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by Sam Vara
Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:59 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Dont just sit there, LIE DOWN!
Replies: 3
Views: 1812

Re: Dont just sit there, LIE DOWN!

Go for it! Just as the thought would occur to a man walking quickly, 'Why am I walking quickly? Why don't I walk slowly?' So he walks slowly. The thought occurs to him, 'Why am I walking slowly? Why don't I stand?' So he stands. The thought occurs to him, 'Why am I standing? Why don't I sit down?' S...
by Sam Vara
Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:35 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Worried about Demons/Asuras
Replies: 9
Views: 1191

Re: Worried about Demons/Asuras

There was no sense of any demons present, this was just all anxiety. This is the bit I advise you to focus on. Anxiety can generate further anxiety, and this can get us imagining all sorts of things. All that has happened here is that you have had a dream in which you might have done something that...
by Sam Vara
Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:19 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 47.6: Sakunagghi Sutta — The Hawk
Replies: 19
Views: 3223

Re: SN 47.6: Sakunagghi Sutta — The Hawk

Isn't seeing the hawk as a simile for Mara asking us to use a simile for a simile?

No real hawk, and no real Mara.

Either or both can remind us of what we have to do, though.
by Sam Vara
Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:27 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Shinzen Young: Concentration in Meditation and Daily Life
Replies: 3
Views: 1048

Re: Shinzen Young: Concentration in Meditation and Daily Life

Hi Jhana4, This is a long video and I have to take it in stages. But this man is very good indeed. I am impressed! I had not heard of him before (I live in the UK). Do you know him, or did you just stumble across the video? I might post again when I have watched the whole thing. But many thanks.
by Sam Vara
Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:02 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 47.6: Sakunagghi Sutta — The Hawk
Replies: 19
Views: 3223

Re: SN 47.6: Sakunagghi Sutta — The Hawk

Another favourite of mine. I find something very touching about the Quail getting a "second chance", so to speak, when she recalls and declares her proper range and territory. The story would make the same point had the Quail been killed and eaten despite her recollection, but would have lacked comp...
by Sam Vara
Tue Nov 27, 2012 11:20 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: DNA/being present...
Replies: 6
Views: 1024

Re: DNA/being present...

According to the findings, published online in the new Association for Psychological Science journal Clinical Psychological Science, those who reported more mind wandering had shorter telomeres, while those who reported more presence in the moment, or having a greater focus and engagement with thei...
by Sam Vara
Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:13 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: DNA/being present...
Replies: 6
Views: 1024

Re: DNA/being present...

According to the findings, published online in the new Association for Psychological Science journal Clinical Psychological Science, those who reported more mind wandering had shorter telomeres, while those who reported more presence in the moment, or having a greater focus and engagement with thei...
by Sam Vara
Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:02 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: AN 8.63 Sankhitta Sutta(Good Will,Mindfulness,Concentration)
Replies: 15
Views: 4366

Re: AN 8.63 Sankhitta Sutta(Good Will,Mindfulness,Concentration)

Hi Sam, Yes, it is very interesting. Actually, it seems to me that there are quite a number of suttas that discuss various developmental approaches. However, as you say, certain suttas, such as the Anapanasati and Satipatthana Suttas, have become particularly popular. On the other hand, it is not u...
by Sam Vara
Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:09 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: AN 8.63 Sankhitta Sutta(Good Will,Mindfulness,Concentration)
Replies: 15
Views: 4366

Re: AN 8.63 Sankhitta Sutta(Good Will,Mindfulness,Concentration)

Many thanks, Mike. I chose this one for discussion at our local meditation group a few months ago. One of the members of the group (an ex-Abbot of a monastery) said he particularly liked the way that the Buddha had obviously seen something in this monk that differentiated him from the other "worthle...
by Sam Vara
Sat Nov 17, 2012 7:33 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism and Nietzsche
Replies: 13
Views: 2315

Re: Buddhism and Nietzsche

Thanks for this - it is interesting, but like a lot of academic papers it relies heavily on a particular "reading" of Buddhism in order to fit the argument. I am uneasy with this bit: The most important type of dukkha, however, is sankhara-dukkha, an existential incompleteness due to spiritual ignor...
by Sam Vara
Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:05 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: I might want one of these
Replies: 8
Views: 968

Re: I might want one of these

Ven Huifeng posted: 是,是台灣出名的「釋迦果」。Yes, Taiwan famous "Buddha fruit." Which I think are these: http://www.eastcoast-nsa.gov.tw/File/Portal/02/photo_020601_01.jpg http://www.eastcoast-nsa.gov.tw/Portal/Content.aspx?lang=2&p=202060101" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; I still may want one...
by Sam Vara
Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:42 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4406
Views: 321976

Re: Meat eating

Sekha: Sure. For myself, I nevertheless consider that my attitude has an impact, however small it may be. I am quite eager to obtain the 'fruit' so I want to put all odds on my side. For me, this is one of the best quotes in this whole massive debate. It is as humble as it is intelligent, and I than...
by Sam Vara
Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:40 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 47.1 Ambapālī (Satipatthanasamyutta)
Replies: 6
Views: 2220

Re: SN 47.1 Ambapālī (Satipatthanasamyutta)

Many thanks for your reply. As far as the "of something" issue, while conciousness always arises with a particular object, surely one of the points of this practice is to build up the mindfulness so that one is mindful whatever object arises. Indeed. I think it is a point of emphasis; whereas one fo...
by Sam Vara
Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:37 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 47.1 Ambapālī (Satipatthanasamyutta)
Replies: 6
Views: 2220

Re: SN 47.1 Ambapālī (Satipatthanasamyutta)

Hi Mike, Several thoughts are suggested by this little Sutta. I find it a lot easier than the Satipatthana Sutta , which tends to side-track me; whereas this seems to focus on the essentials. The two derivations of Satipatthana are rehearsed in lots of places. Prior to reading BB's notes, I had prev...
by Sam Vara
Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:58 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Richard Dawkins: If I met god when I die.
Replies: 24
Views: 1951

Re: Richard Dawkins: If I met god when I die.

Dawkins' quote makes me think that he believes that there are some positions and views that atheists ought to subscribe to, in order to be fulfilled. I wonder what they are. From what I know of him, it wouldn't be a matter of particular positions or views but of finding or achieving a (reasonably) ...