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by paul
Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: yoniso manasikara in the texts.
Replies: 8
Views: 931

Re: yoniso manasikara in the texts.

Exactly. "The harbinger of the sunrise"= "the immediate choice the practitioner is continually confronted with in going against the current of samsara, and which is so important to breaking out of the cycle" The understanding of appropriate attention comes first and foremost from my own experience, ...
by paul
Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: yoniso manasikara in the texts.
Replies: 8
Views: 931

Re: yoniso manasikara in the texts.

In practice appropriate attention is possibly the easiest thing to understand in Theravada, it means choosing what ideas are fit for attention and what are not fit for attention, the immediate choice the practitioner is continually confronted with in going against the current of samsara, and which i...
by paul
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Boys in cave: the meditation perspective
Replies: 23
Views: 334

Re: Boys in cave: the meditation perspective

I lived in village in the Philippines for 6 years, and walked around villages and rural areas in India and rural people are bright happy, simple and very durable, these mind quacks need to spend more time with them if anything to sort out their mental issues not the other way around. I am skeptic a...
by paul
Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:35 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Compassion fatigue
Replies: 19
Views: 217

Re: Compassion fatigue

This is the instruction of the Buddha to a layperson regarding right action: "And how is one made pure in three ways by bodily action? There is the case where a certain person, abandoning the taking of life, abstains from the taking of life. He dwells with his rod laid down, his knife laid down, scr...
by paul
Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Compassion fatigue
Replies: 19
Views: 217

Re: Compassion fatigue

A good example of where compassion wasn't exercised with wisdom is Musk's uninformed attempt to help the Thai cave rescue. Compassion has to alleviate the situation it's aimed at and it takes a lot of precise information to do that.
by paul
Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "the path is born"
Replies: 11
Views: 262

Re: "the path is born"

Bikkhu Bodhi says that the action of kamma cannot be demonstrated experimentally, but I maintain that as cause and effect it can and should be known personally , as belief in the action of kamma constitutes the first stage of right view. My practice is based on observation of the fruition of actions...
by paul
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the practical application of Atta Sanna?
Replies: 1
Views: 66

Re: What is the practical application of Atta Sanna?

The practical application is contribution to the attainment of the first path knowledge, which eliminates it in the three forms.
(Vism. XXII, 68)
by paul
Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "the path is born"
Replies: 11
Views: 262

Re: "the path is born"

While sila is the foundation, samadhi and vipassana-panna work in a complementary interaction in purifying view further towards awakening, and they are each composed of three factors: Investigation,effort, joy= insight factors (this confirms there is an aspect of joy to insight). tranquility, conten...
by paul
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "the path is born"
Replies: 11
Views: 262

Re: "the path is born"

The dhamma is a universal law and the path arises when it is invoked by independent knowledge and practice, and the foundation of the path is morality: “The teaching of rebirth, taken in conjunction with the doctrine of kamma, implies that we live in a morally ordered universe, one in which our mora...
by paul
Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Unwholesome Jhananga?
Replies: 3
Views: 102

Re: Unwholesome Jhananga?

The information is in Table II., Formation- Group, Appendix, Buddhist Dictionary (also an appendix in the Vism.), where those formations are shown among the eleven general psychological elements, not necessarily unwholesome.
The source would be in the lists in the Abhidhamma, not in the suttas.
by paul
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Mind and mind-object
Replies: 18
Views: 3368

Re: Mind and mind-object

Wise attention is the analytical path of choosing between mind states of opposing characteristics, rather than the synthetic one of seeing relationships.
by paul
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Mind and mind-object
Replies: 18
Views: 3368

Re: Mind and mind-object

Attention and discrimination by consciousness towards these mind-objects, similar in nature to perceived external objects through the other 5 sense doors, results in action. A purer consciousness will be a better judge as to what action to take, an impure one not so good. That is why controlling an...
by paul
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Satipathana and Vipallasa?
Replies: 3
Views: 172

Re: Satipathana and Vipallasa?

It comes from the Commentary: “Or it may be said that these Four Arousings of Mindfulness are taught for casting out the illusions [vipallasa] concerning beauty, pleasure, permanence, and an ego. The body is ugly. There are people led astray by the illusion that it is a thing of beauty. In order to ...
by paul
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we teach Anicca, Dukkha , Anatta without the teaching of rebirth and Kamma?
Replies: 43
Views: 434

Re: Can we teach Anicca, Dukkha , Anatta without the teaching of rebirth and Kamma?

The three signata or marks of existence are the working dynamics of the four noble truths, which are the Buddha’s most concise formulation of his teaching. For example the third noble truth, which states that the removal of desire removes suffering, depends on recognition of impermanence and the sub...