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by paul
Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism and Islam in Asia: A Long and Complicated History
Replies: 9
Views: 130

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

The OP article looks backwards to the past, to get an idea of the future, Indonesia is the example:
https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/ ... ture-islam
by paul
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind independent of body?
Replies: 24
Views: 279

Re: Mind independent of body?

:goodpost: ..."This prompted wisdom to probe into the nature of the body, the nature of pain and the nature of the mind until all three were perceived clearly as separate realities, each true in its own natural sphere. I think he has simplified the four foundations of mindfulness into three: body, f...
by paul
Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind independent of body?
Replies: 24
Views: 279

Re: Mind independent of body?

The separation of mentality from materiality is the task of purification of view and is necessary in understanding the separation between body and the other factors in the various groupings, for example in the four foundations of mindfulness (body and three mental foundations). Since the second foun...
by paul
Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind independent of body?
Replies: 24
Views: 279

Re: Mind independent of body?

They are both independent and interdependent. The analogy given is of two sheaves of wheat propped up against each other; they are independent entities, but when one falls the other falls too (Visuddhimagga XVIII: 32).
by paul
Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Feeding on rapture
Replies: 2
Views: 112

Re: Feeding on rapture

Dhammapada, Chap. 15 "Happiness", v. 200.
Due to the nature of 'piti' (rapture) as a change in the mode of energy from striving to initial attainment, it always implies that effort has previously been applied.
by paul
Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Asking for Help re: nutriment and sensual desire
Replies: 20
Views: 224

Re: Asking for Help re: nutriment and sensual desire

Using food skilfully as a tool for awakening. Mindfulness includes memory and you might eat two meals per day, one small one in the morning and a larger one at midday and nothing in the evening. You might feel quite full at the midday meal, but over time be losing weight. Also you know from experien...
by paul
Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New Journey In Buddhism
Replies: 4
Views: 69

Re: New Journey In Buddhism

Welcome to DW. For books, study this thread:
viewtopic.php?f=13&t=30592
by paul
Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anger
Replies: 49
Views: 413

Re: Anger

Any emotion or thought that comes up, if seen as impermanent, dissatisfying, and not self, doesn't harm anyone. There is no need to transform anger. We need to transform our view. Right view is the first step. It is a condition which allows harmony to unfold in all aspects of one's life. It leads t...
by paul
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Condensed version of the teachings within texts
Replies: 20
Views: 351

Re: Condensed version of the teachings within texts

The teaching in the suttas is already condensed. This is because of efficiency to facilitate oral transmission, but it's the very thing that today, leads to misinterpretation. "Here again, though, there are many disagreements on what the suttas say, largely because very few people have read them ca...
by paul
Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Condensed version of the teachings within texts
Replies: 20
Views: 351

Re: Condensed version of the teachings within texts

There is a time progression connecting these three books, they were first written in this order: The Buddha's Path to Deliverance 1952, The Noble Eightfold Path 1984, In The Buddha's Words 2005. The first two were written in Sri Lanka and the third soon after returning to the US from Sri Lanka. The ...
by paul
Thu Nov 16, 2017 7:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What's the spiritual significance of perfecting a craft in Buddhism?
Replies: 6
Views: 114

Re: What's the spiritual significance of perfecting a craft in Buddhism?

On the mundane level the Buddha constantly applies the word ‘skilful’ to actions which are morally good and productive of favourable kamma results, so the Theravada craft is that of mental development. Regarding the supramundane the subject should not be discussed: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/ti...
by paul
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Condensed version of the teachings within texts
Replies: 20
Views: 351

Re: Condensed version of the teachings within texts

It is correct and elementary to conclude that it is better to study a book by a sutta scholar before going to the suttas themselves. There is an internal unity to the dhamma which is not discernible to the untrained eye and a superficial reading gives a wrong impression, particularly with regard to ...
by paul
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Euthanasia
Replies: 17
Views: 905

Re: Euthanasia

It's rationally thought out compassion, and will inevitably become worldwide practice: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/09/any-taboo-has-gone-netherlands-sees-rise-in-demand-for-euthanasia Victoria, Australia: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-14/euthanasia-laws-likely-to-pass-in-victoria...
by paul
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Bikkhu Bodhi on the errors of modern mindfulness
Replies: 47
Views: 1036

Re: Bikkhu Bodhi on the errors of modern mindfulness

Secularized mindfulness is based in psychology rather than Buddhism, and the aim of psychology is to make the person a functioning member of society, whereas the aim of Buddhism is to be liberated from conventional reality (samsara). So the application of secular mindfulness is a 'band aid' solution...
by paul
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:47 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Bikkhu Bodhi on the errors of modern mindfulness
Replies: 47
Views: 1036

Re: Bikkhu Bodhi on the errors of modern mindfulness

ieee23 wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:38 pm
can you post a link as to where he is making this commentary?
The link is there in one of my posts.
by paul
Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello! I am back
Replies: 5
Views: 143

Re: Hello! I am back

Welcome to DW. The path in Theravada is that of the arahant. More about it here:
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/aut ... ttvas.html
by paul
Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: explain
Replies: 8
Views: 130

Re: explain

“Self-view is eradicated by Sotapanna.
The conceit is eradicated by Arahant. “

The fetters are divided into five lower and five higher. Personality view is a lower fetter and conceit a higher.
SN 22:89
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/ati/tip ... .than.html
by paul
Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Replies: 60
Views: 717

Re: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn

Description of MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction) from Wikipedia: “Body scanning is the first prolonged formal mindfulness technique taught during the first four weeks of the workshop, and entails quietly lying on one's back and focusing one's attention on various regions of the body, startin...
by paul
Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Forest
Replies: 19
Views: 561

Re: Forest

“The world offers no escape. Even I hide in the mountains, only to hear the haunting cry of deer.” The above quote does not take into account the graduated path described in the Pali Canon and in particular in MN 121. Wilderness as a subject does not represent full meditational development, but the ...