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by Polar Bear
Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Critisise the action not the person.
Replies: 6
Views: 152

Re: Critisise the action not the person.

Since people can change, and since actions arise due to causes and conditions and not because deep down the unchanging core of a person is such that they inherently are disposed to do such and such actions, it makes sense. It helps remind people that they don’t have to be defined for all time by any...
by Polar Bear
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Radiant Mind
Replies: 25
Views: 3789

Re: Radiant Mind

An interestng artcle on this topic by Bhikkhu Anālayo: The Luminous Mind in Theravāda and Dharmaguptaka Discourses Abstract: With this article I examine Pāli discourse references to luminosity of the mind in the light of their parallels, with a view to discerning early stages in the development of a...
by Polar Bear
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:29 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: New book by Y. Karunadasa
Replies: 12
Views: 457

Re: New book by Y. Karunadasa

The book is available for $9.95 from Pariyatti here: https://store.pariyatti.org/Early-Buddh ... _4988.html

:anjali:
by Polar Bear
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:24 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Why do we have resentment towards the people are very close to us?
Replies: 18
Views: 191

Re: Why do we have resentment towards the people are very close to us?

If you want to get more "far out", it is said that those closest to us-- family members, close friends, children, etc., have been family members, close friends, children in past lives over and over, just in changing roles. If you have that much karma with people, you are going to have a lot of "stu...
by Polar Bear
Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: insight requires access concentration?
Replies: 21
Views: 722

Re: insight requires access concentration?

Actually, it seems that access concentration maybe is required to fulfill purification of mind.
by Polar Bear
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: insight requires access concentration?
Replies: 21
Views: 722

Re: insight requires access concentration?

Thanks Mike, I’ll take a look at the link. In the meantime though, I found this: http://www.abhidhamma.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=312 The commentaries speak of "threefold concentration" (tividha samādhi), comprising momentary concentration, approach concentration, and arrival concentration. The ...
by Polar Bear
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: insight requires access concentration?
Replies: 21
Views: 722

Re: insight requires access concentration?

This moment-by-moment fixing of the mind on the material and mental processes in their present immediacy is known as momentary concen- tration (khaoikasamadhi). Because it involves a degree of mental stabilization equal to that of access concentration, this momentary concentration is reckoned as pu...
by Polar Bear
Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How the world empty if it is dependently originated?
Replies: 8
Views: 128

Re: How the world empty if it is dependently originated?

Emptiness is always qualified. So the proper question is: In what sense is the world empty? And the answer to that is the world is empty of a self and of what belongs to a self. And then Venerable Ānanda … said to the Buddha: “Sir, they say that ‘the world is empty’. What does the saying ‘the world ...
by Polar Bear
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:44 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: paṇḍaka
Replies: 42
Views: 6522

Re: paṇḍaka

I don’t know how to find the passage in the Vinaya though. And it seems this would only apply to those who are skilled practitioners. Do you know what passage he’s referring to Bhante? Yes. The allowance applies in situations where there is no bhikkhu available who is qualified to give nissaya . A ...
by Polar Bear
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: paṇḍaka
Replies: 42
Views: 6522

Re: paṇḍaka

But what is to stop such a monk from finding a secluded place in which to develop his practice of mindfulness... The Vinaya, which requires that the early years after his ordination (at least the first five, and ideally the first ten) have to be spent living in dependence on a teacher. In practice ...
by Polar Bear
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: The Satipatthana Sutta a forgery?
Replies: 187
Views: 35829

Re: The Satipatthana Sutta a forgery?

Both of you guys are neglecting the obvious. Just read the suttas. Doodoot, read: And how does a mendicant meditate observing an aspect of principles? It’s when a mendicant meditates by observing an aspect of principles with respect to the five hindrances. And how does a mendicant meditate observing...
by Polar Bear
Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Epictectus was a paecca Buddha
Replies: 5
Views: 165

Re: Epictectus was a paecca Buddha

Epictetus was awesome but I don’t think it’s helpful to claim him as a pacceka Buddha. My understanding is that it is considered impossible for pacceka Buddhas to exist when there is the teaching of a Sammasambuddha in the world. But yes, an accomplished Stoic, and even an accomplished Epicurean, wi...
by Polar Bear
Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: The Satipatthana Sutta a forgery?
Replies: 187
Views: 35829

Re: The Satipatthana Sutta a forgery?

Let me ask you this: What good is telling yourself "I am turning, I am moving, I am eating, I am sitting, I am walking, etc.." if your perception is distorted, it won't mean anything, you can tell that to yourself all the time and it won't change anything. When someone is on the drug LSD they love ...
by Polar Bear
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Pa Auk Sayadaw
Replies: 8
Views: 258

Re: Pa Auk Sayadaw

From the other thread which is probably more appropriate here: Pa Auk sayadaw in Burma. His students also teach in monasteries in Sri Lanka, Thailand and Malaysia Anything else you can tell me about Pa Auk Sayadaw? Nikki Mrghafori who seems like a great lay teacher has good things to say about him i...
by Polar Bear
Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: samatha retreats/teachers
Replies: 18
Views: 440

Re: samatha retreats/teachers

Pa Auk sayadaw in Burma. His students also teach in monasteries in Sri Lanka, Thailand and Malaysia Anything else you can tell me about Pa Auk Sayadaw? Nikki Mrghafori who seems like a great lay teacher has good things to say about him in her interview with Spirit Rock: SR: Can you speak a little a...