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by Samma
Thu Oct 03, 2013 10:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theranamo sutta
Replies: 6
Views: 1237

Re: Theranamo sutta

Hmm I don't recall that at the moment, but I do remember him saying something about the Buddha did not talk about the "present moment", does anyone remember that one? Burn up what's before, and have nothing for after. If you don't grasp at what's in between,[8] you will go about, calm. 8. Nd. I: "Be...
by Samma
Thu Oct 03, 2013 6:52 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Faith-based against evidence-based
Replies: 173
Views: 16498

Re: Faith-based against evidence-based

Canki sutta shows the path as: conviction -> visits teacher -> grows close - > lends ear ->hears dhamma - > remembers it -> penetrating the meaning of teachings -> agreement -> desire -> willing -> contemplation -> exertion -> realizes the ultimate truth It seems you are genuine (not trolling), thou...
by Samma
Wed Oct 02, 2013 4:06 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Faith-based against evidence-based
Replies: 173
Views: 16498

Re: Faith-based against evidence-based

Seems like zen has messed you up nice? Since you seems to have no clue and treat everything with equal skepticism then obviously just pick something at random. Become a wiccan and do magik rituals. Become a druid. Join a cult. Worship zeus. Go do heroin. Indulge in sensuality. Start a family and hav...
by Samma
Wed Oct 02, 2013 2:46 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 1.1 The Flood
Replies: 10
Views: 4492

Re: SN 1.1 The Flood

This one is deep but not too clear and paradoxical, so it takes a lot of explanation to make much sense of. In a flood what else is there but pushing forward, staying in place? Floating and letting the stream carry you? Some abstract idea about crossing over due to there being no sense of place with...
by Samma
Wed Oct 02, 2013 2:37 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: The Pleasure Trap
Replies: 6
Views: 1393

Re: The Pleasure Trap

So so people have temporary messed up (desensitized) their brain by eating too much crap, fat, sugar, salt, etc? What...they cant even enjoy or taste a salad? So they need to go on a juice fast or water rehab? Why is it so hard indeed? "As the Buddha notes, we hope for happiness in sensual pleasures...
by Samma
Tue Oct 01, 2013 4:54 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Faith-based against evidence-based
Replies: 173
Views: 16498

Re: Faith-based against evidence-based

:goodpost: Here is the Paul W. thread: http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=10132 The guy is more Mahayana focused, so if you are interested in Theravada or early Buddhism, go study something else. Here is the introductory resources thread: http://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=148 ...
by Samma
Tue Oct 01, 2013 4:38 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Sam Harris's guided "mindfulness" meditation
Replies: 5
Views: 3527

Re: Sam Harris's guided "mindfulness" meditation

I'll give them a go. From what I understand he did several Goenka and IMS type retreats. His next book is Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion. His basic take seems to be one of using a technique to manipulate the brain and make you feel better, so I'm not sure how well he understand ...
by Samma
Sun Sep 29, 2013 6:21 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: AN 3.38/3.39: Sukhamala Sutta — Refinement
Replies: 8
Views: 3073

Re: AN 3.38/3.39: Sukhamala Sutta — Refinement

I like this one since it deals with some obstacles to renunciation that people are concerned with along with the eight worldly dhammas of wealth/loss of wealth, status/loss of status, praise/criticism, pleasure/pain. Not sure intoxication is the best word though... wrapped up in, satisfied, proud......
by Samma
Sun Sep 29, 2013 6:14 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Goenka method
Replies: 7
Views: 3514

Re: Goenka method

An overview: the insight meditation taught by the Indian S.N. Goenka (1924), a disciple of the Burmese meditation teacher U Ba Khin (1899-1971), began to spread around the globe and has by now become what probably is the most widely taught form of insight meditation world-wide. This meditation tradi...
by Samma
Fri Sep 27, 2013 8:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you really find the Dhamma inspiring?
Replies: 43
Views: 4435

Re: Do you really find the Dhamma inspiring?

Inspiring as in "to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence"? Well only rarely, might read something and be struck with the importance of it, feel energized, and want to practice. Rather than inspiration being so important, consider the two terms bellow. "The power of this aspirati...
by Samma
Fri Sep 27, 2013 8:22 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Death is Certain — Life is Uncertain
Replies: 3
Views: 932

Re: Death is Certain — Life is Uncertain

Neither gods plan or karma eh? Utuniyama: the natural law pertaining to physical objects and changes in the natural environment, such as the weather http://www.buddhanet.net/cmdsg/kamma1.htm It can help to make up greater stories like its all part of the plan or past actions, but ehhh sometimes life...
by Samma
Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Why will meditation not bring more loss and death?
Replies: 15
Views: 4049

Re: Why will meditation not bring more loss and death?

I think you are right that thinking about negative can prepare you for them. I forget but it might have been a radiolab podcast that discussed this. Those that don't think negative things can happen were more surprised about them and took them worse. Now that I think about it, it might have been the...
by Samma
Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:39 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: "Practicing Mindfulness: HOW TO JUST DO IT!"
Replies: 1
Views: 1091

Re: "Practicing Mindfulness: HOW TO JUST DO IT!"

This is a nice enough introduction, and liked the read, but the second article brings to mind typical differences when starting to meditate... " to connect and sustain attention with a single inbreath -- we have to let go of preoccupation with the method itself; we have to do that in order to allow ...
by Samma
Wed Sep 25, 2013 6:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Theravada?
Replies: 114
Views: 17524

Re: Why Theravada?

That form of mediation seems to have been popularized by the Chinese Zen master Ta-Hui (1089 – 1163) a member of the Lin-Chi sect of Zen. So thats around 1500 years after the Buddha. This is the best article I know on the topic: http://www.nondualitymagazine.org/nonduality_magazine.6.stuartlachs..ht...
by Samma
Wed Sep 25, 2013 6:00 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Religious criticism
Replies: 19
Views: 4177

Re: Religious criticism

Speaking from a history of ideas standpoint, I think it may have something to do with the realization since Pascal that religion is not so much a matter of reason, it is something to take on faith. So why bother discussing it when it typically goes nowhere and can easily make people angry?