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by dhammapal
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1467
Views: 138361

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

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: 1467
Views: 138361

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

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
Replies: 1467
Views: 138361

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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: 1467
Views: 138361

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

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: 1467
Views: 138361

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

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: 1467
Views: 138361

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...
by dhammapal
Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1467
Views: 138361

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Like the Buddha: He left his family, and many people get upset about that, thinking he was a deadbeat dad. But you have to remember that one of the ways that a husband or father could provide for his family in those days was to go out on an expedition, go out exploring, and to come back with a trea...
by dhammapal
Tue May 29, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1467
Views: 138361

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

So when the Buddha’s teaching karma, it’s not solely for the purpose of making you feel bad about you’ve done in the past. He always emphasizes the fact that you have to realize you’ve made mistakes in the past, but you can resolve not to do them again. Then you develop an expansive mind: a mind of...
by dhammapal
Sun May 27, 2018 2:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1467
Views: 138361

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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: 1467
Views: 138361

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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: 2122

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: 1467
Views: 138361

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: 1467
Views: 138361

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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: 1467
Views: 138361

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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: 1467
Views: 138361

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...