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Post by Stiphan » Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:48 pm

Hi all!

It's a nice-looking new-look forum that you have here!

I've been away for almost a year probably - it's good to be back. I got interested in Tibetan Buddhism during the year, but came back to Theravada. Don't ask me why I went and came back again - all Buddhism is good and I love it all.

I recently made it a firm habit to meditate every day, 1 hour per day. Which I will increase to 2 hours per day by the New Year and to 3 hours by my birthday on 18 February.

Also starting a massive undertaking to read the whole Pāli Canon. Starting with the Dīgha Nikāya which I intend to finish by 31 December, along with the Khuddaka Nikāya books, one by one, simultaneously with the four nikāyas. The Majjhima must be completed by my birthday, then the Saṃyutta and Aṅguttara. After that the Vinaya Piṭaka and then the Abhidhamma Piṭaka. No deadlines for those. I have in English translation probably 98% of the Tipiṭaka.

From January I will start studying the Pāli language and from my birthday, little by little, the Thai language.

Away from Dhamma, from 1 January I begin studying an online course in Web development - a really good one, that is admired by many professionals - which I intend to finish within a year and then find work as a web developer. My current plan, which is subject to change, is to work for 4-5 years in that field, and by then I will hopefully be fully ready and prepared to seek ordination in Thailand.

I also keep fit by playing football (soccer) - already playing every week (and loving it!), and from January I will also start tennis and daily morning jogging, maybe even table tennis every now and again, along with cycling for commute, that makes for good exercise.

I became vegetarian again a while ago for the second time, and plan to go vegan from 1 January. Tough, but - I think - necessary from an ethical point of view. Might also try to stop most if not all sensual pleasures by my birthday (although that will be difficult) in order to follow the Middle Way away from the two extremes of sensual pleasures and self-mortification. Also depends if I find a girlfriend as I would like to share my life with a partner before I become a monk.

So there - I shared a lot of my plans, I trust that I will have the self-discipline to carry them all out. I think it's looking pretty good on paper, and if it could be put into practice it would be very beneficial and hopefully inspiring! I'm 29, soon to be 30, and this is a major milestone and an important stage of life where I have to be very productive and gain knowledge but also put into practice whatever I have already learned and understood, so that hopefully through self-development I will reach a stage where I can be of service and help to many other people, which is my ultimate aim. Compassion is my highest ideal - along with Wisdom and Virtue - and compassion in action, i.e. being of benefit to other people and beings is the most worthwhile aim. We, as Theravadins, should earn a better reputation than being viewed simply as pursuing our own Enlightenment for ourselves, by being trully compassionate and caring, but not just as a heartfelt feeling - however strong - but also put into action, i.e. helping other people.

It's good to be back on Dhamma Wheel. I don't know how much I'll be posting by 18 December, but after that I will be freer. Discussion of Dhamma and good friendship are very important for the increase of knowledge and wisdom.

I wish all of you happiness, health and success in all of your endeavours!

Stiphan (It's an Indianized version (correct spelling is Sṭīphan) of my name Stephen or, originally Stefan, my previous nickname was Sumano, but you can call me by any name - "What's in a name?", though I prefer Stephen in daily life, but maybe good to stick to Stiphan on the forum.)

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Post by Kim OHara » Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:53 pm

:hello: Welcome back ... from another fence-jumper. :tongue:
You've set yourself an ambitious plan. I hope it all works out for you.

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Post by retrofuturist » Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:00 pm

Greetings,

Welcome back. I hope all is well with you, friend.

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Metta,
Paul. :)
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

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Post by Stiphan » Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:04 pm

Kim OHara wrote:
Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:53 pm
:hello: Welcome back ... from another fence-jumper. :tongue:
You've set yourself an ambitious plan. I hope it all works out for you.

:namaste:
Kim
Thanks! It's good, isn't it? I still have lots of Tibetan Buddhist books stashed on my Kindle which I haven't read but still intend to read. I will keep learning and investigating the various Mahāyāna schools but will stick to Theravāda and the study and practice of it.

It is an ambitious plan but human existence is precious and I've decided it is time for me to step up because I am growing older and do my very best with what I've got now that I have a good opportunity to do so - being in the prime of life, a strong and healthy, black-haired young man, as the Buddha would say. Materially I have everything I need, mentally I am fit and healthy, so I have to use this opportunity and not waste time. Setting the bar high is important but most important is doing one's very best in everything that one does. You never know when death will strike nor your fate after death.

The Buddha started out at age 29. I am starting out in certain terms, but not for the first time. This is my Fourth Revolution, a "revolution" in my life's terms being a period of practice leading to success and well-being. And ultimately, as I said, I want to be of help to others. Monasticism will hopefully give me that opportunity.
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Call me Stephen, please. May you be well and happy. :heart:

Know right from wrong — and their consequences — and act accordingly, always doing your very best.

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Post by Stiphan » Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:09 pm

retrofuturist wrote:
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:00 pm
Greetings,

Welcome back. I hope all is well with you, friend.

:buddha1:

Metta,
Paul. :)
Thank you, Paul! All is well with me. Got a minor ankle injury at football, but it's almost healed. Hope you are alright as well. May you and your family be well. :smile:
Call me Stephen, please. May you be well and happy. :heart:

Know right from wrong — and their consequences — and act accordingly, always doing your very best.

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Post by Lucas Oliveira » Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:30 pm

Welcome back!

