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by sunnat
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: The Dhamma and Public Speaking
Replies: 25
Views: 342

Re: The Dhamma and Public Speaking

try to be a good person in everyday life, but also just understand right speech and know when/if your words are blameless. then you shouldn't have any fear This is good advice. Minimise remorse. In the long term, practice diligently. A time comes when, without trying, public speaking becomes easy.
by sunnat
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anapanasati and Samatha
Replies: 6
Views: 241

Re: Anapanasati and Samatha

Samadhi, Samantha is a focused, concentrated, still, calm mind. The continual return of the wandering mind to the object of meditation (in and out breathing) in time stops the wandering and the mind is easily fixed on the object of meditation. The more samatha, the less wandering, distracted mind.
by sunnat
Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anapanasati and Samatha
Replies: 6
Views: 241

Re: Anapanasati and Samatha

Webu Sayadaw said Anapana sati is suffcient for Vipassana. Perhaps he smoothly segued from Samatha To Vipassana. Anapana sati > Samatha > Vipassana. It's the still mind, attained by practicing anapana meditation, that is capable of insight meditation.
by sunnat
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Finding a sangha durring current events?
Replies: 8
Views: 224

In christianity there is the idea of the saint. Some churches take this seriously in particular ways. A saint for them is a person who has demonstrated certain qualities. There are also churches where the word is used for any and all members of that church irrespective of the particular qualities. L...
by sunnat
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anapanasati and Samatha
Replies: 6
Views: 241

Re: Anapanasati and Samatha

Anapana sati is a meditation technique (meditation on in and out bteathing)
Samatha is the result of such meditation techniques.
by sunnat
Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why begin with the eighth?
Replies: 12
Views: 294

The way to have your question(s) answered to your satisfaction is to directly experience the practice. By practicing, meditating, letting go, abandoning, answers arise and ignorance, not knowing the Dhamma, is replaced by true knowing, understanding, wisdom.
by sunnat
Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:01 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Ciggarettes
Replies: 17
Views: 501

Re: Ciggarettes

Yes. Just treat it like any craving. It also helps to throw away any tobacco, smoking implements, lighters, ashtray etc. Then note the looking for them. Edit add. It also is a good idea to wash clothes, bedding pillow caseetc. Tobacco smoke stinks horribly to a non smoker, while it can act as a trig...
by sunnat
Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why begin with the eighth?
Replies: 12
Views: 294

Re: Why begin with the eighth?

Why? It's the point at which one can step off the wheel of becoming. Dhammachakka Sutta : "And this, monks, is the noble truth of the cessation of stress: the remainderless fading & cessation, renunciation, relinquishment, release, & letting go of that very craving." Chachakka Sutta : "Bhikkhus, tha...
by sunnat
Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Ciggarettes
Replies: 17
Views: 501

There is only one way to stop smoking and that is to stop smoking. Then the difficulty is to not start again. When you start again do it with awareness. Use the noting technique. Perform every action leading to and including and beyond the picking up of a cigarette, taking a light, bringing it to th...
by sunnat
Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monks/Buddhists during Buddhas lifetime
Replies: 10
Views: 178

Re: Monks/Buddhists during Buddhas lifetime

As in many things it helps to look at the opposites. Basically the precepts are about what to refrain from. Therefore, if one refrains from doing un-wholesome things then what's left is wholesome and to be done. Also the Buddha gave guidance "wherever bhikkhus gather there are two things to do: Talk...
by sunnat
Sun Jun 21, 2020 2:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Clinging
Replies: 30
Views: 531

Re: Clinging

When directly practicing vipassana (maintaining awareness of anicca, kayanupassana, vedananupassana, cittanupassana, dhammanupassana) that which is clung to is let go of. In letting go and recognising whatever phenomena as not-self knowledge of having clung arises.
by sunnat
Fri Jun 19, 2020 1:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: is slavery bad
Replies: 38
Views: 667

Re: is slavery bad

A woman who was not attached to a man, father, husband, brother, was considered 'available'. Therefore the Buddha, when permitting women to ordain, made a rule that all nuns were subservient to any monk, irrespective of seniority. In this way any monk could protect any nun by 'claiming' her as under...
by sunnat
Wed Jun 17, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: vipasanna for 6 sense base
Replies: 6
Views: 160

Re: vipasanna for 6 sense base

Very good fundamental question. The Chachakka Sutta (six sets of six) provides the answer: http://www.dhammatalks.net/Books9/Bhikkhu_Bodhi_Chachakka_Sutta.htm For each of the six bases: (eye and sights, ear and sounds, nose and odours, tounge and flavours, body and tangibles, mind and mind objects) ...
by sunnat
Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Blame for the blameworthy
Replies: 51
Views: 1174

Are non-americans also forced to learn Thai customs.
Exactly how are americans being forced.
by sunnat
Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:15 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: People are ...?
Replies: 64
Views: 1904

It's not so much what anatta looks like. It's what atta doesn't look like. As one meditates with a concentrated undeviating, no intentional movement, still, body-mind phenomenon one becomes aware of anicca, the continual flux, always changing changing changing phenomena being born and dying, continu...