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by sunnat
Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Humour - wrong speach?
Replies: 22
Views: 1444

Re: Humour - wrong speach?

Ruṇṇa Sutta Lamentation Thus have I heard: Once the Exalted One was dwelling near Sāvatthī. There the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying: "Monks." "Yes, lord," they replied, and the Exalted One said: "This, monks, is reckoned to be lamentation in the discipline of the Ariyan, namely, singing. T...
by sunnat
Sat Aug 31, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech
Replies: 52
Views: 3451

Re: Right Speech

When someone wants to discuss something using wrong speech then the inclination to use wrong speech becomes the issue to deal with. Wrong speech is born of ignorance of the consequences, namely the creation of misery. Knowing that, it is wrong to encourage it but if a correct response is not timely ...
by sunnat
Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The meeting of the three is contact
Replies: 30
Views: 1931

Re: The meeting of the three is contact

A chat to a monk led me to this understanding. Contact leads to a pleasant unpleasant or neutral feeling. The habit then is to react with craving or ignorance. The habit is to take the arising of ignorance as a signal to inquire and the correct response is to investigate the experience of having ign...
by sunnat
Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is ignorance?
Replies: 5
Views: 254

Re: What is ignorance?

"When you experience a neutral feeling, if you don’t truly understand that feeling’s origin, ending, gratification, drawback, and escape, the underlying tendency to ignorance underlies that." The same sutta https://suttacentral.net/mn148/en/sujato tells about the ending of ignorance, namely insight,...
by sunnat
Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: If you're delusional, how can you be sure you've chosen the right religion/Buddhist school?
Replies: 62
Views: 3343

Re: If you're delusional, how can you be sure you've chosen the right religion/Buddhist school?

As someone who is ignorant and deluded (and conceited), I am, perhaps, in a unique position to comment. I'm considerably older than when I started practicing the path as I understood it. As I'm in my dotage I find I'm suffering less than I used to. I don't get as angry. I don't crave as much. I'm le...
by sunnat
Mon Aug 26, 2019 4:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: media = sense fields = bases ?
Replies: 10
Views: 603

Re: media = sense fields = bases ?

I don't.

I posted a question about base.

Then a separate set of things about, as you say, western ideas, the
aim is to somehow reconcile that and the various translations and come to a simple understanding.

I think your reply helps.
by sunnat
Mon Aug 26, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: media = sense fields = bases ?
Replies: 10
Views: 603

Re: media = sense fields = bases ?

ok, for a start what does base mean.? ____ Nose - When an odorant (external volatilized chemical compounds) comes in contact with the noses sense doors (olfactory receptor neurons) a signal is transmitted to the brain where it is recognised and designated "smell, odour". Eyes - When photons...(rods ...
by sunnat
Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: media = sense fields = bases ?
Replies: 10
Views: 603

media = sense fields = bases ?

MN 148 - Chachakka Sutta https://suttacentral.net/mn148/pli/ms https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.148.than.html https://suttacentral.net/mn148/en/sujato https://suttacentral.net/mn148/en/bodhi audio : http://dhammasukha.org/uploads/1/2/8/6/12865490/mn-148-bt-110825.mp3 (the audio is the ...
by sunnat
Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I don’t understand rejecting life’s pleasures
Replies: 43
Views: 2592

Re: I don’t understand rejecting life’s pleasures

Yes. Enjoying is more like how it should be in the face of any compunded thing, like pleasant feeling (and unpleasant and neutral) ie simply being relaxed about it as it is. Delighting is like the grasping, clinging, closed mindedness opinioning, that leads to suffering when the pleasant feeling ult...
by sunnat
Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?
Replies: 72
Views: 2413

Re: Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?

“Ultimately, with an egg that has travelled from our farm to the home via our packing centre, the supermarket depot and store network, it is a feat of remarkably slim odds that a duckling has been hatched. But we acknowledge that it’s not impossible." https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/teenage-boy-h...
by sunnat
Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:32 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Is thinking too much bad?
Replies: 17
Views: 1243

Re: Is thinking too much bad?

Notice that there is an awareness of thinking. There is thinking. There are thoughts.
Just acknowledge the existence of thoughts, of thinking.
Relax the mind, stop the clinging, and return to the object of meditation.
Again and again and again.
In time there is detachment.
by sunnat
Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:41 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: AN 4.233 what exactly is the relation between kamma, saṅkhārā?
Replies: 12
Views: 1168

Re: AN 4.233 what exactly is the relation between kamma, saṅkhārā?

Consider the fruit of past kamma as sankhara. If there is a pleasant feeling the underlying tendency to lust is a sankhara. An intentional action based on the sankhara is a kamma. The nature of the sankhara and the kamma is the same. The fruit of that khamma is the same again.??
by sunnat
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sensual desire as a Layman
Replies: 24
Views: 2650

Re: Sensual desire as a Layman

I already mentioned patience. Think about what it (and its synonym, tolerance) means. When it 'burns' . Also effort. Right Effort. : Prevent unwholesome qualities from arising and get rid of those that already have arisen. Cultivate wholesome qualities that have not yet arisen and strengthen those t...
by sunnat
Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: SN25.1-10 Good news!! Many of us in this forum are assured stream entry!
Replies: 39
Views: 1878

Re: SN25.1-10 Good news!! Many of us in this forum are assured stream entry!

Earlier in that sutta Ananda has seen a group of boys repeatedly shooting arrows through a tiny hole. When he returned from his alms round he tells Buddha what he had seen. Buddha himself was an accomplished archer so he knew what was and was not difficult. Nowhere does he say it is rare to succeed,...
by sunnat
Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The meeting of the three is contact
Replies: 30
Views: 1931

Re: The meeting of the three is contact

From the Chachakka Sutta: The Six Sextets: "Dependent on the mind & thoughts there arises mind consciousness. The meeting of the three is contact. With contact as a requisite condition there is feeling. With feeling as a requisite condition there is craving. Mind consciousness arises dependent on th...