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by paul
Fri May 25, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Doubt, Dhamma and the Middle Way
Replies: 36
Views: 329

Re: Doubt, Dhamma and the Middle Way

There is a critical process in MN 95 which is deliberately emphasized in the Nanamoli translation excerpt, where investigation is explained and how dhamma principles are applied to daily life to achieve understanding. As the sutta indicates, what principles are chosen (“preference”) depends on indiv...
by paul
Fri May 25, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Theravada in Vietnam
Replies: 38
Views: 5441

Re: Theravada in Vietnam

No I wouldn't go there, I don't like the repentance practice, and I've read about the overall approach of the teacher and it's of no interest as it's not based on Buddhist texts, but on secondary sources. Its only virtue is it's the only school in Vietnam that seriously practises meditation (apart f...
by paul
Fri May 25, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Theravada in Vietnam
Replies: 38
Views: 5441

Re: Theravada in Vietnam

In the US, information about Truc Lam monastery Da Lat Vietnam can be obtained from Dai Dang Monastery in San Diego, California. The abbott and monks can answer your questions. The number is (760) 945-5588.
by paul
Fri May 25, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Reaction to Mind States and Kamma
Replies: 3
Views: 93

Re: Reaction to Mind States and Kamma

When mind states arise, does one's reaction to them condition their future arising/non-arising? 1) For instance, if the mind state of anger arises, and the arising is seen with mindfulness, and observed with detachment, up to the point when it inevitably passes away, does that skillful reaction to ...
by paul
Thu May 24, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Theravada in Vietnam
Replies: 38
Views: 5441

Re: Theravada in Vietnam

Truc Lam monastery VII. Visitors' Guidelines 

Most of visitors fall into one of these three categories: incense offering, sightseeing, and stay-over guests. All should preserve courtesy, respect, and seriousness in their presence at monasteries. 
 1 Visitors who sightsee or make insense offerings T...
by paul
Thu May 24, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism in Cambodia, Laos and Bangladesh
Replies: 7
Views: 117

Re: Buddhism in Cambodia, Laos and Bangladesh

Theravada in these three countries is in a state of recovery: Bangladesh: It was the predominant faith of the region until about the 12th century, Buddhism is now the third largest religion in Bangladesh with about 0.7% of population adhering to Theravada Buddhism. Cambodia:In 1975 when the communis...
by paul
Thu May 24, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Seeking scriptural source for "all defilements temporarily suppressed when in jhana"
Replies: 29
Views: 239

Re: Seeking scriptural source for "all defilements temporarily suppressed when in jhana"

“There are five mental constituents which are chiefly representative of the first meditative absorption, and are therefore called the factors of absorption (jhananga). For each of these there is, according to Buddhist commentarial tradition, one of the five hindrances that is specifically harmful fo...
by paul
Wed May 23, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Theravada in Vietnam
Replies: 38
Views: 5441

Re: Theravada in Vietnam

All temples in Vietnam are open for day visits as spiritual tourism is the main form of practice of the populace, and tourism falls under the government directive of ‘construction’. So Truc Lam temple Bach Ma at the least is open to day visits: https://www.alotrip.com/guide-vietnam-attractions/truc-...
by paul
Wed May 23, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Bikkhu Bodhi on nature as the support on this plane:
Replies: 6
Views: 293

Re: Bikkhu Bodhi on nature as the support on this plane:

Since due to kamma result nature can be considered an extension of the body, the natural environment being the support for the body on the human plane, it too should be protected by legal rights:
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... ent-amazon
by paul
Tue May 22, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is this a real Buddha quote? How to deal with loneliness?
Replies: 21
Views: 267

Re: Is this a real Buddha quote? How to deal with loneliness?

Just as the Buddha saw impermanence in old age sickness and death, and abandoning the home life chose a path of discovering the dhamma, so the practitioner must change the theme of their life from focussing on the world of name and form to deepening their dhamma knowledge so it instead becomes their...
by paul
Mon May 21, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Some Questions
Replies: 12
Views: 459

Re: Some Questions

akasa: space Limited space belongs to derived corporality (the space between objects) and it is an object of kasina meditation. Endless space is the object of the first immaterial absorption, the sphere of boundless space. Theravada recognizes only Nibbana as an unconditioned element.—-adapted from ...
by paul
Mon May 21, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Theravada in Vietnam
Replies: 38
Views: 5441

Re: Theravada in Vietnam

Sangha praised for contributing to national construction:
https://en.vietnamplus.vn/party-officia ... 131460.vnp
by paul
Sat May 19, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Bangkok's death cafe
Replies: 17
Views: 331

Bangkok's death cafe

Recollection of death has Deathlessness as its goal and object- "Three minutes later, they appear shaken, stirred, terrified, relieved or blissful ":
https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/ ... index.html
by paul
Sat May 19, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are the asavas the default state of mind?
Replies: 10
Views: 187

Re: Are the asavas the default state of mind?

Due to widely differing levels of spiritual development, realistically only a small number of beings are open to the teaching at any given time, i.e. those that see disgrace and danger in the conventional world: “Then the Blessed One, having understood Brahma's invitation, out of compassion for bein...
by paul
Sat May 19, 2018 3:13 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Why can't conceit and wrong view arise together?
Replies: 19
Views: 402

Re: Why can't conceit and wrong view arise together?

Our question is why the proximate cause of conceit needs to be dissociated from wrong view. Conceit is one of the five higher fetters which tie to the fine-material and immaterial worlds, and is a remnant of identity view, which is eliminated at stream entry. The stream- enterer is destined to full...
by paul
Thu May 17, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Why did the Buddha's monks shave their heads & beards?
Replies: 14
Views: 393

Re: Why did the Buddha's monks shave their heads & beards?

"the rule happens to appear in the midst of a lot of other rules that are aimed at curtailing vanity"---Ven Dhammanando
I was told at Bodhinyana that a bald head reminds us of a skull.
by paul
Wed May 16, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Attachments in human life.
Replies: 6
Views: 384

Re: Attachments in human life.

Releasing attachment is necessary because the path goes in the opposite direction to the current of samsara; every attachment that is let go of means more energy available to the path and the practitioner begins to feel the results as the path is a dynamic which becomes activated. But experience of ...
by paul
Mon May 14, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Practice The Four Protective Meditation?
Replies: 6
Views: 175

Re: Why Practice The Four Protective Meditation?

In developing the stages of insight, the four protective meditations are necessary to keep the mind balanced, for example in developing dispassion a general aversion towards people could easily arise, so developing the brahma vihara attitudes is needed to offset that. There are very often times when...
by paul
Mon May 14, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Transcendent Virtue
Replies: 1
Views: 186

Re: Transcendent Virtue

Sila also means normalcy:
https://www.dhammatalks.org/Archive/Wri ... rmalcy.pdf
---Thanissaro.
by paul
Sun May 13, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Tevijja belongs to Buddhism only ?
Replies: 14
Views: 268

Re: Does Tevijja belongs to Buddhism only ?

Thanissaro’s explanation reveals the reason the three higher knowledges are grouped together is not because the three knowledges as a group are necessary for liberation, but rather to demonstrate the contrast between the cyclic existence of samsara and the unconditioned state of nibbana. As stated, ...