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by sunnat
Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Reconciling Suttas on Debate
Replies: 19
Views: 627

Re: Reconciling Suttas on Debate

There are subtleties that escape. Buddha does not argue, people argue with him. Buddha simply asked Saccaka a couple of questions and S quickly realised his argument was empty and with prompting agreed with the Buddha and, after suffering the comments of Dummukkha, asked the Buddha how to walk the p...
by sunnat
Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Slaughterhouse workers
Replies: 52
Views: 1836

Re: Slaughterhouse workers

All food is a graveyard. Animals die (including human animals), rot and the elememts are scattered and absorbed by plants that are eaten by animals that are killed and die and rot and are absorbed... and humans, plant eaters and flesh eaters alike, eat the product.
by sunnat
Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Equanimity
Replies: 35
Views: 946

Re: Equanimity

When it is particularly difficult, particularly early in practice, effort should be made to drive it out of the mind but ultimately letting go of it is simply being equanimous. So, one should practice being equanimous. There will be times when one succeeds in relation to whatever kamma fruit has ari...
by sunnat
Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What does straightforward in speech mean?
Replies: 5
Views: 351

Re: What does straightforward in speech mean?

It helps to understand that this perfect straighforwardness should be practiced at all times. It is from that that the benefit is realised. If the habit to waver is maintained, progress stalls. Unwavering Honesty or Continuous Devotion to the Path. One does not move in relation to right speech, yet ...
by sunnat
Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:05 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is there some proof that my karma can become better and so i can experience that in this life i living now?
Replies: 12
Views: 616

Re: Is there some proof that my karma can become better and so i can experience that in this life i living now?

First : kamma is volitional action. What you are talking about are the fruits of past actions. If you don’t re-act (new kamma) when the fruits ripen you don't create new fruits to experience in the future (immediate or later). You will have direct experience of this by practicing meditation correctl...
by sunnat
Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:26 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What happends if i drink alcohol?
Replies: 20
Views: 928

Re: What happends if i drink alcohol?

From the Uposatha sutta : "Bikkhus. (wherever it says Bhikkus be aware it refers to mendicants on the path) Ariyan disciples in this discipline reflect thus: "'All arahants, for as long as life lasts, have given up the taking of liquors and intoxicants, of that which intoxicates, causing carelessnes...
by sunnat
Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Considering giving up harsh speech, even about certain politicians I dislike intensely: advice sought.
Replies: 12
Views: 401

Re: Considering giving up harsh speech, even about certain politicians I dislike intensely: advice sought.

Thank the person whose behaviour you associate with the anger inside your mind-body phenomenon for the opportunity to observe that element rise and pass away.
by sunnat
Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: 8 Precepts - bare minimum frequency
Replies: 7
Views: 444

Re: 8 Precepts - bare minimum frequency

In Burma it is on the new and full moon. No matter where you are you can know these days (nights) to reasonable accuracy even in solitude. There is no magic. By rigorously obeying an external edict and not ones own inclinations it's possible to get the benefit that comes from doing things as meditat...
by sunnat
Fri Dec 20, 2019 3:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ven. Ledi Sayadaw - right speech
Replies: 3
Views: 211

Ven. Ledi Sayadaw - right speech

The Venerable Ledi Sayadaw wrote - 'the noble eightfold path and its factors explained' http://www.bps.lk/olib/wh/wh245_Ledi_Noble-Eightfold-Path-and-Factors-Explained.html#IIIRightSpeech A pertinent response to many questions... " III. Right Speech There are four types of right speech: Restraint fr...
by sunnat
Tue Dec 17, 2019 3:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What to concentrate on between breaths?
Replies: 11
Views: 1445

Re: What to concentrate on between breaths?

Avoid using tricks. There is no problem. The point is to train to become mindful. To practice. Initially one 'spins out', so, just note that that is what has happened and return to the natural uncontrolled breath as it happens to be in the moment. Return again and again and in time the tendency to '...
by sunnat
Mon Dec 16, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Lack of progress
Replies: 65
Views: 2253

Re: Lack of progress

Death is terrifying. Those who are inclined to philosophical debate and intellectual entanglement in our age of high literacy and readily available reading material will incline towards that which is palatable, because that is the nature of the beast, and thus progress is stalled. In our day and age...
by sunnat
Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Lack of progress
Replies: 65
Views: 2253

Re: Lack of progress

It's a long path to sotapanna from where it's a long path to arahant. Patience is very very important. Maintaining sila is very important. Always keep in mind the simple - don't do bad things, do good things and cleanse the mind. Good in the beginning, middle and end. The beginning can be something ...