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by Sanjay PS
Tue Dec 16, 2014 6:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is this a fair critique of goenka?
Replies: 31
Views: 2530

Re: Is this a fair critique of goenka?

Nobody is free from critiques, not even the Buddha, Ajahn Chah or Mahasi Sayadaw. We should examine the validity of the critcisms instead of shooting the messenger. Any teacher worth his salt should be able to withstand criticisms. It is strange that you mention such . A good many majority of peopl...
by Sanjay PS
Tue Dec 16, 2014 5:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sigalovada Sutta shaped my life.
Replies: 2
Views: 947

Re: Sigalovada Sutta shaped my life.

A copy of the Sigalovada Sutta was framed and displayed in my father's restaurant. I used to read it almost everyday while I have nothing else to do. This teaching greatly help with my studies and the lay life. I just like to share it with you as this topic is not normally discussed in this forum. ...
by Sanjay PS
Sat Dec 13, 2014 8:08 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will Buddhism survive for 5000 years?
Replies: 25
Views: 2063

Re: Will Buddhism survive for 5000 years?

I don't find pondering such speculative questions useful.
I think what is of far greater relevance is pondering whether one will continue to practice diligently for the rest of one's life.
With metta,
Ben

What a wonderful wisdom ! Inspiring...............
by Sanjay PS
Fri Dec 12, 2014 4:13 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: mahasi vipassana vs goenka vipassana
Replies: 91
Views: 10432

Re: mahasi vipassana vs goenka vipassana

It means responding to your needs instead of mindlessly sticking with the program. The Goenka people were adamant about not differing from the technique, which chafed. No one there had any answers besides astonishing me for not staying correct with their strict interpretation of what should be done...
by Sanjay PS
Fri Dec 05, 2014 2:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: I think I'm not compatible with the Goenka Technique/Network
Replies: 36
Views: 2058

Re: I think I'm not compatible with the Goenka Technique/Net

How does that paragraph relate to what I said about Goenka omitting 3 out of the 4 pieces of the 4 foundations of mindfulness? *I made a mistake and said he omits 1 out of 4.. I meant 3 out of 4* And I never implied that Goenka's method is false and does not work. All I'm saying is that his approac...
by Sanjay PS
Thu Dec 04, 2014 3:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: I think I'm not compatible with the Goenka Technique/Network
Replies: 36
Views: 2058

Re: I think I'm not compatible with the Goenka Technique/Net

The aversion is natural, and again, very common experience. You are after all attempting to change a lifetime or lifetimes of habituated response to sensory data. The technique itself is merely a skilful means to develop equanimity in the face of any experience, including the experience of aversion...
by Sanjay PS
Wed Dec 03, 2014 2:35 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: After retreat issue
Replies: 4
Views: 937

Re: After retreat issue

Thank you Sanjay.... In scanning the body , what should be the object of vipassana meditation ??the sholder,palm,front,toes....or any body part, or the developing consciosness of sensations between mind and body parts.?? Hello , One moves the attention from the head to the soles of the feet and the...
by Sanjay PS
Wed Dec 03, 2014 4:10 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: After retreat issue
Replies: 4
Views: 937

Re: After retreat issue

Hi... I have just finished my first Goenka Vipassana 10 day course... In my meditations after about 40 minutes i have a tense sensation in the legs,and my knees and hips are in pain....how can i deal with this? becouse i can't concentrate on my "body scanning" Any idea is appreciated... sorry my en...
by Sanjay PS
Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: note of thanks
Replies: 4
Views: 605

note of thanks

This body and mind is impermanent , both while strong and healthy , and while sick and dying . What comes next , one is not sure , hence , i take this opportunity in expressing my great gratitude to DW forum in bringing together like minded people, in exchanging cordiality and learning , which has r...
by Sanjay PS
Wed Nov 26, 2014 9:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Question about Sakkayadhitti.
Replies: 16
Views: 1019

Re: Question about Sakkayadhitti.

