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by Opanayiko
Tue Aug 25, 2015 7:11 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Explaining in a Few Short Sentences
Replies: 14
Views: 1436

Re: Explaining in a Few Short Sentences

I find this is useful for understanding the Buddha Sasana: "Impermanence is the nature of all conditioned phenomenon. They arise and pass away, again and again, with great rapidity. When sensations arise and are met with awareness/equanimity, their cessation brings true happiness." "Aniccā vata saṅk...
by Opanayiko
Tue Jun 09, 2015 1:15 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Nivarana - the Box of Desires
Replies: 9
Views: 3555

Re: Nivarana - the Box of Desires

Nivarana - A Box of Desires is a good story with underlying themes and lessons of Dhamma. I recommend it to anyone. Better watch this than any Hollywood movie. Please watch it to support isi Dhamma so he can see the spread of his hard work. Another very good Dhamma themed movie is 'The Great Legacy'...
by Opanayiko
Thu May 14, 2015 6:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would like be like for an arhat?
Replies: 16
Views: 3335

Re: What would like be like for an arhat?

I believe Arahants dont distinguish between men and women. The Noble ones have the ability to perceive the ultimate reality even when not in Jhana consciousness. They its like the veil is transparent for them. Conventional and Ultimate reality unified. An Arahant experiences sense stimuli with perfe...
by Opanayiko
Mon Mar 09, 2015 4:11 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What is the Magnus Opus
Replies: 5
Views: 1798

Re: What is the Magnus Opus

The Pali Cannon has 17,500 discourses which are the main body of Theravada Buddhism. For a beginner who wants the easily accessible "essence" of the teachings please study the Dhammapada. It can be found for free here http://www.buddhanet.net/dhammapada/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false...
by Opanayiko
Wed Feb 25, 2015 3:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Creating kasina disks out of modern materials?
Replies: 20
Views: 6007

Re: Creating kasina disks out of modern materials?

Hello everyone, I am pursuing concentration based on the first eight kasinas, namely: earth, water, fire, air, blue, yellow, red, and white. The Visuddhimagga is quite specific as to the construction of the learning disks, but some of the instructions are not practical for me. There are some things...
by Opanayiko
Wed Feb 11, 2015 5:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Only doing concentration meditation
Replies: 21
Views: 3962

Re: Only doing concentration meditation

concentration meditation. Do you see a problem with this approach? Hello Friend, Ben's advice is spot on. However, I also see an opportunity to help you. Respectfully, try to reconceptualize the term "concentration meditation" as a practice from your vocabulary. Please do not misunderstand me as pr...
by Opanayiko
Tue Feb 10, 2015 1:55 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Beginning readings
Replies: 7
Views: 1794

Re: Beginning readings

Venerable Dhammanando's list is great. If I may humbly add in direct reply to: most authoritative and closest to the Buddha or most essential to Theravada thought The Buddha himself, when referring to his own teaching called it Dhamma-vinaya . Scholars believe the oldest of all recorded Dhamma is in...
by Opanayiko
Sat Jan 31, 2015 4:34 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Desire for Relationship and for Lack of Relationship
Replies: 47
Views: 7291

Re: Desire for Relationship and for Lack of Relationship

Hello friend, I understand your situation well. I too am still very much 'in the world' but training the mind to not be 'of the world'. As you say the 'woods' of romance and intimacy are precisely the focal point of our society. And it is extremely against the stream to voluntarily be celibate. If y...
by Opanayiko
Tue Jan 13, 2015 6:47 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Experience of reality vs concepts
Replies: 39
Views: 6741

Re: Experience of reality vs concepts

Many vipassana teachers talk about the difference between concepts and ultimate reality. I.e when one holds a cup in their hands there are the concepts of "cup" and "my" "hands" ect. whereas in reality there is only rupa, cetasika, citta. The higher stages of insight come when one is aware of ultim...
by Opanayiko
Tue Jan 13, 2015 6:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Conventional truth - self exist?
Replies: 13
Views: 1257

Re: Conventional truth - self exist?

Sacca or truth is the constant faithfulness or concordance of the term which names a thing, to or with that thing’s intrinsic nature. It is of two kinds: 1.sammuti-sacca: conventional or relative truth; 2.paramattha-sacca: or ultimate truth. Puthujjana are lost in the flood of sammuti-sacca Arahant...
by Opanayiko
Tue Jan 13, 2015 6:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The air element and ether element
Replies: 3
Views: 1497

Re: The air element and ether element

How do you describe consciousness. Is it form sphere or formless sphere? :thinking: Hey Friend! I will try my best to verbalize the description. This is not my invention, but an Abhidhamma topic. It is extremely tricky and if you can understand this for yourself, by yourself, Nibbana is yours. I am...
by Opanayiko
Mon Jan 12, 2015 5:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The air element and ether element
Replies: 3
Views: 1497

Re: The air element and ether element

its simple yet complicated to explain. A few concepts needed for clarification: First, Sound is not the 'Ether' or Space element. In fact sound is not an element. It is aspecific form of Materiality (Rupa), comprised of specific type of transparent Rupa Kalapas [a Kalapa is a particle]. It is essent...
by Opanayiko
Mon Jan 12, 2015 12:05 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Which (whose) side you are in?
Replies: 8
Views: 1534

Re: Which (whose) side you are in?

I understand where your coming from Sarath. I also find it difficult at times to "choose a side". I agree with Bhikkhu Pesala that if absolutely necessary to take a side, one should take the more moderate or tolerant one. Or more succinctly, the action that when carried out would lead to greater wel...
by Opanayiko
Sun Jan 11, 2015 11:13 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello Dhamma Friends
Replies: 11
Views: 2392

Re: Hello Dhamma Friends

Bows to you friend! :bow: It is rare for anyone to practice Dhamma in Alberta, North of Edmonton. (I have searched around a little). We are truly against the stream here, and hopefully more will learn of the benefits of practice. I hope to keep in touch with you. Welcome to contact me if you ever c...
by Opanayiko
Sun Jan 11, 2015 10:45 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Can a monk ask for shelter?
Replies: 14
Views: 3180

Re: Can a monk ask for shelter?

Incredible Bhante! Thank you for your reply! Truly amazing story. I would certainly read your book if you ever wrote one. (Please do!) :anjali: Thank you aswell Alobha! :thumbsup: I will check out the book you mentioned. I am very interested in practical Tudong stories. As one day I would like to b...