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by Cittasanto
Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Brasington's entrance into jhanas in suttas and commentaries?
Replies: 54
Views: 2170

Re: Brasington's entrance into jhanas in suttas and commentaries?

Hi MP I think the commentaries harden the jhanas but I also think this loosens up the factors. I think the suttas indicate piti, sukkha.. are specific forms and I believe the commentaries are right in distinguishing one form of piti... from another. So you could have all the factors and what can be ...
by Cittasanto
Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Is this wrong perception?
Replies: 18
Views: 589

Re: Is this wrong perception?

It all depends what you are looking for. If you are looking for nutrition, then dropping the onions... May not be the best idea, or the best idea. Being satisfied with what you have is commendable. I use additives for nutritional purposes, and calorie density. So long as you are getting the nutrient...
by Cittasanto
Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Brasington's entrance into jhanas in suttas and commentaries?
Replies: 54
Views: 2170

Re: Brasington's entrance into jhanas in suttas and commentaries?

- Profiteering off the Dhamma (see: Charging For The Dhamma ) Hi Paul. This one I believe to be more nuanced, than the face of it, and although this has been discussed before I think it is worth making the distinction. There are certain expenses which goes along with teachings, publishing... And pr...
by Cittasanto
Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sutta Support for Jhana Distinction
Replies: 3
Views: 158

Re: Sutta Support for Jhana Distinction

I was curious where the suttas first describe jhana as either Rupa or arupa. Can anyone provide textual evidence for this distinction? Thank you, Pondera Hi Ponders, As I understand it the Rupa/arupa distinction is commentarial. There is no distinction I am aware of in the suttas. In Truth Cittasanto
by Cittasanto
Mon Sep 30, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Has anyone practiced Contemplation of Virtue? (Silanussati)
Replies: 15
Views: 1158

Re: Has anyone practiced Contemplation of Virtue? (Silanussati)

Hi,
We should reflect before during and after an action.
This would include meditation, and in day-to-day life.
In truth
Cittasanto
by Cittasanto
Mon Sep 30, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Brasington's entrance into jhanas in suttas and commentaries?
Replies: 54
Views: 2170

Re: Brasington's entrance into jhanas in suttas and commentaries?

Rapture can arise, like Brasington, when you convince yourself via thinking you have attained jhana. Regards After observing, and interacting with Leigh over the past few years, I would agree with this. I am no Jhana master or anything of the sort, but for Buddhist practice, I believe, having an ab...
by Cittasanto
Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Analayo paper on mindreading
Replies: 2
Views: 189

Analayo paper on mindreading

Hi everyone, been a while since I last visited. I had an interesting discussion today, and I remember Analayo Bhikkhu having a paper, or part of, on mind reading psychic phenomena in the discourses. Does anyone know where this is, or something similar? Thanks all and hope all are well In truth Citta...
by Cittasanto
Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How to not be dissapointed by other people in your path to englightenment?
Replies: 18
Views: 1309

Re: How to not be dissapointed by other people in your path to englightenment?

Hi MrLearner Ignorance is the way of the world. How do you know they, and not you are the ignorant ones? To expect others to be at the same place, understanding, way of life... as yourself is not really helpful for people in general, and a daily mantra of low expectations is helpful to not become di...
by Cittasanto
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to practise sati ?
Replies: 64
Views: 2577

Re: How to practise sati ?

Ardent alert and mindful, setting aside pain and distress in regards to the world.
It's the satipatana refrain. Try to apply that and you will be more mindful.

In truth
Cittasanto
by Cittasanto
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What's happening to me. Help please!
Replies: 32
Views: 2059

Re: What's happening to me. Help please!

Sometimes things happen. I try to frame things in a context that help to understand things in a useful light. Odin's ravens (or big crowd) are though and memory simulate to the satipatana refrain 'ardent alert and mindful setting aside pain and distress in regard to the world. I would advise framing...
by Cittasanto
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hey Hi Hello
Replies: 6
Views: 535

Re: Hey Hi Hello

Welcome aboard
by Cittasanto
Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: How to deal with ignorant brutes in a discussion
Replies: 69
Views: 7250

Re: How to deal with ignorant brutes in a discussion

Greetings, I'll take that at face value, but let's just say that there's a lot of whinging and moaning from certain people, who aren't doing their cause any favours by exhibiting many of the same behaviours they complain about in others. Is it so hard just to be decent and civilized? Is it really s...
by Cittasanto
Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Abortion
Replies: 54
Views: 11690

Re: Abortion and the first precept

Life starts at conception, and abortion is therefore against the first precept of the lay precepts even though I do not know where this is explicitly spelled out in the Suttas. As said the Vinaya does explicitly state this is murder in the parajika rule, and the suttas do state when life begins the ...
by Cittasanto
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sexual intercourse with other woman with the consent of wife
Replies: 58
Views: 8821

Re: Sexual intercourse with other woman with the consent of wife

What about if you are out of town and you have an encounter with a woman that knows you are married. If your wife doesn't ask how bad would this be?? The op has a context of the couple both being involved in the discussion. So without that context it would be lying to the wife and a breach of that ...
by Cittasanto
Thu May 03, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sexual intercourse with other woman with the consent of wife
Replies: 58
Views: 8821

Re: Sexual intercourse with other woman with the consent of wife

the op does not deal with that, as the situation as presented only indicates a discussion has been had between the two. That is up to those involved to consider. There are obviously potentially three people involved here, rather than two, unless they discussed the following: And again up to the cou...