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by JohnK
Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Do you have compassion for Nikolas Cruz?
Replies: 50
Views: 723

Re: Do you have compassion for Nikolas Cruz?

And who are we to play God and assume we have such powers? I think this is why I was describing forgiveness (for the sake of exploration) as in internal state (vs. some kind of god-like sitting in judgment). It seems more to me like an intention (or accomplishment) of letting go of internal states ...
by JohnK
Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Do you have compassion for Nikolas Cruz?
Replies: 50
Views: 723

Re: Do you have compassion for Nikolas Cruz?

The question gets me thinking about what forgiveness is. It seems to be an internal phenomenon that is only relevant to counter a previous internal phenomenon, such as anger, hatred. So, forgiveness may be replacing an unwholesome state with a wholesome one. It would be completely unnecessary/irrele...
by JohnK
Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Do you have compassion for Nikolas Cruz?
Replies: 50
Views: 723

Re: Do you have compassion for Nikolas Cruz?

No_Mind wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:42 pm
Do you have enough compassion that if he is released without any punishment you would forgive him?
From my perspective, forgiveness is not based on what the justice system may or may not do with him.
by JohnK
Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Contemplative March 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 132

Re: Contemplative Month: March 2018

rightviewftw wrote:
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:31 pm
:anjali:
Little though he recites the sacred texts, but puts the Teaching into practice, forsaking lust, hatred, and delusion, with true wisdom and emancipated mind, clinging to nothing of this or any other world—he indeed partakes of the blessings of a holy life.
Citation for that?
Thanks!
by JohnK
Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Stream Entry
Replies: 62
Views: 883

Re: Stream Entry

:buddha1: I also don't believe in a self, although I don't know if that's just conceptual or experiential...And for the most part, I don't doubt the buddha, dhamma, and the sangha...I don't 'feel' like a stream entrant. Am I? Aren't I? Based on my reading (and not any attainment), I think you have ...
by JohnK
Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Need help on Anapanasati - short sighs
Replies: 16
Views: 482

Re: Need help on Anapanasati - short sighs

This book by Buddhadassa Bhikkhu is a thorough and clear guide to anapanasati (though it does not say that in the title or sub-title, so it could be missed). Definitely worth reading (I have liked everything of his that I have read).
https://www.wisdompubs.org/book/mindfulness-breathing
by JohnK
Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Loneliness
Replies: 25
Views: 631

Re: Loneliness

... I don't think the suttas will offer much on loneliness... I suspect that "loneliness" is a relatively modern thing... Thanks, Kim. I wasn't thinking that the suttas would need to discuss loneliness specifically to help address the question of how we come to the conclusion that what we are exper...
by JohnK
Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Loneliness
Replies: 25
Views: 631

Re: Loneliness

A small challenge to us if anyone wants to particpate:
We have ideas and questions about causes and such, but what is loneliness? How do you know that what is happening in experience equals lonely?
(preferably using the dhamma to offer answers).
by JohnK
Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Dukkha
Replies: 22
Views: 512

Re: Dukkha

befriend wrote:
Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:43 pm
..how can something that doesn't stop affect my peace of mind.
That sounds about right to me. :)
(Taking your comment as a question, the answer, of course, is: Only if you let it!
Or, only if it is misperceived; only if ignorance interferes; only if it's sticky; only if there is becoming.)
by JohnK
Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Dukkha
Replies: 22
Views: 512

Re: Dukkha

...Relatively speaking, it seems the recognition of things being impermanent is fairly easy to discern. Often people comment about the fleeting nature of experiences, etc. What is substantially more difficult is to come to terms with the 'personalization' of experience that we all engage in. It tak...
by JohnK
Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Dukkha
Replies: 22
Views: 512

Re: Dukkha

befriend wrote:
Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:28 pm
...if everything is impermanent nothing can affect us. Any thoughts about this?
My understanding: Recognizing that everything is impermanent helps us not be affected by them -- in the sense of not reacting to contact with grasping (becoming, dukkha).
by JohnK
Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to improve concentration and heedfulness (for the ordinary person without jhana)
Replies: 34
Views: 553

Re: How to improve concentration and heedfulness (for the ordinary person without jhana)

... The trend I've noticed is this: As I was working with the sickel, I had the presence of mind to notice, "This sickel is very sharp, it just swooshes through the grass. I should be more careful in how I hold the grass with my left hand while I cut the grass with the sickel with my right hand." B...
by JohnK
Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: visiting Wat Metta late February, suggestions?
Replies: 14
Views: 299

Re: visiting Wat Metta late February, suggestions?

I was there for an ordination in July. The official ordination was held at Wat Bhuridattavanaram in Ontario (east of LA). At the Ontario temple, I recall that there is a separate building with many, many relics. So, if relics call to you, that's a possibility. Personally, I'd stay at Wat Metta, but ...
by JohnK
Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 16.13 Saddhamma­patirūpaka Sutta. The Counterfeit of the True Dhamma.
Replies: 17
Views: 417

Re: SN 16.13 Saddhamma­patirūpaka Sutta. The Counterfeit of the True Dhamma.

I am assuming here that the "eight attainments" in this context refers to the standard jhanas, rupa - and arupa . As I was reading it, I was assuming 2 x 4 (where 2 = path and fruition, and 4 = stream entry, etc.). But this assumption was not based on any research into the particulars of the discus...
by JohnK
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Dukkha
Replies: 22
Views: 512

Re: Dukkha

Once again, none of this is 'seeing things the way they are'. I hope you can discern what I'm referring to. BB is simply mistaken. The Buddha was not... Just to clarify, in this context, BB is discussing the Upanisa Sutta where the progression was laid out -- presumably by the Buddha not by BB. (Fo...
by JohnK
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Dukkha
Replies: 22
Views: 512

Re: Dukkha

Perhaps Bhikkhu Bodhi meant something other than seeing things the way they are as the Buddha actually described it as synonymous with nibbana or nibbana as condition in a transcendental way. Thoughts? Yes, a look at the full article (linked to above) shows that, according to Bhikkhu Bodhi, the "kn...
by JohnK
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Dukkha
Replies: 22
Views: 512

Re: Dukkha

When I'm doing vipassana meditation for me it is just watching everything in my experience arise be and cease like watch my thoughts pass then if a feeling comes up I'll be aware of its shelf life, but then I get a feeling of impermanence Because I'm seeing everything change then I get the feeling ...
by JohnK
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation and Silabbatupadana
Replies: 6
Views: 166

Re: Meditation and Silabbatupadana

Greetings, Are there are meditation approaches/techniques or attitudes towards meditation , which could be regarding as clinging to rites-and-rituals (silabbatupadana)? :meditate: Metta, Paul. :) I think "yes." I think a part of one's motivation for meditation could be based on magical thinking. If...
by JohnK
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:21 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Generosity
Replies: 1
Views: 114

Generosity

I just saw this piece on PBS. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/when-the-easiest-way-to-feel-safe-is-offering-help-to-others Seemed like good dhamma. Edited to quote briefly from the piece: “My son, he’s a paranoid schizophrenic. He’s 13, and he thinks the IRS is after him. I had to put him in the h...