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by paul
Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is right concentration and...?
Replies: 7
Views: 226

Re: What is right concentration and...?

Right Action is one of the links making up the threefold morality (sila) division of the noble eightfold path: “Right action means refraining from unwholesome deeds that occur with the body as their natural means of expression. The pivotal element in this path factor is the mental factor of abstinen...
by paul
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Selecting a Sri Lanka Monastery for Ordination
Replies: 18
Views: 1317

Re: Selecting a Sri Lanka Monastery for Ordination

The particular characteristics of Theravada as it has developed in Europe, America, and Australia and NZ, drawing mainly on the Thai Forest Tradition and the writing of western scholar-monks who lived in Sri Lanka . Any particular names? Thanks. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nyanaponika_Thera https...
by paul
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Selecting a Sri Lanka Monastery for Ordination
Replies: 18
Views: 1317

Re: Selecting a Sri Lanka Monastery for Ordination

The particular characteristics of Theravada as it has developed in Europe, America, and Australia and NZ, drawing mainly on the Thai Forest Tradition and the writing of western scholar-monks who lived in Sri Lanka. These are: -the doctrinal texts' availability in English translation -the lay person'...
by paul
Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:29 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Pa Auk Monastery question.
Replies: 2
Views: 84

Re: Pa Auk Monastery question.

There aren't any monasteries that are as well organized to cater for westerners as Pa Auk, including sponsorship of the visa:
https://www.paaukforestmonastery.org/at-mawlamyine
by paul
Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Selecting a Sri Lanka Monastery for Ordination
Replies: 18
Views: 1317

Re: Selecting a Sri Lanka Monastery for Ordination

It is not a training monastery (pirivena). May I ask what you mean by this? That is, do people not have a check in with the teacher on a day to day basis, with a set of instructions to follow etc? I've been to Pa Auk in Myanmar and this is how it worked.. as such I assumed it would be similar at Na...
by paul
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Looking for advice in becoming a monk in Thailand
Replies: 8
Views: 263

Re: Looking for advice in becoming a monk in Thailand

here is another excerpt :goodpost: SN 47.19 the Bamboo Acrobat (above), shows the simple and obvious logic of why Theravada puts the emphasis on the practitioner developing their own practice first so they can better help others, in opposition to the Mahayana view that the practice is primarily abo...
by paul
Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: US interest in meditation jumps
Replies: 0
Views: 88

US interest in meditation jumps

US turning to meditation in troubled times: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db325-h.pdf Meditation: The act of engaging in mental exercise to reach a heightened level of spiritual awareness or mindfulness. This report uses a composite measure based on responses to three questions regarding ...
by paul
Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Looking for advice in becoming a monk in Thailand
Replies: 8
Views: 263

Re: Looking for advice in becoming a monk in Thailand

As far as goals. Purify my mind, help others, live simply and be happy. These intentions are good as they are similar to the ones the Buddha-to-be had prior to enlightenment, as can be read in MN 19, but note that the Theravada view of “helping others” is confined to meditation: "Whatever a monk ke...
by paul
Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Looking for advice in becoming a monk in Thailand
Replies: 8
Views: 263

Re: Looking for advice in becoming a monk in Thailand

Reading your introduction it's puzzling that most of your previous experience has been in Mahayana, then suddenly there's a proposition to become a Theravada monk, and it seems to indicate that becoming a monk in Thailand would be easier than elsewhere, which is not an appropriate reason. To become ...
by paul
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: what meditation pratice did the Buddha while in retreat?
Replies: 3
Views: 182

Re: what meditation pratice did the Buddha while in retreat?

Speaking broadly, there is a book by Ven. Analayo, "A Meditator's Life of the Buddha", which apparently follows the Buddha's progression in meditation subjects:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/375 ... the-buddha
by paul
Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Bhikkhu Analayo's anapanasati/jhana book?
Replies: 9
Views: 1489

Re: Bhikkhu Analayo's anapanasati/jhana book?

Intermediate-Advanced In MN 62 in the morning the Buddha raises the subject of impermanence with Rahula, but then Sariputta mentions meditation on the breath outright, setting up a situation where Rahula as a student has to make a link between the two. In the afternoon he approaches the Buddha who i...
by paul
Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Bhikkhu Analayo's anapanasati/jhana book?
Replies: 9
Views: 1489

Re: Bhikkhu Analayo's anapanasati/jhana book?

Intermediate- Advanced Ven. Analayo bases the recent anapanasati course on AN 10.60. While impermanence is normally linked to insight in the fourth tetrad of the Anapanasati sutta, in AN 10.60 it precedes (perceptions 1-9) mindfulness of breathing, meaning it is to be treated as a preliminary theme ...
by paul
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Rapture and Pleasure (Piti Sukha) Experienced in Nibbana? It Seems So!
Replies: 113
Views: 2410

Re: Are Rapture and Pleasure (Piti Sukha) Experienced in Nibbana? It Seems So!

The Satipatthana sutta instructs understanding “disappearance” of the clinging aggregates (the aggregates can also be neutral): “There is the case where a monk (discerns): ‘Such is form, such its disappearance’. SN 22.5 describes what “disappearance” of the clinging aggregates means: "And what is th...
by paul
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Devanussati: Recollecting the Devas in Practice
Replies: 4
Views: 641

Re: Devanussati: Recollecting the Devas in Practice

The recollection of devas is one of six recollections out of the 40 meditation subjects and this group are subsidiary themes supporting the main meditation theme. The third foundation of mindfulness deals with the state of the mind, and these themes are used to correct the mind when it is noted to b...
by paul
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sila samadhi Panna
Replies: 7
Views: 374

Re: Sila samadhi Panna

The process of vipassana does not occur spontaneously by practising sila, it needs the willed intervention of right effort and right mindfulness to be activated. Serenity and insight are two separate themes in the NEP, one pertains to tranquility and the other to effort and samadhi is a necessary ba...