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by sunnat
Mon Jun 14, 2021 2:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Poll: Abhidhamma and Theravada.
Replies: 50
Views: 672

Apart from direct personal experience, I only know the various opinions I happen to have read about. I've never read the A...a and doubt I will. At the time of The Buddha many people heard a discourse, perhaps two, directly, or heard The Dhamma from someone else and many attained streamentry by prac...
by sunnat
Sun Jun 13, 2021 11:47 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Is it possible that we may be practicing Vipassana without knowing it?
Replies: 5
Views: 90

Yes. To the extent that one has trained to not react with lust, illwill or ignorance in relation to feelings, sensations, the process of letting go continues as long as one lives a virtuous life according to the precepts.
by sunnat
Sun Jun 13, 2021 4:34 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: What is the diffrence between Vipassana and Four Satipathana meditaiton?
Replies: 7
Views: 96

Re: What is the diffrence between Vipassana and Four Satipathana meditaiton?

Sati patthana is the establishment of attentiveness to the present moment. In the sutta it is the establishment of the four factors of mindfulness, kaya nu passana, vedana nu passana, citta nu passana and dhamma nu passana. Starting with kayanupassana : mendicants established in the virtues, go to s...
by sunnat
Sun Jun 13, 2021 3:32 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: What is the diffrence between Vipassana and Four Satipathana meditaiton?
Replies: 7
Views: 96

Kayanupassana is practiced when practicing anapana sati. The result is a still, focused, collected, concentrated mind. That mind practices vipassana (vedananupassana, cittanupassana and dhammanupassana).
by sunnat
Sun Jun 13, 2021 1:09 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: 📍A Teacher Named Araka, AN 7.74 (Week of June 13, 2021)
Replies: 15
Views: 248

Re: 📍A Teacher Named Araka, AN 7.74 (Week of June 13, 2021)

Teachers teach what they know and they know what they have directly experienced. Araka taught that what is composed will decompose, continual change, using nature similes. He taught to do wholesome things. So, as he lived his wholesome life he was acutely aware of the continual change, anicca, going...
by sunnat
Sat Jun 12, 2021 4:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why are some sensations naturally pleasant or unpleasant?
Replies: 9
Views: 135

'Generally all what is supporting our being is felt pleasant. All what is destroying our being is felt unpleasant.' - this is good, I think. Perhaps also like this: 'supporting the self identity is feeling called pleasant...etc.' It conforms with a theory of the somewhat strange phenomena of the mas...
by sunnat
Fri Jun 11, 2021 1:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent origination???
Replies: 27
Views: 509

'Underlying' the underlying tendencies (sankharas) are volitional actions (kamma) that result in further kamma resultants (that arise dependent on conditions) unless of course one does not re-act to the arisen sankhara with craving or ignorance or thinking they are self. Reacting to sankharas (such ...
by sunnat
Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:15 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism and Capitalism.
Replies: 42
Views: 411

Charles the first of England promoted the idea that the monarchy was a divine right, answerable only to god. The first capitalist revolution, bringing in the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie, in 1643, overthrew that monarchy.
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"Property is theft!" - Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, 1840
by sunnat
Wed Jun 09, 2021 12:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: 108 recitations of Itipiso a day
Replies: 15
Views: 238

It doesn't matter if one repeatedly chants om, hare krishna, hubba bubba, or anything else, it will not lead to nibbana. It may, as in the hare krisna sect 'chant and be happy' or: say 108 hail mary's in the christian sect, crowd out unpleasant feelings for a while but the ritual will need to be rep...
by sunnat
Mon Jun 07, 2021 1:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: About renouncing and contentment
Replies: 48
Views: 765

I may not know just how much I cling to some thing until I renounce it. Nothing can be said to be truly mine. Everything decays, is taken, lost, burnt, passes away. Clinging to ephemeral things lead to suffering when those things pass away. By renouncing things the feelings related to clinging arise...
by sunnat
Sun Jun 06, 2021 12:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Invisible Sculpture
Replies: 17
Views: 235

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by sunnat
Sun Jun 06, 2021 3:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness with heartbeat. Is it a hindrance?
Replies: 16
Views: 5273

There are other ways to understand the cautionings. With a weak heart and other degenerations associated with old age like constricted blood vessels (which is a cause of headaches, as well as reduced brain function) if one persists with equanimous awareness of pain in those areas one may risk heart ...
by sunnat
Sun Jun 06, 2021 2:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Condensing buddhism to friends or relatives
Replies: 21
Views: 332

It's a good way of life that for some becomes a religion, for some it's a set of practical meditation instructions that lead to happiness in the here and now*. Buddha himself condensed it something like this : don't do any bad things, do good things and purify the mind*. If people want more detail e...
by sunnat
Sat Jun 05, 2021 5:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: About renouncing and contentment
Replies: 48
Views: 765

One of the best loved or known monks of recent history is Ajahn Chah. (I don't read much but a biography I heard on archive.org is very inspiring). He lived in a very poor part of Thailand. Ajahn Brahm often tells a story of getting only a handful of rice per day with occasionally the luxury of a bo...
by sunnat
Fri Jun 04, 2021 12:19 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Western Buddhist cult?
Replies: 26
Views: 514

These acquired fantasies about communism demonstrated by the above postings ignores fundamental facts. There has never been a society according to the principles of communism. There have been attempts to establish such societies, perhaps most notably in Russia in 1917. Stalin subverted the attempt a...