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by Polar Bear
Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The devas are not capable of seeing him
Replies: 7
Views: 60

Re: The devas are not capable of seeing him

Also, in the Brahmajāla Sutta we have this: The Realized One’s body remains, but his attachment to rebirth has been cut off. As long as his body remains he will be seen by gods and humans. But when his body breaks up, after life has ended, gods and humans will see him no more. When the stalk of a bu...
by Polar Bear
Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Dry Insight and Stream-Entry
Replies: 17
Views: 410

Re: Dry Insight and Stream-Entry

I certainly think freedom from the five hindrances and therefore a significant degree of tranquility and pliability of the mind is required for stream entry, just not necessarily to a jhanic level. The OP did not specify the degree of samatha they would deem exclusive of a “dry” approach so my stat...
by Polar Bear
Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Dry Insight and Stream-Entry
Replies: 17
Views: 410

Re: Dry Insight and Stream-Entry

If by dry insight one simply means insight without jhana then the suttas provide enough information to make a decent case that dry insight as an avenue to stream entry is possible. (Whether the specific forms of vipassana meditation coming out of Burma are an avenue to stream entry is a separate iss...
by Polar Bear
Sun Mar 29, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lie, watching porn, hearing music, playing games compatible with trying to attain first stage of enlightment?
Replies: 46
Views: 898

Re: lie, watching porn, hearing music, playing games compatible with trying to attain first stage of enlightment?

While I’m no authority on establishing an effective habit elimination “diet” conducive to enlightenment, only lying breaks a precept in your list. Obviously watching porn signifies a significant lack of restraint though. And in my experience certain kinds of music lead directly away from the desire ...
by Polar Bear
Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where does the Universal Well-Being chant come from?
Replies: 9
Views: 2267

Re: Where does the Universal Well-Being chant come from?

It's one of the three chants on the Brahmaviharas that I know of, along with the Karaniya metta sutta and the basic formula from DN 13. I'll repeat it here just for fun as I'm sure everybody knows what I am talking about. May I abide in well-being, in freedom from affliction, in freedom from hostil...
by Polar Bear
Sat Feb 22, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: One Question
Replies: 29
Views: 2282

Re: One Question

What practices should I undertake and how should I think in order to free the mind from all dukkha and dwell in perfect peace?


:anjali:
by Polar Bear
Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Concepts
Replies: 22
Views: 2043

Re: Concepts

It seems to be looking at the Mediaeval scholastic debate between realists and nominalists through Buddhist eyes. Our man Gotama was a nominalist. I tend to think of the Buddha as nominalist but he may be a realist about certain laws of nature, at least according to some texts. We also don’t know w...
by Polar Bear
Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:36 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Heavenly Pleasure
Replies: 29
Views: 3135

Re: Heavenly Pleasure

How can monk gotama walk during jhana? Isn’t the body immobilised? Jhāna is a matter of irresolvable and never ending debate. Perhaps the Buddha on emerging from jhāna, got up from his seat and walked around still experiencing stillness/tranquility, bliss and/or equanimity, but at a non-jhānic leve...
by Polar Bear
Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Heavenly Pleasure
Replies: 29
Views: 3135

Re: Heavenly Pleasure

This is pretty suggestive: “But, Master Gotama, what is the celestial high and luxurious bed that at present you gain at will, without trouble or difficulty?” “Here, brahmin, when I am dwelling in dependence on a village or town, in the morning I dress, take my bowl and robe, and enter that village ...
by Polar Bear
Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha die?
Replies: 52
Views: 3024

Re: Did the Buddha die?

We can say for certain that the Buddha’s body succumbed to medical death.

:anjali:
by Polar Bear
Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the necessity of "going forth"
Replies: 26
Views: 1295

Re: On the necessity of "going forth"

It really seems to come down to faith here. Faith in the Buddha and the early Sangha who praise the monastic life as the best or most fruitful. Since you’ve mentioned so many ways in which monastic life might make you unhappy, you should consider whether you have enough faith in both your own dedic...
by Polar Bear
Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Advices for investing money.
Replies: 24
Views: 1765

Re: Advices for investing money.

A traditional Buddhist answer would be to invest in your long-term future: “When one’s house is ablaze The vessel taken out Is the one that is useful, Not the one left burnt inside. “So when the world is ablaze With the fires of aging and death, One should take out one’s wealth by giving: What is gi...
by Polar Bear
Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: self-mettā
Replies: 15
Views: 2291

Re: self-mettā

binocular wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 7:01 pm


1. Note the if-clauses. If self-love would be a given, then the if-clause would make no sense here.

I think the ‘if’ clause is rhetorical.
by Polar Bear
Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Looking for Sri Lankan Monastery to practice Brahma-viharas
Replies: 2
Views: 262

Looking for Sri Lankan Monastery to practice Brahma-viharas

Hi Everyone, I’m wondering if anyone knows of a monastery in Sri Lanka where one can specifically request to do a retreat focusing on developing the Brahma-viharas in the classical way outlined in the Visuddhimagga, or in a way fairly similar to it if not perfectly faithful. Thanks for your time. :a...
by Polar Bear
Sun Aug 04, 2019 4:52 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: how long can you last with an inguinal hernia
Replies: 14
Views: 2172

Re: how long can you last with an inguinal hernia

salayatananirodha wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 4:47 am
they can be taken without food so i'm taking them without food
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