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by dhammapal
Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1359
Views: 120782

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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: 1359
Views: 120782

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

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: 1359
Views: 120782

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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: 1359
Views: 120782

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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: 149

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...
by dhammapal
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1359
Views: 120782

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If there’s suffering, the cause is not outside. Just turn around and look in your mind. This is not for the purpose of laying the blame on you. It’s for the purpose of offering you a path out of the suffering. What people do outside often is totally outrageous. Sometimes people don’t even behave li...
by dhammapal
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1359
Views: 120782

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

The more you’re able to step back from either your pride around your body or your shame around your body, the more you realize that neither is a helpful attitude to bring to the practice. When you can step away from these things, you’re that much closer to freedom, to finding a happiness that’s ind...
by dhammapal
Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1359
Views: 120782

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Reflection on other people’s mind states is also a good reflection for fairness. When you see other people acting on their unskillful mind states, it gives you a chance to see what you look like when you act on yours. It’s not a pretty sight. For example, we all have a tendency to want to straighte...
by dhammapal
Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1359
Views: 120782

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I received a phone call this evening from someone who asked, “How do I stick with the breath throughout the day? Do I just not care about other people? Do I not take in what they’re saying?” I said, “No, that’s not the case at all.” When you’re with the breath, you’re giving yourself a solid place ...
by dhammapal
Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1359
Views: 120782

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Question: Does karma shape everything you experience? Thanissaro Bhikkhu: The Buddha used the teaching on karma to explain only three things: 1) your experience of pleasure and pain; 2) the level of rebirth you take after death, in terms of such things as your wisdom or lack of wisdom, wealth or la...
by dhammapal
Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1359
Views: 120782

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I was reading a book a while back on analyzing people who had started out their adult lives in really bad shape psychologically, and yet they were able to pull themselves together. Tolstoy was an example. As a young person he looked pretty hopeless, and then he somehow pulled it all together and be...
by dhammapal
Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1359
Views: 120782

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There are passages where the Buddha describes monks who win out over lust, comparing them to soldiers who are brave and victorious in battle. The ones who give in to lust are the cowards — which, of course, goes against a lot of what our society teaches us about being macho, about gaining the objec...
by dhammapal
Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1359
Views: 120782

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When you’re wishing for other people’s happiness, one, you want it to be true happiness. And two, you realize that happiness, especially true happiness, has to come from understanding. People, to be happy, have to understand the causes of true happiness and be able to act on those causes. You’re no...
by dhammapal
Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1359
Views: 120782

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Often, when people have made up their minds to straighten out the world, the things they do to straighten out the world tend to get very unskillful and they end up making things worse. They don't like other people's greed, anger, and delusion, yet in the course of trying to straighten them out, the...
by dhammapal
Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1359
Views: 120782

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Think about it: Why would you want anyone else to suffer? You might think about the evil or cruel things they've done in the past, but even then why would you want them to suffer? To learn a lesson? Well, they're going to learn their lesson because the principle of karma is going to take care of th...
by dhammapal
Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1359
Views: 120782

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Sometimes we read the passages in the Satipatthana Sutta about how you can gain Awakening in seven days if you're really dedicated, and we come away with unrealistic ideas about how quickly we should see results in order to deem our practice successful. This is not to say that it's not possible, bu...
by dhammapal
Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1359
Views: 120782

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The fourth quality of an admirable friend is discernment. You really do understand how the mind creates suffering. You can see it in action, so that you can avoid it. This is the attitude that makes you a genuine friend to yourself, because the mind wants happiness. Everything we do is for the sake...
by dhammapal
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1359
Views: 120782

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

It's important to reflect on what true happiness is and where it can be found. A moment's reflection will show that you can't find it in the past or the future. The past is gone and your memory of it is undependable. The future is a blank uncertainty. So the only place we can really find happiness ...
by dhammapal
Sun Oct 15, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1359
Views: 120782

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Generosity is what opens the heart, makes you realize that you have a lot that you can share with others and that once you’ve shared something it really becomes yours. As the Buddha said, if beings of the world knew the rewards of generosity the way he did, they wouldn’t eat without sharing, even i...
by dhammapal
Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1359
Views: 120782

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We talk about the mind clinging, the mind hanging on to things, but it doesn't have hands to cling. When it "clings to something" it just keeps thinking about it over and over and over again, it keeps wanting it over and over and over again. To let go of the clinging means that you just let it stop...