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Paradox of Contentment

Exploring Theravāda's connections to other paths. What can we learn from other traditions, religions and philosophies?
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convivium
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Re: Paradox of Contentment

Postby convivium » Sat Mar 16, 2013 6:19 am

i have semantics; i'm not talking mere syntax like a robot or computer is limited to. i don't think i have a qualitative or experiential correlate behind my talking about nibbana, but i think i know what contentment means.
Just keep breathing in and out like this. Don't be interested in anything else. It doesn't matter even if someone is standing on their head with their ass in the air. Don't pay it any attention. Just stay with the in-breath and the out-breath. Concentrate your awareness on the breath. Just keep doing it. http://www.ajahnchah.org/book/Just_Do_It_1_2.php

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Re: Paradox of Contentment

Postby ground » Sat Mar 16, 2013 6:23 am

Whatever you have or do not have or know or do not know, you may be content or discontent. :sage:

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Re: Paradox of Contentment

Postby convivium » Sat Mar 16, 2013 6:44 am

Just keep breathing in and out like this. Don't be interested in anything else. It doesn't matter even if someone is standing on their head with their ass in the air. Don't pay it any attention. Just stay with the in-breath and the out-breath. Concentrate your awareness on the breath. Just keep doing it. http://www.ajahnchah.org/book/Just_Do_It_1_2.php

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Re: Paradox of Contentment

Postby Bakmoon » Sat Mar 16, 2013 10:12 am

It is difficult to be content because one cannot gain contentment by willpower. It is only through developing wisdom that one can be content.
The non-doing of any evil,
The performance of what's skillful,
The cleansing of one's own mind:
This is the Buddhas' teaching.

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Re: Paradox of Contentment

Postby Dan74 » Sat Mar 16, 2013 10:44 am

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Re: Paradox of Contentment

Postby Mr Man » Sat Mar 16, 2013 12:33 pm

I think that we have to be careful about getting different kinds of "contentment" muddled up.

Prior to the Buddha's enlightenment he remembered and reflected upon the experience of "contentment" as a child. Something was remembered that was quite simple and that had been forgotten.

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Re: Paradox of Contentment

Postby convivium » Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:32 pm

Just keep breathing in and out like this. Don't be interested in anything else. It doesn't matter even if someone is standing on their head with their ass in the air. Don't pay it any attention. Just stay with the in-breath and the out-breath. Concentrate your awareness on the breath. Just keep doing it. http://www.ajahnchah.org/book/Just_Do_It_1_2.php

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Re: Paradox of Contentment

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Re: Paradox of Contentment

Postby Dan74 » Sun Mar 17, 2013 9:08 am

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