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by sunnat
Sat Oct 24, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Whose well-being is more valuable?
Replies: 5
Views: 66

True well being of man is attained by seeking true well being of all beings.
by sunnat
Sat Oct 24, 2020 5:03 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Social norms and the recently deceased
Replies: 25
Views: 230

It's easy to forget that (often) that which one sees as a characteristic in others (bad and good) one is able to recognise because that characteristic is within one. It's making a judgement that highlights the remaining efforts to make, much more so than saying anything about the other.
by sunnat
Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Four Noble Truths
Replies: 11
Views: 259

Kondanna attained streamentry after all the work he had done plus on hearing the instructions of the wheel turning discourse while continuing to practice. As a result he gained unshaken faith. All five then continued to practice under instructions by the Buddha and all attained stream entry. Then Bu...
by sunnat
Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Explanation needed: Contact is one end. The origin of contact is the second end. The cessation of contact is the middle.
Replies: 22
Views: 565

‘Whoever, a thinker, knowing both sides, doesn’t adhere in between: He I call a great person. He here has gone past the seamstress’" Touching an object gives rise to consciousness, the meeting of the three is contact. Side one. Reaching out to touch is a volitional action. Side two. The seamstress ...
by sunnat
Mon Oct 19, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Holding each other accountable in daily life
Replies: 4
Views: 147

Unless its restraining a child, or a childlike person, note the arising of the phenomenon 'need to hold accountable' : this is not mine, not I and not my self, note the passing away of the phenomenon. It is also an opportunity to meditate: 'may I be happy, peaceful and liberated, may all beings ever...
by sunnat
Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the Dhamma take care of its own?
Replies: 34
Views: 463

Sound nice from an ordinary person's perspective but from a buddhist perspective: ignorant. (ignorance in the sense of 'not knowing' which from a buddhist perspective has little to do with intelligence). If the underlying tendency is to 'put the hand in the fire' then no amount of thinking it won't ...
by sunnat
Sat Oct 17, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the Dhamma take care of its own?
Replies: 34
Views: 463

If you don't feed a fire it goes out, so sit back and watch the hearth cool down. By abandoning the underlying tendencies to lust for pleasant feelings, to re-act with aversion to un-pleasant feelings, to re-act with ignorance to neutral feelings, the fire goes out. Wisdom arises. Thus, it no longer...
by sunnat
Wed Oct 14, 2020 4:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Pull between differnt methods
Replies: 4
Views: 156

Irrespective of which method you use. Once you have flund a method that works for you remember Buddha's exhortations Be patient. (it's a long path) be persistent, ardent, work continuously. Try to train yourself when meditating to stay continuously and equabimously aware no matter what is happening....
by sunnat
Tue Oct 13, 2020 5:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where to buy "Clearing the Path"?
Replies: 13
Views: 370

It takes a bit of effort but downloading a copy from internet archive, say a pdf option : https://archive.org/details/ClearingThePath/mode/2up And printing it, a5 booklet format, mono laser printer, and binding it is doable (if no experience try printing/binding an 8 page booklet to start with) . It...
by sunnat
Mon Oct 12, 2020 11:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: With a sharp carving knife - To feel disjoined from sense media
Replies: 9
Views: 322

"Thus he trains" - in this way the meditator, again and again, repeatedly, again and again practices, trains, ardently, persistently, with patience. "Bhikkhus, that one shall here and now make an end of suffering by abandoning the underlying tendency to lust for pleasant eye (ear, nose, tongue, body...
by sunnat
Sat Oct 10, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Piya Tan's Teaching above Teacher
Replies: 37
Views: 706

Bhikku Khantipalo, in Wheel publication 83/84 "With Robes and Bowl" writes : "The Triple Gem or the Three Precious Ones are the highest ideals of the Buddhadhamma. To the Lord Buddha, to the Holy Dhamma (Teaching) and to the Noble Sangha (Order of Monks) are given veneration by all Buddhists since t...
by sunnat
Fri Oct 09, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: An argument for ultimate reality from a Theravādin perspective.
Replies: 79
Views: 1823

"... one can extract the ultimate realities from the conventional realities."


Or: once conventional realities are abandoned, extracted, emptied out, what is left is ultimate reality.
by sunnat
Thu Oct 08, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: No reason to practice Buddhism without rebirth
Replies: 26
Views: 847

There is no need to believe in rebirth in order to experience benefits of practicing meditation. An ordinary person will gain much relief from ordinary misery and by keeping the silas and concentrating and purifying the mind. There is no need to obsess about nibbana or jhanas. All these things come ...
by sunnat
Wed Oct 07, 2020 6:24 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Resources on overcoming the fourth hindrance mental restlessness?
Replies: 6
Views: 306

"... what is lack of food for the arising of unarisen restlessness & anxiety, or for the growth & increase of restlessness & anxiety once it has arisen? There is stillness of awareness. ..." So, prevent the arising of unarisen restlessness & anxiety and prevent the growth, proliferation, multiplicat...