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by JohnK
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Attachment to non-attachment
Replies: 46
Views: 649

Re: Attachment to non-attachment

If I'm not attached to the path, I float away. :)
(It helps to remember the gravity of the situation.) ;)
by JohnK
Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: You have to be an Arahant to become an Arahant!!
Replies: 13
Views: 216

Re: You have to be an Arahant to become an Arahant!!

You have to be an Arahant to become an Arahant!!... This does not seem to be what is being said by what you have cited. ...Nanavira argues that everyone comes to the Canon with a different personal background, which causes each of us to interpret things differently. “Without such a background nothi...
by JohnK
Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Must we suffer, in order to get free from suffering?
Replies: 20
Views: 372

Re: Must we suffer, in order to get free from suffering?

...I still have some sceptical doubt, it seems, despite the Path being the best thing I've ever found, afaic. Still, that's not the same as being 100% convinced. It sure sounds like you are on the path! -- seeing more and more the lack of real satisfaction in worldly pleasure -- 100% convinced come...
by JohnK
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the diffrence of four Brhamavihara and precepts?
Replies: 3
Views: 82

Re: What is the diffrence of four Brhamavihara and precepts?

...a person who practices Brhamavihara practice the precepts naturally. A person who practice precepts naturally practice Brahma vihara. The first part makes perfect sense to me: a heart full of metta is less likely to give rise to intentions to harm, and so is more naturally inclined to follow the...
by JohnK
Thu Nov 14, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Poll: the most difficult precept for you?
Replies: 9
Views: 751

Re: Poll: the most difficult precept for you?

I just picked "entertainment" even though I do not train in eight precepts. Being married, I engage in activities of various kinds with my wife - not that the activities are especially unwholesome, but they do often pull me away from mindfulness. I also think there is an element of seeking entertain...
by JohnK
Wed Nov 13, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Contemplations for different mental types?
Replies: 6
Views: 158

Re: Contemplations for different mental types?

Alīno wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:57 pm
...Can you please give a list of these 6 recollections please?
https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/AN/AN11_13.html
by JohnK
Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Wholesome and Unwholesome qualities of mind (list)
Replies: 3
Views: 154

Re: Wholesome and Unwholesome qualities of mind (list)

I heared that there is a complete list of wholesome and unwholesome qualities of mind... Below is one list that comes to mind from Ven. Thanissaro's Wings to Awakening -- https://www.dhammatalks.org/books/Wings/Section0001.html (not all are qualities of mind, e.g., right action; they do not include...
by JohnK
Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Time
Replies: 15
Views: 354

Re: Time

Here's one thing that was said (Itivuttaka 63; the footnote is from Thanissaro Bhikkhu): these verses are very deep and translations in Internet are poor... Beings who perceive [only] what can be expressed and are entrenched in what can be expressed, not profoundly understanding what is expressed, ...
by JohnK
Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Time
Replies: 15
Views: 354

Re: Time

Here's one thing that was said (Itivuttaka 63; the footnote is from Thanissaro Bhikkhu): This was said by the Blessed One, said by the Arahant, so I have heard: “Monks, there are these three times. Which three? Past time, future time, present time. These are the three times.” Perceiving in terms of ...
by JohnK
Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Ignorance and Delusion -- Sutta?
Replies: 9
Views: 506

Re: Ignorance and Delusion -- Sutta?

... My understanding is that avijja is the general condition, and moha is the specific instance or manifestation of it. ... Thank you, Paul. After reading the first two replies, I thought that, while they may be synonyms, there might nevertheless be some pattern in their use -- as you suggest. Cert...
by JohnK
Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Ignorance and Delusion -- Sutta?
Replies: 9
Views: 506

Re: Ignorance and Delusion -- Sutta?

Dhammanando wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:19 pm

In the Niddesa, as in the Abhidhamma, avijjā and moha are regarded as synonyms...
Many thanks.
:anjali:
SarathW wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:55 pm
avijjā: 'ignorance,' nescience, unknowing; synonymous with delusion (moha, s. mūla),
Many thanks to you, too.
:anjali:
by JohnK
Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Ignorance and Delusion -- Sutta?
Replies: 9
Views: 506

Ignorance and Delusion -- Sutta?

If there is a sutta that explains the difference between ignorance (avijja) and delusion (moha), please point me to it.
Thanks.
:anjali:
by JohnK
Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are no-doubts and the faith the same?
Replies: 5
Views: 189

Re: Are no-doubts and the faith the same?

Ven. Thanissaro clearly distinguishes them (faith preceding the "no-doubts" of stream-entry, and strengthened by stream-entry). He translates saddha (often translated as faith) as conviction. "...conviction, the first member of the set of five faculties leads naturally to persistence,...which develo...
by JohnK
Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Living is Violence
Replies: 12
Views: 366

Re: Living is Violence

Here the Buddha sees violence and competition (humans competing like fish in small puddles) and experiences terror, but it becomes a motivator (rather than an inhibitor) for seeking and practicing for nibbana. https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/KN/StNp/StNp4_15.html For a taste, here is the first pa...