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by JohnK
Tue May 15, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What are Thanissaro Bhikkhu's views on an intermediate state?
Replies: 3
Views: 122

Re: What are Thanissaro Bhikkhu's views on an intermediate state?

Hello all, Do any of you know what Thanissaro Bhikkhu's views are on whether or not there is an intermediate state between rebirths? I was just reading the "readings" section of his Selves and Not-Self . This is from one of the suttas he cites: There is the case where an uninstructed...doesn't disc...
by JohnK
Sun May 13, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent origination in practice for householders
Replies: 9
Views: 286

Re: Dependent origination in practice for householders

Under the Bodhi Tree by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu. https://www.wisdompubs.org/book/under-bodhi-tree Maybe this: Paticcasamuppada Thanks for that link -- I'll add it to my reading list. Based on a quick glance, it appears that it is a more technical/scholarly presentation (for example, explicitly discussin...
by JohnK
Thu May 10, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Transcendent Virtue
Replies: 1
Views: 184

Transcendent Virtue

"Their hearts dwell in the nourishment of virtue." "Good and evil are accomplished through the heart; activities are something separate." The term " Transcendent Virtue " is new to me, so I thought I would share. Here it is from Ajaan Lee's The Path to Peace and Freedom as quoted in Thanissaro Bhik...
by JohnK
Wed May 09, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Musings about Tantra...
Replies: 19
Views: 302

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

I must try it. Sounds good. I was making a small joke based on the possible two meanings of your reply "bang on!" First I suspect is the one you intended: "Yes, Sam, you hit the nail on the head as to why I am now leaningh away from monastic life." Second: "Bang" being slang in some places for sexu...
by JohnK
Wed May 09, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Musings about Tantra...
Replies: 19
Views: 302

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

Stiphan wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 6:23 pm
Sam Vara wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 5:28 pm
Stiphan wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 5:10 pm
...Monasticism is not as good anymore.
That's a big change for you!...Is it the recent addition of "Tantric Sex" that appears in your signature?
Bang on!
Is that the Tantric Sex mantra? :)
by JohnK
Wed May 09, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: suffering is caused by ????
Replies: 16
Views: 523

Re: suffering is caused by ????

...Paticcasamupaada is conditional arising with 12 conditions one following the other moving in a cycle. It is interesting that Thanissaro Bhikkhu suggests that the idea of a wheel (or cycle), a common image for DO, is a simplified image that is inadequate as a depiction of the complexity of the pr...
by JohnK
Fri May 04, 2018 12:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind Like Fire Unbound
Replies: 33
Views: 780

Re: Mind Like Fire Unbound

mikenz66 wrote:
Fri May 04, 2018 12:27 am
Much food for thought there!
:heart:
Mike
I think that means "nourishment for fabrication." :)
(But as long as one is not fastened to the fabrication...; the fabrication being merely a "potentially clingable phenomenon."
by JohnK
Thu May 03, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind Like Fire Unbound
Replies: 33
Views: 780

Re: Mind Like Fire Unbound

Chapter IV is titled "And taking a pin, I pulled out the wick." ...the abandonment of clinging/sustenance is effected through knowledge . These four [modes of] sustenance have what as their cause, what as their origin, from what are they born, from what do they arise? These four [modes of] sustenanc...
by JohnK
Thu May 03, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind Like Fire Unbound
Replies: 33
Views: 780

Re: Mind Like Fire Unbound

The last section of Chapter III is about doctrines of self as sustenance for becoming; this section is roughly twice as long as any of the previous sections in the chapter. Doctrines of the self form the fourth mode of clinging/sustenance. The Canon reports a wide variety of such doctrines current i...
by JohnK
Thu May 03, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind Like Fire Unbound
Replies: 33
Views: 780

