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by paul
Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"
Replies: 50
Views: 607

Re: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"

The practical contemplation aspect of mind and body (mentality-materiality) is to have direct knowledge that although they are interdependent like two sheaves of reeds propped against each other, they are also according to this image individual entities, and the Visuddhimagga manual instructs they b...
by paul
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What it means by that the mind reside in the cave?
Replies: 39
Views: 192

Re: What it means by that the mind reside in the cave?

What is the function of the brain then?
by paul
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What it means by that the mind reside in the cave?
Replies: 39
Views: 192

Re: What it means by that the mind reside in the cave?

The cave means the physical basis of the mind, which according to the Visuddhimagga was mistakenly thought to be the heart, as it was not known what the function of the brain was, and nasal mucus was thought to issue from the brain.
by paul
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: My experience with jhana and samadhi, comments welcome
Replies: 19
Views: 200

Re: My experience with jhana and samadhi, comments welcome

You have an Asian mind and so have a natural facility with jhana which is a great advantage, but unfortunately has the downside of making the practitioner overlook or disparage vipassana; this is one of the dangers recognised in the path and represents an imbalance in the faculties where tranquility...
by paul
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did you observe Uposatha today?
Replies: 16
Views: 133

Re: Did you observe Uposatha today?

I am always aware of the new moon and the full moon as they have a marked influence on my contemplation conditions. Before the new moon there is an ebb in mental energy and when it arrives there is a surge.
by paul
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is the new "Spread Mind" philosophy actually Buddhism?
Replies: 4
Views: 180

Re: Is the new "Spread Mind" philosophy actually Buddhism?

“Yet it is just within this fathom-long body, with its perception & intellect, that I declare that there is the cosmos, the origination of the cosmos, the cessation of the cosmos, and the path of practice leading to the cessation of the cosmos.”—-Anguttara Nikaya 4:45 No. While it is true that reali...
by paul
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Celibacy as a lay person and kamma
Replies: 37
Views: 395

Re: Celibacy as a lay person and kamma

AN 4.159: "This body comes into being through sexual intercourse. Sexual intercourse is to be abandoned. With regard to sexual intercourse, the Buddha declares the cutting off of the bridge." It's logical that since the Buddha teaches the way out of the cycle of rebirth, then the means of rebirth mu...
by paul
Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: The Visuddhi Magga and Abhidhamma may not have been taught by the Buddha! (Sama dengan Bahasa)
Replies: 11
Views: 205

Re: The Visuddhi Magga and Abhidhamma may not have been taught by the Buddha! (Sama dengan Bahasa)

:goodpost: What I am saying is what those documents contains are Buddha's teaching but may be compiled in a different way. Even the Suttas are not what literally said by the Buddha. Sutta are also a tabulation or a compilation. An example of being compiled differently and expanded on is dispassion,...
by paul
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism as a supra-national, supra-racial religion?
Replies: 22
Views: 361

Re: Buddhism as a supra-national, supra-racial religion?

With the future rise of India and Indonesia below China to world leadership status, European heritage will be subsumed and there will be global adoption of Asian values as the dominant ethos [...] The difference between ‘obedience’ and sila is that the latter is personal responsibility based on und...
by paul
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Samatha & Vipassanā
Replies: 42
Views: 1996

Re: Samatha & Vipassanā

While supporting the advice recommending samatha, ultimately samatha only suppresses the hindrances; for eradication the practitioner must utilize vipassana. "In the conditional sequence of the awakening factors, “investigation-of-dhammas” (dhammavicaya) develops out of well-established mindfulness....
by paul
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: How do I start out in the Theravada tradition?
Replies: 10
Views: 229

Re: How do I start out in the Theravada tradition?

Below is the way Theravada works, meaning the practitioner must have a conceptual grasp initially. An overview can be obtained by reading “The Noble Eightfold Path” by Bikkhu Bodhi and in conjunction, beginning a reading of the Satipatthana Sutta, the discourse on mindfulness which forms the core of...
by paul
Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism as a supra-national, supra-racial religion?
Replies: 22
Views: 361

Re: Buddhism as a supra-national, supra-racial religion?

[...] :goodpost: The difference between ‘obedience’ and sila is that the latter is personal responsibility based on understanding, firstly of the action of kamma, which is innate in the Asian temperament and a tendency to jhana seems to be biologically characteristic of the Asian mind. Secondly, of...
by paul
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism as a supra-national, supra-racial religion?
Replies: 22
Views: 361

Re: Buddhism as a supra-national, supra-racial religion?

There is a fundamental difference between east and west, the latter being concerned with the development of contents of the mind outwards into external material form, the former with moving inwards from material form to the development of consciousness (in both cases, form or 'body' constitutes the ...
by paul
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Lying
Replies: 10
Views: 177

Re: Lying

If it helps, you might want to consider confessing your past actions to a neutral person who has no interest in your family. Since the OP specifically asks for Buddhist advice, it should be clarified that the above is not a Buddhist method. Kamma operates clinically in respect of individuals, and y...
by paul
Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Book, teacher or teaching on Insight Meditation that does not present momentariness
Replies: 18
Views: 265

Re: Book, teacher or teaching on Insight Meditation that does not present momentariness

It’s impermanence you are talking about, and as well as lacking a structured understanding of basic categories i.e. the conceptual aspect, there’s one important fact overlooked in your lopsided examples (which all relate to mind) and that is that impermanence is much easier to perceive in body than ...
by paul
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Impermanence cycle of natural materiality
Replies: 5
Views: 118

Re: Impermanence cycle of natural materiality

No. For the beginner, the Satipatthana sutta prescribes first the contemplation of both origination and passing away: “Or he remains focused on the phenomenon of origination with regard to the body, on the phenomenon of passing away with regard to the body…” (Note that ‘body’ can mean external mater...
by paul
Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Feedback on Map of the Buddha's India
Replies: 3
Views: 99

Re: Feedback on Map of the Buddha's India

Your map is adapted from buddhanet, which should be acknowledged. The extremes of his travels could be included for example Mathura, and also a scale of kilometres. Also in a different colour, the boundary of modern Nepal. It lacks a sense of reality. https://www.bhantedhammika.net/essays/footprints...
by paul
Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Five precepts and four lower realms (Apaya)
Replies: 11
Views: 149

Re: Five precepts and four lower realms (Apaya)

The precepts are 'training rules' and clinging to mere rules and rituals with the view that one may reach purification that way is one of the four proscribed kinds of clinging (upadana). Clinging to rules and rituals is one of the three fetters overcome on stream entry and after entering the stream ...
by paul
Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Americas new segregationists are on the left.
Replies: 30
Views: 535

Re: Americas new segregationists are on the left.

And whites aren't declining into anything. As the sjws continue with their hate rhetoric against whites (which are 70% of the american population) sjw= social justice warrior The US is at the tipping point in 2020, so the effects will be starting to be increasingly felt from now on: http://coveners...