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by manas
Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Path vs Fruit of stream-entry
Replies: 8
Views: 679

Re: Path vs Fruit of stream-entry

This sutta seems to imply, that there are levels of the Path to Stream-entry, as far as I can surmise, and that the transition from Path to Fruit could take as long as the rest of one's current lifetime: Viññana Sutta: Consciousness translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu © 2004 At Savatthi. ...
by manas
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?
Replies: 43
Views: 415

Re: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?

After a lot of satipatthana/vipassana meditation, perhaps being aware of sensations, or whatever kind of satipatthana/vipassana one does... you gradually get a lot of practise just observing aversion to small things, like a pain in the knee, or boredom, or someone sniffing annoyingly in the meditat...
by manas
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?
Replies: 43
Views: 415

Re: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?

bodom wrote:
Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:11 pm
Let the odour stop at the nose. Don't let it enter the heart to give rise to aversion. "In the sensed is only the sensed Bahiya..."

:namaste:
Hi Bodom, this is of course quite profound, and despite my current situation , it is something to work on... :anjali:
by manas
Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?
Replies: 43
Views: 415

Re: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?

Sorry I have to just sum up, but my eyes get sore, if I go on too long. Thank you to everyone, whether I got around to replying specifically to your post, or not. I've received much wholesome, skilful advice. But, I think I've figured out, what is appropriate for me, at this time. Just as I can hand...
by manas
Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?
Replies: 43
Views: 415

Re: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?

My view is that I think the Buddha is suggesting another way here I think you are correct; but maybe I'm not quite ready for it. I'm gravitating to Retro's suggestion regarding the Sabbasava sutta... in my defense, I actually do have a weak stomach at times, no kidding. Once, the combined smells of...
by manas
Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?
Replies: 43
Views: 415

Re: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?

SarathW wrote:
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:42 am
just change carriages?
Just imagine the garbage collectors, plumbers and doctors think the same way.
Do you have any respect for them?
Have you eaten durian?
What about your partner fart inside the doona?
:tongue:
Lucky for me, I'm terminally single nowadays, and a musician by trade. :)
by manas
Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?
Replies: 43
Views: 415

Re: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?

Greetings Manas, I think MN 2: Sabbasava Sutta is a good place to start. The sutta summarises the situation as follows... "Bhikkhus! There are āsavas that should be removed through vision, āsavas that should be removed through restraint, āsavas that should be removed through proper use [of requisit...
by manas
Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does anyone know about 'e-paper e-readers'? Recommendations would be appreciated
Replies: 9
Views: 131

Re: Does anyone know about 'e-paper e-readers'? Recommendations would be appreciated

Aloka wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:52 am

Have you tried an anti-glare screen and/or a coloured overlay, eg blue?

I had problems with excessive screen brightness on my new laptop, so I put an anti -glare screen over it and also a sheet of clear blue overlay and its fine now.


:anjali:
thanks, I will check this out .
by manas
Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does anyone know about 'e-paper e-readers'? Recommendations would be appreciated
Replies: 9
Views: 131

Re: Does anyone know about 'e-paper e-readers'? Recommendations would be appreciated

It's easier for me at this time, to just collectively thank everyone for their replies. :anjali: I like the look of the large reader James posted, I will search for one on ebay. Regarding 'paperwhite', I did read a review of it that was favorable (I think they said you can store and listen to mp3's ...
by manas
Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Never too old
Replies: 15
Views: 305

Re: Never too old

How can any one of us claim we are not afraid of death, since the majority of us cannot recall what it was like all the previous times? How do we know it's not traumatic and difficult? I'd say that for most human beings, it's very difficult and traumatic (based on readings in Buddhism and elsewhere)...
by manas
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?
Replies: 43
Views: 415

How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?

Sense Restraint "And how does a monk guard the doors of his senses? On seeing a form with the eye, he does not grasp at any theme or details by which — if he were to dwell without restraint over the faculty of the eye — evil, unskillful qualities such as greed or distress might assail him. On heari...
by manas
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:45 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Dhamma propagation - most effective form?
Replies: 57
Views: 16688

Re: Dhamma propagation

But, most likely, it would turn as many people off buddhism as the Jehovah Witnesses do re christianity. Next someone will suggest door-knocking in pairs. ...arriving on bicycles, and wearing white shirts and ties. :D I agree with Cooran. I our culture, people are generally so put off by, and under...
by manas
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does anyone know about 'e-paper e-readers'? Recommendations would be appreciated
Replies: 9
Views: 131

Does anyone know about 'e-paper e-readers'? Recommendations would be appreciated

Hello everyone, my eyes are still having problems, and the light from the computer screen doesn't do them any good. I am looking for an e-reader that: 1.uses 'e ink / e paper' (I hear that is much easier on the eyes) 2. has a large screen, the larger the better 3. can connect to the Internet and acc...
by manas
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:55 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Living as Buddhists in an age of 'Information Overload'
Replies: 38
Views: 773

Re: Living as Buddhists in an age of 'Information Overload'

With regard to what is on TV, there is no 'news', just the same tired old story, with different names and faces doing the same old things.
by manas
Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism and alcohol
Replies: 61
Views: 1043

Re: Buddhism and alcohol

Find people you can talk to who will support you in staying sober. The Buddha has said that good companions are the whole of the holy life. I have a lot of friends, everyone says I must stop. A lot of people are worrying for me. I don't want to die. But life seems to be unbearable without alcohol, ...
by manas
Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Euthanasia
Replies: 20
Views: 1002

Re: Euthanasia

Furthermore, it's a great way for Governments to avoid having to put more money into best practice palliative care. It's certainly cheaper to just offer patients a pill that will end their lives.
by manas
Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Euthanasia
Replies: 20
Views: 1002

Re: Euthanasia

I suspect that many older folks in nursing homes, will feel they 'ought' to be euthanized, so as 'not to be a burden' on their loved ones, which would be the wrong reason, but it might well happen.
by manas
Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Never too old
Replies: 15
Views: 305

Re: Never too old

Had a gentle and affectionate pet rabbit, then a few days ago, had to lift her stiffened, .lifeless body out from the hutch. It still hits me right in the heart, but I'm getting used to it. Death usually happens at a time we do not expect, and when we don't want it. Most probably, it will be the sam...
by manas
Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Muslims, Islam, U.S.A and Europe
Replies: 98
Views: 1483

Re: Muslims, Islam and Europe

Everything changes, becomes something else. This is Buddhism 101. Nothing stays the same - not the individual, not things, certainly not countries and cultures. Society is not some fixed, static thing. Not a stone but a river. People are being alarmist with respect to what is really a natural pheno...
by manas
Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How to regard intrusive, unwanted images or thoughts in meditation?
Replies: 21
Views: 354

Re: How to regard intrusive, unwanted images or thoughts in meditation?

Are images or thoughts like this, results of past kamma? Why would they arise, when our current state of mind is predominantly wholesome (ie, trying to meditate)? But perhaps one has some issue with the practice itself, perhaps one has doubts about whether to commit to the Buddhist path or not, or ...