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by sunnat
Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: You have to be an Arahant to become an Arahant!!
Replies: 15
Views: 295

Re: You have to be an Arahant to become an Arahant!!

The sun is hidden by the clouds. The clouds pass...
by sunnat
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: bhāvitakāyo as developing physical endurance ?
Replies: 16
Views: 174

Re: bhāvitakāyo as developing physical endurance ?

' Bhikkhus, this is the one and the only way for the purification (of the minds) of beings, for overcoming sorrow and lamentation, for the cessation of physical and mental pain, for attainment of the Noble Paths. and for the realisation of Nibbàna. That (only way) is the four satipaññhànas. What are...
by sunnat
Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Conscience and Buddhism
Replies: 15
Views: 260

Re: Conscience and Buddhism

Conscience is impermanent and not self. To regard conscience as self and good is a mistake. The silas as given by the Enlightened ones overcomes this and provides a moral framework applicable to all situations and is not subject to the vagaries of volition.
by sunnat
Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Classical, orthodox Theravada teachers who reject flux?
Replies: 21
Views: 443

Re: Classical, orthodox Theravada teachers who reject flux?

A deeper appreciation of anicca is had by the experience of bhanga nana. U ba Khin talks about the activation of anicca, which is apt. When the entire body has dissolved, when the knots of clinging are loosened, there is the experience of rapid, continuous arising and passing away throughout the min...
by sunnat
Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: What means with to see things as they really are?
Replies: 10
Views: 315

Re: What means with to see things as they really are?

All things, everything. " And how does a monk (someone with stainless sila) live contemplating the body in the body? Herein, monks, a monk, having gone to the forest, to the foot of a tree or to an empty place, sits down with his legs crossed, keeps his body erect (still) and his mindfulness alert. ...
by sunnat
Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the least I should know and practice to realise Nibbana?
Replies: 41
Views: 683

Re: What is the least I should know and practice to realise Nibbana?

to get rid of 'I' conceit give something away without expecting anything in return, and continue practicing
by sunnat
Fri Nov 29, 2019 4:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the least I should know and practice to realise Nibbana?
Replies: 41
Views: 683

Re: What is the least I should know and practice to realise Nibbana?

from chapter 14 of the dhammapada: 183. To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas. 184. Enduring patience is the highest austerity. "Nibbana is supreme," say the Buddhas. He is not a true monk who harms another, nor a true renunciate who op...
by sunnat
Fri Nov 29, 2019 3:04 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: In which sutta does the Buddha explain what no self means?
Replies: 28
Views: 930

Re: In which sutta does the Buddha explain what no self means?

from the six sets of six sutta : ""If anyone were to say, 'The eye is the self,' that wouldn't be tenable. The arising & falling away of the eye are discerned. And when its arising & falling away are discerned, it would follow that 'My self arises & falls away.' That's why it wouldn't be tenable if ...
by sunnat
Fri Nov 29, 2019 2:31 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: how to develop patience? methods in Sutta?
Replies: 10
Views: 277

Re: how to develop patience? methods in Sutta?

'practice makes perfect' - the more practice of patience, the more patience and so on. It takes time, persistence and patience.
by sunnat
Sun Nov 24, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Repeated contemplation of things arising within a container
Replies: 13
Views: 472

Re: Repeated contemplation of things arising within a container

' Why do I crave for pleasant visual experiences, over and over again, when I seemingly know that it is unownable and utterly beyond my control. It is because I have not fully discerned it.' 'Well, it is not utterly beyond control -- you can search for and find the visible forms that are pleasant an...
by sunnat
Thu Nov 21, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How did the Buddha disciples get to memorize everything?
Replies: 10
Views: 279

Re: How did the Buddha disciples get to memorize everything?

There were and are people with very good memories. This was critical in preserving the dhamma. For practice, a good memory is not necessary. Being able to, in the moment, moment to moment, follow instructions is sufficient. In time, the basic instructions (good in the beginning, middle and end) will...
by sunnat
Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Must we suffer, in order to get free from suffering?
Replies: 20
Views: 526

Re: Must we suffer, in order to get free from suffering?

I mean, when meditating or being aware of feelings that rise and pass away, use the pleasant feelings to abandon lust (and unpleasant to abandon the tendency towards hatred, and neutral feelings to abandon the tendency for ignorance).
by sunnat
Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Must we suffer, in order to get free from suffering?
Replies: 20
Views: 526

Re: Must we suffer, in order to get free from suffering?

It's about becoming aware of the impermanent, ever changing not self nature and the suffering that goes with all the craving and thus letting go of it. In the process there is a level where the pleasant feelings become stronger and it's easy to wallow there and lose sight of the path. While wallowin...
by sunnat
Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Where do dhammas arise and disappear?
Replies: 15
Views: 1045

Re: Where do dhammas arise and disappear?

That's right. It's the awareness of the Dhamma that comes and goes.
by sunnat
Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Concentration and Boredom
Replies: 13
Views: 340

Re: Concentration and Boredom

Boredom, like everything else, is impermanent. There is no need to treat it unlike anything else that arises. Don't cling to it, don't develop aversion, don't reject it, don't ignore it. There's something else that arises when it passes. Just note 'there is boredom', there is no need to even label i...