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by Prasadachitta
Sun Mar 31, 2013 4:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Grace in Buddhism?
Replies: 22
Views: 4032

Re: Grace in Buddhism?

Sylvester wrote:what are we anyway if not the product of "our" past?
Either unfathomably more than that or nothing at all.
by Prasadachitta
Sat Mar 30, 2013 2:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Grace in Buddhism?
Replies: 22
Views: 4032

Re: Grace in Buddhism?

Hi Steve, If you have an experience of grace it is not necessary to attribute it to some "other" and it certainly does not help to attribute it to "self". Just notice if it supports wholesome states of mind or not. If it doesn't then what is the point in calling it "grace". If you do not have an exp...
by Prasadachitta
Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:55 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: S.N Goenka
Replies: 109
Views: 13298

Re: S.N Goenka

I think it's also quite likely that some of the aspects which are out of scope of the technique are some of those which are less compatible with a secular presentation of vipassana. Recollecting the qualities of the Buddha or the Sangha for example, is going to restrict the more universal appeal of...
by Prasadachitta
Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:43 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: S.N Goenka
Replies: 109
Views: 13298

Re: S.N Goenka

knighter wrote:Hello there

Prasadachitta it was a joke
just keeping things light hearted.
Be happy
knighter
Ahh.

Humor is a difficult thing to convey in text.

I think thats why we have these

:rolleye: :jumping: :rofl:
by Prasadachitta
Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:31 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: S.N Goenka
Replies: 109
Views: 13298

Re: S.N Goenka

knighter wrote:Hello there

you seem really quite angry makarasilapin
I used to get like that before i completed a
10 day s.n. goenka vipassana course.
Be happy
knighter

Makarasilapin does not seem angry to me. He/She is just conveying her/his experience.
by Prasadachitta
Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:27 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: S.N Goenka
Replies: 109
Views: 13298

Re: S.N Goenka

I didn't mean for this thread to become so argumentative. I was thinking of going on one of his 10 day retreats, and also want to go on a retreat at Amaravati in London. I like the fact that Theravada retreats are often free of charge, that seems almost Bodhisattva territory :smile: man, just go to...
by Prasadachitta
Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:53 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: S.N Goenka
Replies: 109
Views: 13298

Re: S.N Goenka

yes, as a distinctly auxiliary practice. In my estimation that is a powerful practice which should have the effect of supporting a healthy sense of self worth. I think there is Sutta material to support a practice which includes insight cultivation in conjunction metta practice as a complete path. ...
by Prasadachitta
Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: S.N Goenka
Replies: 109
Views: 13298

Re: S.N Goenka

Do They teach the cultivation of metta in the Goenka movement?
by Prasadachitta
Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:38 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: S.N Goenka
Replies: 109
Views: 13298

Re: S.N Goenka

Please dont answer this question... It is rhetorical. there's no question (maybe just a claim you are clinging to or don't want challenged). i'm not trying to tear you away from the goenka people. however, they are effectively saying that these teachings are either unnecessary, or useless. the only...
by Prasadachitta
Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:49 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: S.N Goenka
Replies: 109
Views: 13298

Re: S.N Goenka

There are a great many practices which could fall under "Theravada". How many would a teacher have to incorporate to be a "Teacher of Theravada"? I think we might be able to disqualify most if not all of them with this criteria. Please dont answer this question... It is rhetorical. It takes some int...
by Prasadachitta
Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:25 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: S.N Goenka
Replies: 109
Views: 13298

Re: S.N Goenka

At this point it would make sense to discuss the particular way Goenka teaches and point out specifically what he does or does not teach which would place him on the fringes of Theravada. Otherwise .....
by Prasadachitta
Tue Mar 26, 2013 5:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: This quote on consciousness
Replies: 24
Views: 4016

Re: This quote on consciousness

Maybe more like

Looking for consciousness in the brain is like looking for sound inside a speaker.

:shrug:
by Prasadachitta
Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No inherent sensual pleasure
Replies: 56
Views: 7362

Re: No inherent sensual pleasure

BlackBird wrote: If there were no sentient beings present in the world there would be no sense pleasure.
Hi Blackbird,

This is not really directed at you....


I wonder if it even makes sense to use the expression "world" in relation to the absence of any sentience.

Just a thought.

Prasadachitta
by Prasadachitta
Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No inherent sensual pleasure
Replies: 56
Views: 7362

Re: No inherent sensual pleasure

danieLion wrote: Metta and seclusion are not marginal in the Buddha's estimation.
Quite pertinent to Nibbanna.
by Prasadachitta
Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No inherent sensual pleasure
Replies: 56
Views: 7362

Re: No inherent sensual pleasure

Here we find the Buddha enjoying and delighting and encouraging others to do the same. Like I said he enjoys NIbbanna. He delights in Nibanna. He encourages others to do the same and he delights when when they do. Metta Prasadachitta things technically not nibbana Technical definitions are of margi...