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by dhammapal
Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1528
Views: 175869

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Some people find the Buddha’s precepts too hard to follow; other people say they’re not inclusive enough. The ones who say that they’re not inclusive enough insist that we have to be more responsible. If there’s a precept against killing, you shouldn’t be able to eat meat. If there’s a precept agai...
by dhammapal
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1528
Views: 175869

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

As for the assumption that there is no self, MN 109 shows that if you assume that there is no self, there is no agent responsible for actions, and no one to be affected by actions. This would entirely vitiate the teaching on kamma, which is essential to undertaking the path to the end of suffering ...
by dhammapal
Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Trillions of mistakes per second when stuck in a bad mood
Replies: 9
Views: 403

Trillions of mistakes per second when stuck in a bad mood

According to my limited understanding of the Abhidhamma, cittas arise and pass away each mind moment which is an extremely short duration of time. So being stuck in a bad mood means trillions of mistakes per second, the teaching in response to each being Majjhima Nikāya 61, Instructions to Rahula . ...
by dhammapal
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1528
Views: 175869

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Sometimes you hear that mindfulness and concentration are two separate states of mind. Mindfulness is open, accepting, and devoid of agendas, whereas concentration is exclusionary and made out of effort. But that’s not true. The Buddha talks about mindfulness in many ways where it has to be very fo...
by dhammapal
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1528
Views: 175869

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

In his meditation instructions, [the Buddha] doesn’t set everything out in a nice step-by-step form that even brainless people could follow. Instead, he plants suggestions in our minds, points out areas where it’s fruitful to explore, and then leaves it up to our own ingenuity to continue the explo...
by dhammapal
Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why the wealthiest person not buddhist ?
Replies: 43
Views: 1153

Re: Why the wealthiest person not buddhist ?

Society's definition of "net worth" is one's total claims of ownership control over material things. Material wealth is an attempt at a store of value. Buddhism recognizes that we are all subject to old age, illness, death and rebirth. Ownership of karma is the true store of value. Rather than hoard...
by dhammapal
Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do the suttas ever specify...
Replies: 12
Views: 454

Re: Do the suttas ever specify...

But if by doing this you don’t shake off your drowsiness, then get up from your seat and, after washing your eyes out with water, look around in all directions and upward to the major stars & constellations. It’s possible that by doing this you will shake off your drowsiness. From: Capala Sutta: No...
by dhammapal
Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1528
Views: 175869

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

You don’t have to think about whether beings are lovable or not lovable. It’s just that when you think about all the suffering there is in the world, you should say, “Isn’t there already enough? Do you have to wish more suffering on yourself, or more suffering on other people? Wouldn’t it be better...
by dhammapal
Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1528
Views: 175869

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Often mettā is translated as loving-kindness, but that’s one of the misunderstandings. Mettā has nothing to do with love. It’s all about goodwill. You can have goodwill for people without loving them and even without liking them — in fact, when you don’t like people, that’s when you need to develop...
by dhammapal
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1528
Views: 175869

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

So you try to comprehend [the suffering]. And as you see the suffering, you begin to realize where it comes from. It comes from craving, and that’s what you abandon. All too often, we try to abandon the suffering. It’s like coming into your house and finding that it’s full of smoke — so you try to ...
by dhammapal
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1528
Views: 175869

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Not all sensual pleasures are bad. As the Buddha said, he doesn’t deny that some pleasures can be in accord with the Dhamma. But it’s an issue for each one of us to figure out which are okay for us and which ones are not. There are some general principles. The pleasure that comes from going out int...
by dhammapal
Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1528
Views: 175869

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

When you see the Buddha’s definition of ignorance, it doesn’t mean having preconceived notions. It doesn’t mean trying to change things. Ignorance means not seeing things in terms of the four noble truths. For most of us, that definition of ignorance describes the normal state of our mind. We’re th...
by dhammapal
Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wouldn't be useful if Arahants reveal their state and achievements?
Replies: 44
Views: 1415

Re: Wouldn't be useful if Arahants reveal their state and achievements?

One famous monk made a joke about the question of whether or not he was an arahant which to me seemed like dropping a hint rather than openly being humble about his defilements so laypeople wouldn't have assumed he was an arahant when giving him gifts, or believed and spread his teachings based on f...
by dhammapal
Sun Jun 02, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do I get more merits if I give more?
Replies: 20
Views: 725

Re: Do I get more merits if I give more?

Is it better to give $10.00 hundred times instead of giving $1000.00 at once? Generally yes, as it becomes habitual kamma. The same applies to meditation, it is much more powerful to meditate for 10 minutes at the same time every day for 100 days than it is to meditate for 100 minutes for 10 days o...