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by _anicca_
Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Metta Prayer and Anatta
Replies: 8
Views: 160

Re: Metta Prayer and Anatta

For metta bhavana, you focus on the feeling that it creates (metta) and not so much the phrases. The phrases are used as primers, and you can even drop them if you like and just direct that feeling towards the concept of self.

Metta bhavana is a conceptual practice.
by _anicca_
Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness of Breathing
Replies: 15
Views: 360

Re: Mindfulness of Breathing

He trains himself, 'I will breathe in steadying the mind.' He trains himself, 'I will breathe out steadying the mind.' Imo, this does not refer to jhana because awareness of breathing remains. Imo, all of MN 118 is neighbourhood concentration. [/quote] The factors he list accompanying the knowledge...
by _anicca_
Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: How Buddhist meditation kept the Thai boys calm in the cave
Replies: 4
Views: 239

Re: How Buddhist meditation kept the Thai boys calm in the cave

People in the Buddhist circles are speaking about this as if meditation saved them from the cave.

I'm certain that meditation was just a small part of the coping process, and much less important than the medication, food, and help they received.
by _anicca_
Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Are there two types of satipaṭṭhāna; where one type has jhana?
Replies: 21
Views: 517

Re: Are there two types of satipaṭṭhāna; where one type has jhana?

All meditation incorporates satipatthana, but it depends on how you respond to the influx of phenomena that determines if you are developing insight or samadhi. In traditional concentration meditation, you place the mind on one object and use effort to keep it there regardless of what feelings come ...
by _anicca_
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we teach Anicca, Dukkha , Anatta without the teaching of rebirth and Kamma?
Replies: 43
Views: 448

Re: Can we teach Anicca, Dukkha , Anatta without the teaching of rebirth and Kamma?

You could, but it wouldn't have it's full depth or impact. It's the same with most other things in Buddhism, once you remove rebirth and kamma.

It then becomes a secular therapy.
by _anicca_
Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sex before marriage
Replies: 46
Views: 903

Re: Sex before marriage

Thai culture perverts Buddhism. Any culture does.
by _anicca_
Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What drugs were there in Ancient India?
Replies: 16
Views: 381

Re: What drugs were there in Ancient India?

Smoking and gambling don't violate the 5th precept. An addiction, like to food or sex, that does not directly cause the brain to become intoxicated does not violate the precept. People who are binge eaters, smokers, and gamblers very much have their wits about them compared to smoking pot or drinkin...
by _anicca_
Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Brahmaviharas as a main meditation Practice?
Replies: 5
Views: 144

Re: Brahmaviharas as a main meditation Practice?

The brahmaviharas are just used to counter another unwholesome state (for instance, metta to counter ill-will) and they aren't meant as a main practice. The abhidhamma describes the brahmaviharas as only being useful for people of a certain temperament. However, a kamatthana - like anapanasati or th...
by _anicca_
Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it possible for deva to get ordain ?
Replies: 7
Views: 183

Re: Is it possible for deva to get ordain ?

JamesTheGiant wrote:
Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:26 am

There's a fun and sad story about a giant Naga serpent who wanted to be a monk, and died of sadness when the Buddha said no. Someone else can post the story here, I'm not sure where to find it.
Yes, as another has mentioned this is how the anagarika started.
by _anicca_
Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth question
Replies: 34
Views: 586

Re: Rebirth question

LuisR wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:43 pm
If i die in Canada can I be reborn in another country or will i be reborn in Canada?
No way of knowing. It all depends on kamma.

However, if someone is particularly attached to their house they could be reborn as a bug inside that house.

This is all theoretical...
by _anicca_
Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Path vs Fruit of stream-entry
Replies: 26
Views: 2659

Re: Path vs Fruit of stream-entry

You cannot fall back from the fruit, but you wander from the path.

There is also a culasotapanna, which is a lesser form of sotapanna. Culasotapanna includes truth-followers and faith-followers (one who follows the dhamma after pondering over it with wisdom and truth respectively).
by _anicca_
Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Asking for Help re: nutriment and sensual desire
Replies: 23
Views: 978

Re: Asking for Help re: nutriment and sensual desire

Reference this hunger scale. https://www.google.com/search?q=hunger+scale&client=tablet-android-lenovo&prmd=isnv&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwih08SusunXAhVG6yYKHYHcA3UQ_AUIESgB&biw=1098&bih=686&dpr=1.75 Learn to give your hunger a number (1-10, as detailed here) and stop before you get above...
by _anicca_
Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Asking for Help re: nutriment and sensual desire
Replies: 23
Views: 978

Re: Asking for Help re: nutriment and sensual desire

I believe that one can be overweight and still be enlightened. For instance, they could have overindulged in food prior to eliminating sensual pleasures, so now they are reaping the kamma of that with the obesity and the poor eating habits. Intermittent fasting (such as only eating for 8 hours a day...
by _anicca_
Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 132
Views: 12683

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

It doesn't have much to do with sensual pleasure at all. Arahants such as Ajaan Chah, Ajaan Fuang, and Ajaan Maha Bua (he chewed betel nut) used stimulants. This question comes from a more Western point of view where smoking is always seen as an addiction and destructive force. In Asia, there is not...
by _anicca_
Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Orthorexia
Replies: 18
Views: 1069

Re: Orthorexia

Eating disorders are difficult because you have to entirely want to be free of them in order to recover.

It is an addiction of the mind... Chasing phantoms...