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by sunnat
Sun Sep 15, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The brain of the Albert Einstein
Replies: 7
Views: 377

Re: The brain of the Albert Einstein

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/677048.stm "Taxi drivers given brain scans by scientists at University College London had a larger hippocampus compared with other people. This is a part of the brain associated with navigation in birds and animals. The scientists also found part of the hippocampus grew la...
by sunnat
Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: media = sense fields = bases ?
Replies: 10
Views: 373

Re: media = sense fields = bases ?

Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw : a discourse on PATICCASAMUPPADA "Chapter 4 - Vithi-cittas Vithi cittas differ in kind from bhavanga cittas. Bhavanga citta resembles rebirth citta in respect of objects and process. It is the stream of consciousness that follows rebirth citta, having its root in kamma. It ...
by sunnat
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Trying to introduce an abusive alcoholic father to weed?
Replies: 11
Views: 362

Re: Trying to introduce an abusive alcoholic father to weed?

I agree 100% with what dhammacorps has written so educate yourself about addiction.

Organisations like Al-Anon hold collectively the wisdom of experience that you need to correctly deal with an addict.

You'll find them easily, including online like at soberrecovery.com
by sunnat
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Humour - wrong speach?
Replies: 22
Views: 525

Re: Humour - wrong speach?

The Buddha addresses monks in very many suttas. In this one as in other suttas he tells the monks about the disciplines of the Ariyans. For serious lay people it's worthwhile to keep in mind this, and other, advice. Rather consider why this advice is given.
by sunnat
Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:47 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: 16APS breath meditation, explicitly said for removing distractive external thoughts,
Replies: 6
Views: 279

Re: 16APS breath meditation, explicitly said for removing distractive external thoughts,

Here's a distracting thought: in training one is learning to keep the awareness steadfast to the area around the mouth. As a consequence there is naturally over time a detaching from thoughts. When the awareness is well established, then, thought cease. Unless, and until, then, not so much.
by sunnat
Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Humour - wrong speach?
Replies: 22
Views: 525

Re: Humour - wrong speach?

Ruṇṇa Sutta Lamentation Thus have I heard: Once the Exalted One was dwelling near Sāvatthī. There the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying: "Monks." "Yes, lord," they replied, and the Exalted One said: "This, monks, is reckoned to be lamentation in the discipline of the Ariyan, namely, singing. T...
by sunnat
Sat Aug 31, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech
Replies: 39
Views: 1232

Re: Right Speech

When someone wants to discuss something using wrong speech then the inclination to use wrong speech becomes the issue to deal with. Wrong speech is born of ignorance of the consequences, namely the creation of misery. Knowing that, it is wrong to encourage it but if a correct response is not timely ...
by sunnat
Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The meeting of the three is contact
Replies: 30
Views: 826

Re: The meeting of the three is contact

A chat to a monk led me to this understanding. Contact leads to a pleasant unpleasant or neutral feeling. The habit then is to react with craving or ignorance. The habit is to take the arising of ignorance as a signal to inquire and the correct response is to investigate the experience of having ign...
by sunnat
Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is ignorance?
Replies: 5
Views: 165

Re: What is ignorance?

"When you experience a neutral feeling, if you don’t truly understand that feeling’s origin, ending, gratification, drawback, and escape, the underlying tendency to ignorance underlies that." The same sutta https://suttacentral.net/mn148/en/sujato tells about the ending of ignorance, namely insight,...
by sunnat
Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: If you're delusional, how can you be sure you've chosen the right religion/Buddhist school?
Replies: 62
Views: 1565

Re: If you're delusional, how can you be sure you've chosen the right religion/Buddhist school?

As someone who is ignorant and deluded (and conceited), I am, perhaps, in a unique position to comment. I'm considerably older than when I started practicing the path as I understood it. As I'm in my dotage I find I'm suffering less than I used to. I don't get as angry. I don't crave as much. I'm le...
by sunnat
Mon Aug 26, 2019 4:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: media = sense fields = bases ?
Replies: 10
Views: 373

Re: media = sense fields = bases ?

I don't.

I posted a question about base.

Then a separate set of things about, as you say, western ideas, the
aim is to somehow reconcile that and the various translations and come to a simple understanding.

I think your reply helps.
by sunnat
Mon Aug 26, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: media = sense fields = bases ?
Replies: 10
Views: 373

Re: media = sense fields = bases ?

ok, for a start what does base mean.? ____ Nose - When an odorant (external volatilized chemical compounds) comes in contact with the noses sense doors (olfactory receptor neurons) a signal is transmitted to the brain where it is recognised and designated "smell, odour". Eyes - When photons...(rods ...
by sunnat
Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: media = sense fields = bases ?
Replies: 10
Views: 373

media = sense fields = bases ?

MN 148 - Chachakka Sutta https://suttacentral.net/mn148/pli/ms https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.148.than.html https://suttacentral.net/mn148/en/sujato https://suttacentral.net/mn148/en/bodhi audio : http://dhammasukha.org/uploads/1/2/8/6/12865490/mn-148-bt-110825.mp3 (the audio is the ...
by sunnat
Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I don’t understand rejecting life’s pleasures
Replies: 43
Views: 1335

Re: I don’t understand rejecting life’s pleasures

Yes. Enjoying is more like how it should be in the face of any compunded thing, like pleasant feeling (and unpleasant and neutral) ie simply being relaxed about it as it is. Delighting is like the grasping, clinging, closed mindedness opinioning, that leads to suffering when the pleasant feeling ult...
by sunnat
Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?
Replies: 68
Views: 1417

Re: Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?

“Ultimately, with an egg that has travelled from our farm to the home via our packing centre, the supermarket depot and store network, it is a feat of remarkably slim odds that a duckling has been hatched. But we acknowledge that it’s not impossible." https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/teenage-boy-h...