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by santa100
Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is worth spending time on?
Replies: 12
Views: 132

Re: What is worth spending time on?

So I'm wondering, from a buddhist perspective, what is worth spending time on? What will leave me fulfilled each day and give me meaning? Exercise, read suttas, meditate, and spend more time outdoor. Nature and fresh air do wonder to the human body and spirit. They're the cheapest and most effectiv...
by santa100
Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How to live the three dhamma seals?
Replies: 3
Views: 77

Re: How to live the three dhamma seals?

I've always found the three dhamma seals to be more useful and more profound than the four noble truths... ...So my question is how do you go about living/realising/subsuming/accepting the truth of selflessness and impermenance? 3-C and 4-NT are equally important and vital to the cultivation of the...
by santa100
Sat Oct 21, 2017 1:00 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 475
Views: 74338

Re: The Great Jhana Debate

Then you're basically saying that being a jhana professional is a much easier pursuit than all other mundane disciplines like judo professionals or engineering professionals who DO put 8 hours or more day in, day out to earn their status? And again, how the h... can you prove anyone's claim about a...
by santa100
Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 475
Views: 74338

Re: Monks Average Meditation Routine

Anyway, I think you, Zom and santa100 have already made up your minds. I guess you can keep believing that the first jhāna is nearly impossible to attain and that you would have to practice 8 hours per day for months or even years Then you're basically saying that being a jhana professional is a mu...
by santa100
Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:01 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 475
Views: 74338

Re: Monks Average Meditation Routine

Which I agree is unlikely. But I don't think that implies that isn't impossible for many people to access at least first jhana quite regularly. While it's not impossible to attain 1st jhana, it's certainly not trivial at all to get there. As mentioned in a previous post, even for mundane discipline...
by santa100
Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Monks Average Meditation Routine
Replies: 20
Views: 765

Re: Monks Average Meditation Routine

And then there is another monastery here in town where the abbot is very good and serious. The monks meditate in formal sitting meditation sessions 5 times a day; each one hour long. That is almost like a retreat schedule, but it is all year long. That's the way it should be. Even for all of us lay...
by santa100
Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sit with Pain. Don't sit with Pain.
Replies: 10
Views: 164

Re: Sit with Pain. Don't sit with Pain.

Some teachers say to sit with pain. Others say don't sit with pain, just get comfortable. Are they different practices with different goals? For me, when I've sat with pain for long periods, I find it helps develops equanimity. However it prevents the entering of Jhanas. Sitting without pain allows...
by santa100
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Debt to ones parents
Replies: 39
Views: 385

Re: Debt to ones parents

The fact that one has a healthy enough mind and body to be able to think how "messed up" his parents are, is enough proof that at the very least his mother was caring enough for a full 9-month duration to properly nurtured the baby inside and his father was caring enough to provide a safe condition ...
by santa100
Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 1723
Views: 146608

Re: What music are you listening to right now?

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by santa100
Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:32 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 1723
Views: 146608

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by santa100
Tue Sep 26, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140
Replies: 31
Views: 1888

Re: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140

And yet we have this sutta (and others) where people don't recognize him. I'm also not saying there was nothing special about his appearance or that he looked just like you and me. Do you think that everyone, upon seeing the Buddha, thought that he was not only the most beautiful man they had ever ...
by santa100
Tue Sep 26, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140
Replies: 31
Views: 1888

Re: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140

If you have never ever met the Buddha once in your life, then how can you conclude that you would not be able to recognize Him whether "the Marks are visible, hidden, or inexistent"? About the Five ascetics, how would you explain their change of heart just by looking at the Buddha? In all likelihoo...
by santa100
Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140
Replies: 31
Views: 1888

Re: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140

Pukkusati knows he would not recognize the Buddha, regardless of whether the Marks are visible, hidden, or inexistent. Otherwise, he would have said "I have never seen that Blessed One before, but I would recognise him [by his Marks, if they were visible]." But you should already see the illogical ...
by santa100
Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140
Replies: 31
Views: 1888

Re: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140

Pukkusati knows he would not recognize the Buddha, regardless of whether the Marks are visible, hidden, or inexistent. Otherwise, he would have said "I have never seen that Blessed One before, but I would recognise him [by his Marks, if they were visible]." But you should already see the illogical ...
by santa100
Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What attracted you to the Dhamma?
Replies: 10
Views: 189

Re: What attracted you to the Dhamma?

It's hard to come across another philosophical system with such rigorous and well-formed logic.
by santa100
Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140
Replies: 31
Views: 1888

Re: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140

You've missed the most important detail right there in your provided quote: Pukkusati addressed the Buddha as "Avuso"/friend. Without concealing His marks, there'd be no way he'd use the term. Remember the scene when the Buddha's just attained enlightenement and went back to the jungle to teach His...
by santa100
Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140
Replies: 31
Views: 1888

Re: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140

Even in meeting the Buddha, it was apparently possible to not know that he was in fact the Buddha; this is what happened to Bhaggava in MN 140. It was because the Buddha intentionally concealed His great marks as per the Comy.: [...] The sutta itself contradicts this: — But, bhikkhu, have you ever ...
by santa100
Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140
Replies: 31
Views: 1888

Re: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140

Even in meeting the Buddha, it was apparently possible to not know that he was in fact the Buddha; this is what happened to Bhaggava in MN 140. It was because the Buddha intentionally concealed His great marks as per the Comy.: MA, Pukkusati had been the king of Takkasila and had entered into a fri...
by santa100
Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: AN 3.10 Mala Sutta. Stains.
Replies: 7
Views: 224

Re: AN 3.10 Mala Sutta. Stains.

This seems confusing to me. Surely only the ariyan has abandoned such stains, but all who are not Ariyan are not deposited in hell. I thought it was only certain very bad deeds that are said to guarantee rebirth in the hell realm, killing one's parents etc. Hell must've been a crowded place and it'...
by santa100
Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:53 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 1723
Views: 146608

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