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by Sam Vara
Mon Nov 09, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Heratic teaching of Ajahn Sumedho?
Replies: 176
Views: 3366

Re: Heratic teaching of Ajahn Sumedho?

You look at the finger, not the moon. I am not saying he is wrong. What I am saying is his teaching is not in line with the Sutta. I agree that I have to go a long way before I come to the level of Ajahn but I still make my point. viññāṇaṃ anidassanaṃ anantaṃ sabbato pabbaṃ ... This is what Sumedho...
by Sam Vara
Sun Nov 08, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can other religions contain eightfold path?
Replies: 262
Views: 34426

Re: Can other religions contain eightfold path?

as time goes by and one just keeps on practicing in accordance with Sumedho's suggestions, because I don't see any better to do, I have made peace in just trusting awareness So the answer as I can see it is "trust" and keep coming back to pure awareness, simple and uncomplicated, like a blade of gr...
by Sam Vara
Sat Nov 07, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can other religions contain eightfold path?
Replies: 262
Views: 34426

Re: Can other religions contain eightfold path?

That's the problem with using words. Words like "consciousness" and "awareness" is easier to personalize, but "knowing" is more precise or as they use the "poo roo" in TFL, I feel. Yes, they all have a different meaning, but I haven't found any of the above to be permanent. Here's a talk by Luang P...
by Sam Vara
Sat Nov 07, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: DW Chat
Replies: 16
Views: 1047

Re: DW Chat

The chat now seems to have escaped from its little maroon box, and is luxuriating at the bottom of my page.
by Sam Vara
Fri Nov 06, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 8
Views: 569

Re: Hello

Hello Mr. Seek, and welcome to Dhamma Wheel! :hello: :anjali:
by Sam Vara
Thu Nov 05, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mindmap Graphics of Basic Buddhist Concepts, with Pali, English, and Sutta References
Replies: 6
Views: 596

Re: Mindmap Graphics of Basic Buddhist Concepts, with Pali, English, and Sutta References

Ceisiwr wrote: Thu Nov 05, 2020 10:10 pm Looks good Bhante.
Craig, there's a little space top left where you could squeeze in the Abhidhamma and the subcommentaries... :tongue:
by Sam Vara
Thu Nov 05, 2020 12:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The irredeemable nature of this world
Replies: 7
Views: 861

Re: The irredeemable nature of this world

Can anyone point me in the direction of any Pali Canon reference to the irredeemable nature of this world? Bearing in mind "this world" is "this life", one's subjective experience of the world, there is this: "'The world is swept away. It does not endure': This is the first Dhamma summary stated by...
by Sam Vara
Mon Nov 02, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Our Last Moments
Replies: 59
Views: 3077

Re: Our Last Moments

SDC wrote: Mon Nov 02, 2020 2:38 am now that I'm clearly making the distinction between mindfulness of death (maraṇassati) and perception of death (maraṇasaññā).
How do you see the difference between them, SDC?
by Sam Vara
Mon Nov 02, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Vedas, Upanishads and Jains
Replies: 73
Views: 3739

Re: The Vedas, Upanishads and Jains

The Buddha lived in a cultural milieu of the Vedas, Upanishads, Jainism and other traditions. Does it then stand to reason that in order to best understand the Buddha and his Dhamma we should not only read the suttas/sutras but also the texts of these other traditions or, if those texts are gone, s...
by Sam Vara
Mon Nov 02, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Vedas, Upanishads and Jains
Replies: 73
Views: 3739

Re: The Vedas, Upanishads and Jains

The Buddha lived in a cultural milieu of the Vedas, Upanishads, Jainism and other traditions. Does it then stand to reason that in order to best understand the Buddha and his Dhamma we should not only read the suttas/sutras but also the texts of these other traditions or, if those texts are gone, s...
by Sam Vara
Sun Nov 01, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right Speech
Replies: 11
Views: 1150

Re: Right Speech

It's worth noting that right speech can include uttering words that others don't find agreeable and don't want to hear, but the bar is set very high indeed: In the case of words that the Tathagata knows to be factual, true, beneficial, but unendearing & disagreeable to others, he has a sense of the ...
by Sam Vara
Sun Nov 01, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: The constant "I shouldn't be feeling this way" feeling
Replies: 7
Views: 1166

Re: The constant "I shouldn't be feeling this way" feeling

Sam and SteRo, My mind was feeling slightly constrained. Better now after meditation. Oddly enough now I can understand perfectly which thought is mental proliferation and which is actual, real, useful. And shut down mental proliferation within an hour. Couldn't do that before the pandemic. Hopeful...
by Sam Vara
Sun Nov 01, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Our Last Moments
Replies: 59
Views: 3077

Re: Our Last Moments

Mindfulness of death is pretty heavy, and it is easy to see why the Buddha did not recommend it to everyone. It can strike a sense of urgency, but really bring about a lot of anxiety. I suppose it depends on what we mean by the phrase, but the Buddha did recommend frequent reflection upon our own d...
by Sam Vara
Sun Nov 01, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Our Last Moments
Replies: 59
Views: 3077

Re: Our Last Moments

Mindfulness of death is pretty heavy, and it is easy to see why the Buddha did not recommend it to everyone. It can strike a sense of urgency, but really bring about a lot of anxiety. I suppose it depends on what we mean by the phrase, but the Buddha did recommend frequent reflection upon our own d...
by Sam Vara
Sun Nov 01, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness of Death
Replies: 21
Views: 1973

Re: Mindfulness of Death

Ceisiwr wrote: Sun Nov 01, 2020 3:59 pm Can this practice lead to at least stream-entry? It seems quite simple yet powerful at the same time.
Worth noting that the Buddha prescribed reflecting on one's own death and the death of others as part of a regime which leads to the path arising and the fetters being abandoned.