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by JohnK
Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sutta teachings about forgiveness
Replies: 19
Views: 819

Re: Sutta teachings about forgiveness

The entire story of Angulimala is very instructive. I believe he was a part of some type of proto-shivaite-thuggee cult and collected body parts of murder victims... Here is the back story in brief from Great Disciples of the Buddha. https://www.wisdompubs.org/book/great-disciples-buddha His father...
by JohnK
Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Upholding metta sutta
Replies: 8
Views: 250

Re: Upholding metta sutta

Thanks friends I get confused a lot about Buddhist practice theory. I agree that what you are doing is wholesome practice. I assume it is helping with other aspects of the path such as generosity and non-harming. However, you might balance it some with vipassana/satipatthana now or in the future (i...
by JohnK
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:41 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sutta teachings about forgiveness
Replies: 19
Views: 819

Re: Sutta teachings about forgiveness

In case it is helpful here, coincidentally, I just became aware of this essay (right after glancing at this thread). It is Thanissaro Bhikkhu on the Buddha's teachings on animosity and forgiveness. Thank you JK. Are there any quotes you might find compelling in the Venerable Thanissaro's essay you ...
by JohnK
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meditation experience
Replies: 18
Views: 680

Re: Meditation experience

:goodpost: "— not attending to the perception[1] of village, not attending to the perception of human being — attends to the singleness based on the perception of wilderness. His mind takes pleasure, finds satisfaction, settles, & indulges in its perception of wilderness."---MN 120 Paul, I was inte...
by JohnK
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Cūlapanthaka versus sutta expertise
Replies: 7
Views: 317

Re: Cūlapanthaka versus sutta expertise

Thanks, John. That's 12 minutes that I don't think I could have spent any better. :anjali: Very glad you found it of value. I was pleased to see the title of the talk coming from someone who does not always come across (to me anyway) as a "heart guy" -- so glad to have that preconception blown out ...
by JohnK
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meditation experience
Replies: 18
Views: 680

Re: Meditation experience

Getting back to what might be called self-aversion in meditation (based on leaving the meditation object). It helps to really understand the process -- that you need to repeatedly work the muscles of recognizing you are gone and returning -- doing repetitions of the mental exercise -- so getting los...
by JohnK
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meditation experience
Replies: 18
Views: 680

Re: Meditation experience

Unfortunately, meditation can make some people miserable - so they don't do it -- I have been through this. One of the big ways is getting all down on yourself when you don't stay focused on the meditation object (typically the breath). "I should be able to do this! What's wrong with me?" When that'...
by JohnK
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Cūlapanthaka versus sutta expertise
Replies: 7
Views: 317

Re: Cūlapanthaka versus sutta expertise

James Tan wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:21 pm
There are many sutta expertise nowadays , but, what then is the difficulty to attain ariya stage ?
"The Dhamma is a Quality of the Heart:"
https://www.dhammatalks.org/Archive/y20 ... _Heart.mp3
by JohnK
Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sutta teachings about forgiveness
Replies: 19
Views: 819

Re: Sutta teachings about forgiveness

In case it is helpful here, coincidentally, I just became aware of this essay (right after glancing at this thread).
It is Thanissaro Bhikkhu on the Buddha's teachings on animosity and forgiveness.
https://www.dhammatalks.org/books/uncol ... ness.html
by JohnK
Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: How much entertainment should we allow?
Replies: 17
Views: 777

Re: How much entertainment should we allow?

...it destroys all the mental ease I may have established by abstaining... Congratulations on being able to establish some mental ease! (and knowing its cause). Congratulations on directly knowing how your ease is destroyed! So, you know the allure of indulging; you know the danger (destruction of ...
by JohnK
Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Seeing Impermanence, what does this mean
Replies: 7
Views: 332

Re: Seeing Impermanence, what does this mean

Perhaps there is no need to make the experience "mean" anything.
(Although I enjoyed hearing about it.) :)
by JohnK
Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Isn't aversion necessary?
Replies: 16
Views: 487

Re: Isn't aversion necessary?

...without aversion for this world, how can there be detachment? It is possible that, for some, aversion for "this world" may get them to begin on the path, but I don't think it is necessary (and in fact must be dropped). You have to see that "this world" will not be ultimately satisfying, which I ...
by JohnK
Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Being Offended
Replies: 45
Views: 2230

Re: Being Offended

I'll try to digest each paragraph, perhaps respond to each, and then see if it's even worth clicking "submit." I'm talking about fitting in as a matter of acculturation on which depends one's proper understanding of Buddhist terms. Similar as in mastering and being able to function in a language req...
by JohnK
Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Question about insights
Replies: 10
Views: 530

Re: Question about insights

Patrice wrote:
Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:14 pm
...I would appreciate your comments on this to help me see this a little more clearly.
Thanks!
FWIW, it seems to me that your practice is maturing. :anjali: