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by one_awakening
Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: which suttas especially relevant for attaining first jhana?
Replies: 23
Views: 595

Re: which suttas especially relevant for attaining first jhana?

Hi Frank, Here is a sutta where the Buddha explains his attaining of first jhana before he attained enlightenment “That’s so true, Ānanda! That’s so true! Before my awakening—when I was still unawakened but intent on awakening—I too thought: ‘Renunciation is good! Seclusion is good!’ But my mind wa...
by one_awakening
Thu Mar 28, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sankhara = "replicator"?
Replies: 26
Views: 478

Re: Sankhara = "replicator"?

There's just no English equivalent to word Sankhara.

The problems is that the term occurs in three major areas. As the second link in Dependent Origination, the faith aggregate and to mean all conditioned things.
by one_awakening
Thu Mar 28, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Work seems to be getting in the way of mindfulness
Replies: 9
Views: 335

Re: Work seems to be getting in the way of mindfulness

First of all, dispense with the noting. When practicing mindfulness, we don't actually note, because it's exhausting. Instead, bring your awareness to the present. Start with the body. If you're making a cup of coffee, notice when you reach for the spoon. Notice when you power the hot water into the...
by one_awakening
Tue Mar 26, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Usefulness of Meditation
Replies: 18
Views: 442

Re: Usefulness of Meditation

It's like saying a ladder is not much use, unless you are up at the top. You have to step on the bottom rungs of the ladder to get to the top. I agree, but I'm not necessarily talking about real insights which you do need to climb to the top of the ladder to achieve, but there are things which you ...
by one_awakening
Tue Mar 26, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Usefulness of Meditation
Replies: 18
Views: 442

Re: Usefulness of Meditation

Laurens wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 5:55 am

Aye, I'm saying it's usefulness isn't limited if you are following the Buddha's instructions
I never said it's usefulness was limited. I said it's usefulness is limited IF you don't learn anything from the meditation.
by one_awakening
Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Usefulness of Meditation
Replies: 18
Views: 442

Re: Usefulness of Meditation

Based on your comment I wonder if you are saying that is a bad thing? I never said it was a bad thing, quite the contrary. It's one of the most important practices on the Buddhist path. Yes meditation has many benefits, but the Buddhist path is about seeing clearly, so unless you can learn somethin...
by one_awakening
Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Usefulness of Meditation
Replies: 18
Views: 442

Re: Usefulness of Meditation

Laurens wrote:
Mon Mar 25, 2019 2:44 pm
If you meditate as taught by the Buddha, and put in the appropriate effort you will get insights and wisdom from doing so.

Do it right with commitment and effort and it's always useful.
I never said it wasn't useful
by one_awakening
Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Usefulness of Meditation
Replies: 18
Views: 442

Re: Usefulness of Meditation

Pseudobabble wrote:
Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:05 pm

So, unless something is useful, it is useless.

Very informative.
I never said it was useless
by one_awakening
Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who is doing the "attaching"?
Replies: 23
Views: 512

Re: Who is doing the "attaching"?

Ryan95227 wrote:
Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:58 am
Who is doing the attaching?
There's a problem with your question, You are assuming that there is a self doing the attaching.
by one_awakening
Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Usefulness of Meditation
Replies: 18
Views: 442

Re: Usefulness of Meditation

JamesTheGiant wrote:
Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:00 am
Or if it calms you down, or makes you happier and more peaceful.
Or improves your life. Or enables you to face the day easier. Or if it's metta and that helps combat mental illness.
Yes it's limited to these types of things
by one_awakening
Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Usefulness of Meditation
Replies: 18
Views: 442

Usefulness of Meditation

Unless you gain insights or learn something from your meditation, then the usefulness of meditation is limited.
by one_awakening
Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Five Precepts
Replies: 6
Views: 199

The Five Precepts

Are The Five Precepts the Buddhist Ten Commandments?
by one_awakening
Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Jhana and Vipassana Practice
Replies: 19
Views: 1069

Re: Jhana and Vipassana Practice

Sabbe_Dhamma_Anatta wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:41 am
A deeply concentrated mind cannot practice introspection at all
What's "deep" concentration? Is fourth Jhana too deep?
by one_awakening
Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If there is no self why defend your self ?
Replies: 16
Views: 316

Re: If there is no self why defend your self ?

The Buddha never said there was no self. In any case you would want to live so that you can continue to practice.
by one_awakening
Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nirvana and Conditioned Phenomena
Replies: 8
Views: 170

Re: Nirvana and Conditioned Phenomena

alfa wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 2:13 pm

...it seems that even for nirvana to occur, certain conditions had to be fulfilled.
Nibanna is unconditioned. The conditions that had to be fufilled only allowed him to see the unconditioned.