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by paul
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha ever see the sea?
Replies: 15
Views: 121

Re: Did the Buddha ever see the sea?

No, but he certainly knew about the sea. The furtherest east he travelled was to the Rajmahal area near the Bangladesh border, and the sea is about 500km south. “ [1] Just as the ocean has a gradual shelf, a gradual slope, a gradual inclination, with a sudden drop-off only after a long stretch; in t...
by paul
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Letting go
Replies: 11
Views: 531

Re: Letting go

Further explanation: “Understanding the four truths in relation to one’s own life gives rise to the intention of renunciation; understanding them in relation to other beings gives rise to the other two right intentions. When we see how our own lives are pervaded by dukkha, and how this dukkha derive...
by paul
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Into The Stream with Sensual Desires...
Replies: 6
Views: 122

Re: Into The Stream with Sensual Desires...

The current of sensual desire runs counter to that of developing skillful qualities: Through exercising wise attention (yoniso manasikara) the practitioner makes a choice to avoid unwholesome feelings of the flesh, and turns to feelings not of the flesh that they have already cultivated through exer...
by paul
Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meditation experience
Replies: 18
Views: 328

Re: Meditation experience

Thank you for the corrections. Although MN 121 lists a progression of stages towards emptiness, I think lay practitioners should confine themselves to the separation between human society and the perception of wilderness and once attained, to be not afraid of using forceful restraint in interactions...
by paul
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meditation experience
Replies: 18
Views: 328

Re: Meditation experience

:goodpost:
"— not attending to the perception[1] of village, not attending to the perception of human being — attends to the singleness based on the perception of wilderness. His mind takes pleasure, finds satisfaction, settles, & indulges in its perception of wilderness."---MN 120
by paul
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meditation experience
Replies: 18
Views: 328

Re: Meditation experience

I have been asked via PM what aspects of doctrine I tend to focus on in support of the ongoing insight contemplation I practise throughout the day. I am no saint, but have been practising for about thirty years guided only by books, while periodically living in monasteries in Sri Lanka. Through dint...
by paul
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meditation experience
Replies: 18
Views: 328

Re: Meditation experience

When practitioners here write about meditation, it is almost always what I would consider samatha meditation. My meditation is different to that, it is a contemplation that goes on throughout the waking hours, comparing events that are happening, with a dhamma perspective. To do this, the essential ...
by paul
Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Is SN 36.6 really about two "feelings"??
Replies: 2
Views: 132

Re: Is SN 36.6 really about two "feelings"??

"When an untaught worldling is touched by a painful (bodily) feeling, he worries and grieves, he laments, beats his breast, weeps and is distraught. He thus experiences two kinds of feelings, a bodily and a mental feeling. It is as if a man were pierced by a dart and, following the first piercing, h...
by paul
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Knowing and Seeing
Replies: 8
Views: 204

Re: Knowing and Seeing

Knowing and seeing defined: "2.1 INFLUXES ABANDONED BY SEEING 2.1.1 Seeing. The term dassana means “seeing, vision,” but has a more positive connotation than diṭṭhi (“view”), but is here synonymous with “right view” (sammā diṭṭhi). Dassana, as used in the Sabb‟- āsava Sutta, refers to the first of t...
by paul
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Eightfold path
Replies: 12
Views: 293

Re: Eightfold path

quote=AgarikaJ post_id=489313 time=1539270168 user_id=15052] I have alot of anger that I deal with. I have a hard time focusing in meditation. Your unwillingness to engage in suitable conversation works against the overcoming of anger: Six things are helpful in conquering ill-will: 1. Learning how ...
by paul
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Eightfold path
Replies: 12
Views: 293

Re: Eightfold path

firstly that our states of mind are impermanent. Everything else follows from there. fear in the Theravada sense is coming from Aversion (Dvesha, In Theravada as directed in the Sattipatthana sutta, the body is fundamental to meditation, for one it being much easier to recognize impermanence in mat...
by paul
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does birth & death is destined or probability ?
Replies: 4
Views: 106

Re: Does birth & death is destined or probability ?

Of course it is kamma that determines the conditions of rebirth, and in that sense there is control over it: "Master Gotama, what is the reason, what is the cause, why baseness & excellence are seen among human beings, among the human race? For short-lived & long-lived people are to be seen, sickly ...
by paul
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Eightfold path
Replies: 12
Views: 293

Re: Eightfold path

To bring it into a Theravada frame, please explain specifically what the negative aspects are that you referred to, and what your view of the NEP is.
by paul
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to Pronounce Theravada
Replies: 7
Views: 172

Re: How to Pronounce Theravada

According to the Oxford dictionary it is pronounced as in 'therapy' or 'therapeutic'.