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by Pinetree
Sun Apr 17, 2016 4:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: no more silence in the mind
Replies: 14
Views: 2453

Re: no more silence in the mind

Over time, the relationship towards the world changes and that reflects in your meditation. The answer to your question depends on your mental states related to the arising of those thoughts. Which I don't think we can guess. In any case, something that may be helpful is: http://dhammawheel.com/view...
by Pinetree
Fri Apr 15, 2016 12:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 5407
Views: 670732

Re: Becoming vegetarian

Of course fresh fruit, greens and vegetables are important for everybody, not necessarily vegetarian. A short advice for a vegetarian is to eat more of a variety of seeds (cereals, nuts, pulses). Some of what I call shortly seeds are: wheat, barley, oats, corn, quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth, walnuts, ...
by Pinetree
Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to not grasp to theme or detail?
Replies: 27
Views: 2424

Re: How to not grasp to theme or detail?

I think it's a feature of concentration that may have happened to me during meditation few times for few seconds at a time. Got 2 ways about it: 1. Just still the mind. That's pretty easy and straightforward, and with a certain degree of stillness, it will happen to anybody. 2. Use seeing as a medit...
by Pinetree
Fri Apr 15, 2016 8:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Complicated issue I'm facing with meditation and mindfulness
Replies: 17
Views: 4109

Re: Complicated issue I'm facing with meditation and mindfulness

What is the issue here? The issue here is conceptualization. The present moment is simple, easy and right in front of our very noses. Just be aware of whatever is happening. The issue is that instead of following the present moment, we follow thoughts we fabricate about the present moment (or the p...
by Pinetree
Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:13 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: TAKING THINGS AS THEY OCCUR VS SELF-EFFORT
Replies: 16
Views: 1780

Re: TAKING THINGS AS THEY OCCUR VS SELF-EFFORT

Perhaps, his condition will not improve because he has done nothing to rectify the weakness. In order to do that, he will have to go here and there and consult doctors and other people and take some actions. Is his running around wrong ?? While he is running around, he should take the running aroun...
by Pinetree
Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:43 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Focussing mind on a sensation
Replies: 8
Views: 1094

Re: Focussing mind on a sensation

Can this object be a sensation ?? Yes, it can, and certain meditation methods put a lot of emphasis on sensations. Can these be considered meditation ?? Let,s say, during walk, he keeps changing his focus to bodily sensation from legs to arms to the back and so on. Is this still meditation ?? This ...
by Pinetree
Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:25 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Female rules entailing expulsion?
Replies: 11
Views: 2094

Re: Female rules entailing expulsion?

To my knowledge, vinaya rules were created on a step by step basis, to deal with practical matters arising in the early sangha.

So do you have a different opinion on what a women's erogenous zones are than what is inferred from the vinaya ?
by Pinetree
Mon Apr 11, 2016 4:56 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Sound as a meditation object?
Replies: 4
Views: 1218

Re: Sound as a meditation object?

I keep the sound as a reminder for me to keep my attention on the breath. So your meditation object is the breath and not the sound ? I'm thinking that if I would try this, maybe I'd have the music for the first part of the meditation, followed by silence. Because I'm thinking after some time you d...
by Pinetree
Mon Apr 11, 2016 4:39 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A theory of pleasure and pain.
Replies: 26
Views: 2448

Re: A theory of pleasure and pain.


We don't need a reason to like one or the other because our liking of pleasure and dislike of pain is automatic, pre-reasoning if you will.
Our liking of pleasure is also pleasure. Our dislike of pain is also pain.
by Pinetree
Sun Apr 10, 2016 7:38 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Incest - Yay or Nay?
Replies: 26
Views: 3241

Re: Incest - Yay or Nay?

Personally, I think that cultivating a certain type of family relationships may be more useful than others. Also, Buddhism doesn't feel that rubbing certain bodily parts together can be used to build a quality relationship. Hmm there is a problem with this. It doesn't provide any reason why incest i...
by Pinetree
Sun Apr 10, 2016 6:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A theory of pleasure and pain.
Replies: 26
Views: 2448

Re: A theory of pleasure and pain.

The point of the thread was to figure ou whatt about pleasure made it so appealing and what about pain made it 'bad' as we know that we chase and avoid these two...but why? That may just be feeling and intention co-arising and co-ceasing together, or habit as was said above. And since you mentioned...
by Pinetree
Sun Apr 10, 2016 6:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How should one react to the joy's of others resulting from akusala?
Replies: 12
Views: 1900

Re: How should one react to the joy's of others resulting from akusala?

what i actually meant was, to them it feels like joy (we all suffer from delusion, but for some it is more obvious) so to them, they feel a sense of joy, i think with a heightened awareness you can detect the suffering even in perceived joy. Do you not agree with this? for me in cases like this it ...
by Pinetree
Sun Apr 10, 2016 9:25 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: REALITY ROUND THE CORNER
Replies: 6
Views: 1085

Re: REALITY ROUND THE CORNER

As far as the question of feeling or thought is concerned, I would put it this way. It is somewhat like 7th sense or a sensation that pervades all over you. There are no words contained in it. Yes, that is one of the many possible experiences that people have, with practicing meditation or even pra...
by Pinetree
Sun Apr 10, 2016 9:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How should one react to the joy's of others resulting from akusala?
Replies: 12
Views: 1900

Re: How should one react to the joy's of others resulting from akusala?

I'm not following you exactly ...

It's either joy or discomfort, probably not both at the same time, and probably you can't notice both at the same time.

When you notice joy, you are moved about the joy, when you notice discomfort, you are moved about the discomfort.
by Pinetree
Sun Apr 10, 2016 6:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: can anyone recommend a retreat for a complete beginner?
Replies: 17
Views: 1693

Re: can anyone recommend a retreat for a complete beginner?

This is ageism It's not ageism, it's wise profiling :P If we are going to make an educated guess we might aswell use the information available. Actually, I am unable to judge if it's wise, but my point is that we should not avoid a piece of information, because there is something wrong with it.