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by seeker242
Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Daily life meditation
Replies: 9
Views: 1882

Re: Daily life meditation

As I see it, there are two benefits to doing this "daily life meditation". There is the benefit of staying with whatever you are doing which produces a calm tranquility. And then there is the benefit of "coming back". This coming back has a great benefit if you do not judge the fact that you have "w...
by seeker242
Tue Apr 03, 2012 12:37 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: The Bodhi Tree thread
Replies: 14
Views: 26417

Re: The Bodhi Tree thread

Bodhi, a Pāḷi word meaning ‘awaken,’ is the name given to the particular tree growing at Bodh Gayā which the Buddha was sitting under when he became enlightened. This Bodhi Tree was a variety of fig known to botanists as Ficus religiosa and which has large spreading branches and rounded leaves with...
by seeker242
Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The thought that stops......
Replies: 26
Views: 5295

Re: The thought that stops......

Wow. Are we getting mislead by those who claim we should simply observe thoughts as they arise? No, because you can not stop thoughts from arising! All you can do is make an effort to maintain mindfulness of breathing. If you try to do both, then you are not really maintaining mindfulness of just b...
by seeker242
Sat Mar 31, 2012 4:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The thought that stops......
Replies: 26
Views: 5295

Re: The thought that stops......

Wow. Are we getting mislead by those who claim we should simply observe thoughts as they arise? No, because you can not stop thoughts from arising! All you can do is make an effort to maintain mindfulness of breathing. If you try to do both, then you are not really maintaining mindfulness of just b...
by seeker242
Sat Mar 31, 2012 3:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: One Buddhist way or many?
Replies: 41
Views: 4933

Re: One Buddhist way or many?

Many different techniques, but only one way. "And this, monks, is the noble truth of the cessation of dukkha: the remainderless fading & cessation, renunciation, relinquishment, release, & letting go of that very craving." — SN 56.11 So technically, you could say it's both many ways and also only on...
by seeker242
Sun Mar 18, 2012 2:27 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: One Buddhist way or many?
Replies: 41
Views: 4933

Re: One Buddhist way or many?

Here's a question? Is it better to study one Buddhist way Theravada Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, or to dabble in many? For example it seems if your studying law you want to focus on one subject, criminal defense, hospital Mal-practice, corporate stuff etc... Whereas if your studying ec...
by seeker242
Sun Mar 18, 2012 2:16 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How can we have compassion for child abusers?
Replies: 99
Views: 8471

Re: How can we have compassion for child abusers?

I would say by contemplating the suffering that the person brings on themselves for acting in a way that is harmful to others. And also to contemplate the state of suffering they are in, in order to engage in such acts to begin with. The victims of crime obviously suffer. The perpetrators of the cri...
by seeker242
Sat Mar 17, 2012 12:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Evidence builds that meditation strengthens the brain, UCLA
Replies: 5
Views: 1035

Re: Evidence builds that meditation strengthens the brain, UCLA

Evidence like this is good! However, there is also a TON of evidence that is already established from research that was started in the 50-60s and is still ongoing. If you like research studies and scientific papers on meditation, the link below is THE place for them. In their index they have approxi...
by seeker242
Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Consciousness doesn't depend on body+name but on form+name
Replies: 61
Views: 4822

Re: Consciousness doesn't depend on body+name but on form+name

I interpret rupa in nama-rupa as physical body, of course. That's how suttas explain it. Interesting to hear that, can you provide sutta quotes which show that rupa in namarupa is of course to be understood as physical body? I don't deny that rupa comprises the physical body but rupa is not just a ...
by seeker242
Thu Mar 15, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Everything is impermanent??
Replies: 18
Views: 3415

Re: Everything is impermanent??

Thanks for the comments! Good ones! :)
by seeker242
Tue Mar 13, 2012 2:54 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Everything is impermanent??
Replies: 18
Views: 3415

Everything is impermanent??

I hear people say things like "Everything is impermanent!" but is that really true? What do you all think? I hold the view that the truth of the Dhamma is not impermanent because it is not a thing that is "constructed", etc. The fact that the 5 aggregates have the nature of the 3 marks of existence ...
by seeker242
Sun Mar 11, 2012 1:53 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Bedbugs and the 1st precept
Replies: 29
Views: 7688

Re: Bed Bugs

Have you ever seen this? :smile:

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by seeker242
Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation, 5 hindrances, and the misconception
Replies: 33
Views: 5677

Re: Meditation, 5 hindrances, and the misconception

- MN 39 http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.039.than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Where do you see the Sutta reference saying this in MN 39? What I see in MN 39 is this and it seems to me to be opposite of what you are saying. Abandoning the hindrances "And what mor...
by seeker242
Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation, 5 hindrances, and the misconception
Replies: 33
Views: 5677

Re: Meditation, 5 hindrances, and the misconception

Greetings, Do you care to demonstrate by way of recourse to examples? If you mean the example where it's mentioned in the Suttas, at least there are four sutta references: - DN 9 http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/dn/dn.09.0.than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - DN 11 http...
by seeker242
Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140
Replies: 31
Views: 3998

Re: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140

Some reading on "Transcendental Dependent Arising" may clarify this some I think. :) http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/bodhi/wheel277.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; So what I would say, is to cultivate your meditation practice so that you can "sees it thus as it actuall...