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by SarathW
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it possible to practice Brahama Vihara without reaching the fourth Jhana?
Replies: 23
Views: 174

Re: Is it possible to practice Brahama Vihara without reaching the fourth Jhana?

I think mastering jhana before BV represents saving oneself before trying to save or help others. But my understanding is that Metta is about saving yourself: one should protect one's "universal goodwill" (translation per TB) like a mother protects an only child so one will not create unwholesome k...
by SarathW
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: POLL: How much do you meditate?
Replies: 6
Views: 93

Re: POLL: How much do you meditate?

Hi Lucas
Good link.
However, there is another Sutta to show how to light a fire.
You have to make sure that the fire stick is not wet.
It also a gradual training.
Not every person can light a fire without some experience.
by SarathW
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Nibbana cessation of being?
Replies: 14
Views: 101

Re: Is Nibbana cessation of being?

Two options that come to mind are "satta" or "bhava" - Bhava = 10th nidana & Satta = 11th nidana. Satta found in SN 23.2 And what, bhikkhus, is birth? The birth of the various beings (sattānaṃ) into the various orders of beings (sattanikāye), their being born, descent, production from the manifesta...
by SarathW
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Nibbana cessation of being?
Replies: 14
Views: 101

Re: Is Nibbana cessation of being?

Thanks, Paul I think you are correct. When you gave me the lead I could trace that to Pali Sutta. It is Bhavanirodho. >Ye pana te bhonto samaṇabrāhmaṇā evaṃvādino evaṃdiṭṭhino: ‘atthi sabbaso bhavanirodho’ti, sace tesaṃ bhavataṃ samaṇab­rāhma­ṇā­naṃ saccaṃ vacanaṃ, ṭhānametaṃ vijjati—yaṃ diṭṭheva dh...
by SarathW
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Nibbana cessation of being?
Replies: 14
Views: 101

Re: Is Nibbana cessation of being?

What is the Pali word for "being"?
by SarathW
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Nibbana cessation of being?
Replies: 14
Views: 101

Is Nibbana cessation of being?

But as to the recluses and brahmins who hold the doctrine and view “there definitely is a cessation of being,” if their word is true then it is possible that I might here and now attain final Nibbāna. https://suttacentral.net/en/mn60 Is Nibbana a cessation of being? and also Is cessation means annih...
by SarathW
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it possible to practice Brahama Vihara without reaching the fourth Jhana?
Replies: 23
Views: 174

Re: Is it possible to practice Brahama Vihara without reaching the fourth Jhana?

It seems that Buddha wanted to differentiate the BV practice by the average householder and the recluse. It appears that BV should be practiced in conjunction with the four Jhanas to qualify for Noble Eightfold Path. "And what are the six kinds of household equanimity? The equanimity that arises whe...
by SarathW
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: How much happy are you?
Replies: 35
Views: 519

Re: How much happy are you?

If you already vote, is it in line with the following Sutta?

Bahuvedaniya Suttam
https://suttacentral.net/en/mn59
by SarathW
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it possible to practice Brahama Vihara without reaching the fourth Jhana?
Replies: 23
Views: 174

Re: Is it possible to practice Brahama Vihara without reaching the fourth Jhana?

JohnK wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:24 am
SarathW wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:48 am
Are all four Brahma Vihara considered meditation objects?
AN 8:63 in full (linked above) goes through a repetition that includes all 4.
thanks.
by SarathW
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:13 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Dhammas
Replies: 14
Views: 154

Re: Dhammas

For example, the phrase: "Sabbe dhamma anatta": "all things are not-self". A translation of: "all patterns are not-self" is too limited and would be contrary to many teachings
Agree
by SarathW
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:57 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 54
Views: 641

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

If people want to talk politics they should be able to.
Perhaps these talks should be limited to "Small talks"
by SarathW
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it possible to practice Brahama Vihara without reaching the fourth Jhana?
Replies: 23
Views: 174

Re: Is it possible to practice Brahama Vihara without reaching the fourth Jhana?

When you have developed this concentration in this way, you should develop this concentration with
How I see is that they have to be developed in tandem.
Are all four Brahma Vihara considered meditation objects?
by SarathW
Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:16 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 54
Views: 641

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

First choice would be for David to evaporate the News-Events-Politcs forum.
Interesting discussion in Sutta Central.

https://discourse.suttacentral.net/t/fa ... it/7522/66
by SarathW
Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: POLL: How much do you meditate?
Replies: 6
Views: 93

Re: POLL: How much do you meditate?

I do very little formal sitting meditation. (less than 15 minutes or none)
But I exercise mindfulness thorough out the day.
by SarathW
Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 54
Views: 641

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

but would anyone actually learn anything new? Would we be able to test our understandings, and refine them based on feedback, and indeed criticism from others? Would we be able to improve our practice, based upon learnings? Would people share links to suttas and other resources which might challeng...
by SarathW
Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it possible to practice Brahama Vihara without reaching the fourth Jhana?
Replies: 23
Views: 174

Re: Is it possible to practice Brahama Vihara without reaching the fourth Jhana?

I tried to do my own research and found this. Thus the sign and access are obtained by this bhikkhu simultaneously with the breaking down of the barriers. But when breaking down of the barriers has been effected, he reaches absorption in the way described under the earth kasina without trouble by cu...
by SarathW
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Report on UK "Faith Schools"
Replies: 13
Views: 150

Re: Report on UK "Faith Schools"

It's better to teach kids how to think for themselves, and give them the analytical tools to let them choose their own views and beliefs, rather than be indoctrinated in someone else's.
Agree.
Somehow we like to brainwash our children to the way of our thinking.
This is due to our insecurity.
by SarathW
Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Sri Lankan Tourist Visa
Replies: 1
Views: 38

Re: Sri Lankan Tourist Visa

Arrive in Sri Lanka without a ticket departing the country
My advice is, do not travel without doing your homework.
The last thing what you want is to stranded in an airport.
by SarathW
Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: I am back
Replies: 24
Views: 335

Re: I am back

What is "inner mind"? I used this term from modern psychology But we can understand in terms of seventeen thought moments in Abhidhamma. I know you are not a fan of Abhidhamma. In Abhidhamma there are certain Citta does not complete the whole thought process. So they perhaps vanish even before they...
by SarathW
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Yogic practice in Sutta-Nipata
Replies: 16
Views: 211

Re: Yogic practice in Sutta-Nipata

Here an interesting discovering: Here is a curious information, it appears in the Sutta-nipata mentions yogic practice, used in both Hindu and Taoist yoga, namely, pressing the tongue to the roof in mouth: "Further than this, wisdom still I teach: Be like a razor’s edge, tongue-tip upon the palate,...