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by Sam Vara
Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What's happening to me. Help please!
Replies: 17
Views: 224

Re: What's happening to me. Help please!

It happened again. A crow dropped a dead branch right into me, it missed my head by inches. Notoriously impudent creatures, crows... Easy is life for the shameless one who is impudent as a crow, is backbiting and forward, arrogant and corrupt https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/dhp/dhp.18.b...
by Sam Vara
Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 781
Views: 55209

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

Lal wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:32 pm
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I thought points 4 to 8 were well-expressed and made a lot of sense. Thank you! :anjali:
by Sam Vara
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we practice Anapanasati only in sitting (cross leg) position?
Replies: 14
Views: 118

Re: Can we practice Anapanasati only in sitting (cross leg) position?

Yes, I spent many years following instructions that we should not attempt to control the length of the breath, but was introduced to a technique which does, and for me it worked better. Yes, I've heard from some people, that they had better results with some control. It might be a preliminary trick...
by Sam Vara
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we practice Anapanasati only in sitting (cross leg) position?
Replies: 14
Views: 118

Re: Can we practice Anapanasati only in sitting (cross leg) position?

At the risk of opening up another discussion, is that definitely the case? I was taught a meditation technique which involves (in part) controlling the length of the breath, and that length of breath was the object of awareness while carrying out tasks. That doesn't appear to contradict the descrip...
by Sam Vara
Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we practice Anapanasati only in sitting (cross leg) position?
Replies: 14
Views: 118

Re: Can we practice Anapanasati only in sitting (cross leg) position?

The object of ānāpānasati is natural breath. If the breath is natural (i.e. there is no intentional or unintentional control) it's okay to practice ānāpānasati. At the risk of opening up another discussion, is that definitely the case? I was taught a meditation technique which involves (in part) co...
by Sam Vara
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we practice Anapanasati only in sitting (cross leg) position?
Replies: 14
Views: 118

Re: Can we practice Anapanasati only in sitting (cross leg) position?

I have to disagree to the point that Anapanasati is practiced only in sitting position. I think Anapanasati can be practice in sitting, standing, walking and sleeping positions. Any comments? I think the answer to this will depend upon what we mean by anapanasati. If we mean just keeping the mind o...
by Sam Vara
Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Mindfulness vs full consciousness
Replies: 15
Views: 258

Re: Mindfulness vs full consciousness

Budo is quite right - you can almost find any definition of both these terms to fit one's preconceptions!

Just to add to the mix, here's one pair of definitions and explications from Ajahn Jayasaro that I really like.



If it doesn't help, just ignore it!
by Sam Vara
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: on Sila - where do you practice "right speech" online?
Replies: 8
Views: 148

Re: on Sila - where do you practice "right speech" online?

It’s very difficult at times to see the intention of posters because we can’t really put a tone to our words online. That’s why a little of emoji use at times can show your intention when the post may seem harsh otherwise.. :smile: Agreed, but there is also the case where someone might use emojis t...
by Sam Vara
Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Nāgārjuna
Replies: 23
Views: 371

Re: Nāgārjuna

dylanj wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:26 am
Sam Vara wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:19 am
dylanj wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:06 am
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It would be better if you stated in your own words what your point is, rather than presenting a long series of quotes.
My point is that Nāgārjuna takes directly from the early buddhist texts in his works
Thanks. Better late than never!
by Sam Vara
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Nāgārjuna
Replies: 23
Views: 371

Re: Nāgārjuna

dylanj wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:06 am
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It would be better if you stated in your own words what your point is, rather than presenting a long series of quotes.
by Sam Vara
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: on Sila - where do you practice "right speech" online?
Replies: 8
Views: 148

Re: on Sila - where do you practice "right speech" online?

It’s very difficult at times to see the intention of posters because we can’t really put a tone to our words online. That’s why a little of emoji use at times can show your intention when the post may seem harsh otherwise.. :smile: Agreed, but there is also the case where someone might use emojis t...
by Sam Vara
Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: on Sila - where do you practice "right speech" online?
Replies: 8
Views: 148

Re: on Sila - where do you practice "right speech" online?

Respectably, I think the idea of "abusive" & "divisive" speech need to be defined. For some, mere disagreement is abuse & divisive. Agreed. The definitions that most people use in practice (i.e. regardless of what the Buddha actually intended) seem to be a mixture of the intention of the speaker, a...
by Sam Vara
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Questions regarding the 3 Intentions.
Replies: 5
Views: 86

Re: Questions regarding the 3 Intentions.

I think maybe what is confusing me is if I were to perform an act with an intent purely to give and receive pleasure in an act of lust, in the back of my mind I know that this inevitably brings Dukkha with it. So would this not cause bad kamma or "both light and dark" as the above sutta would say? ...
by Sam Vara
Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Questions regarding the 3 Intentions.
Replies: 5
Views: 86

Re: Questions regarding the 3 Intentions.

2. Is it possible to have multiple of the 3 Intentions bundled into the same act? For instance, can one gift someone with Food, Clothing, Shelter, Medicine or Dhamma with both the Intent to cause Pleasure and the Intent to cause Neither-Pleasure-Nor-Pain (by intending that it both give them pleasur...
by Sam Vara
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Typing delays
Replies: 6
Views: 201

Re: Typing delays

No worries, and I'm glad it's sorted!