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by rowyourboat
Sat Sep 22, 2012 4:33 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Thought suppression by Samatha
Replies: 40
Views: 9044

Re: Thought suppression by Samatha

In my experience, samatha results in more intentional thought-formation; thoughts aren't suppressed in a general way, they simply don't arise as randomly. It's like bullet-time in the mind, not vacuous like an infant's mind. Thanks Daverupa. I wonder if I am also overreacting to a few moments that ...
by rowyourboat
Sat Sep 22, 2012 4:30 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Thought suppression by Samatha
Replies: 40
Views: 9044

Re: Thought suppression by Samatha

What are you doing with your thoughts or memories that they tend to get suppressed temporarily? Usually mindfulness of the breath. I'm not doing anything specific with thoughts. When the samadhi builds up my mind sometimes goes blank, even after meditation. I wonder if generally I'm a bit of a lazy...
by rowyourboat
Sat Sep 22, 2012 4:26 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Thought suppression by Samatha
Replies: 40
Views: 9044

Re: Thought suppression by Samatha

LonesomeYogurt wrote:What exactly do you mean by suppressed?
I just tend to forget more, things which I should remember. I once forgot the words of a guided meditation which I knew very well. That was the most clear cut incident.
by rowyourboat
Sat Sep 22, 2012 1:43 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Wholesome development of personality
Replies: 8
Views: 3529

Re: Wholesome development of personality

Hi Hanzze

A certain type of person will do well in the dhamma- if you would think what kind of person would endeavour to carry out these practices as much as possible you would understand why I said that they lead to a development of a wholesome personality.

With metta

Matheesha
by rowyourboat
Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:21 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Thought suppression by Samatha
Replies: 40
Views: 9044

Thought suppression by Samatha

I have this problem that when I do Samatha meditation my thoughts or memories tend to get suppressed temporarily. It can become a problem at work, yet I want to do my Samatha as I feel it is important. Any ideas? :thinking:

Metta

Matheesha
by rowyourboat
Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:14 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Wholesome development of personality
Replies: 8
Views: 3529

Wholesome development of personality

I felt the below list was really helpful in developing the appropriate wholesome personality traits which promotes the practice. There are ten (10) kinds of Kusala Kamma or meritorious actions: 1. Daana (Generosity), that yields wealth 2. Siila (Morality), which enables rebirth in noble families and...
by rowyourboat
Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:25 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: masturbation what's wrong?
Replies: 555
Views: 211025

Re: Overcoming passion

Stillsitting, another thing which might help is exploring how we identify (relate) ourselves as 'men' to her 'woman'. This fabrication sets the scene for further thoughts of a sensual nature. The vitakkasantana sutta techniques also help one you can identify lust. I suspect one of the biggest obstac...
by rowyourboat
Fri Sep 21, 2012 2:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Birthday the atta/jati celerbration
Replies: 23
Views: 2892

Re: Birthday the atta/jati celerbration

We sometimes give a Dane to the local temple in view of the birthday. I guess it is an 'excuse' to make the birthday boy or girl feel special- an act of generosity and mudita. We are not celebrating 'birth', more it is doing something nice for that person. We have to look at it from a conventional m...
by rowyourboat
Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:09 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: masturbation what's wrong?
Replies: 555
Views: 211025

Re: Overcoming passion

All I can add to this is that Mahatma Ghandhi wrote that all his previous (failed) attempts at controlling lust eventually helped him in the long run to overcome it. Keep the faith! Keep exploring what this lust is all about, explore the nature of pleasant sensations- their transience, what it means...
by rowyourboat
Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Morning nervousness
Replies: 9
Views: 1969

Re: Morning nervousness

I think all of the above are great suggestions. I assume you follow the precepts and don't drink alcohol. :). The only other thing I could add is that being mindful of the mind has helped me with anxiety - I am able to see what I am anxious about and link it with the more rational part of my mind wh...
by rowyourboat
Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: looking for source of Sariputta quote
Replies: 2
Views: 1117

Re: looking for source of Sariputta quote

Hi Anjali,

I think you are referring to this sutta (good one by the way!):


http://www.palicanon.org/en/sutta-pitak ... sfood.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

With metta :anjali:

Matheesha
by rowyourboat
Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:33 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Finding a Teacher
Replies: 8
Views: 2559

Re: Finding a Teacher

If you don't have a teacher I hope you will read the vast amount of information on Buddhist practice that sites like http://www.accesstoinsight.org" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; has. I hope you listen to talks by Ajhan Brahm as well. You may already know that vast numbers of practic...
by rowyourboat
Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 6 paramitas and 8 fold path
Replies: 11
Views: 2324

Re: 6 paramitas and 8 fold path

Hi Seth,

I think both are beneficial to each other- there is nothing in either which need to be left out or contradict. You will need to develop all these qualities all the way upto arahanthhood.

with metta

Matheesha
by rowyourboat
Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:21 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Ud 4.4: Juñha Sutta — Moonlit
Replies: 8
Views: 2898

Re: Ud 4.4: Juñha Sutta — Moonlit

The 'dust devil' here is a lesser spirit. Ven Sariputta is (counter) complementing Ven Moggallana in this case, by being modest about his own abilities. Often in his dialogues you will see this pattern of behaviour. It is said Ven Sariputta is someone who has thoroughly gotten rid of any form of con...
by rowyourboat
Sun Sep 02, 2012 11:05 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Annual talk to students on Buddhism
Replies: 15
Views: 4214

Re: Annual talk to students on Buddhism

Good to know you're doing this talk Ben. Hope it goes well.

I was reminded of the upajjhathana sutta:

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upajjhatthana_Sutta" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

With metta

Matheesha