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by pegembara
Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:18 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Awareness of awareness
Replies: 50
Views: 510

Re: Awareness of awareness

Mahatanhasankhaya Sutta: The Greater Craving-Destruction Discourse https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.038.than.html "Is it true, Sāti, that this pernicious view has arisen in you — 'As I understand the Dhamma taught by the Blessed One, it is just this consciousness that runs and wanders ...
by pegembara
Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:11 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Awareness of awareness
Replies: 50
Views: 510

Re: Awareness of awareness

On a recent retreat we discussed "turning awareness around" and examining "what is aware?" This background awareness is very stable, and so is sometimes said to be one of the last aspects of experience to be dropped from being taken as "self". I'm curious how this "background awareness" or "awarene...
by pegembara
Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:31 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Recollection of death - a guided meditation by Ven. Anālayo
Replies: 20
Views: 291

Re: Recollection of death - a guided meditation by Ven. Anālayo

Really? Death meditation may not be suitable for people with depression or people with suicidal thoughts. True that. Vibhava tanha is craving for non- existence. The underlying delusion is that of the existence of a self that suffers. Ever wonder why people who truly overcome the depths of depressi...
by pegembara
Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Recollection of death - a guided meditation by Ven. Anālayo
Replies: 20
Views: 291

Re: Recollection of death - a guided meditation by Ven. Anālayo

Ven. Vijithananda argues that death meditation is a form of Samatha practice even though it may help Vipassna in a later stage. Death is a future event. We do not know how it is going to happen. It is not practical to contemplate on what is not happen. If you are walking contemplate walking not dea...
by pegembara
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:20 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: Is Sotapanna a fixed state?
Replies: 48
Views: 1092

Re: Is Sotapanna a fixed state?

At Savatthi. "Monks, eye-consciousness is inconstant, changeable, alterable. Ear-consciousness... Nose-consciousness... Tongue-consciousness... Body-consciousness... Intellect-consciousness is inconstant, changeable, alterable. "One who has conviction & belief that these phenomena are this way is c...
by pegembara
Tue Dec 24, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Kàyagàthasathi?
Replies: 18
Views: 436

Re: What is Kàyagàthasathi?

Kaya=Subjective experiencer
Kayagasati when developed and cultivated leads to fruit of stream-entry, once-returning, non-returning and arahantship.

http://www.buddha-vacana.org/sutta/angu ... 1-563.html

by pegembara
Thu Dec 19, 2019 3:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Awareness as the goal
Replies: 212
Views: 3761

Re: Awareness as the goal

Awareness aware of awareness is the final goal. There is only the activity(verb) of knowing. No knower, only knowing. Ajahn Sumedho has this to say- ‘Just like the question “Can you see your own eyes?” Nobody can see their own eyes. I can see your eyes but I can’t see my eyes. I’m sitting right her...
by pegembara
Wed Dec 18, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?
Replies: 96
Views: 2056

Re: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?

Why not? Especially if they are in a position to influence and effect change. As long as they are doing out of metta, karuna, mudita and upekkha (kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity). I don't expect them to take part in protests and activism if not rooted in the brahma viharas. http...
by pegembara
Wed Dec 18, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Awareness as the goal
Replies: 212
Views: 3761

Re: Awareness as the goal

No. It's a trap. "Monks, an uninstructed run-of-the-mill person might grow disenchanted with this body composed of the four great elements, might grow dispassionate toward it, might gain release from it. Why is that? Because the growth & decline, the taking up & putting down of this body composed of...
by pegembara
Wed Dec 18, 2019 5:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Lack of progress
Replies: 65
Views: 1723

Re: Lack of progress

A story related to me long ago: A man heard of a great teacher so he went and asked to be accepted as a student but he was rebuffed.....so he went again later after some time had passed and again he was rebuffed.....so he went again later and the teacher said "OK....come with me to the kitchen".......
by pegembara
Sat Dec 14, 2019 3:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Chah speaks of "convention"
Replies: 9
Views: 302

Re: Ajahn Chah speaks of "convention"

Appearances are determined into existence. Why must we determine them? Because they don't intrinsically exist. For example, suppose somebody wanted to make a marker. He would take a piece of wood or a rock and place it on the ground, and then call it a marker. Actually it's not a marker. There isn'...
by pegembara
Mon Dec 02, 2019 2:31 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: What means with to see things as they really are?
Replies: 12
Views: 533

Re: What means with to see things as they really are?

What is things for an example? Take your thoughts for example. They arise due to causes and conditions. You see a person and certain thoughts arise spontaneously. They cease when the causes and conditions aren't present. That person moves away. Out of sight, out of mind. They are not-self. You did ...
by pegembara
Sat Nov 30, 2019 5:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibbana and samsara are identical. Change my view.
Replies: 58
Views: 1889

Re: Nibbana and samsara are identical. Change my view.

Nibbana and samsara are interdependent or coexistent. Since Nibbana is unconditioned, how can the above be so? Possibly the Udana verse was misinterpreted. :shrug: There is dukkha and the end of dukkha. How can dukkha end if there isn't dukkha in the first place? Without dependent arising, there is...
by pegembara
Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibbana and samsara are identical. Change my view.
Replies: 58
Views: 1889

Re: Nibbana and samsara are identical. Change my view.

Nibbana and samsara are interdependent or coexistent. There is, monks, an unborn[1] — unbecome — unmade — unfabricated. If there were not that unborn — unbecome — unmade — unfabricated, there would not be the case that escape from the born — become — made — fabricated would be discerned. But precise...
by pegembara
Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Individuals are interdependent
Replies: 19
Views: 439

Re: Individuals are interdependent

The common bond between individuals. "Long have you (repeatedly) experienced the death of a mother. The tears you have shed over the death of a mother while transmigrating & wandering this long, long time — crying & weeping from being joined with what is displeasing, being separated from what is ple...