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by JohnK
Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: On conceiving
Replies: 2
Views: 31

Re: On conceiving

Is it wrong to conceive?... Let's assume this refers to mental formations, the fourth of the aggregates. Clinging to a conceiving (as with any of the aggregates) as I, me, mine is a source of suffering. But I would still not use the word "wrong," even for the clinging as it implies that it is "wron...
by JohnK
Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What's happening to me. Help please!
Replies: 25
Views: 422

Re: What's happening to me. Help please!

...There's something going on... Yes, you are making up stories rather than following meditation instructions . Period. You are so caught in your stories that you are posting to DW while you are on retreat -- can you see that? I think everyone here is trying to encourage you to stop the story (and ...
by JohnK
Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is buddhism difficult? Why?
Replies: 31
Views: 731

Re: Is buddhism difficult? Why?

I hear you about math class and losing motivation because you just don't know how to do it right. I like Focused and Fearless by Shaila Catherine -- very clear with lots of exercises to help you get it right. The Mind Illuminated by Culadasa is a very step-by-step meditation guide. Or try Thanissaro...
by JohnK
Thu Dec 13, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is buddhism difficult? Why?
Replies: 31
Views: 731

Re: Is buddhism difficult? Why?

Greetings, Personally, I would not use the analogy of "running". For me, this is contrary to the path. Nibbana is reached by "stopping" rather than by "running". :goodpost: A very true take on the nature of the path, that may appear counter-intuitive to some. Metta, Paul. :) My reading of Thanissar...
by JohnK
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is buddhism difficult? Why?
Replies: 31
Views: 731

Re: Is buddhism difficult? Why?

...Can the path to nibbana be broken down into such small gradual steps that hopping from one step to the next becomes devoid of any difficulty? or is difficulty inherently built into the path, no matter how good your teacher, and no matter how progressive the approach, and at some point you are bo...
by JohnK
Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is death destined ?
Replies: 2
Views: 93

Re: Is death destined ?

MN 135 says that one who takes life will be short-lived in the next -- but that's pretty general -- leaves a lot of possibilities.
AN 4:7 says that the results of kamma are not to be speculated about -- too complex -- fries the brain -- not helpful on the path.
by JohnK
Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: US interest in meditation jumps
Replies: 6
Views: 660

Re: US interest in meditation jumps

Interesting that in 2017, meditation (as defined) is just 0.1% lower than yoga. Also interesting to see that differences in meditation by age are not as large as I would have guessed -- around here, it has been older 1960's counter culture types -- but yes, I think that is changing here a bit lately...
by JohnK
Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: on Sila - where do you practice "right speech" online?
Replies: 8
Views: 202

Re: on Sila - where do you practice "right speech" online?

Where do you find many opportunities to practice right speech online? Everywhere - even facebook. :jawdrop: No exceptions. :namaste: Kim Exactly, Kim! Everywhere. ONline and OFFline. No exceptions. I don't recall right speech being context-dependent. Recall the simile of the saw -- even then!
by JohnK
Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Working with grief
Replies: 5
Views: 103

Re: Working with grief

A few observations that hopefully will be if some benefit. First, it seems to me that "grief" is a rather gross-level fabrication/concept that is applied to label many different actual experiences (related to loss) over time. I think those who study it actually say it has stages, which supports that...
by JohnK
Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there such a thing as Right Desire?
Replies: 9
Views: 209

Re: Is there such a thing as Right Desire?

A bit more from Wings on desire as a base of spiritual power (with some emphasis added): Many popular Western writings criticize the four qualities listed in the bases of power—desire, persistence (effort), intent (will), and discrimination (the discriminating mind)—as enemies of proper meditation, ...
by JohnK
Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there such a thing as Right Desire?
Replies: 9
Views: 209

Re: Is there such a thing as Right Desire?

I happen to be reading (just the powerful Introduction at this point) Thanissaro Bhikkhu's The Wings to Awakening -- these "wings" are the 37 mental qualities (drawn from the lists shown in the quote below) that lead to Awakening. Desire (chanda) is one of these 37, being one of the "four bases of s...
by JohnK
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there such a thing as Right Desire?
Replies: 9
Views: 209

Re: Is there such a thing as Right Desire?

Chanda, see #3: Chanda: intention, desire, will. 1. As an ethically neutral psychological term, in the sense of 'intention', it is one of those general mental properties cetasika Tab. II taught in the Abhidhamma, the moral quality of which is determined by the character of the intention cetanā assoc...
by JohnK
Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Abhayagiri Thanksgiving Retreat and Wat Metta
Replies: 0
Views: 77

Abhayagiri Thanksgiving Retreat and Wat Metta

Just curious: Did anybody here on DW attend the recent Abhayagiri-sponsored Thanksgiving retreat at the Mt. Madonna Center in California? Also, anyone who I may have met at Wat Metta (also California) in early-mid November? PM me if you prefer. Moderators, I could not find a better sub-forum; please...
by JohnK
Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sutta teachings about forgiveness
Replies: 19
Views: 1076

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: 272

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...