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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: 568

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: 568

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: 207

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:/...
by JohnK
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Nibbana cool down all temperaments & dissolve greed & enmity?
Replies: 40
Views: 568

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

Hi, markandeya. I'm not always sure when someone is quoted whether that means a response is appreciated or if it is just meant to indicate what the post is referring back to. As you did say "Hi," I want to at least say Hi back. :) Let's see if anything else develops. Hi John (As was mentioned here, ...
by JohnK
Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 20.7 Āṇi Sutta. The Drum Peg.
Replies: 11
Views: 242

Re: SN 20.7 Āṇi Sutta. The Drum Peg.

Interesting that I just now read reference to a related sutta (AN 5:79) in Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Introduction to his anthology of poems from the Theragatha and Therigatha (I have boldfaced that part below; the rest is for some context). https://www.dhammatalks.org/Archive/Writings/TheragathaTherigath...
by JohnK
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Nibbana cool down all temperaments & dissolve greed & enmity?
Replies: 40
Views: 568

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

DooDoot wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:47 am
...does Nibbana cool down all temperaments & dissolve greed & enmity?
Maybe this has already been said or implied in this thread, but I don't think Nibbana "does" anything.
(As was mentioned here, whoever said that was speaking very informally, imprecisely, and ok, incorrectly.)
IMHO.
by JohnK
Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Pleasant sensations
Replies: 9
Views: 200

Re: Pleasant sensations

...I noticed...there was a sense of dissatisfaction while it was happening because I knew that it was going to go away. is this a correct insight? Good replies already. Falling back on the second noble truth, the dissatisfaction (dukkha) was probably caused by some clinging to the pleasant sensatio...
by JohnK
Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mae Chee Kaew meets Maha Boowa
Replies: 4
Views: 179

Re: Mae Chee Kaew meets Maha Boowa

Following Maha Boowa's guidance: Returning to the nunnery that evening, Mae Chee Kaew reflected on how the radiant mind had become her sole lingering attachment. Cherishing and safeguarding it more than anything else, she hardly wanted to interfere with it…It provoked such a riveting sense of inner ...
by JohnK
Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The sequence of the four noble truths
Replies: 15
Views: 207

Re: The sequence of the four noble truths

Is the sequence of the four noble truths of any significance? I think the sequence makes sense in terms of delivering the message to people. First, hey, have you noticed that you suffer? Second, here is why. Third, it can be stopped! Fourth, here is the way to stop it. The doctor/disease metaphor m...
by JohnK
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mae Chee Kaew meets Maha Boowa
Replies: 4
Views: 179

Re: Mae Chee Kaew meets Maha Boowa

The crucial meeting with Maha Boowa: Seeing Ajaan Mahā Boowa seated at the cave’s entrance, Mae Chee Kaew prostrated before her teacher…and asked permission to speak. She spoke of her progress over the past year, carefully detailing the consecutive stages of her experience, and concluded with her “l...
by JohnK
Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mae Chee Kaew meets Maha Boowa
Replies: 4
Views: 179

Re: Mae Chee Kaew meets Maha Boowa

Progressing... Mae Chee Kaew had learned to examine phenomena using the specific perceptions of consciousness in tandem with the expansive awareness of intrinsic mental essence. She realized that consciousness flowed naturally from the mind essence to initiate perceptual activity. And perceptions we...
by JohnK
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mae Chee Kaew meets Maha Boowa
Replies: 4
Views: 179

Re: Mae Chee Kaew meets Maha Boowa

Another installment (excerpts from the Chapter Spontaneous Awareness ). She is now focusing on her own mind rather than going "out" to her visions. …she spent the morning hours pacing her meditation path from end to end…Her awareness was so internalized that occasionally her body veered off the walk...
by JohnK
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Picking up the threads of Theravada again
Replies: 5
Views: 285

Re: Picking up the threads of Theravada again

Now almost all of the Pali suttas are available in numerous English translations. The anthology from Bhikkhu Bodhi is a great place to start. The paper book can be purchased or see this discussion: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=14640 There is also a great resource section here: https://dha...
by JohnK
Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mae Chee Kaew meets Maha Boowa
Replies: 4
Views: 179

Mae Chee Kaew meets Maha Boowa

I'm in the middle of reading the story of Mae Chee Kaew, and thought I would share a fairly long excerpt -- it is the big turning point for her practice. Up to now, in meditation, her venturous mind keeps going "out" to her visions of other realms; she apparently has great psychic power to communica...