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by Bhikkhu_Samahita
Sun Aug 30, 2015 9:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!
Replies: 2245
Views: 229205

Happy, Harmless, and Holy...

... http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Pics/harmlessness.let.jpg The Blessed Buddha once explained Harmlessness like this: May all creatures, many all breathing things, all beings every one and all, without exception, experience good fortune only! May they not fall into any harm. Anguttara Nikaya II, ...
by Thisperson
Sat Aug 29, 2015 6:06 pm
Forum: Theravada Meditation
Topic: Meditation on sound and other sense bases
Replies: 21
Views: 181

Re: Meditation on sound and other sense bases

... me, it's no real fetter, etc..."? Or do you just say, "Oh well, the traffic noise is the most obvious phenomena, even more so than breathing, so I'll just meditate on that..."? Or use ear plugs? The Kotthita Sutta sheds light on this: No, my friend. The eye is not the fetter ...
by Spiny Norman
Sat Aug 29, 2015 10:32 am
Forum: Theravada Meditation
Topic: Meditation on sound and other sense bases
Replies: 21
Views: 181

Re: Meditation on sound and other sense bases

... me, it's no real fetter, etc..."? Or do you just say, "Oh well, the traffic noise is the most obvious phenomena, even more so than breathing, so I'll just meditate on that..."? Or use ear plugs? I think in this case one would be mindful of the aversion which arises, which has ...
by mal4mac
Sat Aug 29, 2015 10:20 am
Forum: Theravada Meditation
Topic: Meditation on sound and other sense bases
Replies: 21
Views: 181

Re: Meditation on sound and other sense bases

... me, it's no real fetter, etc..."? Or do you just say, "Oh well, the traffic noise is the most obvious phenomena, even more so than breathing, so I'll just meditate on that..."? Or use ear plugs?
by Thisperson
Fri Aug 28, 2015 5:19 pm
Forum: Open Dhamma
Topic: Bunch of personal anaylsizing + Does true compassion really exist? Isn't everything egocentric?
Replies: 69
Views: 1678

Re: Does true compassion really exist? Isn't everything egocentric?

... but the important point is, advance is, and sort of relief, if you leave your stories and be within you without trying to control anything. just breathing trough the hardness. well, no, i think depression is still the ego thing. the less ego thing is breathing trough all this hardness of emotions ...
by understanding27
Fri Aug 28, 2015 2:21 pm
Forum: Open Dhamma
Topic: Bunch of personal anaylsizing + Does true compassion really exist? Isn't everything egocentric?
Replies: 69
Views: 1678

Re: Does true compassion really exist? Isn't everything egocentric?

... but the important point is, advance is, and sort of relief, if you leave your stories and be within you without trying to control anything. just breathing trough the hardness. well, no, i think depression is still the ego thing. the less ego thing is breathing trough all this hardness of emotions ...
by Bhikkhu_Samahita
Fri Aug 28, 2015 12:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!
Replies: 2245
Views: 229205

Profound Peace!

... have all broken up and been destroyed. In the bhikkhu, who has attained to the cessation of perception and feeling, All bodily activity and breathing is stilled and has all ceased; All verbal activity and all thinking is stilled and has all ceased; All mental activity and all sensing is ...
by samseva
Thu Aug 27, 2015 2:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhist cosmology disproved by science?
Replies: 40
Views: 832

Re: Is Buddhist cosmology disproved by science?

Not sure I'd describe it as cyclical, certainly not analogous to breathing in and out! More like breathing out until you can breath out no more, then starting a new out breath from there. I would say the latter is more accurate than the former. Something ...
by Bakmoon
Wed Aug 26, 2015 7:39 pm
Forum: Theravada Meditation
Topic: Can you do meditation with any type of single thought or activity?
Replies: 17
Views: 243

Re: Can you do meditation with any type of single thought or activity?

... might benefit from listening to one of his guided meditations as a way of spicing up your meditation. His basic point is that you can adjust your breathing and try breathing in different ways to try to find a more comfortable or pleasurable way of breathing. If that doesn't work then maybe you ...
by lostitude
Wed Aug 26, 2015 6:50 pm
Forum: Theravada Meditation
Topic: Can you do meditation with any type of single thought or activity?
Replies: 17
Views: 243

Re: Can you do meditation with any type of single thought or activity?

