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by SarathW
Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: How much happy are you?
Replies: 44
Views: 649

Re: How much happy are you?

Now I started to wonder whether my unhappiness is coming from nuetral feelings. I am cut of from most sensual gratification. Nuetral feeling with ignorance is unpleasant.
by SarathW
Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:21 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Changes in attitudes towards global warming
Replies: 100
Views: 3001

Re: Changes in attitudes towards global warming

I was concern about the man made pollution even when I was a child. I conserve even when I was young and some interprete as that I was stingy. So as far as I am concern nothing has changed.
by SarathW
Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Momentary blanking out of consciousness
Replies: 17
Views: 184

Re: Momentary blanking out of consciousness

It happened to me once and I thought I am going to faint.
by SarathW
Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:25 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: How much happy are you?
Replies: 44
Views: 649

Re: How much happy are you?

DNS wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:13 pm
I notice you have a 100% category but no 0% category. Anyway, hopefully no one is 0% but if we define 100% as someone being an arahant, then 0% would be more common than 100%.
I thought 0 would be depression or you are in hell.
I may be wrong.
by SarathW
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: How much happy are you?
Replies: 44
Views: 649

Re: How much happy are you?

Stiphan wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:34 pm
Sarath, thank goodness you made the poll editable because my happiness percentages are rising. :smile:
It is important to note the transient nature of our mundane happiness.
by SarathW
Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why telling lie is so bad?
Replies: 43
Views: 430

Re: Why telling lie is so bad?

Aren't fictions lies? In the commentaries one piece of fiction, the Rāmayāna's story of the kidnapping of Sitā by Rāvaṇa, is used as the stock example of frivolous speech, not false speech. Mahasi Sayadaw, when expounding frivolous speech in his talks on the Sallekha Sutta cites this commentarial d...
by SarathW
Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhamma Gems
Replies: 16
Views: 145

Re: Dhamma Gems

Favorite pithy quotes from the canon: "Four conditions, Vyagghapajja, conduce to a householder's weal and happiness in this very life. Which four? "The accomplishment of persistent effort (utthana-sampada), the accomplishment of watchfulness (arakkha-sampada), good friendship (kalyanamittata) and b...
by SarathW
Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhamma Gems
Replies: 16
Views: 145

Re: Dhamma Gems

Every time when reading reaches the final part of this sutta, tears of joy is running down my cheeks ... Then the Blessed One exclaimed: "So you really know, Kondañña? So you really know?" And that is how Ven. Kondañña acquired the name Añña-Kondañña — Kondañña who knows. SN 56.11 :smile: Yes. I se...
by SarathW
Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:15 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Those Self-Absorbed Buddhists
Replies: 15
Views: 279

Re: Those Self-Absorbed Buddhists

[“People seemed so self-absorbed.”/quote] Perhaps meditation should start after the discussion of "News, current events, and politics"! :D Keeping the joke aside, I think this is the situation in Sri Lankan temples too. Men hardly go to temples as it seems it is boring to go to temples. Many women ...
by SarathW
Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it possible to practice Brahama Vihara without reaching the fourth Jhana?
Replies: 27
Views: 266

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

DooDoot wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:10 am
JohnK wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:28 am
(Glad to be a member of this community.)
It looks like you have summed up the sutta very well. Blessings. :candle:
Agree.
by SarathW
Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why telling lie is so bad?
Replies: 43
Views: 430

Re: Why telling lie is so bad?

Bandits will not take silence for an answer.
by SarathW
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why telling lie is so bad?
Replies: 43
Views: 430

Re: Why telling lie is so bad?

Nicolas wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:04 am
SarathW wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:53 am
But we tell stories to a child.
Stories are not advertised as truth, but as fiction. Santa (for instance) is advertised as truth, which is deceitful.
Aren't fictions lies?
by SarathW
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why telling lie is so bad?
Replies: 43
Views: 430

Re: Why telling lie is so bad?

So the tendency (anusaya) to lie & accept lies will not distort the capacity of a child, including into adulthood, to discern what is logical, coherent, true & real.
But we tell stories to a child.
by SarathW
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why telling lie is so bad?
Replies: 43
Views: 430

Re: Why telling lie is so bad?

I am mainly concern about things like white lies.
Lies there is no great harm.
Something like telling a small child that Santa will come through the Chimini.
by SarathW
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why telling lie is so bad?
Replies: 43
Views: 430

Why telling lie is so bad?

I think generally we all lie to some extent. Politicians, sales people, business people name a few. Some times we lie to the employer when we need to take a day off. Then there is so called white lies. But according to Buddha they all bad. Why? This king’s bull-elephant has thrown away his life, the...
by SarathW
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Stephen Batchelor's “After Buddhism.” Yale University Press, 2015
Replies: 22
Views: 2308

Re: Stephen Batchelor's “After Buddhism.” Yale University Press, 2015

Batchelors "Buddhism" has seemed to me to be an admixture of mostly materialism and sour grapes. Which is what many of us came to Buddhism seeking to remedy. Rather than seeking a way to see beyond the cage that his culture and education have built for him, he is trying to convince the rest of us o...
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: 27
Views: 266

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: 7
Views: 204

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: 16
Views: 188

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: 16
Views: 188

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...