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by Sam Vara
Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Mindfulness vs full consciousness
Replies: 3
Views: 63

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: 82

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: 19
Views: 226

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: 19
Views: 226

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: 82

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: 82

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: 76

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: 76

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: 170

Re: Typing delays

No worries, and I'm glad it's sorted!
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: suffering is caused by ????
Replies: 25
Views: 1716

Re: suffering is caused by ????

“‘Whatever suffering arises, all is caused by consciousness’, this is one observation. ‘With the complete ending of all consciousness there is no arising of suffering’, this is a second observation. So the goal is cessation of consciousness? What would that be like, practically speaking? Strictly s...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Livelihood
Replies: 10
Views: 147

Re: Livelihood

Hi Sam, I understand what you are saying, it is the fact that our office insist in the Environmental Health providing a certificate to show there is no vermin present. I know from going back to the properties to inspect the work after it has been done that they have always put poison down. Sure. Yo...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Livelihood
Replies: 10
Views: 147

Re: Livelihood

My thoughts on this are that if you are not killing the creatures involved, then there is no dark kamma involved. You are merely informing a customer that a service cannot be provided unless certain conditions are met (i.e. that there are no vermin present at a particular time). Whether the customer...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Is it possible to practice compassion in daily life?
Replies: 7
Views: 168

Re: Is it possible to practice compassion in daily life?

This article by Ajahn Sucitto has some excellent insights into, and practical help with, the 4 Brahma-Viharas. https://ajahnsucitto.org/articles/cultivating-empathy/ And this talk by Ajahn Thanissaro focuses more specifically on the sick and dying: https://www.dhammatalks.org/books/PurityOfHeart/Sec...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Pain meditation in vipassana
Replies: 11
Views: 272

Re: Pain meditation in vipassana

I think the instruction is not to focus on pain, but on whatever sensation arises; and to maintain the focus if those sensations are painful. This would be in accordance with MN 10: 'When feeling a painful feeling, he understands "I am feeling a painful feeling"'. I recall that on the Goenka course,...
by Sam Vara
Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: a newbie saying hello
Replies: 7
Views: 143

Re: a newbie saying hello

Hi SacralHeart, and welcome to Dhamma Wheel! :hello:

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