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by dhamma_spoon
Sat Aug 21, 2010 6:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Battling fatigue and drowsiness while sitting
Replies: 20
Views: 1572

Re: Battling fatigue and drowsiness while sitting

In my experience (and that of many others I think), there is absolutely no point battling. This is mind trying to fight against itself/ rejecting the actual circumstances of life. Instead, just notice that you are sleepy, notice that you are more distracted, notice even that you just nodded off for...
by dhamma_spoon
Sun Aug 15, 2010 5:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How common is stream entry?
Replies: 507
Views: 60319

Re: How common is stream entry?

The four levels of Awakening are defined by the extent to which they cut the ten fetters by which the mind binds itself to conditioned experience. .. .. .. "In this community of monks there are monks who, with the total ending of [the first] three fetters, are stream-winners, steadfast, never again...
by dhamma_spoon
Sun Aug 15, 2010 3:13 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What's going to happen to YOU when you die?
Replies: 26
Views: 1715

Re: What's going to happen to YOU when you die?

Greetings, If time is not unconditioned, it is conditioned. It therefore arises with all conditioned phenomena. Dependently. Or.... "time" is just a concept, and it only arises (in its capacity as a concept) when somebody conceives of it. Metta, Retro. :) Thanks, Retro. I also understand 'time as a...
by dhamma_spoon
Sun Aug 15, 2010 3:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How common is stream entry?
Replies: 507
Views: 60319

Re: How common is stream entry?

According to the Pali Commentary, six types of defilement would be abandoned by a Sotāpanna: 1.Envy 2.Jealousy 3.Hypocrisy 4.Fraud 5.Denigration 6.Domineering it seems a rare person ideed who has given up these. Hi, Superstar - I only have learned from the suttas that Stream-winners have eradicated...
by dhamma_spoon
Sun Aug 15, 2010 2:50 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Angkhara Khom
Replies: 1
Views: 518

Re: Angkhara Khom

Hi, friend Dai Zhi Qiang -

Can you give me a clue about 'Angkhara Khom (ancient form of Cambodian script)' and why was it used for writing 'Katha in Pali in Thailand'?

Thanks. :stirthepot:
by dhamma_spoon
Sat Aug 14, 2010 6:35 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: self
Replies: 64
Views: 3909

Re: self

When I spoke with my sister about some relationship trouble, I wanted to say something about Not-self. But of course she isn't Buddhist, she's christian, which would make such a statement pretty unsettling to her. What I did say was that, if she defined herself by what was past, that she'd poison t...
by dhamma_spoon
Sat Aug 14, 2010 6:13 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What's going to happen to YOU when you die?
Replies: 26
Views: 1715

Re: What's going to happen to YOU when you die?

PeterB wrote:There is one possible answer to your question in my reply Dhamma Spoon.
So, please kindly advise ... what is that answer, Peter?
:juggling: :thinking: :jawdrop:
by dhamma_spoon
Sat Aug 14, 2010 6:01 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: self
Replies: 64
Views: 3909

Re: self

Hi, all - I hope my thought below does not sound too sarcastic to you. A weight-loss ad reads : 'How to stop eating, once and for all?" It doesn't make sense to educate an overweight person : 'Who eats? There is no one eating.' How would such empty "no-self" philosophy help a fat person who wants to...
by dhamma_spoon
Sat Aug 14, 2010 5:49 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What's going to happen to YOU when you die?
Replies: 26
Views: 1715

Re: What's going to happen to YOU when you die?

Are you suggesting that time is unconditioned ? No, Peter, I did not. But this question you asked is a separate issue from the one I had asked you earlier! [i.e. How do you know and can you show that "time arises dependently with all dhammas"?] All I know about time is that it is a concept that is ...
by dhamma_spoon
Sat Aug 14, 2010 5:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What's going to happen to YOU when you die?
Replies: 26
Views: 1715

Re: What's going to happen to YOU when you die?

Brilliant. And of course where he has ended up is the same position as Ajahn Buddhadasa or Lung Por Chah. That questions of after death states or Rebirth or " eternal life" only come about when we lose sight of the fact that in reality there is only now. That questions about Rebirth or Non Rebirth ...
by dhamma_spoon
Sat Aug 14, 2010 2:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Spelling/translation please?
Replies: 17
Views: 1137

Re: Spelling/translation please?

