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by dhammapal
Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1537
Views: 187540

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: 35
Views: 327

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: 35
Views: 327

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: 35
Views: 327

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: 35
Views: 327

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: 35
Views: 327

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: 35
Views: 327

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...
by dhammapal
Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: We can't change the past. So isn't the past permanent?
Replies: 35
Views: 327

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

char101 wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:37 am
The fact that it is in the past means that it is impermanent. Past = no longer existing.
Isn't that like George Orwell's 1984 where Winston Smith's office job was changing the past in the Ministry of Truth?
by dhammapal
Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: We can't change the past. So isn't the past permanent?
Replies: 35
Views: 327

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

We can't go back and change the past. So the past is permanent history isn't it? How does that fit in with impermanence, suffering, not-self and the Unconditioned?
by dhammapal
Sun Nov 03, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1537
Views: 187540

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

The ajaans, following the Buddha, are quite frank about the fact that you want to acquire good qualities and that they are really valuable, really worth aspiring to. Ajaan Lee has a nice way of putting it. He says when you let go, you want to let go like a wealthy person and not like a pauper. The ...
by dhammapal
Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1537
Views: 187540

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

This is another point that’s often missed: Meditation is a skill. It’s not a process of simply being open to whatever comes. It means noticing that your actions really do have an impact on shaping your present experience, and you can learn from watching your actions, watching their results, learnin...
by dhammapal
Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bahiya sutras - what's the significance?
Replies: 25
Views: 467

Re: Bahiya sutras - what's the significance?

The Bahiya sutta isn't about raw bare attention, it's more wise than that. Read John D. Ireland's notes to Udana 1.10 (I don't have it handy right now).
by dhammapal
Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha consume meat?
Replies: 11
Views: 334

Re: Did Buddha consume meat?

Someone studied food offerings to the Buddha recorded in the Pali Canon.

I believe the Buddha did eat meat but he was mostly vegetarian.
by dhammapal
Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1537
Views: 187540

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Goodwill [mettā] is something you can make universal. In fact, you have to make it universal if you want to get the most benefit out of it. But this doesn’t mean you’re going to go around protecting everybody. That’s a huge misunderstanding that comes from the passage in the Karaṇīya Mettā Sutta ab...
by dhammapal
Sat Sep 28, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Insight takes time, so Dhamma students are okay as people
Replies: 8
Views: 298

Re: Insight takes time, so Dhamma students are okay as people

Hi JohnK, Thanks for your reply, it got me thinking. The patron of my local Buddhist centre thanked me for my generosity to his charity in Cambodia, but when I said I was on disability benefits he said maybe I should be looking after myself. I bought myself an 8GB RAM PC last month, previously I ass...