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"Living in the Present Moment"

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"Living in the Present Moment"

Postby danieLion » Mon Apr 02, 2012 8:02 am

Can the idea of "living in the present moment" (or "living in the moment", "being present", "living in moment-to-moment experience", "being in the moment", "taking it one moment at a time", etc...) be supported by the suttas?

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Re: "Living in the Present Moment"

Postby Ben » Mon Apr 02, 2012 8:41 am

Hi Daniel
I think it might be one of the inferences in the repeated phrase in the Satipatthana: atapi sampajjano satima (ardently clearly and continuously aware and comprehending [the characteristic of anicca].
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Re: "Living in the Present Moment"

Postby Dan74 » Mon Apr 02, 2012 8:43 am

Advice to Bahiya?
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Re: "Living in the Present Moment"

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Re: "Living in the Present Moment"

Postby bodom » Mon Apr 02, 2012 11:41 am

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


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Re: "Living in the Present Moment"

Postby vinasp » Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:49 pm

Hi everyone,

Slightly off-topic, perhaps, because it is not about the present moment, but
this passage from SN 22.46 is most interesting:

"Bhikkhus, form is impermanent ... feeling is impermanent ... perception
is impermanent ... volitional formations are impermanent ... consciousness
is impermanent. What is impermanent is suffering. What is suffering is
nonself. What is nonself should be seen as it really is with correct
wisdom thus: 'This is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self.'

"When one sees this thus as it really is with correct wisdom, one holds
no more views concerning the past. When one holds no more views concerning
the past, one holds no more views concerning the future. ............"

[Bhikkhu Bodhi, Connected Discourses, page 885 ]

Regards, Vincent.

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Re: "Living in the Present Moment"

Postby danieLion » Tue Apr 03, 2012 12:10 am

thanks to all...completely answers my Q

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Re: "Living in the Present Moment"

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Re: "Living in the Present Moment"

Postby Alex123 » Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:09 pm

"Life is a struggle. Life will throw curveballs at you, it will humble you, it will attempt to break you down. And just when you think things are starting to look up, life will smack you back down with ruthless indifference..."

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Re: "Living in the Present Moment"

Postby Sarva » Tue Apr 03, 2012 8:51 pm

“Both formerly & now, it is only stress that I describe, and the cessation of stress.” — SN 22:86

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Re: "Living in the Present Moment"

Postby Alex123 » Wed Apr 04, 2012 1:30 am

"Life is a struggle. Life will throw curveballs at you, it will humble you, it will attempt to break you down. And just when you think things are starting to look up, life will smack you back down with ruthless indifference..."

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Re: "Living in the Present Moment"

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Re: "Living in the Present Moment"

Postby Buckwheat » Wed Apr 04, 2012 3:31 am

Sotthī hontu nirantaraṃ - May you forever be well.

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Re: "Living in the Present Moment"

Postby ground » Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:20 am

There may be a lot of aversions against memories of a past and hopes or fears regarding a future.

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Re: "Living in the Present Moment"

Postby Sarva » Wed Apr 04, 2012 10:06 am

Thank you all for the replies regarding remorse/regret.
It seems clear to me then that remorse must be let go to be undone: "But if I become remorseful for that reason, that evil deed of mine will not be undone."

This makes sense because if there is no self (anatta) then there is no entity to cling to remorse.

Metta
“Both formerly & now, it is only stress that I describe, and the cessation of stress.” — SN 22:86

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Re: "Living in the Present Moment"

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Re: "Living in the Present Moment"

Postby Sarva » Wed Apr 04, 2012 10:24 am

“Both formerly & now, it is only stress that I describe, and the cessation of stress.” — SN 22:86

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Re: "Living in the Present Moment"

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Re: "Living in the Present Moment"

Postby Sarva » Wed Apr 04, 2012 10:57 am

Thank you Daverupa, I am always grateful for replies :)
So it seems a being is formed through craving itself. This seems clear to me as isn't craving the root for rebirth, to put it broadly?

So to recap; even after the self conceit is diminished there can be the arising of thoughts of remorse and it is these thoughts which can be clung to, thus the arising of being. It seems that awakening is in stages, where clinging can arise and fall, gradually becoming less until full awakening.

Please feel free to let me know if this sounds correct?

:)
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“Both formerly & now, it is only stress that I describe, and the cessation of stress.” — SN 22:86


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