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by one_awakening
Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nirvana and Conditioned Phenomena
Replies: 8
Views: 123

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.
by one_awakening
Sat Feb 02, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the difference between mindfulness and investigation?
Replies: 12
Views: 144

Re: What is the difference between mindfulness and investigation?

Mindfulness means to keep something in mind. Investigation involves investigating reality.
by one_awakening
Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Shouldn't dukkha eliminate craving?
Replies: 13
Views: 223

Re: Shouldn't dukkha eliminate craving?

The problem is that people don't know what's causing their suffering. To use your use your fire analogy. A person puts his hand in the fire and suffers pain but he doesn't know what's causing the pain. So instead of taking his hand out of the fire, he seeks sense pleasures to make himself feel bette...
by one_awakening
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: My take on anapanasati/meditation practices
Replies: 25
Views: 497

Re: My take on anapanasati/meditation practices

Eventually it brings the unconscious mind under control.
by one_awakening
Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Saṅkhāras
Replies: 5
Views: 139

Saṅkhāras

Is everything we come into contact with a Saṅkhāra?
by one_awakening
Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What Have You Learned
Replies: 8
Views: 563

Re: What Have You Learned

Craving can't be satisfied.



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by one_awakening
Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does the self view arises ?
Replies: 47
Views: 928

Re: How does the self view arises ?

I think when a baby is first born it doesn't have the intelligence to form a self view. Once it develops enough intelligence, the view of self kicks in.
by one_awakening
Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Body Scan
Replies: 22
Views: 475

Re: Body Scan

Noticing sensations is called Vedananupassana (Contemplation on Sensations). It's an important type of meditation mentioned many times in the suttas, especially in the Mahasatipatthana Sutta. 2. Observing the Feelings And how does a mendicant meditate observing an aspect of feelings? It’s when a me...
by one_awakening
Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Body Scan
Replies: 22
Views: 475

Re: Body Scan

The Goenka body scan involves not just noticing the body, but noticing sensations. This seems like a departure.
by one_awakening
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Managing your wealth
Replies: 21
Views: 541

Re: Managing your wealth

As long as you have money, you can increase it, you can lose it, it's there and it's yours. That's a huge thing you are not letting go of and it's rooting you to material life, because you depend on it entirely for your subsistence. ...still do not really convince me that it's ok to try to renounce...
by one_awakening
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Body Scan
Replies: 22
Views: 475

Body Scan

Where did the body scan technique come from? I don't believe it was practiced during the Buddha's time.
by one_awakening
Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Managing your wealth
Replies: 21
Views: 541

Re: Managing your wealth

I've read this story in Ven Thanissaro's book about his teacher (Ajahn Fuang), but it wasn't a monk who sold the goods, but a lay devotee of Ajahn. Monks are not allowed to sell anything. Yeah sorry it was a lay-follower. I guess the point is that having financial security in case something happens...
by one_awakening
Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Managing your wealth
Replies: 21
Views: 541

Re: Managing your wealth

I heard a story about a monk who was selling goods at a market at prices that gave him a good profit. A buyer asked the Buddhist "You're a Buddhist, shouldn't you be selling your goods at a low price?". The Buddhist then asked his teacher (a monk) if it was wrong to sell goods at a good profit. The ...
by one_awakening
Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Managing your wealth
Replies: 21
Views: 541

Re: Managing your wealth

Sam Vara wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:20 pm
A senior monk in the Thai forest tradition once told me that to "live for today" was a form of foolishness, and it is best to have at least some savings to live off, or to draw upon in times of crisis.
Yes. This is just common sense.
by one_awakening
Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: My first jhana
Replies: 16
Views: 938

Re: My first jhana

Sometimes you think you've let got totally, but when you investigate the mind further you see there's still some very subtle holding on. Your mind becomes very sensitive to this holding on. So even if you don't you get into Jhana you can still benefit greatly by developing a mind that lets go which ...