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by paul
Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Back to self!
Replies: 11
Views: 111

Re: Back to self!

According to Buddhism - my illusory notion of self is being asked to understand that the self is an illusion. A profitable question which can lead to discovery of the two truths, conventional and ultimate, which coexist simultaneously even beyond enlightenment. my illusory notion of self= conventio...
by paul
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: How Many Must One Cut?
Replies: 14
Views: 147

Re: How Many Must One Cut?

'Cutting five' refers to the five lower fetters, abandoning five, to the higher fetters. I guess the difference between 'cutting' and 'abandoning' refers to the means of escape from the sensuous realm with gross attachment, as contrasted with the brahma realm. The five to be developed are the spirit...
by paul
Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:56 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Theravada in Vietnam
Replies: 39
Views: 7968

Re: Theravada in Vietnam

Socialism is not conducive to silence. In Vietnam, the government has traditionally maintained its presence by broadcasts through loudspeakers in some cases loud enough to cover a whole suburb, and in more recent times people have discovered they are not only able to afford a motorbike, but also a k...
by paul
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: The Old "In-Out In-Out"
Replies: 3
Views: 130

Re: The Old "In-Out In-Out"

It’s misleading to label seated meditation as vipassana, it’s characteristic of samatha meditation: “Seated meditation is the arena in which the meditator practices his own fundamental skills. The game the meditator is playing is the experience of his own life, and the instrument upon which he plays...
by paul
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:32 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Anapanasati Sutra
Replies: 8
Views: 209

Re: Anapanasati Sutra

There are no books for beginners specifically examining the Anapanasati sutta, because it requires a higher level of understanding. A beginner practitioner has to study the sutta themselves, relating it to the Satipatthana sutta, researching the resources available. The only book that really examine...
by paul
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Theravada for Beginner
Replies: 32
Views: 466

Re: Theravada for Beginner

Your selection is on target, the Satipatthana sutta being the central sutta in the Pali Canon and everything else relates to it, including the Anapanasati sutta, the four tetrads of which are based on the four foundations of mindfulness of the Satipatthana. You should therefore compare the two sutta...
by paul
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Momentariness of mind
Replies: 7
Views: 167

Re: Momentariness of mind

There are misinterpretations that practitioners fall into due to the lure of mental qualities over material, and momentariness is one. Because it is much more difficult to apprehend impermanence in mentality than it is in materiality, the first foundation of mindfulness deals with the body and when ...
by paul
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: A question about ego death
Replies: 26
Views: 623

Re: A question about ego death

I am a Theravada Buddhist and I use lucid dreaming in my sacitta'pariyodapanam (purification of my own consciouness). It is said the arahant doesn’t have dreams, as the source of dreaming has been destroyed. Dreaming is a compensation mechanism for samsaric events that happen during the day, and th...
by paul
Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: PM about dhammaboard.co
Replies: 25
Views: 706

PM about dhammaboard.co

I received a PM from Manopubbangama about a new board. Anyone know anything about it?
by paul
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ontology vs Soteriology
Replies: 5
Views: 135

Re: Ontology vs Soteriology

alfa wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:39 am
Therefore, the question is: is practice more important than knowledge?
Practice is the most important, but to do that the practitioner has to understand the noble eightfold path, so knowledge contributes. I recommend "The Noble Eightfold Path" by Bikkhu Bodhi.
by paul
Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: A question about ego death
Replies: 26
Views: 623

Re: A question about ego death

your statement: "Theravada Buddhism does not use lucid dreaming or any kind of sleep state for meditation" implies a dichotomy of dogma/heresy. The Buddha did not adhere to any dogma & I'm confident he would be perfectly okay with this discussion here. This thread is “Theravada for Beginners”, and ...
by paul
Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment
Replies: 33
Views: 516

Re: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment

... discussing them in a public context, which should not be done. Agreed ... a public announcement is unskillful speech, but IMO one should also keep in mind Right Speech if asked in a personal context, where one abstains from lying, speaking at the right time, truthfully, beneficially, and withou...
by paul
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment
Replies: 33
Views: 516

Re: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment

[quote
“I hope, Bhante, that no white-robed layman was present?”
[/quote]
AN 8.23 Sutta Central

There is a difference between the Buddha discussing attainments in the company of monks and discussing them in a public context, which should not be done.
by paul
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How is Vijjā developed?
Replies: 7
Views: 118

Re: How is Vijjā developed?

In it's dynamic mode, the NEP is cyclic beginning not with right view, but with the foundation of sila and culminating with the insight of the panna group, including right view. In this way right view in its established mode gradually evolves. “To reach the end of suffering demands that the Eightfol...
by paul
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: If everything ceases, is Buddhism the way to bring the ultimate cessation of the cycle of rebirth? What's after?
Replies: 6
Views: 148

Re: If everything ceases, is Buddhism the way to bring the ultimate cessation of the cycle of rebirth? What's after?

I suppose the initial stream entry is described by sotopannas as the most bizzare experience of their life. anyone have any sources on the experience of first-time stream enterers? maybe personal accounts? :) Theravada practitioners do not talk about their meditative attainments because: 1) they kn...