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by BlueLotus
Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Nibbana?
Replies: 14
Views: 219

Re: What is Nibbana?

SarathW wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:00 pm
It is not possible to understand Nibbana by words.
You have to become a practicing monk at least to get a taste of Nibbna.
However, Sotapanna also has some idea about the Nibbana.
Okay. I like it.
:smile:
by BlueLotus
Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I'm trying to attain some inner peace here
Replies: 26
Views: 536

Re: I'm trying to attain some inner peace here

Best advice I have heard is that if if more than 1 second makes you tense try 1 second. Come back to it. Repeat. Observe without comment your mind as it becomes distracted or agitated or focused on breathing or other meditation object. I've been doing that for months. One might think I would have i...
by BlueLotus
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Nibbana?
Replies: 14
Views: 219

Re: What is Nibbana?

SarathW wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:53 am
I would say "after death"
Which means you know what Nibbna in this life isn't it?
Then Nibbana after death is the same as the Nibbana while you alive except there is no five aggregate.
I dont get it...
by BlueLotus
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I'm trying to attain some inner peace here
Replies: 26
Views: 536

Re: I'm trying to attain some inner peace here

...Is this just me or is there anyone else who finds it practically impossible to quieten the mind? ...Any tips that can help me? I recall being on retreat and having this problem -- for a long time (could not even count to two! -- was trying to stay with the breath). The breath is intended to be a...
by BlueLotus
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I'm trying to attain some inner peace here
Replies: 26
Views: 536

Re: I'm trying to attain some inner peace here

Zom wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:04 pm
Any tips that can help me? Yes, I have tried counting. I have tried metta. I have tried walking. I have tried focusing on discursive thoughts. I have tried coffee. Nothing works.
Have you tried doing other things than meditation...?
Like?
by BlueLotus
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I'm trying to attain some inner peace here
Replies: 26
Views: 536

I'm trying to attain some inner peace here

Trying to meditate. The mind simply does not stay on the breath for a simple 5 seconds. I have been doing this for months. What is wrong with me? Vipassana has to be done after achieving some level of samadhi, right? I guess they recommend at least the first jhana before u do vipassana. I am nowhere...
by BlueLotus
Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Nibbana?
Replies: 14
Views: 219

Re: What is Nibbana?

SarathW wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:57 am
What do you want to know?
The Nibbana before death or after death.
I would say "after death" and then u would be parroting some reply like "but, it cannot be understood with our mundane perceptions". You know what? F#@$ it!
:computerproblem:
by BlueLotus
Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Nibbana?
Replies: 14
Views: 219

Re: What is Nibbana?

Why is this shi* so hard to attend?
:jedi: :tantrum:
by BlueLotus
Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Nibbana?
Replies: 14
Views: 219

What is Nibbana?

I can understand the bit that says that nibbana is the end of all that is conditioned. No more rebirth in the realm of kama, rupa or arupa cause they are all subjected to ceasing... But it also says that nibbana is not non-existence. It is not nothingness. It is merely the supreme bliss, the supermu...
by BlueLotus
Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Have I got this right?
Replies: 12
Views: 246

Re: Have I got this right?

_anicca_ wrote:
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:08 am
You can do either one.

Ask a question before meditation and then after.

See what comes up!
Can u pls elaborate?
:coffee:
by BlueLotus
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: satipattana
Replies: 17
Views: 296

Re: satipattana

A major difference, in the Anapanasati Sutta, is every experience & tetrad of satipatthana is done with knowing of breathing. For example, pleasant feelings (vedana) & states of mind (citta) are observed together with experiencing the breath. In other words, there is no need to drop the breath as a...
by BlueLotus
Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: satipattana
Replies: 17
Views: 296

Re: satipattana

I got hold of Mindfulness in Plain English by Henepola Gunaratana . Will that work? Yes, that is a very popular book on vipassana/anapanasati, and will last you a long time. You probably don't need more detail, but you can refer to the other stuff later if necessary. Okay. Thank you so much. I will...
by BlueLotus
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: satipattana
Replies: 17
Views: 296

Re: satipattana

Besides the Satipatthana sutta and Anapanasati sutta, you can also consult the explanations of these suttas, for example the buddhanet books such as: Essentials of Insight Meditation Practice by Ven. Sujiva, Anapanasati - Mindfulness of Breathing by Ven. Buddhadasa Bhikkhu and A Guide to Awareness ...
by BlueLotus
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Have I got this right?
Replies: 12
Views: 246

Re: Have I got this right?

Thank you so much!
:anjali:
by BlueLotus
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Have I got this right?
Replies: 12
Views: 246

Re: Have I got this right?

befriend wrote:
Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:54 pm
Ajahn passano of abhayagiri has talks on practicing the 16 steps of Buddhas instruction on mindfulness of breathing I plan to start listening to the talks today.
U got a link man?
by BlueLotus
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: satipattana
Replies: 17
Views: 296

Re: satipattana

Ok so how do I do the satipattana?
by BlueLotus
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Have I got this right?
Replies: 12
Views: 246

Re: Have I got this right?

You concentrate on the breath until you reach samadhi. Stay in samadhi for as long as possible because it will etch away at your desires. Once you come out of samadhi, then reflect. See, that's the question. Should I reflect by asking my mind a question or should I just let it be and wait for somet...
by BlueLotus
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Animal Rebirth
Replies: 20
Views: 344

Re: Animal Rebirth

"Here, Punna, someone develops the dog duty fully and unstintingly, he develops the dog-habit fully and unstintingly, he develops the dog mind fully and unstintingly, he develops dog behavior fully and unstintingly. Having done that, on the dissolution of the body, after death, he reappears in the ...
by BlueLotus
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Have I got this right?
Replies: 12
Views: 246

Have I got this right?

Basically, follow your breath in and out and do this until you feel totally relaxed and as if ur body's not there and then whatever the heck that comes up, reflect that it is impermanent, suffering and no self. Do this for some 7+ years and some day, realization will hit you but you should not, at a...