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by dhammapal
Sun May 27, 2018 2:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1459
Views: 135669

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

There’s a really obnoxious story told by one of Ajaan Chah’s Western students who’s now a lay teacher. One time he and Ajaan Chah were taking a really rough ride in part of the back country there in Ubon. The driver was pretty careless and he was rushing down this road, which was really bumpy. And ...
by dhammapal
Fri May 25, 2018 3:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1459
Views: 135669

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

You’re passing judgment on your actions, not on yourself. Your intentions in the past may have been unskillful, or the actions may have been unskillful, but you’re not stuck there. Just because you’ve had unskillful intentions doesn’t mean that you’re always going to have unskillful intentions. You...
by dhammapal
Sun May 20, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Greed is an antidote to poverty .
Replies: 146
Views: 1957

Re: Greed is an antidote to poverty .

The possession of wealth by certain people is often praised and encouraged in the Pali Canon, indicating that wealth is something to be sought after. Among the Buddha's lay disciples, the better known, the most helpful, and the most often praised were in large part wealthy persons, such as Anathapi...
by dhammapal
Sun May 20, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1459
Views: 135669

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Ajaan Fuang once said that if we could force our way into nirvana, everybody would have arrived there a long time ago. But it’s not something you can do by force. You ultimately get there only through discernment. And discernment starts with learning how to think in the right way. It doesn’t cost a...
by dhammapal
Wed May 16, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1459
Views: 135669

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Our idea of truth is pretty sketchy. How could you possibly know the total truth of the situation in which you’re located? It would require a knowledge down to the sub-atomic particles and out to the edge of the universe — maybe even beyond the edge of the universe. That would be impossible. So to ...
by dhammapal
Mon May 14, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1459
Views: 135669

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

We saw all that insanity after 9/11, where people were willing to throw morality out the window because they were so scared. There was even that Buddhist teacher who said, “This principle that hatred is never appeased by hatred, that it’s only appeased by non-hatred, i.e. goodwill,” was totally use...
by dhammapal
Tue May 08, 2018 5:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1459
Views: 135669

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

You have a liver, a gall bladder, a large intestine, 24 hours out of the day. You’ve been carrying this thing around with you all the time — “this thing” being whichever part gives you a sense of how odd or disgusting or unclean or peculiar this body is, whichever part hits you in any way that’s he...
by dhammapal
Sun May 06, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1459
Views: 135669

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

When I first went to stay with Ajaan Fuang, he said that lesson number one in meditation is keeping control of your mouth. In other words, before you say anything, ask yourself: “Is this necessary? Is this beneficial? Is there a good reason to say this?” If there is, then go ahead and say it. If no...
by dhammapal
Fri May 04, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1459
Views: 135669

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Conviction in the principle of karma requires that you make a commitment not to hedge your bets. You’re going to depend totally on the skillfulness of your own intentions to whatever extent you can develop that skillfulness. That’s the principle to which you have to devote yourself. As for other pr...
by dhammapal
Tue May 01, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1459
Views: 135669

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Sometimes when issues in life get very difficult, we’ve got to find some stillness. As you’re sitting here meditating, part of you may say, “There are these issues I’ve got to deal with.” So ask yourself: Are you up to it? If you are, go ahead. If not, just stay there in the concentration. Concentr...
by dhammapal
Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1459
Views: 135669

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

When the ajaans talk about conventional truths, they don’t contrast them with ultimate truths. In other words, they don’t maintain, for example, that to say that there’s such a person as Lionel or Isabella or Than Isaac, or whoever, is just a conventional truth; whereas saying that they’re aggregat...
by dhammapal
Fri Apr 27, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1459
Views: 135669

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

I recently received a letter from a doctor who was claiming that modern psychology has made an advance over Buddhism in that Buddhism deals only with the problem of suffering, while modern psychology deals with suffering and also gives meaning to life. I don’t think he understands the depth of the ...
by dhammapal
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1459
Views: 135669

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: 255

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: 1459
Views: 135669

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: 255

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: 255

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: 1459
Views: 135669

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: 255

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: 1459
Views: 135669

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...