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by Digity
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should I read "Manual for Insight"?
Replies: 13
Views: 252

Re: Should I read "Manual for Insight"?

alan wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:20 am
No, you should not.
Too difficult to understand for a beginner, and even if you are not, there is no use reading the commentaries. Much better to spend your time on the original teachings.
Are you implying that the commentaries are incorrect?
by Digity
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should I read "Manual for Insight"?
Replies: 13
Views: 252

Re: Should I read "Manual for Insight"?

JamesTheGiant wrote:
Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:02 am
Digity wrote:
Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:06 am
Should I read "Manual for Insight"?
You can start reading it, but I can guarantee you won't get to the end of it!
Why do you say that? I think it's a fascinating read for a Buddhist meditator.
by Digity
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should I read "Manual for Insight"?
Replies: 13
Views: 252

Re: Should I read "Manual for Insight"?

I took the book out from the library but now plan to buy it. I'm at Chapter 4 and plan to read the whole thing. I'm finding it fascinating and it's confirming and also explaining a lot of different understandings I had of the teachings.
by Digity
Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Television non-watchers - have you noticed positive effects?
Replies: 28
Views: 888

Re: Television non-watchers - have you noticed positive effects?

I mostly abstained from watching tv for the month of March, with some small exceptions of video watching....I did it as an experiment. The biggest issue I had was a sense of boredom and not knowing what to do with myself when I was at home with nothing to do. I think part of the problem is a lack of...
by Digity
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: The Daily Tejaniya
Replies: 29
Views: 3883

Re: The Daily Tejaniya

I'm a big fan of Sayadaw U Tejaniya. I can sometimes be too uptight, so his relaxed style is good for me.
by Digity
Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should I read "Manual for Insight"?
Replies: 13
Views: 252

Should I read "Manual for Insight"?

I started to read "Manual for Insight" by Mahasi Sayadaw, but I see that it bases a lot of stuff on the commentaries. I've mostly ignored the commentaries up to this point and just studied the "original" teachings. That's why I'm hesitant to finish the book, because I'm not sure if I can trust stuff...
by Digity
Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the practical use of this body?
Replies: 21
Views: 390

Re: What is the practical use of this body?

[When this was said, the Blessed One responded:] "I tell you, friend, that it is not possible by traveling to know or see or reach a far end of the cosmos where one does not take birth, age, die, pass away, or reappear. But at the same time, I tell you that there is no making an end of suffering & ...
by Digity
Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kamma determined birth ?
Replies: 44
Views: 732

Re: Kamma determined birth ?

I wonder why you listen to a scholar and ignore the Buddha. You're always listening to a scholar. The Buddha, apart from speaking very poor English, is unfortunately dead. We are always reliant upon a string of translators and interpreters. That's the irony of the statement...without scholars would...
by Digity
Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Does negative thinking matter?
Replies: 37
Views: 657

Re: Does negative thinking matter?

It all comes down to neuroplasticity. Whatever mental habit you practice becomes more ingrained. If you keep indulging in negativity then it gets easier and easier to do it. Have you ever been around someone who is super negative? Did you enjoy it? Did it give you the sense that this was an "enlight...
by Digity
Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are spiritual people depressed and unhappy and poor?
Replies: 33
Views: 968

Re: Are spiritual people depressed and unhappy and poor?

I think people who seek out a path like Buddhism see that something is off about life. They see the problems and are aware of all the anxieties that come with existing. I think they're more acutely aware and sensitive to the pains in life. This can lead to a depressed an anxious disposition, but the...
by Digity
Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kamma determined birth ?
Replies: 44
Views: 732

Re: Kamma determined birth ?

I couldn't believe it when I read this sutta....it says that human rebirth happens by sheer coincidence: SN 56.48 Chiggala Sutta: The Hole https://accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn56/sn56.048.than.html "Monks, suppose that this great earth were totally covered with water, and a man were to toss a ...
by Digity
Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: has the smartphone destroyed a generation
Replies: 38
Views: 971

Re: has the smartphone destroyed a generation

You can't put the genie back in the bottle. Smartphones are here to stay. We need to learn how to live with them in a healthy way. I think it's possible but requires discipline in terms of usage.
by Digity
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Structuring lay life
Replies: 103
Views: 3217

Re: Structuring lay life

Yeah, I don't think I have the discipline to be a full time monk, but I continue to practice in my own way as a lay follower. Each year I try to become a bit more disciplined in my practice. I've sort of settled on the gradual approach...for me it's a marathon not a race. However, I admire those who...
by Digity
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?
Replies: 34
Views: 870

Re: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?

I sometimes like to sit in the bath and read (laugh if you want). I can be there for three hours sometimes. Sometimes I like to read Dhamma at that time or listen to a Dhamma talk. It never seemed inappropriate to me, until I heard about not reading a Dhamma book in the washroom. I heard about that ...
by Digity
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Dumbbell Training
Replies: 10
Views: 358

Re: Dumbbell Training

I'm pursuing calisthenics. You won't get big doing that sort of workout, but you can gain impressive strength and power. It also makes you more flexible and balanced, since some of the more advanced moves require a lot of stability in your core, etc. I use to do heavy weightlifting, but it just wasn...
by Digity
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:15 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?
Replies: 34
Views: 870

Re: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?

What if you like to take long baths and read...would it be offensive to read a Dhamma book in the bath tub or on your phone?
by Digity
Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Finding Mahasi Sayadaw Meditation difficult
Replies: 29
Views: 900

Re: Finding Mahasi Sayadaw Meditation difficult

I have no formal training in this approach but have toyed with it in the past. It seems noting is nothing more than recognizing what your internal state is at any given moment. If you are angry, you're angry. If you're blissful, you're blissful. What is the 'problem' doing this? Why would it stress...
by Digity
Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Finding Mahasi Sayadaw Meditation difficult
Replies: 29
Views: 900

Re: Finding Mahasi Sayadaw Meditation difficult

Hi Digity If you like the general framework of Burmese Vipassana but find that noting makes you racey and stressed out, besides heeding Mike's advice and that of other's that are experienced with this approach, I would recommend exploring the teachings of Sayadaw U Tejaniya. His basic approach is m...
by Digity
Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Finding Mahasi Sayadaw Meditation difficult
Replies: 29
Views: 900

Re: Finding Mahasi Sayadaw Meditation difficult

Thanks, I'll have a listen.
by Digity
Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Finding Mahasi Sayadaw Meditation difficult
Replies: 29
Views: 900

Re: Finding Mahasi Sayadaw Meditation difficult

Hi Dignity, Yes, perhaps you're trying too hard. I'm not sure it's easy to learn any approach without some personal instruction, but if you are interested in this approach, the next best thing might be to listen to one of Patrick Kearney's retreat recordings, which I've linked here: https://dhammaw...