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by paul
Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How long does it take to overcome destructive choices?
Replies: 14
Views: 158

Re: How long does it take to overcome destructive choices?

I have received a PM and will publish it here as is my practice, following the Buddha's example of not conducting private discussions : paul wrote: ↑Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:33 am Srilankaputra wrote: ↑Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:07 pm "Defilements can be suppressed using will power, it is one of the tactics avail...
by paul
Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How long does it take to overcome destructive choices?
Replies: 14
Views: 158

Re: How long does it take to overcome destructive choices?

"Defilements can be suppressed using will power, it is one of the tactics available." Are you talking about sila? Right effort, where will power is required: “Bhikkhus, there are these four right strivings. What four? (1) Here, a bhikkhu generates desire for the non-arising of unarisen bad unwholes...
by paul
Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: An escape from painful feeling aside from sensual pleasure.?
Replies: 14
Views: 124

Re: An escape from painful feeling aside from sensual pleasure.?

rapture & pleasure apart from sensuality= Jhana ? “But when he has 1) clearly seen as it has come to be with right discernment that sensuality is of much stress, much despair, & greater drawbacks, and he has 2) attained a rapture & pleasure apart from sensuality, apart from unskillful qualities, or...
by paul
Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How long does it take to overcome destructive choices?
Replies: 14
Views: 158

Re: How long does it take to overcome destructive choices?

Defilements can be suppressed using will power, it is one of the tactics available. Insight removes defilements, rather than suppressing them. There are measures for overcoming sensual desire, a practitioner should consider if they are seriously implementing them. Any form of sensual desire requires...
by paul
Tue Jan 22, 2019 5:43 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: An escape from painful feeling aside from sensual pleasure.?
Replies: 14
Views: 124

Re: An escape from painful feeling aside from sensual pleasure.?

“Touched by that painful feeling, he does not delight in sensual pleasure. Why is that? Because the well-instructed disciple of the noble ones discerns an escape from painful feeling aside from sensual pleasure. “—-SN 36.6 Note that the escape to feelings not of the flesh is achieved by knowing and ...
by paul
Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: A question about ego death
Replies: 28
Views: 672

Re: A question about ego death

Good post all of you. I am a beginner here, so what should we do when we are dreaming? Dreaming experience can be more vivid than actual life (all beginners know that). What can one do? - Thanks in advance. A practitioner should not attempt to stop their dreaming directly, the absence of dreaming i...
by paul
Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: What are the Fruits of Samatha Meditation?
Replies: 5
Views: 109

Re: What are the Fruits of Samatha Meditation?

Samadhi stems from sila: “The order of the three trainings is determined by the overall aim and direction of the path. Since the final goal to which the path leads, liberation from suffering, depends ultimately on uprooting ignorance, the climax of the path must be the training directly opposed to i...
by paul
Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Anapanasati Sutra
Replies: 10
Views: 286

Re: Anapanasati Sutra

This video can be watched while reading the Anapanasati sutta, as it goes through the four tetrads one by one. Overall it should noted in the video that mindfulness of breathing is a meditation on the body, one of six from the first foundation of mindfulness of the Satipatthana sutta: https://www.yo...
by paul
Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Back to self!
Replies: 59
Views: 705

Re: Back to self!

According to Buddhism - my illusory notion of self is being asked to understand that the self is an illusion. A profitable question which can lead to discovery of the two truths, conventional and ultimate, which coexist simultaneously even beyond enlightenment. my illusory notion of self= conventio...
by paul
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: How Many Must One Cut?
Replies: 14
Views: 179

Re: How Many Must One Cut?

'Cutting five' refers to the five lower fetters, abandoning five, to the higher fetters. I guess the difference between 'cutting' and 'abandoning' refers to the means of escape from the sensuous realm with gross attachment, as contrasted with the brahma realm. The five to be developed are the spirit...
by paul
Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:56 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Theravada in Vietnam
Replies: 39
Views: 7998

Re: Theravada in Vietnam

Socialism is not conducive to silence. In Vietnam, the government has traditionally maintained its presence by broadcasts through loudspeakers in some cases loud enough to cover a whole suburb, and in more recent times people have discovered they are not only able to afford a motorbike, but also a k...
by paul
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: The Old "In-Out In-Out"
Replies: 3
Views: 139

Re: The Old "In-Out In-Out"

It’s misleading to label seated meditation as vipassana, it’s characteristic of samatha meditation: “Seated meditation is the arena in which the meditator practices his own fundamental skills. The game the meditator is playing is the experience of his own life, and the instrument upon which he plays...
by paul
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:32 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Anapanasati Sutra
Replies: 10
Views: 286

Re: Anapanasati Sutra

There are no books for beginners specifically examining the Anapanasati sutta, because it requires a higher level of understanding. A beginner practitioner has to study the sutta themselves, relating it to the Satipatthana sutta, researching the resources available. The only book that really examine...
by paul
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Theravada for Beginner
Replies: 32
Views: 486

Re: Theravada for Beginner

Your selection is on target, the Satipatthana sutta being the central sutta in the Pali Canon and everything else relates to it, including the Anapanasati sutta, the four tetrads of which are based on the four foundations of mindfulness of the Satipatthana. You should therefore compare the two sutta...
by paul
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Momentariness of mind
Replies: 7
Views: 186

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 ...