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by christopher:::
Sat Nov 01, 2014 12:44 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Is jhana possible?
Replies: 75
Views: 12742

Re: Is jhana possible?

I just came across a hard copy of this that I had printed out back in 2010. Such a clear and lucid explanation! Nathan, would it be okay if I put this up online? I have a blog where I could put it, with your name and source of course. You probably won't get a reply as Nathan's Dhamma Wheel account ...
by christopher:::
Thu Oct 30, 2014 10:11 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Is jhana possible?
Replies: 75
Views: 12742

Re: Is jhana possible?

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by christopher:::
Wed Oct 29, 2014 9:03 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Is jhana possible?
Replies: 75
Views: 12742

Re: Is jhana possible?

Here is my reflection on dwelling in emptiness and what it is like, in keeping with MN 121 &122. Concentration is always, to one extent or another, a simplification of conscious attention that is developed and perfected by cultivating a conscious abandoning of attention to the complexity and divers...
by christopher:::
Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Issue with other schools of Buddhism
Replies: 122
Views: 6592

Re: Issue with other schools of Buddhism

The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you ...
by christopher:::
Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:48 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings
Replies: 54
Views: 10461

Re: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings

It is abundantly clear while reading through the discourses of Venerable Ajahn Chah , that he was living Dhamma , and had mastered and perfected the Noble Eight Fold path to its very pinnacle . Sometime ago i came across knowing about the difficult last years that Venerable Ajan Chah , went through...
by christopher:::
Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Joseph Goldstein: Achieved is the End of Craving
Replies: 54
Views: 6842

Re: Joseph Goldstein: Achieved is the End of Craving

Just saw this. Looks like someone else who does not have a time limit on their account uploaded the full talk of "Achieved is the End of Craving"…

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by christopher:::
Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Joseph Goldstein: Achieved is the End of Craving
Replies: 54
Views: 6842

Re: Joseph Goldstein: Achieved is the End of Craving

Most welcome Tom…

Here's another section of a Goldstein talk that I uploaded to youtube. They only allow me to post videos less than 15 min in length so I've had that limitation…

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by christopher:::
Sat Jul 05, 2014 8:53 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings
Replies: 54
Views: 10461

Re: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings

Thank you Bhikkhu Gavesako!
by christopher:::
Sun Jun 29, 2014 1:56 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings
Replies: 54
Views: 10461

Re: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings

Hope its okay if I bump this thread alive again. I started a Dharma themed page on FB awhile back and people seem to really appreciate Ajahn Chah's wisdom. Will make use of some of the quotes shared here.

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by christopher:::
Sun Jun 29, 2014 1:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Power of the Brahmaviharas
Replies: 11
Views: 1586

Re: The Power of the Brahmaviharas

Indeed, my Thai friends seem to be much more knowledgeable about the Dhamma than Japanese, Koreans and Chinese. Also, they study the Mahayana suttas rather than the Theravada ones. The Mahayana suttas I've read are very abstract and I think harder to remember than the Theravada ones. True. Thanks. ...
by christopher:::
Mon May 19, 2014 12:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Power of the Brahmaviharas
Replies: 11
Views: 1586

Re: The Power of the Brahmaviharas

I do not entirely agree. There are uncountable Dhamama treasures in Thai Language. There are many good teachers beyond famous names like Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, Maha Bua or Ajahn Lee, many of them still alive, who are not known at all in the west. Hi. Sorry about not returning for awhile... Indeed, my ...
by christopher:::
Wed Jan 22, 2014 12:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread
Replies: 156
Views: 34444

Re: The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread

The Wolf of Wall Street. Theme is the unreality of samsara. The story starts off with Leonardo getting schooled on the unreal nature of Wall Street by Matthew McConaughey. Then it becomes a kaleidoscope of the visions of greed and ignorance. This is a reflection on the suffering of samsara. I haven...
by christopher:::
Tue Jan 21, 2014 8:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Power of the Brahmaviharas
Replies: 11
Views: 1586

Re: The Power of the Brahmaviharas

Yes, good point Sarath… I live and teach in Japan. A few weeks ago I mentioned the 8 fold path to a group of older students (ages 55 to 70) and they didn't know what I was talking about. They had to all take out their electronic dictionaries, and even then when they spoke the words in Japanese most ...
by christopher:::
Tue Jan 21, 2014 2:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Power of the Brahmaviharas
Replies: 11
Views: 1586

Re: The Power of the Brahmaviharas

Hi Sarath, thank you. Do you think Western Buddhists understand their importance enough? I find a lot of Western Buddhists get very serious about meditation practice and "attainment" of enlightenment or personal liberation. These are important but I feel to really reduce suffering in the world, the ...
by christopher:::
Sun Jan 19, 2014 10:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Joseph Goldstein: Achieved is the End of Craving
Replies: 54
Views: 6842

Re: Joseph Goldstein: Achieved is the End of Craving

Hi Anders!

Glad you enjoyed that.

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by christopher:::
Sun Jan 19, 2014 9:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Power of the Brahmaviharas
Replies: 11
Views: 1586

Re: The Power of the Brahmaviharas

Hi Mkoll. Yes, I think so… The brahmaviharas seem to be "common ground" and many people (nonBuddhists) I've talked with are interested about what Buddha had to say on this topic. Even those who are not interested are usually happy (even impressed) when we put these into practice successfully. They r...
by christopher:::
Sun Jan 19, 2014 9:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Power of the Brahmaviharas
Replies: 11
Views: 1586

The Power of the Brahmaviharas

Hi all. :hello: It's been awhile since i stopped by. Want to thank everyone here for all the great discussions and explanations about the Dhamma. I learned so much here! Today i was talking with a Japanese friend, we were discussing the Japanese word En 縁 which means natural relationship or karma, a...
by christopher:::
Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:24 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: how does zen differ from theravada?
Replies: 30
Views: 5441

Re: how does zen differ from theravada?

P.S. I apologize to everyone for going :offtopic:
by christopher:::
Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: how does zen differ from theravada?
Replies: 30
Views: 5441

Re: how does zen differ from theravada?

Hi Mike, Yes, good point about the technology exchanges going on for centuries. Though I think the transformations brought by Western culture and technology since the late 1800s is unlike anything that ever happened before. The "landscape" of people's lives - with phones, refridgerators, electricity...