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by _anicca_
Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravada and Jung
Replies: 41
Views: 3597

Re: Theravada and Jung

Mental illness is caused by two things - a lack of mindfulness and abnormalities in the brain. Mentally ill people cannot control their thoughts, so they eventually continue with mental proliferation until their very own creation takes over them. Therapy is not needed if someone can become mindful i...
by _anicca_
Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sotapanna, Sakadagami, Anāgāmi, and Arahant. More trouble than they are worth.
Replies: 20
Views: 4382

Re: Sotapanna, Sakadagami, Anāgāmi, and Arahant. More trouble than they are worth.

The attainments are meant for honest, personal review.

They are not an accreditation of our worth as Buddhists, but stages on the path to removing our defilement.

It's best if you do not talk about your attainments at all and, if you do, only speak with other noble ones.
by _anicca_
Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can a Sotapanna break the 5 precepts?
Replies: 40
Views: 6236

Re: Can a Sotapanna break the 5 precepts?

A sotapanna could, but why would they?
by _anicca_
Tue May 30, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Calming the mind
Replies: 12
Views: 1948

Re: Calming the mind

The more complex the technique is, the easier it is to maintain focus because your mind has to be constantly engaged. When you switch over to a technique like vipassana, you have less of an anchor, so the mind can wander off. You need to cultivate other factors outside of formal meditation in order ...
by _anicca_
Tue May 30, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is being born as a-sexual good or bad
Replies: 14
Views: 2315

Re: Is being born as a-sexual good or bad

Being asexual is helpful on the spiritual path because you have one less desire to work with.

However, some people see homosexuality, bisexuality, and asexuality as abnormal psychology and a hindrance to attaining path and fruition, but I personally do not believe this.
by _anicca_
Wed May 17, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Always with the Breath or Back to the Breath?
Replies: 18
Views: 3286

Re: Always with the Breath or Back to the Breath?

There is coarse and refined engagement. Coarse engagement is the repeated application of the mind to the meditation object. Refined engagement is the mind that sticks with the meditation object after being applied. The mind is engaged in a coarse and refined way and varying times during the sitting.
by _anicca_
Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Inisght in the Visuddhimagga
Replies: 2
Views: 1139

Re: Inisght in the Visuddhimagga

You cannot go through the vipassana nanas without seeing the rise and fall of things.

Anicca usually precedes dukkha and anatta as the first characteristic to be seen.
by _anicca_
Thu Mar 30, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: How old are you?
Replies: 40
Views: 6188

Re: How old are you?

I am 18.
by _anicca_
Thu Mar 30, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: admitting lies
Replies: 9
Views: 1218

Re: admitting lies

Admitting lies does not undo the previous bad kamma, but it can create more positive causes for the future.

The best thing to do is to take the precepts again and make a resolve to upkeep them this time.

Keeping the precepts will protect you.
by _anicca_
Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are first three fetters fully eliminated by a Sotapanna?
Replies: 66
Views: 10754

Re: Are first three fetters fully eliminated by a Sotapanna?

Satipatthana is the path that all of the noble ones have followed, but the method to develop satipatthana varies. Sattipattana is the meditative process. This is something a one does AFTER one become a Noble one. It's not that hard to become a Noble one or Ariya or to be on the path. The steps are ...
by _anicca_
Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: modern psychology role in understanding buddhism
Replies: 15
Views: 1888

Re: modern psychology role in understanding buddhism

The aims of psychology and Buddhism are different.

Psychology addresses mental ilness; Buddhism addresses suffering.

There is overlap between the two.
by _anicca_
Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Vibration and Vipassana
Replies: 14
Views: 3372

Re: Vibration and Vipassana

The heart of the Buddhist path is to use the conditioned to reach the unconditioned.

Environment can have a large impact on mental development and can be cultivated as an asset to lead to awakening.
by _anicca_
Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are first three fetters fully eliminated by a Sotapanna?
Replies: 66
Views: 10754

Re: Are first three fetters fully eliminated by a Sotapanna?

May I request you to refer to section on Iriyapatha pabba in the maha satipattana sutta. Even the other sections in satipattana explains the way of the insight in to the five aggregates and how it functions. I am sure that you are conversant in it. I did not ask for your opinion. I asked you to pro...
by _anicca_
Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are first three fetters fully eliminated by a Sotapanna?
Replies: 66
Views: 10754

Re: Are first three fetters fully eliminated by a Sotapanna?

Yes.

There is also a culasotapanna (literally "like a sotapanna"), which you can lose.
by _anicca_
Wed Feb 22, 2017 1:44 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Like / Dislike, Thumbs up / Thumbs down etc.
Replies: 100
Views: 23753

Re: Thumbs up button

I strongly believe that adding a '+' or 'thumbs up' button would be very beneficial.

I hope that the moderators are considering adding this feature.