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by Maarten
Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do devas have mind made bodies?
Replies: 14
Views: 364

Re: Do devas have mind made bodies?

All devas have bodies except those in the Arūpa world. Thank you for your answer Bhante. Would these Arūpa Devas be capable of moving around, doing things, and communicating? Or would they just be in a kind of static state, enjoying the bliss of Jhana? I've read about Cloud Devas, where would they ...
by Maarten
Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do devas have mind made bodies?
Replies: 14
Views: 364

Re: Do devas have mind made bodies?

Hello: I don´t know, Nagas are more mentioned in hindu literature, but they would probably be a little higher than humans, in one of the low deva lokas. So, even if u can´t see them, they have a body made of flesh. In the highest realms their bodies are more like a radiance. Regards. Thanks, I thin...
by Maarten
Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How do you know if you've entered the stream?
Replies: 28
Views: 1307

Re: How do you know if you've entered the stream?

budo wrote:How do you know if you've entered the stream?
Check if your boots are wet? :D
by Maarten
Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Best metta teachers, talks and guided meditations?
Replies: 7
Views: 336

Re: Best metta teachers, talks and guided meditations?

Very good to hear you are making metta your primary subject. I've been doing this myself and have benefitted a lot from making this change. It is a very powerful and underrated practise. My favorite Metta teachers are : Ajahn Brahm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Jb72-QgXOc https://www.youtube.com/...
by Maarten
Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do devas have mind made bodies?
Replies: 14
Views: 364

Re: Do devas have mind made bodies?

Hello: Mind made bodies are very much the same as regular bodies according to the suttas, in the sense that u project an image of yourself. As to how are the bodies of devas, it depends on the realm they are from and their merit (u have devas of inmaterial bodies, fine material bodies, or material ...
by Maarten
Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are devas attracted to metta?
Replies: 5
Views: 221

Are devas attracted to metta?

I remember reading something about this, but i'm not sure it it's from the sutta's.

Are nagas for example drawn to metta? I remember it says in the sutta's that they protect someone with metta.

But do they want to hang out with such a person?

Much metta,

Maarten
by Maarten
Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do devas have mind made bodies?
Replies: 14
Views: 364

Do devas have mind made bodies?

Do devas have mind made bodies?

I remember reading someting about this but I'm not sure if it's from the sutta's.

It would explain why we can't see them, and why you would need a developed mind to be able to observe them.

If so, how would one develop this skill?

Much metta,

Maarten
by Maarten
Sun Jun 04, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Path vs Fruit of stream-entry
Replies: 8
Views: 676

Re: Path vs Fruit of stream-entry

I can't quote any resources, but as I understand it there are special experiences that can occur as a result of the practice. In those experiences you learn something very deep about yourself. As a result of what you learned you will now start to change some of your views and habbits, you will condi...
by Maarten
Sun Jun 04, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Any suttas or resources on developing humility?
Replies: 13
Views: 480

Any suttas or resources on developing humility?

I understand humility is one of the virtues to cultivate as a buddhist. I can see how it could benefit me as I would not be very upset if someone insulted me, or embarassed me, if I did not take myself so seriously. I tried a google search on how to become more humble, but I only found articles on t...
by Maarten
Sun Aug 28, 2016 12:00 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?
Replies: 356
Views: 43314

Re: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?

Doesn't it depend on the intention? Technically it's not stealing, but it can be in spirit. If you download in order to save money then I think it should be considered stealing, since the creator is losing money here. But what if you download a product that you would never buy if downloading was not...
by Maarten
Tue Aug 23, 2016 1:09 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Have I understood Non-Self correctly?
Replies: 27
Views: 1983

Re: Have I understood Non-Self correctly?

The best way to understand it is: all the Khandas are out of control.
Anatta-lakkhana Sutta: The Discourse on the Not-self Characteristic

With metta,

Maarten
by Maarten
Tue Aug 23, 2016 12:58 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Samatha and Anatta
Replies: 47
Views: 2228

Re: Samatha and Anatta

I don't think it does. You get an understanding of Anatta and emptiness from insight meditation. And a more intellectual understanding by studying Dhamma. Samatha just supports insight meditation. So I it indirectly helps.

With Metta,

Maarten
by Maarten
Tue Aug 23, 2016 12:40 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: mentally tired
Replies: 11
Views: 1136

Re: mentally tired

What works really well for me is to just let my attention do what it normally does, and then I am mindful of wherever it goes. Without aversion. Maybe even with a little metta mixed in. You're following the mind around. The mind only had one object at a time. So basically you are aware of whatever o...
by Maarten
Tue Aug 23, 2016 12:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Impulsive people and meditation
Replies: 35
Views: 2306

Re: Impulsive people and meditation

You don't really need to meditate in order to develop some mindfulness. If you just want them to be able to correct their impulsive behavior when it becomes problematic then they won't need very strong mindfulness. You could just have them remind themselves to be mindful when a difficult situation a...
by Maarten
Mon Aug 15, 2016 11:14 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How to develop psychic powers? And how common are they?
Replies: 13
Views: 1457

Re: How to develop psychic powers? And how common are they?

How does one develop psychic powers such as reading the minds of others, and leaving ones body? Are such powers common among meditators? Or do you have to be a monk for years before you can get them? Why would one want to deliberately develop fancy psychic powers? To impress others, to obtain some ...
by Maarten
Sat Jul 30, 2016 10:29 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How to develop psychic powers? And how common are they?
Replies: 13
Views: 1457

How to develop psychic powers? And how common are they?

How does one develop psychic powers such as reading the minds of others, and leaving ones body?
Are such powers common among meditators? Or do you have to be a monk for years before you can get them?

With metta,

Maarten
by Maarten
Mon Jun 13, 2016 3:34 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Can you feel it when someone sends you metta?
Replies: 17
Views: 1517

Re: Can you feel it when someone sends you metta?

I have no idea, but that's a beautiful thing nevertheless :) Yes it is a beautiful idea. Maybe it would be wholesome to believe they can feel it, even if this may not be true? It would motivate the practise because you would be doing something more that just cultivating a mindstate, you would feel ...
by Maarten
Mon Jun 13, 2016 3:23 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Can you feel it when someone sends you metta?
Replies: 17
Views: 1517

Re: Can you feel it when someone sends you metta?

Afterwards I got the idea that some of them knew I was sending them metta by their reactions. Could this be possible? Perhaps they were picking up that you were feeling metta. Yes, this at least must have been the case. After the talk there was this old Lady just standing there smiling at me, almos...
by Maarten
Sun Jun 12, 2016 4:51 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Can you feel it when someone sends you metta?
Replies: 17
Views: 1517

Can you feel it when someone sends you metta?

I have just returned from a visit at Muttodaya in Germany. I have been practicing by myself for about 5 years before this, so it's my first time meeting other buddhists and meditating with them. My main practise is metta and I was sending metta to the people in the hall which was very strong at some...