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by paul
Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Correct apprehension of impermanence
Replies: 12
Views: 380

Re: Correct apprehension of impermanence

Study of the suttas should be done through reading organized collections such as “In the Buddha’s Words” and using the Abhidhammma sparingly to clarify difficult points, and not relying on the Abhidhamma as a main source rather than the suttas, which should form the foundation: “In this early stage ...
by paul
Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Urgent Clean Water needed for Skin Disease Outbreak among Buddhist Novices
Replies: 10
Views: 413

Re: Urgent Clean Water needed for Skin Disease Outbreak among Buddhist Novices

Message from Buddhist Heritage Project: For the water situation at Vat Pa Pha-O and the Buddhist Academy, there is no emergency. We have been there, and spoken to some of the monks and novices, and in particular to the Abbot. They have clean drinking water (and have for some years now thanks to us a...
by paul
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Lineage
Replies: 25
Views: 2181

Re: Lineage

You will need to consult others about the Pali. My point is not linguistic, but doctrinal. When Hindu customs become Theravada they undergo a radical change, in this case ancestry is a tradition of mindfulness, the sphere becomes the mind. The Buddha adapted previously held customs to suit his own p...
by paul
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Lineage
Replies: 25
Views: 2181

Re: Lineage

the concept of "lineage" in Buddhism In Theravada: "Wander, monks, in what is your proper range, your own ancestral territory. In one who wanders in what is his proper range, his own ancestral territory, Mara gains no opening, Mara gains no foothold. And what, for a monk, is his proper range, his o...
by paul
Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Correct apprehension of impermanence
Replies: 12
Views: 380

Re: Correct apprehension of impermanence

The practitioner should disregard the other aggregates and focus only on the body, materiality is much more easily comprehended than mentality. This is not fashionable, there is a tendency to go in a wrong direction towards the doldrums of increasing complexity, such as abhidhamma and trying to rein...
by paul
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Correct apprehension of impermanence
Replies: 12
Views: 380

Re: Correct apprehension of impermanence

The exercises on impermanence of the body are in the first foundation of mindfulness, indicating they are recommended for beginners. Furthermore In MN 118, the Buddha indicates the progression of meditation subjects and places impermanence and the foulness of the body following the breath in descend...
by paul
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Correct apprehension of impermanence
Replies: 12
Views: 380

Re: Correct apprehension of impermanence

Benefits of the contemplation of the dissolution phase of the cycle of impermanence, disease, decline and death, in both animate and inanimate objects: “When he constantly sees that all formations thus break up all the time, then contemplation of dissolution grows strong in him, bringing eight advan...
by paul
Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: what does "nibbindati dukke" mean in the famous verses of the Dhammapada?
Replies: 10
Views: 142

Re: what does "nibbindati dukke" mean in the famous verses of the Dhammapada?

Suffering is the first noble truth, so it is the focus. The reason why suffering was chosen out of the three marks of existence is because it's universally known.
by paul
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibbana defined by Bikkhu Bodhi
Replies: 5
Views: 238

Re: Nibbana defined by Bikkhu Bodhi

The Buddha said that one who has attained the unconditioned nirvana is indescribable, because none of our words and concepts adequately apply to one who has passed from the cycle of repeated birth into that state that transcends birth and death. https://www.newsday.com/long-island/li-life/what-does...
by paul
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Reference on the Buddha tasting food?
Replies: 5
Views: 147

Re: Reference on the Buddha tasting food?

In the years after returning to Australia from studying with Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Brahm used to quote this story to illustrate the precariousness of relying on feelings of the flesh, such as desire and fame: "a man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him. Coming to a ...
by paul
Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can non matter related to matter ?
Replies: 18
Views: 268

Re: Can non matter related to matter ?

Materiality and mentality can both be conditioned (subject to cycles), but nibbana is unconditioned. Every thought that is inclined towards nibbana can be classified as 'practice', and even though those thoughts are mostly conditioned, they represent movement towards nibbana. Such thoughts should be...
by paul
Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness/Concentration
Replies: 12
Views: 191

Re: Mindfulness/Concentration

When I practise anapanasati, I am aware of my breathing but also in the background thoughts, ideas, etc. Is it really possible to be mindful of two things (breathing as well as thoughts) at once? It depends on the level of concentration. At the first level of concentration there is still thought co...
by paul
Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What is "breath energy"?
Replies: 6
Views: 168

Re: What is "breath energy"?

Good point JohnK, there are moving energies and still energies. 1) You’re concerned with your breath as only you can know it: as part of your direct experience of having a body. If you have trouble thinking of these energies as “breath,” see if thinking of them as “breathing sensations” or “body sen...
by paul
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What is "breath energy"?
Replies: 6
Views: 168

Re: What is "breath energy"?

Thanissaro Bikkhu has a particular approach to meditation on the breath, where the practitioner cultivates pleasant feelings in the body to fulfil the second tetrad in the Anapanasati sutta:

https://tricycle.org/magazine/absorbed-breath/
by paul
Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:25 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Possessing an even digestion that is neither too cold nor too hot (AN 10.11)
Replies: 2
Views: 75

Re: Possessing an even digestion that is neither too cold nor too hot (AN 10.11)

The fire element: "And what is the fire property? The fire property may be either internal or external. What is the internal fire property? Anything internal, belonging to oneself, that's fire, fiery, & sustained: that by which [the body] is warmed, aged, & consumed with fever; and that by which wha...