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Most Important Ideas of Theravadin Buddhism?

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Most Important Ideas of Theravadin Buddhism?

Postby christopher::: » Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:35 pm

I just looked into another thread and saw Manapa mentioning the importance of kalyânamittas. Not knowing what the word meant i did a quick search and found "Good Dhamma Friends." A few months ago I started reading about the 4 brahma viharas. What simple wisdom! I kinda knew these from my own experience but didn't have words for them.

The deeper I go into the teachings of the elders the more humbled, inspired and impressed I am. Buddha taught so much more beyond the 4 noble truths and the 8 fold path. What do you feel are the most important ideas and insights of Theravadin Buddhism? If you can say a bit about why these ideas are important and explain the terms, that would be a great gift for many of us newcomers.

Thank you, with many many deep bows,
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"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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Re: Most Important Ideas of Theravadin Buddhism?

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:17 pm

Greetings Chris:::,

Have you read...?

DN 22: Maha-Satipatthana Sutta
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

Metta,
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Re: Most Important Ideas of Theravadin Buddhism?

Postby christopher::: » Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:27 am

"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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Re: Most Important Ideas of Theravadin Buddhism?

Postby tiltbillings » Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:59 am

christopher:::,

Let me suggest that you track down a copy of The Heart of Buddhist Meditation: Satipatthna: A Handbook of Mental Training Based on the Buddha's Way of Mindfulness by Thera Nyanaponika and Joseph Goldstein's Experience of Insight , both of which you can get used on Amazon for next to nothing plus shipping. They are the Western classics in the discussion of mindfulness/vipassana/satipatthana meditation and are well worth the time spent with them.

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Re: Most Important Ideas of Theravadin Buddhism?

Postby Sanghamitta » Thu Sep 17, 2009 7:43 am

I dont know the Goldstein, but The Heart Of Buddhist Meditation, is an absolute classic. I have an ancient hard back copy which I still refer to frequently.
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Postby christopher::: » Thu Sep 17, 2009 8:47 am

"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
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Re: Most Important Ideas of Theravadin Buddhism?

Postby christopher::: » Thu Sep 17, 2009 9:06 am

"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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Re: Most Important Ideas of Theravadin Buddhism?

Postby being5 » Fri Sep 18, 2009 6:44 am

Hello Chris & all,

Also a newcomer, I listened to a lot of Joseph Goldstein's talks and they were very helpful. But I found these talks from Bhikkhu Bodhi to be in a class of their own. I got so much benefit from them.
The Buddha's Teaching As It Is by Bhikkhu Bodhi


Bhante Gunaratana and Bante Rahula's discourses have also given me great benefit.


I have the feeling that these three, Bhikkhu Bodhi, Bhante Gunaratana and Bhante Rahula, are pointing out the path faithfully from the teachings and I trust what they say. I feel very grateful for their efforts and those of Joseph Goldstein.

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Re: Most Important Ideas of Theravadin Buddhism?

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Re: Most Important Ideas of Theravadin Buddhism?

Postby christopher::: » Sat Sep 19, 2009 12:37 am

"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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Re: Most Important Ideas of Theravadin Buddhism?

Postby christopher::: » Fri Sep 25, 2009 11:14 am

Two copies of arrived in excellent condition from Amazon Japan yesterday. Thanks again for the recommendation, Tilt..!

I'll be giving the second copy to my friend Michael. He's been interested in Theravadin Buddhism for some time, now we have something in common. Our conversations were limited when I spoke mostly Zen...

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"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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Postby pink_trike » Fri Sep 25, 2009 6:48 pm

Vision is Mind
Mind is Empty
Emptiness is Clear Light
Clear Light is Union
Union is Great Bliss

- Dawa Gyaltsen

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Re: Most Important Ideas of Theravadin Buddhism?

Postby pink_trike » Fri Sep 25, 2009 6:52 pm

Vision is Mind
Mind is Empty
Emptiness is Clear Light
Clear Light is Union
Union is Great Bliss

- Dawa Gyaltsen

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Disclaimer: I'm a non-religious practitioner of Theravada, Mahayana/Vajrayana, and Tibetan Bon Dzogchen mind-training.

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Re: Most Important Ideas of Theravadin Buddhism?

Postby christopher::: » Sat Sep 26, 2009 12:38 am

Thanks for the recommendation, PT. I discovered Goldstein's Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom on one of my book shelves. I knew i'd read it in the early 1990s but had forgotten the specifics. I'm working thru that again now, too.

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"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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Re: Most Important Ideas of Theravadin Buddhism?

Postby Ben » Sat Sep 26, 2009 2:04 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

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in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Most Important Ideas of Theravadin Buddhism?

Postby christopher::: » Sat Sep 26, 2009 3:18 am

Hi Ben. I'm glad to hear that Nyanaponka Thera's classic has received your thumbs up as well. Talked with my friend last night, by phone. He was pleased to hear i'd thought of him and bought the extra copy.

We share a 30 minute car ride out to a University in the countryside where we both teach, on Friday mornings. This will give us some nitty gritty dhamma themes to discuss, and a common language. Everything seems to be working out most fortuitously.

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"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009


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