Search found 39 matches

by amtross
Mon Dec 26, 2011 6:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Buddha have an extreme attachment disorder?
Replies: 17
Views: 1662

Re: Did Buddha have an extreme attachment disorder?

I don't see how it's possible to cling to non clinging. I can see how it is possible to cling to the IDEA of non clinging or the FEELING that arises when one lets go but, in my mind, this is just plain and simple clinging like any other.
by amtross
Sun Dec 25, 2011 8:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Guilt
Replies: 11
Views: 1179

Re: Guilt

I too have problems with anger. I have heard it said something like "anger has a sweet tip with a poisoned root". I take this to refer to how anger tends to seem like the right thing to do at the time. It's your buddy, there to look out for your interest and sadly for me, sometimes it even seems lik...
by amtross
Wed Dec 21, 2011 5:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Joseph Goldstein's "Abiding in Mindfulness" series
Replies: 6
Views: 2417

Re: Joseph Goldstein's "Abiding in Mindfulness" series

+ 1 on Joseph Goldstein's Satipatthana Sutta series. I'm only on talk number 11 because I keep going back and listening to them over and over again. Lots of good info. I love his description of Dukha as a bad fitting wheel.
by amtross
Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: This won't last forever...
Replies: 3
Views: 438

Re: This won't last forever...

Many thanks! you both said things that were very helpful :bow: ... If you remind yourself "this will also change" then this is truth. If you notice yourself attaching to this truth and that this helps you cope then just notice the attachment and the coping... and so remind yourself "this will also c...
by amtross
Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: This won't last forever...
Replies: 3
Views: 438

This won't last forever...

So, I'm going through some stuff these days which is leading to much Dukha. While trying to be with the rising and falling of feelings, emotions and mindstates, I often find myself thinking "Well, this isn't going to last forever...". This thought does give some comfort and on the surface it seems l...
by amtross
Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does this render the Buddhism redundant?
Replies: 27
Views: 1993

Re: Does this render the Buddhism redundant?

Wow, I'm really confused, both by the original post and the people arguing against it. I am writing this post with a beginner's mind. I put my understating out here for your review, not to correct the reader but in hopes that any misunderstandings I have will be corrected: What part of Buddha's teac...
by amtross
Fri Dec 02, 2011 8:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Questions about mn 111, Anupada Sutta
Replies: 4
Views: 1462

Questions about mn 111, Anupada Sutta

I have some questions about parts of the Anupada Sutta. 1. Did Sariputta discern the mental qualities in the order listed? 2. Did he discern each of them arise, remain and subside before discerning the next one. 3. Is each mental quality dependant on the one before (hence "One after Another")? 4. ar...
by amtross
Fri Dec 02, 2011 7:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Metta Meditation
Replies: 7
Views: 772

Re: Metta Meditation

One thing that helped me a lot was to look at this practice like rubbing two sticks together. I'm not creating fire, I'm rubbing two sticks together, thus creating the conditions for fire. Eventually, fire will come but I can't make it. The same is true for the metta. I focus on the person I'm wishi...
by amtross
Thu Nov 24, 2011 10:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Looking for practical books for everyday life
Replies: 6
Views: 1535

Re: Looking for practical books for everyday life

Dr. Thynn-Thynn's book called Living Meditation, Living Insight is a wonderful book on how to bring the practice into daily life:
http://www.buddhanet.net/imol/livingmd.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

May you be happy,
sean