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by Pondera
Fri Sep 21, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Any recommended teachings, talks, or advice for dealing with noise?
Replies: 14
Views: 185

Re: Any recommended teachings, talks, or advice for dealing with noise?

Try meditating on your own skhandas. Notice how they “lean” on each other. Find the mark of ill within your clinging aggregates. Find the ill in all incoming sounds. In your perceptions. Meditate and separate your skhandas as far as you can. Then look outward for evidence of the skhandas in your env...
by Pondera
Fri Sep 21, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: What really are the five factors of Nama ?
Replies: 14
Views: 173

Re: What really are the five factors of Nama ?

Venearable Sariputta says nama is 1. Vedana 2. sanna 3. Cetana 4. Phassa 5. Manasikara How the Buddha defined it: And what, bhikkhus, is name-and-form? Feeling, perception, volition, contact, attention: this is called name. The four great elements and the form derived from the four great elements: ...
by Pondera
Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Any recommended teachings, talks, or advice for dealing with noise?
Replies: 14
Views: 185

Re: Any recommended teachings, talks, or advice for dealing with noise?

Not to worry. Keep concentrating. Once you reach “Neither Perception nor Non-Perception” all of that white noise will seem as if a blessing!!! You’ll understand ear faculty, ear object (noise) and what those really are in the absence of ear-consciousness!!! Pure, unbroken reality. An Overlord who do...
by Pondera
Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:01 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Self is an Illusion
Replies: 43
Views: 843

Re: Self is an Illusion

cappuccino wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 4:22 pm
Pondera wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 5:40 am
The Buddha does not deny a self here.
Saying "yourself" is for the sake of communication.

Body isn't self, mind isn't self, consciousness isn't self, etc.
What is he trying to communicate? That we hold our skhandas dearest over others? :stirthepot:
by Pondera
Sat Sep 15, 2018 5:40 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Self is an Illusion
Replies: 43
Views: 843

Re: Self is an Illusion

The self exists. Only the body exists, not self. Only the mind exists, not self. Only consciousness exists, not self. The Buddha has remarked: Then, on realizing the significance of that, the Blessed One on that occasion exclaimed: Searching all directions with your awareness, you find no one deare...
by Pondera
Sat Sep 15, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ultimate Truth (parama sacca)
Replies: 15
Views: 305

Re: Ultimate Truth (parama sacca)

In this sutta the Arahant knows the Overlord as the Overlord. In this sutta the Buddha confirms the existence of an Overlord. In this sutta the Buddha initializes the four jhanas as the four great elements. There is no other alternative. Ultimate truth comes from viewing things as not-self and witho...
by Pondera
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: High Blood Pressure
Replies: 27
Views: 391

Re: High Blood Pressure

My point is that a great deal of the power of the heart beat comes from the apex. And there is unseen tension there. Relaxing and letting go of that tension begins a process which can lead to tranquility and pleasure not of the flesh . Thank you justsit for the correction. Could you instruct me on ...
by Pondera
Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:04 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: High Blood Pressure
Replies: 27
Views: 391

Re: High Blood Pressure

At the bottom of your heart is your “atrium”. It is the natural pace-maker of the heart. In the interest of accuracy regarding human physiology, the human heart has two atria, right and left, at the top of the heart, and two ventricles at the bottom. The atria and ventricles are the chambers that h...
by Pondera
Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: High Blood Pressure
Replies: 27
Views: 391

Re: High Blood Pressure

At the bottom of your heart is your “atrium”. It is the natural pace-maker of the heart. From personal experience I know it’s possible to calm the body and mind down in a process that starts with relieving unseen tension in the atrium. Not a Buddhist teaching by any means, however, you asked for sam...
by Pondera
Tue Sep 11, 2018 4:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Any recommended talks / teachings on equanimity?
Replies: 8
Views: 112

Re: Any recommended talks / teachings on equanimity?

Buddha’s teachings mention that equanimity come in the third and fourth jhana.
by Pondera
Mon Sep 10, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Spoke Destroyer
Replies: 4
Views: 126

Re: Spoke Destroyer

I recall reading an old Conze or Davis book where “Arahant” was translated as “spoke destroyer”. But now I find only “worthy one” etc. Anyone know of this “Spoke Destroyer” interpretation? Thanks. Pondera This translation is based on an etymological gloss by Buddhaghosa (probably in the Visuddhimag...
by Pondera
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Spoke Destroyer
Replies: 4
Views: 126

Re: Spoke Destroyer

:namaste:
by Pondera
Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Spoke Destroyer
Replies: 4
Views: 126

Spoke Destroyer

I recall reading an old Conze or Davis book where “Arahant” was translated as “spoke destroyer”. But now I find only “worthy one” etc. Anyone know of this “Spoke Destroyer” interpretation?

Thanks.

Pondera
by Pondera
Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anicca, Dukkha, and Anatta refer to the consciousness?
Replies: 43
Views: 660

Re: Anicca, Dukkha, and Anatta refer to the consciousness?

The default view is that of a subject and an object. The subject sees a form. The moment an object is cognized the presence of a subject is assumed. The world comes into existence. When all sense experience stops the world ends. The subject disappears. The entire process is underpinned by dependent...