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by dhammapal
Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1568
Views: 219199

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

There’s a lot to be covered in training the mind. It’s not just a matter of mastering one single technique. I was once asked the question, “How does someone who’s mastered meditation overcome the problem of pride?” After all, you’ve been able to master this technique; you’re pretty sharp. Well, tha...
by dhammapal
Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1568
Views: 219199

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

When you look at the Buddha’s similes for people who practice, or at the similes given by the great ajaans, you never find the image of someone relaxing his or her way to awakening, or just sitting back and saying, “I’ll be okay the way I am right where I am.” The similes all have to do with people...
by dhammapal
Fri Jun 05, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1568
Views: 219199

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

So basically you’re in charge of your world. You’re not a monad totally independent from influences from outside, but the choices you make are the ones that shape your life. If you make wise choices, generous choices, you protect yourself and you protect other people. On the surface it may sound se...
by dhammapal
Thu Jun 04, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1568
Views: 219199

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

You have to ask yourself: Are those boxes — TVs, radios, computers — your friends or not? When you hang around with them, what kind of friends are you hanging around with? What kinds of ideas, what kinds of values are you picking up from them? Because it’s not just the flesh and blood people you as...
by dhammapal
Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1568
Views: 219199

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Walking meditation gets you used to maintaining your center in other activities as well, so that even when you’re engaged in complex activities, even when you’re thinking about things, you can still have a sense of inhabiting the body, being centered within the breath. You may have so many other th...
by dhammapal
Sat May 30, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Buddha's final Nibbāna and solving the world's problems
Replies: 11
Views: 435

Re: The Buddha's final Nibbāna and solving the world's problems

Thanks for correcting me. I reckon the mistranslation of mettā as "love" was my problem. “Having conquered the army of the pleasant and agreeable, Meditating alone, I discovered bliss, The attainment of the goal, the peace of the heart. Therefore I don’t make friends with people, Nor will I form any...
by dhammapal
Fri May 29, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Buddha's final Nibbāna and solving the world's problems
Replies: 11
Views: 435

The Buddha's final Nibbāna and solving the world's problems

The world has lots of problems, there’s a lot of suffering out there, there’s a lot of cruel and unjust behavior out there. But [the Buddha] says you can train the mind so that it doesn’t have to suffer from those things. From: Happiness is a Skill by Thanissaro Bhikkhu I always thought that when y...
by dhammapal
Thu May 28, 2020 5:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1568
Views: 219199

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

The Buddha did teach a skill. He approached happiness as a skill. And it’s a choice: You can choose to be happy. Some people don’t like to hear that, because it makes it sound like the people who are unhappy are at fault. But the Buddha’s not trying to assign blame to anybody. He’s simply pointing ...
by dhammapal
Tue May 26, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1568
Views: 219199

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

We have a tendency here in the West to divorce the [meditation] technique from the background — the assumption being that you give the technique to anybody and they’re going to all come to the same realizations. But experience hasn’t borne this out. If you come with different expectations, differen...
by dhammapal
Sun May 24, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1568
Views: 219199

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

The part of the mind that keeps shaping experience is something that lies very deep. And it’s something we’re often not paying attention to. We’re more interested in the effects outside — so interested in things outside that we lose touch with where they come from. The part of the mind that shapes ...
by dhammapal
Sat May 23, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1568
Views: 219199

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The fifth precept we chanted just now is against taking intoxicants. You might say with the other precepts other people are being harmed but when you take some intoxicant it's just your own business, no one else is being harmed. But that's not the case. You're crippling your mind and you're adding ...
by dhammapal
Fri May 15, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1568
Views: 219199

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Accept the fact that you’ve done things in the past that are leading to unpleasant things right now — pains in the body, difficult situations in life — and try to find the resources right now so you can be with those things unshaken and try to figure them out. The Buddha’s not having you just sit t...
by dhammapal
Thu May 14, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1568
Views: 219199

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Thus the scholastic attempt to identify such terms as the aggregates as dealing in ultimate realities — while other, more personal terms, deal only in conventional truths — is clearly misguided. All language, in the face of the experience of unbinding, is a matter of convention. The second reason f...
by dhammapal
Wed May 06, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1568
Views: 219199

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Like the Buddha: He left his family, and many people get upset about that, thinking he was a deadbeat dad. But you have to remember that one of the ways that a husband or father could provide for his family in those days was to go out on an expedition, go out exploring, and to come back with a trea...
by dhammapal
Tue May 05, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1568
Views: 219199

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

The Buddha didn’t have much positive to say about pema, or love. There was a time when a group of Brahmans who had suddenly gotten faith in the Buddha came early one morning, getting ready to prepare food for the Buddha and the monks as they came out for their alms round. The Brahmans were making a...