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by FatDaddy
Thu Nov 21, 2013 6:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism mean living in a cocoon
Replies: 26
Views: 1541

Re: Does Buddhism mean living in a cocoon

The short answer I came up with is: meditate diligently. Eventualy you'll get tired of frequently thinking about politics. It's an aversion generator and, yes, an agitation to the heart/mind. I also think that many rules of conduct, beyond the five precepts, that some buddhists follow, eventualy co...
by FatDaddy
Mon Nov 11, 2013 3:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to practice metta according to the Buddha’s teaching?
Replies: 7
Views: 1223

Re: The Buddha’s teaching on metta

2. One should practice sila, and have the five hindrances suppressed before practicing metta: "That disciple of the noble ones, headman — thus devoid of greed/covetousness, devoid of ill will, unbewildered [not puzzled/confused/perplexed], clearly comprehending, mindful — keeps pervading the first ...
by FatDaddy
Mon May 20, 2013 5:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bertrand Russell and rebirth
Replies: 40
Views: 4595

Re: Bertrand Russell and rebirth

[/quote] Does anyone else have a reason to believe in rebirth?[/quote] I don't have any reason to "believe" in rebirth but I have reasons to live as if it were true. It is a three dimensional model of cause and effect. Every physical, verbal and mental action has an effect in this life and/or beyond...
by FatDaddy
Fri May 10, 2013 5:11 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Practices to find and/or eliminate clinging
Replies: 11
Views: 1302

Re: Practices to find and/or eliminate clinging

nem wrote:What practices do you use, to eliminate clinging other than meditation?
When I find myself suffering in any way I ask myself "what are you clinging to?" I see no point in randomly giving things up unless they are causing me to suffer.
by FatDaddy
Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:19 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Anapanasati actually inducing sleep...!
Replies: 17
Views: 3065

Re: Anapanasati actually inducing sleep...!

Change or expand the object and increase mindfullness. There are many stimulating things going on with the breath. Stop counting and notice them.
by FatDaddy
Tue Apr 16, 2013 6:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Metta before, during, or after vipassana?
Replies: 4
Views: 758

Re: Metta before, during, or after vipassana?

I routinely do it before. If I have a ling time to sit (> 1hr), I do it afterwards as well.
by FatDaddy
Tue Apr 16, 2013 5:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Brahma viharas -- why?
Replies: 31
Views: 3801

Re: Brahma viharas -- why?

I think the brahma viharas are probably necessary to cultivate sila that goes beyond and doesn't rely on precepts. The attitude that the brahma viharas cultivate is also the attitude we need to engage wisely and kindly with the world. So the brahma viharas are necessary to follow the path if you as...
by FatDaddy
Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Brahma viharas -- why?
Replies: 31
Views: 3801

Re: Brahma viharas -- why?

Hi: More generally, if the brahma viharas are pointless, why are they given such extended treatment in the Visuddhimagga, for example? Why practice them at all? This is an excellent question. I am in no position to give an authoritative answer but my understanding is that the brahama viharas can be...
by FatDaddy
Thu Apr 04, 2013 6:28 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Satipatthana and Personality Type
Replies: 11
Views: 3042

Re: Satipatthana and Personality Type

My question is how one determines for this purpose if they are an introvert or extrovert and slow or quick. I'm aware of Myers-Briggs, but perhaps that isn't most appropriate here? Thank you. Mojo For me the Myers-Briggs is a good indicator, but that may because I am on the extreme end of the intro...
by FatDaddy
Mon Feb 11, 2013 2:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Usefulness and dangers of "noting" techniques
Replies: 13
Views: 2951

Re: Usefulness and dangers of "noting" techniques

It's just a tool...use it when it makes sense. Don't be hampered by it. Frankly, I'm not a big fan of noting...I've felt it takes me out of the direct experience. However, it has it role...especially when developing concentration and you get a distracting thought and you just note "thinking". I fee...
by FatDaddy
Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread
Replies: 156
Views: 35237

Re: The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread

The Big Lebowski is subject of a new book--it's more Mahayana. 'The Dude Abides' I have not read the book yet but after years of being obsessed with this movie, I finally see an authentic dhammic connection: in spite of his complete lack of classical discipline, The Dude does not create kamma. With...
by FatDaddy
Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Acceptance of "Negative" Qualities
Replies: 19
Views: 2489

Re: Acceptance of "Negative" Qualities

It will be difficult to show love and compassion towards everybody, myself included . One protects oneself, in this sense, via satipatthana & not the brahmaviharas. I thought of Satipatthana as well. 3. The Contemplation of Consciousness "And how, O bhikkhus, does a bhikkhu live contemplating consc...
by FatDaddy
Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Emotional Metta
Replies: 7
Views: 1605

Re: Emotional Metta

.... I tend to get very emotional, sometimes even to the point of tearing up :shock: It always feels very odd and over-emotional, so I must be doing something wrong. Any ideas? :anjali: I did a metta retreat some years ago and I had a very intense emotional experience like you describe. I found tha...
by FatDaddy
Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:34 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Can Mindfulness be unpleasant?
Replies: 65
Views: 8887

Re: Can Mindfulness be unpleasant?

In the case of sati taking for example dosa, aversion , as an object, immediatly that sati arises the dosa falls away momentarily. It may come back but at the moment of sati arising it has gone. This is sometimes called tadanga nirodha, momentary cessation Maybe I am operating with an incorrect def...
by FatDaddy
Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:24 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Can Mindfulness be unpleasant?
Replies: 65
Views: 8887

Re: Can Mindfulness be unpleasant?

According to Abhidhamma it is impossible for any mindstate associated with sati to have unpleasant feeling. It can only come with either pleasant or neutral feeling. Subsequent and preceeding mindstates could of course be with dosa and have unpleasant feeling Yes, I think that is quite correct. kin...
by FatDaddy
Thu Nov 01, 2012 3:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
Replies: 11
Views: 1926

Re: Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

As a long time mediator and occasional consumer of mental health services, I share your concern. I find tremendous benefit in embracing the Buddha’s path as a whole, not picking and choosing based on my own cultural filters. It is hard for me to understand the benefit of amputating one small part of...
by FatDaddy
Fri Oct 19, 2012 2:07 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 46.54: Metta Sutta
Replies: 24
Views: 4288

Re: SN 46.54: Metta Sutta

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!
:goodpost:
by FatDaddy
Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Cultivation of the brahmaviharas by meditation
Replies: 8
Views: 1561

Re: Cultivation of the brahmaviharas by meditation

I recently stumbled into this gem:

http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/brahmavihara.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

It is a book by Mahasi Sayadaw titled Brahmavihara Dhamma. It is very in-depth (almost 500 pages). It even gives instructions for brahmavihara Jhana.
by FatDaddy
Mon Oct 08, 2012 3:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in Mara
Replies: 26
Views: 3013

Re: Do you believe in Mara

Of all the personifications found in Buddhist cosmology, Mara is the one that presents the most difficulty for me. With the exception of Mara, they all exist as a result of kamma. Mara seems to exist outside of cause and effect. All of my defilements are internal and cannot be attributed to any outs...
by FatDaddy
Fri Oct 05, 2012 12:14 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Bedbugs and the 1st precept
Replies: 29
Views: 5128

Re: Bedbugs and the 1st precept

KB and Ben, thanks for the kind response.