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by dhammapal
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1448
Views: 132606

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

We have a cultural bias here in the West. It goes back to the Romantics: the belief that you went out in nature, and tried to let nature inspire you. That’s how you soaked up spiritual truths. You made yourself totally receptive — open, spacious, non-reactive, non-judging, non-verbal. As one thinke...
by dhammapal
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Could sensual happiness be worked with?
Replies: 13
Views: 204

Re: Could sensual happiness be worked with?

The Buddha again and again talks about rebirth in heaven as a benefit of acting skillfully.
by dhammapal
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1448
Views: 132606

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

It’s interesting that when the Buddha talks about people who are wealthy but extremely miserly and frugal, he doesn’t say that it’s really good that they’ve learned how to put aside sensual desires. He said there’s something really wrong with them. If they can’t learn how to appreciate some pleasur...
by dhammapal
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Could sensual happiness be worked with?
Replies: 13
Views: 204

Re: Could sensual happiness be worked with?

We make use of our eyes, ears, nose, tongue and body to progress on the path. At the time of indulging in sensuality one is going the wrong way and is not progressing on the path. There is the use of requisites and guarding of the senses. The 36 mental explorations should be known for a reason. We ...
by dhammapal
Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Could sensual happiness be worked with?
Replies: 13
Views: 204

Re: Could sensual happiness be worked with?

The human world is one of the sense-sphere realms of existence. We make use of our eyes, ears, nose, tongue and body to progress on the path.
by dhammapal
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1448
Views: 132606

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Here we are in the human realm with all its human pleasures. [When you're dying] you start thinking about the fact that you won’t sense these pleasures anymore: You won’t see any beautiful sunsets, you won’t see any rock canyons, you won’t taste any delicious food — all the other pleasures you can ...
by dhammapal
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Could sensual happiness be worked with?
Replies: 13
Views: 204

Re: Could sensual happiness be worked with?

In Dhanañjani Sutta , Venerable Sariputta advised someone on their deathbed to progressively focus on higher and higher levels of heaven up to Brahma realm. The Buddha told Sariputta he should have done more than establish the person in the inferior Brahma world, but my point is that sensual happine...
by dhammapal
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1448
Views: 132606

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

When the Buddha talks about sensuality, he doesn’t say that you’re attached to sights or sounds. The word kama , or sensuality, here doesn’t mean beautiful or desirable sights, sounds, smells, tastes, or tactile sensations. It means the plans and intentions you have around these things. That’s what...
by dhammapal
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Could sensual happiness be worked with?
Replies: 13
Views: 204

Re: Could sensual happiness be worked with?

I'm wondering if, rather than writing off sensual happiness as irredeemably impermanent and stressful and focusing only on the breath, could it be worked with through human effort toward skillful thoughts, words and actions that shape a better and better sensual reality until ultimately there is no...
by dhammapal
Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Could sensual happiness be worked with?
Replies: 13
Views: 204

Could sensual happiness be worked with?

First Noble Truth: Dukkha Each of us is damaged. Isn't this the essence of the First Noble Truth? That not one of us escapes the havoc created by our own clinging? Recently I began wondering about the Pali word usually translated as suffering, or dissatisfaction, or unease. Why did the Buddha choos...
by dhammapal
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1448
Views: 132606

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

There are some cases where illness comes from purely mental causes, in which case meditation can cure it, but there are also cases where it comes from physical causes, and no amount of meditation can make it go away. If you believe in karma, there are some diseases that come from present karma — yo...
by dhammapal
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1448
Views: 132606

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

When fear, greed, anger, or delusion come up in the mind, it's not necessarily helpful to express them outside because sometimes that makes it difficult to observe what's going on, too. There has to be a middle way between the expression and the suppression. This is important. Often as you meditate...
by dhammapal
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1448
Views: 132606

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

So when you reflect on your body, it’s also important to reflect on the bodies of others, to make comparisons — the right comparisons. The same with feelings and the other frames of reference. This is to counteract what are our usually very unskillful ways of making comparisons: such as thinking th...
by dhammapal
Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1448
Views: 132606

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

When you look frankly at the world, you realize that if you really wish for people to be happy – if it’s a sincere wish and not just a little happy, happy, happy thought you put in the mind – you find that looking at the world gets painful. You wonder: Why can’t we just get along? You look around a...
by dhammapal
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1448
Views: 132606

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

When you read the Buddha’s teachings on mindfulness out of context, it’s possible to interpret them as saying that when you’re being mindful, say, of feelings, you just watch whatever feeling comes up and don’t make any changes. Don’t meddle with it. Just be non-reactive, allowing whatever’s happen...
by dhammapal
Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1448
Views: 132606

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

There were many cases in my time with Ajaan Fuang – and you read about other Thai ajaans saying the same thing – that people can have right views, but the way they hold on to them, the rightness is for the sake of wrongness. You notice this in two ways. One is using the wrong teaching at the wrong ...
by dhammapal
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1448
Views: 132606

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

You could translate the term pañña as wisdom, but that has an entirely different connotation. I remember the first year when I was practicing with Ajaan Fuang. He kept saying, "Use your pañña," which is both the Pali word and the Thai word. At the time all I knew was that pañña is wisdom, so I told...
by dhammapal
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1448
Views: 132606

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

We tend to think of wisdom as something that comes at the very end of the practice: those short, pointed statements that come one per page, with wide margins, in books about wisdom. But to really develop wisdom, you have to develop a pragmatic approach to how you’re going to get things to work in t...
by dhammapal
Mon Apr 02, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1448
Views: 132606

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

As Ajaan Suwat used to say, "We normally take our cravings as our friends and our pains as our enemies. We should switch that around. Learn to look at pain as your friend, and craving as your enemy." The craving is what's really causing all the problems. The pain is just there to teach you somethin...
by dhammapal
Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1448
Views: 132606

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

The Buddha didn’t have much positive to say about pema , or love. There was a time when a group of Brahmans who had suddenly gotten faith in the Buddha came early one morning, getting ready to prepare food for the Buddha and the monks as they came out for their alms round. The Brahmans were making ...