mirco wrote: Cittasanto wrote:
mirco wrote:As I see it, all of the proposals for daily life and in community settings are all build around that Right Effort, Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration can be done easily.
what do you mean with the underlined part?
When you give freely and are generous, it opens your heart. When you keep Sila in calms your heart.
Ok. So to go back to the post this line is from
Cittasanto wrote:are you sure this is all the path or is there also Right view, Right intention, Right speech, Right action, right livelihood... Critical thinking is an important skill in making appropriate decisions in day to day life and in community settings, and even in asking or responding in the appropriate manner. The famous story of the monks who killed themselves while the Buddha was on self retreat is a fine example of the Buddha having to tell people the difference between apporopriate and inappropriate responces, in this case if they reflected appropriately on the situation and the practice they could of realised death was not the favourable option. Wise reflection on the four requisites is also an exercise and example of critical thinking, as is Vipassana. FWIW.
I'm cool with that. See, what one does influences how bad the mental hindrances are present.
sure, but it is also what and how one thinks, there is sense restraint (which includes restraint regarding thoughts)
to Quote the Buddha's teaching on how to think your own thoughts
MN20 by Soma Thera wrote:If the evil unskillful thoughts continue to arise in a bhikkhu, who in order to get rid of an adventitious object reflects on a different object which is connected with skill, he should ponder on the disadvantages of unskillful thoughts thus: Truly these thoughts of mine are unskillful, blameworthy, and productive of misery. Then the evil unskillful thoughts are eliminated; they disappear. By their elimination, the mind stands firm, settles down, becomes unified and concentrated, just within (his subject of meditation)....
...that bhikkhu is called a master of the paths along which thoughts travel. The thought he wants to think, that, he thinks; the thought he does not want to think, that, he does not think.
So, i.e. Right speech, Right action and Right Livelihood are to build a ground, where less hindrances can grow. This leads to better progress in meditation.
As I see it, all of the proposals for daily life and in community settings are all build around that Right Effort, Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration can be done easily.
There are Eight Path factors and you seam to only deal with six.
It is well worth remembering that the path progresses both systematically, as in the Great Forty (do note which is the forerunner), and each in line with the others. As I understand it one's right view is only as correct as you can see reality, yet without right view you can not make any progress in meditation in the right direction, or correct deviations in the path. there needs to be a critical analysis of what is seen and comparison with the aim to gauge what needs work is essential. as is being able to tell the difference between reality and our own thinking perversions.
However, your response to my last post will clear more up about your meaning. although if you are meaning what I believe you are do not forget that there is a cultivation, and the Buddhas own practice was hevily influenced in the right view about what Jhana was and was not.
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