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by ground
Tue May 28, 2013 7:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Explicit and Systematic Instructions on Renunciation
Replies: 8
Views: 1226

Re: Explicit and Systematic Instructions on Renunciation

Zom wrote:The best thing to keep in mind is those things that are to be fulfilled before "going into renunciation".
The nature of samsara is that there is always something to do before ... :sage:
by ground
Tue May 28, 2013 4:00 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Tulku system in Theravada buddhism?
Replies: 21
Views: 3822

Re: Tulku system in Theravada buddhism?

if rebirth is happening why is it only one tradition claiming to be able to have insight into such matters of recognition? All traditions have their own specific systems of beliefs. It is just that one belief may appear more weird to you than the other due to the way you have been conditioned yours...
by ground
Sat May 25, 2013 2:56 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Defilements and the old me
Replies: 5
Views: 985

Re: Defilements and the old me

It is not conducive to cultivate "old" habits, neither identifying as "me" or appropriating as "mine" images qua consciousnesses arising as alledged "past" nor images qua consciousnesses arising as alleged "present" because all there is is just images qua consciousnesses arising dependently and stir...
by ground
Thu May 23, 2013 5:15 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What role do "mystical experiences" play in practice?
Replies: 18
Views: 1833

Re: What role do "mystical experiences" play in practice?

kmath wrote:... But personally I wish teachers would talk about these experiences more. Hearing about them is fun and inspiring, and at times the Dhamma is so dry.
Maybe you should try Mahayana and its sutras. At times very colourful and at times great fun :sage:
by ground
Wed May 22, 2013 5:21 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Zen School recommendation?
Replies: 9
Views: 1898

Re: Zen School recommendation?

Mr.SeanStewart wrote:Hello Dhamma lovers :)

I am wondering if any one here has a recommendation for a zen school in Japan?

Im trying to plan my future trips and i feel im interested to ...
Pah ... drop it and sit. :sage:
by ground
Wed May 22, 2013 3:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Breath, and Cherry-Picking for Cultural Convenience
Replies: 146
Views: 12681

Re: The Breath, and Cherry-Picking for Cultural Convenience

Master Gautama detailed 40 meditation objects over the course of a 45-year teaching career. So why is it that Western Buddhists focus on just 1 or 2 of these objects (eg. anapanasati and metta)? Is it because our dhamma teachers don't feel that contemplating the elements or recalling the qualities ...
by ground
Wed May 22, 2013 3:24 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What role do "mystical experiences" play in practice?
Replies: 18
Views: 1833

Re: What role do "mystical experiences" play in practice?

And what is most mystical is that some people experience this but not that while others never experience this but only that. So it seems that people just experience what they believe in. Isn't that mystical? :sage:
by ground
Wed May 22, 2013 2:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mahayana ontology:skillful means for early Buddhist ideas?
Replies: 12
Views: 1145

Re: Mahayana ontology:skillful means for early Buddhist idea

If monks have too much spare time they are getting weird ideas and start writing commentaries. :sage:
by ground
Mon May 20, 2013 12:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The trap of binary thinking.
Replies: 9
Views: 1421

Re: The trap of binary thinking.

"Logic" is just another name for "circuit". "circuit" is an appropriate name in the context of logical thinking too because it refers to the circuit of neurons in the brain. Cultivating this kind of logical thinking people condition themselves to believe that the effects of this neuronal circuit cor...
by ground
Mon May 20, 2013 12:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The trap of binary thinking.
Replies: 9
Views: 1421

Re: The trap of binary thinking.

... so this statement ... If you believe in logic then you are bound to binary thinking because a statement is either true or false ... is false. No it is correct because it reads if you believe in logic . ... because a statement is either true or false, a reason does either apply or does not apply...
by ground
Mon May 20, 2013 12:18 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Nature of Awakening, the role of practice
Replies: 41
Views: 3102

Re: Nature of Awakening, the role of practice

If you look at it you will see that all these ideas have just one purpose: to keep itself busy. It is just restlessness. :sage: What I asked is of practical importance. If one follows a path incorrectly, then Awakening will not happen. If one needs to travel west but walks east, then with every ste...
by ground
Mon May 20, 2013 8:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The trap of binary thinking.
Replies: 9
Views: 1421

Re: The trap of binary thinking.

If you believe in logic then you are bound to binary thinking because a statement is either true or false, a reason does either apply or does not apply, something is rightly called "X" and when it is not so rightly called then it is actually "non-X". :sage: Not necessarily. There are other logical ...
by ground
Mon May 20, 2013 7:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The trap of binary thinking.
Replies: 9
Views: 1421

Re: The trap of binary thinking.

If you believe in logic then you are bound to binary thinking because a statement is either true or false, a reason does either apply or does not apply, something is rightly called "X" and when it is not so rightly called then it is actually "non-X". :sage:
by ground
Mon May 20, 2013 5:17 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: masturbation what's wrong?
Replies: 535
Views: 94338

Re: celibacy/self pleasure

ps any tips on when passion arises? thanks knighter You mean sexual lust? (since you have been asking about masturbation) If it already arises then it is too late. You should avoid thinking thoughts that cause lust, and avoid seeing sights that cause lust if you find it difficult to deal with lust ...
by ground
Mon May 20, 2013 5:07 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: masturbation what's wrong?
Replies: 535
Views: 94338

Re: celibacy/self pleasure

. Masturbation should be avoided. why should masterbation be avoided ? Should it? Well maybe, at least during meditation ... that means ... as far as I now masturbation does not belong to the conventional meditation methods although there may be quite a deal of concentration involved .... and pleas...
by ground
Mon May 20, 2013 2:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Nature of Awakening, the role of practice
Replies: 41
Views: 3102

Re: Nature of Awakening, the role of practice

Alex123 wrote:Hello all,

I have multiple ideas as to how the practice ultimately works.

...

Any comments?
If you look at it you will see that all these ideas have just one purpose: to keep itself busy. It is just restlessness. :sage:
by ground
Sun May 19, 2013 6:58 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Nature of Awakening, the role of practice
Replies: 41
Views: 3102

Re: Nature of Awakening, the role of practice

If one didn't have concepts, then, for example, one couldn't distinguish between a door and a wall. The distinguished is the distinguishing. One can, without prior thought, open a door and walk through rather than try to walk through a wall. So, at least some concepts, are built into pre-thinking p...
by ground
Sat May 18, 2013 9:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who or what test us?
Replies: 11
Views: 1384

Re: Who or what test us?

tiltbillings wrote:Hmm. Cute, but it still does not work.
What is "it" that is expected to work? Is "it" that which tests us? :sage:
by ground
Sat May 18, 2013 8:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who or what test us?
Replies: 11
Views: 1384

Re: Who or what test us?

tiltbillings wrote:Obviously, by your own words, there is not "nothing," ...
thinks what has already been arisen as felt something. :sage:
by ground
Sat May 18, 2013 6:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who or what test us?
Replies: 11
Views: 1384

Re: Who or what test us?

steve19800 wrote:But what/who is actually testing us? Thanks.
Nothing, because there is nothing. The arising of something in the sphere of arising of sense of self however causes the arising of the sense of "being tested". :sage: