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by dhammapal
Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1373
Views: 122071

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

People used to say, "Buddhism is a religion that doesn’t require faith or belief or conviction. You give your assent to only what seems reasonable." If that’s as far as you going to go, simply giving or withholding assent, it doesn’t require much faith or conviction. But if you’re contemplating put...
by dhammapal
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1373
Views: 122071

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Start with what you know. The breath is coming in. You know that? Yes, you know that. It's going out. You know that? Yes, you do. Okay, know just that much. Don't forget that. Is it comfortable or not? Well, you may not be sure. Could it be more comfortable? Experiment and see. Try to sensitize you...
by dhammapal
Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1373
Views: 122071

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Goodwill is a more skillful feeling to have toward those who would react unskillfully to your lovingkindness. There are probably people you've harmed in the past who would rather not have anything to do with you ever again, so the intimacy of lovingkindness would actually be a source of pain for th...
by dhammapal
Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1373
Views: 122071

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

You've probably heard the rumor that "Life is suffering" is Buddhism's first principle, the Buddha's first noble truth. It's a rumor with good credentials, spread by well-respected academics and Dharma teachers alike, but a rumor nonetheless. The truth about the noble truths is far more interesting...
by dhammapal
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1373
Views: 122071

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Goodwill or mettā means a wish for happiness. In some cases it's translated as lovingkindness. But when you look at the way the Buddha actually expresses the thought in his teachings... I'll read you one passage here and let you decide whether it's lovingkindness or what: "I have goodwill for footl...
by dhammapal
Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1373
Views: 122071

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Your need for the goodness of other people is [so] extreme. If all you can see is other people’s bad points, you’re going to lose your enthusiasm for treating them skillfully. You’ll say, “Well, everybody else is cheating, I might as well cheat as well.” That’s a very common attitude that you see t...
by dhammapal
Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:26 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: wat metta in Valley Center CA USA
Replies: 17
Views: 618

Re: wat metta in Valley Center CA USA

Wat Metta now has a Paypal account. See this link for full details. Donations can be made by PayPal or credit card. With Paypal donations you can add instructions of your preference of General Support, Construction Projects or Books/Dhamma distribution. They are very generous often posting large par...
by dhammapal
Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1373
Views: 122071

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

If views of determinism and total chaos were followed to their logical end, there would be no point in purposeful action, and yet the proponents of both theories continued to act in purposeful ways. If only physical acts bore consequences, there would be no point in teaching a proper understanding ...
by dhammapal
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1373
Views: 122071

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Wisdom for dummies: the wisdom for people who recognize that they've been foolish and that they don't want to keep on being foolish. That means that they aren't fools; they simply see that they've been fools — an important difference. They're the kind of fools who aren't really dumb. The real dummi...
by dhammapal
Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1373
Views: 122071

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Thanissaro Bhikkhu wrote:It's good to appreciate the fact that 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 Nov 26, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1373
Views: 122071

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Some people feel they don’t deserve happiness. Well, the issue of deserving and not deserving happiness never comes up in the Buddha’s teachings. There’s simply the issue of cause and effect. A good action, an action motivated by a skillful intention, leads to good results. It’s impersonal. Unskill...
by dhammapal
Sat Nov 25, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1373
Views: 122071

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Many of us come to meditation because we’ve got particular problems that cause suffering in our lives. Something’s wrong, something’s lacking, something’s eating away at our hearts. We have a sense that meditation might be able to do something for that. That’s a perfectly fine motivation for coming...
by dhammapal
Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1373
Views: 122071

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There is a story of a Zen student. I think he was in Minnesota. He was going to come out here to Los Angeles, to try his luck at the entertainment industry. He went to say goodbye to his teacher, and his teacher asked him, “Suppose you get out there and your first job is a failure, what are you goi...
by dhammapal
Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1373
Views: 122071

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

When an intention comes up to do or say or think something, you want to know what that intention is. It's a teaching that the Buddha teaches his son Rahula, to look at his actions and look especially at his intentions before he does or says or thinks anything. Now I've heard a lot of people say, "G...
by dhammapal
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1373
Views: 122071

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

You’ve got work to do. You’ve got this mind that keeps churning out intentions, so we’ve got to be very careful about what those intentions are, which ones we choose to follow, which ones we choose to let go. We’ve got to keep that in mind. It requires mindfulness, requires alertness. We’ve got to ...
by dhammapal
Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1373
Views: 122071

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

We get into the present moment not because the present moment is a wonderful moment; after all, a lot of things that happen in the present are not wonderful at all. But the present moment is an important moment, because it’s where we’re making decisions that shape our life. Decisions that were made...
by dhammapal
Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1373
Views: 122071

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There’s a sutta [ AN7:49 ] where the Buddha talks about different motivations for being generous. And the lowest one, of course, is, “I’ll get this back with interest.” But still that’s a good motivation. It’s better than saying, “I don’t see any need to be generous at all.” There’s too much of tha...
by dhammapal
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1373
Views: 122071

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

I wrote a review about a book on positive psychology. I was asked to critique the book from a Buddhist point of view. And the thing I noticed was that the book said nothing about how your actions, or how your ideas about pursuing happiness, were going to have an impact on other people. It was all a...
by dhammapal
Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1373
Views: 122071

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

One of the big problems in living in the world is the values of the world are very much opposed to the values of the Dhamma. What people in general think is important, the Buddha says is actually pretty trivial. And what the world may think is trivial the Buddha says is actually the important aspec...
by dhammapal
Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: May all beings be well and happy
Replies: 7
Views: 166

Re: May all beings be well and happy

As [the Buddha] actually said, the happiness lies in the actions — when you do something skillful, something noble. That’s where the real happiness lies: both because there’s a sense of well-being as you do the action — you realize that what you’re doing is not harming anybody — and in the sense th...