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by floating_abu
Fri Jun 07, 2013 12:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What the Zennies say...?
Replies: 39
Views: 5299

Re: What the Zennies say...?

I recently spoke to a Seon nun who suggested that practices like Anapanasati, Jhana and so on can actually exagerate the ego instead of revealing its nature. She recommended practices like Hwadu/Koan in order to directly address the ego. Thoughts...? BB... Well firstly it is problematic and as this...
by floating_abu
Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:19 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Happy Birthday Modus Ponens!
Replies: 6
Views: 1184

Re: Happy Birthday Modus Ponens!

HB! Many happy returns. :group:
by floating_abu
Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Others are cruel, we shall not be cruel"
Replies: 37
Views: 7320

Re: "Others are cruel, we shall not be cruel"

Great thread, starter. Having been subject to baseless lies, accusation and hypocrisy recently, it is a good reminder.
Merci.
by floating_abu
Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Morning meditation
Replies: 15
Views: 3195

Re: Morning meditation

Remember that most retreats will have you going to bed around ten or so - it only takes a day or two to really get used to that schedule if you work towards it in the week or so beforehand. In general, one needs less sleep during a retreat. After all, you're not doing much but sitting! I don't thin...
by floating_abu
Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:54 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: How do you contemplate anatta?
Replies: 85
Views: 9722

Re: How do you contemplate anatta?

Sure, but some people do manage to lose weight. ;) If form were self, one could eat as much as one likes and not get fat but since it is not so ........ One could command the body not to get sick or grow old. Agreed. But I don't find the "lack of control over the aggregates" argument for anatta ent...
by floating_abu
Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation routine
Replies: 6
Views: 1973

Re: Meditation routine

I think samatha for beginners is fine, if you want you can start with 5 minutes of metta, I guess.
by floating_abu
Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:35 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Western Theravda organisations - propagation?
Replies: 34
Views: 7498

Re: Western Theravda organisations - propagation?

I am generalizing here because there are some exceptions, but what I have noticed is that the Ajahn Chah based monasteries / Ajahn Brahm monasteries and the bhikkhuni monasteries seem to be doing a good job at propagation and developing a sense of community among Western-convert Buddhists and the A...
by floating_abu
Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is it still possible to get enlightened?
Replies: 27
Views: 4431

Re: Is it still possible to get enlightened?

BlackBird wrote: They are worldlings
I would have thought they are human beings, like you and I might be :tongue:
by floating_abu
Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:31 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Oregon!
Replies: 8
Views: 2020

Re: Hello from Oregon!

Welcome.
by floating_abu
Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:11 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: How do you contemplate anatta?
Replies: 85
Views: 9722

Re: How do you contemplate anatta?

Do you mean meditation is a direct method, Spiny?
by floating_abu
Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahants
Replies: 150
Views: 33969

Re: Arahants

tiltbillings wrote:it is probably just as well that arahants remain unknown.
Agreed, hiding seems a much better proposition IMO.
by floating_abu
Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is it still possible to get enlightened?
Replies: 27
Views: 4431

Re: Is it still possible to get enlightened?

In the way the Buddha talked about? Yes or no? Is there any 'evidence'? It also seems like a lot of different people mean a lot of different things by enlightenment. I would have thought yes, and I would have thought that nothing anybody else says can actually prove it. That's why Buddhism is so di...
by floating_abu
Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is it still possible to get enlightened?
Replies: 27
Views: 4431

Re: Is it still possible to get enlightened?

Here's what Ajaan Lee Dhammadaro said about it: When I first became aware of the conflicting views held by people who practice — and of how ill-informed they are — I felt inspired by their desire to learn the truth, but at the same time dismayed over their views: right mixed with wrong, some people ...
by floating_abu
Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:53 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Western Theravda organisations - propagation?
Replies: 34
Views: 7498

Re: Western Theravda organisations - propagation?

Thanissaro Bhikkhu has done a lot of good work translating.
by floating_abu
Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Dullness arising from lack of emotion in meditation
Replies: 3
Views: 1016

Re: Dullness arising from lack of emotion in meditation

What Ben said, drop the expectations and desires.