I have the same problem as you, I find breathing so boring. But the author of the book I am using (recommended to me here by other participants) says that if you find breathing boring, it is because you are not focused enough to really capture ...
by Sam Vara
Wed Aug 26, 2015 6:31 pm
Forum: Theravada Meditation
Topic: Can you do meditation with any type of single thought or activity?
Replies: 17
Views: 243

Re: Can you do meditation with any type of single thought or activity?

... opposite of what we try to achieve in meditation. We are already good enough at it, and we really need practice in attending to just one thing. Breathing is an excellent object to practice with, precisely because it is neutral and not very interesting in itself. My advice is to persist with ...
by Keith
Wed Aug 26, 2015 6:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhist cosmology disproved by science?
Replies: 40
Views: 832

Re: Is Buddhist cosmology disproved by science?

... different type of repeating universe that is consistent with observations here . Not sure I'd describe it as cyclical, certainly not analogous to breathing in and out! More like breathing out until you can breath out no more, then starting a new out breath from there.
by Bhikkhu_Samahita
Sat Aug 22, 2015 12:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!
Replies: 2245
Views: 229205

Genuine is Goodwill :-)

... many-footed... Therefore none of them ever harm me! Anguttara Nikaya 4.67 http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Pics/Helping.monk.jpg May all creatures, all breathing things, all beings one and all, without exception, experience good fortune only. May they not fall into any harm. Anguttara Nikaya II, 72 ...
by bodom
Fri Aug 21, 2015 7:45 pm
Forum: Theravada Meditation
Topic: Possible disadvantages of counting
Replies: 11
Views: 171

Re: Buddho

... of this type are not found anywhere in the discourses of the Buddha. Though counting the breaths may be helpful for the newcomer to mindfulness of breathing, it does to some extent constitute a change in the mood of this contemplation, since sustained counting can dull the mind (which is the reason ...
by mal4mac
Fri Aug 21, 2015 4:27 pm
Forum: Theravada Meditation
Topic: Possible disadvantages of counting
Replies: 11
Views: 171

Possible disadvantages of counting

... of this type are not found anywhere in the discourses of the Buddha. Though counting the breaths may be helpful for the newcomer to mindfulness of breathing, it does to some extent constitute a change in the mood of this contemplation, since sustained counting can dull the mind (which is the reason ...
by dhammapal
Thu Aug 20, 2015 9:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 690
Views: 44608

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

... fits into the world in terms of its beauty, agility, or strength. You simply tune into the body on its own terms — the direct experience of its breathing, its movements, its postures, its elementary properties, and its inevitable decay. In this way you learn how to strip away your assumptions ...
by understanding27
Wed Aug 19, 2015 1:10 am
Forum: Open Dhamma
Topic: Observing - chitchat
Replies: 2
Views: 123

Observing - chitchat

... much with unconcous, or aren't so neurotic, and don't have such a moral guilt as I do. But still ... how can you just notice and then turn back to breathing? By concentracting on breathing at the same time you notice there is billion of stuff running there, which will always run there. It is not ...
by Pondera
Tue Aug 18, 2015 11:45 pm
Forum: Theravada Meditation
Topic: an insight- please tell me if this is right
Replies: 13
Views: 279

Re: an insight- please tell me if this is right

... I would warn that "calming the mental fabrication" is not about achieving absolute stillness. Recall that in the later stages of breathing mindfulness calming is superseded by satisfying, steadying, and releasing. Don't take calming as the ends of a mean - because its a means ...
by Ads
Mon Aug 17, 2015 3:46 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: What is the very first thing I should do?
Replies: 14
Views: 350

Re: What is the very first thing I should do?

Very wise 333, thank you muchly. I need to start practicing on my meditation, to focus purely on breathing and relaxing. :anjali:
by jrl
Thu Aug 13, 2015 1:16 pm
Forum: Open Dhamma
Topic: How to deal with intense mind racing?
Replies: 20
Views: 432

Re: How to deal with intense mind racing?

... also leads out. The mind is tricky in the sense that if you keep the thoughts moving it only gets stronger. I try to break the cycle by deep belly breathing which calms the nervous system. More thinking only makes it worse for me

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