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by santa100
Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Present Moment and Time
Replies: 6
Views: 89

Re: Present Moment and Time

I can see how it is obvious from understanding that the only way one could be totally aware of body, feelings etc is in the present moment but are there suttas that discuss this directly in terms of time itself? Contemplation about the past, present, and future are just fine. But it's the exact pur...
by santa100
Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Taking refuge in attachment, aversion and ignorance?
Replies: 16
Views: 209

Re: Taking refuge in attachment, aversion and ignorance?

I find your solution a little too easy; more of an explaining away than an explaining. It would be plausible if the Buddha was represented as automatically and instinctively revering the Dhamma from the get-go, but the two suttas don't depict the Buddha's reverence for the Dhamma in this way. They ...
by santa100
Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Taking refuge in attachment, aversion and ignorance?
Replies: 16
Views: 209

Re: Taking refuge in attachment, aversion and ignorance?

_ Why One (Arahant) dwells in suffering if one is without reverence and deference"? _ What it means by deference? _ Does this mean it is an innate desire for human to reverence some thing? It's more straightforward than we think. The Buddha's response in that same sutta should answer the above...
by santa100
Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Japanese Buddhism And Killing
Replies: 21
Views: 456

Re: Japanese Buddhism And Killing

A samurai understands that killing is a last resort, and must show restraint in the use of the sword. That's probably backed up by the fact that Japanese Kendo practitioners put in so much time and effort perfecting their swordsmanship to mindboggling level of pinpoint accuracy. Kendo masters usual...
by santa100
Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Brahmacariyā among the devas
Replies: 18
Views: 253

Re: Brahmacariyā among the devas

Coemgenu wrote:Does the Buddha ever say that a human birth is the most suitable for Dhamma-practice?

Human birth alone is still not enough for Dhamma practice. See the 8 "in-opportune moments" in AN 8.29 for more details.
by santa100
Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Questions about once returner
Replies: 10
Views: 246

Re: Questions about once returner

It happened during i looked the Buddha statue in my room. I started feel unshakable faith in the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha, and i lost the self views and i lost the attachment to every forms of rituals. I easily can enter the first and second jhana, yet i did not readed so much suttas, i kneeled in...
by santa100
Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anchoring of mindfulness [at the nose tip or on the upper lip] is not the Goenka's method?
Replies: 4
Views: 136

Re: Anchoring of mindfulness [at the nose tip or on the upper lip] is not the Goenka's method?

There'll always be discussions and disagreements on everything. So, what matters is what works for you best. Ps. and Vism. should give abundant info. on Anapanasati with keeping attention at the tip of the nose or the upper lip.
by santa100
Sat Feb 18, 2017 3:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Partial-eternalism, Partial-annihilationism, or something else?
Replies: 5
Views: 103

Re: Partial-eternalism, Partial-annihilationism, or something else?

Refer to DN 1 on the 4 kinds of Partial-Eternalism/Ekaccasassatavada and 7 kinds of Annihilationism/Ucchedavada for clarifications on those views.
by santa100
Sat Feb 18, 2017 2:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anchoring of mindfulness [at the nose tip or on the upper lip] is not the Goenka's method?
Replies: 4
Views: 136

Re: Anchoring of mindfulness [at the nose tip or on the upper lip] is not the Goenka's method?

From KN's Patisambhidamagga ( Ps 1.3 - Anapanassatikatha ): Suppose there were a tree trunk placed on a level piece of ground, and a mancut it with a saw. The man's mindfulness is established by the saw's teethwhere they touch the tree trunk, without his giving attention to the saw's teethas they ap...
by santa100
Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:51 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Is Māra traditionally considered a "deva"?
Replies: 11
Views: 252

Re: Is Māra traditionally considered a "deva"?

