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by char101
Wed Dec 11, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly Sati is?
Replies: 5
Views: 61

Re: What exactly Sati is?

Sati is inward attention. When doing bad kamma, one is motivated by external objects, whether it is greed (lobha) or anger (dosa). Thus they have little or no awareness over theirselves. We can see this phenomena when people are put under camera (cctv), they become more mindful over their behavior. ...
by char101
Tue Dec 10, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: What to concentrate on between breaths?
Replies: 7
Views: 158

Re: What to concentrate on between breaths?

Imagine it like seesawing. The block of wood is the nose. The seesaw is the breath. The point of contact of the wood and the seesaw is the point of contact where you can feel the breath moving in and out. This point of contact is where you should focus your attention, whether you feel the breath or ...
by char101
Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Wrong vs disagree
Replies: 39
Views: 1515

Re: Wrong vs disagree

My initial premise is that if someone is going tell other people they are wrong about their interpretation of dhamma, that person should better be someone who have known the truth by experience (ehipassiko), otherwise how do one know what is true or false. Because it is written in the text? If the o...
by char101
Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: 8 fold path really important to get insight ?
Replies: 4
Views: 187

Re: 8 fold path really important to get insight ?

Someone who kills is lacking in virtue. Lacking in virtue his mind is restless (I have done bad things in the past, I will experience bad consequence in the future, this make him nervous). Having his mind restless he cannot concentrate his mind enough. Not being able to concentrate his mind enough, ...
by char101
Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How is meditation practiced in other Buddhism sects?
Replies: 7
Views: 177

Re: How is meditation practiced in other Buddhism sects?

Thank you for the sharing of knowledge. Meditation is the foundation of Buddhist practice, so I think whatever the view taken, as long as the path is right, the destination should be right either. "Just as if a hen had eight, ten, or twelve eggs that she covered rightly, warmed rightly, & incubated ...
by char101
Mon Dec 09, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How is meditation practiced in other Buddhism sects?
Replies: 7
Views: 177

How is meditation practiced in other Buddhism sects?

Hi, How is meditation practiced in other Buddhist sects? What I know a little is that Tantrayana uses visualization and mantras and Mahayana also has some mantras (namo amitofu, is reciting this practiced as meditation?). Other than that do they practice meditation like practiced in the Theravada tr...
by char101
Mon Dec 09, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Culadasa : An annoucement from Dharma Board
Replies: 42
Views: 2024

Re: Culadasa : An annoucement from Dharma Board

OMG! I stopped this book and switched to one from sakyong mipham. Today I find out he was accused of sexual assault too. Geez! For meditation book, I recommend the one by Sheila Catherine. It was even recommended by this monk who is said to have meditated in jhana for 24 hours: https://americanmonk...
by char101
Sun Dec 08, 2019 3:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Tomorrow
Replies: 3
Views: 126

Re: Tomorrow

Actually for one which has not attained Nibanna, tomorrow is a certainty, because it is how the cycle of dependent origination works. The point what you are making, is actually about maranussati or recollection of death (Visuddhi Magga Chapter VIII https://archive.org/details/Visuddhimagga-ThePathOf...
by char101
Sun Dec 08, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If I am reborn it is not me. So why I care about the rebirth?
Replies: 134
Views: 9178

Re: If I am reborn it is not me. So why I care about the rebirth?

The mistake of Mahayana: the idea that you can or have the right to end the cycle for people who don't want the cycle to end. Just to avoid misunderstanding, the inenumerable beings which I wrote before is the inenumerable rebirths of a being (not of other beings), that will happen in the future, w...
by char101
Sun Dec 08, 2019 3:31 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How to quickly perfect speech?
Replies: 7
Views: 156

Re: How to quickly perfect speech?

The 3rd precept is only training oneself to avoid lying. Gossiping is not against the 3rd precept. So your 5 precept observance is intact. What you want is to avoid the 4 types of wrong speech (micha vacca): "And what is right speech? Abstaining from lying, from divisive speech, from abusive speech,...
by char101
Sat Dec 07, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If I am reborn it is not me. So why I care about the rebirth?
Replies: 134
Views: 9178

Re: If I am reborn it is not me. So why I care about the rebirth?

This same logic applies with the OP: if I erase my memory here then I am gone, why hassle through the effort to attain nibanna. Cessation can be attained here and now, just hit the head strong enough till one got amnesia. Of course, this does not make sense, since one who got amnesia will still suff...
by char101
Sat Dec 07, 2019 5:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: He directly knows X as X : what does that mean?
Replies: 18
Views: 365

Re: He directly knows X as X : what does that mean?

If wonder though, someone who sits meditating with eyes closed, how does the meditator perceive the body (rupa)? Facts are usually perceived via the senses, like color via the eye, sound via ear, etc. Does the mind of a meditator has the ability to perceive the material (rupa) beyond conceptual image?
by char101
Sat Dec 07, 2019 3:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: He directly knows X as X : what does that mean?
Replies: 18
Views: 365

Re: He directly knows X as X : what does that mean?

It is simply a recollection called catudhatuvavatthana or recollection over the four great elements (solidity, cohesiveness, movement, and heat). Some translation use earth for solidity, water for cohesiveness, wind for movement, and fire for heat. But the four elements are abstract and denotes spec...
by char101
Sat Dec 07, 2019 3:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vipassana vs Samadhi? Confusion regarding difference
Replies: 9
Views: 219

Re: Vipassana vs Samadhi? Confusion regarding difference

Vipassana is a subset of samadhi. If it is vipassana, it is samadhi, but if it samadhi, it isn't always vipassana. Samadhi that is not vipassana is those which goal is jhana. Vipassana depends on a type of samadhi which is called khanika-samadhi or momentary concentration, and with that concentratio...
by char101
Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we include states of derprivation (Apaya) in sensuous world (Kama loka)?
Replies: 4
Views: 174

Re: Can we include states of derprivation (Apaya) in sensuous world (Kama loka)?

The 89/121 cittas in the abhidhamma are divided into kamavacaracitta (cittas that appear in the sensual world), rupavacaracitta (cittas that appear in the form jhana world), arupavacaracitta (cittas that appear in the formless jhana world) and lokuttaracitta (supermundane cittas). So from the standp...