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by SarathW
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can I become Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King or Gandhi?
Replies: 4
Views: 80

Can I become Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King or Gandhi?

Can I become Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King or Gandhi? I just wonder whether becoming an Arahant is something similar to try to become one of your admired heroes. Many of us like to read the biography of those people and sometimes we try to imitate them. There are some people who became success...
by SarathW
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly is Ekagata. (One pointedness)?
Replies: 13
Views: 140

Re: What exactly is Ekagata. (One pointedness)?

What I am saying is that if Ekagata is found in all type of consciousness it is irrelevant to Buddha-Dhamma.
This is no different to Piiti and Sukha which are find in other type of consciousness not necessarily in Jhana.
by SarathW
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Why Are There So Many Black Buddhists?
Replies: 5
Views: 106

Re: Why Are There So Many Black Buddhists?

I am "white" and am somewhere in this video, in this sea or haystack of Asian people. At least my generation of white Western Buddhists practised mostly with Asians. With "faith" ("saddha"), we can practise anywhere with anyone. I wonder whether it would be the same if it the other way around. I do...
by SarathW
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly is Ekagata. (One pointedness)?
Replies: 13
Views: 140

Re: What exactly is Ekagata. (One pointedness)?

As I already posted, the one pointedness of jhana is not a ordinary one pointedness but something specific to jhana.
Agree.
What I am saying is that Ekagata is found in all type of consciousness but with a different degree.
by SarathW
Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly is Ekagata. (One pointedness)?
Replies: 13
Views: 140

Re: What exactly is Ekagata. (One pointedness)?

What I am saying is both Samma Samadhi and Mitya Samadhi got one pointedness.
Which means all consciousness got one pointedness but vary only from the degree.
by SarathW
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:59 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Why Are There So Many Black Buddhists?
Replies: 5
Views: 106

Re: Why Are There So Many Black Buddhists?

From above link: A quick glance at the news tells us that racism is at the heart of many of the divisions in the US. The current national climate of racial profiling is out of control, as black people are policed and profiled for everything from chatting in coffee shops to barbecuing in the park, sl...
by SarathW
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:41 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Why Are There So Many Black Buddhists?
Replies: 5
Views: 106

Re: Why Are There So Many Black Buddhists?

If I walk in to a Buddhist temple where predominantly white and I feel uncomfortable there could be two reasons. - My own mind made Sankhara - They are not Buddhists or they do not understand or follow the Buddha's teaching. I have many temples around where I live and I hardly visit them. At this st...
by SarathW
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly is Ekagata. (One pointedness)?
Replies: 13
Views: 140

Re: What exactly is Ekagata. (One pointedness)?

Perhaps Ekagata are mainly used in wholesome sense but it does not mean Ekagata is always wholesome.
This is very similar to Chanda which is mostly used in wholesome sense.
There is Samma Samadhi and Mitya Samadhi.
by SarathW
Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly is Ekagata. (One pointedness)?
Replies: 13
Views: 140

What exactly is Ekagata. (One pointedness)?

What exactly is Ekagata. (One pointedness)? Ekagata is a universal (ie. common to all types of consciousness) according to Abhidhamma. https://accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/mendis/wheel322.html In addition you find Ekagata in all Jhanas. So what is the difference between Ekagata in Jhana and Ekaga...
by SarathW
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?
Replies: 37
Views: 680

Re: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?

Samadhi or Concentration (Ekagata) - though often very weak - is one of the 7 mental concomitants inseparably associated with all consciousness.

https://www.budsas.org/ebud/bud-dict/dic3_s.htm
by SarathW
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 604
Views: 32765

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

Direct evidence from the Tipitaka that breath meditation is not Anapana
Agree.
But Anapanasati starts with the breath meditation.
by SarathW
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?
Replies: 37
Views: 680

Re: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?

Ekagrata is a universal mental faculty.
We all have Ekagrata.
So what is meant by Ekagata in Jhana?
by SarathW
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Into The Stream with Sensual Desires...
Replies: 6
Views: 112

Re: Into The Stream with Sensual Desires...

Thanks but if the feeling has been eliminated could one still choose to indulge in sensual pleasures but without the conditioned momentum that drives one towards sensual pleasures? Surely the action of sex is still a possibility? Even if you are a Sotapanna you still can enjoy the sensual pleasures...
by SarathW
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the ignorance remove later or in the beginning ?
Replies: 20
Views: 140

Re: Does the ignorance remove later or in the beginning ?

:goodpost: Zom
Then we have to stablish what is meant by ignorance in the OP.
Is it Avijja or the wrong view?
What is Avijja and what is wrong view?