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by Anicca
Mon Dec 27, 2010 10:23 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do hostile spiritual forces exist?
Replies: 17
Views: 2407

Re: Do hostile spiritual forces exist?

Are there hostile spiritual forces? What are they? Yep. Meet and greet them: The Demons ... As for us, we still lie under the sway of Maras of various kinds. These intimidating Maras are called Kilesa-Maras, the demons of defilement. The big ones, the really infamous ones, are greed, aversion, and ...
by Anicca
Sun Dec 26, 2010 2:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who defined near & far enemies of the Brahma-viharas?
Replies: 11
Views: 2345

Re: Who defined near & far enemies of the Brahma-viharas?

From Metta - The Philosophy and Practice of Universal Love by Acharya Buddharakkhita In the practice of metta it is important to understand the emotions which nullify metta either by being similar or being dissimilar. The Visuddhimagga calls them "the two enemies — the near and the remote." Greed, l...
by Anicca
Sun Dec 26, 2010 1:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which leads to more harm unawareness or vindictiveness?
Replies: 25
Views: 2005

Re: Which leads to more harm unawareness or vindictiveness?

The sutta really surprised me - Miln III.7.8: Doing Evil Knowingly and Unknowingly {Miln 84} The king asked: "Venerable Nagasena, for whom is the greater demerit, one who knowingly does evil, or one who does evil unknowingly?" The elder replied: "Indeed, your majesty, for him who does evil not knowi...
by Anicca
Fri Dec 24, 2010 10:54 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The legitimacy of western psychiatry?
Replies: 40
Views: 3415

Re: The legitimacy of western psychiatry?

AN 4.111 Kesi Sutta: To Kesi the Horsetrainer "And if a tamable person doesn't submit either to a mild training or to a harsh training or to a mild & harsh training, what do you do?" "If a tamable person doesn't submit either to a mild training or to a harsh training or to a mild & harsh training, ...
by Anicca
Fri Dec 24, 2010 10:10 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The legitimacy of western psychiatry?
Replies: 40
Views: 3415

Re: The legitimacy of western psychiatry?

As my wisdom has grown (or so I think), western psychiatry seems less and less valid. Because the effects of their drugs and counseling is uncertain, but the effects of Buddhist meditation are certain To quote Practical Advice for Meditators by Bhikkhu Khantipalo ... the number of ways a meditator ...
by Anicca
Fri Dec 24, 2010 9:32 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Human reborn as Human
Replies: 160
Views: 12779

Re: Human reborn as Human

Howdy Octathlon! is it mentioned in the suttas? This is not the only sutta - but is this mention what you mean? From AN 10.29 Kosala Sutta: The Kosalan "As far as the sun & moon revolve, illumining the directions with their light, there extends the thousand-fold cosmos. In that thousand-fold cosmos ...
by Anicca
Thu Dec 23, 2010 10:09 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Skill In Questions - Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Replies: 2
Views: 1374

Skill In Questions - Thanissaro Bhikkhu

New book by Ajahn Geoff - couldn't find it mentioned elsewhere on Dhammawheel - Available at AccessToInsight (as a .pdf only) This is a book about discernment in action, centered on the Buddha’s strategic use of discernment in framing and responding to questions. The idea for this book was born more...
by Anicca
Tue Dec 21, 2010 11:06 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: "Close attention to in/out breaths" is classed as a feeling?
Replies: 2
Views: 1051

Re: "Close attention to in/out breaths" is classed as a feeling?

To me it implies keeping the breath as the basis for contemplating feelings. Pleasure and rapture are two of the possible feelings - but they are conditioned - subject to anicca. How do those feelings change? Do you feel a start to the in breath? Do you feel an end to the in breath? What about the t...
by Anicca
Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6206
Views: 574511

Re: the great rebirth debate

I agree with James. To expound on the original post - the term's of one's daily practice should be: to understand dukkha - its beginning - its end and the path that leads to its extinction. Dukkha no more! metta :shrug: By denying 99.99% of 1st NT, you are making the path seem less important. If th...
by Anicca
Tue Dec 21, 2010 9:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6206
Views: 574511

Re: the great rebirth debate

BlackBird wrote:I'm suggesting we direct our efforts towards walking the path rather than standing about arguing about the composition of the gravel.
This thread is a debate about a part of the gravel - re-birth. Walking on the path is walking to the end of dukkha - that is all the Buddha taught.

metta
by Anicca
Tue Dec 21, 2010 9:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6206
Views: 574511

Re: the great rebirth debate

Back on topic - original post: i guess someone needs to get this ball rolling :twisted: personally i believe in literal rebirth. it's just i don't care that much about it. and i don't think it's a necessity. i feel the non literal moment to moment view of rebirth is far more important to focus on in...
by Anicca
Tue Dec 21, 2010 8:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How important is The Buddha to Buddhism?
Replies: 115
Views: 9326

Re: How important is The Buddha to Buddhism?

And the Sasana will disappear one day. Such is the normal condition of impermanence. Most assurdly - but the Dhamma (used not as the Buddha's teachings per say, but as principles of behavior that human beings ought to follow) remains for the paccekabuddha to discover outside of the Sasana, allowing...
by Anicca
Tue Dec 21, 2010 7:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Acquiring the meditational skills to attain Nibbana
Replies: 15
Views: 1931

Re: Acquiring the meditational skills to attain Nibbana

Be mindful of your in and out breathing at all times, even before falling asleep, not forcing but knowing each breath fully. This is called Samatha. Samatha develops a tranquility of mind, a calmness, and from this calm insight arises. This is called Vipassana. They are not two different things, bu...
by Anicca
Tue Dec 21, 2010 6:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How important is The Buddha to Buddhism?
Replies: 115
Views: 9326

Re: How important is The Buddha to Buddhism?

However it is always there regardless of if there is a Buddha or not Probably not the exact same as the ones before. From Acariya Dhammapala The oldest suttas, however, already mention three types of individuals who attain to the consummate state: a sammaasambuddha or perfectly enlightened Buddha, ...
by Anicca
Tue Dec 21, 2010 6:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6206
Views: 574511

Re: the great rebirth debate

SN 1.38 Sakalika Sutta: The Stone Sliver Now at that time his foot had been pierced by a stone sliver. Excruciating were the bodily feelings that developed within him — painful, fierce, sharp, wracking, repellent, disagreeable — but he endured them mindful, alert, & unperturbed. ... "What a naga is...