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by retrofuturist
Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:44 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello Sangha
Replies: 8
Views: 221

Re: Hello Sangha

Greetings,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha1:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: There is no such thing as "vipassana meditation"?
Replies: 10
Views: 375

Re: There is no such thing as "vipassana meditation"?

Greetings, Last year I visited Bhikku Katukurunde Nanananda (just 14 days before his death :candle: ) and he affirmed the method I follow and gave more instruction. He is more of a "this is the path, follow it. Mahasi kamattana acharyas are like "hmm you are on right path, go do more and report back...
by retrofuturist
Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: characteristics of ariya
Replies: 11
Views: 205

Re: characteristics of ariya

Greetings,

I believe this letter from venerable Nanavira is relevant to your question.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: There is no such thing as "vipassana meditation"?
Replies: 10
Views: 375

Re: There is no such thing as "vipassana meditation"?

Greetings, So, Vipassana isn't a "meditation technique." It's a quality of mind, that roughly means "clear seeing." But it seems everyone seems not to know this. It is very common to see people, including foremost experts in Theravada, to act like "vipassana meditation" was something the Buddha taug...
by retrofuturist
Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Foundations of Human Life - A road to Nirvana for the West
Replies: 139
Views: 3480

Re: Foundations of Human Life - A road to Nirvana for the West

Greetings Peter, Every thing that is defined in form, or identified in the formless, is born. This thing comes into existence, as it is defined or identified. Although when one is aware that these things are empty of an essence, one knows that they are actually nothing (empty), and so nothing is bor...
by retrofuturist
Fri Mar 01, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Question about sitting posture
Replies: 9
Views: 289

Re: Question about sitting posture

Greetings, Which is preferred here? What do you think? It probably depends on what you're trying to achieve, and how long you have available to you. An in-between option that may be worth considering is sitting cross-legged but with back support from a wall, tree or other such structure. Metta, Paul...
by retrofuturist
Fri Mar 01, 2019 3:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Isn't Buddhism contradictory?
Replies: 45
Views: 541

Re: Isn't Buddhism contradictory?

Greetings,
cappuccino wrote:
Fri Mar 01, 2019 3:31 am
what else is there to say?
If the purpose of words is to communicate meaning, but you fail to communicate meaning, then what use are any words?

:focus:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Fri Mar 01, 2019 3:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Isn't Buddhism contradictory?
Replies: 45
Views: 541

Re: Isn't Buddhism contradictory?

Greetings,
cappuccino wrote:
Fri Mar 01, 2019 3:28 am
perhaps your understanding isn't yet final
Perhaps your one-liners could be elaborated upon, so as to be less enigmatic, and more meaningful?

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Fri Mar 01, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Isn't Buddhism contradictory?
Replies: 45
Views: 541

Re: Isn't Buddhism contradictory?

:focus:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Isn't Buddhism contradictory?
Replies: 45
Views: 541

Re: Isn't Buddhism contradictory?

Greetings Alfa, In Buddhism, even consciousness is supposed to cease in nirvana. So basically, it doesn't recognise consciousness as the highest reality but simply as a conditioned phenomenon. Yet in Buddhism, consciousness seems to have the highest value in terms of practice - consciousness of brea...
by retrofuturist
Thu Feb 28, 2019 1:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Subduing sexual feelings
Replies: 18
Views: 511

Re: Subduing sexual feelings

Greetings LB, So the question is what is a positive theme that specifically counteracts a sensuous feeling. What do you suggest? I would suggest trial and error, and seeing what works for you. The Buddha wasn't particularly prescriptive about such matters because different approaches will work diffe...
by retrofuturist
Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Subduing sexual feelings
Replies: 18
Views: 511

Re: Subduing sexual feelings

Greetings LB, I'm having difficulty with it. These steps are intended for thoughts that are volitional, yes? How could they work for feelings? I don't think Pali (the language of the suttas) has the kind of strict delineation between "thoughts" and "feelings" that we have in English, so I suspect th...
by retrofuturist
Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Subduing sexual feelings
Replies: 18
Views: 511

Re: Subduing sexual feelings

Greetings,

Have you tried this?

MN 20: Vitakkasanthana Sutta

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If there is no self why defend your self ?
Replies: 16
Views: 292

Re: If there is no self why defend your self ?

Greetings James, Now that you understand that there is no self but only the five aggregates , yet if being attack by others , still you will defend your self ? It depends what you mean by "attack" - verbal, physical, reputational etc.? It's worth noting that the Buddha was very rarely "fired up", bu...
by retrofuturist
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Coalface of Practice?
Replies: 15
Views: 441

Re: The World and I: where do you stand?

Greetings Dan74-MkII, The coalface of practice I referred to was 'personal experience', i.e. the feelings, sensations, perceptions, volitions and mental formations. Not as abstractions but actual lived experience. Right here and right now. So, basically, all those things that the Buddha repeatedly s...