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by JohnK
Sun Jan 20, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can we only play not work?
Replies: 25
Views: 193

Re: Can we only play not work?

chownah wrote:
Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:58 am
[ The difference between work and play is just a state of mind....a fabrication.
chownah
No work, no play -- just kamma. :)
by JohnK
Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wisdom vs will
Replies: 13
Views: 162

Re: Wisdom vs will

Or Knowledge vs power ...At the end of the day, isn't liberation more about POWER than it is about knowledge or wisdom? For, even if you have all the wisdom in the world, as long as you're powerless to apply it and end craving, of what use is it? Isn't your wisdom therefore useless without power? T...
by JohnK
Sat Jan 19, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wisdom vs will
Replies: 13
Views: 162

Re: Wisdom vs will

For a person who knows & sees things as they actually are, there is no need for an act of will, 'May I feel disenchantment.' It is in the nature of things that a person who knows & sees things as they actually are feels disenchantment. See the rest of the Cetana Sutta for the full progression (each...
by JohnK
Fri Jan 18, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Discord within the Sangha
Replies: 8
Views: 194

Re: Discord within the Sangha

...who owns or is responsible for instigating measures to manage that personality conflict? This depends on who is even aware of the situation (the group "awareness context" so to speak). If it is just the "offended" person, he is the only one who could be responsible to do something about it. He m...
by JohnK
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Sam Vara is stepping down as moderator
Replies: 16
Views: 321

Re: Sam Vara is stepping down as moderator

Yes, Sam, many thanks for your contribution.
(Now, w/o your name being in color, it will be harder to find your posts -- more inconstancy.) :anjali:
by JohnK
Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is nirvana an impossible dream?
Replies: 15
Views: 212

Re: Is nirvana an impossible dream?

How can you attain something that you don't really want? A seeker says he wants nirvana. But his subconscious mind is filled with desire for stimulation of all kinds. Contradiction? Again, how do you hope to attain something that you secretly wish to avoid? This is where Thanissaro's notion of the ...
by JohnK
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Anapanasati Sutra
Replies: 8
Views: 210

Re: Anapanasati Sutra

With Each and Every Breath ... https://www.dhammatalks.org/books/WithEachAndEveryBreath/Contents.html :anjali: I was thinking of this one, too-- especially as I just finished reading it -- but as it doesn't explicitly refer to and address the steps in the sutta, I thought it might not be what the O...
by JohnK
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Theravada for Beginner
Replies: 32
Views: 467

Re: Theravada for Beginner

For getting started with Sutta's, many recommend Bhikkhu Bodhi's Anthology called In The Buddha's Words . He has fairly long introductions to the chapters which are helpful. (There is a beginner resource thread at the top of the beginner forum section.) Edit/Add: This esplains the factors of the Eig...
by JohnK
Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Anapanasati Sutra
Replies: 8
Views: 210

Re: Anapanasati Sutra

I can't necessarily say "best," but one is Mindfulness With Breathing: A Manual for Beginners by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu.
Another that I have not read in a while is Breath By Breath by Larry Rosenberg -- I remember liking it at the time.
I am interested to hear of others.
by JohnK
Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dhamma in Advertising
Replies: 8
Views: 248

Re: Dhamma in Advertising

There is a Jack in the Box commercial where there is a "Craving Patrol" in a police type vehicle which comes and delivers JITB whenever someone craves their food. Laughed pretty hard when I first saw that one. That's our society for you! Craving must be satiated! "Craving Patrol" -- I like it -- th...
by JohnK
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dhamma in Advertising
Replies: 8
Views: 248

Re: Dhamma in Advertising

When I see the word "craving" come up in advertising, it gets my attention. Here is a quote from a ski area's report of this morning's conditions (note: "to carve" refers to the metal edges of skis carving into the packed snow of the machine-groomed slopes): For those of you looking to satisfy the c...
by JohnK
Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Common problems during meditation
Replies: 7
Views: 213

Re: Common problems during meditation

Hi :smile: 3) Boredom: Even if we are able to deal with thoughts and emotions with the labeling method (or any other method), we are still left with the question as to how long we can sustain it. Boredom may set in. After watching your breath for a while, you may be wondering about what to do next ...
by JohnK
Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does a buddhist need to practise khanti ?
Replies: 5
Views: 145

Re: Does a buddhist need to practise khanti ?

... and I also recommend a marvellous piece by Ajahn Sucitto: https://ajahnsucitto.org/articles/parami-2-patience/ Sam, thanks for bringing that to my/our attention -- yes, marvelous -- inspiring. I am not very familiar with his writings, but now will make a point of reading more -- probably starti...
by JohnK
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Great success with "full body" breath meditation
Replies: 31
Views: 580

Re: Great success with "full body" breath meditation

I am a late-comer to this thread, but thought I would post this link to Thanissaro's guided meditation audio (as I did not see it here). https://www.dhammatalks.org/mp3_guidedMed_index.html He gave a talk a couple of months ago in which the image he presented as a possibility for full body breath me...
by JohnK
Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can 2nd noble truth be realised without comprehending 1st noble truth?
Replies: 15
Views: 296

Re: Can 2nd noble truth be realised without comprehending 1st noble truth?

I read the following on the internet: stress is to be comprehended, the origination of stress abandoned, the cessation of stress realized, and the path to the cessation of stress developed. When all of these duties have been fully performed, the mind gains total release. The problem many of us have...