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by kirk5a
Fri Feb 12, 2016 3:45 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Conversation on contentment
Replies: 17
Views: 1447

Re: Conversation on contentment

The passage sticks with me as far as ultimate contentment. To me it speaks more to removing the causes for discontent, rather than fabricating contentment. Furthermore, a sage at peace is not born, does not age, does not die, is unagitated, and is free from longing. He has nothing whereby he would b...
by kirk5a
Fri Feb 12, 2016 3:23 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do What???
Replies: 20
Views: 1869

Re: Do What???

The (frequently misrepresented) Kalama sutta is highly relevant. Recommend reading it to your friend. They leave us absolutely uncertain & in doubt: Which of these venerable brahmans & contemplatives are speaking the truth, and which ones are lying?" http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an03/a...
by kirk5a
Thu Jan 07, 2016 6:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Conceptualization of Internal Body Movements
Replies: 11
Views: 1076

Re: Conceptualization of Internal Body Movements

Not sure, I understand you 100% but I think I understand it somewhat. Perhaps, if I were to work with doing this I'll get more of the gist of what you're saying. I'm sure you will. The main point to develop is just like Ajahn Lee said: 6. Spread your awareness — your sense of conscious feeling — th...
by kirk5a
Wed Jan 06, 2016 11:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can you follow the Noble Eight Fold Path by just observing the breath?
Replies: 23
Views: 3062

Re: Can you follow the Noble Eight Fold Path by just observing the breath?

In the full context of what Ajahn Lee taught, absolutely.

Boiling all that down to "just observing the breath" eh, not so much.
by kirk5a
Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Conceptualization of Internal Body Movements
Replies: 11
Views: 1076

Re: Conceptualization of Internal Body Movements

What's the difference between being aware throughout the body and being aware of the body? What I was getting at with "of" is objectifying the body through mental imagery. For example, being aware "in and with" your feet means you are aware right there, with your feet. Your own awareness extends al...
by kirk5a
Wed Jan 06, 2016 4:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Conceptualization of Internal Body Movements
Replies: 11
Views: 1076

Re: Conceptualization of Internal Body Movements

How can one voluntarily move one's body internally without falsely conceptualizing what is going on? By being wakeful and aware throughout the body, not "of" the body. Not getting bogged down in imagining, conceptualizing or "watching yourself." 6. Spread your awareness — your sense of conscious fe...
by kirk5a
Mon Jan 04, 2016 6:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Physical pain and tension
Replies: 18
Views: 1415

Re: Physical pain and tension

Is there a way of working with the "wind element"/other elements that allows one to be more in tune with his or her body and become skillful in creating a sense of ease within the body without deluding oneself in the process? Sure. As I said before, have a look at Ajahn Lee's Method 2. http://www.a...
by kirk5a
Wed Dec 23, 2015 4:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Physical pain and tension
Replies: 18
Views: 1415

Re: Physical pain and tension

Do you think that the body contents, and the cemetery contemplations use imagination or visualisation? I do, yes. Body parts and the body in decay are know to us to some extent or can easily be viewed - where as to seek to create a sensation would be less straight forward. To some extent. Can't see...
by kirk5a
Wed Dec 23, 2015 2:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Physical pain and tension
Replies: 18
Views: 1415

Re: Physical pain and tension

Ben wrote:Imagination plays no part, sorry.
I disagree. The sections of the Satipatthana Sutta, for example, concerning the body contents, and the cemetery contemplations both inherently involve the use of imagination.
by kirk5a
Wed Dec 23, 2015 2:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Physical pain and tension
Replies: 18
Views: 1415

Re: Physical pain and tension

Have a look at Ajahn Lee's Method 2.
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai ... ml#method2
by kirk5a
Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How mindful are you?
Replies: 21
Views: 1404

Re: How mindful are you?

SarathW wrote:Hi Kirk
How about if I am killing with full attention?
Is that mindfulness?
It is not right mindfulness, no. I don't take my personal reminder as defining all aspects of the 8-fold path. But then, that's why it is the eight-fold path - those other aspects have to come into play as well.
by kirk5a
Tue Dec 22, 2015 5:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How mindful are you?
Replies: 21
Views: 1404

Re: How mindful are you?

"Pay attention to what you are doing without thinking of something else."

This is what I "keep in my pocket" as a summary reminder during ordinary activities.
by kirk5a
Mon Dec 21, 2015 8:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the "present moment," dependent origination, impermanence, &c
Replies: 14
Views: 1042

Re: the "present moment," dependent origination, impermanence, &c

"Now these three are unfabricated characteristics of what is unfabricated. Which three? No arising is discernible, no passing away is discernible, no alteration while staying is discernible. "These are three unfabricated characteristics of what is unfabricated." http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit...
by kirk5a
Fri Dec 18, 2015 6:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Theravada acknowledge Subconsciousness?
Replies: 45
Views: 2320

Re: Does Theravada acknowledge Subconsciousness?

Bhikkhu Bodhi's footnote 651 to MN64 may also be relevant here. On the anusayas or underlying tendencies, see n.473. In the commentaries the defilements are distinguished as occurring at three levels: the anusaya level, where they remain as mere latent dispositions in the mind; the pariyutthana leve...
by kirk5a
Fri Dec 18, 2015 6:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Theravada acknowledge Subconsciousness?
Replies: 45
Views: 2320

Re: Does Theravada acknowledge Subconsciousness?

I would call it a thought formed by "the obsession of sensual passion", one of the seven obsessions or underlying tendencies (http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an07/an07.011.than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="wi...
by kirk5a
Fri Dec 18, 2015 4:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Theravada acknowledge Subconsciousness?
Replies: 45
Views: 2320

Re: Does Theravada acknowledge Subconsciousness?

Take my example again: "I like somebody very much. I don't know exactly why and I start investigating why I like this particular person. Then I start having sexual thoughts about this person while exploring my feelings and thoughts. Do these thoughts come from the subconsciousness?" Sure, underlyin...
by kirk5a
Fri Dec 18, 2015 4:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Theravada acknowledge Subconsciousness?
Replies: 45
Views: 2320

Re: Does Theravada acknowledge Subconsciousness?

I prefer "pre-rational" rather than "sub-conscious." We can become aware of everything in the mind. It's just that much of it underlies thinking and is before thinking. The "primal." I think Theravada does acknowledge this, it is the territory of the "underlying tendencies" as suggested earlier. Eve...
by kirk5a
Thu Dec 17, 2015 3:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Cetana?
Replies: 33
Views: 1314

Re: What is Cetana?

How can one walk/talk without Cetana? This is a very good question in my eyes, because of the way it is framed. It shows a underlying misconception quite well. Due to the underlying assumption that there is a person in the first place, walking and talking is considered to be action of that person. ...
by kirk5a
Wed Dec 16, 2015 6:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: not self
Replies: 70
Views: 3070

Re: not self

Pinetree wrote:Also, I don't believe there is any control in the present moment where the practice should happen. So, any reference to control actually interrupts the practice.
You can believe that, but it's incompatible with right effort.
by kirk5a
Wed Dec 16, 2015 5:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: not self
Replies: 70
Views: 3070

Re: not self

Not entirely true, it's something which can be mastered. I can see that it can be interpreted in this way, and I suspect the results would be quite unsatisfactory in this case. Like I said before, I am making a practical point, when you achieve this, give us a buzz, we would like you to teach us. I...