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by bodhifollower
Fri Aug 21, 2020 5:09 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Which person do you start with?
Replies: 6
Views: 2978

Re: Which person do you start with?

The Buddha doesn't say imply or condone that you should start with yourself. You wish all beings pleasure, because, as Buddha Gotama said, if you give all beings pleasure, you receive a part of that pleasure in return. Now, the number of beings in infinite, so theoretically, if one practices this fo...
by bodhifollower
Fri Aug 21, 2020 4:22 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Need Mudita Phrases
Replies: 14
Views: 3541

Re: Need Mudita Phrases

May all living beings not lose the good fortune they have gained.
by bodhifollower
Sun Aug 16, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: kill cockroach
Replies: 5
Views: 1337

Re: kill cockroach

Yes. Cockroaches have prana, they are alive. Setting down poison is also breaking 1st virtue. Because your intention is to kill them. It seems to be death by negligence. You should have checked to poison more carefully to see if it was really lethal or not. It's understood that poison kills, you sho...
by bodhifollower
Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:57 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Imperfect morality and sotapanna
Replies: 153
Views: 4682

Re: Imperfect morality and sotapanna

I don't know, but I think in my opinion probably but its wisely not something the Buddha mentioned. How would it be to say, yes these stream enterers can break all morality because they are destined to end karma and be free. That doesn't look good publicly. Hi, wouldn't it be the case, that anyone ...
by bodhifollower
Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Imperfect morality and sotapanna
Replies: 153
Views: 4682

Re: Imperfect morality and sotapanna

But the stream enterer, because of his/her intuitive understanding of karma, will immediately realize the pain that is caused by immorality, so he/she is less likely to do immoral things. These are my opinions. That sounds true :anjali: I only took issue with 'break all morality' because there are ...
by bodhifollower
Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Ciggarettes
Replies: 48
Views: 13409

Re: Ciggarettes

Perhaps smoking is a form of karma. Perhaps there isn't a way to stop. Perhaps there was never a choice to begin. Perhaps the length one smokes is determined by ones karma in the past. Perhaps this a bizarre form of self harm one is determined to carry out on oneself. Perhaps if people quit, it's no...
by bodhifollower
Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: How To See Impermanence ?
Replies: 27
Views: 12810

Re: How To See Impermanence ?

Start with the body. Impermanence-changes shape (fat, muscle, hair growth) changes color (tanning, bruises, blushing) changes position (constantly moving, changing postures, blinking) changes age (baby, child, adult, old age, dead body) voice changes (speech is never the same, sound of voice changes...
by bodhifollower
Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Looking for nice Metta Bhavana meditation (audio).
Replies: 15
Views: 4384

Re: Looking for nice Metta Bhavana meditation (audio).

Think "May all beings feel pleasure." or "May all beings be happy." However you want to translate the original. Just think this all day. The results are wonderful.
by bodhifollower
Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mantra in Theravada (aside from Buddho)
Replies: 18
Views: 8893

Re: Mantra in Theravada (aside from Buddho)

"May all beings feel pleasure." Or "May all beings be happy." However you want to translate it. This was the only mantra taught by the Buddha. He taught this many times but very few actually do it. I find this to be very unsettling in this generation when people have free access to nearly all the Bu...
by bodhifollower
Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Imperfect morality and sotapanna
Replies: 153
Views: 4682

Re: Imperfect morality and sotapanna

I don't know, but I think in my opinion probably but its wisely not something the Buddha mentioned. How would it be to say, yes these stream enterers can break all morality because they are destined to end karma and be free. That doesn't look good publicly. Silabataparamasa, the fetter dropped by th...
by bodhifollower
Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Living remotely isn't for the unenlightened?
Replies: 7
Views: 1523

Re: Living remotely isn't for the unenlightened?

Your quote says it all. Living remotely isn't for the unvirtuous. But if you are virtuous, highly virtuous, not doing the slightest things wise person would censor, the wilderness is very peaceful.
by bodhifollower
Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Entering jhana 1.
Replies: 52
Views: 11995

Re: Entering jhana 1.

Focus on one thing very closely for a long stretch of time. You must have sati the entire time. If you lose sati you will have to start again. If one has the pre requite of parami then one will enter jhana. If not one will feel more peaceful and have less thoughts and be focused.
by bodhifollower
Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How to be happy about other people's achievements, when you don't have it?
Replies: 19
Views: 7050

Re: How to be happy about other people's achievements, when you don't have it?

By practicing the brahmavihara of mudita. "may all beings not lose the good fortunes they have gained." repeat this thought for 10 minutes daily and your appreciation should increase.
by bodhifollower
Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Bringing the mind to stillness
Replies: 14
Views: 4399

Re: Bringing the mind to stillness

Practice both and see which one gives the better results. If you practice insight, note that thoughts, thinking, thinking, or thought, thought, see it's just a thought. See it's nature, it's arises and then ceases, it is like a cloud, it has no core, no substance, it's just made out of awareness, li...
by bodhifollower
Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: One Meditation Subject or Several
Replies: 7
Views: 4375

Re: One Meditation Subject or Several

Just try it and if it works do that and if one subject is better then do that. Do whatever makes you the most happy. At least you are concentrating on dhamma. I think Buddha and his disciples would give people specific objects of concentration but good luck find such a person today...so you'll have ...