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by Nibbida
Fri Jan 16, 2015 6:46 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 7
Views: 1326

Re: Greetings

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by Nibbida
Thu Jan 15, 2015 2:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: sex and romantic relationships
Replies: 20
Views: 3683

Re: sex and romantic relationships

As I see it, the difference has to do with the kind of attachment we have to our spouses and/or significant others, compared to the kind of attachment we might have for a friend or teacher. It's not just that tanha is present in romantic relationships. Tanha is actually the sustaining fuel -- if th...
by Nibbida
Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: sex and romantic relationships
Replies: 20
Views: 3683

Re: sex and romantic relationships

You are right about it being impertinent and intrusive. Honestly, I offer my apologies. My intention wasn't to ask for a textual reference, and the one you posted does not change the relevance of rest of my response to the original poster. The question was asked rhetorically, to question the assumpt...
by Nibbida
Thu Jan 15, 2015 6:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: sex and romantic relationships
Replies: 20
Views: 3683

Re: sex and romantic relationships

Dhammanando, What personal experience do you have in relationships to assert that with such certainty, aside from a single ill-fated marriage? As I pointed out, if relationships are a source of suffering, then so is everything in life, including friends, family, eating, headaches, and getting old. N...
by Nibbida
Wed Jan 14, 2015 7:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Pali word for craving used in the 4 Noble Truths
Replies: 4
Views: 672

Re: The Pali word for craving used in the 4 Noble Truths

Thanks. I was searching online but couldn't find the original Pali. :anjali:
by Nibbida
Wed Jan 14, 2015 7:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: sex and romantic relationships
Replies: 20
Views: 3683

Re: sex and romantic relationships

How come, if sex and romantic relationships (e.g. marriage) will clearly cause misery as romantic relationships are one of the biggest material attachments, do some buddhists (including teachers) participate? Who says that sex and romantic relationships will clearly cause misery? That's an assumpti...
by Nibbida
Wed Jan 14, 2015 7:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Pali word for craving used in the 4 Noble Truths
Replies: 4
Views: 672

The Pali word for craving used in the 4 Noble Truths

Two related questions: 1. Is "tanha" the actual word that is translated as "desire" or "craving", used in the second noble truth? 2. I sometimes wonder why upādāna wasn't used instead (i.e. "clinging", "attachment") since even when vedana and tanha are present, relinquishing clinging would interrupt...
by Nibbida
Sat Nov 01, 2014 5:39 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Alphabet of the first written Pali Canon
Replies: 2
Views: 907

Re: Alphabet of the first written Pali Canon

Thanks very much. I guess it can't be known for sure since we don't have the palm leaves they etched it on. :-)
by Nibbida
Sat Nov 01, 2014 4:31 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Alphabet of the first written Pali Canon
Replies: 2
Views: 907

Alphabet of the first written Pali Canon

When the Pali canon was first committed to writing during the 4th Buddhist council in Sri Lanka, what script was it written in? Sinhala? Is it known?

Thank you.

:anjali:
by Nibbida
Mon Jun 30, 2014 6:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Supporting practice in the suttas or commentaries
Replies: 3
Views: 582

Re: Supporting practice in the suttas or commentaries

I think that may overlap. The "ten recollections" coming to mind, the more I think about it. e.g.: "We need to learn to recollect our own goodness as a way of gladdening the heart and bringing a sense of self respect, instead of chastising ourselves continually." --Ajahn Candasiri http://www.fsnewsl...
by Nibbida
Mon Jun 30, 2014 4:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Supporting practice in the suttas or commentaries
Replies: 3
Views: 582

Supporting practice in the suttas or commentaries

I remember reading a while ago (but not where I read it) a list of techniques one can use to encourage or support one's practice. For example, one might have been reflecting on one's merit, taking refuge, or reflecting on the virtues of the Buddha. Can anyone tell me what this list is or where I may...
by Nibbida
Mon Jun 30, 2014 4:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Competition?
Replies: 30
Views: 1959

Re: Competition?

I agree with MKoll and Ananda Thera. Competition, even with the best of intentions reinforces the illusory separate sense of self. There is no need for comparing, no matter whether we are in fact superior, equal or inferior. We accumulate more akusala whenever we make ourselves important in comparin...
by Nibbida
Sun Apr 06, 2014 3:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: When Empathy Hurts, Compassion Can Heal
Replies: 6
Views: 712

When Empathy Hurts, Compassion Can Heal

They found that the compassion training led participants to experience significantly more positive emotion when viewing the distressing videos. In other words, they seemed better able to cope with distress than they did before the training—and they coped better than a control group that did not rec...
by Nibbida
Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Spacious awareness in Majjhima Nikaya?
Replies: 2
Views: 672

Re: Spacious awareness in Majjhima Nikaya?

Fantastic! Thank you. Nice work. :smile:
by Nibbida
Tue Jan 21, 2014 1:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Spacious awareness in Majjhima Nikaya?
Replies: 2
Views: 672

Spacious awareness in Majjhima Nikaya?

Any idea where Jacck Kornfield got this quote: As the Buddha instructs in the Majjhima Nikaya, "Develop a mind that is vast like space, where experiences both pleasant and unpleasant can appear and disappear without conflict, struggle or harm. Rest in a mind like vast sky." From: http://www.shambhal...
by Nibbida
Sat Oct 12, 2013 4:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Reflecting on one's positive qualities
Replies: 2
Views: 642

Reflecting on one's positive qualities

I've heard vipassana teachers sometimes recommend reflecting on one's own positive qualities as a way to support one's practice. Are there any references to this strategy in the Pali canon or commentaries?

Thank you.
by Nibbida
Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The great illusion of the self
Replies: 1
Views: 562

The great illusion of the self

Special issue of The New Scientist: The great illusion of the self

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by Nibbida
Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: arahant, non-returner, in the world today or recent times?
Replies: 30
Views: 4979

Re: arahant, non-returner, in the world today or recent times?

Taungpulu Sayadaw was reputed to be an arahant. You can find info on him by Googling him.
by Nibbida
Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Metta and forest spirits
Replies: 6
Views: 874

Re: Metta and forest spirits

Wonderful! Thank you.