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by dhammafriend1
Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: I'm not satisfied with my meditation.
Replies: 36
Views: 2088

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by dhammafriend1
Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: I'm not satisfied with my meditation.
Replies: 36
Views: 2088

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by dhammafriend1
Mon Jul 29, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: I'm not satisfied with my meditation.
Replies: 36
Views: 2088

Re: I'm not satisfied with my meditation.

Try a 10 day course (i did goenka vipassana) - but any style of insight practice is good (ie IMC in Massachusetts - or Spirit Rock) - or if in India - at bodhgaya - The idea is to practice sila - samadhi - panna - as in goenkas course - each supports the other - with insight being the penultimate th...
by dhammafriend1
Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Nibbana
Replies: 46
Views: 3866

Re: Nibbana

All that is conditioned and thus gross, but there is cessation of formations. Having known ‘There is this,’ and seeing the escape from it all, the Tathægata has gone beyond it.” The Buddha then concludes his discourse with the following words: “Bhikkhus, this supreme state of sublime peace has been ...
by dhammafriend1
Tue Jul 23, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Nibbana
Replies: 46
Views: 3866

Re: Nibbana

yes - but the air conditioner was created and will pass away....
by dhammafriend1
Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:27 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Nibbana
Replies: 46
Views: 3866

Re: Nibbana

Another clue - all that is conditioned is dependently originated - beginning with ignorance - once this is understood there is an end to ignorance and the whole chain is now ceased through wisdom or knowledge - all that is conditioned is impermanent - dependently originated - but there is the uncond...
by dhammafriend1
Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Nibbana
Replies: 46
Views: 3866

Re: Nibbana

Samsara equals conditioned - nirvama , not conditioned...the dharma is a raft or a finger pointing at the moon - in nirvana there are no four noble truths - no 3 characteristics - it is without dukkha or desire etc (you get the general idea)....
by dhammafriend1
Sun Jun 30, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: when is the end of suffering?
Replies: 26
Views: 1199

Re: when is the end of suffering?

Interesting footnote - if nibbana is unconditioned - then it is without characteristics - in other words - it is totally without any dukkha
- or the other 2 characteristics - impermanence and the status of atta or self .
by dhammafriend1
Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: when is the end of suffering?
Replies: 26
Views: 1199

Re: when is the end of suffering?

Of course the end of suffering may take some time - because it means the end of the path - the end of conditioning itself -
the end of negativity in all its forms -
by dhammafriend1
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: when is the end of suffering?
Replies: 26
Views: 1199

Re: when is the end of suffering?

From the "anattalakkhana sutta" - "Bhikkhus, when a noble follower who has heard (the truth) sees thus, he finds estrangement in form, he finds estrangement in feeling, he finds estrangement in perception, he finds estrangement in determinations, he finds estrangement in consciousness. "When he find...
by dhammafriend1
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: when is the end of suffering?
Replies: 26
Views: 1199

Re: when is the end of suffering?

My analysis of Dukkha is that it is rendered as "unsatisfactory" - if impermanence shows that phenomena are faulty - not liable to stable / permanent happiness then belief in satisfaction (in the past - present or future) is no longer a Problem - do you see what i mean ? There is a Feeling of releas...
by dhammafriend1
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: I'm not satisfied with my meditation.
Replies: 36
Views: 2088

Re: I'm not satisfied with my meditation.

i actually feel that wisdom or panna is the Primary thing of importance - meditation should only lead to that - with the aim of understanding how to release oneself from Dukkha. Thus i visited Teachers - meditation centres and monasteries - such as Goenkas vipassana retreat ( excellent - at least to...
by dhammafriend1
Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Help! Meaning of sankhara
Replies: 34
Views: 2850

Re: Help! Meaning of sankhara

Sankhara can mean the Aggregate of Mental conditioning - In the case of Rebirth - it is Conditioned by the Sankhara of Ignorance (ie a Mental Phenomena) - that perpetuates Samsara. Ignorance of what ? THe Liberating Knowledge of vipassana - the 3 characteristics - the four noble truths. Once these a...
by dhammafriend1
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the meaning of Asava ?
Replies: 28
Views: 2836

Re: What is the meaning of Asava ?

Some Pali canons mention three āsava that sustain karmic flow. These three mentioned in the Nikāyas are "karmic propensities for sensual pleasures (kāmāsava), karmic propensities for existence (bhavāsava), and karmic propensities for ignorance (avijjāsava)"- Ignorance is the Problem - thus knowledge...
by dhammafriend1
Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sankhara
Replies: 18
Views: 3941

Re: Sankhara

The sutta in question seems to say there are two kinds of khanda - those of Grasping (that are Tainred - Some Pali canons mention three āsava that sustain karmic flow. These three mentioned in the Nikāyas are "karmic propensities for sensual pleasures (kāmāsava), karmic propensities for existence (b...