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by Sam Vara
Fri Oct 19, 2012 9:11 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ignorance
Replies: 10
Views: 1822

Re: Ignorance

How do you deal with ignorance if even the authority is ignorant? Could you clarify this a bit, and maybe give a concrete example of what you mean? Do you mean how to deal with the ignorance of those who are supposed to be "authorities"? If I believe them to be ignorant, then to that extent I don't...
by Sam Vara
Fri Oct 19, 2012 9:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How to assess meditation teacher quality/worthiness?
Replies: 32
Views: 4801

Re: How to assess meditation teacher quality/worthiness?

I think that it is important to work out things for oneself, which means trying things, not just listening to words and reading texts. Of course, if a teacher seems to be talking complete nonsense I'll just walk away, but if a teacher is legitimate I think that it is important to listen very carefu...
by Sam Vara
Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism and work - struggling!
Replies: 7
Views: 1180

Re: Buddhism and work - struggling!

Hi Jane, I'm sorry things aren't going well. Many organisations rely on the unpaid and unacknowledged goodwill of staff. And to work in an organisation in exchange for money is often, sadly, inseparable from some degree of exploitation. As well as echoing Ben's sound advice, I would reflect on what ...
by Sam Vara
Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:14 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Interview with Leigh Brasington (concerning jhana)
Replies: 16
Views: 7229

Re: Interview with Leigh Brasington (concerning jhana)

Maybe the problem is seeing the description as one of listed factors, rather than as a softer description - better might be seeing the description as cmprised of hues, rather than discreet qualia. Ah, thank you Dave, I think I see what he means now. (If only LB wrote as well as you...) Thanks also ...
by Sam Vara
Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:13 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Interview with Leigh Brasington (concerning jhana)
Replies: 16
Views: 7229

Re: Interview with Leigh Brasington (concerning jhana)

Can anyone help with this bit, please? LB says: In the suttas, the jhanas are described most of the time using a standard formula. The standard formula for the first jhana has four factors one-pointedness is not mentioned. There are just the four factors of vitakka, vicara, piti, and sukha. The form...
by Sam Vara
Sun Oct 14, 2012 9:34 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: AN 6.55: Sona Sutta
Replies: 23
Views: 7063

Re: AN 6.55: Sona Sutta

How much is too much? How much is not enough? A vina player can match the pitch of his intrument to a known note, such as a tuning fork. But there is no such objective yardstick for the persisting meditator. Perhaps the idea is leaving it to the individual practitioner to experiment and find out wh...
by Sam Vara
Thu Oct 11, 2012 5:12 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Amazing Naree-Pol(Girl-Shape)Trees
Replies: 5
Views: 1678

Re: Amazing Naree-Pol(Girl-Shape)Trees

Hi yawares,

Yes, I thought that it was!
by Sam Vara
Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:00 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Amazing Naree-Pol(Girl-Shape)Trees
Replies: 5
Views: 1678

Re: Amazing Naree-Pol(Girl-Shape)Trees

Do you believe the news!?
Not this bit of it, yawares!
by Sam Vara
Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:06 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Teaching the fruits of honesty to a child - help! how?
Replies: 5
Views: 3147

Re: Teaching the fruits of honesty to a child - help! how?

Hi Alobha, I agree with Ben in saying that this is a developmental stage. Nearly all children do this when they first go to school, probably because they are exposed for the first time to a wide range of different narratives and possibilities. They grow out of it, and it is completely harmless. They...
by Sam Vara
Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:38 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: AN 6.55: Sona Sutta
Replies: 23
Views: 7063

Re: AN 6.55: Sona Sutta

AN 10.121 has Bhikkhus, just as the dawn is the forerunner and first indication of the rising of the sun, so is right view the forerunner and first indication of wholesome states. and we also read When, friends, a noble disciple understands the unwholesome, the root of the unwholesome, the wholesom...
by Sam Vara
Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:06 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: AN 6.55: Sona Sutta
Replies: 23
Views: 7063

Re: AN 6.55: Sona Sutta

In keeping with the music analogy, the faculties are each employed with a certain pitch, and the point is to harmonize them in order to get a boost in resonance. The tuning fork is right view around which runs the whole of the Path; direct discernment of wholesome and unwholesome, or continual refl...
by Sam Vara
Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:32 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: AN 6.55: Sona Sutta
Replies: 23
Views: 7063

Re: AN 6.55: Sona Sutta

Many thanks Mike. I have three preliminary thoughts about this one, which, despite being familiar with the vina analogy, I had not previously read In the same way, Sona, over-aroused persistence leads to restlessness, overly slack persistence leads to laziness. Thus you should determine the right pi...
by Sam Vara
Sun Oct 07, 2012 11:01 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Bhutan aims to be first 100pc organic nation
Replies: 8
Views: 1198

Re: Bhutan aims to be first 100pc organic nation

Just done the sensible thing and Googled it, Ben.

I had to peep out from between my fingers, but it all seems quite tame.

Don't know how I ever managed without one, though.
by Sam Vara
Sun Oct 07, 2012 10:57 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Bhutan aims to be first 100pc organic nation
Replies: 8
Views: 1198

Re: Bhutan aims to be first 100pc organic nation

Car bras??!

I feel like I'm in a cultural backwater compared to you guys in Nova Hollandia. A simple account or a link will do, but only if it doesn't upset me.

Flat screen TVs and Paris Hilton I am OK with...
by Sam Vara
Sun Oct 07, 2012 9:41 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Canki Sutta Questions
Replies: 5
Views: 1453

Re: Canki Sutta Questions

Thank you all for your responses. In this sutta when it says to hear the Dhamma, what does "Dhamma" refer to and how much "Dhamma" must one hear? Must one hear the complete set of the Buddha's teachings recorded in the Pali Canon, or does this refer to any amount of the Buddha's teaching that suffi...