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by dhammapal
Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us
Replies: 3
Views: 36

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: 1489
Views: 152928

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: 1489
Views: 152928

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: 1489
Views: 152928

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: 1489
Views: 152928

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: 1489
Views: 152928

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: 1489
Views: 152928

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: 1489
Views: 152928

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: 1489
Views: 152928

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: 1489
Views: 152928

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: 1489
Views: 152928

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...
by dhammapal
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1489
Views: 152928

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

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
Replies: 1489
Views: 152928

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

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
Replies: 1489
Views: 152928

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

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
Replies: 1489
Views: 152928

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

[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...