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by pegembara
Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Akiñcano - "With the Right Understanding" (Phenomenological Explorations of the Pāli Suttas)
Replies: 38
Views: 1336

Re: Bhikkhu Akiñcano - "With the Right Understanding" (Phenomenological Explorations of the Pāli Suttas)

The first tetrad is essentially making the in and outbreath the object ie. mindfulness of breathing. The purpose is to stop mind from wandering and dragged by the six senses. Breathing in long, he discerns, 'I am breathing in long'; or breathing out long, he discerns, 'I am breathing out long.' Or b...
by pegembara
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: concentration on the breath
Replies: 8
Views: 449

Re: concentration on the breath

The general idea is to anchor one's attention to a present object so that the mind doesn't wander off in different directions into the past or future for example. One remains in the so-called present moment. "Just as if a person, catching six animals of different ranges, of different habitats, were ...
by pegembara
Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Circumstances vs How we react to them
Replies: 16
Views: 463

Re: Circumstances vs How we react to them

There are 2 levels operating. You don't ignore the first level because they are the cause of mundane happiness. Then there is the 2nd level which leads to happiness independent of circumstances . "Not to associate with the foolish,[5] but to associate with the wise ; and to honor those who are worth...
by pegembara
Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is "the underlying tendency to ignorance in regard to neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling"?
Replies: 24
Views: 716

Re: What is "the underlying tendency to ignorance in regard to neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling"?

The relationship between neutral feelings and the underlying tendency to ignorance comes up again in the Discourse on the Six Sixes, the Chachakka-sutta (MN 148). The relevant passage describes the following predicament: Being touched by a neutral feeling, if one does not understand as it is the ar...
by pegembara
Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: self-mettā
Replies: 15
Views: 565

Re: self-mettā

Karaniya Metta Sutta: The Buddha's Words on Loving-Kindness This is what should be done By one who is skilled in goodness, And who knows the path of peace: Let them be able and upright, Straightforward and gentle in speech, Humble and not conceited, Contented and easily satisfied, Unburdened with du...
by pegembara
Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is "the underlying tendency to ignorance in regard to neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling"?
Replies: 24
Views: 716

Re: What is "the underlying tendency to ignorance in regard to neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling"?

"There are these three kinds of feeling: a pleasant feeling, a painful feeling, and neither-pleasant-nor-painful feeling. On the occasion when one feels a pleasant feeling, one does not feel either a painful feeling or a neither-pleasant-nor-painful feeling. One feels only a pleasant feeling on tha...
by pegembara
Mon Sep 30, 2019 3:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is "the underlying tendency to ignorance in regard to neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling"?
Replies: 24
Views: 716

Re: What is "the underlying tendency to ignorance in regard to neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling"?

Here is my take. Neutral feeling is actually considered as "boredom" for the uninitiated where "nothing is happening". It is not "pleasant" in the usual sense. In some sense, neutral feeling is like a taste of the peace of the "dead". Some form of rest. When this was said, Ven. Udayin said to Ven. S...
by pegembara
Sat Sep 28, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Is this wrong perception?
Replies: 26
Views: 1024

Re: Is this wrong perception?

The Buddha himself will agree with you. "And how is physical food to be regarded? Suppose a couple, husband & wife, taking meager provisions, were to travel through a desert. With them would be their only baby son, dear & appealing. Then the meager provisions of the couple going through the desert w...
by pegembara
Fri Sep 27, 2019 3:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: MN 68: a good case study on how easy and ordinary first jhana is
Replies: 24
Views: 1066

Re: MN 68: a good case study on how easy and ordinary first jhana is

Maybe a better sutta for that is MN 36, where Buddha says that he entered the first jhana basically by accident when he was a young man. "I thought: 'I recall once, when my father the Sakyan was working, and I was sitting in the cool shade of a rose-apple tree, then — quite secluded from sensuality...
by pegembara
Thu Sep 26, 2019 3:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Ajahn Sumedho's Sound of Silence practice
Replies: 13
Views: 575

Re: Ajahn Sumedho's Sound of Silence practice

So here's my thoughts so far: Firstly like any other meditation technique it has times where it seems to work and times where it doesn't. When it does work, it's difficult to describe the state that it seems to put me in. It probably doesn't make much sense to say that the sound becomes like a scre...
by pegembara
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vedana and Perception
Replies: 7
Views: 238

Re: Vedana and Perception

What about the perception of a snake instead of rope? Is vedana not involved? Vedana would depend on sanna here (reaction to a perception), but I don't see how it works the other way round. Perception might be influenced by one's state of mind of course. Yes, that's true. But when the predominant e...
by pegembara
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do we know?
Replies: 11
Views: 327

Re: Do we know?

How do we know that most angels fall into hell? Cause it's written in a sutta? What if I'm an angel for 10,000 year don't you think I would encounter the Dhamma wouldnt I practice it? It all seems a little suspect to me as In the anguttara nikaya buddha seems to make "he even goes to a heavenly sta...
by pegembara
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vedana and Perception
Replies: 7
Views: 238

Re: Vedana and Perception

What about the perception of a snake instead of rope? Is vedana not involved?
by pegembara
Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vedana and Perception
Replies: 7
Views: 238

Re: Vedana and Perception

Sure it does.
When one is upset, the perception is different compared to when one is elated: rose-tinted glasses.
by pegembara
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: any fast way of burning up karma?
Replies: 21
Views: 613

Re: any fast way of burning up karma?

well, for so many years observing the anger/pain/noise etc is exactly what i was doing i would do it to the point where there was nothing but the anger and my one pointed observation in all that time i was practicing that way i had doubts that it was the right way to deal with it whenever one takes...