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by bodhifollower
Tue Jun 15, 2021 6:08 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Help with Pali Chanting Book
Replies: 3
Views: 109

Re: Help with Pali Chanting Book

Sounds fun. Pm me the file and I will do it.
by bodhifollower
Mon Jun 14, 2021 5:40 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Letting the breath breathe itself
Replies: 4
Views: 192

Re: Letting the breath breathe itself

You cant let go of the breath if you are in fear. You must control it. Whether it is rough or subtle. The Buddha made no rule against controlling the breath. It would therefore be correct to say that you can control it and still get concentrated. Personally I have done this. Once you have no more fe...
by bodhifollower
Sat Jun 05, 2021 3:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mindfulness during sleep
Replies: 5
Views: 178

Re: Mindfulness during sleep

If you practice sati at all moments then you will remember when you dream and when you deep sleep. Everyone dreams and deep sleeps. But as soon as they wake up they forget what happened because their sati is weak. If your sati is strong you'll know when you fall asleep, when you're dreaming, when yo...
by bodhifollower
Wed Jun 02, 2021 5:25 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Criminal Background
Replies: 8
Views: 326

Criminal Background

I have a criminal record for something unskillful I did a couple of years ago which landed me in jail for a couple months. It was classified as a felony although what I did really wasn't. The case was dismissed and I was free to go with no penalties at all. It wasn't very serious after all. I wanted...
by bodhifollower
Wed Jun 02, 2021 4:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to become a sakadagamia?
Replies: 5
Views: 200

Re: How to become a sakadagamia?

Develop the noble eight part path. There is no other way.
by bodhifollower
Mon May 31, 2021 2:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: how to meditate at 4 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 280

Re: how to meditate at 4 AM

But the Awakened One, with a great teacher's solicitude for his disciples, did not lose sight of him. With his supernormal vision he perceived the difficulties of the new monk, and by magic power he appeared before him. When Moggallana saw the Master standing before him, a good part of his fatigue h...
by bodhifollower
Sun May 30, 2021 3:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Help: What level of development do i have? sotapanna maybe? how to continue
Replies: 30
Views: 783

Re: Help: What level of development do i have? sotapanna maybe? how to continue

Now you should practice insight. Start by contemplating the ugly nature of the body. Practice the 32 parts and keep pictures of skeletons around you. See the body in its true nature of pain, impermanence, and selflessness. Ask questions and really try to understand. For example, skin. If I take the ...
by bodhifollower
Sun May 30, 2021 3:12 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Eighth precept
Replies: 8
Views: 266

Re: Eighth precept

It is meant to reduce attachment to worldly pleasures. When one sleeps on the floor one only has dhamma to give peace to oneself. When you are comfortable not sleeping on a bed or a couch then you are starting to transcend this world. These days beds and couches are common objects that many people h...
by bodhifollower
Sun May 30, 2021 2:48 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Genorosity
Replies: 7
Views: 211

Re: Genorosity

Just to add in parenthesis- in the pāli canon it is said the Buddha did not praise giving casually, and did indeed explicitly state to give with one's own hand, and give frequently too, so maybe find a local Sangha to support too? Be well upāsaka(s). Well said. To further this he said that giving o...
by bodhifollower
Sun May 30, 2021 2:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahant Immortals
Replies: 20
Views: 523

Re: Arahant Immortals

Any Brahma realm being who was a stream enterer or higher, including arahant from the Buddha's time 2500 years ago, would also still be alive today, as well as the ariya from many deva realms. The commentary idea of a kappa aeon being "the full length of a human lifespan" is one of the more idiotic...
by bodhifollower
Sat May 22, 2021 4:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahant Immortals
Replies: 20
Views: 523

Arahant Immortals

Hold on hear me out, In the texts, it is recorded that the Buddha said he could lengthen his lifespan till the end of the aeon, Maha Moggallana as well is said to have the same power. Now keeping that train of thought, that would mean that Kakusandha, Konagamana, Kassapa, and at least one arahant di...
by bodhifollower
Thu May 13, 2021 9:14 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Metta Translation
Replies: 1
Views: 123

Metta Translation

Can someone who is skilled in Pali please translate this from the Karaniya Metta Sutta:
Sukhino va khemino hontu
Sabbe satta bhavantu sukhitatta

I'm looking for a quite literal translation word for word.
Every translation I've seen has been really inaccurate.
Thank you.
by bodhifollower
Sat Dec 26, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: foregoing honest from good will or humility
Replies: 4
Views: 1590

Re: foregoing honest from good will or humility

You're angry thoughts about other people are nothing other than anger. Ill will is the second hinderance. The second hinderance is countered by piti and metta. You practice metta by thinking; "may all beings be joyful." Now this won't take effect right away because the power of accumulated ill will ...
by bodhifollower
Sat Dec 26, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?
Replies: 483
Views: 95280

Re: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?

"Taking that which is not given". So if you're taking information which is not given to you, nor was intended to be for you, nor was it freely offered to you, and you're asking if this break the second moral virtue of taking that which is not given. Man I don't know what to tell you. If you can't fi...