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by dhammapal
Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1407
Views: 124910

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Question : When we think of the fact that so few people in the world meditate, does it put us in the position where we risk becoming elitist or proud? Thanissaro Bhikkhu : That thought is useful when you’re feeling very depressed about yourself. If you’re already feeling proud about yourself, then ...
by dhammapal
Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1407
Views: 124910

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
Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1407
Views: 124910

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Question : Why are we on Earth? Thanissaro Bhikkhu : Because we want to be. Each of us has different purposes for wanting to be here, and those purposes keep changing over time. You can look at that fact in a way that’s discouraging, but it can also be liberating: You can actually make up your mind...
by dhammapal
Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1407
Views: 124910

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For most of us renunciation seems to be a restriction — as when you're getting the mind to focus on the breath. Before you make up your mind to do that, the mind doesn't seem to be restricted, doesn't seem to have any violent wishes, or disorderliness or unruliness. But then all of a sudden, as soo...
by dhammapal
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1407
Views: 124910

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

The idea of creating meditation retreats came basically in the late 19th or early 20th century, the same time when the assembly line was invented, breaking jobs down into little tiny parts that you do repetitively. This approach to physical work was efficient and effective, so it became the model f...
by dhammapal
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1407
Views: 124910

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

The second way in which the delusions surrounding our fears promote unskillful actions: we react to genuine dangers in ways that, instead of ending the dangers, actually create new ones. We amass wealth to provide security, but wealth creates a high profile that excites jealousy in others. We build...
by dhammapal
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1407
Views: 124910

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Recently I read someone saying that, “You know, if you’re preserving your precepts and, in doing so, you let other people get harmed by other people” — in other words, you don’t go out and kill the people who are harming them — “then you’re being selfish.” Which is wrong on so many levels that it’s...
by dhammapal
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1407
Views: 124910

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

I know some people who say, “Well, the path is something that’s impermanent. Concentration is impermanent. Even awakening is impermanent, so you’ve just got to accept impermanence and stop trying, relax.” That doesn’t accomplish anything. That attitude actually short-circuits the path. As we medita...
by dhammapal
Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1407
Views: 124910

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Question : Does the law of kamma guarantee that justice will always be done? Thanissaro Bhikkhu : No. Remember that it deals only in tendencies — certain types of actions tend to lead to certain results — but that the larger field of each individual’s past kamma, plus his or her present kamma, can ...
by dhammapal
Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1407
Views: 124910

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When we're working with the breath, sometimes we feel we want to make it really comfortable and full of rapture and all these wonderful things, and for some reason it's just okay. And we drive ourselves crazy trying to make it really good. But you have to remember okay is okay. You're looking for a...
by dhammapal
Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1407
Views: 124910

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It's our ability to remember lessons from the past that protects us. Because we remember from the past also to look to the future, that immediate gratification is not what life is all about. We're here for long-term happiness. That's the mark of wisdom, when you want to find out what you need to do...
by dhammapal
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1407
Views: 124910

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Realize that you don't have to straighten out the world before you're going to be able to gain Awakening or before you're going to be able to sit down and meditate. The principle of karma is at work here. Often, when people have made up their minds to straighten out the world, the things they do to...
by dhammapal
Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1407
Views: 124910

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

We each experience suffering and the cause of suffering for ourselves alone, but the pattern of our suffering is something we have in common, which is why the path to the end of suffering is universal. It doesn't matter what country you come from, what your background, what your language. The path ...
by dhammapal
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1407
Views: 124910

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

And after all it is your true happiness that you’re after here. It’s not like you’re being sucked into some brainless cult. You’re being asked to take your true happiness seriously, which you’d think people would do naturally. But they don’t. The culture mitigates against it, and a lot of our own i...
by dhammapal
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1407
Views: 124910

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

The attitude of respect is built into the Buddha’s teachings. A lot of people think that Buddhism is an interesting philosophy, perhaps a very good philosophy, that somehow got religion tacked on to it, with all the bowing and all the other paraphernalia that go along with religion. And they’d like...
by dhammapal
Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Worldly success & Dhamma practice
Replies: 23
Views: 411

Re: Worldly success & Dhamma practice

Theravadin Buddhist monks and nuns aren't helpless, they practice many worldly skills like maintaining monastery buildings. The main difference is that laypeople handle money. Recently I've become interested in Bitcoin Cash which has the potential to lift billions of people out of poverty.
by dhammapal
Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha say that we have innate basic gooddness?
Replies: 18
Views: 248

Re: Did Buddha say that we have innate basic gooddness?

Monks, I can imagine no one group of beings more variegated than that of common animals. Common animals are created by mind. And the mind is even more variegated than common animals. Thus one should reflect on one's mind with every moment: 'For a long time has this mind been defiled by passion, ave...
by dhammapal
Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1407
Views: 124910

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

The general message of the world is that happiness is possible but it doesn’t last and it has its limitations. It can be found, but a lot of times you have to find it by clawing other people, scrambling up the ladder, stepping on other people to get on top of them and ahead of them. That’s the way ...