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by JohnK
Fri Jan 17, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Calming body fabrications - what does it mean?
Replies: 13
Views: 89

Re: Calming body fabrications - what does it mean?

From Thanissaro Bhikkhu's book, With Each and Every Breath : ... bodily fabrication : the fabrication of your sense of the body through the in-and-out breath." For context, he asks "Why the Breath?" First, he says that the breath is a good theme for developing the three qualities of alertness, mindf...
by JohnK
Fri Jan 17, 2020 3:52 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Ajahn Chah Memorial Day January 16th 2020
Replies: 13
Views: 134

Re: Ajahn Chah Memorial Day January 16th 2020

:candle: "It's as if we are carrying a heavy rock. As we carry it, we feel weighed down but we don't know what to do with it, so we keep carrying it...Even if someone tells us, 'Come on. Throw it away. It'll be good...,' we're still not willing... we're afraid we won't have anything left...until we'...
by JohnK
Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:11 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Can i choice a better choice sometimes?
Replies: 6
Views: 122

Re: Can i choice a better choice sometimes?

Or Will i automatically do better actions of better choice every New day? The Buddha's teachings are about causes and effects -- things don't happen automatically. If you are creating the causes for good choices, then the good choices will follow. Just a few examples: If you develop calmness, you w...
by JohnK
Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Really Confused...!
Replies: 17
Views: 375

Re: Really Confused...!

Another book you might find interesting is Small Boat, Great Mountain by Amaro Bhikkhu. The sub-title is Theravadan Reflections on The Natural Great Perfection. https://www.abhayagiri.org/books/423-small-boat-great-mountain Also, here is a popular sutta from the Canon that is analytical regarding th...
by JohnK
Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Really Confused...!
Replies: 17
Views: 375

Re: Really Confused...!

Just a few thoughts: "When ya gone ya gone" is not a correct characterization of the Buddha's teachings in the Pali discourses. So the contradiction may not be quite as deep as you imagine. That said, you might consider reading Joseph Goldstein's One Dharma where he considers the challenge/opportuni...
by JohnK
Sun Jan 12, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: To be or not to be
Replies: 8
Views: 294

Re: To be or not to be

To Be or Not To Be -- Is that the Question? That happens to be the title of Chapter 5 of The Island: An Anthology of the Buddha's Tachings on Nibbana by Ajahns Pasanno and Amaro. They provide (among others): “Bhikkhu, ‘I am’ is a conceiving; ‘I am this’ is a conceiving; ‘I shall be’ is a conceiving...
by JohnK
Sat Jan 11, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Books on Paticca Samuppada (Dependent Co-Arising)
Replies: 5
Views: 174

Re: Books on Paticca Samuppada (Dependent Co-Arising)

The Shape of Suffering by Thanissaro Bhikkhiu.
Scroll down to Treatises from this main book page.
https://www.dhammatalks.org/ebook_index.html

Also Buddhadasa Bhikkhu's Under the Bodhi Tree.
(Wisdom Publications)
by JohnK
Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The cause of suffering
Replies: 12
Views: 231

Re: The cause of suffering

Haniver wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:32 pm
...what's the source of that attachment? Aversion or desire?
Seems to me that attachment is the source of both aversion and desire (i.e., the reverse of the cause/effect relationship your question implies).
:anjali:
by JohnK
Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What advice would you have given yourself when you began meditating?
Replies: 7
Views: 335

Re: What advice would you have given yourself when you began meditating?

Advice 1: Don't try to intensely "smash through" to "enlightenment." Advice 2: Don't think "figuring this out" will get you there. Advice 3: Don't spend your time thinking about what you will say to the teacher. Advice 4; Don't beat yourself up for sucking at this. Caveat: If I did have this advice ...
by JohnK
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Question about nirvana
Replies: 28
Views: 458

Re: Question about nirvana

...I'm asking as to whether there is a perceivable manifestion of the Dhamma eye...upon attaining enlightenment in the same way that an angel wears a Halo... I have never heard/read of such a thing. What I have read/heard is that such a one knows w/o doubt -- w/o looking in the mirror. Edit: It als...
by JohnK
Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Nirvana?
Replies: 53
Views: 1516

Re: What is Nirvana?

...What is gone out is the five aggregate of clinging due to lack of fuel... The way I'm seeing it (which may or may not be exactly as the fire simile is presented) is that the aggregates of clinging are the fuel. What has gone out are the fires of greed, hatred and delusion. So, while aggregates/f...
by JohnK
Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Nirvana?
Replies: 53
Views: 1516

Re: What is Nirvana?

"...Here it should be clearly and distinctly understood, without any confusion, that what is compared to a flame or a fire gone out is not Nirvana, but the 'being' composed of the Five Aggregates who realized Nirvana..." While "What is Nirvana?" is a deep subject, the quote strikes me as fairly sim...
by JohnK
Mon Jan 06, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Equanimity
Replies: 35
Views: 717

Re: Equanimity

The difference of opinion regarding what to do about harmful mind states may be smaller than it appears: ...work on its resolvement ... Thanissaro: "...make whatever effort is needed to get rid of it." From the context, it appears that Thanissaro is warning against the danger of "radical acceptance"...
by JohnK
Mon Jan 06, 2020 4:54 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What does straightforward in speech mean?
Replies: 4
Views: 179

Re: What does straightforward in speech mean?

It's good to remember that any English word or phrase that is used is a translator's choice. So let's look at the links to other translations at the page you provided. Nanamoli: Let him be able, and upright and straight, Easy to speak to, gentle, and not proud, Thanissaro: Be capable, upright, & str...
by JohnK
Sat Jan 04, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Equanimity
Replies: 35
Views: 717

Re: Equanimity

This comment really surprises me; Once you've clearly seen that a particular quality like aversion or lust is harmful for the mind, you can't stay patient or equanimous about it. You have to make whatever effort is needed to get rid of it and to nourish skillful qualities thanissaro bhikkhu Perhaps...