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by culaavuso
Fri Feb 13, 2015 3:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: managing the mind
Replies: 6
Views: 882

Re: managing the mind

befriend wrote:what do you do when you get a negative thought?
MN 20: Vitakka­saṇṭhāna Sutta discusses five techniques for dealing with unskillful thoughts.
by culaavuso
Thu Feb 12, 2015 5:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: New Equation: Universe has no beginning/no end
Replies: 4
Views: 875

Re: New Equation: Universe has no beginning/no end

It'll be interesting to read what Brian Koberlein make of this but I suspect this fringe theory will have a fair few holes. Their model is really basic, but this first result shows that this type of approach could work. The catch is that by eliminating the singularity, the model predicts that the u...
by culaavuso
Thu Feb 12, 2015 2:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right Action and Right Livelihood
Replies: 29
Views: 1986

Re: Right Action and Right Livelihood

"Right Action" and "Right Livelihood" as parts of the path to liberation seem to be primarily matters of kamma from the perspective of the fourth noble truth. Kamma deals only with intention and the consequences of intentional action. This is critical because of its place in the path to liberation. ...
by culaavuso
Wed Feb 11, 2015 8:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Only doing concentration meditation
Replies: 21
Views: 1979

Re: Only doing concentration meditation

I had an interesting experience of strong piti a while back while doing some concentration meditation. Ever since then I feel like I've become a bit fixated on developing my concentration. However, since that happened my concentration hasn't been that good, because I try to repeat the experience an...
by culaavuso
Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:03 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: "Cravings as our companions"
Replies: 3
Views: 970

Re: "Cravings as our companions"

Our cravings as our companions - a lovely image, and can anyone recall a sutta where this or something similar is said? "There are sounds cognizable via the ear... aromas cognizable via the nose... flavors cognizable via the tongue... tactile sensations cognizable via the body... ideas cognizable v...
by culaavuso
Tue Feb 10, 2015 11:19 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Rebirth vs Reincarnation...
Replies: 77
Views: 9365

Re: Rebirth vs Reincarnation...

Buddhism gets around the problem of the Hinduist belief of a "soul" reincarnating or transmigrating by saying it's "consciousness" and the karmic seeds of our actions in the present and previous lives that transmigrate: the "citta" or "alaya vijnana", seed consciousness. I don't know if this is mor...
by culaavuso
Tue Feb 10, 2015 8:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Only doing concentration meditation
Replies: 21
Views: 1979

Re: Only doing concentration meditation

This post is just talking about the formal meditation and how I want to restrict my formal meditation to just concentration. It may be useful to consider that there is no need for an act of will for the mind to grow concentrated so long as the appropriate prerequisites are cultivated, which is an e...
by culaavuso
Tue Feb 10, 2015 8:01 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Ven. Sujato - Kamma and Rebirth course
Replies: 2
Views: 858

Re: Ven. Sujato - Kamma and Rebirth course

1) On the subject of unintentional consequences of action (part 4), he brought up the issue of vegetarianism and concluded that the teaching on kamma is not equipped necessarily to deal with such ethical complexities (he wants to say eating meat is bad kamma). Clarification of Ven. Bhikkhu Sujato's...
by culaavuso
Mon Feb 09, 2015 10:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can someone please post links to sutras decsribing hell and other realms?
Replies: 22
Views: 2836

Re: Can someone please post links to sutras decsribing hell and other realms?

I'm glad this topic came up. Are the different hell realms (hungry ghosts, demons, etc.) and demigods, etc. considered part of Theravada? Or are those exclusive to Mahayana? Thanks to anyone who can help clarify. On the Access to Insight site a number of Theravāda sources have been collected and su...
by culaavuso
Sun Feb 08, 2015 9:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Boris: In the caves of withdrawal from the world
Replies: 643
Views: 26705

Re: In the caves of withdrawal from the world

Did the translator at Sutta Central make a mistake? there clearly weren't any "cars" at the time of the Buddha : "When he grows up and his faculties mature, the child plays at such games as toy ploughs, tipcat, somersaults, toy windmills, toy measures, toy cars , and a toy bow and arrow. - and in t...
by culaavuso
Sun Feb 08, 2015 8:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: practice
Replies: 4
Views: 1075

Re: practice

What is a possible practice in everyday life in our modern world? "And what is the treasure of virtue? There is the case where a disciple of the noble ones abstains from taking life, abstains from stealing, abstains from illicit sexual conduct, abstains from lying, abstains from taking intoxicants ...
by culaavuso
Sun Feb 08, 2015 8:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Health effects on back after long-term meditation?
Replies: 7
Views: 919

Re: Health effects on back after long-term meditation?

