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by Bundokji
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Understanding procrastination
Replies: 0
Views: 13

Understanding procrastination

Is there any suttas mentioning procrastination, its causes, and how it relates to ignorance?

How can procrastination be understood using DO? Does it relate to a specific link more than others?

Thank you :anjali:
by Bundokji
Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are there canonical teachings about the fundamental invalidity of conceptual thinking and the necessity to eliminate it?
Replies: 18
Views: 240

Re: Are there canonical teachings about the fundamental invalidity of conceptual thinking and the necessity to eliminate

I would not call it "invalidity of conceptual thinking" because apparently there are valid reasons for conceptual thinking such as communicating with others, planning for a certain task, or memorizing how to go to work ...etc But a lot of our thinking seems irrational and unnecessary. We seem to wor...
by Bundokji
Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sexual Energy
Replies: 15
Views: 252

Re: Sexual Energy

Might I just point out that a sotapanna and indeed also a sakadagami are both not free from sexual desire, while having gone beyond rites and rituals? I can't know for sure if a sotapanna or sakadagami are free from sexual desire or not, but if this is the case, my own explanation (or speculation) ...
by Bundokji
Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Muscular Christianity
Replies: 41
Views: 578

Re: Muscular Christianity

It seems we humans have a tendency to fall into opposites. So either one is a sissy, weak, averse to physical exertion or one is macho, alpha, over-assertive and aggressive. What happened to the middle way? The teachers who impressed me the most, male and female, were neither of these extremes. Whe...
by Bundokji
Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sexual Energy
Replies: 15
Views: 252

Re: Sexual Energy

The view linking sex to semen and to waste of energy implies that the potential drawbacks of sex can only be experienced by male practitioners, not females. Difficult to see how this view is right view. The training in wisdom, morality and concentration are interlinked and complement each other. Rig...
by Bundokji
Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do we only crave pleasant feelings? Or do we crave feeling aggregate as a whole?
Replies: 7
Views: 105

Re: Do we only crave pleasant feelings? Or do we crave feeling aggregate as a whole?

I don't think there is anything wrong with pleasant feelings if they are seen as "feelings. I do not think what we crave for is the pleasant, but the "pleasant ness " of the pleasant feeling. Craving for pleasantness becomes a cause of pain, justifying the pain we go through to grasp what is pleasan...
by Bundokji
Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Theravada anti creativity?
Replies: 18
Views: 318

Re: Is Theravada anti creativity?

I think of Theravada as controlled creativity. Thinking in terms of dependent origination and the investigation of the dhamma in general implies deconstructing hidden assumptions and notions integral to conventional reality. The more we know that things are not as absolute or fixed as we thought the...
by Bundokji
Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Sufism and Western Vipassana Meditation
Replies: 12
Views: 242

Re: Sufism and Western Vipassana Meditation

Saint Paul also said "I die daily".

This can be understood in many different ways i think, but not necessarily literally.
by Bundokji
Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the Buddha ever define "mind" ?
Replies: 31
Views: 218

Re: Does the Buddha ever define "mind" ?

Sorry , but the doctors and scientists examine the brains not the mind itself , perhaps psychologist will examine the "symptoms" of the Assuming mind . They would still examine the brain as a functioning organ, and even if they divide it into different parts, they would be thinking of separate func...
by Bundokji
Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How Many Of You Experience Depression?
Replies: 28
Views: 575

Re: How Many Of You Experience Depression?

I do experience sadness from time to time (not very often though) and usually i don't resist it. In fact, i consider it as a more genuine/proper feeling considering our condition as humans. I don't induce though but when it happen, i don't necessarily consider it as a negative. In fact, i have more ...
by Bundokji
Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the Buddha ever define "mind" ?
Replies: 31
Views: 218

Re: Does the Buddha ever define "mind" ?

If so , the arising of Misleading question then has to trace back and goes back to the text that illustrates there is a number six sense base ! If you tell any doctors or scientists there is a number six sense base sense medium or sense faculty called mind , all the laboratory equipment , the appar...
by Bundokji
Sat Feb 16, 2019 4:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the Buddha ever define "mind" ?
Replies: 31
Views: 218

Re: Does the Buddha ever define "mind" ?

It is another substantive in which its meaning can be deduced from context. In general, what is the "mind" is a misleading question.
by Bundokji
Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Why aren't volitional formations the only aggregate?
Replies: 21
Views: 338

Re: Why aren't volitional formations the only aggregate?

If the notion "volitional formation is the only aggregate" is in itself a volitional formation, then its not the only way of presenting things, and its equally impermanent, unsatisfactory and not self. If there are numerous ways of presenting things, then what is it that makes one way preferable to ...
by Bundokji
Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Correct apprehension of impermanence
Replies: 12
Views: 422

Re: Correct apprehension of impermanence

paul wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:37 pm
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Thank you :anjali:
by Bundokji
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Correct apprehension of impermanence
Replies: 12
Views: 422

Re: Correct apprehension of impermanence

"...[the perception of the] foulness [of the body]... the perception of inconstancy: such are the monks in this community of monks. Thanks paul :anjali: How should the practitioner understand the Buddha's instruction of perceiving the form/body in a certain way and reconcile it with other descripti...