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by pegembara
Sat Mar 19, 2011 4:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wisdom for uprooting greed and hatred
Replies: 40
Views: 7063

Re: Wisdom for uprooting greed and hatred

Furthermore, if this is a real short cut to nibbana, the Buddha would have taught his dying disciples including his father to enter nibbana directly at death, instead of becoming only a non-returner or stream winner. Here is a teaching by Sariputta to Anandapindikka on his death bed. The householde...
by pegembara
Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wisdom for uprooting greed and hatred
Replies: 40
Views: 7063

Re: Wisdom for uprooting greed and hatred

"So what path will be taken by the mind of a person without hope? It won't take any path at all because it sees that nothing is worth wishing for. Thus it lays the way for its own death. There being no desire to have or be anything, it dissolves into emptiness. This is the skillful means to cheat n...
by pegembara
Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Watching the breath is impossible
Replies: 19
Views: 3742

Re: Watching the breath is impossible

You are training your mind to let go of trying to control. Take it as a form of training in letting go. Be the observer, not the doer.
by pegembara
Thu Mar 17, 2011 5:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wisdom for uprooting greed and hatred
Replies: 40
Views: 7063

Re: Wisdom for uprooting greed and hatred

Hi starter, Greed and aversion are mental states. Like all else has the nature of arising and passing away. All you need to do is to observe these states and not the content or stories behind them.This is the practice of watching at the 6 sense doors. Have a read on Buddhadasa's Heartwood: In fact, ...
by pegembara
Thu Mar 17, 2011 5:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anapanasati (again)
Replies: 41
Views: 4588

Re: Anapanasati (again)

This is Ajahn Chah's description of his practice. Establish samadhi, then practice vippasana. When we are adept at noting these three points we can let them go and note the in and out breathing, concentrating solely at the nose-tip or the upper lip where the air passes on its in and out passage. We ...
by pegembara
Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dualism: Does Theravada address it? If so, how?
Replies: 55
Views: 8668

Re: Dualism: Does Theravada address it? If so, how?

Sorry, I am using perception rather loosely and not basing it on 12 links. What I meant was the arising of bare awareness of sights, sounds, taste, smell and touch before one even recognize what they mean. So, mapping your question onto paticcasamuppada, are you asking about contact without feeling...
by pegembara
Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dualism: Does Theravada address it? If so, how?
Replies: 55
Views: 8668

Re: Dualism: Does Theravada address it? If so, how?

Sorry, I am using perception rather loosely and not basing it on 12 links.

What I meant was the arising of bare awareness of sights, sounds, taste, smell and touch before one even recognize what they mean.
by pegembara
Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dualism: Does Theravada address it? If so, how?
Replies: 55
Views: 8668

Re: Dualism: Does Theravada address it? If so, how?

Yes, perception that arise from contact at the 6 senses are free from any concept or dualities. That happens during meditation. But watching events occurring in life with wisdom, one is not taken in by the "show". One realises that whatever comes into being will one day pass away. There is just a ti...
by pegembara
Mon Mar 14, 2011 2:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dualism: Does Theravada address it? If so, how?
Replies: 55
Views: 8668

Re: Dualism: Does Theravada address it? If so, how?

IMO it is greed, hatred and delusion that creates a problem with duality. For example birth and death. Birth is a condition for death but the default view is to accept birth and reject death. Same with health and sickness, wealth/ poverty, praise/blame. Duality is not the problem but our craving is...
by pegembara
Sun Mar 13, 2011 5:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dualism: Does Theravada address it? If so, how?
Replies: 55
Views: 8668

Re: Dualism: Does Theravada address it? If so, how?

IMO it is greed, hatred and delusion that creates a problem with duality. For example birth and death. Birth is a condition for death but the default view is to accept birth and reject death. Same with health and sickness, wealth/ poverty, praise/blame. Duality is not the problem but our craving is.
by pegembara
Sat Mar 12, 2011 7:42 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: massive earthquake and tsunamis hit japan
Replies: 81
Views: 11528

Re: massive earthquake and tsunamis hit japan

One form of suffering is unavoidable.
The other is based on greed, hatred and delusion.

May all beings be free from physical and mental suffering.
by pegembara
Fri Mar 11, 2011 3:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Buddha's instruction for Bahiya
Replies: 10
Views: 3697

Re: The Buddha's instruction for Bahiya

There is thinking, no thinker
There is hearing, no hearer
There is seeing, no seer

In thinking, just thoughts
In hearing, just sounds
In seeing, just forms, shapes and colors.
by pegembara
Wed Mar 09, 2011 5:43 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: The Law of Attention and The Sound of Silence
Replies: 8
Views: 1916

Re: The Law of Attention and The Sound of Silence

The worry about this sound of silence is that I might become fixated and keep hearing it. But one way or another it doesn't bother me.
I still prefer to be constantly aware of the breath during daily activities. Personally I don't find it subtle at all.
by pegembara
Wed Mar 09, 2011 3:08 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: The Law of Attention and The Sound of Silence
Replies: 8
Views: 1916

Re: The Law of Attention and The Sound of Silence

I've used this practise a quite a bit and would recommend it to anyone. It doesn't matter what causing it what matters is awareness of it, as is the case with any vipassana technique. What I find is the degree to which I notice this sound is the degree to which the mind has settled down into a stat...
by pegembara
Wed Mar 09, 2011 2:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The real meaning of upekkha?
Replies: 17
Views: 5699

Re: The real meaning of upekkha?

Upekkhā & Upekhā Upekkhā & Upekhā (f.) [fr. upa + īkṣ, cp. BSk. upekṣā Divy 483; Jtm 211. On spelling upekhā for upekkhā see Müller P. Gr. 16] "looking on", hedonic neutrality or indifference , zero point between joy & sorrow (Cpd. 66); disinterestedness , neutral feeling, equanimity. Sometimes equi...