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by dhammapal
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1507
Views: 167082

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Take an interest in the present moment, because this is the most interesting part of your life. We tend to measure our life in terms of our plans for the future and our memories of the past. But the way your mind is shaping your life is happening right now. This is the only place where you can watc...
by dhammapal
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1507
Views: 167082

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

One of the paradoxes in the Buddha’s teaching is that, on the one hand, we’re told to be patient and, on the other, we’re told to have a sense of urgency. One teaching tells us to slow down; the other tells us to speed up. So how do you put those two together? Well, think about times when you’ve be...
by dhammapal
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1507
Views: 167082

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

So the question is: Why is there the common misunderstanding that mindfulness is simply passive awareness? It comes from an interpretation of the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta that views the sutta as providing a full explanation of mindfulness practice. Actually, though, the sutta sets out to explain only one...
by dhammapal
Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1507
Views: 167082

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Perhaps to counteract the common fear that the release of nibbāna is a type of starvation, Khp 6 depicts it as a form of consumption in which one’s food is totally free — freely available, free from debt, and free from suffering. § 50. Those who, devoted, firm-minded, apply themselves to Gotama’s m...
by dhammapal
Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1507
Views: 167082

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

If mindfulness is defined as alertness, there is no term in the satipaṭṭhāna formula to account for the role of memory in the practice. Even if we were to accept the modern contention that mindfulness training is aimed only at one dimension of time — the present — it’s hard to see how training in m...
by dhammapal
Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1507
Views: 167082

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

You can’t clone awakening. Because all you’re doing is just indulging in your imagination, indulging in perceptions and fabrications. There is this tendency. We read one of these passages, say, about the awakened one who experiences just the sight, just the sound, without assuming any person seeing...
by dhammapal
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1507
Views: 167082

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If you think of goodwill as lovingkindness and you’re there like the mother protecting her only child, as some people believe that passage in the Karaṇīya Mettā Sutta says, it becomes pretty oppressive — and very inflated. How are you going to go running around protecting everybody the way a mother...
by dhammapal
Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1507
Views: 167082

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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
Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Economic worth of a person in Buddhism
Replies: 1
Views: 90

Economic worth of a person in Buddhism

Let me try to define true economic worth of a person in the Buddhist sense. It is not just “net worth” defined as how much our claims of complete material control or ownership are, but includes our ability to know how to “deploy” monetary resources for the comfort of ourselves and the people we care...
by dhammapal
Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Reality isn't cumulative the past does fall away
Replies: 8
Views: 195

Reality isn't cumulative the past does fall away

Reality isn't cumulative, bad memories from the past do fall away, but there are costs to pay. The analogy is listening to music. If you can afford a house with privacy then you can choose what music to play. When you play a song it displaces previous songs. You have your limited collection of CDs t...
by dhammapal
Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1507
Views: 167082

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Now, fear is not always an unskillful emotion. I've had many psychotherapists talk to me about this. They're curious about the fact that when the Buddha lists the roots of unskillful behavior, there's greed, aversion, delusion - or passion, aversion, and delusion. Where's the fear? For so many of t...
by dhammapal
Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1507
Views: 167082

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Notice that when the Buddha talks about being in the present moment or seeing clearly what’s going on in the present moment, it’s always a matter of actions and it’s always in context. The context is not that the present is a wonderful place to be or whatever, it’s simply that there’s work that has...
by dhammapal
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1507
Views: 167082

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I was reading a book several years back, comparing a Caucasian meditation center with a Thai temple. The woman who was doing the study was talking to one of the Caucasians one time, telling her that at the Thai temple they weren’t doing much meditation. It seemed a shame that they weren’t really pr...
by dhammapal
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1507
Views: 167082

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I read recently where a teacher said he was writing with the purpose of getting people to get rid of their craving for awakening. That’s really destructive. The Buddha said that the desire for awakening, the desire to be skillful, to bring skillfulness to fruition, is part of the path. As Ven. Anan...
by dhammapal
Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1507
Views: 167082

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Think of how much richer our nation would be if our woods harbored people of recognizable spiritual attainment and genuine insight, who offered definitive answers to these issues [of aging, illness and death], and who were at the same time on good terms with the people in the towns. People disaffec...