In your opinion, is a good posture enough to protect the back in meditation? Does it matter whether one sits on the floor or on a cushion? What complicates things seems to be that temporary back pain is not always an indication of back damage. It is therefore hard to know how seriously to take an e...
by culaavuso
Sat Feb 07, 2015 9:11 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The morality of using ancient texts to justify action in the world today?
Replies: 11
Views: 991

Re: The morality of using ancient texts to justify action in the world today?

Well if the abhidhamma has a position on when life begins and if it doesn't correlate with the consensus view or the legal definition of today which position is the most appropriate to use when considering an action? Or when counselling a friend? Outside of Buddhism their have been some horrendous ...
by culaavuso
Sat Feb 07, 2015 8:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Health effects on back after long-term meditation?
Replies: 7
Views: 919

Re: Health effects on back after long-term meditation?

“The majority of back pain is the result of muscle and ligament strain or weakness, and can often be prevented by developing core strength and proper posture,” said Dr. Daniel Mazanec, associate director of the Center for Spine Health at the Cleveland Clinic. Maintaining good posture not only helps...
by culaavuso
Thu Feb 05, 2015 10:23 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: AN 3.54 Paribbājaka Sutta: A Wanderer
Replies: 4
Views: 1115

Re: AN 3.54 Paribbājaka Sutta: A Wanderer

Here they are lust, hatred and delusion. Elsewhere I've seen them as desire or greed, anger or aversion, and ignorance or foolishness. Do we have a translation problem here, as we do with "dukkha"? The three poisons in this sutta are rāga (translated as passion, greed, lust, etc.), dosa (translated...
by culaavuso
Wed Feb 04, 2015 9:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Modern Ascetic Movements
Replies: 38
Views: 2078

Re: Modern Ascetic Movements

You don't want to participate in the greed of modern society, yet if you are a wanderer living off the alms of others, those others are giving from their participation in society. Right. However, I would not expect anyone to provide alms to a self proclaimed "holy man" unless said "holiness" was se...
by culaavuso
Wed Feb 04, 2015 8:12 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Modern Ascetic Movements
Replies: 38
Views: 2078

Re: Modern Ascetic Movements

Unlike the India of his time, we don't have any well-established, socially accepted alternatives to being economically productive members of society. Even our contemplative religious orders are prized for their ability to provide bread, honey, and wine for the marketplace. So the prince would proba...
by culaavuso
Sat Jan 31, 2015 6:54 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: beginner here, need advice: do vipassana or not?
Replies: 10
Views: 1900

Re: beginner here, need advice: do vipassana or not?

I just want to be able to deal with what life throws at me, in a better way. And what is the result of stress? There are some cases in which a person overcome with pain, his mind exhausted, grieves, mourns, laments, beats his breast, & becomes bewildered. Or one overcome with pain, his mind exhaust...
by culaavuso
Thu Jan 29, 2015 6:42 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Slave question
Replies: 9
Views: 1369

Re: Slave question

Undesirable . Applicants falling into the following categories should not be given the Going-forth. As the Going-forth is the customary first step in full Acceptance, this means that they should not receive full Acceptance, either. Any bhikkhu who gives any of these applicants the Going-forth incur...
by culaavuso
Thu Jan 29, 2015 6:02 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Slave question
Replies: 9
Views: 1369

Re: Slave question

Now at that time a certain slave, having run away, came to have gone forth among the monks. The mistresses, having seen (him), spoke thus: “This is our very slave. Come along, let us bring him (back).” … as in BD.1.46 … “Monks, a slave should not be let go forth. Whoever should let (one such) go fo...