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by dhammapal
Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1522
Views: 171788

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: 1522
Views: 171788

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: 1522
Views: 171788

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: 1522
Views: 171788

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: 1156

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: 568

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...
by dhammapal
Sun Jun 02, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Have any monks suggested a particular order for studying the entirety of the Pali Canon?
Replies: 10
Views: 321

Re: Have any monks suggested a particular order for studying the entirety of the Pali Canon?

Bhikkhu Bodhi's complete translation of the Numerical Discourses of the Buddha , which is the best Nikāya for laypeople, includes a Thematic Guide to the Aṅguttara Nikāya. A selection of Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu's sutta translations on Access to Insight have been arranged into what is called A Path to Fre...
by dhammapal
Sun Jun 02, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to walk the Buddha's path: suttas and practice
Replies: 10
Views: 320

Re: How to walk the Buddha's path: suttas and practice

Then the Blessed One, having encompassed the awareness of the entire assembly with his awareness, asked himself, "Now who here is capable of understanding the Dhamma?" He saw Suppabuddha the leper sitting in the assembly, and on seeing him the thought occurred to him, "This person here is capable o...
by dhammapal
Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sutta quotes to support the idea to live is good
Replies: 21
Views: 523

Re: Sutta quotes to support the idea to live is good

But then there is the case where a woman or man, having abandoned the killing of living beings, abstains from killing living beings, and dwells with the rod laid down, the knife laid down, scrupulous, merciful, & sympathetic for the welfare of all living beings. Through having adopted & carried out...
by dhammapal
Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1522
Views: 171788

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

You’ve probably heard the rumor that “Life is suffering” is Buddhism’s first principle, the Buddha’s first noble truth. It’s a rumor with good credentials, spread by well-respected academics and Dharma teachers alike, but a rumor nonetheless. The truth about the noble truths is far more interesting...
by dhammapal
Sat May 25, 2019 3:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1522
Views: 171788

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

All of the Buddha's really basic teachings have to do with action, which is why kamma is so central to what he taught. Kamma consists of your intentions, and your intentions are shaped by your views. If your views are concerned with what you are or what the world is, you’re going to be sloppy in yo...
by dhammapal
Sat May 18, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1522
Views: 171788

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

They’ve done studies of people going through psychotherapy, trying to figure out which method — Jungian, Freudian, or whatever — works best. And they’ve discovered that the actual method doesn’t make all that much difference. What *does* make a difference is the ability of the patient to get inside...
by dhammapal
Sat May 18, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Story of the Buddha dying from a ex-doctor monk
Replies: 6
Views: 262

Story of the Buddha dying from a ex-doctor monk

During Wesak Day, we are informed that it is also the day Buddha attained Parinibbana. But not many know how the Buddha died. Ancient texts weave two stories about the Lord Buddha's death. Was it planned and willed by the Buddha, or was it food poisoning, or something else altogether? [Here's a dee...
by dhammapal
Fri May 17, 2019 4:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1522
Views: 171788

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

The conflict between retributive justice and true happiness is well illustrated by the famous story of Aṅgulimāla ( MN 86 ). Aṅgulimāla was a bandit who had killed so many people — the Canon counts at least 100; the Commentary, 999 — that he wore a garland (māla) made of their fingers (aṅguli). Yet...
by dhammapal
Thu May 16, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1522
Views: 171788

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

We’d all like to be in that kind of world where you’re at the end of a romantic movie and the couple finally gets together and everybody is so happy for them that they applaud. That doesn’t really happen that much in this world. All too often, people are jealous of other people’s good fortune. You ...