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by Volo
Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: The suffix "eva" ???
Replies: 6
Views: 78

Re: The suffix "eva" ???

Thank you Volo. Do you agree with Sam Vara's post? Yes, I agree with Sam Vara. I would say eva is what VBB calls "spice words", i.e. they give some emphasis, but not necessarily need to be literally translated. Pali seems to like them much more than English (some other examples: kho, pana, puna, hi...
by Volo
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which text says Buddha had to eat horse wheat ?
Replies: 6
Views: 88

Re: Which text says Buddha had to eat horse wheat ?

I think assignment of each problem in the Buddha's life to a certain bad deed he committed in the past is coming from commentaries, maybe even from later sources.
by Volo
Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which text says Buddha had to eat horse wheat ?
Replies: 6
Views: 88

Re: Which text says Buddha had to eat horse wheat ?

The first is probably referring to Vinaya: Bu-Pj.1.2.1 MS.19 At that time Verañjā56 was short of food57 and stricken by hunger, with crops blighted and turned to straw. It was not easy to keep oneself going58 by collecting alms. Just then some horse-dealers from Uttarāpathaka59 entered BD.1.12 the r...
by Volo
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: The suffix "eva" ???
Replies: 6
Views: 78

Re: The suffix "eva" ???

Words such as "diṭṭheva dhamme" (dittha + eva ???) Yes, but since in your example dhamme is in Loc, diṭṭha should also be in Loc: diṭṭhe + eva dhamme , or diṭṭhe + va (form of eva ) dhamme . and "idheva" (idha + eva ???) appears to include the suffix "'eva". Yes, but eva is not a suffix, but indecl...
by Volo
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why did the Buddha meditate ???
Replies: 33
Views: 422

Re: Why did the Buddha meditate ???

AN 10.90 wrote:Again, the mind of a bhikkhu with taints destroyed slants, slopes, and inclines to seclusion; it is withdrawn, delights in renunciation, and is entirely finished with all things that are a basis for the taints.
Is there is a better way to enjoy seclusion of mind than meditation?
by Volo
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Early Buddhism resources
Replies: 165
Views: 82236

Re: Early Buddhism resources

Just found this useful resource https://obo.genaud.net/backmatter/indexes/sutta/sutta_toc.htm, which contains all PTS translations of 4 Nikayas (some of them are not on sutta central) + PTS Pali edition (different from Burmese edition used in Sutta Central). All these is put in public domain or allo...
by Volo
Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What Now?
Replies: 16
Views: 407

Re: What Now?

Gradual training: 1. Morality 2. Contentment 3. Guarding sense doors 4. Moderation in eating 5. Devotion to wakefulness 6. Mindfulness and clear comprehension 7. Abandoning 5 hindrances 8. Jhāna Another suggestion: Meditate not because you want to make progress, but because you enjoy it. It's like w...
by Volo
Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: FLT: Full Lotus Turtle - A comprehensive guide to sitting meditation postures
Replies: 14
Views: 339

Re: FLT: Full Lotus Turtle - A comprehensive guide to sitting meditation postures

I will share some thoughts on what I mean by "correct lotus". The lotus posture should mainly be done by the hip joint. If you would grasp your fist with the other hand it would resemble the hip joint. This structure allows it to rotate in all directions. During the lotus it should rotate on its axi...
by Volo
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: FLT: Full Lotus Turtle - A comprehensive guide to sitting meditation postures
Replies: 14
Views: 339

Re: FLT: Full Lotus Turtle - A comprehensive guide to sitting meditation postures

What serious health problems are you talking about, besides obvious issues with knees, hips, lower back, etc? Is having all what you've just mentioned not enough? Let's see a picture of you doing full lotus correctly. Although I can fold legs as is supposed to in a full lotus, my lotus is not a cor...
by Volo
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Satta asaññino: Why are non-percipient beings related to the 4th jhana ???
Replies: 14
Views: 183

Re: Satta asaññino: Why are non-percipient beings related to the 4th jhana ???

SarathW wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:59 am
There are two ways to attain a state of non-percipient beings.
Could you elaborate? Since I've heard only about one: attaining 4th jhāna, develop disgust with mentality.
by Volo
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Satta asaññino: Why are non-percipient beings related to the 4th jhana ???
Replies: 14
Views: 183

Re: Satta asaññino: Why are non-percipient beings related to the 4th jhana ???

Q: The question for this topic is why is the 4th jhana related to the " non-percipient "? :shrug: Personally, I do not have answer. Well, they have to belong to some level of rūpaloka (arūpaloka wouldn't be possible for them, since then they would have neither mentality nor materiality). Why the 4t...
by Volo
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: FLT: Full Lotus Turtle - A comprehensive guide to sitting meditation postures
Replies: 14
Views: 339

Re: FLT: Full Lotus Turtle - A comprehensive guide to sitting meditation postures

At some point I'll have to make some videos to show unique things that I do that no one else is doing. But seeing video evidence, of myself or anyone else doing full lotus, is not proof of efficacy. Many bendy yogis can do full lotus for a few minutes. But doing full lotus for 1 hour, 2 hours, 3 ho...
by Volo
Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Meaning of phrase
Replies: 9
Views: 213

Re: Meaning of phrase

Could you cite the whole sentence or give a reference to the sutta?
by Volo
Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: FLT: Full Lotus Turtle - A comprehensive guide to sitting meditation postures
Replies: 14
Views: 339

Re: FLT: Full Lotus Turtle - A comprehensive guide to sitting meditation postures

That is surely a lot of information, the only thing I miss there is a picture of the author doing full lotus (not YouTube videos of some other people). Would be nice to see before trying these suggestions.
by Volo
Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Looking for a sutta about the increase of wisdom and decrease of relationships
Replies: 4
Views: 115

Re: Looking for a sutta about the increase of wisdom and decrease of relationships

What's about this one? 76 (6) “Insignificant, bhikkhus, is the loss of relatives. The worst thing to lose is wisdom.” 77 (7) “Insignificant, bhikkhus, is the increase of relatives. The best thing in which to increase is wisdom. Therefore, bhikkhus, you should train yourselves thus: ‘We will increase...