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by paul
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meditation experience
Replies: 2
Views: 33

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: 88

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: 174

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: 262

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: 262

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: 96

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: 262

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: 161

Re: How to Pronounce Theravada

According to the Oxford dictionary it is pronounced as in 'therapy' or 'therapeutic'.
by paul
Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: perfection vs practicality
Replies: 3
Views: 85

Re: perfection vs practicality

There is another aspect to perfection vs practicality and that is it is the beginning of the division between ultimate and conventional realities. All those things which lead to nibbana should be categorized as 'ultimate reality', and all those having to do with mundane activities categorized as 'co...
by paul
Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Māna (Measuring) and Nivāta (Humility)
Replies: 2
Views: 88

Re: Māna (Measuring) and Nivāta (Humility)

Conceit (mana) is one of the five higher fetters and binds to the fine-material and immaterial worlds, and as AN 6.49 states, deals with the conceit regarding superiority or inferiority of the level of higher practice. The five lower fetters bind to the sensuous world are are of more relevance and c...
by paul
Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Letting go
Replies: 9
Views: 472

Re: Letting go

“Letting go” in the context of this talk is a simplistic catchphrase which does not explain the true process of emancipation. This is revealed in the talk where it is said that the noble eightfold path is “a complicated or refined way of basically telling us to let go”. To say the noble eightfold pa...
by paul
Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Meditation on corpses
Replies: 2
Views: 133

Re: Meditation on corpses

"There are these five facts that one should reflect on often, whether one is a woman or a man, lay or ordained. Which five? "'I am subject to aging, have not gone beyond aging.' This is the first fact that one should reflect on often, whether one is a woman or a man, lay or ordained. "'I am subject ...
by paul
Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What is the difference between "themeless" vs "emptiness" liberation?
Replies: 15
Views: 483

Re: What is the difference between "themeless" vs "emptiness" liberation?

There are in fact three liberations: “ The 3 liberations are: 1. the conditionless (or signless) liberation (animitta-v.), 2. the desireless liberation (apanihita-v.), 3. the emptiness (or void) liberation (suññatá-v. ). They are also called 'the triple gateway to liberation' (vimokkha-mukha; Vis.M....
by paul
Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Anicca, Dukkha and Anatta are the five clinging-aggregate?
Replies: 47
Views: 527

Re: What is Anicca, Dukkha and Anatta are the five clinging-aggregate?

Because the aggregates are no longer subject to clinging, the arahant feels pleasure and pain but is disjoined from it: "Sensing a feeling of pleasure, he senses it disjoined from it. Sensing a feeling of pain, he senses it disjoined from it. Sensing a feeling of neither-pleasure-nor-pain, he senses...