I need my Native speakers again!! First: How do you call a relationship that is only about sex? (sorry, I'm translating a website about relationships :embarassed: ) ... ... Can I say it like this? :? We call it : Put somebody in a drawer. You can 't get out of a drawer anymore. . Thanks! :anjali: H...
by dhamma_spoon
Sat Aug 14, 2010 3:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wise Understanding of Dukkha
Replies: 18
Views: 2134

Re: Wise Understanding of Dukkha

Dear Dhamma friend TMing (and other readers) - I found myself nodding often as I was reading through your Dhamma-wise comment. Yes, I totally agree with your suggestion. :thanks: TMing: "Perfect renunciation is one cause of liberation. Disenchantment is one cause of perfect renunciation. Disenchantm...
by dhamma_spoon
Fri Aug 13, 2010 9:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wise Understanding of Dukkha
Replies: 18
Views: 2134

Re: Wise Understanding of Dukkha

I think there is a big difference in looking for the TRUTH of suffering (understanding, insight based) as opposed to the EMOTION of suffering (mood, feeling). One leads to letting go, the other, perhaps worsening of the problem, perhaps understanding its roots. with metta RYB Thank you for making t...
by dhamma_spoon
Fri Aug 13, 2010 11:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: difficult situation
Replies: 53
Views: 3662

Re: difficult situation

Vepacitta wrote:Hey Dhamma
Spoon - you put that post in the wrong thread - I opened up a new thread for this :D

V.
Hi, Vepacitta -

Where do I find that "new thread", friend?

:thanks:
by dhamma_spoon
Fri Aug 13, 2010 2:49 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: difficult situation
Replies: 53
Views: 3662

Re: difficult situation

Hey Asura, -

Thank you for setting up a new thread for that topic, my friend.

Dhamma_spoon :woohoo:
by dhamma_spoon
Thu Aug 12, 2010 8:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: difficult situation
Replies: 53
Views: 3662

Wholesome, taints and sense restraint

Perhaps we should start a topic on restraint, wholesome behaviour, removal of the taints? Hi, Asura Vepacitta and all - Thank you for the wholesome initiation. :soap: Below I provide the necessary sutta background to assist us in this discussion. 1. Wholesome and Unwholesome "Killing living beings ...
by dhamma_spoon
Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:45 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: difficult situation
Replies: 53
Views: 3662

Re: difficult situation

:stirthepot: Isn't you're arm tired yet?! :tongue: Perhaps we should start a topic on restraint, wholesome behaviour, removal of the taints? I'm down. I'll look for it tomorrow. Good discussion everyone. Hi, SDC and Asura - Good point! Yes, I'm tired too (stirring the Dhamma pot for too long)! Okay...
by dhamma_spoon
Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:40 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: difficult situation
Replies: 53
Views: 3662

Re: difficult situation

Perhaps we should start a topic on restraint, wholesome behaviour, removal of the taints? Hi Asura Vepacitta - Please do! Let me provide an excellent source of sutta that treats both wholesomeness and taints ! http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.009.ntbb.html" onclick="window.open(this.hr...
by dhamma_spoon
Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: difficult situation
Replies: 53
Views: 3662

Re: difficult situation

I see that danger too -- the danger of biasedness. Yes, an unwholesome sanna (perception, label) CAN make the mind tend to "dwell" in a wrong (unwholesome) domain. Would you suggest that a) we develop positive sanna, or 2) we completely abandon sanna? So funny that you say this. I was reviewing Ven...
by dhamma_spoon
Wed Aug 11, 2010 11:49 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: difficult situation
Replies: 53
Views: 3662

Re: difficult situation

"What was Fonzie?" "C ... cool?" "That's right - Fonzie was cool. So that's what we're all gonna be right now. We're gonna be cool." -Pulp Fiction 8-) Speaking of term - unwholesome v wholesome - I understand (really!) that people can change. Whether they actually do or not - well - it's rare in my...