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by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Sep 21, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Bodhicitta
Replies: 39
Views: 370

Re: Bodhicitta

Could there be clinging to doctrine here? When selfish aspiration, or selfish anything occurs, of course that is not Dharma. There seems to be a presumption that selfish aspiration is the only motive possible. Surely a real selfless motive to benefit self & others does occur in some minds & hearts! ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Bodhicitta
Replies: 39
Views: 370

Re: Bodhicitta

What is the remainder of that aspiration in case it is deprived of the conceit 'I am'? Unwarranted assumption that "I am" always has conceit as its root. Buddha used "I" in the conventional, ordinary sense also. But if the assumption "I am" would not be conceit then it should be in line with realit...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Sep 20, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Bodhicitta
Replies: 39
Views: 370

Re: Bodhicitta

This genuine intention or aspiration is to be praised. As Ven. Ledi Sayadaw put it in A Manual of the Excellent Man What is meant by “the Noblest Aspiration”? It is the verbal and mental undertaking that the bodhisatta had made at some point of time aeons before taking up the perfections. It was ma...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Sep 20, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Bodhicitta
Replies: 39
Views: 370

Re: Bodhicitta

A summarizing verse: What is bodhi mind? It is our mind Intent upon awakening ourselves and awakening others; Benefitting ourselves and benefitting others. Such a mind is clear. It turns from confusion and returns to enlightenment It renounces what is deviant and embodies what is proper. Such a min...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:58 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Bodhicitta
Replies: 39
Views: 370

Re: Bodhicitta

Here is a version with commentary by Master Hsuan Hua:

https://www.berkeleymonastery.org/uploa ... _cover.pdf
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Bodhicitta
Replies: 39
Views: 370

Re: Bodhicitta

A summarizing verse: What is bodhi mind? It is our mind Intent upon awakening ourselves and awakening others; Benefitting ourselves and benefitting others. Such a mind is clear. It turns from confusion and returns to enlightenment It renounces what is deviant and embodies what is proper. Such a mind...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Bodhicitta
Replies: 39
Views: 370

Bodhicitta

Not sure if this term has the special meaning that it has in Mahayana, but one meaning is living many lives to benefit other beings. Altruistic motivation in thought, word & deed, in short.

Here is a little booklet from Master Shixian (d. 1734) on the subject:

Exhortation to BodhiMind.pdf
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by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:18 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In Praise of Virtue
Replies: 53
Views: 19949

Re: In Praise of Virtue

For those who prefer to ponder a Theravadin Sīla view & practice, go the Sīla section.
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In Praise of Virtue
Replies: 53
Views: 19949

Re: In Praise of Virtue

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who to...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Brahmavihara formulas
Replies: 3
Views: 102

Re: Brahmavihara formulas

I think I remember coming across a Sutta where formulas are given for the brahmaviharas, but I can't remember. I think for metta the formula was "May this person be happy", and I am pretty sure that for upekkha the formula was "This person is the owner of his actions, heir to his actions, whatever ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In Praise of Virtue
Replies: 53
Views: 19949

Re: In Praise of Virtue

When a noble disciple contemplates upon the Enlightened One, at that time his mind is not enwrapped in lust, nor in hatred, nor in delusion. At such a time his mind is rightly directed towards the Perfect One (Tathāgata). And with a rightly directed mind the noble disciple gains enthusiasm for the ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed Sep 09, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: BPS Online gone?
Replies: 1
Views: 164

Re: BPS Online gone?

Nicholas Weeks wrote: Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:14 pm I liked their list of Wheels & books etc. Now I cannot find them?

http://www.bps.lk
Somebody paid the rent, it is back now - 9 Sept. 2020!
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: BPS Online gone?
Replies: 1
Views: 164

BPS Online gone?

I liked their list of Wheels & books etc. Now I cannot find them?

http://www.bps.lk

(Yes, I know about other links to some of their works, but prefer BPS straight.)
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Books on Metta Meditation and the Brahma Viharas?
Replies: 9
Views: 1469

Re: Books on Metta Meditation and the Brahma Viharas?

Nyanaponika Thera is a good source, here is one edition of his classic:

http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/4sublime_states.pdf