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by JohnK
Tue Apr 13, 2021 11:27 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: “Right View comes first”: SN 56.37, SN 56.44, dash of MN 117 (Week of April 11, 2021)
Replies: 32
Views: 753

Re: “Right View comes first”: SN 56.37, SN 56.44, dash of MN 117 (Week of April 11, 2021)

A question on a sutta in Saccasamyutta, it would be nice if you can help me out... https://suttacentral.net/sn56.41/en/sujato You are not alone. Bhikkhu Bodhi says "... strangely , it turns out that the man is not really mad." And Ven. Sujato says it is a " curious tale." Emphasis added. Apparently...
by JohnK
Mon Apr 12, 2021 11:09 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Microdosing on cannabis
Replies: 10
Views: 166

Re: Microdosing on cannabis

Would microdosing on 5 milligrams of thc before going to bed to help with sleep and bodily discomfort be considered a precept violation? If yes, then is taking a sleeping pill and some tylenol or advil also be a violation? Interesting you said 5mg and microdosing, but your chart shows <2.5 for micr...
by JohnK
Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: “Right View comes first”: SN 56.37, SN 56.44, dash of MN 117 (Week of April 11, 2021)
Replies: 32
Views: 753

Re: “Right View comes first”: SN 56.37, SN 56.44, dash of MN 117 (Week of April 11, 2021)

Seems like I've also read of the progression : sila, samadhi, panna. Sorry, no sutta reference -- I hope that is ok in the study group. If right view "comes first" in the context of each path factor, including the sila factors, what does that suggest regarding sila among those who hold some form of ...
by JohnK
Mon Apr 12, 2021 1:47 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: i dont like the term 'unbound'
Replies: 19
Views: 329

Re: i dont like the term 'unbound'

"Unbound" works well with "the fetters." Fetters bind, overcoming them = unbound.
salayatananirodha wrote: Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:03 am ...i got his book mind like fire unbound but i havent read it...
[how the heck is a flame unbound???]
Ah, reading the book may help you understand -- you may still not like the term.
:anjali:
by JohnK
Sun Apr 11, 2021 4:33 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: “Right View comes first”: SN 56.37, SN 56.44, dash of MN 117 (Week of April 11, 2021)
Replies: 32
Views: 753

Re: “Right View comes first”: SN 56.37, SN 56.44, dash of MN 117 (Week of April 11, 2021)

From SN56.19:
In this statement, 'This is the noble truth of suffering,' there are innumerable nuances, innumerable details, innumerable implications. [same for the other three truths]
So, perhaps this development of right view is seeing these more and more (to "breakthrough").
by JohnK
Sun Apr 11, 2021 3:39 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: “Right View comes first”: SN 56.37, SN 56.44, dash of MN 117 (Week of April 11, 2021)
Replies: 32
Views: 753

Re: “Right View comes first”: SN 56.37, SN 56.44, dash of MN 117 (Week of April 11, 2021)

I like the simple logic of the peaked house (and it doesn't bring up the noted "right view" complexity). It simply makes the essential dhamma statement that understanding the Truths is essential for ending suffering. It then says, therefore, make an effort to understand the Truths -- don't think you...
by JohnK
Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Profile: Raṭṭhapāla (Week of April 4, 2021)
Replies: 38
Views: 1065

Re: Profile: Raṭṭhapāla (Week of April 4, 2021)

(1) ‘Life in any world is unstable, it is swept away’ Impermanance, inconstancy. With ageing being the great impermanence teacher... (2) ‘Life in any world has no shelter and no protector’ Ultimately not in control. Subject to "universal forces". "I cannot command..." (3) ‘Life in any world has not...
by JohnK
Thu Apr 08, 2021 4:30 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Profile: Raṭṭhapāla (Week of April 4, 2021)
Replies: 38
Views: 1065

Re: Profile: Raṭṭhapāla (Week of April 4, 2021)

Just noticing in SN22.26: https://suttacentral.net/sn22.26/en/bodhi The structure of the exposition is driven by the progress in the Buddha's path of awakening. While "still a bodhisatta, not yet fully enlightened," the questions about gratification, danger and escape "occurred" to him. Then, the an...
by JohnK
Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:20 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Profile: Raṭṭhapāla (Week of April 4, 2021)
Replies: 38
Views: 1065

Re: Profile: Raṭṭhapāla (Week of April 4, 2021)

SDC wrote: Wed Apr 07, 2021 3:27 pm ...the King’s definition of loss was/is always the nature of things even when it has not come to pass...
That was a very concise statement of the relationship between the four losses and the four dhamma summaries. :thumbsup:
by JohnK
Mon Apr 05, 2021 6:00 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Profile: Raṭṭhapāla (Week of April 4, 2021)
Replies: 38
Views: 1065

Re: Profile: Raṭṭhapāla (Week of April 4, 2021)

... according to the sutta he must have had some grasp of these things prior to hearing the Buddha speak ... [emphasis added by jk] ...Great king, there are four summaries of the Dhamma that have been taught by the Blessed One who knows and sees, accomplished and fully enlightened. Knowing and seei...
by JohnK
Mon Apr 05, 2021 3:42 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Profile: Raṭṭhapāla (Week of April 4, 2021)
Replies: 38
Views: 1065

Re: Profile: Raṭṭhapāla (Week of April 4, 2021)

So, he went forth because he knew and saw. How much did he already know and see?
Apparently he knew/saw the 4 dhamma summaries; they point primarily to the dangers.
Perhaps his outstanding faith then was in the promise of escape.
by JohnK
Sun Apr 04, 2021 11:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Danger of sensual pleasures
Replies: 13
Views: 270

Re: Danger of sensual pleasures

The pre-occupation with sensual pleasure (planning/fantasizing) probably consumes more time than actual "consumption." This pre-occupation with getting (or perhaps even avoiding) means that one is not being mindful -- lost in the strategies for getting. With mindfulness: Oh, there it is again: plann...
by JohnK
Sun Apr 04, 2021 11:01 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: covid experiences
Replies: 9
Views: 173

Re: covid experiences

A friend "recovered" but not fully -- she is still needing oxygen support at home -- it has been at least a couple of months -- nasty lung x-ray. Her mother died from it. Other friends have had minor symptoms (tested positive) and seem to be fully recovered.
by JohnK
Mon Mar 29, 2021 8:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Questions about good and bad
Replies: 24
Views: 655

Re: Questions about good and bad

Perhaps relevant; again from Thanissaro's Karma Q&A (Q15): ...it is possible to weaken the results of bad past kamma. The Buddha compared past bad kamma to a big lump of salt. If you put the salt into a small glass of water, you can’t drink the water because it’s too salty. But if you toss it into a...