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by pegembara
Fri May 27, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: The Most Amazing Photo Ever Taken (?)
Replies: 18
Views: 3628

Re: The Most Amazing Photo Ever Taken (?)

Sky gazing is consider an important meditation practice in the recognition of Dzogchen. THE BASIC STEPS TO SKY GAZING MEDITATION Assume a comfortable meditative posture outside (during the day or night). Look outward at the sky – observe it and inquire about it. Recognize it is vast beyond concept. ...
by pegembara
Mon May 23, 2011 6:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does Paticca Samuppada reflect interconnection
Replies: 9
Views: 1214

Re: How does Paticca Samuppada reflect interconnection

Thanks all for the wonderful posts. Yes, I seem to get the idea of interconnectedness after reading Thich Nhat Hanh's work, even though I am not clear how paticca-samuppada would reflect interconnectedness. Also, I came across Maha Ghosananda's work "Prayer for Peace" where one of the poems that he...
by pegembara
Mon Apr 25, 2011 6:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anagami suttas (Non-returner)
Replies: 24
Views: 3409

Re: Anagami suttas (Non-returner)

Culavedalla Sutta: The Shorter Set of Questions-and-Answers http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.044.than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Kamabhu Sutta "Very good, venerable sir." And, delighting in and approving of Ven. Kamabhu's answer, Citta asked him a further questi...
by pegembara
Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: has buddha allowed house holders to practice vipashyna ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1198

Re: has buddha allowed house holders to practice vipashyna ?

He should practice freeing himself from clinging to the six sense faculties and not attach his thoughts to them; secondly, he should practice releasing himself from dependence on the six objects and not attach his thoughts to them either. Thirdly, he should stop clinging to the connecting link betwe...
by pegembara
Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: An interesting definition of nama-rupa, what do you think?
Replies: 16
Views: 3097

Re: An interesting definition of nama-rupa, what do you think?

In the tra­di­tional exe­ge­sis, pan­cupādā­nakkhandhā (five aggre­gates of cling­ing) and nāma-rūpa (name-and-form) are used inter­change­ably, imply­ing that these two are the same. As Ven. Ñāṇavīra Thera also pointed out in his Notes on Dhamma, this is a dubi­ous inter­pre­ta­tion that does not ...
by pegembara
Sun Apr 10, 2011 4:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is consciousness in time or is time in consciousness?
Replies: 46
Views: 5722

Re: Is consciousness in time or is time in consciousness?

It depends on how our senses operate and the property of light and sound. Let's try the Einstein thought experiment. Time depends on perception of change. If one were to travel away from say Earth at the speed of light everything will appears static and frozen to our eyes. The clock hands won't move...
by pegembara
Sat Apr 09, 2011 3:55 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Difficult for one developed in samatha to advance in vipass?
Replies: 10
Views: 2590

Re: Difficult for one developed in samatha to advance in vipass?

One year — when Ajaan Fuang was seeing a Chinese doctor in Bangkok for his skin disease and staying at Wat Asokaram — a group of nuns and laypeople came to practice meditation with him every night. Some members of the group would report having this or that vision in the course of their meditation, ...
by pegembara
Fri Apr 08, 2011 11:29 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Brain vs mind?
Replies: 48
Views: 6805

Re: Brain vs mind?

Brain conditions mind eg. inherited tendencies for mental illness. Mind conditions brain eg. changes in patterns of activities in yogis. Is brain activity responsible for consciousness or consciousness responsible for brain activity? Is the brain just the soil/substrate for consciousness/brain activ...
by pegembara
Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:13 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Stream-entry: Would you know?
Replies: 36
Views: 5021

Re: Stream-entry: Would you know?

Who knows?
But at least you can know for yourself if you still have craving or desire.
by pegembara
Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do arahants discard vipaka/suffering?
Replies: 408
Views: 46315

Re: Do arahants discard vipaka/suffering?

Not sure if this helps, but from Bhikkhu Nanananda's Nibbana Sermon 18, (P562 in the PDF I have, also in Volume IV in the links from this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katukurunde_Nanananda_Thera ) Here, then, we have an extremely subtle problem. When the arahant comes back to the world and is...
by pegembara
Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ghost Festival
Replies: 6
Views: 843

Re: Ghost Festival

Then Janussonin the brahman went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, exchanged courteous greetings with him. After an exchange of friendly greetings & courtesies, he sat to one side. As he was sitting there, he said to the Blessed One, "Master Gotama, you know that we brahmans give gifts, make offe...
by pegembara
Thu Mar 31, 2011 4:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Understanding the knower
Replies: 20
Views: 2019

Re: Understanding the knower

Viscid wrote:So what IS 'The Knower?'
There is knowing, a process or an experience but no knower.
by pegembara
Thu Mar 31, 2011 4:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation: Can't live with it! Can't live without it!
Replies: 28
Views: 3647

Re: Meditation: Can't live with it! Can't live without it!

Our sense of self is continually formulated by the things that we do and our interactions with others. When we find ourselves with nothing to do or no one to be with, our ego has nothing familiar by which to define itself. However, we can transform our fear of this emptiness. Boredom and loneliness...
by pegembara
Wed Mar 30, 2011 3:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: This True story made me cry :(
Replies: 6
Views: 966

Re: This True story made me cry :(

This is suffering.
The origin of suffering is attachment.
by pegembara
Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Luminous Mind. - What is it?
Replies: 108
Views: 17120

Re: Luminous Mind. - What is it?

From Mae Chee Kaew - Her Journey to Spiritual Awakening P. 194 “When you investigate mental phenomena until you go beyond them completely, the remaining defiling elements of consciousness will be drawn into a radiant nucleus of awareness, which merges with the mind’s naturally radiant essence. This ...