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by Goofaholix
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How is Mahasi not a samatha practice?
Replies: 20
Views: 800

Re: How is Mahasi not a samatha practice?

Follow the breath, but when you falter, note what happens then return to the breath. That's usually how it starts out but I think you're missing the fact that it's supposed to progress to the point where it's the other way around... ie Notice what happens but when you falter return to the breath.
by Goofaholix
Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Western Teachers of the Thai Forest Tradition
Replies: 40
Views: 9440

Re: Western Teachers of the Thai Forest Tradition

This thread appears to be assuming that someone who trained in the Thai Forest tradition and has since disrobed and is now teaching as a layperson is not of interest, if that's the intention then continue on. There are quite a few of these that trained in the the Ajahn Chah tradition, I can think of...
by Goofaholix
Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Quick question re Mahasi Method
Replies: 5
Views: 416

Re: Quick question re Mahasi Method

....when noting say a noise (birds tweeting outside for instance) at what point do we returning to the abdomen and leave the sound. Its tricky as some sounds don’t wane…they’re sort of ‘there’ – so how do we not notice them anymore and return? <terrible grammar>! An important distinction is that yo...
by Goofaholix
Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Stillness Flowing - new biography of Ajahn Chah
Replies: 23
Views: 2559

Re: Stillness Flowing - new biography of Ajahn Chah

bodom wrote:
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:03 pm
I'm really, really looking forward to this book. Have been hearing about for years now that it was in the works. Glad to see its finally coming to fruition!
It certainly has, I remember Ajahn Jayasaro reading excerpts from it when I first visited WPN in 1996.
by Goofaholix
Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Can monks ever eat what they want?
Replies: 18
Views: 469

Re: Can monks ever eat what they want?

How hard is the change from USA/Europe/Australia to Thailand .. the shock of a new culture, new food, extreme hot and humid temperature? It depends on the person, there are a lot of westerners living in Thailand, some for work, some for retirement, a very small number for the monasteries. It's not ...
by Goofaholix
Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Can monks ever eat what they want?
Replies: 18
Views: 469

Re: Can monks ever eat what they want?

Monks can only eat what they want if what they want is offered. If they crave chocolate ice cream or lasange then they observe craving and hopefully learn it's nature and gain freedom from it, much like when they crave sex. In thai monasteries where there are a lot of foreigners sometimes lay people...
by Goofaholix
Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Drop in, drop out, drop in, drop out...
Replies: 11
Views: 538

Re: Drop in, drop out, drop in, drop out...

Considering the nature of practice for many of us I'm surprised not to see under "What causes me to decrease my participation?" something along the lines of... - Retreats or increased Buddhist meditation practice, enthusiasm and commitment. Certainly that can take me out of forum activity for a few ...
by Goofaholix
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 173
Views: 5651

Re: Diversity among mods

lyndon taylor wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:49 am
The right wing posters never see a problem with the moderation.....
Isn't that to be expected though, the liberalism is for progressive change, conservatism for preserving the status quo.
by Goofaholix
Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:22 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Vibrations when noting
Replies: 3
Views: 551

Re: Vibrations when noting

What I would suggest is an experiment too see if you are generating the vibrations or whether you are becoming aware of what is naturally occurring. Just practice in exactly the same way but with the idea that you want to stop generating these vibrations. After some time you will probably find that ...
by Goofaholix
Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech: The Person in the Ball
Replies: 38
Views: 1749

Re: Right Speech: The Person in the Ball

Yes, perhaps we can now discuss the benefits of taking personal responsibility for one's volitional actions and the effect such actions/words might have on self and others. The thing about personal responsibility is that it is about me as a person choosing to take responsibility, it's not about you...
by Goofaholix
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech: The Person in the Ball
Replies: 38
Views: 1749

Re: Right Speech: The Person in the Ball

L.N. wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:42 pm
Perhaps your answer is to simply ignore comments which play the person instead of the ball.
Excellent, I'm glad you agree!

Perhaps this will allow other aspects of dhamma to be discussed besides this one then.
by Goofaholix
Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech: The Person in the Ball
Replies: 38
Views: 1749

Re: Right Speech: The Person in the Ball

I agree that these would be ways to phrase the comments in a manner less likely to be taken personally. However, regardless of whether the comment begins with "your words" or "those words," notice that the subject is still the words, not the speaker's state of mind or character. This is the crucial...
by Goofaholix
Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech: The Person in the Ball
Replies: 38
Views: 1749

Re: Right Speech: The Person in the Ball

Again, addressing the speech, not the person. As noted elsewhere, hopefully we can recognize that some comments are more likely to be taken personally than others. Still this quoted comment is playing the ball, not the person, as it is addressed to the words spoken rather than the perceived state o...
by Goofaholix
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:52 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech: The Person in the Ball
Replies: 38
Views: 1749

Re: Right Speech: The Person in the Ball

Examples of addressing the ball: "Your words are insensitive." "Your posts are liberal/conservative." "You comments may be taken personally." If that's the case then these are not much batter than the examples of addressing the person inside the ball. "Your words are insensitive"... words are just ...
by Goofaholix
Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 117
Views: 8124

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

It may be idealism but the fact the Western monks are expected to ordain for 5 years appears to be a reflection of this very same idealism and is what distinguishes the Western ideal from the traditional Asian model I mentioned above. Good point. However 5 years is no the same as a lifetime, it is ...