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by _anicca_
Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Path vs Fruit of stream-entry
Replies: 26
Views: 2274

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: 826

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: 826

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: 11383

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: 910

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...
by _anicca_
Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Are Vipassana Nanas silly?
Replies: 64
Views: 2350

Re: Are Vipassana Nanas silly?

One of my teachers said, "It's better to not even know about them."

Sankhara-upekkha nana is samadhi (in other terms) and the basis for insight, whether or not you follow the nanas model.
by _anicca_
Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:40 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: the role of chanting
Replies: 3
Views: 292

Re: the role of chanting

From my knowledge, there wasn't Buddhist chanting during the time of the Buddha.

Chanting is for inspiration and a precursor to calm the mind in meditation.
by _anicca_
Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sutta about not listening to music
Replies: 34
Views: 4642

Re: Sutta about not listening to music

The benefits of not listening to music are that they give you a basis to eliminate sense pleasures (such as on the path to once or non-returning). I found that over a period of time in the past when I was studying and practising regularly, my interest in listening to music every day just faded away...
by _anicca_
Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sutta about not listening to music
Replies: 34
Views: 4642

Re: Sutta about not listening to music

The benefits of not listening to music are that they give you a basis to eliminate sense pleasures (such as on the path to once or non-returning). It isn't practiced by lay people, except for serious meditators on Uposatha days. A lot of monks in Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions listen to music. Th...
by _anicca_
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Have I got this right?
Replies: 12
Views: 500

Re: Have I got this right?

You can do either one.

Ask a question before meditation and then after.

See what comes up!
by _anicca_
Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:49 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: how to meet buddhist singles
Replies: 27
Views: 1318

Re: how to meet buddhist singles

Whenever you feel lonely, just meditate to end that desire!

Also, I would not hunt for relationships. In my experience, any relationship that I have forced ultimately crumbles. Desire has no use.

My most succesful romantic relationships happened out of spontaneity!
by _anicca_
Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Have I got this right?
Replies: 12
Views: 500

Re: Have I got this right?

You concentrate on the breath until you reach samadhi.

Stay in samadhi for as long as possible because it will etch away at your desires.

Once you come out of samadhi, then reflect.
by _anicca_
Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: satipattana
Replies: 17
Views: 566

Re: satipattana

When you practice anapanasati, you are simultaneously practicing satipatthana.

The mindfulness of breathing is mindfulness of the body and redirecting attention to the breath whenever a feeling or mental formation arises covers the other three.
by _anicca_
Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ignorance or craving as the cause of suffering?
Replies: 20
Views: 969

Re: Ignorance or craving as the cause of suffering?

Ignorance leads to craving, which leads to suffering.

Desire causes suffering, but ignorance causes desire.

Because of that, ignorance leads to suffering.
by _anicca_
Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the difference between Jhana and Samadhi?
Replies: 18
Views: 914

Re: What is the difference between Jhana and Samadhi?

Samadhi accompanied by equanimity is the 4th Jana.
by _anicca_
Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nāma-rūpa is best rendered as...?
Replies: 68
Views: 3346

Re: Nāma-rūpa is best rendered as...?

Name and form is the most accurate translation, but I feel like mentality-materiality explains it better.

Although, it is best not to confuse direct translations with their meanings.
by _anicca_
Sun Sep 03, 2017 12:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anapanasati spot, Buddho, help!!
Replies: 11
Views: 740

Re: Anapanasati spot, Buddho, help!!

You can use "Buddho" or just bare awareness of the breath - they both act the same: as an anchor for concentration, effort, and mindfulness. In regards to moving around spots, I would say to stick to just one point of contact each time. If it simply isn't working for you (your mind is restless, you...
by _anicca_
Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anapanasati spot, Buddho, help!!
Replies: 11
Views: 740

Re: Anapanasati spot, Buddho, help!!

You can use "Buddho" or just bare awareness of the breath - they both act the same: as an anchor for concentration, effort, and mindfulness. In regards to moving around spots, I would say to stick to just one point of contact each time. If it simply isn't working for you (your mind is restless, you ...
by _anicca_
Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Where in the Vinaya are bhikkhus forbidden from touching/playing musical instruments
Replies: 21
Views: 1653

Re: Where in the Vinaya are bhikkhus forbidden from touching/playing musical instruments

Perhaps Bhikkhu Bodhi was not playing the piano, but he was practicing charity.
by _anicca_
Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Skipping Jhanas
Replies: 14
Views: 701

Re: Skipping Jhanas

It's really best not to analyze these things.

Ajahn Suchart and Mahasi Sayadaw said that concerning yourselves with these things is useless.