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by ajahndoe
Fri Mar 04, 2011 4:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Buddhist country" Lay practice as a model for the rest?
Replies: 24
Views: 2270

Re: "Buddhist country" Lay practice as a model for the rest?

These lists can be true in many cases. Several of the ones from the "non-Buddhist country" list had applied to me in the past.
Thank you for taking the time and effort to think about these things. It is beneficial to contemplate!
by ajahndoe
Fri Mar 04, 2011 4:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The way to Nirvana
Replies: 97
Views: 6801

Re: The way to Nirvana

Nirvana is seeing that craving and attachment (clinging) leads to suffering. Nirvana is seeing that all things are impermanent. Nirvana is seeing that all things are not-self, related and interdependent but of no self-essence. Nirvana is seeing that all things arise from conditions, are supported by...
by ajahndoe
Fri Mar 04, 2011 4:14 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: What carries and accumulates wholesome/unwholesome qualities
Replies: 5
Views: 1647

Re: What carries and accumulates wholesome/unwholesome qualities

There is nothing carried, only related. If you harm someone and they later harm you, this is not because you or any part of you carried anything. It is due to the attachment in the mind of another, a seed planted within their mind which ripens in the form of violence upon you. Causes of related Effe...
by ajahndoe
Fri Mar 04, 2011 4:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is force/violence ever acceptable?
Replies: 6
Views: 489

Re: Is force/violence ever acceptable?

There are no perfect answers or scenarios. Please take the following as it seems reasonable to you. Self-defense is acceptable insofar as the intent is to protect life. If an attacker were to come at you, violence would be acceptable to defend your life as long as the intent is not to kill the attac...
by ajahndoe
Tue Mar 01, 2011 9:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can an arahant become a Buddha?
Replies: 8
Views: 697

Re: Can an arahant become a Tathagata?

There is only seeing things with Right View, and not seeing things with Right View.
What one chooses to do at any point is always an option.
by ajahndoe
Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A Saying of Luang Por Chah's
Replies: 2
Views: 411

Re: A Saying of Luang Por Chah's

If you're looking at a television show, there is sight and sound. There's no one who owns that sight and sound, no self, simply sight and sound. Sight-consciousness, sound-consciousness, emotional feelings, perceptions, all arising and passing at each moment. No owner, no self. "Be the observer, not...
by ajahndoe
Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Problems with admitting stream-entry
Replies: 45
Views: 3768

Re: Problems with admitting stream-entry

I do recall at one point in one of the sutras, the Buddha proclaiming that among all of his monks, the least enlightened had entered the stream (Ananda). I think this was near his death, and it would display the Buddha speaking of another's state of mind, rather than Ananda making any kind of statem...
by ajahndoe
Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:57 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi There
Replies: 4
Views: 451

Re: Hi There

Welcome to the forum. :smile: Be careful about being firmly rooted! Remember it's a raft to lead your mind to the "other shore" of Nirvana. The more we cling to the raft, the more difficult it is to free-flow toward the destination. Use it, but don't take it to be the truth itself. It is only the gu...
by ajahndoe
Sun Feb 27, 2011 7:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Problems with admitting stream-entry
Replies: 45
Views: 3768

Re: Problems with admitting stream-entry

That may be so, but this: All ties — human & divine — have been cut. Having cast off all effluents, cooled am I, unbound. seems to pretty unmistakably say at least "stream-entry." If you'd take it as saying stream-entry, that is what it would be saying, not "stream-enterer". One is the mark of a st...
by ajahndoe
Sun Feb 27, 2011 6:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Problems with admitting stream-entry
Replies: 45
Views: 3768

Re: Problems with admitting stream-entry

That is exactly so! There is nothing strange about the fact that they are similar, indeed this is to be expected from two minds that have both cast off the fetters of the conceptual world. Hi AjahnDoe, A good point that it is not phrased as: "I am an Arahant". But that's also the case with the Buddh...
by ajahndoe
Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:10 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New book of Ajahn Sumedho talks
Replies: 3
Views: 1541

Re: New book of Ajahn Sumedho talks

Interesting, I must have misread! Thank you for the correction and details. :smile:
by ajahndoe
Sun Feb 27, 2011 4:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Problems with admitting stream-entry
Replies: 45
Views: 3768

Re: Problems with admitting stream-entry

It may be worth noting that this women (quoted above) was speaking of her state of mind in comparison to how it used to be, speaking of freedom. This is different from declaring or calling oneself a Stream-Winner, Once-Returner, Non-Returner or Arahant. The difference is subtle, but it is there. Thi...
by ajahndoe
Sun Feb 27, 2011 4:21 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New book of Ajahn Sumedho talks
Replies: 3
Views: 1541

Re: New book of Ajahn Sumedho talks

Ajahn Chah spoke directly and simply of the truth, and Ajahn Sumedho is not only his student, but also the first to open a Thai Forest monastery in the USA.
by ajahndoe
Sat Feb 26, 2011 10:19 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Vipassana Experience
Replies: 3
Views: 1581

Re: Vipassana Experience

Well done. :smile:
by ajahndoe
Sat Feb 26, 2011 10:04 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Different emphasis on the Eightfold Path at different times
Replies: 8
Views: 539

Re: Different emphasis on the Eightfold Path at different times

When there is one area where you feel you are lacking, you should focus on that area. This is Right Effort, and it applies to all factors of the Noble Eightfold Path. So the short answer is Yes.
by ajahndoe
Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Problems with admitting stream-entry
Replies: 45
Views: 3768

Re: Problems with admitting stream-entry

Nibbida: Yes, it's a play on words. Well spotted! :smile:
by ajahndoe
Sat Feb 26, 2011 7:54 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Spotting an Arahant
Replies: 14
Views: 2367

Re: Spotting an Arahant

The mind that sees, hears, smells, tastes, feels (body/touch), thinks/cognizes, perceives, remembers, is aware of emotional feelings.
The mind that sees these words.
by ajahndoe
Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Problems with admitting stream-entry
Replies: 45
Views: 3768

Re: Problems with admitting stream-entry

One's tradition may prohibit such a claim, for various reasons. One may not truly have entered the stream, not having any real reference to recognize their own awakened state. Others may distrust such a claim, leading to divisiveness and bickering, aversion toward such a one. One may attach to the ...
by ajahndoe
Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:21 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Spotting an Arahant
Replies: 14
Views: 2367

Re: Spotting an Arahant

You wouldn't believe them if they told you, because you see enlightenment as something special and beyond normal reach. They see simply what is here, fully accepting the temporal nature of their lives and all phenomena. Mind and matter. Sights, sounds, tastes, bodily sensations, smells and mental fo...
by ajahndoe
Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:36 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Question about reincarnation
Replies: 19
Views: 2343

Re: Question about reincarnation

Reincarnation is not the doctrine of Theravada Buddhism. It is a teaching of Vajrayana, also known as Tibetan Buddhism. Theravada teaches "rebirth", which is the arising of new consciousness based on the clinging of past consciousness. This is not "you", not "self" or "soul".