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by LonesomeYogurt
Wed May 01, 2013 3:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: No Piti, No Sukkha, No Vipassana?
Replies: 58
Views: 9205

Re: No Piti, No Sukkha, No Vipassana?

I would suggest continuing in your practice until you reach some level of piti or sukkha, ideally Jhana. It may be beneficial to take up walking meditation as well, to satisfy the urge for more bare insight practice that doesn't interfere with your on-the-cushion work.
by LonesomeYogurt
Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: help
Replies: 18
Views: 3098

Re: help

hahah Arahunting.

There are a few teachers rumored to be enlightened in the modern world today, but too much speculation on the issue is often considered unwholesome.
by LonesomeYogurt
Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Fake Buddha Quote?
Replies: 20
Views: 5440

Re: Fake Buddha Quote?

This is almost certainly a reference to MN 37 (repeated in sutta 61 of the Anguttara's book of sevens) where Sakka asks, "In brief, how is a bhikkhu liberated in the destruction of craving? " and the Buddha replies, "A bhikkhu who has heard that nothing is worth clinging to as me, I, or mine, he dir...
by LonesomeYogurt
Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why care about kamma & rebirth if there is no "I"
Replies: 47
Views: 7242

Re: Why care about kamma & rebirth if there is no "I"

"It's not a totally different "I". It's not like one ball stops rolling, hits another, and the other starts rolling. It's the same ball still." isn't this problematic in terms of impermanence? No, not really. A river is different every moment, but it doesn't become completely different at any one t...
by LonesomeYogurt
Mon Apr 29, 2013 5:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why care about kamma & rebirth if there is no "I"
Replies: 47
Views: 7242

Re: Why care about kamma & rebirth if there is no "I"

When people think about about a being that just died and where it was reborn in a third person perspective they often run into this confusion about how the two beings are related. But if you imagine what rebirth would be like from a first person perspective then there isn't any issue. One experienc...
by LonesomeYogurt
Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Goenka's 2nd day discourse
Replies: 2
Views: 457

Re: Goenka's 2nd day discourse

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.107.horn.html "Now, on being exhorted thus and instructed thus by the good Gotama, do all the good Gotama's disciples attain the unchanging goal[8] — nibbana or do some not attain it?" "Some of my disciples, brahman, on being exhorted and instructed thus...
by LonesomeYogurt
Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why care about kamma & rebirth if there is no "I"
Replies: 47
Views: 7242

Re: Why care about kamma & rebirth if there is no "I"

What if you knew that at midnight tonight, someone would knock you with a hammer, erase your memory, and then torture you horribly? Would you be concerned about your relationship with the post-amnesia person or would you realize that, however the connection metaphysically "works," the suffering that...
by LonesomeYogurt
Fri Apr 26, 2013 2:37 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Brahmajala Sutta
Replies: 5
Views: 1811

Re: Brahmajala Sutta

The Buddha is simply saying that an eternalist believes that the mind is permanent. The Buddha, of course, was not an eternalist.
by LonesomeYogurt
Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:32 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: The 6th, 7th and 8th precept. Why?
Replies: 8
Views: 1873

Re: The 6th, 7th and 8th precept. Why?

As others have said, the precepts here are mostly related to making sure that the mediator has a clear and unimpeded mind. I find that meditation is, for most, far easier when one eats little and avoids things that distract the mind; music,singing, dancing, and other things are not immoral, but they...
by LonesomeYogurt
Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:27 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: does anyone know of good asubha resources?
Replies: 62
Views: 9587

Re: does anyone know of good asubha resources?

http://32parts.com/

This is a very helpful site, but of course I second the advice given by Ben and Tilt.
by LonesomeYogurt
Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:23 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: can people who are pali experts converse in it?
Replies: 24
Views: 2705

Re: can people who are pali experts converse in it?

I've met a monk who was capable of speaking "on the fly" in Pali, and I imagine he could converse well with another at his level.
by LonesomeYogurt
Fri Apr 05, 2013 12:13 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Benefits & Drawbacks of Pali
Replies: 181
Views: 20451

Re: The Problem With Pali

danieLion wrote:Pali itself is a translation of the Buddhavacana; and as Wittgenstein taught us, "The meaning of a word is its use in the language" (the language being the one the current speakers are using).
More accurately, as Wittgenstein theorized.
by LonesomeYogurt
Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: This quote on consciousness
Replies: 24
Views: 3558

Re: This quote on consciousness

Those interested in the Hard Problem of Consciousness and other issues this quote and discussion raise may be interested in Thomas Nagel's new book, Mind and Cosmos. I am reading it currently and it is very interesting.
by LonesomeYogurt
Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:38 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: the 4 satipatthanas in anapanasati
Replies: 4
Views: 1519

Re: the 4 satipatthanas in anapanasati

As Samma stated, the triads correspond very clearly to the four satipatthanas. Going through the 16 steps is itself the perfect culmination of satipatthana, but it should be pointed out that other meditations, like four elements meditation, corpse meditation, metta meditation, etc. are also very hel...