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by paul
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: What is delusion?
Replies: 7
Views: 71

Re: What is delusion?

Ignorance, the three marks of existence, and vipassana: “At the cognitive level, which is its most basic sphere of operation, ignorance infiltrates our perceptions, thoughts, and views, so that we come to misconstrue our experience overlaying it with multiple strata of delusions. The most important ...
by paul
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Advice request: text for Anapanasati Sutta self-study app
Replies: 11
Views: 133

Re: Advice request: text for Anapanasati Sutta self-study app

"This step-by-step, linear practice should be viewed as an introductory approach intended to lay a foundation for a more sophisticated understanding of the Anapanasati sutta which may be more non-linear." I'll also add the Thanisarro Bhikkhu citation you kindly provided which I had read as part of ...
by paul
Sat Aug 11, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Advice request: text for Anapanasati Sutta self-study app
Replies: 11
Views: 133

Re: Advice request: text for Anapanasati Sutta self-study app

“One leads naturally to the other, like stepping stones on a path”—-Anapanasati Sutta Study Guide. The linear approach presented in the text is simplistic and wrong, along with the assumption that the sutta leads primarily to serenity. While it may benefit beginners developing serenity, there should...
by paul
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Let it be
Replies: 6
Views: 221

Re: Let it be

Im having some difficulty finding a guided meditation where the theme is let everything be. There is no Theravada meditation on “let it be” (equanimity of multiplicity) as it’s a tactic which has limitations and is prone to attachment: “both equanimity and contentment have their place in training t...
by paul
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Vegetarians and depression
Replies: 20
Views: 358

Re: Vegetarians and depression

If a person becomes a vegetarian they need to have a knowledge of nutrition, particularly the essential amino acids and their sources. While meat provides all the nine essential amino acids, most vegetarian sources do not contain complete protein, so a variety of vegetarian foods must be eaten to en...
by paul
Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Pleasant sensations
Replies: 9
Views: 184

Re: Pleasant sensations

The four groups (tetrads) of meditation subjects in the Anapanasati sutta (MN 118) including the body (first tetrad), feelings including pleasure (second tetrad), the state of mind (third), and mental contents including impermanence (fourth), should not be taken as a linear progression, but rather a...
by paul
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Nibbana cool down all temperaments & dissolve greed & enmity?
Replies: 40
Views: 561

Re: Does Nibbana cool down all temperaments & dissolve greed & enmity?

Although this is presented as an image, the feeling of a wholesome mind state is in fact cool. There is a Thai saying, "jai yen', which means 'cool heart' : “The standard analogy here is of the way in which a fire goes out. That, in fact, is what unbinding (nibbana) means. According to the physics t...
by paul
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:15 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Pleasant sensations
Replies: 9
Views: 184

Re: Pleasant sensations

I noticed when there was a pleasant feeling there was a sense of dissatisfaction while it was happening because I knew that it was going to go away. is this a correct insight? It’s not an insight, it’s a distraction. Step 13 focusses on inconstancy, but first the practitioner should consolidate ple...
by paul
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Picking up the threads of Theravada again
Replies: 5
Views: 276

Re: Picking up the threads of Theravada again

Another thing that ended my Theravada practice was the doubtful chance of accomplishing anything to move along the path, has anyone any advice on this? A statement to that effect indicates the practitioner is not focused on the action of the hindrances in daily life, or the development of the whole...
by paul
Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Can an Arahant improve their understanding after awakening?
Replies: 10
Views: 258

Re: Can an Arahant improve their understanding after awakening?

The sutta perspective: "An arahant should attend in an appropriate way to these five clinging-aggregates as inconstant, stressful, a disease, a cancer, an arrow, painful, an affliction, alien, a dissolution, an emptiness, not-self. Although, for an arahant, there is nothing further to do, and nothin...
by paul
Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and memory
Replies: 26
Views: 269

Re: Buddhism and memory

Mindfulness requires an interaction between the past, present and future: “The Canon defines alertness (sampajanna) as knowing both events in the mind and activities of the body as they are happening: "And how is a monk alert? There is the case where feelings are known to the monk as they arise, kno...
by paul
Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and memory
Replies: 26
Views: 269

Re: Buddhism and memory

“every act of attention involves the appercipient process.” This shows how attention (manasikara) and perception (sanna) are combined, with attention being the initial contact with the object, and perception the awareness of the object’s distinctive marks (SN 22:79). “If in repeated perception of an...
by paul
Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and memory
Replies: 26
Views: 269

Re: Buddhism and memory

Memory is at the forefront of mindfulness: "Just as the royal frontier fortress has a gate-keeper — wise, experienced, intelligent — to keep out those he doesn't know and to let in those he does, for the protection of those within and to ward off those without; in the same way a disciple of the nobl...
by paul
Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there a rabbit in the Moon?
Replies: 10
Views: 187

Re: Is there a rabbit in the Moon?

This image comes from the Sasa Jataka.
by paul
Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the meaning of thought ?
Replies: 16
Views: 161

Re: What is the meaning of thought ?

Thought is vitakka, the operation of consciousness on the object, which (sometimes) occurs after initial attention to the object (manasikara). When wholesome, it is the second link of the noble eightfold path. If the thought becomes continued activity, it is vicara, discursive thinking, which is not...