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by paul
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to develop rapture (piti) without concentration?
Replies: 6
Views: 117

Re: How to develop rapture (piti) without concentration?

Thank you for the question. Rapture is a factor on the way to concentration, not a product of it, it is the sense of initial attainment of the meditation subject following effort. It belongs to the active group of three in the Seven Factors for Awakening, mindfulness being the managing factor of the...
by paul
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: duality and non-duality in theravada
Replies: 10
Views: 194

Re: duality and non-duality in theravada

Samadhi and insight are the two types of meditation in Theravada and both are necessary. Samadhi supports insight as stillness of mind is necessary for the practitioner to be able to examine the mind's responses to external events and to be selective about which responses need to be discarded, and w...
by paul
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: middle path and the three views
Replies: 6
Views: 142

Re: middle path and the three views

I suggest you use the terminology ‘conventional reality’ and ‘ultimate reality’ to follow the Theravada position more easily. Both realities exist simultaneously, and should be categorised as separate experiences, the practice labelled as ultimate and daily life as conventional. The Buddha explained...
by paul
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Vinnanam Anidassanam. Classical Version.
Replies: 26
Views: 505

Re: Vinnanam Anidassanam

robertk wrote:
Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:10 pm
Thanissaro...eternalist drivel.
This would mean that Thanissaro Bikkhu doesn't believe in impermanence, which is of course incorrect.
by paul
Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:00 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: SN 22.102
Replies: 3
Views: 69

Re: SN 22.102

“And how, bhikkhus, is the perception of impermanence developed and cultivated so that it eliminates all sensual lust, eliminates all lust for existence, eliminates all ignorance, and uproots all conceit ‘I am’? ‘Such is form, such its origin, such its passing away; ‘Such’ means of the type previous...
by paul
Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Vinnanam Anidassanam. Classical Version.
Replies: 26
Views: 505

Re: Vinnanam Anidassanam

Referring to the Buddha's attainment of enlightenment as described in SN 56.11, Thanissaro says: "The consciousness attained through this release is the only type of awareness that the Canon recognises as truly unconditioned, for- unlike every other form of consciousness- it can be known without rec...
by paul
Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Searching in Sri Lanka for a Monastery for Ordination
Replies: 11
Views: 32

Re: Searching in sri lanka

The main meditation monasteries in Sri Lanka would not provide the organised training you envisage, be aware of the language barrier. If you want that western-oriented training you should go to this Burmese forest monastery first, which has a connection with a Sri Lankan forest monastery, then go to...
by paul
Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Bikkhu Bodhi on nature as the support on this plane:
Replies: 5
Views: 173

Bikkhu Bodhi on nature as the support on this plane:

The Theravada view, the connection between personal nature and big N nature: Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi Buddhist scholar-monk, Chuang Yen Monastery, Carmel “Unlike the religions of the West, Buddhism is nontheistic. It does not accept the existence of a creator God who governs the universe according to his ...
by paul
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: LovingKindness toward a benefactor
Replies: 6
Views: 185

Re: LovingKindness toward a benefactor

Like everything in Theravada, meditation on lovingkindness can be directed to either insight or tranquility. If towards insight, then it deals with the attitude to social relationships as in my post above. If towards tranquility, then the meditation on the good qualities of a teacher would serve as ...
by paul
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: LovingKindness toward a benefactor
Replies: 6
Views: 185

Re: LovingKindness toward a benefactor

"Lovingkindness…embracing all beings, knowing well that we all are fellow wayfarers through this round of existence — that we all are overcome by the same law of suffering."—“The Four Sublime States”, Nyanaponika Thera. The law of universal suffering underlies everything and is embodied in the first...
by paul
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: All is one. Change my view.
Replies: 24
Views: 331

Re: All is one. Change my view.

An extract from the essay (2800 words): "Finally, in the domain of wisdom the Ariyan Dhamma and the non-dual systems once again move in contrary directions. In the non-dual systems the task of wisdom is to break through the diversified appearances (or the appearance of diversity) in order to discove...
by paul
Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is wrong with Sati's pernicious viewpoint?
Replies: 11
Views: 238

Re: What is wrong with Sati's pernicious viewpoint?

"Dukkha is often translated as “suffering”. Suffering, however, represents only one aspect of dukkha, a term whose range of implications is difficult to capture with a single English word. Dukkha can be derived from the Sanskrit kha, one meaning of which is “the axle-hole of a wheel”, and the antith...
by paul
Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What is the wholesome?
Replies: 4
Views: 245

Re: What is the wholesome?

I am wondering of anyone has a view or insight into this, but when dealing with a distracting thought, The Buddha advises applying right effort. I.e. let go of the thought, bring up the wholesome and return to the object of meditation. In this case, did he advise what the wholesome is? In the conte...
by paul
Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What is the wholesome?
Replies: 4
Views: 245

Re: What is the wholesome?

There are specific antidotes for each of the five hindrances:

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/aut ... el026.html
by paul
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A few questions about nibbana
Replies: 15
Views: 318

Re: A few questions about nibbana

“4. Furthermore, when people say that the fruit is the mere abandoning of fetters and nothing more than that, the following sutta can be cited in order to convince them that they are wrong: “How is it that understanding of the tranquilizing of effort is knowledge of fruit? At the moment of the strea...
by paul
Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Next 24 hours are super important (huge tensions regarding Syria)
Replies: 96
Views: 1945

Re: Next 24 hours are super important (huge tensions regarding Syria)

retrofuturist wrote:
Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:06 pm
He is going through the same process as with North Korea.
Expect to see the same with Russia.
:goodpost:
by paul
Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Next 24 hours are super important (huge tensions regarding Syria)
Replies: 96
Views: 1945

Re: Next 24 hours are super important (huge tensions regarding Syria)

The sutta you purport to quote from is not MN 11 but SN 22.78 . Thank you for the correction. “Then, bhikkhus, when those devas who are long-lived, beautiful, abounding in happiness, dwelling for a long time in lofty palaces, hear the Tathagata’s teaching of the Dhamma, they are for the most part f...
by paul
Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dharma of Karanei?
Replies: 7
Views: 173

Re: Dharma of Karanei?

Alternative rendering Piyadassi Thera: Protection of the Aggregates (Khandha Paritta) (1) Thus have I heard: On one occasion the Blessed One was living near Savatthi at Jetavana at Anathapindika's monastery. At that time at Savatthi a certain monk had died bitten by a snake. Thereupon many monks app...
by paul
Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:25 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dharma of Karanei?
Replies: 7
Views: 173

Re: Dharma of Karanei?

Karanei is the Metta sutta, also called the Karaniyametta sutta after the opening word "Karaniyam" meaning: This is what should be done...
I think "Viropake" refers to Paritta chanting.
In my opinion, the reciting of protective chants is not the highest expression of Theravada.
by paul
Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: AB quotes MN 48 re resignation
Replies: 0
Views: 110

AB quotes MN 48 re resignation

Ajahn Brahm deals with conventional reality:
http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php ... s1nxmOjG9Y