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by JohnK
Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why begin with the eighth?
Replies: 12
Views: 309

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: 1133

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: 457

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: 1203

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: 457

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: 457

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: 1203

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: 1203

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...
by JohnK
Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Blame for the blameworthy
Replies: 51
Views: 1203

Re: Blame for the blameworthy

They should be as concerned as you about possibly turning people away Why?? Could you explain? Chances are that the stakeholders in the group that the OP is talking about already believe something like, "Those who leave our group aren't good enough for it anyway, and we're better off without them"....
by JohnK
Sun Jun 14, 2020 3:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Blame for the blameworthy
Replies: 51
Views: 1203

Re: Blame for the blameworthy

its more like these people I know are doing something that is basically chasing people away from the center's meditation class... If you can remove this from the frame of "blame" and "blameworthy," and just speak from a place of sincere concern (as you seem to be expressing), you might find that th...
by JohnK
Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: do ordained bhikkus and bhikunnis have lust and angry thoughts in their mind?
Replies: 7
Views: 268

Re: do ordained bhikkus and bhikunnis have lust and angry thoughts in their mind?

dharmacorps wrote:
Sat Jun 13, 2020 6:11 pm
...ordain your heart, regardless of if you wear robes or not.
Very nice!
:anjali:
by JohnK
Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: LIke a moth to a flame, again; a difficult sutta. Can somone help?
Replies: 12
Views: 312

Re: LIke a moth to a flame, again; a difficult sutta. Can somone help?

...Has the Buddha relinquished delight in anything at all, even Unbinding? How is that happiness, to not enjoy anything at all, not even release? Which in other places, he says is 'the Highest happiness" and other wonderful, appealing epithets. I think "delight" here carries a connotation of attach...
by JohnK
Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Important Terms of Service update regarding political matters
Replies: 35
Views: 1342

Re: Important Terms of Service update regarding political matters

Per the above clarification, it seems to me that quoting a politician and demonstrating that what they said was consistent (or inconsistent) with scripture is for DWE not DW , but I may be missing something.
:anjali:
by JohnK
Thu Jun 11, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Thanissaro Bhikkhu really make such a comment on the attainments of Pa-auk and Mahasi??
Replies: 9
Views: 528

Re: Did Thanissaro Bhikkhu really make such a comment on the attainments of Pa-auk and Mahasi??

sma wrote:
Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:01 am
I sent an inquiry email to the Metta Monastery via dhammatalks.feedback@gmail.com, but they did not respond.
Just FYI, it says on the site (at "Contact") that that email address is only for technical issues like broken links; contact regarding Dhamma is listed below that.
by JohnK
Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: incline the mind to deathless? what?
Replies: 51
Views: 864

Re: incline the mind to deathless? what?

Perhaps useful; an essay on the subject by Christopher Titmuss:
https://www.stephenfulder.com/incline-t ... deathless-