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by JohnK
Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The Path of Purification by Buddhaghosa
Replies: 15
Views: 215

Re: The Path of Purification by Buddhaghosa

Keith wrote:
Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:54 pm
...a starting text summarising the Dhamma?
Many would suggest to start with In the Buddha's Words by Bhikkhu Bodhi (summaries of subjects and sutta excerpts).
https://wisdomexperience.org/product/buddhas-words/
by JohnK
Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is "the underlying tendency to ignorance in regard to neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling"?
Replies: 23
Views: 448

Re: What is "the underlying tendency to ignorance in regard to neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling"?

Nicolas wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:08 pm
Thanks very much (and to Bhikkhu Analayo as well!).
Nice to hear it so clearly laid out.
:anjali:
by JohnK
Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravadan theory
Replies: 9
Views: 272

Re: Theravadan theory

That one should focus on morality and generosity before instead of just doing mindfulness practice without laying the proper foundation. Ahh, that. Some western teachers get it and emphasize it. Many western folks attracted to "enlightenment" just want to do the calisthenics to get there -- not so ...
by JohnK
Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravadan theory
Replies: 9
Views: 272

Re: Theravadan theory

befriend wrote:
Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:58 pm
Can you be explicit about what part(s) you think may be a radical change?
Thanks. :anjali:
by JohnK
Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What you will do after Stream Entry ? (Poll)
Replies: 49
Views: 987

Re: What you will do after Stream Entry ? (Poll)

Enjoy the relief of the stream's cool water and then have a friend toss me the soap to scrub-a-dub-dub.
by JohnK
Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is "the underlying tendency to ignorance in regard to neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling"?
Replies: 23
Views: 448

Re: What is "the underlying tendency to ignorance in regard to neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling"?

Perhaps someone can explain, possibly in mundane terms, what a "neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling" is? Maybe provide some examples? Maybe this: Vedana is associated with contact. Resting a hand on the shoulder of someone you love is pleasant. Placing a hand on a hot stove is unpleasant. Placing ...
by JohnK
Sun Sep 29, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is "the underlying tendency to ignorance in regard to neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling"?
Replies: 23
Views: 448

Re: What is "the underlying tendency to ignorance in regard to neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling"?

...For example, a pleasant feeling is eating a delicacy when hungry, and a painful feeling is being very hungry. What's a "neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling"? Perhaps it's the feeling tone present between the pleasantness of enjoying the delicacy and the unpleasantness of having eaten too much o...
by JohnK
Sun Sep 29, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is "the underlying tendency to ignorance in regard to neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling"?
Replies: 23
Views: 448

Re: What is "the underlying tendency to ignorance in regard to neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling"?

For what it's worth, I've heard the situation described as a pendulum that keeps swinging from +10 pleasant on one extreme to +10 unpleasant on the other. Because we are ignorant, solely focused on grasping the pleasant and avoiding the unpleasant, we barely notice when things are at "the zero point...
by JohnK
Sat Sep 28, 2019 5:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Insight takes time, so Dhamma students are okay as people
Replies: 8
Views: 279

Re: Insight takes time, so Dhamma students are okay as people

While we're on generosity, just another thing I noticed in last week's practice: I sometimes do things that would probably qualify as being generous. However, once taken on, I relate to them as a responsibility -- some task I need to do well -- this tends to remove the gladdened mind state that coul...
by JohnK
Sat Sep 28, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Insight takes time, so Dhamma students are okay as people
Replies: 8
Views: 279

Re: Insight takes time, so Dhamma students are okay as people

dhammapal, Thank you for the posting. My reply may not be orthodox, but your post prompted me to share. Last week I participated in a series of evening discussions and practice. Our theme was developing beneficial states of mind/heart. The first evening we discussed generosity and practiced the next...
by JohnK
Thu Sep 26, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Ajahn Sumedho's Sound of Silence practice
Replies: 13
Views: 373

Re: Ajahn Sumedho's Sound of Silence practice

I "discovered" it first as an affliction -- during a meditation retreat, it was sensed as extremely loud, dominating my awareness. I thought I had unleashed something that would plague me for the rest of my life, distracting me from awareness of anything else. The teacher explained that Ajahn Sumedh...
by JohnK
Thu Sep 26, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Ajahn Sumedho's Sound of Silence practice
Replies: 13
Views: 373

Re: Ajahn Sumedho's Sound of Silence practice

Also this by Amaro:
https://www.abhayagiri.org/books/559-inner-listening
My notes say "Great stuff even apart from nada sound, e.g., Atammayata, p. 25."
by JohnK
Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana Course
Replies: 0
Views: 148

Jhana Course

Just FYI -- upcoming online course with Shaila Catherine
https://bodhicourses.org/jhana-states/
by JohnK
Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Degree in Buddhist Studies
Replies: 15
Views: 496

Re: Degree in Buddhist Studies

https://ocbs.org/
Oxford Centre for Buddist Studies

https://tricycle.org/magazine/where-to-study/
(Oops -- didn't see "this article is only for subscribers.")
by JohnK
Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What could rouse more conviction?
Replies: 14
Views: 357

Re: What could rouse more conviction?

ctcrnitv wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:21 am
...Is there anything in your life, aside from personal practice, that might give a new practitioner conviction in the Buddha's awakening?
Finding a teacher with that conviction who you can trust and who expresses the dhamma in a way that makes sense to you.