From Ven. Nyanaponika's Dictionary: Can it be, further, that with the accounts of Māra, as the personification of Evil, came to be mixed legends of an actual devaputta, named Māra, also called Vasavatti, because he was an inhabitant of the Paranimmita Vasavatti deva world? Already in the Anguttara N...
by santa100
Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: What are 18 types of perceptios (Sanna)?
Replies: 13
Views: 309

Re: What are 18 types of perceptios (Sanna)?

Right. An arahant after attaining enlightenment doesn't lose the ability to see a red flower as a red flower and a blue flower as blue..
by santa100
Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:29 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: What are 18 types of perceptios (Sanna)?
Replies: 13
Views: 309

Re: What are 18 types of perceptios (Sanna)?

Refer to another related thread here on the topic of the Five Aggregates versus the Five Aggregates subjected to Clinging. The 18 types, ex: perceptions of greed, of self, of delight, etc. happen due to Clinging and because Sanna is an aggregate among the "Five Aggregates subject to Clinging&qu...
by santa100
Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The meaning of "aggregates subject to clinging are suffering"
Replies: 35
Views: 688

Re: The meaning of "aggregates subject to clinging are suffering"

Does pancu­padanak­khan­dha have an active or passive meaning? Active is that I am currently clinging to the aggregates. Passive would be that due to clinging in a past life these current aggregates have arisen. That would implicate that an arahant still has pancu­padanak­khan­dha although he does ...
by santa100
Mon Feb 13, 2017 2:24 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: AN 10.177 Jāṇussoṇī Sutta. To Janussonin.
Replies: 5
Views: 274

Re: AN 10.177 Jāṇussoṇī Sutta. To Janussonin.

Link to Miln. for those interested... Is it possible for all deceased relatives to share in the merit of a good deed?” “No. Only those who are born as hungry ghosts who feed off the merit of others are able to share in the merit. Those born in hell, those in heaven, animals, and hungry ghosts who fe...
by santa100
Mon Feb 13, 2017 1:57 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: What are 18 types of perceptios (Sanna)?
Replies: 13
Views: 309

Re: What are 18 types of perceptios (Sanna)?

Are these related to four frame of reference? If yes which category? What is the single antidote for overcome all 18? The single antidote? You've already answered it, Satipatthana and all of its Four Frames. See the full text for more clarity: Through the contemplation of impermanence one who is fu...
by santa100
Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:42 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Thumbs up button
Replies: 84
Views: 4126

Re: Thumbs up button

Instead of making this post I could have just upvoted you! Another thought just came to my mind: we don't have to change/add any new function to the existing way we've been doing things. We just have to turn around the display a bit. Ex: samseva just got 1 good-posting from Mkoll. Say John Doe gave...
by santa100
Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:19 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Killing Rats
Replies: 77
Views: 1107

Re: Killing Rats

Don't quit tea. Drinking tea is very good for your health. Just make sure you don't add any cream or sugar to it. Regarding exercise, recommend a wonderful exercise that does an amazing job of burning fat, lower cholesterol, and reduce hypertension: jogging. It's probably the cheapest kind too, all ...
by santa100
Sun Feb 12, 2017 1:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dana question
Replies: 8
Views: 162

Re: Dana question

When you give with an altruistic mind there is renunciation because your letting go of a possession there is metta because it's intending to make someone happy but I'm not sure how wisdom fits in? Nowadays technologies make it much easier to implement smart givings. While it's not 100% fail proof, ...
by santa100
Sat Feb 11, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Thumbs up button
Replies: 84
Views: 4126

Re: What is the future of Dhamma Wheel

A quick click to downvote the post indicates to everyone that the person is perhaps a troll. Well, then the quality of the post would depends entirely on the trolls vs. non-trolls ratio in those who voted. On a bad day, if the trolls outnumbers the non-trolls, all the good posts would get downvoted...
by santa100
Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:19 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Equally Inferior
Replies: 6
Views: 166

Re: Equally Inferior

The OP's context seems a bit too broad. From a social angle, folks already tried but it didn't work out as they expected...
Capitalism is the unequal distribution of wealth. Socialism is the equal distribution of poverty.
~ Winston Churchill

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