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by Laurens
Fri Apr 10, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Reading Recommendations from the Majjhima Nikaya
Replies: 9
Views: 365

Re: Reading Recommendations from the Majjhima Nikaya

DooDoot wrote:
Fri Apr 10, 2020 10:48 am
The MN is very diverse. It often depends on what you are interested in learning.
I am working a lot with the Satipatthana sutta at the moment, so I suppose anything that compliments or advances the practises talked about in there would be good. Contemplation of death and so on.
by Laurens
Fri Apr 10, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Reading Recommendations from the Majjhima Nikaya
Replies: 9
Views: 365

Reading Recommendations from the Majjhima Nikaya

As someone who hasn't delved that deeply into sutta study it can be difficult to know where to start with the Majjhima Nikaya. I am familiar with the Satipatthana Sutta, and the Anapanasati Sutta, but I'd like to delve further, but am not sure where to begin. Does anybody have any recommended Suttas...
by Laurens
Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Lockdown Stress
Replies: 89
Views: 4473

Re: Lockdown Stress

I am reminded of a talk Ajahn Sumedho gave (I can't remember if it was in an audio Dhamma talk on YouTube, or in one of his books, sorry) he talks about how he would find himself in situations where his thoughts would start to weave the story I can't stand this! But then he arrived at the realisatio...
by Laurens
Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do my actions automatically become better for each day?
Replies: 20
Views: 868

Re: Do my actions automatically become better for each day?

I don't quite understand the question. But I assume that by automatic you mean without great effort or exertion on your part. If so this is not the case one has to put in Right Effort, and this certainly does not entail that you just sit back and expect your actions to improve automatically. You hav...
by Laurens
Tue Apr 07, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness in daily life: 'Best practices'
Replies: 23
Views: 5779

Re: Mindfulness in daily life: 'Best practices'

At home I have 3 Buddha statues. Some might be inclined to put them all in a single shrine area, however I decided to put one on my shrine, one that I can see from my desk, and one that I see when I am making a cup of tea, or cooking dinner. I find the Buddha image a very powerful reminder to be min...
by Laurens
Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arguments
Replies: 54
Views: 1970

Re: Arguments

It sounds to me like it's talking about an attitude towards discussions. If we apply this to the forum, the wrong practice would be to go on here looking for people to argue with in order to score points and look good etc. This is not the best approach for anyone. What we ought to do is come here wi...
by Laurens
Thu Apr 02, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monks sharing spiritual achievements with lay people
Replies: 14
Views: 991

Re: Monks sharing spiritual achievements with lay people

Lay people are supposed to critically discriminate as to which monk to support; simultaneously with that, monks shouldn't be eager for followers or rich gifts. Perhaps this is another reason for the rule. To encourage lay followers to critically discriminate, and monks to not indirectly encourage p...
by Laurens
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Analayo's Satipatthana Mediation Practise Guide
Replies: 7
Views: 894

Re: Analayo's Satipatthana Mediation Practise Guide

Thanks for the responses everyone. I'm not surprised to hear that others have benefited from this book and Analayo's other works. Thanks to all who posted links to additional content, it is much appreciated. I continue to find benefit in these meditations. In this quarantine situation, I have been t...
by Laurens
Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monks sharing spiritual achievements with lay people
Replies: 14
Views: 991

Re: Monks sharing spiritual achievements with lay people

I also imagine scenarios like the following: Monastery A and Monastery B are in close proximity. The abbot of monastery A is an arahant and openly claims to be so to the people in the local area. The abbot of monastery B is not an arahant and therefore doesn't make such a claim. Which monastery woul...
by Laurens
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monks sharing spiritual achievements with lay people
Replies: 14
Views: 991

Re: Monks sharing spiritual achievements with lay people

I think it is because it has potential to fan the flames of sectarianism and division. Not to mention that it could potentially lead to abuse. It might have some benefit in giving followers more faith and trust in their teacher, but there is a lot of potential negative consequences that mean it shou...
by Laurens
Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does one arrive at right view ?
Replies: 24
Views: 956

Re: How does one arrive at right view ?

Contemplating the way things are. For instance the five subjects for frequent recollection. These are subjects to contemplate that will break through any delusions you have about things. The same is true of contemplating death, the body parts, the elements and so on. It's about reminding yourself of...
by Laurens
Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Analayo's Satipatthana Mediation Practise Guide
Replies: 7
Views: 894

Analayo's Satipatthana Mediation Practise Guide

I recently got this book after being impressed by some of Analayo's talks and such online. I am very impressed with it. The practise he has developed is very much in line with the practises discussed in the Satipatthana sutta. I would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to practise in line with ea...
by Laurens
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Sense restraint question
Replies: 6
Views: 911

Re: Sense restraint question

If, for instance, you love rich foods, but you know you should restrain yourself because you also want to be a good Buddhist. Trying to force yourself to stop is just throwing one part of yourself into battle with another. Who will win, the Buddhist in you, or the lover of rich food in you? It is da...
by Laurens
Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist Pope
Replies: 33
Views: 1312

Re: Buddhist Pope

I don't think Buddhism needs a Pope. There are inherent issues with appointing one person to lead an organisation that reaches as many people as Buddhism does. Its open to corruption. In the perfect world, the Sangha would appoint an arahant each time and they would lead the organisation perfectly. ...
by Laurens
Sat Mar 21, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Off cushion
Replies: 19
Views: 1483

Re: Off cushion

I think it's important to understand that off the cushion generally will mean you will get distracted way more. It's good to have the right attitude towards this, because you don't want to be frustrated because you can't meditate constantly. Just bring yourself back whenever you notice that you've b...