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by Sekha
Sun Sep 20, 2015 7:07 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The solitary lifestyle
Replies: 24
Views: 1830

Re: The solitary lifestyle

I would be happy to agree with you but if you are not able to justify your statement more convincingly I'm afraid I can't.

What you say can be said about any practice imo.

Kind regards
by Sekha
Sun Sep 20, 2015 4:43 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The solitary lifestyle
Replies: 24
Views: 1830

Re: The solitary lifestyle

This a practice, without a teacher, that really has potential of turning out quite badly. See . Just like any other practice :tongue: That said, if you actually read what is written in this sutta and what I said, there's quite a difference. Between living all the time among corpses and practicing o...
by Sekha
Sat Sep 19, 2015 2:06 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: the pali texts are incoherent?
Replies: 30
Views: 2335

Re: the pali texts are incoherent?

Simply because some people reject the explanations doesn't make them less coherent. Well that makes them to some extent incoherent for such people. So it seems to me that the OP's question gets translated to that of the relevance of such interpretations. I think it is well established that some sut...
by Sekha
Fri Sep 18, 2015 10:40 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: the pali texts are incoherent?
Replies: 30
Views: 2335

Re: the pali texts are incoherent?

I am assuming here that the question of the texts' consistency with the truth/reality is at least as important as that of their internal consistency. More times than not, it's a too high level of coherence that is troubling. Similar stories have been transformed to become identical up to a certain p...
by Sekha
Fri Sep 18, 2015 4:13 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: the pali texts are incoherent?
Replies: 30
Views: 2335

Re: the pali texts are incoherent?

in over thirty years of Dhamma study, I can't think of single discrepancy between the ancient Commentaries, Abhidhamma and suttas. Well, I just gave an example of discrepancy earlier in this thread. And for example, if you read B. Bodhi's translation notes you will find he often has a critical appr...
by Sekha
Fri Sep 18, 2015 8:07 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: the pali texts are incoherent?
Replies: 30
Views: 2335

Re: the pali texts are incoherent?

We already have quotes from polarbear suggesting that the Dhamma is internally consistent But if you have have found inconsistencies in the classical texts this would be a good time to cite them. It seems there is a difference to be made between the Dhamma and the classical texts. There is no doubt...
by Sekha
Fri Sep 18, 2015 7:58 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The solitary lifestyle
Replies: 24
Views: 1830

Re: The solitary lifestyle

at that time it will be alot of metta , basically even when I will go to sleep I will stay in metta , nothing but metta and mindfulness . NO VIPASSNA yet , I wanna build a strong foundation of metta . Just another two cents. Be careful because according to the way your mind is internally wired at t...
by Sekha
Fri Sep 18, 2015 7:42 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The solitary lifestyle
Replies: 24
Views: 1830

Re: The solitary lifestyle

But they might shed light on the negative advice given earlier No one here has been negative. Sorry, I should have chosen my words more carefully. In my mother tongue, this sentence would not have sounded that bad. I should probably have used the word "objections" instead of "negative advice". Sorr...
by Sekha
Fri Sep 18, 2015 6:12 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The solitary lifestyle
Replies: 24
Views: 1830

Re: The solitary lifestyle

How did you managed the problems you had in meditation ? I just kept facing them and going through, they get weaker over time, so it gave me more motivation. Any suttas or books on how to deal with meditation and cravings when alone ? The Sekha Patipada is very useful. Im interested in attempting a...
by Sekha
Thu Sep 17, 2015 2:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do bad thoughts create bad karma?
Replies: 57
Views: 4853

Re: Do bad thoughts create bad karma?

My two cents. It sounds like you are doing just the right thing, and it's all that counts.
by Sekha
Thu Sep 17, 2015 2:07 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: the pali texts are incoherent?
Replies: 30
Views: 2335

Re: the pali texts are incoherent?

Well I don't see ekagatta in the sutta stock formula of the first jhana, for one.
by Sekha
Tue Sep 15, 2015 9:23 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What else could the Middle Way be?
Replies: 8
Views: 533

Re: What else could the Middle Way be?

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn51/sn51.015.than.html "Master Ananda, what is the aim of this holy life lived under Gotama the contemplative?" "Brahman, the holy life is lived under the Blessed One with the aim of abandoning desire." "Is there a path, is there a practice, for the aband...
by Sekha
Tue Sep 15, 2015 9:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 1752
Views: 148375

Re: What music are you listening to right now?

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by Sekha
Tue Sep 15, 2015 4:17 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Establishing Mindfulness in Front?
Replies: 13
Views: 1363

Re: Establishing Mindfulness in Front?

I think a play on words came to be reified by a later tradition that lost sight of the gentle emphatic point about mindfulness being front-&-center, and instead took it as a literal method. Whether the meaning is to be taken literally or not is not very easy to determine. But my point is that one s...
by Sekha
Tue Sep 15, 2015 2:18 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Establishing Mindfulness in Front?
Replies: 13
Views: 1363

Re: Establishing Mindfulness in Front?

Well then what do you make of this quote from the Cūḷavagga of the Vinaya Piṭaka? Not much; what do you make of the linked paper? Your link falls back onto my quote. Bhante Kumara refers to Thanissaro bhikkhu, who writes: To the fore (parimukham): The Abhidhamma takes an etymological approach to th...
by Sekha
Tue Sep 15, 2015 1:35 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Establishing Mindfulness in Front?
Replies: 13
Views: 1363

Re: Establishing Mindfulness in Front?

It's nothing to do with the mouth or the nose. Well then what do you make of this quote from the Cūḷavagga of the Vinaya Piṭaka? 'Na, bhikkhave, massu parimukhaṃ kārāpetabbaṃ' the beard is not to be done [=cut/trimmed] parimukhaṃ (ie. wearing a moustache is not allowed) massu (śmaśru) is well known...
by Sekha
Tue Sep 15, 2015 1:25 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Establishing Mindfulness in Front?
Replies: 13
Views: 1363

Re: Establishing Mindfulness in Front?

Detailed article with a hint of where the confusion about this word may come from

http://www.buddha-vacana.org/voc/parimukham.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by Sekha
Tue Sep 15, 2015 8:34 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What else could the Middle Way be?
Replies: 8
Views: 533

Re: What else could the Middle Way be?

Hi Robin, is there someone there who really understands french and the meaning of this word? You can also have look at the English counterpart to that translation : http://www.buddha-vacana.org/sutta/digha/dn22.html#4E4" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; The Pali word at stake is chanda ...
by Sekha
Mon Sep 14, 2015 9:00 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Service opportunity at Santi Forest Monastery
Replies: 5
Views: 1231

Re: Service opportunity at Santi Forest Monastery

At this point in time, I would probably be interested if I didn't have other plans already.