19, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Blame for the blameworthy
Replies: 51
Views: 2790

Re: Blame for the blameworthy

binocular wrote: Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:31 pm ...I learned that faith is a prerequisite for being in that group...
That's too bad. The Buddha certainly taught those who did not already have faith.
I appreciate you sharing that situation -- I'll keep it in mind.
Best wishes.
by JohnK
Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Question on energy
Replies: 17
Views: 872

Re: Question on energy

Here are two tables showing the 37 "wings" from Thanissaro Bhikkhu's the Wings to Awakening; in the second table he groups all 37 under the 5 Faculties -- so you can see the numerous places persistence/energy shows up (it is 8 of the 37):
https://www.dhammatalks.org/books/Wings ... n0006.html
by JohnK
Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Question on energy
Replies: 17
Views: 872

Re: Question on energy

Mindfulness→analysis of phenomenon→energy→rapture............ In this case, the energy here is striving for what? Thanissaro Bhikkhu in the section on the seven factors in his the Wings to Awakening , says: "Discernment, in the role of the analysis of mental qualities into skillful and unskillful, ...
by JohnK
Tue Jun 16, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Blame for the blameworthy
Replies: 51
Views: 2790

Re: Blame for the blameworthy

...this particular center has a problem above and beyond normal turnover rates. ...I was in a similar situation... It has not been disclosed here, but I am interested in the behaviors of the leaders of both of these groups that led to the turning away. I don't think of this as gossip or condemnatio...
by JohnK
Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Blame for the blameworthy
Replies: 51
Views: 2790

Re: Blame for the blameworthy

They should be as concerned as you about possibly turning people away I guess you and I have both made up stories about the leaders of his group! :) I suppose I could try to defend my fabrication by referring to their characterization as being virtuous and with good intentions, but we could go roun...