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by sunnat
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words
Replies: 63
Views: 1126

Re: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words

To the kalamas: "Lord, there are some brahmans & contemplatives who come to Kesaputta. They expound & glorify their own doctrines, but as for the doctrines of others, they deprecate them, revile them, show contempt for them, & disparage them...They leave us absolutely uncertain & in doubt: Which of ...
by sunnat
Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words
Replies: 63
Views: 1126

Re: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words

Contemplate is from Latin contemplatus, past participle of contemplari "to gaze attentively, observe," and, in this context, it does not mean 'to think about'.
The practice of in-sight, vipassana, rather than ponder.
by sunnat
Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words
Replies: 63
Views: 1126

Re: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words

To not do evil, to do good and to purify the mind is the teaching of the Buddhas. This is doable by all irrespective of origin and education. There is no need to be able to read. If you can follow, likemany then and since, the basic body contemplation instructions in the satipatthana sutta you can g...
by sunnat
Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words
Replies: 63
Views: 1126

Re: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words

Words cause by reflection (within the person experiencing the words) that (in turn) changes the relationship of the reader to (any) arisen phenomena which depends on pre existing relationships. There is nothing intrinsic about words by buddha (or anyone) that have some sort of transformative quality...
by sunnat
Fri Jan 17, 2020 3:03 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Recollection of death - a guided meditation by Ven. Anālayo
Replies: 20
Views: 309

Re: Recollection of death - a guided meditation by Ven. Anālayo

Ledi Sayadaw the requisites of enlightenment : "in the case of hunters and fishermen, it should not be said that they should not practise samatha-vipassanā-manasikāra (advertence of mind towards tranquility and insight) unless they discard their work. One who says so causes dhammantarāya (obstructio...
by sunnat
Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:48 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Can i choice a better choice sometimes?
Replies: 12
Views: 342

Re: Can i choice a better choice sometimes?

If you practice making good choices then that becomes a good habit. As a good action, kamma, fruit will arise more and more with the nature of that good action. The impulse will become more and more to make good choices. Likewise the less you re-act to the fruit of past bad kammas, actions, those fr...
by sunnat
Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words
Replies: 63
Views: 1126

Re: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words

It is when practicing that letting go happens and true wisdom arises. It is that letting go that indicates progress on the path. One may be simple and illiterate and reach the goal and one may have sophisticated book knowledge of the teachings and be far from the goal. The Buddha, 6 of 6: "Bhikkus, ...
by sunnat
Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is self view?
Replies: 9
Views: 350

Re: What is self view?

The concept of self exists.
The concept of not-self exists.
Bit by bit, by direct experience (insight meditation), aspects that one has thought of as self are seen to rise and pass away, are not controllable and give rise to suffering and, therefore, are not-self.
by sunnat
Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Refuge is taken in the not-good Dhamma
Replies: 40
Views: 739

Re: Refuge is taken in the not-good Dhamma

There is a conflation of The Dhamma and text knowing. IMO they are not the same. IOW IMO the Buddha talked about the teaching in action or practice. It is correct that in 500 years it had pretty much disappeared from India. We are now experiencing a revival sourced from a few places where it has bee...
by sunnat
Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Reconciling Suttas on Debate
Replies: 19
Views: 480

Re: Reconciling Suttas on Debate

There are subtleties that escape. Buddha does not argue, people argue with him. Buddha simply asked Saccaka a couple of questions and S quickly realised his argument was empty and with prompting agreed with the Buddha and, after suffering the comments of Dummukkha, asked the Buddha how to walk the p...
by sunnat
Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Slaughterhouse workers
Replies: 52
Views: 1298

Re: Slaughterhouse workers

All food is a graveyard. Animals die (including human animals), rot and the elememts are scattered and absorbed by plants that are eaten by animals that are killed and die and rot and are absorbed... and humans, plant eaters and flesh eaters alike, eat the product.
by sunnat
Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Equanimity
Replies: 35
Views: 767

Re: Equanimity

When it is particularly difficult, particularly early in practice, effort should be made to drive it out of the mind but ultimately letting go of it is simply being equanimous. So, one should practice being equanimous. There will be times when one succeeds in relation to whatever kamma fruit has ari...
by sunnat
Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What does straightforward in speech mean?
Replies: 5
Views: 219

Re: What does straightforward in speech mean?

It helps to understand that this perfect straighforwardness should be practiced at all times. It is from that that the benefit is realised. If the habit to waver is maintained, progress stalls. Unwavering Honesty or Continuous Devotion to the Path. One does not move in relation to right speech, yet ...
by sunnat
Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:05 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is there some proof that my karma can become better and so i can experience that in this life i living now?
Replies: 12
Views: 469

Re: Is there some proof that my karma can become better and so i can experience that in this life i living now?

First : kamma is volitional action. What you are talking about are the fruits of past actions. If you don’t re-act (new kamma) when the fruits ripen you don't create new fruits to experience in the future (immediate or later). You will have direct experience of this by practicing meditation correctl...