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Fri Aug 19, 2016 2:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What do the wider Theravadan world think about Goenka?
Replies: 46
Views: 8233

Re: What do the wider Theravadan world think about Goenka?

There is a difference. Buddha didnt leave any ego footprint. People created that footprint without his volition. Buddha emphasized that donation be nameless and faceless. Emperor of China asked an Indian monk what is his contribution to Buddhism, with the desire that the monk will credit him for spr...
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Fri Aug 19, 2016 2:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Whats heaven?
Replies: 13
Views: 1459

Re: Whats heaven?

Well, then the realm of the arubabrahma is the heavenly realm.
by practitioner
Thu Aug 18, 2016 12:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What did the Buddha actually teach regarding meditation?
Replies: 23
Views: 3448

Re: What did the Buddha actually teach regarding meditation?

Yes. The last comment is right on the mark. Just learn the principle of the practice, then adjust to a style or method that suits you. As long as the practice adheres to the principle then there is nothing to worry about. One layman invented his own vipassana meditation. His technique is one that re...
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Wed Aug 17, 2016 11:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What do the wider Theravadan world think about Goenka?
Replies: 46
Views: 8233

Re: What do the wider Theravadan world think about Goenka?

My personal opinion is that Goenka has contributed the spread of meditation greatly. This is always good. Although I have criticisms, I still am a very ardent preacher for his retreat. I introduce his retreat whenever I get a chance to talk to strangers at any public settings. I have benefitted in t...
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Wed Aug 17, 2016 11:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Handling Angry Thoughts/Emotions
Replies: 10
Views: 1252

Re: Handling Angry Thoughts/Emotions

The one and only way is to practice satipatthana. Keep practicing the observation of your bodily sensations and its relationship to emotion as well. When you feel anger, you will feel that gross sensation physically. Just be equanimous with your physical sensations. Stay with it so that it doesn't g...
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Wed Aug 17, 2016 11:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Whats heaven?
Replies: 13
Views: 1459

Re: Whats heaven?

Attain jhana and find out what heavenly realm is like. There is no materiality in that realm. It is not eternal. This is all anyone can tell you. You have to experience it yourself by practicing meditation diligently or accomplishing plenty of wholesome merits and avoid unwholesome merits.
by practitioner
Wed Aug 17, 2016 3:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Exploring renunciation
Replies: 7
Views: 1691

Re: Exploring renunciation

Reflect on how many times have you sought to want to have the experience, in whatever form visual, auditory or taste or touch or combination of, just one more time only realizing it wasnt satisfactory that you needed yet one more time. Impermanence is the result. The experience arises then falls awa...
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Tue Aug 16, 2016 10:38 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: definition of "becoming?"
Replies: 11
Views: 2379

Re: definition of "becoming?"

Doing activity for the purpose of gain or loss is becoming. As meditator or dhamma practitioners, we can unknowingly transform our activity into becoming - becoming a great meditator for example. It is important to practice because of faith or onfidence. Frequent measure of progress is an example of...
by practitioner
Tue Aug 16, 2016 10:19 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Good morning from Italy
Replies: 14
Views: 2381

Re: Good morning from Italy

Welcome!

Google "dhamma mind worldly mind PDF" (free pdf), great reading.
by practitioner
Tue Aug 16, 2016 1:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sutta-style jhanas: A Western phenomenon?
Replies: 13
Views: 3900

Re: Sutta-style jhanas: A Western phenomenon?

In my humble opinions, all paths are practical, just depend on the suitability of the meditators. It may be extremely hard for many meditators, including myself, to attain deep jhana. I am still trying. Each path has its advantages and disadvantages. It is all a matter of experimentation for every m...
by practitioner
Sun Aug 14, 2016 2:43 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?
Replies: 376
Views: 75678

Re: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?

It absolutely is a violation of the 2nd precept.

Imagine that one's talent is on that CD. Everone copies it. The person with the talent dies of hunger because there is no sales. It got copied and distributed.

Imagine you are that person.
by practitioner
Sat Aug 13, 2016 9:42 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Sutta Support for "Goenka's method" ?
Replies: 34
Views: 10166

Re: Sutta Support for "Goenka's method" ?

Smile. Definitely different technique works for different people. When I look at what goes on in my arm, there is energy flow so there is impermanence and therefore rise and fall; however, this is mind induced. Intention is followed by qi. In passive vapissana, nothing is induced by the mind. The mi...
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Sat Aug 13, 2016 9:28 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Did God create everything that exists?
Replies: 41
Views: 6342

Re: Did God create everything that exists?

Professor should ask what is god? Human created concept. While Buddha was teaching loving-kindness for all beings, god in the old testament was still wanting blood sacrifice from animals, all enemies of Abraham 's descendents be killed including woen and children. New Testament is from the influence...
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Sat Aug 13, 2016 5:05 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Have I understood Non-Self correctly?
Replies: 27
Views: 4434

Re: Have I understood Non-Self correctly?

The author of A Map of Journey emphasizes insight instead of thinking. Since insight to "not-self" cannot be attained through thinking or intellectualizing, try not to think about not-self. Let vipassana lead you to the realization of not-self. Too much thinking hinders meditation. When realized, yo...
by practitioner
Sat Aug 13, 2016 4:45 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: The Game of sensations - Goenka
Replies: 8
Views: 2203

Re: The Game of sensations - Goenka

Just observe that the sensation has arisen and has disappeared. Dont make any importance or story out of them or think sankhara has surfaced.

The first insight is to see how life is purely mental and material phenonmenon and they arise and disappear on their own. There is no self in your being.