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by manas
Sun Jun 14, 2020 4:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: LIke a moth to a flame, again; a difficult sutta. Can somone help?
Replies: 12
Views: 388

Re: LIke a moth to a flame, again; a difficult sutta. Can somone help?

I WILL REPLY TO THE OTHER POSTS LATER. I think the topic has been resolved, actually, and I look forward to reading more of your replies, got to go for now.

So glad this site exists! thanks David and everyone else who keeps it going! Much merit to all.

:anjali:
by manas
Sun Jun 14, 2020 4:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: LIke a moth to a flame, again; a difficult sutta. Can somone help?
Replies: 12
Views: 388

Re: LIke a moth to a flame, again; a difficult sutta. Can somone help?

From where I currently stand, on this side of the river, so to speak - I don't understand this. Has the Buddha relinquished delight in anything at all, even Unbinding? How is that happiness, to not enjoy anything at all, not even release? Which in other places, he says is 'the Highest happiness" an...
by manas
Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Can we use Breath Meditation When It’s Hard to Breathe?
Replies: 5
Views: 420

Re: Can we use Breath Meditation When It’s Hard to Breathe?

In my experience, yes. Quite a few years ago, I had received an injury which resulted in having a broken rib which had puncutured my spleen . I was bleeding internally, and my ablility to breathe had diminished to just a little movement, due to the pain. Also I did not want to rupture the spleen eve...
by manas
Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: LIke a moth to a flame, again; a difficult sutta. Can somone help?
Replies: 12
Views: 388

Re: LIke a moth to a flame, again; a difficult sutta. Can somone help?

AN 10.58 indicates that delight and desire are synonymous 'All phenomena are rooted in desire'. In other suttas arahants are heard saying nibbana is delightful, and others smile in contemplating attainment. I read in a few places, some, upon attaining final release, 'sang paens of joy' while walkin...
by manas
Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: LIke a moth to a flame, again; a difficult sutta. Can somone help?
Replies: 12
Views: 388

Re: LIke a moth to a flame, again; a difficult sutta. Can somone help?

Now once more, I want to confront a phrase that disturbs me. Clearly, there's still a hole in my tooth, so to speak, in terms of understanding. "delight is the root of suffering". Well. Finally - after many years - I've come around to being able to 'delight in the Buddha's words". Does that lead to...
by manas
Sat Jun 13, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: LIke a moth to a flame, again; a difficult sutta. Can somone help?
Replies: 12
Views: 388

LIke a moth to a flame, again; a difficult sutta. Can somone help?

Hello all. I've come a long way over the years (when you consider I was a god-seeking Eternalist when I first arrived, who was nevertheless attracted to the deep wisdom of the Buddha, and how his doctrine made more sense than the often dogmatic, fundamentalist rantings of Theistic religions, even my...
by manas
Wed Jun 10, 2020 3:23 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: 'six habits without abandoning which it is not possible to practice the satipaṭṭhānas properly'
Replies: 2
Views: 183

'six habits without abandoning which it is not possible to practice the satipaṭṭhānas properly'

This is so helpful for anyone on the Path of satipatthana / jhana practice, I decided to post it here. The current situation (socially) actually lends itself to practising more intensively, judging by what is said here. Cha, bhikkhave, dhamme appahāya abhabbo ajjhattaṃ kāye kāy-anupassī viharituṃ. T...
by manas
Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: kukucca
Replies: 13
Views: 406

Re: kukucca

Hi, an interesting question. I am not knowledgeable in pali, however: I suspect that, like the other mental hindrances to meditation, it's a negative quality of mind to be abandoned, whereas hiri-otappa (moral shame & fear of consequences of wrong-doing) are said to be positive qualities, 'guardians...
by manas
Wed Jun 03, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Living with intact sila is making me more confident man in soceity and many more
Replies: 25
Views: 873

Re: Living with intact sila is making me more confident man in soceity and many more

Dear friends, I am not 100% perfect in moral disciple but recent week i took lets do intact sila with no lust thought, no angry, follow truthfulness, ponder on 3 charecterisitc, radiate good thoughts on anyone as per ur wish.. even thought i did have some slight angry and lust thoughts i removed th...
by manas
Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:27 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Body Odor stinks to high heaven
Replies: 36
Views: 7607

Re: Body Odor stinks to high heaven

Before deodorant became common in the 1800s, body odor was a thing which people didn't bother about, and many people washed just a couple of times a year, or once a month. It's a modern conceit that we shouldn't be smelling the body. It's natural. Just like animals, we smell. In other words, our bo...
by manas
Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is a monk sitting next to nun during talk ok with Vinaya?
Replies: 12
Views: 1934

Re: Is a monk sitting next to nun during talk ok with Vinaya?

during a talk, he appeared to be sitting next to a nun, ie, on the same raised platform, they sat approximately one metre apart I'd estimate. It depends on 2 key questions: 1. Were they together all by themselves in one room? 2. If there were other people in the room, were the other people within h...
by manas
Thu Mar 05, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is a monk sitting next to nun during talk ok with Vinaya?
Replies: 12
Views: 1934

Re: Is a monk sitting next to nun during talk ok with Vinaya?

during a talk, he appeared to be sitting next to a nun, ie, on the same raised platform, they sat approximately one metre apart I'd estimate. It depends on 2 key questions: 1. Were they together all by themselves in one room? 2. If there were other people in the room, were the other people within h...
by manas
Thu Mar 05, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is a monk sitting next to nun during talk ok with Vinaya?
Replies: 12
Views: 1934

Is a monk sitting next to nun during talk ok with Vinaya?

I wasn't sure if my eyes were deceiving me, but I think I saw a well-known monk - please, I do not want any names mentioned, let's keep this impersonal - but during a talk, he appeared to be sitting next to a nun, ie, on the same raised platform, they sat approximately one metre apart, I'd estimate....
by manas
Wed Mar 04, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Dealing with Depression and Anxiety
Replies: 39
Views: 7412

Re: Dealing with Depression and Anxiety

I could go on. But it seems clearer and clearer to me that morality and living by the "rules" and believing that someone is watching and keeping an account of what we do might make us mentally sick. I used to think kamma worked like that, but I now believe no-one need be watching, for kamma to work...
by manas
Wed Mar 04, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Zen master teachings better than gotama buddhas teaching?
Replies: 31
Views: 3032

Re: Zen master teachings better than gotama buddhas teaching?

manas To be a bit more clear, instead of getting lost in the vast maze of concepts, views and obsessions the Buddha teaches the Dhamma via the middle. Its good to bear in mind what Nama-rupa is: “And what [monks] is name-&-form? Feeling, perception, intention, contact, & attention : This is called ...