Re: Mind Like Fire Unbound

Continuing Chapter III (about the modes of sustenance for becoming), the section on Habits and Practices: Habits & practices. The Canon mentions a variety of habits & practices--the third mode of clinging/sustenance. Prominent among them are Brahmanical rituals & Jain practices of self-torture... Bu...
by JohnK
Wed May 02, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind Like Fire Unbound
Replies: 33
Views: 780

Re: Mind Like Fire Unbound

Quotes from the "Views" section of Chapter III -- some emphasis added: Views are the second mode of clinging/sustenance. And, as with the abandoning of attachment to sensuality, the abandoning of attachment to views can lead to an experience of Unbinding... Attachment to views can block an experienc...
by JohnK
Wed May 02, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind Like Fire Unbound
Replies: 33
Views: 780

Re: Mind Like Fire Unbound

From Chapter III on Sensuality (just quotes I liked): A theme recurrent throughout the Canon is that complete knowledge of any object does not end with an understanding of its allure & drawbacks, but goes on to comprehend what brings emancipation from the mental fetters based on both. ‘And what is t...
by JohnK
Wed May 02, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind Like Fire Unbound
Replies: 33
Views: 780

Re: Mind Like Fire Unbound

Continuing with Chapter III in case there is interest. Chapter II ended like this: ...the aspects of fire that...had significance for the mind-fire analogy are these: Fire, when burning, is in a state of agitation, dependence, attachment, & entrapment—both clinging & being stuck to its sustenance. E...
by JohnK
Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: the World isn’t burning
Replies: 11
Views: 333

Re: the World isn’t burning

FWIW:
https://www.npr.org/2016/07/16/48631103 ... ss-violent
"Despite the headlines, Steven Pinker says the world is becoming less violent."
by JohnK
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: the World isn’t burning
Replies: 11
Views: 333

Re: the World isn’t burning

Anyone else truely experience that the world is burning? Like literally Like literally? No. Like figuratively? Yes. What can I do? One possibility: practice loving kindness/universal goodwill, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity -- the latter will help you deal with the fact that you can't f...
by JohnK
Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Could someone please explain Venerable Thanissaro's understanding of parinibbana for me in a couple of sentences?
Replies: 15
Views: 294

Re: Could someone please explain Venerable Thanissaro's understanding of parinibbana for me in a couple of sentences?

This may or may not be definitive, but he says this in The Mind Like Fire Unbound: Death as experienced by a Tathagata is described simply as, ‘All this, no longer being relished, grows cold right here.’ All attempts to describe the experience of nibbana or the state of the Tathagata after death—as ...
by JohnK
Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent origination in practice for householders
Replies: 9
Views: 286

Re: Dependent origination in practice for householders

mettafuture: I see your emphasis on "practice" -- I don't know if some reading on DO (beyond the Canon) might support your practice (you may already be a DO scholar!). But here are two potentially helpful books on the subject. Under the Bodhi Tree by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu. https://www.wisdompubs.org/bo...
by JohnK
Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent origination in practice for householders
Replies: 9
Views: 286

Re: Dependent origination in practice for householders

...how does one, as SN 12.41 states, "carefully and properly attend" on dependent origination? Is this something that happens naturally through breath meditation? What are some of the meditation objects or practices that can be used to gain an intuitive understanding of dependent origination? I lik...
by JohnK
Sun Apr 29, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind Like Fire Unbound
Replies: 33
Views: 780

Re: Mind Like Fire Unbound

Making my way through the book. Excerpts from the end of Chapter II in case it is useful: So, to summarize: The image of an extinguished fire carried no connotations of annihilation for the early Buddhists. Rather, the aspects of fire that to them had significance for the mind-fire analogy are these...
by JohnK
Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind Like Fire Unbound
Replies: 33
Views: 780

Re: Mind Like Fire Unbound

I definitely would not take from these few sentences that Thanissaro is an eternalist. As I make my way through the book, I'll see if I can clarify. Also, just to be clear, I tried not to offer any interpretation of any kind -- just reporting on what I read. The only clarification I might make is t...