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by TLCD96
Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Re: Lying: Taking "everyone is responsible for themselves" to the next level
Replies: 14
Views: 452

Re: Lying: Taking "everyone is responsible for themselves" to the next level

No, it's a beautiful passage in MN 58, but it doesn't cover what I am talking about here. Firstly, because it is is descriptive account of what the Tathagata's speech is like, rather than a prescriptive account of what our's should be like. Second, even if it were an imperative account of Right Spe...
by TLCD96
Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sutta Reading/Listening and Meditation
Replies: 13
Views: 324

Re: Sutta Reading/Listening and Meditation

Reading or listening to suttas is good, but reading them out loud or chanting them is also good. I'm not very good at processing what I read out loud or chant in the usual sense, but some seeds are definitely planted in the mind when I chant. https://www.amaravati.org/dhamma-books/chanting-book/ Par...
by TLCD96
Thu Oct 31, 2019 3:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Knowledge of Anatta
Replies: 85
Views: 2901

Re: Knowledge of Anatta

.... That makes sense, though I'm not familiar with this interpretation. Where did you get it from? I'd be hesitant to say that DO is a way of investigating the interactions between eternalism and nihilism (as anything but extreme views, which are sankharas). To me its understanding the actual proc...
by TLCD96
Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Knowledge of Anatta
Replies: 85
Views: 2901

Re: Knowledge of Anatta

What i was trying to say is how the nature of our knowledge includes both believing and falsifying, and how the interaction between the two is what we call learning. For example, going to work is a certain context (controlled environment) which creates a sense of predictability (belief), but the wa...
by TLCD96
Tue Oct 29, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Knowledge of Anatta
Replies: 85
Views: 2901

Re: Knowledge of Anatta

The problem with belief is this: it can be carried forward, but it does not last. The fact that it can be used in more than one context gives us faith in the act of believing, and the fact that it cannot justify all contexts causes us to lose faith in believing. Should i believe in the skillful use...
by TLCD96
Tue Oct 29, 2019 4:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Knowledge of Anatta
Replies: 85
Views: 2901

Re: Knowledge of Anatta

For me (heh), one thing that helped was this teaching from an ajahn: The problem is not that we have a sense of self, but that we believe in it. When we have a sense of self, or we see something as "mine", we use the contemplation of anatta to see past it. We might not immediately breakthrough, and ...
by TLCD96
Tue Oct 29, 2019 4:35 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Luang Pa Liem on anger
Replies: 3
Views: 756

Re: Luang Pa Liem on anger

polo wrote:
Sat Oct 26, 2019 8:03 am
That's a pretty good story. Did it really happen?
Hi Polo, I do believe that Ajahn Sek is basing the reflection off of his experience.
by TLCD96
Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: concentration on the breath
Replies: 8
Views: 401

Re: concentration on the breath

LP Pasanno has explained, when speaking to westerners, that it's helpful to focus on the abdomen to get the mind away from the head, where it seems that lots of our thinking occurs, and into the rest of the body; the movement of the abdomen helps in establishing a preliminary level of sustained atte...
by TLCD96
Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Has anyone practiced Contemplation of Virtue? (Silanussati)
Replies: 15
Views: 1158

Re: Has anyone practiced Contemplation of Virtue? (Silanussati)

From Abhayagiri's Beginning Our Day : Recollecting Our Goodness • Ajahn Amaro • December 2008 • When we’re engaged in a lot of activity, we can become so focused on the details of what we’re doing that we forget there’s an element of generosity and goodness in our actions. When Ajahn Sumedho was a y...
by TLCD96
Mon Sep 30, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Has anyone practiced Contemplation of Virtue? (Silanussati)
Replies: 15
Views: 1158

Re: Has anyone practiced Contemplation of Virtue? (Silanussati)

There is the case where a disciple of the noble ones, abandoning the taking of life, abstains from taking life. In doing so, he gives freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings. In giving freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom f...
by TLCD96
Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: any fast way of burning up karma?
Replies: 21
Views: 567

Re: any fast way of burning up karma?

Think of it this way: How will you ever understand your anger if you want it to go away? You need to understand it to truly penetrate it, and so you need to be willing to be present with it. The fastest way is repression, but this can cause some mental health issues. The point is not to get rid of i...
by TLCD96
Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Gentle non-mobile meditation timer (battery operated)?
Replies: 11
Views: 730

Re: Gentle non-mobile meditation timer (battery operated)?

Abhayagiri seems to make good use of the MyChron timer (used by school teachers), which vibrates when time is up.
by TLCD96
Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: MN 68: a good case study on how easy and ordinary first jhana is
Replies: 24
Views: 925

Re: MN 68: a good case study on how easy and ordinary first jhana is

So how does this make Jhana seem easy for those who struggle to even put down their phone?
by TLCD96
Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:41 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Looking for residential practice centers in the US reccomendations
Replies: 4
Views: 418

Re: Looking for residential practice centers in the US reccomendations

Monasteries in the Thai Forest tradition, as far as I know, aren't offering formal programs but do allow you to stay as guests - Abhayagiri in California is a good example. They don't offer personal retreats, but spending time there as a guest means you're living there and participating with the com...
by TLCD96
Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: LP Pasanno's advice for a mind that keeps fizzling with thought
Replies: 1
Views: 426

LP Pasanno's advice for a mind that keeps fizzling with thought

Hi all, I just recently left Abhayagiri after a 2 week stay. This is after about a year of practice where it seemed my meditation was not going anywhere. I had an approach where I thought I would use Buddho to settle my mind on my breath and build a foundation for investigation; but that settling ne...