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by paul
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Detailed instruction - working with breath nimitta
Replies: 6
Views: 90

Re: Detailed instruction - working with breath nimitta

You're too focused on scriptures, definitions, concepts and theory whereas I'm focused on practicality and first hand experience. :goodpost: The element which unifies the texts is direct knowledge: "While in a literate culture in which systematic thought is highly prized the lack of such a text wit...
by paul
Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Losing friendships
Replies: 11
Views: 150

Re: Losing friendships

B The practitioner must look at the long-term implications. "Bad friends, bad companions, Bad practices — spending time in evil ways, By these, one brings oneself to ruin, In this world and the next. Seduction, gambling, drinking, singing, dancing, Sleeping by day, wandering all around untimely, Har...
by paul
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: restraint
Replies: 8
Views: 241

Re: restraint

Due to the large quantities of rice offered, one of the Sinhala words I quickly learned when staying at a large monastery in Sri Lanka was "atthi" (enough), being an evolution of the Pali matta.
by paul
Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Gender and the Sakyadhita
Replies: 14
Views: 296

Re: Gender and the Sakyadhita

1. Do you think Buddhism has a specific stance on gender and gender roles, especially the roles of women? The Buddha's instruction is that gender roles must be overcome: "And how is there lack of bondage? A woman does not attend inwardly to her feminine faculties... feminine charms. She is not exci...
by paul
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How to claim, when to claim!
Replies: 7
Views: 238

Re: How to claim, when to claim!

The critical point of this teaching from MN 14 from a practice point of view is the replacing of sensuality with a pleasure apart from it: “Even though a disciple of the noble ones has clearly seen as it has come to be with right discernment that sensuality is of much stress, much despair, & greater...
by paul
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Nissarana Vanaya
Replies: 21
Views: 323

Re: Nissarana Vanaya

I can't comment on abhidhamma, but the Visuddhimagga was written in Sri Lanka, and as well as revering it, the vipassana revival by Ledi Sayadaw and those Burmese monks before him, was for the same reason, being based on the Vism., in accord with SL tradition and welcome. Hence Pa Auk is connected t...
by paul
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: Chinese-language books, etc.
Replies: 3
Views: 58

Re: Chinese-language books, etc.

The only Chinese language Theravada books you will find are the standard western books obtainable in Chinese translation from places like the Pa Auk Forest Monastery.
https://sites.google.com/pamc.org.sg/ebookpaauksayadaw
by paul
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Seeking scriptural source for "all defilements temporarily suppressed when in jhana"
Replies: 39
Views: 560

Re: Seeking scriptural source for "all defilements temporarily suppressed when in jhana"

Correct, hindrances to true meditation (jhana), not "all defilements". The hindrances are called ‘nivarana’ which seems to imply semantically they are the opposite of nibbana, indicating a more comprehensive role than simply barriers to absorption, but relating them to the fetters is complex, whose...
by paul
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:57 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: milestone for western Theravada:
Replies: 4
Views: 188

milestone for western Theravada:

This year 2018 is Bikkhu Bodhi's 45th year of monkhood: "In 1967, while still a graduate student, Bodhi was ordained as a samanera (novice monk) in the Vietnamese Mahayana order.[2] In 1972, after graduation, Bodhi traveled to Sri Lanka where, under Ven. Ananda Maitreya,[3] he received novice ordina...
by paul
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does one observe Anatta ?
Replies: 108
Views: 1529

Re: How does one observe Anatta ?

In my experience the best way to observe anatta is to develop mundane right view, the knowledge of cause and effect. When the practitioner observes the fruit of action, how it ripens when conditions are appropriate, then their egotistical motivation is undermined and replaced by reliance on the acti...
by paul
Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Overcoming Fear of Death
Replies: 15
Views: 341

Re: Overcoming Fear of Death

A practitioner should only be thinking about the future in the following terms: “…these mental factors of sati, alertness, and ardency indicate that right sati, as a factor in the path to the end of suffering and stress, brings memories from the past to bear on a clear alertness of events and action...
by paul
Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Kill your parents, kill your god, kill your teacher." Fake Buddha quote?
Replies: 11
Views: 241

Re: "Kill your parents, kill your god, kill your teacher." Fake Buddha quote?

"If a tamable person doesn't submit either to a mild training or to a harsh training or to a mild & harsh training, then I kill him, Kesi." "But it's not proper for our Blessed One to take life! And yet the Blessed One just said, 'I kill him, Kesi.'" "It is true, Kesi, that it's not proper for a Tat...
by paul
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Is the term "cessation of greed, hatred & delusion" in the suttas?
Replies: 11
Views: 211

Re: Is the term "cessation of greed, hatred & delusion" in the suttas?

[7] "And what is the perception of cessation? There is the case where a monk — having gone to the wilderness, to the shade of a tree, or to an empty building — reflects thus: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the stilling of all fabrications, the relinquishment of all acquisitions, the ending of c...
by paul
Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Has anyone here mastered any of the jhanas?
Replies: 141
Views: 2183

Re: Has anyone here mastered any of the jhanas?

"The breath grows progressively more refined and calm as you move through the jhanas until you reach the fourth, at which stage in-and-out breathing stops (SN 36:11). "Right Mindfulness", Thanissaro,