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by JohnK
Sat Jan 16, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: dhamma audiobooks
Replies: 5
Views: 929

Re: dhamma audiobooks

Official and full audio version of Stillness Flowing . From an email received today: An official audiobook version of Stillness Flowing, biography of Ajahn Chah by Ajahn Jayasaro is now completed. There are several ways that this life and teachings of Ajahn Chah can be listened to. Directly from Dha...
by JohnK
Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:58 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: After a year of meditating....
Replies: 10
Views: 253

Re: After a year of meditating....

...I still can't concentrate on the breath for more than a minute without getting caught up in a random thought... It seems that perhaps you are not engaged enough with the breath -- not gluing your attention to it. There are ways to enhance this, for example, "All the way in," "All the way out." (...
by JohnK
Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:53 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What do you give to a beginner online?
Replies: 12
Views: 179

Re: What do you give to a beginner online?

I sometimes point out the Introductory Resources here in this sub-forum.
https://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=148
by JohnK
Sun Jan 10, 2021 4:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Frustration and joy
Replies: 10
Views: 191

Re: Frustration and joy

...I was shocked to find frustration and resistance. I tried grinding through and got so upset I started sweating. The mind was a hurricane. While it can be helpful to get suggestions from others (in this case, "Relax" is a reasonable suggestion), I do think the key to waking up is to know your own...
by JohnK
Sat Jan 09, 2021 12:27 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: "Delight" again
Replies: 3
Views: 136

Re: "Delight" again

bhāvanā rāmo hoti bhāvanā rato , pahānā rāmo hoti pahāna rato delight in development, is delighted with development, finds delight in abandoning, is delighted with abandoning. Which Pali word/phrase above is characterizing this particular "delight" in developing and abandoning? Thank you. :bow: rat...
by JohnK
Fri Jan 08, 2021 6:52 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: "Delight" again
Replies: 3
Views: 136

"Delight" again

A bit loosely stated: The delight in sense objects that we are warned against is "abhinandati." The delight Maha Kassapa finds in rocky crags (form) is "ramayanti." Based on AN 4:28 (from Sutta Central), there is also delight in developing and abandoning. Puna caparaṃ, bhikkhave, bhikkhu bhāvanārāmo...
by JohnK
Fri Jan 08, 2021 4:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Non-delight
Replies: 24
Views: 813

Re: Non-delight

Maha Kassapa (among others) in the Theragatha, says: "These rocky crags delight me" (or refresh me, depending on translator). The Pali is "ramayanti" which can also be translated as "to cause to enjoy." Here is a previous brief thread that unpacked this. https://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=3...
by JohnK
Fri Jan 08, 2021 2:40 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: mettā meditation
Replies: 21
Views: 421

Re: mettā meditation

In case you have not already seen, you might have a look at Thanissaro Bhikkhu's "Misunderstanding #1."
Per EB, he tries to stay close to suttas.
https://www.dhammatalks.org/books/Subli ... tents.html
:anjali:
by JohnK
Fri Jan 08, 2021 1:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Non-delight
Replies: 24
Views: 813

Re: Non-delight

Here is a previous thread on enjoyment and delight that may be relevant here:
https://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=29039
:anjali:
by JohnK
Wed Jan 06, 2021 4:52 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Newbie Impermanence topic question.
Replies: 17
Views: 386

Re: Newbie Impermanence topic question.

You might find this essay interesting -- it is by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
https://www.dhammatalks.org/Archive/Wri ... ptions.pdf
by JohnK
Sun Jan 03, 2021 8:42 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I wish to further my practice by becoming a monk. I can't find anywhere that invites someone 53 yrs old. Advise pls
Replies: 9
Views: 537

Re: I wish to further my practice by becoming a monk. I can't find anywhere that invites someone 53 yrs old. Advise pls

JamesTheGiant wrote: Sun Jan 03, 2021 8:20 am ...Have you thought of spending most of your year as a layperson at a monastery? Not as a monk. You can still do a heap of meditation and live almost as a monk does...
This seems like an excellent idea.
by JohnK
Sun Jan 03, 2021 7:32 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello everyone! Happy New Year!
Replies: 6
Views: 525

Re: Hello everyone! Happy New Year!

Welcome. Perhaps to keep you inspired with your metta practice: Loving-Kindness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana (Wiasdom Publisher). Abundant, Exalted, Immeasurable by Pasanno Bhikkhu (available free Abhayagiri or Amaravati) Boundless Heart by Christina Feldman -- all 4 BVs (Shambhala Publishe...
by JohnK
Sat Jan 02, 2021 11:10 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Qualifications to teach Dhamma to another?
Replies: 8
Views: 681

Re: Qualifications to teach Dhamma to another?

Just another angle:
What qualifications does one need for me to learn some Dhamma from them?
I suggest: not a whole lot!
by JohnK
Fri Jan 01, 2021 7:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: wasted time
Replies: 21
Views: 1037

Re: wasted time

The song says: "just a little bit of soul now." Hmm?