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by paul
Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Help me understand rapture
Replies: 11
Views: 185

Re: Help me understand rapture

Separating the division between body and mind is an important insight contemplation. According to the Vism. most mental activity begins with the body. This is supported by the foundations of mindfulness, where the first foundation is treated in the teaching as the basic one, its exercises more exten...
by paul
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Death contemplation.
Replies: 10
Views: 95

Re: Death contemplation.

“The third tetrad: “[9] He trains himself, ‘I will breathe in sensitive to the mind.’ He trains himself, ‘I will breathe out sensitive to the mind.’ [10] He trains himself, ‘I will breathe in gladdening the mind.’ He trains himself, ‘I will breathe out gladdening the mind.’ [11] He trains himself, ‘...
by paul
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Help me understand rapture
Replies: 11
Views: 185

Re: Help me understand rapture

I'm trying to better understand the 5th contemplation of the anapanasati: Rapture. “The second tetrad: “[5] He trains himself, ‘I will breathe in sensitive to rapture.’ He trains himself, ‘I will breathe out sensitive to rapture.’ [6] He trains himself, ‘I will breathe in sensitive to pleasure.’ He...
by paul
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Artificial intelligence produces social conditions benefiting Buddhism:
Replies: 22
Views: 379

Re: Artificial intelligence produces social conditions benefiting Buddhism:

“For example, there is a 99 percent probability that by 2033 human telemarketers and insurance underwriters will lose their jobs to algorithms. There is a 98 percent probability that the same will happen to sports referees. Cashiers — 97 percent. Chefs — 96 percent. Waiters — 94 percent. Paralegals ...
by paul
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Artificial intelligence produces social conditions benefiting Buddhism:
Replies: 22
Views: 379

Artificial intelligence produces social conditions benefiting Buddhism:

Social conditions of unemployment produced by AI have similarity to the increased leisure time as a result of the development of agriculture during the Buddha’s era, resulting in the spread of Buddhism: http://www.wybuddhist.com/eng/conferneces_s.asp?ID=79 https://books.google.com.vn/books?id=tpAsBA...
by paul
Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is vipassana and anapanasati?
Replies: 39
Views: 404

Re: What is vipassana and anapanasati?

"but you do not have to look at corpses in today’s day and age "

This is opposed to Buddhist teaching.
by paul
Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is vipassana and anapanasati?
Replies: 39
Views: 404

Re: What is vipassana and anapanasati?

What is an artificially created object that leads to concentration free from craving and aversion? Any external materiality, either natural or man-made has a cycle of impermanence which can be a subject of insight. "...he again attributes the three characteristics to natural materiality. Natural mat...
by paul
Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is vipassana and anapanasati?
Replies: 39
Views: 404

Re: What is vipassana and anapanasati?

There are two types of meditation, serenity and insight. The forty subjects of serenity include the recollection of the breath: ten kasinas ten unattractive objects (dasa asubha) ten recollections (dasa anussatiyo) four sublime states (cattaro brahmavihara) four immaterial states (cattaro aruppa) on...
by paul
Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What are these 2 set of words?
Replies: 4
Views: 93

Re: What are these 2 set of words?

The threefold division of the Noble Eightfold Path, sila, samadhi and panna,has a dynamic relationship one to the next. Sila is a necessary prerequisite for successful samadhi, and samadhi necessary for successful insight. Also they oppose the defilements in different ways: “Before we turn to the de...
by paul
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the difference between Samma Sati and Yoniso Manasikara?
Replies: 99
Views: 1203

Re: What is the difference between Samma Sati and Yoniso Manasikara?

SarathW wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:21 am
Asuba.
Beginning with the skeleton, it is easy to visualise, can be easily studied on the internet and in SL one could be obtained from a hospital, don't know if that still applies.
by paul
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the pratice summed up in a few words?
Replies: 21
Views: 206

Re: What is the pratice summed up in a few words?

Is the pratice simply"letting go"? The practice should be established in experience. Why let go? Because materiality is impermanent. The unwholesome root of greed works against impermanence, so that must be countered by dissolution being systematically studied: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php...
by paul
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Do you have compassion for Nikolas Cruz?
Replies: 50
Views: 723

Re: Do you have compassion for Nikolas Cruz?

Mental health in the US: • 1 in 5 Adults have a mental health condition. That's over 40 million Americans; more than the populations of New York and Florida combined. • Youth mental health is worsening. Rates of youth with severe depression increased from 5.9% in 2012 to 8.2% in 2015. Even with seve...
by paul
Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the difference between Samma Sati and Yoniso Manasikara?
Replies: 99
Views: 1203

Re: What is the difference between Samma Sati and Yoniso Manasikara?

When one attends carefully Could you give me an example? “Especially wise attention directed to the impermanent nature of the five aggregates [affected by] clinging has a considerable potential of leading to the destruction of lust and therewith to liberation (SN III 52). It goes without saying tha...
by paul
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the difference between Samma Sati and Yoniso Manasikara?
Replies: 99
Views: 1203

Re: What is the difference between Samma Sati and Yoniso Manasikara?

Answering the OP question: Mindfulness is a factor of enlightenment and yoniso manasikara is the nutriment for the factors of enlightemnent: “When one attends carefully, bhikkhus, unarisen sensual desire does not arise and arisen sensual desire is abandoned. When one attends carefully, unarisen ill ...
by paul
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: How will you conceive the world in thirty years?
Replies: 35
Views: 410

Re: How you conceived the world in thirty years?

Do you think six billion people are going to be Buddhist in thirty years? I'm referring to secular mindfulness: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/oct/13/politicians-meditate-commons-mindfulness-event "“Mindful meditation allows me to take a timeout, step back and see issues as interconn...
by paul
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Stream Entry
Replies: 62
Views: 883

Re: Stream Entry

To eliminate the fetter of doubt and ‘gain a footing in the dhamma’, the practitioner should begin contemplation of impermanence in materiality, the simple observation of dissolution of the body and material forms: “To Upali the householder, as he was sitting right there, there arose the dustless, s...
by paul
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Weak jhana with nimitta, strong without, and who cares
Replies: 4
Views: 123

Re: Weak jhana with nimitta, strong without, and who cares

What is meant is that the fundamental role of sila is overlooked as a necessary basis for samadhi. Then the complete text to address other questions.
by paul
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Hindu Practice Vs Buddhist Practice
Replies: 90
Views: 1166

Re: Hindu Practice Vs Buddhist Practice

"Perplexity sometimes arises over an apparent inconsistency in the arrangement of the path factors and the threefold training. Wisdom — which includes right view and right intention — is the last stage in the threefold training, yet its factors are placed at the beginning of the path rather than at ...
by paul
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Darwin and the Buddha
Replies: 12
Views: 210

Re: Darwin and the Buddha

The three unwholesome roots are the primal instincts; greed functioning for food finding and reproduction, hate for protection of territory and possessions; and ignorance being the basic lack of knowledge of nibbana or the path. The arahat completely overcomes these primal instincts, beginning with ...