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by sunnat
Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Arahant's suicide
Replies: 200
Views: 3318

Re: Arahant's suicide

"... but rather will experience a step by step reduction and removal of coarse Dukkha, with more and more subtle Dukkha becoming noticeable as the practice develops." IMO is more correct if stated thus : "... but rather will experience a step by step reduction and removal of Dukkha, with deeper, vei...
by sunnat
Thu Aug 01, 2019 4:37 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: is anapanasati concentration?
Replies: 47
Views: 911

Re: is anapanasati concentration?

Just a quick note. When being aware of the air from the breath passing over the area around the mouth it is the continuous awareness that bears fruit. When narrowing down the area so that even the subtlest breaths are noticed the equanimity is being strengthened so that later even the subtlest of ka...
by sunnat
Thu Aug 01, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Helping someone with autism
Replies: 13
Views: 312

Re: Helping someone with autism

Having been a carer for autistic children for many years my advice is to meditate yourself. One particular thing that calms autists is having a calm environment and their interactions with people are calmest when those people are calm.
by sunnat
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which specific process determines where consciousness will alight?
Replies: 14
Views: 304

Re: Which specific process determines where consciousness will alight?

When the conditions are right the seed will sprout. For example, if the I-identity is threatened, latent anger seed rise. At that point the tendency is to replant that as a new kamma seed to rise again at some point when the conditions are right. Also, at that point there is the opportunity to be tr...
by sunnat
Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Don't mistake doubt for enquiry
Replies: 9
Views: 254

Don't mistake doubt for enquiry

All doubt is anicca. Don't feed it by being in its thrall and mistake it for enquiry. Likewise, don't mistake absence of doubt as a particular attainment. The fact there is doubt can be good in the sense it being an indicator of progress. The time for it has come. Just be aware and it changes, passe...
by sunnat
Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: is anapanasati concentration?
Replies: 47
Views: 911

Re: is anapanasati concentration?

Correct, 'body in body'. From one pointed focus, of awareness of the breath in the area around the mouth, developed diligently, ardently, to when one 'drops' into the body, seeing the body in the body, seeing the dhamma. It's a distinct unmistakeable experience. To be experienced to be understood.
by sunnat
Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: According to own experience...
Replies: 1
Views: 121

Re: According to own experience...

There may be and it may also at times seem to be so for self. It's a looong path. At times it's just chipping away at old habits that just keep asserting themselves again and again. Buddha always exhorted people to remain diligent, to keep striving. It's the continuing effort that eventually pays of...
by sunnat
Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: is anapanasati concentration?
Replies: 47
Views: 911

Re: is anapanasati concentration?

Yes, it seems to be a controversial point and as stated, as the Buddha himself repearedly stated, work out your own salvation. Meanwhile there are other reasons to take the literal translation of 'around the mouth' seriously. Wise ones like the Venerable Webu Sayadaw (reputed to have been an arahant...
by sunnat
Sun Jul 28, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why so much hostility towards Baby Boomer Buddhists?
Replies: 48
Views: 1198

Re: Why so much hostility towards Baby Boomer Buddhists?

True, there is a lot to overcome. When a society is invaded by a foreign element and that element becomes prominent, in a society like the USA, which prides itself on freedom of expression, it goes through a process of subsumption that ensures it will obey fundamental strictures on expression like b...
by sunnat
Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Masturbation of sens doors (poll)
Replies: 15
Views: 346

Re: Masturbation of sens doors (poll)

When attached to pleasant feelings one repeatedly strokes the percieved trigger. For example if one delights in the feeling that accompanies vibrations that happen when speaking loudly then one speaks loudly. That's a kind of self-love. If one delights in the feelings of winning an argument then... ...
by sunnat
Sun Jul 28, 2019 4:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.
Replies: 92
Views: 1304

Re: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.

"Ignorance, monk, is the one thing with whose abandoning in a monk ignorance is abandoned and clear knowing arises" Meanwhile, while ignorant, one behaves this way and that way, thinking one makes (free) choices whereas in truth one is ignorantly reacting to kamma fruitions, making new kamma, becaus...
by sunnat
Sat Jul 27, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why so much hostility towards Baby Boomer Buddhists?
Replies: 48
Views: 1198

Re: Why so much hostility towards Baby Boomer Buddhists?

The hippie scene was over by the early seventies. Whatever the hippies reasons for being, the punk scene was a reaction to the economic downturn of the midlate seventies. Mainly it was that or the reactionary skinheads. Punk was an obvious choice compared to the fascist inspired skins. (About then t...
by sunnat
Sat Jul 27, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why so much hostility towards Baby Boomer Buddhists?
Replies: 48
Views: 1198

Re: Why so much hostility towards Baby Boomer Buddhists?

It takes time for each individual to properly understand where hostility comes from. The younger the person, the less likely to have that understanding and the tendency is to direct such hostility towards authority figures which tends to be parents. Parents in turn, particularly buddhist ones i supp...
by sunnat
Sat Jul 27, 2019 3:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How to do breath mediation?
Replies: 11
Views: 304

Re: How to do breath mediation?

Have somewhere you can sit comfortably undisturbed. Sit. Comfortable. Relax. Bring your attention to the area around the mouth. Don't worry about whether you are controlling the breath or not. When you notice the breath air moving over the skin below / at the nose try to keep the awareness there, no...