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by ricketybridge
Tue May 24, 2011 11:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha said that there were no secret teachings.
Replies: 27
Views: 2317

Re: The Buddha said that there were no secret teachings.

Can someone direct me to the secret teachings that Buddha kept so secret that he pretended they didn't exist? I desire to read them myself.

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by ricketybridge
Tue May 24, 2011 5:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Most Amazing Photo Ever Taken (?)
Replies: 18
Views: 2577

Re: The Most Amazing Photo Ever Taken (?)

Some of the reports about some of the formless jhanas are of similar vein. Yep. As far as my experience has shown me, contemplating an image like this photo is basically all you need for the "boundless space" jhana. As for how it affects our day-to-day, although on the one hand you could say, "oh m...
by ricketybridge
Thu May 19, 2011 5:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Lighter Side of Dukkha
Replies: 8
Views: 1201

Re: The Lighter Side of Dukkha

christopher::: wrote:Some more...

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lol that's fantastic. :)
christopher::: wrote:Well okay :smile: but i was hoping others would also jump in and share stuff....
I got nothin! You're on your own. Keep 'em comin! :)
by ricketybridge
Wed May 18, 2011 9:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Lighter Side of Dukkha
Replies: 8
Views: 1201

Re: The Lighter Side of Dukkha

lol love it
by ricketybridge
Thu May 12, 2011 9:20 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Salutations from Sunny SoCal!
Replies: 9
Views: 978

Re: Salutations from Sunny SoCal!

Hey Dan, I'm in SoCal myself! LA, to be specific. :) Welcome.
by ricketybridge
Thu May 12, 2011 6:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do you believe in Arahants?
Replies: 28
Views: 3636

Re: Do you believe in Arahants?

ancientbuddhism wrote:“Nowadays I am fully resigned from suffering.”
Much better than my current state: fully resigned to suffering. Heh.
by ricketybridge
Thu May 12, 2011 6:42 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The best that one can do?
Replies: 8
Views: 1051

Re: The best that one can do?

The recent notes I've made to myself is this: Whatever you are aware right now, let go of clinging. Do it every moment, every day, until you are fully Awakened. And even then, continue doing it for pleasant abiding in the here and now. The awareness can be of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, bod...
by ricketybridge
Thu May 12, 2011 12:46 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do you believe in Arahants?
Replies: 28
Views: 3636

Re: Do you believe in Arahants?

The title "The Path to Arahantship" is not what I would call being coy. :smile: I think it is clear from what is in there that Ajahn Maha Boowa was saying he was an arahant and he was describing in detail the practice to get to that point. And he just died a few months ago so.. there ya go. http://...
by ricketybridge
Wed May 11, 2011 10:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: a few wise words please
Replies: 8
Views: 799

Re: a few wise words please

Don't recall. (Let go of what has passed) Don't imagine. (Let go of what may come) Don't think. (Let go of what is happening now) Don't examine. (Don't try to figure anything out) Don't control. (Don't try to make anything happen) Rest. (Relax, right now, and rest) Oh man, I like those. Thanks. :)
by ricketybridge
Wed May 11, 2011 10:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: a few wise words please
Replies: 8
Views: 799

Re: a few wise words please

These helped me a bunch just now (being upset myself): When a person lives heedlessly, his craving grows like a creeping vine. He runs now here & now there, as if looking for fruit: a monkey in the forest. If this sticky, uncouth craving overcomes you in the world, your sorrows grow like wild grass ...
by ricketybridge
Mon May 09, 2011 11:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do you believe in Arahants?
Replies: 28
Views: 3636

Re: Do you believe in Arahants?

Kenshou wrote:I think the Dalai Lama would be a little disappointed if he were an arahant, don't you think? Kind of throws off the Mahayana path, and that would be the end of the dalai lamas too!
lol, enlightened, whatever.
by ricketybridge
Mon May 09, 2011 10:38 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do you believe in Arahants?
Replies: 28
Views: 3636

Re: Do you believe in Arahants?

This is slightly OT, but I don't really understand why it's expected or desirable for an arahant to be all coy about their enlightenment. I certainly understand the impulse to judge and be suspicious of anyone who claims such a thing, but if the Buddha himself didn't make it such a secret, why shoul...
by ricketybridge
Mon May 09, 2011 6:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What happened?
Replies: 22
Views: 2242

Re: What happened?

My mind went extremely quiet and there was a much deeper awareness of this silence. Unlike other occasions when this has happened, the silence/space kind of expanded in all directions at once and it felt as if I was within some gigantic space of peace. This description could very well be a descript...
by ricketybridge
Tue May 03, 2011 11:52 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Vipassana recreates infancy?
Replies: 33
Views: 4353

Re: Vipassana recreates infancy?

ok cool, thanks all.
by ricketybridge
Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:33 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Vipassana recreates infancy?
Replies: 33
Views: 4353

Re: Vipassana recreates infancy?

A lot of verbal thought are based on defilements of craving, conceit and views. We cannot have a purified mind with these floating about generally causing us to be living in the past or the future. The present moment is free from thought (the experience of it, that is). We need to be in the present...
by ricketybridge
Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:18 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Frightening experience
Replies: 10
Views: 2454

Re: Frightening experience

I've just been meditating for 15 minutes and some really horrible images were coming up, very disturbing. I suddenly feel frightened, I'm shaking with anxiety and feel like crying. Is this normal? If not maybe I should just stick to samada for now? I have a history of depression and I thought Vippa...
by ricketybridge
Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Jhanas v. Vipassana
Replies: 160
Views: 12564

Re: Jhanas v. Vipassana

Cool. Thanks, row.
by ricketybridge
Fri Apr 29, 2011 6:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Jhanas v. Vipassana
Replies: 160
Views: 12564

Re: Jhanas v. Vipassana

Samatha (jhana) and vipassana has been likened to the two wheels of the chariot of the noble eightfold path. If you have both it is best to develop them both further. I'm actually a bit curious as to why that is--although primarily in regards to the seventh and eighth jhanas. Jhanas 1-6 make sense ...
by ricketybridge
Fri Apr 29, 2011 4:57 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Breaking the fourth precept at the water cooler
Replies: 8
Views: 1388

Re: Breaking the fourth precept at the water cooler

Well, I did take a look at the source in which the paragraph was found, to see further reasoning or justification for that view, so it's not like I took it right off the bat. Furthermore, yeah, of course it's the answer I was looking for; it's the one that seemed most reasonable. If someone had said...
by ricketybridge
Fri Apr 29, 2011 12:02 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Breaking the fourth precept at the water cooler
Replies: 8
Views: 1388

Re: Breaking the fourth precept at the water cooler

Perfect. Thanks so much. :)