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by Sam Vara
Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from the hills of New England
Replies: 4
Views: 333

Re: Greetings from the hills of New England

Welcome, Sir Timothy! I greet you from the hills of Old England! :hello:
by Sam Vara
Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is right concentration and...?
Replies: 3
Views: 193

Re: What is right concentration and...?

What is right concentration, mindfullness, behaviour to make it possible to proceed in samsara? I'm not sure whether you mean to proceed in samsara, or to proceed to escape from it. Any behaviour will lead one to proceed in samsara, and that is in itself the problem; although there are more difficu...
by Sam Vara
Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Eightfold path
Replies: 18
Views: 1392

Re: Eightfold path

SarathW wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:15 pm
First of all anger often (always?) Is directed toward peoples or living beings.
No, we have anger towards inanimates objects as well.

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Indeed.

by Sam Vara
Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Samatha Meditation instructions
Replies: 23
Views: 1353

Re: Samatha Meditation instructions

Hi boundless, The best instruction I have received was via this organisation: https://www.samatha.org/ The best option is to attend a class in person (I don't know where you are based) but you will see that they also do an online version. Failing that, Googling the title that you have given this th...
by Sam Vara
Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Buddhism under persecution
Replies: 15
Views: 624

Re: Buddhism under persecution

Moderator note: Please could members stick to the issue raised by the OP, which is about the actions of Buddhists in the face of persecution. Complaints or comments about particular regimes should be raised on Dhamma Wheel Engaged, please.
by Sam Vara
Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Is meditation bad for you?
Replies: 27
Views: 976

Re: Is meditation bad for you?

This has been discussed a couple of times here, the earliest seems to be here: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=2854 There have also been threads about meditation precipitating a "dark night of the soul", etc. Most UK newspapers that cater for the educated middle classes (i.e. those people wh...
by Sam Vara
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from Amsterdam!
Replies: 4
Views: 344

Re: Greetings from Amsterdam!

Hello nelisjan, and welcome to Dhamma Wheel! :hello:
by Sam Vara
Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I apply old woman, young woman illusion to objects?
Replies: 5
Views: 134

Re: Can I apply old woman, young woman illusion to objects?

Can I apply old woman, young woman illusion to objects? https://www.google.com/search?q=old+woman+young+woman+illusion&oq=old+woman+youg+woman&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0l5.11305j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 If you are not familiar to this please google and see what you see in this picture. The question I...
by Sam Vara
Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Self and Control
Replies: 16
Views: 547

Re: The Self and Control

DNS wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:58 am

What the hell is a goeloe?

(I googled it, nothing came up.)
Me too. It's unlikely to be a typo as it has been repeated, so I think that the term has been invented as a rhetorical device, i.e.

"I've never seen a goeloe, so there isn't any such thing..."

"Well, have you ever seen a self...?"
by Sam Vara
Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Consider closing the Waharaka Thread
Replies: 12
Views: 1553

Re: Consider closing the Waharaka Thread

rightviewftw wrote:
Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:22 pm

In the end it is up to admins to make the evaluation for where the draw the line for absurdity. I just thought that it is proper to express my opinion fwiw.
Sure. And we really do value your opinion.
by Sam Vara
Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Consider closing the Waharaka Thread
Replies: 12
Views: 1553

Re: Consider closing the Waharaka Thread

Imho given that this board is a self-proclaimed Theravada forum and a "Dhamma Wheel", one might hope that people might care to actually uphold the Dhamma of the Theravada and not let people further muddy the waters. I guess it depends on how one defines "Theravada" and "Dhamma". Ven. Waharaka and h...
by Sam Vara
Sun Oct 28, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Self and Control
Replies: 16
Views: 547

Re: The Self and Control

If so, first may I ask, do you have a goeloe? Yes, but I don't talk about it. :tongue: But seriously, I think this is partly related to a lack of clarity about what anatta is negating in the suttas. Mostly it seems to be about the sense of "me" ( mana ) being an illusion, rather than a negation of ...
by Sam Vara
Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Help to explain Viveka viraga nirodha vossagga definition ?
Replies: 11
Views: 293

Re: Help to explain Viveka viraga nirodha vossagga definition ?

Wouldn't the Anapanasati Sutta, among others, require the deliberate direction of attention to breathing? No. Does seeing a sight always require deliberate direction of attention to the sight? Does hearing a sound require deliberate direction of attention to the sound? Does smelling a smell require...
by Sam Vara
Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Buddhism under persecution
Replies: 15
Views: 624

Re: Buddhism under persecution

We are extremely lucky right now in the West that there is no real threat of persecution at the moment. I'm wondering if there is a correct way to propagate Dhamma under persecution. A few historic examples of Persecution would be: The Leftist-Atheist Khmer Rouge - Virtually annihilated Theravada i...
by Sam Vara
Sat Oct 27, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does all rupa experience dukkha?
Replies: 9
Views: 259

Re: Does all rupa experience dukkha?

These dhammas are outside of Nibanna; the lifestream of a rock, a tree, an asteroid, a mushroom. They don't "experience" it in the sense of having painful feelings, as far as we know. But they certainly "experience" it in the sense of being inherently prone to it or subject to it. “Mendicants, ther...