Q: When you say: clear and empty, what do you mean? M: I mean free of all contents. To myself I am neither perceivable nor conceivable; there is nothing I can point out and say: 'this I am'. You identify yourself with everything so easily, I find it impossible. The feeling: 'I am not this or that, ...
by Sanjay PS
Sun Nov 16, 2014 6:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Questions about hell
Replies: 21
Views: 1305

Re: Questions about hell

All these posts , point the one important thing ; Suffering is inherent in both the good and the bad . Even in the unending vicious cycle of the hell worlds where akusala kamma after akusala kamma is being heaped up , there comes a time when the ripening of a good kamma pushes up a being in states o...
by Sanjay PS
Sat Nov 15, 2014 5:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Tips For Meditation After A Tragedy?
Replies: 21
Views: 1916

Re: Tips For Meditation After A Tragedy?

I recall once meeting a gentleman who was dedicatedly serving a 20 day long course , and at the end of the course , he came and exchanged a few pleasantries . His words still echo in my mind , saying that he was never as happy as he is now, after having finally understood death and parting. The gen...
by Sanjay PS
Wed Nov 12, 2014 5:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Tips For Meditation After A Tragedy?
Replies: 21
Views: 1916

Re: Tips For Meditation After A Tragedy?

Hi Soapy , Tragedies can be like the tornadoes that pull us down , yet at the same time , they can teach us so much more than what we could have ever imagined , provided we open our hearts to this tearing away , which is an inevitable truth that we so dearly like to deny . I have lost my brother , m...
by Sanjay PS
Sun Nov 09, 2014 5:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bowing to lay teachers
Replies: 42
Views: 4230

Re: Bowing to lay teachers

Whether bowing to a monk, a lay Dhamma teacher, or a stūpa, why do you bow three times? It is because you are bowing to the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha (those Noble Ones who have realised nibbāna). If you understand that your bowing is something done by you to show how much you respect the Triple Ge...
by Sanjay PS
Fri Nov 07, 2014 2:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Anand-Carlsen aṃsa dvi
Replies: 20
Views: 1848

Re: Anand-Carlsen aṃsa dvi

In the recent newspapers read about Carlsen mentioning that he was loosing badly in recent times , because his mind was going in self-destruct mode . I couldn't help but think that the case is applicable for most of us . Getting attached to the different kind of sensations that courses within us fro...
by Sanjay PS
Sat Oct 25, 2014 10:25 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: A dedicaton...
Replies: 10
Views: 3185

Re: A dedicaton...

Ben wrote: S.N. Goenka wrote: There is so much misery all around. If we can wipe the tears of even a few people who are suffering, we have paid back a little of our debt of gratitude to the Buddha and to the Sangha, the chain of teachers who have maintained the tradition from ancient times. May all...
by Sanjay PS
Sat Oct 25, 2014 6:22 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Alcohol gift
Replies: 11
Views: 994

Re: Alcohol gift

There is so much of alcohol stashed away in our home , my Father having been an army man has accumulated much of these bottles in the cabinets , although he has the discipline of having the barest abstemious amounts once in a blue moon. Please see my earlier thread on Exorcising Evil Spirits Well t...
by Sanjay PS
Sat Oct 25, 2014 5:39 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Alcohol gift
Replies: 11
Views: 994

Re: Alcohol gift

Gifts of alcohol are Unrighteous Giving adhamma-dāna, and unwholesome kamma. Obeying your father by running an errand for him is wholesome kamma. The volition to buy alchohol is his, the volition to help your father is yours. Compare the story of the Stream-winner who was married to a hunter. When ...
by Sanjay PS
Sat Oct 25, 2014 5:24 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: watching porn can be adultery?
Replies: 78
Views: 9234

Re: watching porn can be adultery?

I was watching a movie a while ago and the love scene pretty much turned into pornography... I did not masturbate. Also, even more to the point, last night I clicked over to site with nude ladies, but after a few minutes I realized that I did not need to be doing that and left without masturbating....
by Sanjay PS
Sat Oct 25, 2014 3:23 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: watching porn can be adultery?
Replies: 78
Views: 9234

Re: watching porn can be adultery?

But then Ben , why watch in the first place itself. I am not justifying indulging while watching , but to do away from unwholesome content ( whether or not there is subtle or gross mental proliferations occurring ) is very beneficial to the mind and well being . Hence , it is best to side step viole...