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by _anicca_
Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nāma-rūpa is best rendered as...?
Replies: 68
Views: 8723

Re: Nāma-rūpa is best rendered as...?

Name and form is the most accurate translation, but I feel like mentality-materiality explains it better.

Although, it is best not to confuse direct translations with their meanings.
by _anicca_
Sun Sep 03, 2017 12:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anapanasati spot, Buddho, help!!
Replies: 11
Views: 1915

Re: Anapanasati spot, Buddho, help!!

You can use "Buddho" or just bare awareness of the breath - they both act the same: as an anchor for concentration, effort, and mindfulness. In regards to moving around spots, I would say to stick to just one point of contact each time. If it simply isn't working for you (your mind is restless, you...
by _anicca_
Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anapanasati spot, Buddho, help!!
Replies: 11
Views: 1915

Re: Anapanasati spot, Buddho, help!!

You can use "Buddho" or just bare awareness of the breath - they both act the same: as an anchor for concentration, effort, and mindfulness. In regards to moving around spots, I would say to stick to just one point of contact each time. If it simply isn't working for you (your mind is restless, you ...
by _anicca_
Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Where in the Vinaya are bhikkhus forbidden from touching/playing musical instruments
Replies: 21
Views: 4733

Re: Where in the Vinaya are bhikkhus forbidden from touching/playing musical instruments

Perhaps Bhikkhu Bodhi was not playing the piano, but he was practicing charity.
by _anicca_
Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Skipping Jhanas
Replies: 14
Views: 2165

Re: Skipping Jhanas

It's really best not to analyze these things.

Ajahn Suchart and Mahasi Sayadaw said that concerning yourselves with these things is useless.
by _anicca_
Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Skipping Jhanas
Replies: 14
Views: 2165

Re: Skipping Jhanas

As far as I know, not is samatha meditation.

In vipassana, you can go straight to the "fourth jhana" - which is the nana of equanimity - without progressing through all of the others first.

Also, you could be entering access concentration, which is similar to the fourth jhana.
by _anicca_
Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Four Foundation of Mindfulness
Replies: 7
Views: 989

Re: Four Foundation of Mindfulness

What do you find different about it?

I see nothing wrong with Joseph Goldstein's teachings on this matter.
by _anicca_
Wed Aug 30, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The worst of both worlds
Replies: 23
Views: 2461

Re: The worst of both worlds

I had an Ajahn once say that there were arahants on the 5 precepts, and perhaps that is true.

Whenever you're following the 5, you're essentially following the 8 as well.
by _anicca_
Wed Aug 30, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The worst of both worlds
Replies: 23
Views: 2461

Re: The worst of both worlds

I agree with Ajahn Sona. So many people try to force themselves into the 8 precepts when their lifestyle just does not allow it (this includes myself). The 8 precepts are the monastic precepts. It is not worth the stress to undertake these in the realms of worldly life when beautifying our body and ...
by _anicca_
Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Satipatthana Guided Meditation
Replies: 2
Views: 1041

Re: Satipatthana Guided Meditation

Any guided Mahasi style Vipassana meditation video.
by _anicca_
Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How does a Buddhist socialise?
Replies: 13
Views: 3044

Re: How does a Buddhist socialise?

You want to be careful to guard your speech and avoid, what the Buddha called, idle chatter. This sort of speech is not conducive to mindfulness and can lead to other forms of unwholesome speech such as gossiping, slandering, and lying. Socialization should be kept to a minimum because the dhamma is...
by _anicca_
Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should mentally troubled people stay away from Buddhism?
Replies: 40
Views: 5243

Re: Should mentally troubled people stay away from Buddhism?

Some problems are better equipped to be healed by therapy; others by Buddhism. For example? Relying on Western psyhotherapy usually means going in the exact opposite direction of Buddhism. It's strange to suggest that mentally troubled people should first go away from Buddhism, so that by that, the...
by _anicca_
Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should mentally troubled people stay away from Buddhism?
Replies: 40
Views: 5243

Re: Should mentally troubled people stay away from Buddhism?

Some problems are better equipped to be healed by therapy; others by Buddhism. For example? Relying on Western psyhotherapy usually means going in the exact opposite direction of Buddhism. It's strange to suggest that mentally troubled people should first go away from Buddhism, so that by that, the...
by _anicca_
Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can you follow Buddhas teachings and still dislike people?
Replies: 66
Views: 11866

Re: Can you follow Buddhas teachings and still dislike people?

If you like or dislike people, then you are not following the Buddha's teachings. Metta and samadhi is the foundation that you should have for all of the interactions that you have with people. However, you can become disenchanted with others, but you have to realize we are all trying to find happin...
by _anicca_
Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should mentally troubled people stay away from Buddhism?
Replies: 40
Views: 5243

Re: Should mentally troubled people stay away from Buddhism?

This is highly contingent on the scenario. If the person cannot function properly, then it is best to stabilize as a lay practitioner before pursuing higher levels of bhavana. I think mentally ill people can benefit from staying at a monastery with close guidance from a teacher. However, I think Goe...