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by pegembara
Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 200
Views: 9069

Re: Coronavirus

The only thing that can stop the spread of the SARS Cov2 virus is through changes in our behaviour. Vaccines are no where in sight. The virus cannot harm you if it doesn't enter your eyes, nose and mouth. That means meticulous hand hygiene and social distancing of at least 6 feet. Wear your mask aro...
by pegembara
Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: craving for happiness is craving
Replies: 19
Views: 593

Re: craving for happiness is craving

Craving for happiness is dukkha. It comes from feeling dissatisfied with what is. Only an unhappy mind will crave for happiness. Through many of samsara’s births I hasten seeking, finding not the builder of this house: pain is birth again, again. O builder of this house you’re seen, you shall not bu...
by pegembara
Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Training in Aversion is wrong
Replies: 24
Views: 1219

Re: Training in Aversion is wrong

Aversion arises because you are still part of the story. When you are no longer part of the story aversion stops. But before that, you do need ways and means to deal with it. Everything is to be seen as it actually is with right discernment as: 'This is not mine. This is not my self. This is not wha...
by pegembara
Tue Mar 10, 2020 5:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Can we avoid bacterial and virus infections by practicing Metta?
Replies: 34
Views: 2104

Re: Can we avoid bacterial and virus infections by practicing Metta?

As you wash your hands, you could practise metta.

"May all beings be safe.
May all beings be content.
May all beings be healthy.
May all beings live with ease."

That's about 20 seconds, right?
by pegembara
Mon Mar 09, 2020 5:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I'm really scared.
Replies: 49
Views: 2956

Re: I'm really scared.

I just watched an animated video about hell and it really scared me so much. I've watched lots of these before too, and I've always got really scared of them when I was younger. I thought now that I'm older I wouldn't be as scared when watching these types of videos but I was wrong. I couldn't even...
by pegembara
Tue Mar 03, 2020 4:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Cart before the horse
Replies: 26
Views: 1136

Re: Cart before the horse

:namaste: Suppose you have $10000,then it's easy to part with $10. If you only have $10, it'd be impossible. Suppose you're blissful (by yourself, not depending on any external object), then you wouldn't seek pleasure from the outside world through money, fame, arts, or anything at all. You're so h...
by pegembara
Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:09 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Sense restraint question
Replies: 6
Views: 579

Re: Sense restraint question

People are generally driven by desires. Desire is the cause of suffering esp when directed towards the unwholesome. The purpose of sense restraint is to control desire and to observe the effect of desire on the mind. If one blindly follow one's desire there is simply no room to observe its effect an...
by pegembara
Tue Feb 25, 2020 5:49 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: What is the cause of my choice of action?
Replies: 14
Views: 2284

Re: What is the cause of my choice of action?

Pleasure and pain. When you feel too hot or too cold. Wearing masks will protect you from illness. When you are conditioned to think success comes from hard work - When you are taught that being "good" brings reward and "bad" results in punishment or "Nice guys finish last" "Don't be a loser" "For a...
by pegembara
Sat Feb 22, 2020 3:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Feelings and Perceptions
Replies: 14
Views: 1400

Re: Feelings and Perceptions

Which comes first is irrelevant because feeling always comes out on top and leads all beings by their nose. Are we in control of our feelings? "There are these three kinds of feeling: a pleasant feeling, a painful feeling, and neither-pleasant-nor-painful feeling. On the occasion when one feels a pl...
by pegembara
Thu Feb 20, 2020 3:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Weakening of greed and hatred fetters
Replies: 15
Views: 1186

Re: Weakening of greed and hatred fetters

It is possible that the stream-enterer may not have weakened greed and hatred, at least at the very beginning. Anicca, dukkha and anatta, however, are clearly seen through. At Savatthi. "Monks, eye-consciousness is inconstant, changeable, alterable. Ear-consciousness... Nose-consciousness... Tongue-...
by pegembara
Wed Feb 19, 2020 5:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Relative truth vs Ultimate truth
Replies: 53
Views: 3558

Re: Relative truth vs Ultimate truth

There isn't an "ultimate" truth. They are all relative. On the one hand "all is well" and on the other "all is not well". All that arises passes away. "Just as when boys or girls are playing with little sand castles:[4] as long as they are not free from passion, desire, love, thirst, fever, & cravin...
by pegembara
Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:44 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: How To See Impermanence ?
Replies: 16
Views: 2057

Re: How To See Impermanence ?

That is the nature of things: to rise and fall. To some people that creates a great deal of fear as if they've got no place to hold onto, as if even the ground beneath them is moving, is disintegrating, so there's no place to sit. And that indeed is the nature of our lives. At first we fear imperma...
by pegembara
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha die?
Replies: 52
Views: 3052

Re: Did the Buddha die?

Here is an account of the experience of "death" from one who is freed from "birth and death" "Just as an oil lamp burns in dependence on oil & wick; and from the termination of the oil & wick — and from not being provided any other sustenance — it goes out unnourished; in the same way, when sensing ...
by pegembara
Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why not take refuge in Nibbana?
Replies: 16
Views: 758

Re: Why not take refuge in Nibbana?

The ultimate refuge is Nibbana. If one has not reached dry land, the next best is the Triple Cem. “For those standing in the middle of a lake, when a fearful flood has arisen, for those overcome by old age and death, speak about an island, dear Sir, you must explain an island to me, so there will be...
by pegembara
Wed Feb 05, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Emptiness or shunyata meditation instruction
Replies: 41
Views: 3930

Re: Emptiness or shunyata meditation instruction

The Middle Way is the right way. To realize emptiness and yet hold the conventions of the world at the same time. And yes, there is a time for everything. When to let go and when to hold on is equally important. Finding the balance is key. Wisdom with compassion. "By & large, Kaccayana, this world i...