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by Sekha
Tue Sep 15, 2015 2:18 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Establishing Mindfulness in Front?
Replies: 22
Views: 6335

Re: Establishing Mindfulness in Front?

Well then what do you make of this quote from the Cūḷavagga of the Vinaya Piṭaka? Not much; what do you make of the linked paper? Your link falls back onto my quote. Bhante Kumara refers to Thanissaro bhikkhu, who writes: To the fore (parimukham): The Abhidhamma takes an etymological approach to th...
by Sekha
Tue Sep 15, 2015 1:35 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Establishing Mindfulness in Front?
Replies: 22
Views: 6335

Re: Establishing Mindfulness in Front?

It's nothing to do with the mouth or the nose. Well then what do you make of this quote from the Cūḷavagga of the Vinaya Piṭaka? 'Na, bhikkhave, massu parimukhaṃ kārāpetabbaṃ' the beard is not to be done [=cut/trimmed] parimukhaṃ (ie. wearing a moustache is not allowed) massu (śmaśru) is well known...
by Sekha
Tue Sep 15, 2015 1:25 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Establishing Mindfulness in Front?
Replies: 22
Views: 6335

Re: Establishing Mindfulness in Front?

Detailed article with a hint of where the confusion about this word may come from

http://www.buddha-vacana.org/voc/parimukham.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by Sekha
Tue Sep 15, 2015 8:34 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What else could the Middle Way be?
Replies: 8
Views: 1663

Re: What else could the Middle Way be?

Hi Robin, is there someone there who really understands french and the meaning of this word? You can also have look at the English counterpart to that translation : http://www.buddha-vacana.org/sutta/digha/dn22.html#4E4" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; The Pali word at stake is chanda ...
by Sekha
Mon Sep 14, 2015 9:00 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Service opportunity at Santi Forest Monastery
Replies: 5
Views: 2247

Re: Service opportunity at Santi Forest Monastery

At this point in time, I would probably be interested if I didn't have other plans already.
by Sekha
Fri Sep 11, 2015 6:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Stuckness, indecision, doubt, commitment, self-worth and spiritual burnout.
Replies: 18
Views: 2583

Re: Stuckness, indecision, doubt, commitment, self-worth and spiritual burnout.

I think I just want a teacher who I have some confidence in to say 'right, here is what you need to do, go and do it!'. And to have the faith, and to keep it simple... I presume you have tried Goenka centers already. Anyway, the teacher there corresponds to your description, provided you can have s...
by Sekha
Wed Sep 09, 2015 9:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: meditation late at night
Replies: 13
Views: 2538

Re: meditation late at night

When I do my night meditation it's a battle against sleep, I never fall asleep, but its really not nearly as focused as in the morning and doesn't feel as beneficial, except maybe to strengthen discipline and practice stirring up energy. I would say it is indeed beneficial, even if you may not feel...
by Sekha
Tue Sep 08, 2015 7:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Weight of Kamma When Killing Solely for Food
Replies: 23
Views: 2957

Re: Weight of Kamma When Killing Solely for Food

We would probably have to ask someone who was previously a blue whale and can remember what happened afterwards as a result.
by Sekha
Mon Sep 07, 2015 5:20 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Access to Insight going static in January
Replies: 13
Views: 2223

Re: Access to Insight going static in January

Does anyone know if Thanissaro Bhikkhu keeps translating? Is he published somewhere else now?
by Sekha
Mon Sep 07, 2015 8:16 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: 1 step forward, 1 step back
Replies: 7
Views: 1258

Re: 1 step forward, 1 step back

Certainly, everyone experiences this. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn47/sn47.010.wlsh.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; As he thus dwells contemplating the body, some bodily object arises, or physical discomfort or mental...
by Sekha
Mon Sep 07, 2015 7:31 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist Prayer
Replies: 2
Views: 544

Re: Buddhist Prayer

The teaching of the Buddha is a teaching of self-reliance. The whole aim is to awaken to the actual nature of reality. I don't think people are supposed to pray to anyone, at least in Theravada. If they are ever supposed to pray at all. A proper meditation will always be much more helpful than a pra...
by Sekha
Sat Sep 05, 2015 5:18 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Top 5 Reasons to Study Buddhism
Replies: 1
Views: 489

Re: Top 5 Reasons to Study Buddhism

When as a student I first read about the teaching of the Buddha, it felt like pessimistic nonsense to me. It was only years later when I started practicing it during a meditation course that everything fell into place. Those beginners who go by the intellect are most likely to fall for the rhetoric ...
by Sekha
Fri Sep 04, 2015 9:48 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is the enlightened one absolutely sure that there is no god?
Replies: 29
Views: 4053

Re: Is the enlightened one absolutely sure that there is no god?

Well, I would say the standardized list of opinions given in this sutta and elsewhere stands for any metaphysical question that is not conducive to the end of suffering.
by Sekha
Thu Sep 03, 2015 6:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is the enlightened one absolutely sure that there is no god?
Replies: 29
Views: 4053

Re: Is the enlightened one absolutely sure that there is no god?

This kind of questions are not considered as important at all. What is important is to put an end to suffering, and that's all there is to the Buddha's teaching. If you are looking for anything else, you won't find it. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.063.than.html" onclick="window.open...
by Sekha
Thu Sep 03, 2015 10:46 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: The path to ordination
Replies: 9
Views: 3150

Re: The path to ordination

Thank you