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by befriend
Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: How to arouse dispassion to formations?
Replies: 25
Views: 332

Re: How to arouse dispassion to formations?

Mahasi sayadaw has a lot to say on this.
by befriend
Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: How to arouse dispassion to formations?
Replies: 25
Views: 332

Re: How to arouse dispassion to formations?

A metaphor for dispassion would be like watching your favorite movie for 5 years straight at first it's fun and interesting but eventually after watching things arise and pass again and again over and over you get weary of everything the mind turns away from them I have gotten to this point a handfu...
by befriend
Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:37 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: death of forum member dylanj
Replies: 44
Views: 1066

Re: death of forum member dylanj

That's a tough one very sad Atleast he was a good person while he was here 🙏 :group:
by befriend
Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Ciggarettes
Replies: 52
Views: 29125

Re: Ciggarettes

I started smoking loose tobacco out of a pipe this is way less nicotine and tobacco than normal smoking and then I switched to black and mild pipe tobacco cigars one a day
by befriend
Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Negative thoughts to positive
Replies: 38
Views: 517

Re: Negative thoughts to positive

Joyfulness came up in my heart chakra today in a 25 minute mindfulness meditation I never have felt joy too much in mindfulness meditation just comfort and peace usually the only adjustment I've made to my practice as you know has been replacing negative thinking to thinking positively. Just thought...
by befriend
Fri Oct 16, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Negative thoughts to positive
Replies: 38
Views: 517

Re: Negative thoughts to positive

I think it's a part of right effort
by befriend
Fri Oct 16, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Negative thoughts to positive
Replies: 38
Views: 517

Re: Negative thoughts to positive

I did this yesterday changed my negative thoughts to positive and it is a boon to my well being
by befriend
Thu Oct 15, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Loving kindness (metta) and compassion
Replies: 29
Views: 2521

Re: Loving kindness (metta) and compassion

Dhammanando wrote: Thu Oct 15, 2020 6:36 am
befriend wrote: Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:08 pmThis isn't correct, Even if metta bhavana doesn't get to the point of jhana a practitioner can still be reborn in a brahma realm.
What has led you to think that?
This was an older post I have changed my view since you shared with me this was not the scenario.
by befriend
Thu Oct 15, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Loving kindness (metta) and compassion
Replies: 29
Views: 2521

Re: Loving kindness (metta) and compassion

It seems if one were to have a back up plan it would be best to have right concentration ( jhana) and see emptiness of the five aggregates. I should have thought that this (or some other course aimed at insight development) would be the main plan for a serious practitioner, not the backup. Yes that...
by befriend
Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Loving kindness (metta) and compassion
Replies: 29
Views: 2521

Re: Loving kindness (metta) and compassion

Bhante one should do metta in first jhana or in normal conciousness If by "normal" you mean a sense-sphere consciousness, then this is the only kind of consciousness in which mettā can be intentionally generated. and whats the difference as buddha laid both practice and which one is capable of rebi...
by befriend
Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Pull between differnt methods
Replies: 4
Views: 152

Re: Pull between differnt methods

Maybe you need more investigation which is like curiosity of your experience that energizes the mind so it's not lulled into tranquility. Remember meditation is about being in the present moment. Mediation eventually becomes an art. My humble opinion is to just be, just sit and rest your mind in kno...
by befriend
Tue Oct 13, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Negative thoughts to positive
Replies: 38
Views: 517

Re: Negative thoughts to positive

This was happening in 2017 when I was having ANTS automatic intrusive negative thinking it was hard work but I was very happy so for example a random thought would just pop up into my head and say I hate John Doe then I would think this person is not bad he harms no one has good speech or just think...
by befriend
Tue Oct 13, 2020 2:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Negative thoughts to positive
Replies: 38
Views: 517

Negative thoughts to positive

What are your thoughts on changing all your negative thoughts into positive thoughts. I tried it for a few days and it made me very happy.
by befriend
Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meditation Objects
Replies: 7
Views: 108

Re: Meditation Objects

The brahma viharas have an added bonus compared to a kasina because they give spiritual happiness and also decrease aversive mental attitudes.
by befriend
Sun Oct 11, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Satipatthana for grief
Replies: 5
Views: 245

Satipatthana for grief

The mahasatipatthana sutta says this is the direct path for the purification of beings for the overcoming of sorrow lamentation pain grief and despair, how does one relate to grief in terms of overcoming it using this sutta? I still weep from a deceased relative who died in their youth. Should I use...