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by philosopher
Mon Nov 14, 2016 12:03 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Complete translations of Terigatha and Teragatha?
Replies: 16
Views: 15890

Re: Complete translations of Terigatha and Teragatha?

Mkoll wrote:KR Norman did the Theragatha. He and CAF Rhys Davids did the Therigatha. You can get them from Pariyatti.
Thank you. Do you happen to know if there is a free source available online? Money is rather tight at the moment.
by philosopher
Sun Nov 13, 2016 12:09 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Complete translations of Terigatha and Teragatha?
Replies: 16
Views: 15890

Complete translations of Terigatha and Teragatha?

I just finished TB's translation, but appears to only contain selections. Is there a complete translation available somewhere?

Very inspiring work!
by philosopher
Sun Aug 21, 2016 3:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No admirable friends?
Replies: 19
Views: 3875

Re: No admirable friends?

khlawng wrote:
provided you are able to distinguish between mere followers,
and long time students directly training under the teacher.
Thank you; this is a good point. I think I've been missing this distinction. :anjali:
by philosopher
Sun Aug 21, 2016 3:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No admirable friends?
Replies: 19
Views: 3875

Re: No admirable friends?

Thank you, all. I spoke with Tan Ajaan about my concern and he put my doubts to rest. [quote= Do you interpret -annica-'s post as being disrespectful or critical of lay people pursuing the 8? I don't. I just think it is short sighted.....or maybe it is just presumptuous but not in itself disrespectf...
by philosopher
Fri Jul 08, 2016 2:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Methods for increasing mindfulness in daily life as a lay person
Replies: 14
Views: 3573

Re: Methods for increasing mindfulness in daily life as a lay person

Hi there, Yes, I do find the number decreases. In fact, since I first started this thread, I'm at a point where I can usually count the number of thoughts I have within a period... usually about 5 per fifteen minutes or so when doing a menial activity like washing dishes. I also: -note in a spreadsh...
by philosopher
Fri Jul 08, 2016 2:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No admirable friends?
Replies: 19
Views: 3875

No admirable friends?

Over the past few years I've become very serious about my practice. I've hesitated for about a year to post about this because I don't wish to post anything judgmental about anyone... but I'm involved in an offshoot of Thanissaro Bhikku's local sangha and have experienced that the most longstanding ...
by philosopher
Fri Jul 08, 2016 2:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No admirable friends?
Replies: 1
Views: 692

No admirable friends?

Over the past few years I've become very serious about my practice. I've hesitated for about a year to post about this year because I hate to criticize anyone - but I'm involved in an offshoot of Thanissaro Bhikku's local sangha and have experienced that the most longstanding members of this offshoo...
by philosopher
Sun Aug 09, 2015 5:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Health considerations and meditation retreats
Replies: 5
Views: 1587

Health considerations and meditation retreats

I'm very interested in attending a meditation retreat, either in the US or abroad such as in Thailand or any other Asian country. In fact, I have the means to travel and receive teachings anywhere I choose. The reason I do not, however, is because my daily lifestyle involves extensive consideration ...
by philosopher
Sun Aug 09, 2015 5:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Practices for laypeople to overcome fear of death?
Replies: 14
Views: 1628

Re: Practices for laypeople to overcome fear of death?

Thank you so very much for your responses, all. Having been interested in philosophy from a young age I do have an intellectual understanding that fear of death is irrational, but I notice that, for instance, my pulse quickens when there is a physically threatening situation. Intellectual understand...
by philosopher
Sun Aug 09, 2015 5:03 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: What is a "mind movement out" through fingers and toes in body scan meditations?
Replies: 5
Views: 1865

Re: What is a "mind movement out" through fingers and toes in body scan meditations?

Initially, this was hard for me to understand, because I had not developed the sensitivity to feel the awareness/breath energy. Eventually I noticed that as my awareness moved around to different parts of my body there was a distinct sensation, which could be interpreted as "energy", that moved alo...
by philosopher
Sat Aug 01, 2015 11:53 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: What is a "mind movement out" through fingers and toes in body scan meditations?
Replies: 5
Views: 1865

Re: What is a "mind movement out" through fingers and toes in body scan meditations?

Initially, this was hard for me to understand, because I had not developed the sensitivity to feel the awareness/breath energy. Eventually I noticed that as my awareness moved around to different parts of my body there was a distinct sensation, which could be interpreted as "energy", that moved alo...
by philosopher
Sat Aug 01, 2015 7:26 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Social Isolation and The Dhamma As A Lay Person
Replies: 37
Views: 5022

Re: Social Isolation and The Dhamma As A Lay Person

It is my hope that this thread will convince people to get out more. I hope that the thread reminds those who already do this, and sparks the habit in those who as yet do not do this: watch the narratives unfold as you tell yourself about your own life, your habits and behaviors and the things that...
by philosopher
Sat Aug 01, 2015 7:14 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: What is a "mind movement out" through fingers and toes in body scan meditations?
Replies: 5
Views: 1865

What is a "mind movement out" through fingers and toes in body scan meditations?

I've heard the instruction given in body scan (also known as sweeping?) meditations to, after reaching the fingers and toes, make a "mind movement out" into the room. This instruction is given in a guided meditation by Ayya Khema (http://ayyakhematalks.org/Media/Contemplations_and_Guided_Meditations...
by philosopher
Sat Aug 01, 2015 6:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Practices for laypeople to overcome fear of death?
Replies: 14
Views: 1628

Practices for laypeople to overcome fear of death?

Hello, Can you please direct me to sources of practices, instructions, guidance, advice, etc. for laypeople in order to overcome fear or anxiety towards death? I'd like to work on it in my own practice as it seems to be an underlying fear for many other forms of suffering, such as: -general anxiety ...
by philosopher
Sat Aug 01, 2015 6:47 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Self-defeating behaviour
Replies: 4
Views: 2002

Re: Self-defeating behaviour

Alright, I realise I'm in one of the few online communities where 'self-defeating' is a good thing, but bear with me :tongue: There's this pattern I have, and I want to give a couple of examples: - I rarely drink alcohol - I decide to keep the 5 precepts, which includes NO alcohol - suddenly, not h...