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by Oh.Wow
Fri Dec 23, 2011 2:35 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: right speech
Replies: 12
Views: 1564

Re: right speech

Hello, befriend. From what I know, speaking harshly under ones breath is certainly considered wrong speech, and if it's not, then there is certainly ill will, which does cause suffering. You have made a very important connection between the speech we use, and the states of mind that arise as a resul...
by Oh.Wow
Fri Dec 09, 2011 2:18 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Which one is true?
Replies: 16
Views: 3105

Re: Which one is true?

In my opinion the differences between Mahayana Buddhism and Theravada Buddhism are inherently irrelevant. The only way one could truly verify what the truth really is regarding this topic is if one built a time machine, traveled back to the past, and made empirical social observations regarding the ...
by Oh.Wow
Fri Dec 09, 2011 2:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How to make the breath interesting?
Replies: 12
Views: 872

Re: How to make the breath interesting?

One thing that really helped me was realizing that my breath wasn't really "mine." I spent years focusing on "my" breath, then I realized that the in breath and out breath, being a sankhara, and one of the fourth agregate, was impermanent, unsatisfactory, and not mine. By letting go of that attachme...
by Oh.Wow
Sat Dec 03, 2011 5:18 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Right/Wrong Sati; is it the method or application?
Replies: 5
Views: 424

Re: Right/Wrong Sati; is it the method or application?

As I understand sati, and this is just my understanding, there is right sati, and wrong sati, but it's not right and wrong like normal stuff. It's more of a difference between presence of, and absence of sati. Right sati as the presence of mindfulness, and wrong sati as the absence of mindfulness. K...
by Oh.Wow
Sat Dec 03, 2011 5:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: sounds, smells, tastes, med obj?
Replies: 6
Views: 469

Re: sounds, smells, tastes, med obj?

I'm really sorry. I retract what I said earlier. It actually is fitting that one would establish mindfulness of sense objects as they arise and pass away. My mistake.
-Wow.
by Oh.Wow
Thu Dec 01, 2011 7:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: sounds, smells, tastes, med obj?
Replies: 6
Views: 469

Re: sounds, smells, tastes, med obj?

Not really. When the mind comes into contact with a sensory object, and then starts to think about that sensory object, it's generally considered a distraction, or a lapse in mindfulness. If you pay attention to this object instead of your meditation object, you will not enter Jhana. When this distr...
by Oh.Wow
Thu Dec 01, 2011 7:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: A GOVERNMENT HEALTH WARNING TO MEDITATORS
Replies: 6
Views: 796

Re: A GOVERNMENT HEALTH WARNING TO MEDITATORS

The whole time I was reading this I thought about the Mystics from "The Dark Crystal," the Jim Henson movie.
AAUUUMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.... (slices carrot)*
by Oh.Wow
Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:43 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: conventional self
Replies: 3
Views: 936

Re: conventional self

Well, according to what the Buddha taught, there is no self. What you consider to be "you" is just a combination of several components that came together, and will eventually fall apart. When it comes to a "conventional self" the selfless nature of "you" is still present; that's not going to change,...
by Oh.Wow
Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:35 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: antidote to sadness
Replies: 7
Views: 1957

Re: antidote to sadness

Try opening up to the sadness. It's obviously arising because it was caused by something. Try to spend some time with it, and understand what it's all about. Then it will probably become your friend and stop bothering you.
-Wow
by Oh.Wow
Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:31 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: The Buddha vs Arahants
Replies: 6
Views: 2104

Re: The Buddha vs Arahants

That's actually quite interesting. As it's recorded in the Pali Canon, the Buddha never claimed omniscience. He did however declare possession of "ten powers." A Sutta that describes these is in Sutta #12 of the Majjhima Nikaya, called "The Great Discourse on the Lion's Roar." There is a section cal...
by Oh.Wow
Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:24 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: jhana
Replies: 5
Views: 1240

Re: jhana

A rather comprehensive guide can be found in the Anupada Sutta - the 111th Sutta of the Majjhima Nikaya. It covers the 8 Jhanas "One by One" as they occur by examining how Sariputta progressed through them and subsequently attained Arahatship. Here is a link that will connect you to an English trans...