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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
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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...
by dhammapal
Sat Jun 30, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
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What we’re doing here is working on developing the qualities inside that will find that happiness in the midst of a lot of change and uncertainty outside. There’s work to be done. There are things to be attained. It’s important to remember that, because there are so many teachings out there that te...
by dhammapal
Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1476
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Change can be nice when it’s well handled, but, when you think of all the beautiful music in the world, think of all the lousy music, too. People actually make an effort to write lousy music. Not that they intend it to be lousy, but it’s very difficult to write good music, create good art, write gr...
by dhammapal
Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
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Suppose you have a feeling of deep spiritual contentment, of oneness and connectedness with all the universe. To what extent is that feeling meaningful? Is it a sign that you've attained a heightened spiritual state? Are you in touch with some transcendent reality? Or is it simply a sign that you h...
by dhammapal
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1476
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As you’re focusing on the breath, put aside any sensual passions. There’s the phrase in the description of jhana, “secluded from sensuality.” Some people interpret that as meaning totally cut off from any input from the physical senses. Some interpret it as meaning secluded from sensual pleasures, ...
by dhammapal
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1476
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The early Buddhists said that this point was the one where the Buddha’s teaching differed most radically from everything else that was available at the time: pointing to what you’re doing right now and the effects that it has right now. And also to the possibility for change. You don’t have to crea...
by dhammapal
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
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Question: Why is it that Theravāda is considered, with a certain amount of irony, as the small vehicle, whereas Mahāyānists call themselves the great vehicle, which carries its name because they’re more generous? — their goal being, always, the love of others, whereas for Theravāda it’s said to be ...
by dhammapal
Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1476
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The practice unfolds in the context of our friendships, which means that you have to choose your friends well: the people you hang around with, the people whose values you agree with. The problem is that we often pick up the values of the people around us through a process of osmosis, hardly even a...
by dhammapal
Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1476
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It's important to understand what mindfulness is: It's the act of keeping something in mind. The word sati is related to the verb sarati , which means to remember. You focus your attention on one particular thing and then keep reminding yourself to stay there. This is how concentration is developed...
by dhammapal
Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1476
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Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

There's also the problem that, if the aggregates were what you are, then — because nibbāna is the ending of the aggregates — that would mean that when you attain nibbāna you would be annihilated. The Buddha, however, denied that nibbāna was annihilation. At the same time, what good would be the end...