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by mal4mac
Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How to stop associating yourself with your thoughts?
Replies: 47
Views: 5635

Re: How to stop associating yourself with your thoughts?

In your practice of mindfulness, the insight rises that these are only thoughts, only feelings. That there is no one really behind the door. That ownership is not different than the thoughts and feelings. An unmistakable conviction takes place. You just know it. How do you know this is a correct in...
by mal4mac
Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Bikkhu Bodhi on the errors of modern mindfulness
Replies: 47
Views: 6882

Re: Bikkhu Bodhi on the errors of modern mindfulness

"Savoring positive experiences" seems to be a strong movement in positive psychology at the moment: Here's a book, backed by JKZ with "Mindfulness" in the title, and "savoring" in the subtitle: Eat, Drink, and Be Mindful: How to End Your Struggle with Mindless Eating and Start Savoring Food by Susan...
by mal4mac
Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Bikkhu Bodhi on the errors of modern mindfulness
Replies: 47
Views: 6882

Re: Bikkhu Bodhi on the errors of modern mindfulness

So the mindfulness practitioner believes: “... not that one should renounce the impermanent... but that one should learn to live in the world... experiencing everything with awe and wonder... a new affirmation of the world, so that one can joyfully savour each fleeting event, each relationship, each...
by mal4mac
Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sam Harris and Robert Wright
Replies: 13
Views: 1457

Re: Sam Harris and Robert Wright

I got bored with RW’s book 1/3 of the way through and my Sam Harris podcast phase likewise fizzled. Turns out dhamma is more interesting. I thought the podcast had the usual problem with podcasts, they just don't get deeply enough into any of the issues and should really just be looked at as introd...
by mal4mac
Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha and sleep
Replies: 28
Views: 2406

Re: The Buddha and sleep

I've heard of the lion pose and remembered it as "lying on the right side". Is this necessary? I tend to vary it with lying on the left side, or do "corpse meditation" (lying on the back as still as a corpse while just being mindful of what comes into consciousness, not focusing on the breath, not l...
by mal4mac
Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha and sleep
Replies: 28
Views: 2406

Re: The Buddha and sleep

since i'm here, https://simplesuttas.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/the-buddha-diet/ On diet, I've been right at the centre of what I should be according to the BMI chart for the last ten years, varying only a few pounds either way, and I haven't adopted the buddha diet. What I have done, in a slightly O...
by mal4mac
Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha and sleep
Replies: 28
Views: 2406

Re: The Buddha and sleep

Einstein recommended sleeping nine hours a night and seemed to get a lot done. I've started staying in bed for about nine hours, each night, and feel full of calm energy from waking up, and throughout most of the day. On this regime I can read tough books without getting fatigued, seem to be getting...
by mal4mac
Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sam Harris and Robert Wright
Replies: 13
Views: 1457

Re: Sam Harris and Robert Wright

I applaud what Wright is doing, bringing an evolutionary psychology approach to Buddhism, but part of me wishes he had waited longer. He seems to get details wrong that the majority of even moderately practicing Buddhists would notice. I'm about midway through his book at the moment. I'm also about...
by mal4mac
Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How to stop associating yourself with your thoughts?
Replies: 47
Views: 5635

Re: How to stop associating yourself with your thoughts?

So I've been thinking about whether my thoughts are 'me' and have realised that they are impersonal and that the same goes for my feelings. My thoughts and feelings are beyond my control so there's no logic to saying "I thought of this idea" or "this is my idea" because in reality I did not choose ...
by mal4mac
Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What is wisdom?
Replies: 27
Views: 5462

Re: What is wisdom?

I read a dhammapada quote (340) earlier: Everywhere these streams are swirling, up-bursting creepers (craving) rooted firm. Seeing the craving-creeper there with wisdom cut its root! And this raises a question for me: What does 'wisdom' mean as a buddhist concept? What exactly are we using to cut t...
by mal4mac
Tue Sep 22, 2015 4:32 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Can Mara be enlightened?
Replies: 14
Views: 2268

Re: Can Mara be enlightened?

Why doesn't Mara "get it" and start walking the path?
by mal4mac
Thu Sep 17, 2015 3:56 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: self acceptance and weight issues Vs the Dhamma
Replies: 14
Views: 1008

Re: self acceptance and weight issues Vs the Dhamma

Are you dangerously underweight? If you are unsure, why not visit your GP and mention your concerns, he should check your body weight. And/or you can check your body-mass index (BMI) and Google to see if you are within the healthy range. If you are within the healthy range, why not just accept who y...
by mal4mac
Wed Sep 16, 2015 1:12 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: "Buddhism and Modern Psychology" Coursera course is now available again " on demand" at Coursera
Replies: 2
Views: 642

Re: "Buddhism and Modern Psychology" Coursera course is now available again " on demand" at Coursera

Interesting to see Robert Wright getting interested in Buddhism - yet another heavyweight public intellectual enters the fold! The first part of the first lecture was very interesting, I think I will continue with this, thank you for pointing it out.
by mal4mac
Tue Sep 08, 2015 10:27 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: 1 step forward, 1 step back
Replies: 7
Views: 866

Re: 1 step forward, 1 step back

anthbrown84 wrote: I think my problem has been my tiredness, I’m taking this week to just recouperate and get back to having some early nights…. Everything is a lot clearer after a good nights sleep isn’t it!
Yes. I like Ajahn Brahm's advice on "conquering" tiredness during meditation - have a nap!
by mal4mac
Mon Sep 07, 2015 10:39 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: 1 step forward, 1 step back
Replies: 7
Views: 866

Re: 1 step forward, 1 step back

Are you *sure* you can't keep your mind focussed for *any* time at all? Just keep coming back to the breath and try and focus, and be happy if you just focus for the shortest period of time (or if you can't even do that still be happy!) Why are you thinking your time away? If something is bothering ...