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by thepea
Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha acknowledges that lay people can not keep the precepts to the same level as a monk!
Replies: 9
Views: 187

Re: Buddha acknowledges that lay people can not keep the precepts to the same level as a monk!

The title of this thread is incorrect, monks should be changed to renuncient. When mahasi and Goenka students are on course they live the life as a monk or nun, but are renuncients living and practicing as Buddha suggested for a period of time. They can keep the precepts to the highest standard in t...
by thepea
Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Want To Do a 20 Day Sit But Feel Pulled To Work Instead
Replies: 9
Views: 296

Re: Want To Do a 20 Day Sit But Feel Pulled To Work Instead

Your going to get a mix of answers to this question, even from your vipassana assistant teachers and acharia teachers at your home centre. If you have mentioned this debt situation to teachers when filing your 20day application and you have recieved permission to sit the course then they do not have...
by thepea
Tue Jan 29, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: SN Goenka - Theravada Dhammaduta extraordinaire
Replies: 48
Views: 3089

Re: SN Goenka - Theravada Dhammaduta extraordinaire

At every Goenka retreat, participants take the 3 Refuges, reciting Buddham, Dhammam Sangham saranam gacchami three times. In the Mahanama sutta, AN 8.25, the Buddha says " inasmuch as one has gone to the Buddha for refuge, has gone to the Dhamma for refuge, has gone to the Sangha for refuge; in tha...
by thepea
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I've had a few...but then again...too few to mention...
Replies: 15
Views: 411

Re: I've had a few...but then again...too few to mention...

Bhikkhu Pannobhasa (David Reynolds) normally focuses on political and historical topics these days, but here he makes some very good points about regret: One principle of Buddhist philosophy that I have really taken to heart in life is that regret, or remorse, or feelings of shame and guilt over de...
by thepea
Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are lay people allowed to declare their Ariya status?
Replies: 21
Views: 489

Re: Are lay people allowed to declare their Ariya status?

I've read journal/diary notes of lay people attaining up to non-return from the Mahasi tradition in the 70s and 80s, and they definitely knew they attained non-return, but I am a bit skeptical of these diaries. However they themselves were skeptical of their own sotapanna achievement, so that says ...
by thepea
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are lay people allowed to declare their Ariya status?
Replies: 21
Views: 489

Re: Are lay people allowed to declare their Ariya status?

I've read journal/diary notes of lay people attaining up to non-return from the Mahasi tradition in the 70s and 80s, and they definitely knew they attained non-return, but I am a bit skeptical of these diaries. However they themselves were skeptical of their own sotapanna achievement, so that says ...
by thepea
Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In Praise of Pain
Replies: 42
Views: 1046

Re: In Praise of Pain

Pondera wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:53 am
Everyone here agrees that the “rapture and pleasure” of the First Jhāna is like “an orgasm times three”? That’s sad and disturbing.
Not everyone agrees with this, sexual thought usually generates a a harsh tingling sensation in comparison to the very refined subtle flow in jhana.
by thepea
Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In Praise of Pain
Replies: 42
Views: 1046

Re: In Praise of Pain

Thank you for this well written & very informative post. However, i think it also accurately reflects what i wrote. In other words, i imagine the time devoted to attempting non-aversion & non-attachment towards pain is not the same amount of time as the (Goenka) time devoted to attempting non-delig...
by thepea
Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In Praise of Pain
Replies: 42
Views: 1046

Re: In Praise of Pain

While i am forbidden to mention any specific attainments my mind may have previous developed, i have had to deal with lots & lots of physical pain and the degree of non-attachment i formerly developed towards more pleasant states was perfectly adequate in dealing with physical pain. In other words,...
by thepea
Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: At what point the causal link can be broken?
Replies: 43
Views: 814

Re: At what point the causal link can be broken?

SarathW wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:42 pm
Has the Sotapanna broken the causal link?
Yes and no.
by thepea
Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: At what point the causal link can be broken?
Replies: 43
Views: 814

Re: At what point the causal link can be broken?

I don’t think the dhamma encourages negative thinking, I’ve never heard this before. From Ven. Nanavira's "clearing the path": It is for negative thinking. ‘Precisely because the negative is present in existence, and present everywhere (for existence is a constant process of becoming), it is necess...
by thepea
Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: At what point the causal link can be broken?
Replies: 43
Views: 814

Re: At what point the causal link can be broken?

And yet,the teachings seem to encourage negative thinking hence it is often descried as via negativa. The natural tendency of the minds seem to be driven by "self continuity" rather than stopping. Which analogy is more conducive to "stopping" is something to be evaluated by the individual practitio...
by thepea
Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In Praise of Pain
Replies: 42
Views: 1046

Re: In Praise of Pain

I'm starting to think that perhaps people are seeking for things in the wrong way and need to experience just a bit of "the pain." Of course they are, that’s why there are so many negative reviews regarding vipassana courses. These courses take away your distractions and then put you directly in co...
by thepea
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: At what point the causal link can be broken?
Replies: 43
Views: 814

Re: At what point the causal link can be broken?

This is why i personally like the analogy of flame. There is no difference with your analogy with regard to time and space. There would have to exist a time when you stopped feeding the fire. Past fuel must burn out. The point when you stop subconsciously reacting to sensation is when you stop addi...
by thepea
Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: At what point the causal link can be broken?
Replies: 43
Views: 814

Re: At what point the causal link can be broken?

At the subconscious level of mind where reaction to bodily sensation takes place. Only here can the link be severed.