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by paul
Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Introduction to different Buddhist forms of meditation
Replies: 2
Views: 122

Re: Introduction to different Buddhist forms of meditation

Sri Lankan monastery Mahamevnawa cannot expect the mythic elaborations of the Mahavamsa chronicle to be accepted by the world at large: “The Mahavansha mentions about the Dhamma discourses preached by the Arahant Mihindu Thero in His first period of time in Sri Lanka. It is our intention to explore ...
by paul
Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from the Netherlands
Replies: 8
Views: 123

Re: Hello from the Netherlands

Welcome again:
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by paul
Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Understanding volitional actions
Replies: 10
Views: 253

Re: Understanding volitional actions

does the fourth foundation ie the dhamma (/ mental objects) here refers to , feeling perception volition ? Or something else ? The application of the fourth foundation allows the disciple to escape the second arrow: "he knows the fetters (samyojana, q.v.) [ .], knows how they arise, how they are ov...
by paul
Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meditation for beginners - Anicca
Replies: 16
Views: 247

Re: Meditation for beginners - Anicca

Oh! Yes, we focus, even celebrate, one aspect seen in the world but seldom think about change and decay, which are equally natural! I haven't looked at things from this perspective. You've introduced an entirely new line of thinking. :twothumbsup: We look at an apple to feel the shock of the new, b...
by paul
Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meditation for beginners - Anicca
Replies: 16
Views: 247

Re: Meditation for beginners - Anicca

So how do I realize Anicca practically (say, be aware of the transitory nature of life everyday). Are there any guided meditation teachings for newbies online (audio/video/books)? This is absolutely the right approach and question, and to be aware of the transitory nature of life everyday can be ac...
by paul
Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Understanding volitional actions
Replies: 10
Views: 253

Re: Understanding volitional actions

Its akin to the perception that the head directs the body, not the opposite. This is not correct if the teaching is seen in a practical light, where body and mind exert equal influence, but in different ways. Looking for a theoretical position in the suttas is not the right approach, as the overall...
by paul
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha ever see the sea?
Replies: 20
Views: 337

Re: Did the Buddha ever see the sea?

No, but he certainly knew about the sea. The furtherest east he travelled was to the Rajmahal area near the Bangladesh border, and the sea is about 500km south. “ [1] Just as the ocean has a gradual shelf, a gradual slope, a gradual inclination, with a sudden drop-off only after a long stretch; in t...
by paul
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Letting go
Replies: 11
Views: 597

Re: Letting go

Further explanation: “Understanding the four truths in relation to one’s own life gives rise to the intention of renunciation; understanding them in relation to other beings gives rise to the other two right intentions. When we see how our own lives are pervaded by dukkha, and how this dukkha derive...
by paul
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Into The Stream with Sensual Desires...
Replies: 6
Views: 172

Re: Into The Stream with Sensual Desires...

The current of sensual desire runs counter to that of developing skillful qualities: Through exercising wise attention (yoniso manasikara) the practitioner makes a choice to avoid unwholesome feelings of the flesh, and turns to feelings not of the flesh that they have already cultivated through exer...
by paul
Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meditation experience
Replies: 18
Views: 459

Re: Meditation experience

Thank you for the corrections. Although MN 121 lists a progression of stages towards emptiness, I think lay practitioners should confine themselves to the separation between human society and the perception of wilderness and once attained, to be not afraid of using forceful restraint in interactions...
by paul
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meditation experience
Replies: 18
Views: 459

Re: Meditation experience

:goodpost:
"— not attending to the perception[1] of village, not attending to the perception of human being — attends to the singleness based on the perception of wilderness. His mind takes pleasure, finds satisfaction, settles, & indulges in its perception of wilderness."---MN 120
by paul
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meditation experience
Replies: 18
Views: 459

Re: Meditation experience

I have been asked via PM what aspects of doctrine I tend to focus on in support of the ongoing insight contemplation I practise throughout the day. I am no saint, but have been practising for about thirty years guided only by books, while periodically living in monasteries in Sri Lanka. Through dint...
by paul
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meditation experience
Replies: 18
Views: 459

Re: Meditation experience

When practitioners here write about meditation, it is almost always what I would consider samatha meditation. My meditation is different to that, it is a contemplation that goes on throughout the waking hours, comparing events that are happening, with a dhamma perspective. To do this, the essential ...
by paul
Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Is SN 36.6 really about two "feelings"??
Replies: 2
Views: 158

Re: Is SN 36.6 really about two "feelings"??

"When an untaught worldling is touched by a painful (bodily) feeling, he worries and grieves, he laments, beats his breast, weeps and is distraught. He thus experiences two kinds of feelings, a bodily and a mental feeling. It is as if a man were pierced by a dart and, following the first piercing, h...
by paul
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Knowing and Seeing
Replies: 9
Views: 298

Re: Knowing and Seeing

Knowing and seeing defined: "2.1 INFLUXES ABANDONED BY SEEING 2.1.1 Seeing. The term dassana means “seeing, vision,” but has a more positive connotation than diṭṭhi (“view”), but is here synonymous with “right view” (sammā diṭṭhi). Dassana, as used in the Sabb‟- āsava Sutta, refers to the first of t...