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by Sam Vara
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Typing delays
Replies: 6
Views: 120

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: 1641

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: 98

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: 98

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: 3
Views: 57

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: 8
Views: 147

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: 6
Views: 86

Re: a newbie saying hello

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

"The only dumb questions are the ones we didn't ask!"
by Sam Vara
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Typing delays
Replies: 6
Views: 120

Re: Typing delays

Hello, I'm not really sure where to post this, but I've been experiencing time lags when typing up posts, and this happens on different computers so I"m wondering if there is a problem with both my computers or if it is related to the forum itself. Has anyone else had the same issue? Thanks. You sa...
by Sam Vara
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Why is it necessary to cultivate sila to have samadhi?
Replies: 5
Views: 113

Re: Why is it necessary to cultivate sila to have samadhi?

Here's something that might be relevant to the questions posed: "For a person endowed with virtue, consummate in virtue, there is no need for an act of will, ‘May freedom from remorse arise in me.’ It is in the nature of things that freedom from remorse arises in a person endowed with virtue, consum...
by Sam Vara
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Body Scan
Replies: 22
Views: 271

Re: Body Scan

Thanks, Sam Isn't this the third limb of the first tetrad of Anapanasati? This is just another way to practice mindfulness of the body. Body Scan seems to be only one aspect of the 16 steps. ========= He trains himself, 'I will breathe in sensitive to the entire body.'[2] He trains himself, 'I will...
by Sam Vara
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Body Scan
Replies: 22
Views: 271

Re: Body Scan

Can you explain how the body scan is performed? Thanks. Generally, it refers to a meditation technique which involves moving the attention through different parts of the body, noticing and being aware of the sensations that are in each part of the body, before moving on to the next part. The "vipas...
by Sam Vara
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 777
Views: 54183

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

I hope a “Buddhist who does not believe in rebirth” would answer my simple questions. Maybe one will turn up. There's always this guy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Batchelor_(author) who is famous for not believing in rebirth. What is the use of a discussion forum on Buddha Dhamma if we ca...
by Sam Vara
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Listening to music generates demerit
Replies: 14
Views: 311

Re: Listening to music generates demerit

I just received this in my in-box: a "Buddhist Cantata". You can tell from the words that it is about the Four Noble Truths. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=14&v=kDHoFKRe9IY The British composer Ronald Corp, despite being an Anglican Catholic minister, has also set Buddhist texts to musi...
by Sam Vara
Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Listening to music generates demerit
Replies: 14
Views: 311

Re: Listening to music generates demerit

Lay followers on eight or ten precepts deny themselves music; those on five allow themselves music. not to be nitpicky but it's not necessarily one or the other...i only aim for the 5 precepts full-time at the moment but i never listen to music voluntarily & haven't for a very long time. it's relat...
by Sam Vara
Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Managing your wealth
Replies: 20
Views: 249

Re: Managing your wealth

SarathW wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:18 am
the secret is to get married.
and do not get divorced!
:tongue:
:clap: :rofl: