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by waterchan
Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Can we practice Satipatthana without a formal sitting?
Replies: 59
Views: 4289

Re: Can we practice Satipatthana without a formal sitting?

waterchan wrote:
badscooter wrote: I quite doubt you could do that in your car while driving.
i dont know why.... :thinking: but ok
So you're saying that you could be completely devoid of even the faintest ill-will and sensual desires — effectively the first jhana or higher — while driving?
by waterchan
Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:28 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Are the Police in the USA out of control?
Replies: 54
Views: 6853

Re: Are the Police in the USA out of control?

Police and guns are very obviously part of the problem (of people being shot by police with guns). Another problem is the lack of recognition that it is a problem. There really isn't much to recognize on that end of the spectrum. The police and guns are not the problem. It's the higher government. ...
by waterchan
Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Can we practice Satipatthana without a formal sitting?
Replies: 59
Views: 4289

Re: Can we practice Satipatthana without a formal sitting?

How exactly did Arittha practice breath meditation? "But how do you develop mindfulness of in-&-out breathing, Arittha?" "Having abandoned sensual desire for past sensual pleasures, lord, having done away with sensual desire for future sensual pleasures, and having thoroughly subdued perceptions of...
by waterchan
Mon Aug 10, 2015 6:46 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Are the Police in the USA out of control?
Replies: 54
Views: 6853

Re: Are the Police in the USA out of control?

I would say that contributes to the numbers you posted above. I will say as a math teacher (I teach probability and statistics) just showing numbers is not necessarily the best way to represent or interpret data. Many countries with stricter gun control than the USA are safer. The prosperous, devel...
by waterchan
Sun Aug 09, 2015 9:50 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Are the Police in the USA out of control?
Replies: 54
Views: 6853

Re: Are the Police in the USA out of control?

I think the main problem is that the USA needs to tighten gun control and remove the majority of guns from private ownership: http://theconversation.com/how-us-gun-control-compares-to-the-rest-of-the-world-43590" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; With metta, Chris :goodpost: But of cour...
by waterchan
Sun Aug 09, 2015 7:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: New book forthcoming from Bhikkhu Analayo
Replies: 15
Views: 2596

Re: New book forthcoming from Bhikkhu Analayo

This might be old news, but for those that aren't aware: The Dawn of Abhidharma , (Hamburg Buddhist Studies 2), Hamburg: Hamburg University Press, 2014. (PDF). https://www.buddhismuskunde.uni-hamburg.de/pdf/5-personen/analayo/dawn-abhidharma.pdf From the foreward: This book is a companion to his pre...
by waterchan
Sun Aug 09, 2015 5:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Kamma & vipaka question
Replies: 24
Views: 2330

Re: Kamma & vipaka question

If you're looking for a more detailed, authoritative answer from canonical sources, it might be a good idea to post this in the Classical Theravada section. IMO the precise workings of kamma are too complicated to be addressed in an "Open Dhamma" fashion.
by waterchan
Sun Aug 09, 2015 5:52 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali chanting for deceased
Replies: 16
Views: 5803

Re: Pali chanting for deceased

Given the Theravada's rejection of the doctrine of an intermediate state between death and rebirth, the custom is obviously an irrational superstition. There's also a certain irony to the Thai practice, considering that the Theravadin rejection of the intermediate state heresy is actually contained...
by waterchan
Sun Aug 09, 2015 5:32 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Genius of the Ancient World - Buddha
Replies: 41
Views: 5267

Re: Genius of the Ancient World - Buddha

Why don't the BBC use real experts? My choice for this programme would have been someone like Stephen Batchelor, much as I disagree with his take on Buddhism. He speaks well to audiences and would probably be worth a try on TV. Hmm... nah, I'd rather look at Bettany Hughes for 59 minutes and 12 sec...
by waterchan
Sun Aug 09, 2015 5:09 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: What is a "mind movement out" through fingers and toes in body scan meditations?
Replies: 5
Views: 1546

Re: What is a "mind movement out" through fingers and toes in body scan meditations?

Think this has more to do with the vipassana side of things than samatha. *glances at the forum section title*
by waterchan
Sun Aug 09, 2015 5:04 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali chanting for deceased
Replies: 16
Views: 5803

Re: Pali chanting for deceased

In Thailand, however, the custom is to recite the mātikās to the seven books of the Abhidhamma Piṭaka Gosh, my deepest compassion for the poor dead being who has to listen to this. That would definitely compel him to get reborn immediately. It's not that bad! In any case the chanting takes only abo...
by waterchan
Sun Aug 09, 2015 4:40 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Kamma & vipaka question
Replies: 24
Views: 2330

Re: Kamma & vipaka question

Alex123 wrote: But still, it sounds strange that wholesome result can ripen after unrelated unwholesome deed.
Examples?
by waterchan
Sun Aug 09, 2015 4:36 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Kamma & vipaka question
Replies: 24
Views: 2330

Re: Kamma & vipaka question

For example when Prince Ajatasattu killed his father King Bimbisara, he inherited the throne as a result, which is a plea-sent result. Even if inheriting the throne seems to be a pleasant kammic result (which you are not claiming here), I don't think that's objectively the case. One can be a very m...
by waterchan
Sun Aug 09, 2015 4:20 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali chanting for deceased
Replies: 16
Views: 5803

Re: Pali chanting for deceased

Dhammanando wrote:In Thailand, however, the custom is to recite the mātikās to the seven books of the Abhidhamma Piṭaka
Gosh, my deepest compassion for the poor dead being who has to listen to this. That would definitely compel him to get reborn immediately. A good strategy from the Thais!
by waterchan
Sun Aug 09, 2015 4:13 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali chanting for deceased
Replies: 16
Views: 5803

Re: Pali chanting for deceased

Given the Theravada's rejection of the doctrine of an intermediate state between death and rebirth, the custom is obviously an irrational superstition. There's also a certain irony to the Thai practice, considering that the Theravadin rejection of the intermediate state heresy is actually contained...