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by sunnat
Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Must we suffer, in order to get free from suffering?
Replies: 12
Views: 166

Re: Must we suffer, in order to get free from suffering?

I mean, when meditating or being aware of feelings that rise and pass away, use the pleasant feelings to abandon lust (and unpleasant to abandon the tendency towards hatred, and neutral feelings to abandon the tendency for ignorance).
by sunnat
Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Must we suffer, in order to get free from suffering?
Replies: 12
Views: 166

Re: Must we suffer, in order to get free from suffering?

It's about becoming aware of the impermanent, ever changing not self nature and the suffering that goes with all the craving and thus letting go of it. In the process there is a level where the pleasant feelings become stronger and it's easy to wallow there and lose sight of the path. While wallowin...
by sunnat
Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Where do dhammas arise and disappear?
Replies: 15
Views: 922

Re: Where do dhammas arise and disappear?

That's right. It's the awareness of the Dhamma that comes and goes.
by sunnat
Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Concentration and Boredom
Replies: 13
Views: 277

Re: Concentration and Boredom

Boredom, like everything else, is impermanent. There is no need to treat it unlike anything else that arises. Don't cling to it, don't develop aversion, don't reject it, don't ignore it. There's something else that arises when it passes. Just note 'there is boredom', there is no need to even label i...
by sunnat
Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation retreats - sundry issues (split from "Monastics and suicide")
Replies: 79
Views: 1431

Re: Meditation retreats - sundry issues (split from "Monastics and suicide")

Just a minor point. There is no Goenkaji lineage. Goenka is in the Ledi Sayadaw lineage along with a number of others, Webu Sayadaw, Mahasi Sayadaw etc and that lineage appears to go back some centuries, and claim to stretch back to the two ambassadors sent by Ashoka. Whatever the case may be, the p...
by sunnat
Wed Oct 23, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Approaching the meaning of Sati, within Sammāsati and Paṭiccasamuppāda
Replies: 11
Views: 597

Re: Approaching the meaning of Sati, within Sammāsati and Paṭiccasamuppāda

From a purely practical experiential perspective the training to establish continuous correct awareness or mindfulness of anicca is to again and again, as the attention tends to wander according to established tendencies (sankharas (fruits of past kammas)), bring the attention back to the object of ...
by sunnat
Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Adolf Hitler
Replies: 32
Views: 1696

Re: Adolf Hitler

When Hitler was malnourished and homeless on the streets he liked to go to the opera. His favourite was Wagner. Buddhism was relatively new to Europe. Wagner was interested. "Wagner became increasingly preoccupied with Buddhist and Brahmin philosophy and literature during the 1850s, one of the most...
by sunnat
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Adolf Hitler
Replies: 32
Views: 1696

Re: Adolf Hitler

When Hitler was malnourished and homeless on the streets he liked to go to the opera. His favourite was Wagner. Buddhism was relatively new to Europe. Wagner was interested. "Wagner became increasingly preoccupied with Buddhist and Brahmin philosophy and literature during the 1850s, one of the most ...
by sunnat
Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Amazing Sutta audio
Replies: 5
Views: 178

Re: Amazing Sutta audio

Thank you.

A couple of questions

Are the suttas he is doing complete with no editing and who translates.

Are they available as plain mp3's to download from somewhere. (limited bandwidth)
by sunnat
Sat Oct 05, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ethical conduct loved by the nobles ones
Replies: 13
Views: 283

Re: Ethical conduct loved by the nobles ones

Visakhuposatha Sutta: The Discourse to Visakha on the Uposatha with the Eight Practices
https://accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an ... .khan.html
by sunnat
Sat Oct 05, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Does anyone feel like it’s an uphill battle at times?
Replies: 24
Views: 776

Re: Does anyone feel like it’s an uphill battle at times?

These feelings come from a clinging to self. Do a lot of contemplation on where the self idea comes from and how to abandon it. The re are many helpful audio dhammatalks, books, discourses that give guidance. If the environment makes it too difficult to stay on track, take time off from the environm...
by sunnat
Sun Sep 29, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What you will do after Stream Entry ? (Poll)
Replies: 51
Views: 1271

Re: What you will do after Stream Entry ? (Poll)

Because it's such an event an impulse is to delight. One is not free from fetters. As the dust settles a few things become clear. There is an underlying tendency to delight in pleasant sensation, to chase the high. There is an underlying tendency to shy away from unpleasant sensation. There is an un...
by sunnat
Sun Sep 29, 2019 2:52 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Translation questions about satipatthana & anapanasati
Replies: 30
Views: 843

Re: Translation questions about satipatthana & anapanasati

Equating sati with remembering can be confusing. In terms of self, not self, and impermanence: from the Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw : https://www.budsas.org/ebud/mahasi-anat/anat03.htm "... there are four ways of clinging to self, and perception is concerned with three of them: sāmi attā, nivāsī attā a...
by sunnat
Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: equanimity like imperturbable?
Replies: 10
Views: 328

Re: equanimity like imperturbable?

this is one of those questions or inquiries where stepping back and looking at, meditating on, the why of questioning may be most helpful. it may lead to discovering that the uncertainty is simply a hindrance arising and the answer may be found by waiting for that to pass. an answer is that they are...
by sunnat
Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:41 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Mahasi Noting for main practice
Replies: 14
Views: 1261

Re: Mahasi Noting for main practice

also, it helps very much to try to scrupulously maintain the silas, precepts in between periods of serious meditation