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by JohnK
Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is nirvana an impossible dream?
Replies: 14
Views: 129

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: 160

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: 24
Views: 245

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: 160

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: 203

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: 203

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: 181

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: 138

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: 547

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: 282

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...
by JohnK
Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is this process of labelling 'people' called in the suttas?
Replies: 7
Views: 203

Re: What is this process of labelling 'people' called in the suttas?

...people creating ideas or labels about other people... :shrug: I think it is an example of the "perception" (sanna) aggregate, in this case based on seeing a form with the eye -- growing into mental fabrication (sankhara). (I believe I have seen the word "label" used in translating/defining sanna...
by JohnK
Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: At what point the causal link can be broken?
Replies: 43
Views: 545

Re: At what point the casual link can be broken?

This fact is what opens the way for appropriate attention to bring about the end of suffering and stress... Thus the strategy of the practice must be to use appropriate attention to eliminate ignorance in the presence of x. It looks like Bhikkhu Thanissaro agrees with me :thumbsup: ; that nama-rupa...
by JohnK
Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: At what point the causal link can be broken?
Replies: 43
Views: 545

Re: At what point the casual link can be broken?

but y does not have to follow every time there is x. Examples would include the link between consciousness and name-and-form , between feeling and craving, and between craving and clinging. In each of these cases there has to be an added factor—the presence of ignorance, the most subtle and basic o...
by JohnK
Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: At what point the causal link can be broken?
Replies: 43
Views: 545

Re: At what point the casual link can be broken?

Sorry to keep quoting Thanissaro, but his writing is often relevant to topics here (and his writings are what I have been reading lately). This is from Wings to Awakening . Another crucial point to note in understanding how to disband the workings of dependent co-arising is that the relationships be...
by JohnK
Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Dependent Origination deterministic?
Replies: 14
Views: 248

Re: Is Dependent Origination deterministic?

Perhaps relevant. I just noticed this short essay Did the Buddha Teach Free Will? in a recent Thanissaro collection called First Things First: Essays on the Buddhist Path . https://www.dhammatalks.org/Archive/Writings/Ebooks/FirstThingsFirst_181226.pdf (Also available in other formats.) Did the Budd...