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by dhammapal
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1490
Views: 153646

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

You sometimes hear that everyone deserves your compassion because they all have Buddha-nature. But this ignores the primary reason for developing compassion as a brahmavihāra in the first place: You need to make your compassion universal so that you can trust your intentions. If you regard your com...
by dhammapal
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us
Replies: 67
Views: 764

Re: The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us

The Buddha's death was the break-up of his body, but the body is not-self.
by dhammapal
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us
Replies: 67
Views: 764

Re: The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us

WorldTraveller wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:29 am
HE'S GONE buddy! He's gone! :tongue:
He may have gone but I believe he hasn't forgotten us.
by dhammapal
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us
Replies: 67
Views: 764

Re: The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us

"Enough, Vakkali! What is there to see in this vile body? He who sees Dhamma, Vakkali, sees me; he who sees me sees Dhamma. Truly seeing Dhamma, one sees me; seeing me one sees Dhamma." ~ the Buddha, Samyutta Nikaya 22.87
by dhammapal
Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us
Replies: 67
Views: 764

The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us

Gotama the Buddha attained parinibbāna c. 483BC. But Nibbāna isn't annihilation just the end of suffering. Nibbāna is Awakening, so that means the Buddha hasn't forgotten about us. He isn't a God that can answer prayers, but I believe he still remembers us and is aware of us.
by dhammapal
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1490
Views: 153646

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Other ajaans talk about getting angry at their defilements, and that’s perfectly fine. As you get more skilled, you begin to see where the anger is unnecessary and then you can drop it. But don’t get waylaid by the type of thinking that criticizes you for being awfully passionate about your practic...
by dhammapal
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1490
Views: 153646

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

The Buddha never said that life is suffering. He said there is suffering in life. That was his first noble truth. And he identified what that suffering is, but he went on to say that there is a cause for suffering that you can abandon, and there is a path to the end of suffering that you can develo...
by dhammapal
Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1490
Views: 153646

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Some people often complain that the precepts are too narrow. For instance, there is a precept against killing, but no precept against eating meat. People say, “Well, if you’re eating meat, then you’re encouraging other people to kill the animals.” But the precepts focus on the area where you are ab...
by dhammapal
Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1490
Views: 153646

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

The Buddha gives you the Dhamma, he gives us the Dhamma to learn about how to separate yourself from the body so even when the body's aging, the mind you remind yourself is not aging. The body may be growing ill but the mind doesn't have to be ill. The body may die but the mind doesn't die. Remembe...
by dhammapal
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1490
Views: 153646

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

People have tried to import Western ideas of objective justice into the Buddha’s teachings — some have even suggested that this will be one of the great Western contributions to Buddhism, filling in a serious lack — but there is no way that those ideas can be forced on the Dhamma without doing seri...
by dhammapal
Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1490
Views: 153646

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

There’s a translation of a Dhamma talk by Ajahn Chah in which the original translation said that when you’re focusing on the breath, any thoughts that come up, you want to let go. And the Thai transcription of the talk was actually skewed to follow the English version. But we found out that when yo...
by dhammapal
Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1490
Views: 153646

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

We tend to think of meditation as only one or two vipassana techniques, but that’s not true. There are lots of techniques for dealing with all different kinds of problems in the mind. When teachers give you just one technique, it’s sort of one-size-fits-all, or Henry Ford’s old maxim: People can ha...
by dhammapal
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1490
Views: 153646

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

[A nature writer wrote] that we have to put up with the suffering [of life and death] because otherwise we wouldn’t be involved with life’s great adventure. But as the Buddha said, suffering in a pointless universe is not really worth it. There’s nothing noble about it. The bigger adventure is find...
by dhammapal
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1490
Views: 153646

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Of the four types of [right] effort, the first — preventing unskillful dhammas from arising — tends to receive the least attention, perhaps because of the misunderstanding that meditation is simply a matter of staying focused on what’s happening in the present moment. However, as the heedfulness re...
by dhammapal
Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1490
Views: 153646

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

When I was in Singapore recently, someone raised the question, “What is this business about spreading breath energies throughout the body? The Buddha never said anything about breath energies.” Well, there are a lot of things the Buddha didn’t say about the practice. He sketched out the main outlin...