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by JohnK
Fri Oct 30, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Good thief vs Bad thief
Replies: 18
Views: 1455

Re: Good thief vs Bad thief

...that principle of mitigation of vice... It seems like a stretch to infer such a principle from the sutta. For example, I don't think the result of thievery is mitigated by not raping. The sutta, as it stands, seems to me to be less about morality and more about skillfulness -- in this case, a th...
by JohnK
Sun Oct 25, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Robes Made From Recycled Plastic
Replies: 44
Views: 5259

Re: Robes Made From Recycled Plastic

SarathW wrote: Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:50 am
wearing the defilements of the people
Agree...
I thought defilements were qualities of heart/mind?
(Happy to be corrected if I'm wrong.)
by JohnK
Fri Oct 23, 2020 1:05 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Four Noble Truths
Replies: 12
Views: 2150

Re: Four Noble Truths

Dhammanando wrote: Thu Oct 22, 2020 9:02 pm
JohnK wrote: Thu Oct 22, 2020 5:57 pm I suppose I am just being nit-picky about your enthusiastic wording.
They are actually Ajahn Sumedho's words, not floatsy's.
Oops! :)
(But no retraction -- centrality, but not necessarily sufficiency.)
by JohnK
Thu Oct 22, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Four Noble Truths
Replies: 12
Views: 2150

Re: Four Noble Truths

This one sutta contains all that is necessary for understanding Dhamma and for enlightenment. I certainly agree about the centrality of the sutta, but if it were really "all that is necessary," there would not be so many other suttas, right? I suppose I am just being nit-picky about your enthusiast...
by JohnK
Tue Oct 13, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wanting as an ability
Replies: 16
Views: 2969

Re: Wanting as an ability

...Thanks to family, teachers, and kids at school I got into bad habits early on about not believing I deserved anything... So, you already have a sense that this self-view is conditioned (vs. "who you are"). That seems like a good first step -- no need to believe your belief. (I suspect you want h...
by JohnK
Sun Oct 11, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Satipatthana for grief
Replies: 5
Views: 2555

Re: Satipatthana for grief

You might look into Bhikkhu Analayo's book, Mindfully Facing Disease and Death . https://www.windhorsepublications.com/product/mindfully-facing-disease-and-death-compassionate-advice-from-early-buddhist-texts/ For example, the chapter "Conclusion and Meditation Instructions," includes instructions b...
by JohnK
Wed Sep 02, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism in (your) two words
Replies: 119
Views: 24870

Re: Buddhism in (your) two words

retrofuturist wrote: Tue Sep 01, 2020 2:15 am Knowing release
Good
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by JohnK
Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How to be happy about other people's achievements, when you don't have it?
Replies: 19
Views: 19244

Re: How to be happy about other people's achievements, when you don't have it?

...I was wondering how can you be happy for someone else when you don't have what he/she has, which is the hard bit?... How? There is no quick fix, only by following the whole Noble Eightfold Path, which is designed to get beyond such things by seeing the dukkha in attachment to achievements (espec...
by JohnK
Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What's on your Raft? Which sutta passages absolutely critical to core of Buddhism?
Replies: 6
Views: 2917

Re: What's on your Raft? Which sutta passages absolutely critical to core of Buddhism?

What's on your Raft ☸🚣? I have spent quite a few days in the last few weeks on my raft here in Wyoming (USA). The thread title made me think: what are the most critical things on my raft? Appropriate attention and discernment seem the most critical -- recognizing hazards (the unwholesome) as well a...
by JohnK
Sun Jul 19, 2020 3:29 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: SDC stepping down as a moderator
Replies: 25
Views: 36696

Re: SDC stepping down as a moderator

Thanks for your moderation, SDC; enjoy the letting go.
I have appreciated your contributions.
:bow:
by JohnK
Thu Jul 09, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Poems of the Elders
Replies: 27
Views: 23105

Re: Poems of the Elders

Vakkali -- 5:8 Stay in the Grove Stricken by sharp, wind-like pains, you, monk, living in the forest grove —harsh, with limited range for alms— what, what will you do? Suffusing my body with abundant rapture & joy, & enduring what’s harsh, I’ll stay in the grove. Developing the establishings of mind...
by JohnK
Thu Jul 09, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Poems of the Elders
Replies: 27
Views: 23105

Re: Poems of the Elders

1:14 Vanavaccha's pupil:
...My body stays in the village;
my mind has gone to the wilds.

... There's no tying down
one who knows.
by JohnK
Thu Jul 09, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Poems of the Elders
Replies: 27
Views: 23105

Re: Poems of the Elders

1:13 Vanavaccha The color of blue-dark clouds, glistening, cooled with the waters of clear-flowing streams covered with ladybugs: Those rocky crags refresh me. [/b] https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/KN/Thag/thag1_13.html :namaste: From within both 11 Sankicca and 18 Maha Kassapa With clear waters ...
by JohnK
Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why begin with the eighth?
Replies: 12
Views: 709

Re: Why begin with the eighth?

Perhaps:
On first hearing the teaching, I think it is easier to see/recognize/acknowledge one's craving than to see/recognize/acknowledge one's ignorance.
Edit: similar to mike's "clearest link" idea.
by JohnK
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: One "Point" which includes vs. excludes
Replies: 45
Views: 31493

Re: One "Point" which includes vs. excludes

Somewhat related: I've been reading Shaila Catherine's Wisdom Wide and Deep . In discussing kasina practice, for example on "whiteness," one is focused on whiteness to the exclusion of everything else, but gradually expands that perception of whiteness to the point of its limitlessness, including th...