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by paul
Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:00 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: TG - Buddha: “Wisdom over justice” ?
Replies: 18
Views: 209

Re: TG - Buddha: “Wisdom over justice” ?

I don't see the question/problem? You may not be aware that Bikkhu Bodhi, after a lifetime of publicly advocating changing the mind as the only real way to change the world, has recently taken up political activist activities such as marching in the street and association with groups, a hypocritica...
by paul
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: I need some guidance asap!
Replies: 11
Views: 145

Re: I need some guidance asap!

Move out:
"Let not one neglect one's own welfare for the sake of another, however great. Clearly understanding one's own welfare, let one be intent upon the good."---Dhammapada v166.
by paul
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Lay followers
Replies: 4
Views: 164

Re: Lay followers

Note that the four sotapanna qualities mentioned in this sutta are also in AN 5.179, but it includes the added instruction of detachment from the home life: "If he should say, 'My mind is raised above the Brahma worlds and is brought to the cessation of self-identity,' then, I tell you, Mahanam...
by paul
Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nature in the Suttas and it's appreciation. Scary, delightful, both?
Replies: 6
Views: 69

Re: Nature in the Suttas and it's appreciation. Scary, delightful, both?

The exhortation to go to the foot of a tree which precedes many sutta meditation instructions I think means to begin with wilderness as a meditation subject; I think it's an indispensable starting point and can be a stand-alone meditation subject: "[The Buddha:] "Yes, Ananda, you heard tha...
by paul
Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Forest
Replies: 13
Views: 314

Re: Forest

MN 121 states that there is a progression of steps to emptiness, and the foundation is the perception of wilderness. That experience of wilderness should be consolidated as an advance upon perceptions related to human society. Wilderness when you are in it is a theme of contemplation, both day and n...
by paul
Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: How Dhamma-friendly is modern libertarianism?
Replies: 68
Views: 699

Re: How Dhamma-friendly is modern libertarianism?

Libertarianism promotes the converse of qualities espoused in the dhamma, and it is clear from western societies that the libertarian view is in its death throes, illustrated for example by the lack of involvement of individuals in the community. The societal view of the dhamma is socialist in natur...
by paul
Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Burma and Ma Ba Tha
Replies: 3
Views: 145

Re: Burma and Ma Ba Tha

Ma Ba Tha is connected with the 969 movement, which name is formulated from the 9 attributes of the Buddha, 6 of the Dhamma and 9 of the Sangha, for example: The Dhamma is (1) well-proclaimed by the Blessed One, (2) self-realized, (3) followed by fruit without delay (of immediate result), (4) worthy...
by paul
Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:48 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Impermanent and pemanent
Replies: 1
Views: 119

Re: Impermanent and pemanent

Just as light and shadow are opposites, Nibbana is the opposite of the formed: http://www.beyondthenet.net/dhamma/nibbanaReal.htm ...and the opposite of the differentiated: "papañca: (Sanskrit prapañca): In doctrinal usage, it signifies the expansion, differentiation, 'diffuseness' or 'manifold...
by paul
Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Only questions regarding the quest for liberation should be answered
Replies: 5
Views: 128

Re: Only questions regarding the quest for liberation should be answered

"If the mind of a monk is bent on speaking, he (should remember this): "Talk which is low, coarse, worldly, not noble, not salutary, not leading to detachment, not to freedom from passion, not to cessation, not to tranquillity, not to higher knowledge, not to enlightenment, not to Nibbana,...
by paul
Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Self and Desire and Aversion
Replies: 4
Views: 152

Re: The Self and Desire and Aversion

Desire and aversion, two unwholesome roots, are primal instincts connected with food gathering and maintenance of territory etc. and sometimes termed the monkey mind. Self identification arises and develops as an account keeper for desire and aversion, it keeps a record of what has been achieved and...
by paul
Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Popular concepts not found in the Pali Canon
Replies: 24
Views: 430

Re: Popular concepts not found in the Pali Canon

binocular: "A good person can still do bad things". “If a man, after the disappearance of the three fetters (personality belief, sceptical doubt, attachment to rules and rituals), has entered the stream (to Nibbana), he is no more subject to rebirth in lower worlds, is firmly established, ...
by paul
Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Cultivating happiness
Replies: 7
Views: 169

Re: Cultivating happiness

Vipassana is an ultimate view where feelings are recognised as impermanent and transitory. But samatha is experienced physically in the present and there is a progression from rapture to equanimity and finally cessation as the practice develops, making the mind malleable. Here only the first stage i...
by paul
Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: summarizing theravada dhamma in a book
Replies: 22
Views: 311

Re: summarizing theravada dhamma in a book

Bikkhu Bodhi's "The Noble Eightfold Path" is a summary of the dhamma, and importantly it provides an understanding of the integrated nature of the factors, as stated in the preface: "The internal unity of the Dhamma is guaranteed by the fact that the last of the Four Noble Truths, the...
by paul
Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Ahara Sutta: Food
Replies: 12
Views: 258

Re: Ahara Sutta: Food

What are the mental qualities that are the "lack of food"? In other words, what specifically do you direct your attention towards? To be specific about the question, this is usually doubt about the doctrine. The fetter of doubt is eliminated at the first stage of holiness, stream winning....
by paul
Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: How can vipassana help me break free from my social anxiety
Replies: 10
Views: 328

Re: How can vipassana help me break free from my social anxiety

“Now the Buddha doesn't say to ignore other people and just be very selfish. He says there's a different way to approach the whole issue of happiness. In other words, you find a source for happiness that doesn't take anything away from anyone else, so you don't have to be afraid of other people. Whe...
by paul
Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Forest
Replies: 13
Views: 314

Re: Forest

“The point is, that dhamma is the only way.” Yes, but it is little recognised because it is the initial stage of practice and the suttas are directed to monks, yet this stage is invariably encountered by lay people. AN 3:100 (i-x) provides a general framework for understanding which perceptions need...
by paul
Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suttanipata trans. by Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi
Replies: 39
Views: 933

Re: Suttanipata trans. by Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi

The Indian rhino is mostly solitary, with the exception of breeding pairs and females with calves.
by paul
Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Covetousness definition
Replies: 4
Views: 105

Re: Covetousness definition

In its broad form covetousness (abhijjha) is a synonym of lobha, greed, so is one of the unwholesome roots. As such it has insidious and relevant consequences: “ …as our world has become tightly integrated into a single global order, a shift in emphasis (from the personal perspective) is necessary i...
by paul
Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suttanipata trans. by Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi
Replies: 39
Views: 933

Re: Suttanipata trans. by Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi

It's already listed as a translation on Wikipedia:
Bodhi, Bhikkhu, ed. The Suttanipāta: An Ancient Collection of the Buddha’s Discourses. Wisdom Publications: Somerville, MA, 2017.
by paul
Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Sukaha (third Jhana) is more refine than Pithy (second Jhana)?
Replies: 20
Views: 362

Re: Why Sukaha (third Jhana) is more refine than Pithy (second Jhana)?

Piti is joyful interest when concentration successfully focusses on the object: …Píti, however, is not a feeling or a sensation, and hence does not belong to the feeling-group (vedaná-kkhandha), but may be described psychologically as 'joyful interest'. As such it may be associated with wholesome as...

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