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by cbonanno
Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: job and working
Replies: 6
Views: 1134

Re: job and working

Quit :sage: Or change focus. if the job is stressful use it to find out how much you can bear or what kind of methods you can apply to bear it or bear it better. There has to be a benefit for yourself, if it is not the money then it may be to learn about dukkha and how to deal with it, to learn abo...
by cbonanno
Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Apathy
Replies: 12
Views: 833

Re: Apathy

This gentleman is not a Buddhist, he is a businessman. http://www.greatwesternvehicle.org/criticism/shinzen.htm He's a Buddhist AND a businessman. I'd be pretty careful about saying someone isn't a buddhist. Also, linking to greatwesternvehicle.org to back up your argument is kinda hilarious. That'...
by cbonanno
Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Apathy
Replies: 12
Views: 833

Re: Apathy

I am merely describing my experience. I feel that words and definitions do not get at the core. It is apparently a known occurence among meditators: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zIKQCwDXsA This gentleman is not a Buddhist, he is a businessman. http://www.greatwesternvehicle.org/criticism/shinzen...
by cbonanno
Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Apathy
Replies: 12
Views: 833

Re: Apathy

Is apathy the natural result of the cessation of craving? No. Getting rid of craving lets you act in a liberated way instead of being blindly controlled by your conditioning. Apathy would be constantly lacking compassion. And remember, the goal is not to get rid of craving, it is to end your suffer...
by cbonanno
Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Mind-made Body. Thoughts?
Replies: 13
Views: 1560

Re: The Mind-made Body. Thoughts?

I just gave you a sutta where the Buddha spoke of awareness of mind-body (a subject of body contemplation) as one of the three acquisitions of self that we must see, control, and ultimately get rid of, in order to proceed to Nibanna. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/dn/dn.12.0.than.html" onc...
by cbonanno
Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Mind-made Body. Thoughts?
Replies: 13
Views: 1560

Re: The Mind-made Body. Thoughts?

Hi cbonanno. Thanks for the quotes. Sure it exists, you don't need to prove anything friend. But for those who experience it, it is nothing special per se, a child can do it spontaneously despite undeveloped mind. That "awareness of the mind-body led to Nibbana" is probably not from the Buddha, sin...
by cbonanno
Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Mind-made Body. Thoughts?
Replies: 13
Views: 1560

Re: The Mind-made Body. Thoughts?

Can you explain why you feel that way? It does not make sense to me since mind-body awareness happens after once perfects body awareness. The mind-body is much harder to see and mind-body awareness in the 4th jhana that the Buddha said lead him to nibbana. Hi cbonanno. My experience is mind-body ca...
by cbonanno
Fri Jan 11, 2013 3:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Mind-made Body. Thoughts?
Replies: 13
Views: 1560

Re: The Mind-made Body. Thoughts?

Any thoughts? The benefits of simple body-awareness are far superior. :meditate: Can you explain why you feel that way? It does not make sense to me since mind-body awareness happens after once perfects body awareness. The mind-body is much harder to see and mind-body awareness in the 4th jhana tha...
by cbonanno
Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Mind-made Body. Thoughts?
Replies: 13
Views: 1560

Re: The Mind-made Body. Thoughts?

As I understand it, it refers to the astral body and is part of body contemplation practice. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/dn/dn.09.0.than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Of particular interest here is the Buddha's treatment of the three "acquisitions of a self." The fi...
by cbonanno
Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:55 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: work always ruins it!!!
Replies: 14
Views: 2021

Re: work always ruins it!!!

nice! you're living the way i want to live. very cool. and i know exactly what you're saying about people considering that kind of life to be poor but for many buddhists that's filthy rich lol! i have a family to support, that's the difference. Oh, a family, that changes things a bit. But I have a ...
by cbonanno
Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:41 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: work always ruins it!!!
Replies: 14
Views: 2021

Re: work always ruins it!!!

To put yourself in the middle of a physically painful and stressful environment and expect enlightenment sounds like what the aesthetics were doing in the age of the Buddha. Why are you working ten hour shifts? It sounds like you are doing something you do not want to do. Where is the liberation in...
by cbonanno
Wed Jan 09, 2013 1:03 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: work always ruins it!!!
Replies: 14
Views: 2021

Re: work always ruins it!!!

To put yourself in the middle of a physically painful and stressful environment and expect enlightenment sounds like what the aesthetics were doing in the age of the Buddha. Why are you working ten hour shifts? It sounds like you are doing something you do not want to do. Where is the liberation in ...
by cbonanno
Sun Jan 06, 2013 2:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mental health as part of practice?
Replies: 8
Views: 808

Re: Mental health as part of practice?

Hello all, We often hear our spiritual teacher says that mental afflictions are also our teacher. Just be mindful, watching them continuously. They come and they go, nothing is permanent, they appear and then disappear. My question is, is depression, anxiety and other negative mental state that man...
by cbonanno
Sat Jan 05, 2013 12:04 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: What is the Pali word for humility?
Replies: 6
Views: 1874

Re: What is the Pali word for humility?

Is there a word for humility? If not, is sagaravata (respect) the closest word? I am thinking about getting some tattoos on my hand to serve as reminders. Thank you Just FYI: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/bmc2/bmc2.ch14.html The texts mention tattooing only in the context of...
by cbonanno
Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Difficult to be nice. What should I do?
Replies: 5
Views: 917

Re: Difficult to be nice. What should I do?

Maybe you are not hanging out with enough Buddhists? :) It sounds like you are trying to see, and get certain results from your kamma. You can't do that, only a Buddha can do that. You might be helped by reading more about kamma. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/nyanaponika/kammafruit.html...
by cbonanno
Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: views without a thinker
Replies: 27
Views: 3178

Re: views without a thinker

there is no self, so there is nothing to call me or mine, not sight no feeling no thought, none of those things belong to us there is no thinker. but what about when we stub our toe and there is pain is there self then? This seems to be a current theme.... The Buddha does not teach that there is no...
by cbonanno
Thu Jan 03, 2013 4:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The doer/observer
Replies: 16
Views: 2063

Re: The doer/observer

I was just wondering whether or not once a person becomes the observer, they are still in control of where their life is going. When I make a decision, and follow through I choose the course of my life, but only when I let the doer take control, if I were the observer wouldn't I just sit there aiml...
by cbonanno
Sat Dec 22, 2012 1:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha say “The world is but an illusion?
Replies: 39
Views: 3603

Re: Did Buddha say “The world is but an illusion?

Samsara does not exist, but it also does not "non-exist". Notice that the Buddha said “Surely, Kassapa, suffering is not non-existent. Suffering is”. He is very clear in a confusing way. He did not say "suffering exists", he used a double negative and said, yeah, it is happening, and you are affecte...
by cbonanno
Sat Dec 22, 2012 1:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anxiety. ..
Replies: 19
Views: 2750

Re: Anxiety. ..

Hi all, I have been practicing for some time now but I have to say in terms of any reduction in my personal anxieties they seem to be more accentuated rather than reduced. I can look back over the last year or so and despite all the signs being positive in terms of my sitting practice (so I'm relia...
by cbonanno
Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The obvious question about Kamma
Replies: 30
Views: 3350

Re: The obvious question about Kamma

"Calamity forever alternates with Prosperity."

-Bodhidharma