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by SarathW
Wed May 24, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Resistance/tightness in practicing loving kindness
Replies: 15
Views: 138

Re: Resistance/tightness in practicing loving kindness

Yes, it includes me. The remorse could be due to past unpleasant experience. This is a very common factor. The best example of dealing with remorse is the Angulimala. Buddha said to him what is important is not what he has done in the past. The most important were that he has not committed any wron...
by SarathW
Wed May 24, 2017 7:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are attachment, aversion, ignorance Kamma?
Replies: 2
Views: 56

Re: Are attachment, aversion, ignorance Kamma?

Thanks Sam I found the following sutta as well. ======= “Greed itself is unskillful. Whatever a greedy person fabricates by means of body, speech, or intellect, that too is unskillful. Whatever suffering a greedy person—his mind overcome with greed, his mind consumed—wrongly inflicts on another pers...
by SarathW
Tue May 23, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are attachment, aversion, ignorance Kamma?
Replies: 2
Views: 56

Are attachment, aversion, ignorance Kamma?

Are attachment, aversion, ignorance Kamma?
Are they leading to a bad destination?
If they are not Kamma how do they lead you to a bad destination?
by SarathW
Tue May 23, 2017 1:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why can we just let go?
Replies: 11
Views: 196

Re: Why can we just let go?

Forgive me if I ask, do we get, acquire some pleasure already of these pain, on all of these suffering? Maybe, we are having pleasure of this because why is it that we cannot let go of it? Because it is due to distortion in the mind. ========== You will no doubt recognize that the particular distor...
by SarathW
Mon May 22, 2017 7:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Resistance/tightness in practicing loving kindness
Replies: 15
Views: 138

Re: Resistance/tightness in practicing loving kindness

It is as if I feel like I and those around me do not deserve to be at peace.

Does this include you?
by SarathW
Sun May 21, 2017 12:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 117
Views: 5296

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

Well, we eat when we are hungry.
Why are we smoking for?
by SarathW
Sat May 20, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 117
Views: 5296

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

sensual indulgence, than is the occasional cigarette.

I think smoking is the worst sensual indulgence.
by SarathW
Sat May 20, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 117
Views: 5296

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

I'm far more concerned when I see an overweight monk than when I see one with a lit cigarette.

I think both of these are harmful and take the effort to avoid it.
by SarathW
Sat May 20, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 117
Views: 5296

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

The harm you are implicating here is a trifle compared to the harm to other beings that will be caused by not understanding tanha and kāmacchando Isn't smoking tanha and kamachando? Isn't eating? Yes, eating without reflection or unmindful eating. Eating when you are not hungry, for the pleasure or...
by SarathW
Sat May 20, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Anagarika is post-canonical invention
Replies: 7
Views: 238

Re: Anagarika is post-canonical invention

Bhante Lucky wrote:
R1111 wrote:wonder what happens if a lay Arahant was ordained as Anagarika :thinking:

They would become very experienced at washing dishes, sweeping, and cleaning, in addition to being an Arahant. :tongue:

Ha, Ha That is how you motivate the Anagarika to become a samanera.
by SarathW
Sat May 20, 2017 4:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 117
Views: 5296

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

:goodpost: Freedom!
by SarathW
Fri May 19, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 117
Views: 5296

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

The harm you are implicating here is a trifle compared to the harm to other beings that will be caused by not understanding tanha and kāmacchando

Isn't smoking tanha and kamachando?
by SarathW
Fri May 19, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 117
Views: 5296

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

Afterall, it's the "teaching", not the "teacher", that we should focus on: My father used to consume alcohol and smoked cigars. However, he advised us to not to consume alcohol and smoke cigars. I am sure he was a good teacher but I never listened to him. I think a good teacher ...
by SarathW
Fri May 19, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Supernormal Powers
Replies: 6
Views: 111

Re: Supernormal Powers

Sutta discusses only the supernormal powers related to the ending of the mental effluents.
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

However, I believe that you can develop these powers through Samatha practice as well.
by SarathW
Fri May 19, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 117
Views: 5296

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

I think Ajahn Chah said "Find the arahant within not without" when someone questions about his smoking. The problem here is that he is committing and act harmful for himself and others. Perhaps those days people did not know about the harming effect of smoking. Another problem is that he w...
by SarathW
Fri May 19, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Victims of Capitalism.
Replies: 9
Views: 152

Re: Victims of US imperialism.

Perhaps you have to say victims of capitalism.
by SarathW
Fri May 19, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Kamma, Vipaka and Hetu, Phala?
Replies: 9
Views: 1021

Re: Kamma, Vipaka and Hetu, Phala?

Are attachement aversion and ignorance Kamma?
If they are not kamma, what are result of them?
Why can't we call them Kamma Vipaka?
by SarathW
Fri May 19, 2017 4:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 117
Views: 5296

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

You prepose to know the attainments of others?

I think it is easier to know who is not an Arahant than who is an Arahant.
If I see someone breaking the precepts (five, eight or ten) I know for sure that this person is not an Arahant.
by SarathW
Fri May 19, 2017 2:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 117
Views: 5296

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

How can you be so sure?

How do you feel if you see Buddha giving a sermon while smoking a cigar.
by SarathW
Thu May 18, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: It all sucks
Replies: 13
Views: 423

Re: It all sucks

I don't understand anything anymore. Wish the Buddha was here to give me direct guidance. Ask questions and 3 people say 3 different things. I suck at meditation too. Fall asleep. I can relate to you. When this happens to me I rely on the safe bet. ================ As they were sitting there, the B...

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