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by paul
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Artificial intelligence produces social conditions benefiting Buddhism:
Replies: 12
Views: 121

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: 370

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: 370

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: 370

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: 82

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: 1149

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: 186

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: 655

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: 1149

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: 1149

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: 393

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: 829

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: 108

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: 85
Views: 1028

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: 191

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 ...
by paul
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: How will you conceive the world in thirty years?
Replies: 35
Views: 393

Re: How you conceived the world in thirty years?

The world is becoming more anthropocentric, that is people are becoming recognised as the central element, with nothing above them. This accords with Buddhist cosmology where the human plane is regarded as the most fortunate destination for rebirth. However Buddhism also values nature, and there has...
by paul
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Vinnanacayatana "The Base of Infinite Consciousness" in Arupavacara Jhana?
Replies: 14
Views: 173

Re: What is Vinnanacayatana "The Base of Infinite Consciousness" in Arupavacara Jhana?

“how does this lead to liberation from suffering?” Note that the early stages of MN 121 are not concerned with immaterial subjects, and it is possible to profitably remain at this stage. In practice, many lay practitioners have difficulty extricating themselves from human society and focussing on wi...
by paul
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Vinnanacayatana "The Base of Infinite Consciousness" in Arupavacara Jhana?
Replies: 14
Views: 173

Re: What is Vinnanacayatana "The Base of Infinite Consciousness" in Arupavacara Jhana?

From a practical point of view, MN 121 shows a progressive development of spatial expansion where infinite space is followed by infinite consciousness, indicating a similarity between space and consciousness, in their normal relationship as formless attainments. The first step in this progressive sp...
by paul
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Ajahn Mun: The vow he made to become a Buddha
Replies: 4
Views: 143

Re: Ajahn Mun: The vow he made to become a pacekkha Buddha

The book contains the right attitude from the Thai Forest Tradition, every meditation is aimed at eradicating the defilements, for example: Extract: "This means maintaining mindfulness and wisdom in every posture as a way of eliminating the poisons buried deep within your heart. " Many attempt to pr...