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by paul
Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness - hurdles while concentrating
Replies: 9
Views: 1403

Re: Mindfulness - hurdles while concentrating

should I persevere till I reach an empty state The practitioner must remove the background thoughts and feelings, but removing a hindrance doesn’t lead to an empty state, it leads to joy (piti), that’s why the second tetrad of the Anapanasati sutta begins with sensitivity to joy. They should determ...
by paul
Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Translation error in MN 10
Replies: 23
Views: 1955

Re: Translation error in MN 10

This quote shows how the Buddha used terminology from conventional reality when discussing anatta without misapprehending it: “these are the world's designations, the world's expressions, the world's ways of speaking, the world's descriptions, with which the Tathagata expresses himself but without g...
by paul
Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Translation error in MN 10
Replies: 23
Views: 1955

Re: Translation error in MN 10

Are personal pronouns like 'I', 'me', 'my' not used in Sinhala, showing respect to anatta ?
by paul
Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the difference between mindfulness and investigation?
Replies: 12
Views: 1072

Re: What is the difference between mindfulness and investigation?

This has to be mostly a matter of personal experience due to difference in temperament, however some guidelines are given: “And what, bhikkhus, is the nutriment for the arising of the unarisen enlightenment factor of discrimination of states and for the fulfilment by development of the arisen enligh...
by paul
Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the difference between mindfulness and investigation?
Replies: 12
Views: 1072

Re: What is the difference between mindfulness and investigation?

In practice, mindfulnes is not the first factor, it is the director of the other six factors, which are divided into two groups of three, active and tranquil. In practice, investigation is actually the first factor : "Now, on any occasion when the mind is sluggish, that is the right time to develop ...
by paul
Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: immediacy, ānantariya
Replies: 12
Views: 1712

Re: immediacy, ānantariya

namarupa It is a correct conclusion that nama (literally ‘name,) is Buddhist terminology for the diffused world, as names are the starting point upon which the structure of conventional reality is based, with all its subsequent complex of institutions and laws, yet name is an arbitrary appendage to...
by paul
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does right concentration fit into all this?
Replies: 10
Views: 932

Re: How does right concentration fit into all this?

Whereas right effort is the active mental agent of the noble eightfold path, concentration represents the passive factor including tranquility, so as a matter of dynamic balance peace is a necessary component. At different times the mind will be agitated and the employment of tranquility at whatever...
by paul
Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: My view of anatta. By samsarictravelling/Ai (Dinh) Le.
Replies: 146
Views: 12204

Re: My view of anatta. By samsarictravelling/Ai (Dinh) Le.

Those aspiring only to fortunate rebirth are governed by mundane right view which centers on the action of cause and effect, hence MN 135 is about kamma, being an explanation of mundane right view. "And what is the right view with effluents, siding with merit, resulting in acquisitions? 'There is wh...
by paul
Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: My view of anatta. By samsarictravelling/Ai (Dinh) Le.
Replies: 146
Views: 12204

Re: My view of anatta. By samsarictravelling/Ai (Dinh) Le.

Quote: “What, when I do it, will lead to my long-term welfare and happiness?” (MN 135). You find true happiness by letting go.” It should be pointed out that MN 135 is one of those suttas intended for lay people, those who don’t aspire to nibbana, and “true happiness” refers only to a fortunate rebi...
by paul
Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:16 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Anapanasati fourth tetrad
Replies: 5
Views: 1431

Re: Anapanasati fourth tetrad

Vipassana is something exercised throughout daily life, studying the hindrances in the following way: “He discerns how there is the arising of unarisen sensual desire. And he discerns how there is the abandoning of sensual desire once it has arisen. And he discerns how there is no further appearance...
by paul
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Asubha Bhavana Resources
Replies: 17
Views: 5143

Re: Asubha Bhavana Resources

I'm thinking I could implement this technique with benefit, but Sylvester's warning is scaring me. The fact that of the six subjects in the first foundation of mindfulness ( MN 10 ), three are devoted to impermanence of the body indicates that asubha meditations are suitable for intermediate level....
by paul
Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from Texas!
Replies: 9
Views: 1535

Re: Greetings from Texas!

Welcome to DW. What meditations did you focus on at Buddhist Recovery? Theravada meditation is based on the Satipatthana sutta, and Buddhist Recovery meditation can be related to that.
by paul
Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you have faith in celibacy?
Replies: 23
Views: 2016

Re: Do you have faith in celibacy?

“‘The perception of the unattractive, when developed & pursued, is of great fruit, of great benefit. It gains a footing in the Deathless, has the Deathless as its final end’: Thus was it said, and in reference to this was it said." Or one expects to get something in return, but doesn't get anything...
by paul
Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: immediacy, ānantariya
Replies: 12
Views: 1712

Re: immediacy, ānantariya

Compound= a thing that is composed of two or more separate elements; a mixture. Samsara is diverse, nibbana is unchanging and singular. The word papanca refers to the 'diffuseness' or 'manifoldness' of the world, and the mental attitude of worldliness. The opposite term nippapanca is a name for nibb...
by paul
Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: My take on anapanasati/meditation practices
Replies: 25
Views: 2398

Re: My take on anapanasati/meditation practices

Normally when we are conscious of anything, it's only the surface mind that gets involved. This doesn't change during meditation. When I am sitting down to observe my breathing, it's only the surface mind doing that. The subconscious mind does its own thing, which is why people complain that they g...