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by JohnK
Thu May 25, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: What is the Difference between the Lustful Mind and the Distracted Mind?
Replies: 3
Views: 87

Re: What is the Difference between the Lustful Mind and the Distracted Mind?

Analayo describes the difference as one of a mind marked by "lust" and one of a mind marked by "restlesness" in Saitipatthana: The Direct Path Ch. 8 , Loc 2676 (Kindle) Seems likely that these are tying back to two of the five hindrances which are typically discussed as distinct...
by JohnK
Tue May 23, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why can we just let go?
Replies: 12
Views: 275

Re: Why can we just let go?

...This is because you can't get rid of mental defilements, such as ignorance and craving rooted in it, just in one simple act of will. Work needs to be done here. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an03/an03.091.than.html Very nice. Worth quoting the sutta I think. AN 3.91 PTS: A i 239 Tha...
by JohnK
Mon May 22, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Resistance/tightness in practicing loving kindness
Replies: 21
Views: 258

Re: Resistance/tightness in practicing loving kindness

oak1 wrote:...I would like to hear your opinions as well with regards to how to deal with this.


How about the thoughts of a very senior student of Ajahn Chah? ;)
I love this book:
http://www.abhayagiri.org/books/abundant-exalted-immeasurable
by JohnK
Sat May 20, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: Dāna
Topic: Ordination Gift?
Replies: 6
Views: 183

Re: Ordination Gift?

Just got word from the "monk-mom" -- a small tea kettle is apparently just the thing -- (maybe with a jar of honey in it!) -- I think his parents are getting him a small backpacking-type stove.
by JohnK
Fri May 19, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Dāna
Topic: Ordination Gift?
Replies: 6
Views: 183

Re: Ordination Gift?

Thank you for the suggestion -- I'm a friend of his parents and will check to make sure honey is okay for him. I'm happy to hear any other suggestions that folks might have. I would consider one of the complete Nikayas (thinking of Bodhi English translations from Wisdom), but he may already have (pe...
by JohnK
Thu May 18, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Dāna
Topic: Ordination Gift?
Replies: 6
Views: 183

Ordination Gift?

I will be attending an ordination and am wondering if and what type of gift might be a good idea. I expect possessions are minimal -- I don't want to add to a pile of stuff being renounced! I could certainly donate to the monastery, but wondering about the monk. Thoughts?
by JohnK
Thu May 18, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to say no?
Replies: 6
Views: 134

Re: How to say no?

How do you stand up for yourself in front of a person who constantly mocks you and lets you down? Every interaction ends in me feeling like an incompetent idiot. She gangs up with others. I have made the mistake of laughing it off initially. Now it looks like they can walk all over me. I don't mind...
by JohnK
Fri May 12, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Metta and Satipattana
Replies: 3
Views: 132

Re: Metta and Satipattana

I don't know if there is a preferred way, but more typically I will move from metta to mindfulness than the other way around -- often metta settles/calms the mind, so when the metta is done, sometimes mindfulness is "just there" (w/o much hindrance). In going from mindfulness practice to m...
by JohnK
Mon May 08, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does happiness exist within samsara
Replies: 15
Views: 258

Re: Does happiness exist within samsara

cappuccino wrote:The primary happiness of samsara is enjoying food…

including "an Italian coffee drink that is traditionally prepared with double espresso, hot milk, and steamed milk foam," right?! :)
by JohnK
Sun May 07, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: The garden, by Arnold Lobel
Replies: 6
Views: 226

Re: The garden, by Arnold Lobel

Hello again, Frej. You said: :roll: I could not tell who you were rolling your eyes about (perhaps it was "those people" SV mentioned and you quoted), but just in case it was me, I thought I would explain my post "So, what was Toad's hard work?" I do my best to practice right spe...
by JohnK
Sat May 06, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: The garden, by Arnold Lobel
Replies: 6
Views: 226

Re: The garden, by Arnold Lobel

Welcome, Frej. Thanks for that.
So, what was Toad's hard work?
by JohnK
Wed May 03, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Looking for a specific sutta on metta...
Replies: 8
Views: 207

Re: Looking for a specific sutta on metta...

Not pointing directly to a sutta, but to a strong chapter called "Metta and Relinquishment" in Ajahn Pasanno's strong book Abundant, Exalted, Immeasurable . The clip from the chapter that is quoted under the chapter title is: For loving-kindness to manifest fully and come to fruition, we n...
by JohnK
Thu Apr 27, 2017 3:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Every session goes like this.....
Replies: 14
Views: 424

Re: Every session goes like this.....

...Each session seems to be taken up by considering the respective virtues of each Buddhist path/practice... Made me think of these sentences from Bhikkhu Bodhi (In the Buddha's Words, p.260): The meditating monk begins by removing the grosser impurities of bodily, verbal, and mental conduct...Then...
by JohnK
Tue Apr 25, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Depersonalisation affecting concentration
Replies: 6
Views: 237

Re: Depersonalisation affecting concentration

...When i meditate, as my concentration on "Buddho" deepens, there is a gentle falling away of awareness of other things. Like things going on outside, or how my legs feels and such things. This happens to feel exactly like the beginning of a depersonalization experience and a subsequent ...
by JohnK
Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: How to love myself?
Replies: 33
Views: 840

Re: How to love myself?

If you answer please give slightly expanded answer. Just a one line "metta for yourself" is not enough. How does one forgive by doing metta for oneself. I have had positive experience on retreat with a guided forgiveness practice/meditation that then I could use unguided. It had three par...
by JohnK
Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Time to stop posting.
Replies: 10
Views: 342

Re: Time to stop posting.

Best of luck at the monastery and on the path in general.
(If it is any consolation, you are NOT one of the DW members whose posts I tend to ignore because of what I see as a tendency toward harsh speech.)
Be well.
by JohnK
Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Birthday SDC
Replies: 10
Views: 184

Re: Happy Birthday SDC

...and many happy turns ;)
by JohnK
Mon Apr 10, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How old are you?
Replies: 40
Views: 1310

Re: How old are you?

...Life felt empty...I began devouring book after book on Buddhism, from so many different traditions. Eventually I began reading "In the Buddhas words" and made a visit to a local zen center... Hello, BB, thanks for chiming in. Because of some earlier training, I often look at "soci...
by JohnK
Wed Apr 05, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Going to heaven and ending up in hell (Is kamma really this cruel?)
Replies: 48
Views: 1015

Re: Going to heaven and ending up in hell (Is kamma really this cruel?)

questions543 wrote:...It describes essentially a virtuous person who is skillful in the first jhana...

Not exactly -- the quote says the person savors it, longs for it, is satisfied with it, is stuck there, attached -- not seeing the three characteristics in it.
by JohnK
Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ways to reach enlightenment according to the suttas
Replies: 34
Views: 693

Re: Ways to reach enlightenment according to the suttas

I just finished reading this: http://www.abhayagiri.org/books/abundant-exalted-immeasurable which is based on a metta retreat given by Ajahn Pasanno. I don't have the book in front of me right now, but he cites suttas which refer to "liberation of mind" through metta (and the other brahmav...

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