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by Nicolas
Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: The Daily Tejaniya
Replies: 25
Views: 2465

Re: The Daily Tejaniya

Check yourself often: are you tense or relaxed? Practice in a relaxed way, but don't stop practicing. The defilements which arise in the observing mind affect you more significantly than the ones you see passing through your mind as your experience. The latter do not matter so much, but it is very ...
by Nicolas
Sun Dec 03, 2017 12:02 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism and alcohol
Replies: 65
Views: 1097

Re: Buddhism and alcohol

I think it would be good if we let people who have been through the experience of alcoholism dispense the advice because ideas like this are based ignorance of the disease process and beyond not being helpful, and potentially damaging. Sorry if that sounds harsh but I feel it needs to be said. You'...
by Nicolas
Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism and alcohol
Replies: 65
Views: 1097

Re: Buddhism and alcohol

oncereturner: Have you tried putting yourself in situations where there is no available alcohol? (e.g. meditation retreats, rehabilitation centers) Do you live alone? Do you have friends who can hold you accountable? Do you have friends who also want to quit drinking? One possibility is to make a be...
by Nicolas
Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who is Mara?
Replies: 19
Views: 1868

Re: Who is Mara?

Thanks for the clarification, Bhante.
by Nicolas
Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who is Mara?
Replies: 19
Views: 1868

Re: Who is Mara?

Parables. I see no reason to believe that just because an event is described in the suttas, that the event actually literally happened as recorded. The same goes for the various parables in the Holy Bible, the literal interpretation of which has caused untold suffering for millions through the cent...
by Nicolas
Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech: Getting Personal
Replies: 131
Views: 1894

Re: Right Speech: Getting Personal

The poll allows for multiple choices. I myself ticked every option except #1 and #10, but I am not eight people. My guess would be that "You are too pig-headed to listen." was probably ticked by most voters. If that is the case, then one can expect that about 15 different users participated in the p...
by Nicolas
Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind independent of body?
Replies: 24
Views: 389

Re: Mind independent of body?

Thanks for these however, for me, I am not sure these suttas offer a compelling explanation to support the view there is mind independent of body. What about the following ones (MN 41 in particular)? I will try to find more. If, householders, one who observes conduct in accordance with the Dhamma, ...
by Nicolas
Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind independent of body?
Replies: 24
Views: 389

Re: Mind independent of body?

Those reborn in those formless realms do not have a human body and do not access those spheres from the human plane, they abide in those formless realms for the extent of their lifespan. Could you please kindly quote some suttas (only; please no commentary or scholar opinion) that support the above...
by Nicolas
Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind independent of body?
Replies: 24
Views: 389

Re: Mind independent of body?

I'm well aware that mind can exist without a body, for example beings reborn in the formless realm. So when a meditator enters into the formless jhanas, are you saying there is no physical body? This idea appears to not be supported by MN 43, which appears to say there is a physical body in the for...
by Nicolas
Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Buddha's skin colour
Replies: 63
Views: 10410

Re: Buddha's skin colour

[Ven. Sujato] also makes the argument i've been told that devas are only literary devices. Source for this? no, what really distresses me is the fundamental misunderstanding one can have regarding the ability of an arahant to lie..... People who don't believe in the 32 Marks don't believe that any ...
by Nicolas
Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: AN 10.76: What do shame, remorse, and negligence refer to?
Replies: 52
Views: 720

Re: AN 10.76: What do shame, remorse, and negligence refer to?

AN 10.76 lists triads of things which need to be dispelled in order to ultimately dispel birth, decay, and death. The basic triad seems to be lack of shame, lack of remorse, and negligence; and dispelling these three, one can then dispel other things, up to and including birth, decay, and death. In...
by Nicolas
Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: The Daily Tejaniya
Replies: 25
Views: 2465

Re: The Daily Tejaniya

If the quality of your mind was really important to you, you would always pay attention to it and take care of it. You would always check the state of your mind, in every situation. You have to take care of you mind first, and then you can relate to others. If enjoyment naturally arises in the pres...
by Nicolas
Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: The Daily Tejaniya
Replies: 25
Views: 2465

Re: The Daily Tejaniya

You need to learn from what you are doing, not just sit there and expect results. Never make a decision because you like or dislike something. The defilements are very dominant in the mind. They are very experienced, they are very skillful, and they will always get their way if we are not aware the...
by Nicolas
Fri Oct 27, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Looking for a sutta/verse
Replies: 7
Views: 176

Re: Looking for a sutta/verse

[...] Thank you, chownah, but that wasn't what I had in mind. The phrase you allude to, “... even if dismissed [by him] ( api panujjamānenapi )” occurs in three suttas... Vanapattha Sutta (Forest Thickets) [...] https://suttacentral.net/en/mn17 Mitta Sutta (A Friend) [...] (AN. iv. 32) Sevitabbāsev...
by Nicolas
Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Looking for a sutta/verse
Replies: 7
Views: 176

Re: Looking for a sutta/verse

Sam Vara wrote:
Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:24 pm
[...]
Closer, I remembered that one also but it’s not the one I had in mind. (My memory could have fabricated something different based off of the one you quoted, though.) Thanks!
by Nicolas
Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Looking for a sutta/verse
Replies: 7
Views: 176

Re: Looking for a sutta/verse

cappuccino wrote:
Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:02 pm
[...]
That’s not the one.
by Nicolas
Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Looking for a sutta/verse
Replies: 7
Views: 176

Looking for a sutta/verse

Hello, friends. I am looking for a passage where the Buddha recommends seeking the company of the wise, even if they shoo you away. I'm thinking it may be a Dhammapada verse, but a superficial skimming did not yield anything. Does anyone know where it's from? (If I'm not making it up, that is.) Than...
by Nicolas
Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Abhayagiri Community is safe
Replies: 28
Views: 795

Re: Abhayagiri Community is safe

Fire Update, October 15, 2017 https://www.abhayagiri.org/news/219-fire-update-october-15-2017 Just before the Kathina Ceremony started, Luang Por Pasanno shared some positive news that the major buildings on the Abhayagiri property were not damaged. In addition, during the Sunday evening’s county pr...
by Nicolas
Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who are the (modern) protestant Buddhists?
Replies: 68
Views: 1368

Re: Who are the (modern) protestant Buddhists?

I like lists, so I'll take a shot at creating a list. 1. Monastics are an integral part of Buddhism. 2. Teachings should only be done by monastic members. 3. The Order of bhikkhunis cannot be revived by Dharmagupta or other Mahayana nuns, it is dead. 4. The current full ordinations of nuns going on...