Bhikkhu Bhodhi: Three Pillars of Practice.

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Bhikkhu Bhodhi: Three Pillars of Practice.

Postby mikenz66 » Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:31 am

Bhikkhu Bodhi describes factors that assist the practise of meditation.
http://www.audiodharma.org/teacher/19/

A summary of how the talk starts:

Westerners often start with meditation, the exact opposite from Asian Buddhists, who start with faith and devotion, move on to generosity and moral discipline, then meditation.

Westerners search for a method to train the mind. Then we enquire why the mind is difficult to control, and decide we don't have a proper understanding of the Dhamma, so move into an intellectual study of the Dhamma. We might engage in debates, which sometime become bitter and acrimonious:
"If you look at some of these Buddhist discussion groups on the Internet you can see that there is almost no restraint in the language that that people will use to critise their opponents..."


Eventually one comes to other factors: Sila, Dana, and Saddha...

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Re: Bhikkhu Bhodhi: Three Pillars of Practice.

Postby Ben » Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:59 am

Thanks Mike!
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

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sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

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Re: Bhikkhu Bhodhi: Three Pillars of Practice.

Postby Jhana4 » Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:27 pm

mikenz66 wrote:We might engage in debates, which sometime become bitter and acrimonious:
"If you look at some of these Buddhist discussion groups on the Internet you can see that there is almost no restraint in the language that that people will use to critise their opponents..."


Worse than internet forums for other subjects.

I've pretty much concluded that internet forums for Buddhism are the most beneficial with limited usage. An occasional straight forward question or announcement.
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.


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