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by Sam Vara
Sun Nov 01, 2020 5:25 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 as part of a regime which leads to the path arising and the fetters being abandoned.
by Sam Vara
Sun Nov 01, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: breath meditation doubt
Replies: 3
Views: 1053

Re: breath meditation doubt

in breath meditation, do u observe the breath by oberving space? or do u control breath in whatever way u want? pls help me.. dont give me reference just need personal experience opinion... I don't think the Buddha specified this. It is down to whatever works as a technique for calming the mind. Do...
by Sam Vara
Sun Nov 01, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Our Last Moments
Replies: 59
Views: 3077

Re: Our Last Moments

SteRo wrote: Sun Nov 01, 2020 3:36 pm
Sam Vara wrote: Sun Nov 01, 2020 3:03 pm ...
We do the best we can when the time comes, I guess.
before the time comes might be even more appropriate.
:twothumbsup: Indeed, see above.
by Sam Vara
Sun Nov 01, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Our Last Moments
Replies: 59
Views: 3077

Re: Our Last Moments

form wrote: Sun Nov 01, 2020 3:26 pm
Then the accumulative effect of their long term training in the past will be their best bet.
Yes, it would seem so. See the advice given by the Buddha to Mahanama, above.
by Sam Vara
Sun Nov 01, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Our Last Moments
Replies: 59
Views: 3077

Re: Our Last Moments

I guess we really need to put in the effort before our time. :thumbsup: :anjali: "Lord, this Kapilavatthu is rich & prosperous, populous & crowded, its alleys congested. Sometimes, when I enter Kapilavatthu in the evening after visiting with the Blessed One or with the monks who inspire the mind, I...
by Sam Vara
Sun Nov 01, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Our Last Moments
Replies: 59
Views: 3077

Re: Our Last Moments

For those of us who do not die suddenly or in our sleep, is it best to spend our last moments in meditation or in conversation with our loved ones? To be honest, I don't think we get much choice in the matter, having observed people dying. For example, a good friend of mine had been a monk for twen...
by Sam Vara
Sun Nov 01, 2020 2:54 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

I did not know the appropriate section to write this .. so put it in wellness. I do not understand if it is the effect of solitary confinement for several months (due to corona there is no usual interaction with friends and family .. video calls can't substitute reality and my work is where the lap...
by Sam Vara
Sun Nov 01, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right Speech
Replies: 11
Views: 1150

Re: Right Speech

Ceisiwr wrote: Sun Nov 01, 2020 2:15 pm Does Right Speech include speaking harshly and criticising on occasion?
I think the precept only proscribes lying, but that the Buddha's recommendation is to also refrain from the other aspects, i.e. harsh, divisive, and idle speech.
by Sam Vara
Sun Nov 01, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Dhamma for Deaf and Blind People
Replies: 2
Views: 1042

Re: Dhamma for Deaf and Blind People

I didn’t know where to post this so please feel free to move admins. In my experience of Buddhist centres, monasteries and general literature there is a general lack of access for blind and deaf people. Does anyone know of any organisations or charities who translate the suttas or sutras etc into a...
by Sam Vara
Sun Nov 01, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: attato
Replies: 7
Views: 1295

Re: attato

What's this construction called, please? It's called an apañcamy'atthepi to : "A -to whose meaning isn't ablative." If you take a noun of any gender in its pre-inflected form and add the inflection -to it's more likely to convey an ablative meaning than anything else. But if it doesn't, then it's c...
by Sam Vara
Sun Nov 01, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: attato
Replies: 7
Views: 1295

Re: attato

Hi DooDoot,

Thanks for this. I knew that I had encountered this use of -to somewhere else, and I'm surprised that even Volo hadn't heard of it.

:anjali:
by Sam Vara
Sun Nov 01, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: attato
Replies: 7
Views: 1295

Re: attato

Hi Sam Vara, As Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi wrote: The suffix –to is an ablative suffix not included in the usual declension tables. It is used in two senses, either in the normal ablative sense of “from, through, because of, separate from” something else, or in the sense of “as X.” For an example of the la...
by Sam Vara
Sat Oct 31, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: attato
Replies: 7
Views: 1295

attato

Could the usual benevolent sages help me with this one, please? Looking at the phrase rūpaṃ attato samanupassati, rūpavantaṃ vā attānaṃ, attani vā rūpaṃ, rūpasmiṃ vā attānaṃ. I can work out the others, but what is attato and why is it "as self"? It's not, apparently, part of the declension of attan ...
by Sam Vara
Sat Oct 31, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: cant control in real life
Replies: 13
Views: 1296

Re: cant control in real life

confusedlayman wrote: Sat Oct 31, 2020 6:05 pm if dream and real life are same like, why cant i fly in real life but can in lucid dream?

whats the reason> ??
Dreams and real life are not the same, and that's the proof it right there. In dreams you can fly, in real life you can't.
by Sam Vara
Sat Oct 31, 2020 7:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Good thief vs Bad thief
Replies: 18
Views: 1451

Re: Good thief vs Bad thief

More importantly, there is another sutta where an attempt to mitigate wrong-doing while condoning it is disallowed. I can't remember seeing it, but Ajahn Thanissaro refers to it here: In no recorded instance did he approve of killing any living being at all. When one of his monks went to an executi...