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by dhammapal
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
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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: 1485
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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
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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
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[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
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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
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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...
by dhammapal
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
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We often think of kamma as something very diametrically opposed to goodwill. How can people be happy if they’ve got bad kamma and deserve to suffer? — that’s what we think, but that’s not what the Buddha taught. The teachings on kamma and goodwill go together. You realize the difference between suf...
by dhammapal
Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
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It’s not that I take any joy in arguing with the Commentary. In fact, wherever possible, I have been happy to give it the benefit of the doubt, and on many points I am very much in its debt. Still, now that Buddhism is coming to the West, I feel it is time to stop and take stock of the commentarial...
by dhammapal
Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
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Most Buddhists know that they will not gain full awakening in this lifetime, which means that they face the prospect of returning to the Earth that they have shaped during this lifetime through their actions. This belief in karma and rebirth, in fact, is one of Buddhism’s most potent arguments for ...
by dhammapal
Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
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[The Buddha] was in no position to impose his ideas on anyone who didn’t voluntarily accept them. And he didn’t seek to put himself in such a position. As the Pali Canon notes, the request for the Buddha to assume a position of sovereignty so that he could rule justly over others came, not from any...
by dhammapal
Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
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Recently, while teaching a retreat sponsored by a vipassana group in Brazil, I happened to mention devas and rebirth. The response was swift. The next morning, as I was looking through the slips of paper left in the question box, two questions stood out. The first was a complaint: “Why do we have t...
by dhammapal
Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
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Because mettā is essentially an impartial wish for happiness, it’s best translated as goodwill. When goodwill is developed in line with right view, it understands that beings will be happy only from understanding and acting on the causes of genuine happiness, rather than from winning special favor ...
by dhammapal
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
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Thanissaro Bhikkhu wrote:There are people out there who want to do good. There are people out there who find happiness in doing good. And that should make us happy.
From: Appreciation by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
by dhammapal
Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
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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 the sight or anything behind the sight, any object to be seen. We think, “Well, if I just get myself so fully in the present moment w...
by dhammapal
Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1485
Views: 148520

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[The Buddha] says your consciousness can survive without the body. In the same way that a fire can go from one house to another based on the wind, your consciousness can leave this body and go to another body and it's based on craving and clinging. And that's something that's under your control. If...