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by paul
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?
Replies: 43
Views: 402

Re: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?

View comes first, not perception, that's why right view is the first link of the path. Regarding the OP, the important part of the Analayo quote is “Sustained contemplation of impermanence leads to a shift in one’s normal way of experiencing reality”, so at every opportunity the awareness of imperma...
by paul
Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?
Replies: 43
Views: 402

Re: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?

“Of the perversions (vipallasa), the following are eliminated by the first path knowledge (sotapatti): the perversions of perception, consciousness and views, that the impermanent is permanent and what is not a self is a self; further, the perversion of views that the painful is pleasant, and the im...
by paul
Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?
Replies: 43
Views: 402

Re: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?

Contemplate the foul: "Sick, putrid, unclean: look, Nanda, at this physical heap. Through contemplation of the foul, develop your mind, make it one, well-centered. As this [your body], so that. As that, so this. It gives off a foul stench, (the body) the delight of fools.” —Therigatha, 5.4 Cycle of...
by paul
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Selecting a Sri Lanka Monastery for Ordination
Replies: 6
Views: 194

Re: Selecting a Sri Lanka Monastery for Ordination

1) I have obtained a residency visa by this method in the past and it states it clearly in the NUA information: 6. After arriving in Sri Lanka with the entry visa, you can apply for the resident visa. You will be given a 30 day-visa on arrival, and the monastery will help you to apply for the reside...
by paul
Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:06 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Selecting a Sri Lanka Monastery for Ordination
Replies: 6
Views: 194

Re: Selecting a Sri Lanka Monastery for Ordination

I have visited both monasteries earlier in life and think Na Uyana Aranya is far superior for my needs, as it is in a rural area away from Colombo, being particularly concerned as I am with wilderness meditation as described in MN 121. The choice of monastery depends on what the individual’s needs a...
by paul
Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: How much happy are you?
Replies: 33
Views: 488

Re: How much happy are you?

Happiness in the sense of demeanour can be detrimental to insight, it is linked to the 'equanimity of unknowing' of the ordinary run-of-the-mill person. The response to most situations (which invariably involve defilements), requires a serious attitude. The Buddha regularly spoke of heedfulness as t...
by paul
Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Stream-entry: Would you know?
Replies: 36
Views: 2017

Re: Stream-entry: Would you know?

Virtue is the foundation of samadhi and panna. Precepts are training rules, and it is more important to experience the relationship between sila's influence on samadhi and insight. To go beyond faith, the priority is to experience the dynamics of the path. "The three divisions of the Noble Eightfold...
by paul
Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Day to Day activities
Replies: 7
Views: 142

Re: Day to Day activities

I agree that mindfulness of the body is the foundation. To explain further, the Satipatthana refrain describes a continuum of mindfulness between right effort and right concentration. "In this way he remains focused internally on the body in & of itself, or externally on the body in & of itself, or ...
by paul
Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhanet.net - Down or Gone?
Replies: 12
Views: 194

Re: Buddhanet.net - Down or Gone?

Buddha net physical home:
http://bodhitreemonastery.org
by paul
Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mahãhatthipadopama Sutta?
Replies: 2
Views: 60

Mahãhatthipadopama Sutta?

Can anyone provide a sutta number for this title: Mahãhatthipadopama Sutta
Thank you.
by paul
Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: My heart stopped while meditating (seemingly). What happened?
Replies: 15
Views: 302

Re: My heart stopped while meditating (seemingly). What happened?

"...stressed out all the time and had a bit of anxiety that manifested it self as muscle tensions, headaches, lump in the throat, redness in my face, dizziness, and exhaustion." I have meditated in Kandy and the climate there would be warmer than Denmark, even though the altitude makes it cooler tha...
by paul
Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Muslims, Islam, U.S.A and Europe
Replies: 98
Views: 1481

Re: Muslims, Islam and Europe

Dalai Lama: Germany cannot become an Arab country “The demographic landscape in the United States is changing on par with the postwar baby boom, with a longer-range impact on the US business environment. Today, in many places, including the densely populated states of California and Texas, non-Hisp...
by paul
Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:17 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Buddhist Prophecies of the 21st Century and Beyond
Replies: 1
Views: 209

Re: Buddhist Prophecies of the 21st Century and Beyond

“Religion in the Anthropocene”. https://books.google.com.vn/books?id=-uS0AQAACAAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false I'm not recommending this book to read as it's all speculation, but using it as an indication of how people who are forward-looking are well advanced in discussing things in term...
by paul
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Muslims, Islam, U.S.A and Europe
Replies: 98
Views: 1481

Re: Muslims, Islam and Europe

:goodpost: Everything changes, becomes something else. This is Buddhism 101. Nothing stays the same - not the individual, not things, certainly not countries and cultures. Society is not some fixed, static thing. Not a stone but a river. People are being alarmist with respect to what is really a nat...
by paul
Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:17 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Muslims, Islam, U.S.A and Europe
Replies: 98
Views: 1481

Muslims, Islam, U.S.A and Europe

Muslim population to grow in Europe: http://www.pewforum.org/2017/11/29/europes-growing-muslim-population/ I posted the above link not to be alarmist, but rather as an extension of the idea of future diversity which I believe will accommodate different religious groups including Muslims, postulated ...
by paul
Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to become a person with hope/expectation?
Replies: 32
Views: 507

Re: How to become a person with hope/expectation?

The Buddhist conception of faith is not of something that continues indefinitely, faith is the seed and the practitioner is expected to investigate and test the object of faith and develop direct knowledge, and it is on that that confidence is built: “The Blessed One taught me the Dhamma with its hi...
by paul
Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: withdrawal
Replies: 13
Views: 216

Re: withdrawal

Vital information is missing, you have not indicated whether the things you are withdrawing from are wholesome or unwholesome. Experiencing a newfound freedom in the ability to withdraw due to recently acquired Buddhist knowledge is good, as renunciation is the primary attitude in Theravada. The wes...
by paul
Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How to regard intrusive, unwanted images or thoughts in meditation?
Replies: 21
Views: 353

Re: How to regard intrusive, unwanted images or thoughts in meditation?

It means the first foundation of the four foundations of mindfulness, as described in the Satipatthana sutta:
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .than.html
by paul
Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How to regard intrusive, unwanted images or thoughts in meditation?
Replies: 21
Views: 353

Re: How to regard intrusive, unwanted images or thoughts in meditation?

From the point of view of dynamics of training, such thoughts are simply an indication that a percentage of the mind remains untamed and it is letting you know that it can do what it wants. It means that right effort is a work in progress. Such thoughts will in fact increase in intensity the closer ...
by paul
Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism and Islam in Asia: A Long and Complicated History
Replies: 52
Views: 1187

Re: Buddhism and Islam in Asia: A Long and Complicated History

UN committee urges Myanmar to give citizenship to Rohingyas In 2016 Barack Obama stated correctly that “we are living in the most peaceful era in human history and the world has never been less violent”. Continuity of this trend will allow a diversity of beliefs to coexist and grow more idiosyncrat...