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by JohnK
Sun Oct 22, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: How to stop associating yourself with your thoughts?
Replies: 17
Views: 259

Re: How to stop associating yourself with your thoughts?

Just read Ud 4:1 Meghiya, thought it was relevant, putting the task in a broader context of practice. I've first copied the exclamation to the top to highlight that it is on topic (and quoted here is just the last portion of the sutta). Little thoughts, subtle thoughts, when followed, stir up the he...
by JohnK
Sun Oct 22, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The crux of Buddhist practice - where and how do we cut the chain of Dependent Origination?
Replies: 24
Views: 399

Re: The crux of Buddhist practice - where and how do we cut the chain of Dependent Origination?

Nice summary and putting the task into context. The morality aspect can be overlooked when the insight aspect of the path is emphasized -- the head w/o the heart -- so thanks for including that. Speaking of heart, I will add metta (loving kindness, universal goodwill). The practice of metta can be ...
by JohnK
Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The crux of Buddhist practice - where and how do we cut the chain of Dependent Origination?
Replies: 24
Views: 399

Re: The crux of Buddhist practice - where and how do we cut the chain of Dependent Origination?

Some relevant quotes from Thanissaro's On The Path (Right View Chapter): The main advantage of a system containing many feedback loops such as those found in dependent co-arising is that it’s neither strictly deterministic nor totally chaotic. The forces governing the system can be pushed in many di...
by JohnK
Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist quote reference
Replies: 5
Views: 107

Re: Buddhist quote reference

The difference is that some translators render hoti as 'is' and others as 'becomes'. Quite coincidentally, I am in the middle of Thanissaro's Udana, and just a moment ago read 3:10 "Surveying the World." His translation uses "becomes." This world is burning. Afflicted by contact, it calls disease a...
by JohnK
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist quote reference
Replies: 5
Views: 107

Re: Buddhist quote reference

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by JohnK
Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: three marks of conditioned dhammas: origination, presence, cessation
Replies: 10
Views: 158

Re: three marks of conditioned dhammas: origination, presence, cessation

So these characteristics seem to be a fine-tuning of or aid to seeing the anicca characteristic.
by JohnK
Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: How to stop associating yourself with your thoughts?
Replies: 17
Views: 259

Re: How to stop associating yourself with your thoughts?

So I know all this in theory but I don't know how to go about rooting out the idea that it is 'me' in control and also, where I go from my current level of realisation? Ah, if only we could go from "in theory" to arahantship with a snap of the fingers! I'm afraid the answer is the eightfold path! I...
by JohnK
Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sit with Pain. Don't sit with Pain.
Replies: 10
Views: 167

Re: Sit with Pain. Don't sit with Pain.

Some teachers say to sit with pain. Others say don't sit with pain, Some say "it depends." For example, explore the sensations that are being perceived as "pain" and/or scan the whole body to provide some broader perspective on the situation. If the pain nevertheless remains/becomes too intense, in...
by JohnK
Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Birthday Sam Vara!
Replies: 9
Views: 112

Re: Happy Birthday Sam Vara!

Yes, much happiness on your birthday -- and I'm not going to get in your face about worldly or not worldly.
by JohnK
Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Ignoring jury duty request
Replies: 14
Views: 345

Re: Ignoring jury duty request

Do you see anything morally wrong with being summoned for jury duty and just ignoring the summon even though that's technically not legal? Apart from morality, it might be useful to consider with some depth the source of the impulse to avoid it. Not that you need to post it here, but just as a pers...
by JohnK
Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What attracted you to the Dhamma?
Replies: 10
Views: 189

Re: What attracted you to the Dhamma?

The possibility of awakening/enlightenment. Not that I knew (know) just what that is, but a sense that we are somehow trapped in a limited, conceptual world of our own making (and inheritance) and that there may be a way to be free of that ignorance/delusion and be in direct touch with something mor...
by JohnK
Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: protocol for visiting a temple for the first time
Replies: 6
Views: 113

Re: protocol for visiting a temple for the first time

...Is there some sort of protocol about approaching the place to speak to the monks there?.. I'm old and need to get started :). Please advise, thank you, Bill R. Bill, I'm no expert on temples, but I suspect knocking on the door and being sincere (about your interest in learning and even your conc...
by JohnK
Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Ahara Sutta: Food
Replies: 12
Views: 329

Re: Ahara Sutta: Food

Sam Vara wrote:...
Thanks again, and hopefully this conversation is of some use to seeker242, the OP.
by JohnK
Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Ahara Sutta: Food
Replies: 12
Views: 329

Re: Ahara Sutta: Food

So it seems that the key question is: what is appropriate attention. I bet somebody here at DW has the Pali word from the sutta, and I bet it is used/discussed in other suttas. Yonisomanasikara. It's a tough one. Different people translate it in different ways. Maybe "fixing one's attention with a ...
by JohnK
Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Ahara Sutta: Food
Replies: 12
Views: 329

Re: Ahara Sutta: Food

And what is lack of food for the arising of unarisen uncertainty, or for the growth & increase of uncertainty once it has arisen? There are mental qualities that are skillful & unskillful, blameworthy & blameless, gross & refined, siding with darkness & with light. To foster appropriate attention t...
by JohnK
Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Ahara Sutta: Food
Replies: 12
Views: 329

Re: Ahara Sutta: Food

Just regarding the phrase "inappropriate attention"
seeker242 wrote:... what specifically do you direct your attention away from?
I don't think the phrase suggests "directing attention away from" as if all attention to them is inappropriate, just that the attention should be appropriate (no head burying).
by JohnK
Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: supernatural beings
Replies: 9
Views: 196

Re: supernatural beings

...As with many other topics, though, it might be worth considering what ones motives are in engaging in such talk... Reminds me of something I saw on a whiteboard at Wat Metta: W.A.I.T. (Why Am I Talking?). John, that's so good I'm going to buy my own whiteboard! Yeah, maybe it should be a window ...
by JohnK
Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: supernatural beings
Replies: 9
Views: 196

Re: supernatural beings

Sam Vara wrote:...As with many other topics, though, it might be worth considering what ones motives are in engaging in such talk...
Reminds me of something I saw on a whiteboard at Wat Metta:
W.A.I.T. (Why Am I Talking?).
by JohnK
Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: How can vipassana help me break free from my social anxiety
Replies: 12
Views: 538

Re: How can vipassana help me break free from my social anxiety

...what is it about vipassana that would help me break from my anxious thought pattern? My take on it: As simple as it might appear to be to "watch the breath" (or some other aspect of experience), it sets up a radically different way of relating to our "thought pattern." Ordinarily, we are complet...
by JohnK
Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Joke!!! 2.0
Replies: 57
Views: 1434

Re: Joke!!! 2.0

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/33/17/96/33179666c3dfb5e0469c80590b01f57c.jpg It's funny because it's true lol A blatantly sexist "joke" which has never been true in connection with myself as a woman, nor anyone I've ever known. . I got curious about the data -- have found some evidence t...