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by robertk
Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Brasington's entrance into jhanas in suttas and commentaries?
Replies: 53
Views: 1443

Re: Brasington's entrance into jhanas in suttas and commentaries?

For example, if the Visuddhimagga description of jhana is not the same as the suttas, it obviously remains the belief of the Visuddhimagga that their description of jhana is the jhanas of the suttas
Yes. :anjali:
by robertk
Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gotama was first awakened as a sotapanna then straight to arhat
Replies: 12
Views: 146

Re: Gotama was first awakened as a sotapanna then straight to arhat

The sotapanna has eradicated all wrong view including self view,but not conceit.

And the Buddha went though all stages including sakadagami and anagami, before attaining arahat. These processes can occur very quickly, with the right conditions.
by robertk
Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Death and dying
Replies: 4
Views: 94

Re: Death and dying

What we take for a person are mere elements arising and falling away. We read in the “Visuddhimagga” (XI, 30): “What is meant? Just as the butcher, while feeding the cow, bringing it to the sham- bles, keeping it tied up after bringing it there, slaughtering it, and seeing it slaugh- tered and dead,...
by robertk
Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Death and dying
Replies: 4
Views: 94

Re: Death and dying

Sutta Nipata” (vs. 547-590) 5 The young and old, the foolish and the wise, all are stopped short by the power of death, all finally end in death. Of those overcome by death and passing to another world, a father cannot hold back his son, nor relatives a relation. See! While the rela- tives are looki...
by robertk
Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Death and dying
Replies: 4
Views: 94

Re: Death and dying

"We read in the “Sutta Nipata” (vs. 547-590) 5 : "Unindicated and unknown is the length of life of those subject to death. Life is diffi- cult and brief and bound up with suffering. There is no means by which those who are born will not die. Having reached old age, there is death. This is the natura...
by robertk
Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Death and dying
Replies: 4
Views: 94

Death and dying

The Cycle of Birth and Death.pdf
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Essay by Nina van Gorkom reflecting after death of her husband.
by robertk
Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Antinatalism
Replies: 48
Views: 1675

Re: Antinatalism

Bhikkhus, when a man possesses five factors he is extremely disagreeable to a woman.What five.?
He is not handsome, not wealthy, not virtuous;he is lethargic and he does not beget children.
From Matugamasamyutta, Connected discourses on women. Trans. Bhikkhu bodhi.
by robertk
Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Buddhist monks receiving money as a modern Standard practice
Replies: 21
Views: 338

Re: Buddhist monks receiving money as a modern Standard practice

I think it is a sign of decline in the Sasana, that this has become widespread. Probably inevitable and natural that it should be this way .

Anyway as a layman addicted to pleasures of the senses, the monks life looks difficult indeed to me.
by robertk
Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: /study-psychiatric-diagnoses-are-scientifically-meaningless
Replies: 9
Views: 208

Re: /study-psychiatric-diagnoses-are-scientifically-meaningless

attempting to classify each unique individual’s mental health issues into neat categories just doesn’t work. In my opinion, Buddha classify mental health issues into neat categories namely attachment, aversion and ignorance. :namaste: Yes. Of course there can be extreme cases and urgent events in p...
by robertk
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: /study-psychiatric-diagnoses-are-scientifically-meaningless
Replies: 9
Views: 208

/study-psychiatric-diagnoses-are-scientifically-meaningless

https://www.studyfinds.org/study-psychiatric-diagnoses-are-scientifically-meaningless/ Study: Psychiatric Diagnoses Are ‘Scientifically Meaningless’ In Treating Mental Health by John Anderer SHARES 14k Share Tweet LIVERPOOL, England — No two people are exactly alike. Therefore, attempting to classif...
by robertk
Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Thought without a self
Replies: 55
Views: 676

Re: Thought without a self

most ordinary thoughts themselves are products of self-view . I think most thoughts are rooted in either lobha or dosa, not so many arising with dithhi. Seeing that thoughts come and go, just as they must, can be a beginning of confirming the lack of mastery, of anatta. No need to push them away or...
by robertk
Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:34 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: should I marry or be single?
Replies: 54
Views: 1288

Re: should I marry or be single?

bryozoa wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:21 am
Most average western white males don't have ....appearance. Women condemn us men to remain single but worse treat us with suspicion and scorn and manipulate their alpha male bulls into bullying and harassing us at every opportunity.
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by robertk
Tue Oct 08, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Amazing Sutta audio
Replies: 5
Views: 159

Re: Amazing Sutta audio

Thanks!
by robertk
Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: self-mettā
Replies: 15
Views: 371

Re: self-mettā

Greetings Robert, We don't need to try to love ourselves- it is integral to being born. Actually already wayyy too much. Potentially, but then, there also seem to be a lot of people who hate themselves. Perhaps that helps explain the primacy given to equanimity, as it can prevent such extremes. Met...