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by rolling_boulder
Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: "Householder" etymology
Replies: 2
Views: 216

"Householder" etymology

Hi I am interested to know if we know anything about the etymology of the Pali gihin, gahattha, gahapati translated to English as "Householder." For interest, here is the English etymology. householder late 14c., "head of a household or family; one who manages a household;" by mid-15c. as "one who h...
by rolling_boulder
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong?
Replies: 67
Views: 1558

Re: What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong?

Respectfully, Those who do not understand the teaching is actually most of us. Most of us do not personally know about life after death, etc. We only take it on faith. I think everyone in this thread is forgetting the second and under appreciated part of the Kalama Sutta. "Now, Kalamas, one who is a...
by rolling_boulder
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Loss of zeal or just chilling out?
Replies: 15
Views: 503

Re: Loss of zeal or just chilling out?

what new meaning? Well it's kind of a personal meaning to me, because one of my deep personal anxieties is not doing the #1 Best Thing with my time 100% of the time, to the point that I spend more time doubting what I should do, than actually doing things. If that makes any sense. But the Metta Sut...
by rolling_boulder
Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Loss of zeal or just chilling out?
Replies: 15
Views: 503

Re: Loss of zeal or just chilling out?

... Thx, I suspect that I have perhaps come to a point in practice where my self-imposed dukkha has decreased to the point where I have become complacent because it's "good enough" for now. But it is true that this might change in the future and perhaps I had better spur myself with those reflectio...
by rolling_boulder
Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Are 'maps' counter-productive?
Replies: 16
Views: 1056

Re: Are 'maps' counter-productive?

I prefer to look at the practice as the development of a skill and not going through stages. It is not performing a series of recipes, it is learning how to cook. A novice cook can have a whole larder chock full of ingredients, but they don't know how to make a meal out of it. They're too paralyzed ...
by rolling_boulder
Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: what kind of tea is best for meditation?
Replies: 20
Views: 4956

Re: what kind of tea is best for meditation?

costco has these bags of whole beans branded "Java Club..." it's really good... medium roast
by rolling_boulder
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: eating in one session a day, success stories?
Replies: 16
Views: 1005

Re: eating in one session a day, success stories?

In my opinion,

don't get too into the external aspects of the practice... just practice your five precepts.
Get enough to eat, get enough rest, get enough exercise.

Right view, right effort, right samadhi. These are more important than eating once a day or sleeping less or whatever.
by rolling_boulder
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Loss of zeal or just chilling out?
Replies: 15
Views: 503

Loss of zeal or just chilling out?

Hi everyone I am experiencing something that I wonder is a common experience to Western Buddhists. When I first discovered Buddhism I was really gung ho, ascetic practices, 8 precepts in working lay life, super duper, reading all the suttas, long sittings, lots of meditation. As time goes by I seem ...
by rolling_boulder
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does becoming enlightened change a personality entirely?
Replies: 15
Views: 621

Re: Does becoming enlightened change a personality entirely?

Ajahn Sucitto gave a very nice talk on this topic.


Short answer, no, Nibbana isn't the eradication of the personality. It's the eradication of suffering.
by rolling_boulder
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:29 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordination experience of Westerners
Replies: 24
Views: 774

Re: Ordination experience of Westerners

The main reason I'm still interested in perhaps ordaining, if possible, is to live in an environment more conducive to the cultivation of samma-sati and samma-samadhi, yet I read that for some folks, meditation was easier as a layman? Is this a common experience?? For some folks maybe - those who a...
by rolling_boulder
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Religious tolerance
Replies: 11
Views: 321

Re: Religious tolerance

Sure, there was even a spot at (I believe) the Jeta grove monastery for Jain ascetics to live
by rolling_boulder
Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: theravadin view on enlightenment
Replies: 13
Views: 457

Re: theravadin view on enlightenment

So to the other posters, Sentinels' post above seems to propound the second view. Just to clarify that there is an opposition of viewpoints here. Okay, so I have found this as well which seems to be quite conclusive: When this was said, Ven. Ananda said to Ven. Sariputta, "Sariputta my friend, even ...
by rolling_boulder
Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: theravadin view on enlightenment
Replies: 13
Views: 457

Re: theravadin view on enlightenment

Cutting the defilements off at the root is done by being fully aware of them and one’s effort to cut them off, etc. so there is no real contradiction. The contradiction is that in this particular view, there is no "cutting-off" of defilements, and full enlightenment is simply the awareness that the...
by rolling_boulder
Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: theravadin view on enlightenment
Replies: 13
Views: 457

Re: theravadin view on enlightenment

It is the Unformed, the Unconditioned, the End,... This is all well, but someone holding the first view can easily retreat to saying that this Unconditioned is the awareness of conditions. I have found this which seems to add credence to the orthodox claim (MN140, Sujato trans.) But I am still look...
by rolling_boulder
Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: theravadin view on enlightenment
Replies: 13
Views: 457

theravadin view on enlightenment

Hi DW In Buddhist circles, (Mahayana especially but also Theravadins) I sometimes encounter people holding views such as this: "It is impossible to completely remove unskillful tendencies from the mind, even a Buddha has greed, lust, etc. arising in his mind. After all, they are conditioned, and mus...