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by dennis60
Thu May 20, 2010 11:44 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Haikus Of The Way Of The Elders
Replies: 67
Views: 10067

Re: Haikus Of The Way Of The Elders

Hoarfrost spikes have sprung out overnight like the hairs on my chin Awakened at midnight by the sound of the water jar cracking from the ice A pattering of rain on the new eaves brings me awake The skylark: Its voice alone fell, Leaving nothing behind The silence; The voice of the cicadas Penetrate...
by dennis60
Mon May 17, 2010 11:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wisdom & Tranquility: A Calm Mind Does Not Cling?
Replies: 10
Views: 1377

Re: Wisdom & Tranquility: A Calm Mind Does Not Cling?

Well, first of all Ajahn Chah has been at this a long time, and has many people around him with varying views. So i would trust what he has to say about practice. I do think that it is imperative to sit and attain "samahdi". To understand that an "empty mind" is not a stupid or inactive mind. The mi...
by dennis60
Sun May 16, 2010 10:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Contact, Suffering, Cessation Qs?
Replies: 84
Views: 4451

Re: Contact, Suffering, Cessation Qs?

I am not a scholar of Theraveda....but i relate to what you are asking. For me when i am meditating, the chain of identifying with my suffering breaks. It usually occurs about 15 minutes into meditation. When this "break" occurs there is a sense of freedom and relief from the constant reactions that...
by dennis60
Sat May 15, 2010 11:59 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: An open letter.
Replies: 15
Views: 1132

Re: An open letter.

I address this to all..members.. moderators..casual droppers in..everyone. Why are we here on this forum ? I will start by saying that I am here to glean what is necessary to deepen my practice..which is Vipassana and the Brahma Viharas. I am not at all interested beyond what is pragmatic, in Buddh...
by dennis60
Sat May 15, 2010 11:41 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: cetana and sankappa
Replies: 6
Views: 2515

Re: cetana and sankappa

I found this really good source for your question/answer but can not copy and paste it.... so you will have to go to the web site to read it.... http://books.google.com/books?id=GLPGFoLED7sC&pg=PA121&lpg=PA121&dq=definition+cetana+sankappa&source=bl&ots=5PwhVFgd86&sig=bXR8n-bMqLk_aJNHPAvnXoQ6IQI&hl=...
by dennis60
Wed May 12, 2010 10:49 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How to live a Simple Life
Replies: 6
Views: 928

Re: How to live a Simple Life

The monastery has a web site.... http://www.cittaviveka.org/

There is a link at their web site to free dhamma talks in mp3 format at....http://www.dhammatalks.org.uk/
by dennis60
Tue May 11, 2010 11:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: tathata (thusness, suchness)
Replies: 17
Views: 6541

Re: tathata (thusness, suchness)

If you want a real in depth answer or study on "suchness" go to this web page....there is a pdf file at the bottom to get the whole piece... http://www.mcu.ac.th/En/thesisdetails.php?thesis=254736 Here is the beginning of the thesis..... (1) Tathata in the Tripitaka, the Buddhist Scriptures and comm...
by dennis60
Mon May 10, 2010 3:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Layman Arahant
Replies: 45
Views: 7612

Re: Layman Arahant

This is a few paragraphs in an article that addresses your question.... Lay life and arahantship. Though there are many instances of persons attaining spiritual development up to the third stage of non-returner, instances are not many of individuals attaining arahantship while yet being laymen. Yasa...
by dennis60
Sun May 09, 2010 11:49 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Historicity of the Buddha
Replies: 55
Views: 8617

Re: Historicity of the Buddha

I have been practicing Buddhism for about 23 years, but i can understand the original post and the questions and concerns that are expressed therein. Many Buddhists use "scripture" to justify their personal practice, that borders ( sometimes ) on exclusiveness and self righteousness. As the poster h...
by dennis60
Sun May 09, 2010 11:31 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Grettings from Missouri
Replies: 4
Views: 389

Grettings from Missouri

Hi All, I participate on a couple other Buddhist forums. Someone mentioned this forum so here i am. I have been practicing Buddhism for about 23 years. That started when i entered a small Buddhist monastery, of which i am still a resident. I claim no lineage other than the atmosphere of Chan/Zen tha...