I also have similar plans.

Good Luck to us!

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Post by Stiphan » Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:51 pm

Lucas Oliveira wrote:
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:30 pm
Welcome back!

I also have similar plans.

Good Luck to us!

:anjali:
Thanks, Lucas! Best of luck to you in your endeavours!
Call me Stephen, please. May you be well and happy. :heart:

Know right from wrong — and their consequences — and act accordingly, always doing your very best.

The Path begins with the acknowledgement of Truth; it ends in Freedom; and in between is a huge amount of Effort.
Meanwhile, care about others.

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Post by Sam Vara » Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:20 pm

Welcome back, Stiphan. I missed you! :heart:

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Post by Stiphan » Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:33 pm

Sam Vara wrote:
Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:20 pm
Welcome back, Stiphan. I missed you! :heart:
Thanks, Sam Vara! I missed the forum and it's good to be back. :heart:
Call me Stephen, please. May you be well and happy. :heart:

Know right from wrong — and their consequences — and act accordingly, always doing your very best.

The Path begins with the acknowledgement of Truth; it ends in Freedom; and in between is a huge amount of Effort.
Meanwhile, care about others.

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Post by DNS » Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:35 pm

Welcome back!

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Post by Stiphan » Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:39 pm

DNS wrote:
Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:35 pm
Welcome back!

:buddha2:
Thank you, David! Be well.
Call me Stephen, please. May you be well and happy. :heart:

Know right from wrong — and their consequences — and act accordingly, always doing your very best.

The Path begins with the acknowledgement of Truth; it ends in Freedom; and in between is a huge amount of Effort.
Meanwhile, care about others.

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Post by Dharmasherab » Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:12 am

Hi Stephen, welcome back. I also rejoined recently :-)

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Post by Stiphan » Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:54 am

Dharmasherab wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:12 am
Hi Stephen, welcome back. I also rejoined recently :-)
Hi Dharmasherab! Thanks and nice to see you here.
Call me Stephen, please. May you be well and happy. :heart:

Know right from wrong — and their consequences — and act accordingly, always doing your very best.

The Path begins with the acknowledgement of Truth; it ends in Freedom; and in between is a huge amount of Effort.
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Post by bodom » Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:13 pm

Welcome back! I always enjoy your contributions to the forum. :thumbsup:

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To practice is to know your defilements,
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Post by Stiphan » Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:22 pm

bodom wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:13 pm
Welcome back! I always enjoy your contributions to the forum. :thumbsup:

:namaste:
Thank you, Bodom! Be well.
Call me Stephen, please. May you be well and happy. :heart:

Know right from wrong — and their consequences — and act accordingly, always doing your very best.

The Path begins with the acknowledgement of Truth; it ends in Freedom; and in between is a huge amount of Effort.
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Post by SarathW » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:08 pm

Also starting a massive undertaking to read the whole Pāli Canon.
I never felt that you left us, Stephen. We always have you in our hart.
By the way, I suggest you listen to MN while you doing meditation.
Start playing one Sutta at the beginning of your meditation and this will help you to bring your mind to a wholesome state.After few minutes recording will automatically stop and you enter the Jhana.

http://audtip.dx.am/tipitaka/mn/mn-eng.html
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Post by Stiphan » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:29 pm

Thanks, Sarath, that's very kind of you!

Good suggestion to listen to the MN. I prefer Bhikkhu Bodhi's translations over Ṭhanissāro Bhikkhus' ones. Just personal preference. If I have the time, it would be good to listen to his talks on the MN suttas. But about listening to the suttas themselves, well, I prefer to read them - silently or out loud in my own voice - and read the footnotes. I sometimes go back and reread certain passages when I don't understand them quite well. It's not just to read or to listen to the discourse - the most important thing is to understand it in line with the Dhamma, i.e. in your own experience of life and the world, and also to retain the information in mind.

About jhāna being entered after the recording stops... I wish! I think it's fair to say it takes quite a bit more than that. ;)

Thank you, friend and be well.
Call me Stephen, please. May you be well and happy. :heart:

Know right from wrong — and their consequences — and act accordingly, always doing your very best.

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Post by SarathW » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:38 pm

It's not just to read or to listen to the discourse - the most important thing is to understand it
Agree.
But there is a subliminal effect when you listen to Sutta.
Your inner mind is smarter than your critical mind.

Yes in regards to Jhana, I just exaggerated a bit. ;)
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Post by Stiphan » Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:52 pm

SarathW wrote:
Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:38 pm
It's not just to read or to listen to the discourse - the most important thing is to understand it
Agree.
But there is a subliminal effect when you listen to Sutta.
Your inner mind is smarter than your critical mind.

Yes in regards to Jhana, I just exaggerated a bit. ;)
What is "inner mind"?
Call me Stephen, please. May you be well and happy. :heart:

Know right from wrong — and their consequences — and act accordingly, always doing your very best.

The Path begins with the acknowledgement of Truth; it ends in Freedom; and in between is a huge amount of Effort.
Meanwhile, care about others.

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Post by SarathW » Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:35 am

What is "inner mind"?
I used this term from modern psychology
But we can understand in terms of seventeen thought moments in Abhidhamma.
I know you are not a fan of Abhidhamma.
In Abhidhamma there are certain Citta does not complete the whole thought process.
So they perhaps vanish even before they have a major impact on you.
But they still will be recorded in your mind.
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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