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by dhammapal
Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1545
Views: 195800

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Take the case that people are constantly using to argue that there are times when you have to lie: the case of Nazis at the door and Jews in the attic. What are you going to do? First you have to realize there are Nazis and there are Nazis. With some of them, all they need is an excuse not to have ...
by dhammapal
Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1545
Views: 195800

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

The real dangers in life are in your own actions and so you want to be very careful about what you do. But, in being careful about your actions, you can actually provide a happiness that is secure. So there’s a bright side to all this as well. If everything were just aging, illness, death, aging, i...
by dhammapal
Thu Dec 26, 2019 2:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1545
Views: 195800

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

You’re judging your actions, not yourself. If you can learn to separate your sense of self from your actions, you tend to be more willing to admit your mistakes to yourself, and less defensive when other people point them out to you. This principle also applies to the sense of shame the Buddha reco...
by dhammapal
Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1545
Views: 195800

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

We tend to think of the stages of jhana as very strong trance states, but actually they’re the mind in a state of genuine normalcy where it’s very perceptive, very clearly perceiving things as they are, as they come as they go, able to see distinctions. That’s what we’re working on, trying to keep ...
by dhammapal
Thu Dec 19, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Neutralizing enemies, not by murder or cruelty, but through rejection by evil collaborators & being reunited with noble
Replies: 2
Views: 134

Re: Neutralizing enemies, not by murder or cruelty, but through rejection by evil collaborators & being reunited with no

"Get rid of the trash!
Remove the depraved fellows!
Sweep the chaff away, non-ascetics
who think themselves ascetics!"
~ the Buddha, Anguttara Nikaya 8:10 transl. Bodhi
by dhammapal
Thu Dec 19, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Neutralizing enemies, not by murder or cruelty, but through rejection by evil collaborators & being reunited with noble
Replies: 2
Views: 134

Neutralizing enemies, not by murder or cruelty, but through rejection by evil collaborators & being reunited with noble

The main hindrance to mettā is ill-will, hoping that one's enemies' evil influence on the world is got rid of, either by their annihilation or their being crippled by agony. Instead of thinking how much they deserve to suffer, a skillful alternative is to hope that they be neutralized, not by murder...
by dhammapal
Fri Nov 29, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1545
Views: 195800

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Mindfulness is what keeps the practice in mind and allows you to remember what you did so you can understand the connection between what you did and the results you're getting. Alertness is what allows you to see what you're doing right now. When you develop the resolve to act only on skillful inte...
by dhammapal
Mon Nov 25, 2019 5:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1545
Views: 195800

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

One of the first stumbling blocks in understanding Buddhism is the teaching on anattā, often translated as no-self. This teaching is a stumbling block for two reasons. First, the idea of there being no self doesn’t fit well with other Buddhist teachings, such as the doctrine of karma and rebirth: I...
by dhammapal
Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1545
Views: 195800

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

When an intention comes up to do or say or think something, you want to know what that intention is. It's a teaching that the Buddha teaches his son Rahula, to look at his actions and look especially at his intentions before he does or says or thinks anything. Now I've heard a lot of people say, “G...
by dhammapal
Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: We can't change the past. So isn't the past permanent?
Replies: 39
Views: 1073

Re: We can't change the past. So isn't the past permanent?

I just remembered the Sabbāsava Sutta where the Buddha says asking "Was I in the past? Was I not in the past?....... Am I? Am I not?" is inappropriate attention (ayoniso manasikāra) leading to a thicket of views about self (including This very self of mine — the knower that is sensitive here & there...
by dhammapal
Sat Nov 16, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: We can't change the past. So isn't the past permanent?
Replies: 39
Views: 1073

Re: We can't change the past. So isn't the past permanent?

robertk wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:17 pm
Show us this past.

Impossible , because it has gone completely.
No one can show anyone else the present moment either.
by dhammapal
Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: We can't change the past. So isn't the past permanent?
Replies: 39
Views: 1073

Re: We can't change the past. So isn't the past permanent?

If there is no past then there's no impermanence.
by dhammapal
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: We can't change the past. So isn't the past permanent?
Replies: 39
Views: 1073

Re: We can't change the past. So isn't the past permanent?

There isn't one single true world history, there are 7 billion human stories going on right now, multiplied by many stories within each person's mind.
by dhammapal
Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: We can't change the past. So isn't the past permanent?
Replies: 39
Views: 1073

Re: We can't change the past. So isn't the past permanent?

I'm not speculating on whether there are parallel universes across time in the past, just asking if historical truth is permanent.
by dhammapal
Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: We can't change the past. So isn't the past permanent?
Replies: 39
Views: 1073

Re: We can't change the past. So isn't the past permanent?

The question should have read "So isn't the past permanent truth ?" Thanissaro Bhikkhu translates anicca as inconstant not impermanent, so memories only momentarily arise and pass away even though in conventional truth there is a true history. Nibbana is ultimate truth. The fourth precept isn't a pr...