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by phil
Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:47 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is being born as a-sexual good or bad
Replies: 13
Views: 543

Re: Is being born as a-sexual good or bad

Yeah, many meditators trying to avoid sexual activities by practicing asubha meditation and some of them fail. But you can see that skillful monks having great benefits from asubha meditation. A bit off topic but worth noting there is a sutta in which someone is asked how the young monks can live s...
by phil
Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: three marks of conditioned dhammas: origination, presence, cessation
Replies: 10
Views: 130

Re: three marks of conditioned dhammas: origination, presence, cessation

WIth respect to presence, could someone help me find the sutta that says that one of the ways that the Dhamma is confirmable by the wise (?, I forget the exact words used) is the presence or absence of lust, hatred etc?
by phil
Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: twice-a-night sleep
Replies: 7
Views: 98

Re: twice-a-night sleep

. I . I can't recall seeing any reference to it in literature written before the 20th Centur Yeah I had the same reaction when I heard about it , have read a fair bit of 19th century lit and don't recall references. If it didn't match my own sleep pattern so closely I wouldn't have paid much attenti...
by phil
Sat Oct 21, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: three marks of conditioned dhammas: origination, presence, cessation
Replies: 10
Views: 130

Re: three marks of conditioned dhammas: origination, presence, cessation

mikenz66 wrote:
Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:43 am
Hi Phil,
phil wrote:
Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:27 am
I was wondering about that. Was it first taught in the abhidhammattha-sangaha? ...
No, that's all in the Visuddhimagga (and presumably the commentaries that the VM summarizes). The abhidhammattha-sangaha is much later than the VM.
I see, thanks.
by phil
Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: twice-a-night sleep
Replies: 7
Views: 98

Re: twice-a-night sleep

Also the suttas sometimes refer to "first watch" of the night when describing/prescribing mindfulness of activities if I'm not mistaken. The article also refers to that. That could tie in with taking turns on watch against those village raiding daicots in more savage times of course.
by phil
Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: three marks of conditioned dhammas: origination, presence, cessation
Replies: 10
Views: 130

Re: three marks of conditioned dhammas: origination, presence, cessation

[] I suspect you mean the Commentaries. I am not aware of anything about infinitesimally small time periods in the Canonical Abhidhamma. I was wondering about that. Was it first taught in the abhidhammattha-sangaha? If I'm not mistaken the 17 (?) moments of the citta process were though I'm happy to...
by phil
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: twice-a-night sleep
Replies: 7
Views: 98

twice-a-night sleep

Interested to hear a BBC podcast on how the notion of sleeping straight through the night originated in the 20th century, until then it was the norm for people to sleep for a few hours and then get up in the middle of the night to do this and that and then go back to bed That has been my patten for ...
by phil
Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: three marks of conditioned dhammas: origination, presence, cessation
Replies: 10
Views: 130

Re: three marks of conditioned dhammas: origination, presence, cessation

Thanks Paul, that's the one In the sutta above the arising, persistence, and subsiding are not measured in the infinitesimal small time periods used to categorise arising and falling of dhammas in Abhidhamma. The timeframes are more 'conventional', if you will. Yes that definitely seems to be the ca...
by phil
Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: three marks of conditioned dhammas: origination, presence, cessation
Replies: 10
Views: 130

three marks of conditioned dhammas: origination, presence, cessation

Interested to find in one of my old notebooks that there are another "three marks" of conditioned dhammas other than annica, anatta, dukkha, namely arising, presence and falling away. And this is apparently in the suttanta, not only in Abhidhamma. Having trouble finding the sutta in question, Dr. Go...
by phil
Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Stopping eating considered a suicide?
Replies: 18
Views: 610

Re: Stopping eating considered a suicide?

Please keep in mind that in the Buddhist sense we are always "eating" and that "you are what you eat" refers to what we experience through all the sense doors, and what we think and intend as well as physical nutriment. So when dealing with the world, with people, I try to keep in mind what you are ...
by phil
Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: cheerios commercial
Replies: 23
Views: 405

Re: cheerios commercial

Slightly off topic, but I was strangely excited by a Captain Crunch commercial when I was 8, which means around 1968. Someone was tied up and dipped in milk, either the captain, or a pirate, and I think it has caused me vipalassastic distortions ever since. If anyone ever comes across it on Youtube ...
by phil
Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:23 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Indifferent to past form, not delighting in future form
Replies: 2
Views: 66

Re: Indifferent to past form, not delighting in future form

I think that when we think about the past - we either tend to regret things, or feel traumatized by them, or wish we still had things/circumstances that are now gone. When we think about the future, we tend to exaggerate how good it could be, and cling onto a certain view of how it will all turn ou...
by phil
Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:42 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Indifferent to past form, not delighting in future form
Replies: 2
Views: 66

Indifferent to past form, not delighting in future form

Hi all Thanks always for your help with my questions, this is a wonderful forum. There is a passage in SN 22:79 that includes "having reflected thus (that he has been, is being and will be 'devoured by form " he becomes indifferent towards past form) he does not seek delight in future form and he is...
by phil
Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:22 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Prompted/unprompted cittas in the suttanta
Replies: 4
Views: 77

Re: Prompted/unprompted cittas in the suttanta

Thank you all for your feedback, very helpful. :smile:
by phil
Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Prompted/unprompted cittas in the suttanta
Replies: 4
Views: 77

Prompted/unprompted cittas in the suttanta

Listening to a BBC podcast on developing a perfectly ethtical robot, I started thinking about one thing that makes the development of sila so variable in people, the Abhidhamma teaching on prompted and unprompted with respect to cittas. (One teacher I have heard who is very keen on Abhidhamma said t...
by phil
Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Adosa with every kusala citta vs metta as an abiding
Replies: 2
Views: 84

Re: Adosa with every kusala citta vs metta as an abiding

Adosa in another kusala = no wishing that the profit will arise to the others. Because kusala can't do dosa, damage, to anyone, so while kusala arising, it is no dosa, adosa, although there is no wishing that the profit will arise to the others. Adosa in metta = wishing that the profit will arise t...
by phil
Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Adosa with every kusala citta vs metta as an abiding
Replies: 2
Views: 84

Adosa with every kusala citta vs metta as an abiding

Hi all This is carrying over from the fingersnap of metta thread in a different forum, but last night looking through CMA I was reminded that there is adosa with every kusala citta, if I'm not mistaken. So if there is something that is synonymous with metta with every kusala citta, what are we talki...
by phil
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A fingersnap of metta
Replies: 8
Views: 176

Re: A fingersnap of metta

Thanks for your feedback all. The finger snap or whiff of metta makes sense in that technically speaking that is all there can be. The idea of metta as an energy radiating outwards duesn't make sense for those of us who appreciate Abhidhamma.( not everyone's cup of javana, I know.) There can only b...
by phil
Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A fingersnap of metta
Replies: 8
Views: 176

Re: A fingersnap of metta

Thanks for your feedback all. The finger snap or whiff of metta makes sense in that technically speaking that is all there can be. The idea of metta as an energy radiating outwards duesn't make sense for those of us who appreciate Abhidhamma.( not everyone's cup of javana, I know.) There can only be...
by phil
Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Etymology of upekkha
Replies: 6
Views: 182

Re: Etymology of upekkha

Yes, in later Sanskrit reconstruction this word somehow obtained the connotations of superiority, condescendence and disregard. Thanks for your feedback Dmytro and nibbedhika. I suppose it is possible to have the idea of being in a higher position looking down with a kusala meaning, I think of the ...