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by Sam Vara
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: any fast way of burning up karma?
Replies: 16
Views: 207

Re: any fast way of burning up karma?

yes, thats my new technique: letting the angry energy be there without looking directly at it. co existing with it exactly the same as being in a room with 10 people in it. they move around, some make a bit of noise. i let them be just that way. why should i look at one of them and notice the detai...
by Sam Vara
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech
Replies: 44
Views: 1314

Re: Right Speech

Where is the support for the claim that lay status is to be "overcome", or that there is a distinction between being a lay-follower and Buddhist religiosity? One cannot attain nibbana as a lay follower, or at least cannot remain a lay follower after having attained nibbana. So it is said. But that ...
by Sam Vara
Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: vivicca, a term put together with 2 words?
Replies: 2
Views: 44

Re: vivicca, a term put together with 2 words?

Viviccati
to separate oneself, to depart from, to be alone, to separate (intrs.) Vin.iv.241; ger. viviccitvā Dhs-a.165, & vivicca (see sep.)
pp vivitta
■ Cp viveceti.

vi + vic
(From SuttaCentral)
by Sam Vara
Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: any fast way of burning up karma?
Replies: 16
Views: 207

Re: any fast way of burning up karma?

well, for so many years observing the anger/pain/noise etc is exactly what i was doing .... whenever one takes an object thats moving and looks at it......one fixes onto it.....in other words...attatching to it, right? No, I think there's a difference between watching intently and attaching; the la...
by Sam Vara
Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Megalomania and Buddhism
Replies: 7
Views: 107

Re: Megalomania and Buddhism

I don't think there was much of a tradition of statuary in the Buddha's time. There is no proscription because it was not thought of. As such, the "mega statues" can be seen as merely tasteful or distasteful. The important thing is one's attitude towards them. I have known Western monks explain how ...
by Sam Vara
Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech
Replies: 44
Views: 1314

Re: Right Speech

The whole idea of being a lay follower of the Buddha is to overcome one's lay status and move into monasticism, not to settle in one's lay status and be comfortable in it (which is what Buddhism as a religion tries to do). Hence the characteristic tensions, moral qualms, and absence of lay-specific...
by Sam Vara
Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Universe and its constant change....purpose
Replies: 28
Views: 674

Re: Universe and its constant change....purpose

Purpose/meaninh is dukkha. Seeking for purpose is seeking for object of dukkha. Why? Because purpose/meaning make things havy, it add a weight to them, make them important, by making them important it makes our mind clinging to them, and craving to them, and suffering about them... But thing are li...
by Sam Vara
Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: They're paying me to meditate
Replies: 13
Views: 506

Re: They're paying me to meditate

Here I stand, for ten hours a day, with my STOP / GO sign. Just as a skilled STOP/GO sign-turner or his apprentice, when making a long turn, discerns, 'I am making a long turn,' or when making a short turn discerns, 'I am making a short turn'; in the same way the monk, when breathing in long, disce...
by Sam Vara
Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: MN 68: a good case study on how easy and ordinary first jhana is
Replies: 8
Views: 233

Re: MN 68: a good case study on how easy and ordinary first jhana is

The term "superhuman state" is a translation of Pali uttarimanussadhamma. "Uttara" means "beyond", such as found in the term "lokuttara", meaning "transcending" or "above the world". Uttara can also mean "further", "higher", or even "Northern". I don't know what it means in the context under discus...
by Sam Vara
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Humour - wrong speach?
Replies: 22
Views: 533

Re: Humour - wrong speach?

A real problem can arise when somebody is possesed by an obsession with morality beyond the 5 precepts, and then some real unwholesome factors can arise as an obstacle when those unnecessary limits he has built for himself cannot be accomplished. Good point. I'm reminded of this, from Ajahn Thaniss...
by Sam Vara
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Way to Mute other users from certain posts to no derail them
Replies: 4
Views: 318

Re: Way to Mute other users from certain posts to no derail them

It would be nice to have a way to mute certain people from being able to comment on threads you create. Sort of like an option with a drop down box to prevent certain users from commenting on the thread. There are two things you might try. You could mark people as a "foe" by clicking in their name,...
by Sam Vara
Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha foresee that his teachings will become writings in mass distribution?
Replies: 12
Views: 316

Re: Did the Buddha foresee that his teachings will become writings in mass distribution?

It's an interesting question, or rather two questions. The first question is the issue of the Buddha's omniscience, which has often been raised here. The second one is about whether the medium available (in the Buddha's time, merely word of mouth) actually influenced the teaching. We don't really kn...
by Sam Vara
Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: A reason for lying
Replies: 30
Views: 794

Re: A reason for lying

His reasons for lying are still to protect his ego and image, though. A lot of these things are on us to handle skillfully. You don't have to share 100 percent truth all the time with everybody any time, discernment is the major factor here. The idea is that the substance of what you say is true. Y...
by Sam Vara
Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: A reason for lying
Replies: 30
Views: 794

Re: A reason for lying

A philosopher, and a religious one, at that, with concerns suitable for teenage girls ... I would have thought that a man of his age and religious affiliation would have figured out such things long ago. Unless he is feigning the whole barber scenario for didactic purposes or some such. I think he ...
by Sam Vara
Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 4TN are not for everyone
Replies: 65
Views: 982

Re: 4TN are not for everyone

Nwad wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:04 pm
DooDoot wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:53 pm
Probably because you have not studied & practised the Dhamma sufficiently to engage in debates about Dhamma.
:tongue:
Actualy it's juste because its a waste of time, source of suffering and agitation, dont lead to peace, to dispassion. :anjali:
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