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by JohnK
Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Isn't aversion necessary?
Replies: 16
Views: 267

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: 1138

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: 244

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:
by JohnK
Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:09 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Why Read the Suttas?
Replies: 24
Views: 5662

Re: Why Read the Suttas?

... Thank you Johnk, i apprecaite the reply. :anjali: You're welcome. Here is another about which Thanissaro Bhikkhu has this to say: "The topic treated in greatest detail concerns the differences among the castes of the Buddha's time, and the Buddha's remarks can profitably be applied to issues of...
by JohnK
Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Why Read the Suttas?
Replies: 24
Views: 5662

Re: Why Read the Suttas?

Are there specfic suttas that might help me teach me how to deal with racism? Here is one possibility -- this sutta contains the simile of the saw (at the end of the sutta). However, "racism" is a broad term that can apply to many things, so this simile may or may not be relevant to your particular...
by JohnK
Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Being Offended
Replies: 45
Views: 1138

Re: Being Offended

Being offended and not claiming to be (likely indicating some attachment to the self view, but also restraint based on a desire to "not make waves" -- for any number of reasons). This type can be tricky in my opinion. Do you believe that Buddhism can be used as a cover up about some inconvenient tr...
by JohnK
Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Being Offended
Replies: 45
Views: 1138

Re: Being Offended

Hi, binocular. In case it helps clear things up, in this context, I am only interested in the thread title "being offended" as a subjective experience. Yes, I meant to be referring to the subjective by using the phrase "the experience of" and the word "dukkha." If you are from a culture in which bei...
by JohnK
Wed Aug 22, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Being Offended
Replies: 45
Views: 1138

Re: Being Offended

There is "the experience of being offended " (dukkha, based on attachment to a self view that was just maligned) and there is "a claim of being offended" (speech). There can be four situations. Which 4? /.../ You'd need to add the permutations for "feeling offended". "Being offended" is objective, ...
by JohnK
Wed Aug 22, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Being Offended
Replies: 45
Views: 1138

Re: Being Offended

There is "the experience of being offended " (dukkha, based on attachment to a self view that was just maligned) and there is "a claim of being offended" (speech). There can be four situations. Which 4? ;) Not being offended and not claiming to be (perhaps due to having no attachment to the maligned...
by JohnK
Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Identity View
Replies: 17
Views: 450

Re: Identity View

I seem to recall once creating a table with aggregates as columns and these four possibilities as rows; I then put a check mark in each cell where I thought I might hold such a view to some extent. I recall that, for me anyway, the "checked" views varied by which aggregate I was considering. So, one...
by JohnK
Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Being Offended
Replies: 45
Views: 1138

Re: Being Offended

The stronger the sense of self, the easier it is to be offended I think it is interesting/ironic that from the Western psychological perspective, the exact opposite seems correct: "The weaker the sense of self, the easier it is to be offended" -- where self-worth is dependent on the signals receive...
by JohnK
Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: BCBS 2019 Residential Courses
Replies: 0
Views: 89

BCBS 2019 Residential Courses

https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/2019-re ... s-preview/
I just received this link in an email -- thought some here might be interested.
Teachers include Bhikkhu Analyo, Thanissaro, Culadasa,...
by JohnK
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Nibbana cool down all temperaments & dissolve greed & enmity?
Replies: 40
Views: 706

Re: Does Nibbana cool down all temperaments & dissolve greed & enmity?

He emphasizes that the path to a mountain does not cause the mountain Good analogy John. Doesn't this analogy give an idea that the Nibbana is some object? You can only take an analogy so far -- being only an analogy (that might help one understand) -- in this case meant to clarify a specific disti...
by JohnK
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Nibbana cool down all temperaments & dissolve greed & enmity?
Replies: 40
Views: 706

Re: Does Nibbana cool down all temperaments & dissolve greed & enmity?

I recall the suttas say (somewhere) the Path is conditioned. Agree the path is fabricated. I think Nibbana (the causeless state) is already here. That is why it is causeless. The following from Ven. Thanissaro: To counter this problem, the four noble truths drop ideas of me/not me, and being/not be...
by JohnK
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The sequence of the four noble truths
Replies: 15
Views: 271

Re: The sequence of the four noble truths

I came across the doctor's analogy before, and it sounds like a good one, but was it mentioned by the Buddha himself? Does anyone know the historical background of this analogy?... Two possibilities: https://suttacentral.net/an3.22/en/sujato https://suttacentral.net/an10.108/en/sujato Edit: https:/...