tiltbillings wrote:Listening to Goldstein is time spent well spent.
tiltbillings wrote:Here is a talk by Joseph Goldstein on the Five Hindrances:
He takes them in reverse order, starting with doubt, talking about the hindrances in terms of actual practice. The whole talk is well worth listening to.
Lazy_eye wrote:First time I've heard Goldstein, and it won't be the last. Thanks for posting this, Chris!
christopher::: wrote:P.S. Just want to give a big thank you to Retro for a link he shared elsewhere on the Buddha's advice concerning sexual cravings and how to diminish them. I live and work in a highly populated area where women seem to go out of their way (year round) to dress in a seductive manner. I hadn't realized until recently how much suffering i'd been creating for myself by "just looking..."
pink_trike wrote:Engaging in the processes of sexual looking and sexual fantasizing agitates and reinforces craving/becoming and differs from actually engaging in sexual activity only by degree.
If only i lived in the mountains or in a monastary, this would be soooooooooo much easier......
Sanghamitta wrote:I think its letting the fact of that suffering really sink to the heart Christopher::: Dukkha really is one of the three characteristics of all sentient life, when that truly hits home things have a way of prioritising themselves. It cant be mended. What we CAN do is see it clearly.
Sanghamitta wrote:As you might expect the Theravada has a slightly different take on samsara. Instead of simply being a contrast to Nibbana or in some unfeasable way the same as Nibbana, it is seen as a process. So Thanissaro Bhikku describes it as a process that we are engaged in. So samsara cannot keep us in chains.
We forge the chains moment by moment. Whats stops that process is a clear view that it is we that are doing it. The things you mention, chocolate, praise, etc do not in themselves chain us. What does that it the illusion that there is a sold entity experiencing pleasure or pain. The root problem is our sense of a solid self.
The reality is the kandhas. Ever changing, always in flux, having only the reality that we impute to the process at any given moment. So giving up chocolate may not help. What needs giving up is the sense of a separate unchanging enjoyer.
christopher::: wrote:We forge the chains moment by moment. Whats stops that process is a clear view that it is we that are doing it. The things you mention, chocolate, praise, etc do not in themselves chain us. What does that it the illusion that there is a sold entity experiencing pleasure or pain. The root problem is our sense of a solid self.
But if there is no self, how can "we" be forging the chains, "we" be doing it? You mean the desire patterns, habit patterns of mind that arise which our awareness takes to be our solid "selves" right?