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by andyebarnes67
Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:09 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Formations
Replies: 5
Views: 2114

Re: Formations

"Ajahn Geoff (Thanissaro) , and I'm sure some others, prefer to translate Sati as heedfulness rather than mindfulness..." This is wrong, heedfulness is quite a separate factor to mindfulness and is better referred to as as basic zeal. Whilst aware that, strictly speaking, it is Appamada that is tra...
by andyebarnes67
Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Theravada Monasticism
Replies: 18
Views: 5160

Re: Theravada Monasticism

I know Ajahn Chah was of the opinion that many monks (and lay) spend far too much time sleeping and if memory serves, he advocated around just 4 hours as night as adequate.
by andyebarnes67
Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Levels of accomplishment?
Replies: 31
Views: 9987

Re: Levels of accomplishment?

I have always felt there to be a close correlation between the four levels - stream winner, once returner, non-return and Arahant to the Jhanas. Does anyone more knowledgeable have any views/references for or against this view? (Moderators, you might think this worth re posting as a new thread somew...
by andyebarnes67
Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Formations
Replies: 5
Views: 2114

Re: Formations

Ignorance is not-knowing, greed, hatred, desire, and craving are emotional states. Okay so far? I think there are two kinds of ignorance, in fact. The first is, as you say, 'not knowing' and as such is a kind of passive state of mind that simply, well, doesn't know. The second is more subtle and is...
by andyebarnes67
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi. I joined ages ago but now hope to much more active
Replies: 1
Views: 938

Hi. I joined ages ago but now hope to much more active

Hi everyone. I joined here many moons ago but made little use of this space as I got drawn into Buddhist Facebook groups instead. However, as my studies of, and occasional realisations from, the Canon progress and my questions become more technical, I found those somewhat lacking. Perhaps it's the e...
by andyebarnes67
Mon Dec 15, 2014 8:54 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: imagination in theravada
Replies: 11
Views: 3014

Re: imagination in theravada

Visualization is necessary in Theravada meditation, but it is not called visualization, but acquisition of the sign (nimitta). In the process of developing concentration on any of the subjects of meditation, one passes through the stages of the preparatory image, the acquired image and the counter-...
by andyebarnes67
Sun Dec 14, 2014 6:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Most effective method of study?
Replies: 35
Views: 5035

Re: Most effective method of study?

So would you advise not taking notes on anything I read? Even just highlighting key points, or is this just referring to sutta study? How about when studying books like the Visuddhimagga? I also have a copy of the Visuddhimagga and I do read from it from time to time. But here is the thing. Do you ...
by andyebarnes67
Sun Dec 07, 2014 8:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Most effective method of study?
Replies: 35
Views: 5035

Re: Most effective method of study?

Certainly, an academic study of the Suttas can be beneficial and is not to be smirked at, but for me, I prefer to use them as a resource for the answering of questions that arise through my practice and in daily life. Unless one is looking to become a teacher (either academically or as a dhamma teac...
by andyebarnes67
Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Plants ~ Borderline Beings?
Replies: 206
Views: 25561

Re: Do plants possess five aggregate?

A very good documentary with David Attenborough - 'The Life of Plants' showed, by way of time lapse filming, the much more dynamic life of plants and I do subscribe to the view that they have the rudiments of communication, reactiveness etc. I would also add though that they have no ability to make ...
by andyebarnes67
Sun Oct 26, 2014 7:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhamma Books - where do you get yours?
Replies: 18
Views: 4417

Re: Dhamma Books - where do you get yours?

Feathers wrote:Ooh nice find andeybarnes67, thank you for sharing!
Your welcome. :namaste:
by andyebarnes67
Sat Oct 25, 2014 5:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhamma Books - where do you get yours?
Replies: 18
Views: 4417

Re: Dhamma Books - where do you get yours?

Forest Sangha Publications - http://fsbooks.org will send any book in their list free of charge (at least in UK as they are coming from Amaravati). But you do have the opportunity to make a donation online as able. As I actually prefer the teachings of the Thai Forest Tradition, this is great for me...
by andyebarnes67
Tue Oct 21, 2014 7:35 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Beginners questions
Replies: 33
Views: 8128

Re: Beginners questions

O.k. some quick beginners questions. Why is rebirth not eternalism? I mean even without a soul if something can either be reborn or just continues on with no self without being annihilated then is'int that eternalism by default? :shrug: If life is suffering then why raise a family? If there is no s...
by andyebarnes67
Sun Apr 06, 2014 2:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should one try to convert non-Buddhists?
Replies: 80
Views: 15315

Re: Should one try to convert non-Buddhists?

I THINK GOENKA MADE A VERY GOOD EXPLANATION ABOUT THIS. ITS NOT REALLY ABOUT THE RELIGION , BUT ITS ABOUT THE WAY OF LIFE. IT DOESN'T MATTER A BUDDHIST, A CHRISTIAN, A MOESLEM, OR A JEWISH. DHAMMA IS THE LAW OF NATURE, AND PEOPLE STILL COULD BELIEVE THEIR RELIGION BUT THEY CAN ALSO LEARN ABOUT DHAM...
by andyebarnes67
Sun Apr 06, 2014 2:02 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Theravadin Resource guide
Replies: 81
Views: 143965

Suggested addition - Forest Sangha Publications

"This Forest Sangha Publications site is dedicated to the free distribution of teachings in the Theravada Buddhist tradition of Venerable Ajahn Chah". They make available some very good audio and ebook downloads and also, through various monasteries around the world, freely post out hardcopy publica...
by andyebarnes67
Sun Apr 06, 2014 1:54 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Why three gems?
Replies: 3
Views: 1256

Re: Why three gems?

Why three gems? Therefore each of you should remain with your self as an island, your self as your refuge, without anything else as a refuge. Remain with the Dhamma as an island, the Dhamma as your refuge, without anything else as a refuge. — DN 16 Thank-you for posting this Dylan. I don't have an ...