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by paul
Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: immediacy, ānantariya
Replies: 12
Views: 1712

Re: immediacy, ānantariya

“And that is compounded, gross, dependently co-arisen. But this is peaceful, this is exquisite, i.e., equanimity.’" —-MN 152 Do not cling to individual words like equanimity, what the sutta is trying to communicate is a sense of the practice at any level, as contrasted with conditioned experience, a...
by paul
Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How did mind-made beings taste food?
Replies: 7
Views: 626

Re: How did mind-made beings taste food?

"Manuka"- a bit of modern-day terminology interspersed on the part of the translator:
https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/man ... nal-uses#1
by paul
Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Saṅkhāras
Replies: 5
Views: 538

Re: Saṅkhāras

Everything in samsara is conditioned, but your practice is apart from that. The two should be separated: “this agreeable & disagreeable thing has arisen in me. And that is compounded, gross, dependently co-arisen. But this is peaceful, this is exquisite, i.e., equanimity.' “— MN 152 Peaceful etc. re...
by paul
Sun Jan 27, 2019 3:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: immediacy, ānantariya
Replies: 12
Views: 1712

Re: immediacy, ānantariya

In this description of the development of the physical faculties, it is shown there must be a division between what is conditioned and gross, and what is inclining towards nibbana. Any practitioner must identify and separate the qualities of practice from conditioned experience, in this way they are...
by paul
Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: We can't truly know what the Buddha actually said.
Replies: 22
Views: 1982

Re: We can't truly know what the Buddha actually said.

-tested in the light of actual practice. -put the teaching to the test, and find out for ourselves whether it is true, or not. -what is the Buddha quoted as saying regarding these issues? The doctrine surely has to be tested in the light of practice, this is the basis on which the suttas were desig...
by paul
Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What did it mean by Eight Dimensions of Mastery?
Replies: 8
Views: 950

Re: What did it mean by Eight Dimensions of Mastery?

It is incorrect terminology to say there is an increase in brightness from the fifth to the eighth stage of mastery, but there is an increasing progression of wavelength from blue (high frequency wavelength), through yellow to red (low frequency), and the movement is from cool to warm. White is a co...
by paul
Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What did it mean by Eight Dimensions of Mastery?
Replies: 8
Views: 950

Re: What did it mean by Eight Dimensions of Mastery?

I think this is an alternative path as it deals with external vision, and interesting to me is that the colours are the three pigment primaries as used by painters in mixing and design, and white is the highest tone, but black is excluded, indicating a knowledge of colour theory and symbolism, black...
by paul
Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: immediacy, ānantariya
Replies: 12
Views: 1712

Re: immediacy, ānantariya

Individuals have different capacities for practice, however once any practitioner, of slow or quick development, achieves path-knowledge then fruition immediately follows. Not experiencing fruition means path-knowledge hasn't been achieved and more study is necessary. "Monks, there are these four mo...
by paul
Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Action and Ego
Replies: 11
Views: 1050

Re: Action and Ego

A skilful use of ego is required to direct the mind to an alternative source of pleasure:

“when he has clearly seen as it actually is with right discernment that sensuality is of much stress, much despair, & greater drawbacks, and he has attained a rapture & pleasure apart from sensuality”—-MN 14
by paul
Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: immediacy, ānantariya
Replies: 12
Views: 1712

Re: immediacy, ānantariya

It simply means that the path is immediately followed by the fruit (phala). Right view is gradual in its development, and itself must rely on insight for its growth, thereby showing the circular dynamic of the path. Right view has two manifestations- as a closed foundation at its current state of kn...
by paul
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rareness of human birth
Replies: 35
Views: 2227

Re: Rareness of human birth

All Buddhas are born on the human plane and for others it affords the opportunity to obtain liberation: “The lowest area (planes 1-11) is called the sensuous realm; here sense experience predominates. Next comes the fine-material realm (12-27) attained by practicing the fine-material absorptions (ru...
by paul
Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How long does it take to overcome destructive choices?
Replies: 22
Views: 2404

Re: How long does it take to overcome destructive choices?

I have received a PM and will publish it here as is my practice, following the Buddha's example of not conducting private discussions : paul wrote: ↑Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:33 am Srilankaputra wrote: ↑Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:07 pm "Defilements can be suppressed using will power, it is one of the tactics avail...
by paul
Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How long does it take to overcome destructive choices?
Replies: 22
Views: 2404

Re: How long does it take to overcome destructive choices?

"Defilements can be suppressed using will power, it is one of the tactics available." Are you talking about sila? Right effort, where will power is required: “Bhikkhus, there are these four right strivings. What four? (1) Here, a bhikkhu generates desire for the non-arising of unarisen bad unwholes...
by paul
Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: An escape from painful feeling aside from sensual pleasure.?
Replies: 21
Views: 2389

Re: An escape from painful feeling aside from sensual pleasure.?

rapture & pleasure apart from sensuality= Jhana ? “But when he has 1) clearly seen as it has come to be with right discernment that sensuality is of much stress, much despair, & greater drawbacks, and he has 2) attained a rapture & pleasure apart from sensuality, apart from unskillful qualities, or...
by paul
Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How long does it take to overcome destructive choices?
Replies: 22
Views: 2404

Re: How long does it take to overcome destructive choices?

Defilements can be suppressed using will power, it is one of the tactics available. Insight removes defilements, rather than suppressing them. There are measures for overcoming sensual desire, a practitioner should consider if they are seriously implementing them. Any form of sensual desire requires...