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by paul
Mon May 22, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Resistance/tightness in practicing loving kindness
Replies: 15
Views: 138

Re: Resistance/tightness in practicing loving kindness

Metta is a brahma vihara: "If he fails to attain arahantship (the highest sanctity) here and now, he will be reborn in the brahma-world." -- -AN 11:16. "There is a superior goal [which is arahantship]. And there is an ultimate escape from this whole field of perception." --- AN 3...
by paul
Mon May 22, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Resistance/tightness in practicing loving kindness
Replies: 15
Views: 138

Re: Resistance/tightness in practicing loving kindness

As attachment is abandoned the social attitude of metta must be developed as its outward expression because loving-kindness is relations without desire. But it's not easy to break down previous attitudes and all sorts of pain can be expected. The notion that the Buddhist path is all peace is a publi...
by paul
Sat May 20, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The difference between intention and desire?
Replies: 3
Views: 85

Re: The difference between intention and desire?

Desire is one of the three unwholesome roots and is instinctual, whereas the three wholesome roots are cultivated through definite mental intention and effort. But there is legitimate higher desire which motivates progress in dhamma, without skilful desire it would be impossible to develop the path....
by paul
Thu May 18, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self = Kamma
Replies: 6
Views: 144

Re: Self = Kamma

:goodpost: Self is a product of craving not the other way around. The reference however is MN 44. Self is generated by the unwholesome roots as a recorder and account keeper of attainments, schemes, feuds and failures. So when you stop attachment, you pull the plug on ego. That's why the focus is on...
by paul
Wed May 17, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Question about 'Aryan' origins of the Buddha
Replies: 10
Views: 1267

Re: Question about 'Aryan' origins of the Buddha

The Buddha's teaching was the high point of the Ariyan civilisation in the sense that it initiated a new direction in Indian religion beyond the traditional form. "The Buddha's enlightenment was not merely a private event the took place in the Buddha's own mind, but was an event that ushered in...
by paul
Thu May 11, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddha not being an intermediary/saviour figure, just rhetoric?
Replies: 28
Views: 468

Re: Buddha not being an intermediary/saviour figure, just rhetoric?

“I mean, the attitude of strict adherence to suttas clearly presupposes Buddha as a savior figure without which you cannot be saved. So does the triple refuge formula.” These are puzzling statements as the suttas are the dhamma not the Buddha, and he clearly warned against any focusssing on him and ...
by paul
Mon May 08, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha teach not self?
Replies: 77
Views: 946

Re: Did the Buddha teach not self?

"...when there are the five aggregates as objects of clinging, there comes to be the mere term of common usage "a being", "a person", yet in the ultimate sense, when each component is examined, there is no being as a basis for the assumption "I am" or "I"...
by paul
Mon May 08, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha teach not self?
Replies: 77
Views: 946

Re: Did the Buddha teach not self?

In the Buddha's main discourse on non-self he said it is based and reasoned on the fact of impermanence: "Bhikkhus, how do you conceive it: is form permanent or impermanent?" — "Impermanent, venerable Sir." — "Now is what is impermanent painful or pleasant?" — "Pai...
by paul
Sun May 07, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Samatha & Vipassanā
Replies: 23
Views: 646

Re: Samatha & Vipassanā

That's an imponderable:

“Conjecture about [the origin, etc., of] the world is an unconjecturable that is not to be conjectured about, that would bring madness and vexation to anyone who conjectured about it."---AN 4:77
by paul
Fri May 05, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Being mortal, medicine and what matters in the end
Replies: 12
Views: 1061

Re: Being mortal, medicine and what matters in the end

In the twenty five years that have elapsed since Ajahn Chah's death thankfully there has been a change of attitude in the right direction and now people are much more inclined to let a dying person go at their natural time rather than extending it unnaturally by medical means. "Grief based on t...
by paul
Fri May 05, 2017 6:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Being mortal, medicine and what matters in the end
Replies: 12
Views: 1061

Re: Being mortal, medicine and what matters in the end

"I remember hearing a Dhamma talk about the sickness of Ajahn Chah and that when he was taken to hospital, he refused to take medicine at the beginning, and that he was ready to die, but the Sangha sent him many appeals and requests to reconsider, so he accepted to take the medicine to prolong ...
by paul
Thu May 04, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Is the idea that Nibbāna is seen at each of 4 stages of awakening canonical?
Replies: 14
Views: 278

Re: Is the idea that Nibbāna is seen at each of 4 stages of awakening canonical?

"...I have always read that the fruit of each stage occurs when the mind experiences Nibbāna." According to Vism. it is a gradual development beginning when stream entry is achieved and the mind takes as its object nibbana for the first time. "Change-of-lineage arises which knowledge ...
by paul
Thu May 04, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: A metaphor by Sariputta, in the Mahaparinibbana Sutta.
Replies: 17
Views: 1930

Re: A metaphor by Sariputta, in the Mahaparinibbana Sutta.

It's not a castle it's a frontline fortress and the implication of a fortress is that the dhamma is a battle plan requiring constant vigilance. The Buddha was a member of the warrior class and trained in martial arts, consequently the outlook of the dhamma is as a comprehensive fighting strategy, be...
by paul
Tue May 02, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Relative access of practice
Replies: 5
Views: 219

Re: Relative access of practice

As your profile picture shows, the Buddha directed people to go to a quiet place to meditate and time each day in a quiet environment is essential as a foundation. But when in a busy environment, renunciation of that very environment should be practised, that is, serenity and insight.
by paul
Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: A reflection on the 4 noble truths
Replies: 8
Views: 179

Re: A reflection on the 4 noble truths

Welcome to DW.

"I did not order them..."
They have been ordered, they are the manifestation of attachment carried over from a past life.
by paul
Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Practitioners of the Brahma-vihara
Replies: 2
Views: 93

Re: Practitioners of the Brahma-vihara

"These four attitudes are said to be excellent or sublime because they are the right or ideal way of conduct towards living beings (sattesu samma patipatti). They provide, in fact, the answer to all situations arising from social contact. They are the great removers of tension, the great peace-...
by paul
Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Clinging (FUEL) role in craving/becoming and paticca samuppada
Replies: 7
Views: 128

Re: Clinging (FUEL) role in craving/becoming and paticca samuppada

1. The 4 noble truths clearly states as the second truth that the cause of suffering is craving, not clinging. Why then are we taught that we suffer due to the clinging/grasping and to try not to cling grasp when craving arises, how is this understanding and removing craving? Craving is mental obses...
by paul
Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Depersonalisation affecting concentration
Replies: 6
Views: 233

Re: Depersonalisation affecting concentration

"...an attempt to validate objective reality." You should examine impermanence and how it relates to objective reality to take your practice forward and thereby find ultimate solutions. Anicca has to be included in your meditation in some way for insight to progress. This necessitates the ...
by paul
Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Keep ants out of house by feeding them?
Replies: 6
Views: 3513

Re: Keep ants out of house by feeding them?

Baby powder deters them.
by paul
Sun Apr 23, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Magga-Phalla (cessation) required for Stream Entry?
Replies: 4
Views: 238

Re: Is Magga-Phalla (cessation) required for Stream Entry?

In practice, the path in Buddhism is gradual and cessation is no exception, when stream-entry is achieved the mind turns toward cessation for the first time. To do this conformity with the fixed path is necessary as the path must arise before fruition can be achieved. Conformity knowledge is conting...

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