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by Zom
Wed May 05, 2010 8:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The rupa in nama-rupa
Replies: 26
Views: 2469

Re: The rupa in nama-rupa

"'From consciousness as a requisite condition comes name-and-form.' Thus it has been said. And this is the way to understand how from consciousness as a requisite condition comes name-and-form. If consciousness were not to descend into the mother's womb, would name-and-form take shape in the womb?"...
by Zom
Tue May 04, 2010 7:26 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Extreme Headaches!
Replies: 23
Views: 3815

Re: Extreme Headaches!

I read a great deal about Dhamma(I am very new) and in one of the articles, I read that some chronic diseases can be cured by Vipassana/meditation. If these headaches is the result of her past bad deeds (kamma), this can be cured by regular metta-meditation (thoughts of kindness directed to numerou...
by Zom
Tue May 04, 2010 2:42 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Marriage to non-Buddhists
Replies: 25
Views: 2728

Re: Marriage to non-Buddhists

I've been a Buddhist since the age of 15 when I read "What the Buddha Taught" by Walpola Rahula. I'm now in my 50's, and have become ever more convinced that what the Buddha taught is the way. My problem is that my wife is a very devote Catholic and is continually forcing her views on me in an atte...
by Zom
Tue May 04, 2010 2:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If a stream-winner...
Replies: 89
Views: 11935

Re: If a stream-winner...

It seems to me that sotapanna level is not so high (for a buddhist) as some may think.. At this, a number of the Sakyans, whenever they met each other or came together in company, were indignant and angry, and said scornfully: "A fine thing, a marvelous thing! Nowadays anyone can become a Stream-Win...
by Zom
Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How do we know?
Replies: 12
Views: 1699

Re: How do we know?

I like this sutta very much on this topic -)) "Lord, who craves?" "Not a valid question," the Blessed One said. "I don't say 'craves.' If I were to say 'craves,' then 'Who craves?' would be a valid question. But I don't say that. When I don't say that, the valid question is 'From what as a requisite...
by Zom
Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and the Soldier
Replies: 15
Views: 1538

Re: Buddhism and the Soldier

I don't agree with Dukkhanirodha that one should just "accept that we be slaughtered brutally without fear and resentment". I do not recall the Buddha saying anywhere that we should just be vegetables when faced with violence towards ourselves or others. Actually I gave a quotation above... Again P...
by Zom
Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and the Soldier
Replies: 15
Views: 1538

Re: Buddhism and the Soldier

More: Phagguna, is it true, that you spend much time with the bhikkhunis? Do you maintain such an association with the bhikkhunis that when a bhikkhu blames the bhikkhunis in your presence, you get annoyed and talk in favour of the bhikkhunis, and when a bhikkhu blames you in the presence of the bhi...
by Zom
Sat Apr 24, 2010 7:55 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Confusion about eternally of "soul"
Replies: 64
Views: 6742

Re: Confusion about eternally of "soul"

More: "Insofar as it disintegrates, monk, it is called the 'world.' Now what disintegrates? 1. The eye disintegrates. Forms disintegrate. Consciousness at the eye disintegrates..... 2. The ear disintegrates........ 3. The nose... 4. The tongue... 5. The body ... 6. "The intellect disintegrates. Idea...
by Zom
Sat Apr 24, 2010 6:31 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Kamma_2 Questions
Replies: 23
Views: 2612

Re: Kamma_2 Questions

Now lets see my confusion: isnt strange that the result (vipaka) of my bad action is the cause (kamma) of a bad action of other person? Why strange if everything in this world is interconnected? And yes, if Lord Buddha said that this question should be put aside - it is better to follow his advice ...
by Zom
Tue Apr 20, 2010 1:03 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Confusion about eternally of "soul"
Replies: 64
Views: 6742

Re: Confusion about eternally of "soul"

More: Itivuttaka 79: This was said by the Blessed One, said by the Arahant, so I have heard: "This body falls apart; consciousness is subject to fading; all acquisitions are inconstant, stressful, subject to change." Knowing the body as falling apart, & consciousness as dissolving away, seeing the d...
by Zom
Tue Apr 20, 2010 12:56 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Mindfulness in Buddhism
Replies: 11
Views: 1197

Re: Mindfulness in Buddhism

There is consciousness outside 6-class-consciousness, and it is too inconstant and stressful. "In dependence on the intellect & ideas there arises intellect-consciousness . The intellect is inconstant, changeable, of a nature to become otherwise. Ideas are inconstant, changeable, of a nature to beco...
by Zom
Tue Apr 20, 2010 12:48 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Rasmussen/Snyder "Practicing the Jhanas"
Replies: 39
Views: 5708

Re: Rasmussen/Snyder "Practicing the Jhanas"

But this is not the only place where this luminous mind is mentioned. There are much more suttas where it is said about this luminous mind in the context of jhana. For example: MN 140 - http://www.mahindarama.com/e-tipitaka/Majjhima-Nikaya/mn-140.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; An...
by Zom
Sun Apr 18, 2010 7:28 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Rasmussen/Snyder "Practicing the Jhanas"
Replies: 39
Views: 5708

Re: Rasmussen/Snyder "Practicing the Jhanas"

As far as I see, light in meditation is the mind cleansed of hindrances. Don't know why that is a corruption according to the commentaries. In suttas it is said that luminous (abhassara) mind is a very good thing. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an01/an01.049.than.html" onclick="window.op...
by Zom
Sat Apr 17, 2010 7:15 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Rasmussen/Snyder "Practicing the Jhanas"
Replies: 39
Views: 5708

Re: Rasmussen/Snyder "Practicing the Jhanas"

While engaged in noticing, the meditator either by himself or through instructions from someone else, comes to this decision: "The brilliant light, and the other things experienced by me, are not the path. Delight in them is merely a corruption of insight. Brilliant light according to the suttas is...
by Zom
Tue Apr 13, 2010 7:40 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Rasmussen/Snyder "Practicing the Jhanas"
Replies: 39
Views: 5708

Re: Rasmussen/Snyder "Practicing the Jhanas"

A few months of consistent practice, study and some outside pushes in the right direction can bring very good results. Few months... well, don't know. I tried one month of intensive meditation practice in Thai, but it showed no "jhanic" results. I suppose it will take much more time and a long prep...