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by paul
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Momentariness of mind
Replies: 4
Views: 53

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: 566

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: 10
Views: 291

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: 109

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: 566

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: 473

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: 473

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: 103

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: 126

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...
by paul
Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Common problems during meditation
Replies: 7
Views: 165

Re: Common problems during meditation

alfa wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:23 pm
What's the end game?
The practitioner has to relate their experience, including stress, to the four noble truths, and see that thoughts that arise are signs of attachment.
by paul
Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does anyone understand Nanavira's Clearing the Path?
Replies: 13
Views: 454

Re: Does anyone understand Nanavira's Clearing the Path?

Nanavira aside, this extract from the Vism. shows how right view is the foremost concern of the first path-knowledge, which is logical as view leads to the formation of perceptions and mind states and as the extract also shows, in some cases view can be rectified but perceptions and mind states pers...
by paul
Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:44 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment
Replies: 33
Views: 473

Re: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment

suaimhneas wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:51 pm
I'm actually a person who practices both ACIM and Buddhism
Is ACIM an escape bridge for you from Catholicism to Buddhism?
by paul
Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Kamacchanda vs desire in first jhana
Replies: 10
Views: 348

Re: Kamacchanda vs desire in first jhana

Desire is a necessary motivation for progress in practice, and there are pleasant feelings not of the flesh which have to be aroused by manipulating the breath, indeed these are a necessary alternative to feelings of the flesh. But certainly agitation (uddhacca) is a primary factor in all unwholesom...
by paul
Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment
Replies: 33
Views: 473

Re: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment

In the method of Theravada learning, it is the individual’s own responsibility to compare what they hear with what has already been experienced and so build their practice. These days reading is the main teacher, with Analayo, Bikkhu Bodhi and Thanissaro being the leading authors. “When, on observin...
by paul
Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment
Replies: 33
Views: 473

Re: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment

There is a measure called “protecting the sign”, which means conserving a favourable mental state that has arisen as a result of concentration, and involves avoiding unnecessary talk and interactions, as they have a detrimental effect. Secondly, there are ten fetters binding beings to samsara, and t...