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by paul
Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can non matter related to matter ?
Replies: 18
Views: 1243

Re: Can non matter related to matter ?

Materiality and mentality can both be conditioned (subject to cycles), but nibbana is unconditioned. Every thought that is inclined towards nibbana can be classified as 'practice', and even though those thoughts are mostly conditioned, they represent movement towards nibbana. Such thoughts should be...
by paul
Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness/Concentration
Replies: 12
Views: 1326

Re: Mindfulness/Concentration

When I practise anapanasati, I am aware of my breathing but also in the background thoughts, ideas, etc. Is it really possible to be mindful of two things (breathing as well as thoughts) at once? It depends on the level of concentration. At the first level of concentration there is still thought co...
by paul
Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What is "breath energy"?
Replies: 6
Views: 1042

Re: What is "breath energy"?

Good point JohnK, there are moving energies and still energies. 1) You’re concerned with your breath as only you can know it: as part of your direct experience of having a body. If you have trouble thinking of these energies as “breath,” see if thinking of them as “breathing sensations” or “body sen...
by paul
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What is "breath energy"?
Replies: 6
Views: 1042

Re: What is "breath energy"?

Thanissaro Bikkhu has a particular approach to meditation on the breath, where the practitioner cultivates pleasant feelings in the body to fulfil the second tetrad in the Anapanasati sutta:

https://tricycle.org/magazine/absorbed-breath/
by paul
Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:25 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Possessing an even digestion that is neither too cold nor too hot (AN 10.11)
Replies: 2
Views: 718

Re: Possessing an even digestion that is neither too cold nor too hot (AN 10.11)

The fire element: "And what is the fire property? The fire property may be either internal or external. What is the internal fire property? Anything internal, belonging to oneself, that's fire, fiery, & sustained: that by which [the body] is warmed, aged, & consumed with fever; and that by which wha...
by paul
Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:01 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Urgent Clean Water needed for Skin Disease Outbreak among Buddhist Novices
Replies: 10
Views: 1780

Re: Urgent Clean Water needed for Skin Disease Outbreak among Buddhist Novices

Message from Buddhist Heritage: We are very familiar with the water situation at the Buddhist Academy site, and I know nothing of this latest “emergency”. I was there a little over a week ago and will be so again on this coming Tuesday. I’ll assess the situation and get back to you later in the week,
by paul
Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Correct apprehension of impermanence
Replies: 12
Views: 4132

Re: Correct apprehension of impermanence

:goodpost: It's worth noting that one of the few "universal teachings" (and by that I mean it was explicitly taught to be cultivated by both monastic and lay disciples) is the below 5 reflections, all strongly related to impermanence as one would reflect upon it reflectively, and much less to the mo...
by paul
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Honor and Shame
Replies: 4
Views: 719

Re: Honor and Conceit

:goodpost: Yes, it's a dilemma because without some sense of self, even a perceived self, one cannot make or attain a goal. Ananda explains it as the desire and the conceit along the path, to eventually allow us to abandon the desire and the conceit; but first it must be there to get us to the other...
by paul
Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: anicca, impermanence or?
Replies: 21
Views: 2173

Re: anicca, impermanence or?

Quote: “impermanence. What the impermanence mean, what is the context, is it a color?” Text extract: "In this community of monks there are monks who remain devoted to the development of good will... compassion... appreciation... equanimity... [the perception of the] foulness [of the body]... the per...
by paul
Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism in a nutshell
Replies: 26
Views: 1979

Re: Buddhism in a nutshell

Not acting out of craving but watching the contact with sense restraint or wisdom of Annica Dukkha or Anatta one sees there is nothing to crave or be averse to. The summary is generally right, but doesn't align with the four noble truths. Experiencing that attachment to conditioned phenomena (subje...
by paul
Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibbana defined by Bikkhu Bodhi
Replies: 5
Views: 1337

Nibbana defined by Bikkhu Bodhi

Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi Buddhist scholar-monk, Chuang Yen Monastery, Carmel Nirvana is the supreme goal of the Buddhist path. Different Buddhist traditions describe nirvana in different ways. In the Early Buddhism tradition that I follow, nirvana is considered from two angles. From one angle, it is ...
by paul
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism in a nutshell
Replies: 26
Views: 1979

Re: Buddhism in a nutshell

The Buddha's opinion was that the path is difficult to understand, but it is possible through striving for those who are committed: "This Dhamma that I have attained is deep, hard to see, hard to realize, peaceful, refined, beyond the scope of conjecture, subtle, to be experienced by the wise. But t...
by paul
Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What are the basses for enlightenment factors?
Replies: 17
Views: 1580

Re: What are the basses for enlightenment factors?

The contextual instruction for the removal of the hindrances and the development of the enlightenment factors is right effort: “The 4 right efforts (samma-padhána), forming the 6th stage of the 8-fold Path (i.e. sammá-váyáma, s. magga) are: (1) the effort to avoid (samvara-padhána), (2) to overcome ...
by paul
Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: samatha retreats/teachers
Replies: 22
Views: 6629

Re: samatha retreats/teachers

petitecath15 wrote: Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:39 am I really hope that I will have the opportunity to attend all this one of these days.
As well as the online course there are also groups:
https://samatha.org/what-we-offer/meditation-classes