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by Zenainder
Mon Oct 05, 2015 7:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2234
Views: 110189

Re: Thanissaro's view of nibbana

I feel it is appropriate to share this since the following was taken from a recent talk (link provided) that has taken place after this post was made. Bhikkhu Thanissaro - The Thai Forest Master’s - Part 1 http://www.audiodharma.org/talks/audio_player/5995.html Quote Start ~49m10s Q: You mentioned s...
by Zenainder
Sun Aug 31, 2014 5:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Modern Spirituality & Heedfulness
Replies: 1
Views: 347

Modern Spirituality & Heedfulness

Hey forum! I'm a part of various groups quietly watching the growing sense of spirituality here in the States. As well, generally study various traditions. With all that said, one of the greatest elements that are missing from all of these is rarely a sense of heedfulness is ever encouraged. Especia...
by Zenainder
Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What I'd change if I could repeat my first year meditating
Replies: 9
Views: 1238

Re: What I'd change if I could repeat my first year meditati

Passive or disengaged mindfulness (which is commonly taught). Bhikkhu Thanissaro's dhamma talks assisted in correcting that for me.
by Zenainder
Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meditation Retreat / Refuges (USA Based)
Replies: 7
Views: 1146

Re: Meditation Retreat / Refuges (USA Based)

I have not been to IMC but I know people who have. I've heard from those who have done retreats there that they are worthwhile. I'm not interested because I think their prices, which only cover accommodations, are high; it is clearly implied that an additional donation (which they call dana) is exp...
by Zenainder
Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meditation Retreat / Refuges (USA Based)
Replies: 7
Views: 1146

Re: Meditation Retreat / Refuges (USA Based)

Where are you located? You may be able to find one near you, that is also not too costly: http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/country.php?country_id=2 I live in Indiana. Aside from the western side of the states my traveling is not extremely limited. Do the links they provide clear on retreats / stays? T...
by Zenainder
Sun Feb 16, 2014 4:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meditation Retreat / Refuges (USA Based)
Replies: 7
Views: 1146

Meditation Retreat / Refuges (USA Based)

Good morning Dhamma friends! I have been investigating the Insight Meditation Center in Massachusetts (cofounded by Joseph Goldstein). I have not committed to this one, but I was curious if anyone had any experience with this specific location (refuge or retreat) and if they were willing to share th...
by Zenainder
Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Practicing Dhamma Into the Next Life?
Replies: 4
Views: 721

Re: Practicing Dhamma Into the Next Life?

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:Please see The Five Greatest Rarities, The Simile of the Birds, and The Simile of the Millionaire by Venerable Ledi Sayādaw.
Thank you, Bhante! I read each of them carefully. I particularly found "The Five Great Rarities" very encouraging.

Please look for a PM from me.

Kind regards,

Zen
by Zenainder
Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness in daily life: 'Best practices'
Replies: 19
Views: 4201

Re: Mindfulness in daily life: 'Best practices'

Great thread! For myself, I keep it simple. For this I borrow ideas from my entrance into Buddhism which was through Mahayana (Ew!!! I know right! *sarcasm disclaimer*), which taught me being present post meditation. The simple example a learned from and found relatable was when my teacher said "Whe...
by Zenainder
Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Practicing Dhamma Into the Next Life?
Replies: 4
Views: 721

Practicing Dhamma Into the Next Life?

Good afternoon! I know that not all here subscribe to the idea of literal rebirth, and that is ok, but for those who do how can a very diligent practitioner who fails to realize liberation in this life be confident that in the next life that the practice will be continued? Is it theorized that the c...
by Zenainder
Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Looking for conversation on arousing energy
Replies: 11
Views: 1188

Re: Looking for conversation on arousing energy

In "Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English" it states that applied thought (striking the meditation object) helps overcome the hindrance of sloth and stupor. Essentially that means, IMHO, continuously returning to the breath (as an example) after applying mindfulness both of the sloth and miscellaneous...
by Zenainder
Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Looking" Within
Replies: 8
Views: 1580

Re: "Looking" Within

I had to smile when I read your post. I was at a teaching one time, and asked this very question. The translator translated for the teacher, and they shared some back and forth in the other language, and then both laughed heartily. The translator then replied to me, "The teacher says, 'You must ans...
by Zenainder
Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Looking" Within
Replies: 8
Views: 1580

Re: "Looking" Within

Hi Zen If you are familiar with 17 thought moments you will have a clear understanding of this. The way I understand, It is that the second thought process is evaluating the first thought process. :) See mind is in active and passive form in: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/mendis/wheel3...
by Zenainder
Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Looking" Within
Replies: 8
Views: 1580

Re: "Looking" Within

Hi, I'd say, yes, it is the mind looking at itself. When the 5 external senses shut down in meditation, that becomes quite clear. Then again the mind is no "thing", so it is just a process looking at itself. The dhamma eye is a metaphor for seeing the dhamma, understanding the dhamma. It is not a r...
by Zenainder
Tue Jul 30, 2013 4:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Looking" Within
Replies: 8
Views: 1580

"Looking" Within

Good afternoon forum, In my practice the question has occurred regarding an "inner eye" looking upon itself. What is the unenlightened eye that looks upon the dhamma within, i.e. the activity related to dependent origination? This may be a elementary question, but is it the mind observing itself wit...