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by Spiny Norman
Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On so-called "Heart Practice"
Replies: 22
Views: 329

Re: On so-called "Heart Practice"

Caodemarte wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:42 pm
I remember one Buddhist teacher saying that anything fully observed disappears.
Was this is reference to mind objects, like thoughts and feelings?
by Spiny Norman
Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Nibbana cessation of being?
Replies: 16
Views: 144

Re: Is Nibbana cessation of being?

retrofuturist wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:22 am
Cessation means the cessation of sankhata-dhammas.
Isn't everything we experience sankhata dhammas? Sights, sounds, sensations, etc?

Could you be more specific about which sankhata dhammas cease in your view?
by Spiny Norman
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4244
Views: 261721

Re: the great vegetarian debate

Quorn sausage with French mustard is tasty. :woohoo:
by Spiny Norman
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On so-called "Heart Practice"
Replies: 22
Views: 329

Re: On so-called "Heart Practice"

Sam Vara wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:54 pm
In particular, they see Right Effort as the attempt to merely "stay with things as they are".
There also seems to be an idea that fully accepting present conditions is a short-cut to equanimity, the cessation of craving and aversion.
by Spiny Norman
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 56
Views: 740

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Sam Vara wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:15 pm
4) Failing that, I will inflict pictures of my cat doing cute things upon this site until things improve...
:thumbsup:
by Spiny Norman
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech: The Person in the Ball
Replies: 37
Views: 393

Re: Right Speech: The Person in the Ball

Are the suttas not clear enough? "It is spoken at the right time. It is spoken in truth. It is spoken affectionately. It is spoken beneficially. It is spoken with a mind of good-will." — AN 5.198 https://www.accesstoinsight.org/ati/ptf/dhamma/sacca/sacca4/samma-vaca/index.html It appears that all p...
by Spiny Norman
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech: The Person in the Ball
Replies: 37
Views: 393

Re: Right Speech: The Person in the Ball

Are the suttas not clear enough?

"It is spoken at the right time. It is spoken in truth. It is spoken affectionately. It is spoken beneficially. It is spoken with a mind of good-will."
— AN 5.198

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/ati/ptf ... index.html
by Spiny Norman
Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: How much happy are you?
Replies: 35
Views: 529

Re: How much happy are you?

ryanM wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:39 pm
Maybe happiness is masquerading as a trace element.
Maybe they sell it in very small bottles in Tesco. :tongue:
by Spiny Norman
Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: is cessation like a vacuum
Replies: 10
Views: 236

Re: is cessation like a vacuum

SunWuKong wrote:
Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:35 pm
It's like the calm in the center of a hurricane...
I like the eye-of-the-storm analogy, like a stillness inside ( beneath?) the movement.
by Spiny Norman
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?
Replies: 46
Views: 474

Re: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?

let's be honest: body odour can be pretty disgusting. Should we attempt to not get aversive, or just change carriages? What would you do? thanks for reading. :anjali: What I find helpful is recognising that both the smell and the aversion response are transient and conditional. "But what, friends, ...
by Spiny Norman
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: A Two State Solution for Europe?
Replies: 7
Views: 204

Re: A Two State Solution for Europe?

I looked at the thread title and thought it was about BREXIT. :toilet:
by Spiny Norman
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Contracted/Constricted Mind
Replies: 24
Views: 317

Re: The Contracted/Constricted Mind

In any case, the important thing is to notice one's state of mind.
by Spiny Norman
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Never too old
Replies: 15
Views: 309

Re: Never too old

by Spiny Norman
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What everyone participating in forums should understand
Replies: 39
Views: 677

Re: What everyone participating in forums should understand

JohnK wrote:
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:36 am
Yeah, being wrong and harmonious is the tough one. ;)
:thumbsup:
by Spiny Norman
Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Living as Buddhists in an age of 'Information Overload'
Replies: 38
Views: 781

Re: Living as Buddhists in an age of 'Information Overload'

With regard to what is on TV, there is no 'news', just the same tired old story, with different names and faces doing the same old things. I find that as time goes on I am increasingly less interested in politics and current affairs. I see little point in getting worked up about stuff I can do noth...
by Spiny Norman
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 94
Views: 2139

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

Buy a sailboat! Live on it, and sail a lot. I would like a huge yacht, but my budget probably extends only to a 8.5m keeler, with one bedroom, a kitchen-lounge, and shower and toilet. It's like living in a big caravan, except it floats. That sounds great! How about getting a big boat eventually and...
by Spiny Norman
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Contracted/Constricted Mind
Replies: 24
Views: 317

Re: The Contracted/Constricted Mind

A good example of a contracted/constricted mind is one that's filled with greed. The antidote would be to practice generosity. When you're giving wholeheartedly to another person the mind is anything but contracted/constricted. That's why practicing generosity is the antidote, because it puts the m...