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by Sam Vara
Wed Jun 02, 2021 8:35 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Walking meditation
Replies: 17
Views: 363

Re: Walking meditation

Many thanks for your replies, all of which were interesting. I am currently re-focusing on walking meditation, especially as a preliminary stage to my daily sitting practice. The monk who taught me a few years ago is back in the UK and we have made contact via Zoom, so this has encouraged me to look...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jun 01, 2021 2:12 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Walking meditation
Replies: 17
Views: 363

Re: Walking meditation

Hi Sam Vara, It's standard in Mahasi-derived practice, and (partly because it's how I learned, of course), I find that I can build concentration much better by walking before sitting. It also builds energy. This sutta does mention enhancing samādhi by walking: “Mendicants, there are five benefits o...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jun 01, 2021 2:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is speech the only mode the Buddha teach dhamma?
Replies: 12
Views: 161

Re: Is speech the only mode the Buddha teach dhamma?

Technically not the only mode, as sometimes the speech was augmented by physical gestures such as holding up a handful of leaves, showing a tiny bit of dirt under the fingernail, etc. Instances of teaching where no words were used would be hard to render even if witnessed, as the account of the tea...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jun 01, 2021 10:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is speech the only mode the Buddha teach dhamma?
Replies: 12
Views: 161

Re: Is speech the only mode the Buddha teach dhamma?

Technically not the only mode, as sometimes the speech was augmented by physical gestures such as holding up a handful of leaves, showing a tiny bit of dirt under the fingernail, etc. Instances of teaching where no words were used would be hard to render even if witnessed, as the account of the teac...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jun 01, 2021 9:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A Portable practice?
Replies: 6
Views: 166

Re: A Portable practice?

The Zennies, especially the Soto Zennies, using Shikantaza can sit pretty much anywhere and often do. My understanding of Theravadin practices is that they require a more formal environment and are not as 'portable'. Is that a fair conclusion? If its not, what would be the practice you would use on...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jun 01, 2021 9:50 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Walking meditation
Replies: 17
Views: 363

Walking meditation

Is walking meditation ever prescribed or recommended as a precursor to sitting meditation - as a means to provide an initial level of calm or suppress thinking sufficiently to make the sitting easier or more profitable? I'm interested in sutta references, or commentaries, or even what practitioners ...
by Sam Vara
Sat May 29, 2021 10:00 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Vatican urges Buddhists, Christians to a culture of care and solidarity
Replies: 18
Views: 462

Re: Vatican urges Buddhists, Christians to a culture of care and solidarity

Yes, the Vatican that is heading an organization where child molestation has tradition is the authority to urge others to a culture of care and solidarity ... or so the OP thinks or the OP thinks what this Vatican says if worthy to be posted ... :lol: Sadly, sexual abuse appears to be widespread th...
by Sam Vara
Fri May 28, 2021 11:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Vatican urges Buddhists, Christians to a culture of care and solidarity
Replies: 18
Views: 462

Re: Vatican urges Buddhists, Christians to a culture of care and solidarity

Think about it, ignore it or reject it ... I don't care. I've chosen the first and the third options. Thanks. :anjali: Of course, because you are a listener and you will always seek advice from authorities and be willing to accept preachings from authorities. And you will seek a community of equal ...
by Sam Vara
Fri May 28, 2021 10:56 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Vatican urges Buddhists, Christians to a culture of care and solidarity
Replies: 18
Views: 462

Re: Vatican urges Buddhists, Christians to a culture of care and solidarity

SteRo wrote: Fri May 28, 2021 10:47 pm Think about it, ignore it or reject it ... I don't care.
I've chosen the first and the third options. Thanks. :anjali:
by Sam Vara
Fri May 28, 2021 10:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Vatican urges Buddhists, Christians to a culture of care and solidarity
Replies: 18
Views: 462

Re: Vatican urges Buddhists, Christians to a culture of care and solidarity

No, certainly also some child abusers might advocate co-operation and mutual understanding and mettā. Again, this is not what the OP was about. The people advocating co-operation and mutual understanding and mettā are Cardianal Ayuso and Msgr. Indunil, and we have no reason at all to suspect them o...
by Sam Vara
Fri May 28, 2021 9:55 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Vatican urges Buddhists, Christians to a culture of care and solidarity
Replies: 18
Views: 462

Re: Vatican urges Buddhists, Christians to a culture of care and solidarity

Yes, the Vatican that is heading an organization where child molestation has tradition is the authority to urge others to a culture of care and solidarity ... or so the OP thinks or the OP thinks what this Vatican says if worthy to be posted ... :lol: Sadly, sexual abuse appears to be widespread th...
by Sam Vara
Fri May 28, 2021 8:55 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Vatican urges Buddhists, Christians to a culture of care and solidarity
Replies: 18
Views: 462

Re: Vatican urges Buddhists, Christians to a culture of care and solidarity

The Vatican? :thinking: Yes, the Vatican that is heading an organization where child molestation has tradition is the authority to urge others to a culture of care and solidarity ... or so the OP thinks or the OP thinks what this Vatican says if worthy to be posted ... :lol: Sadly, sexual abuse app...
by Sam Vara
Tue May 25, 2021 11:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Questions that will lead to enlightenment
Replies: 6
Views: 188

Re: Questions that will lead to enlightenment

Some fundamental questions raised in "Stream Entry Story": https://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=40194&p=624083&sid=9af1098e69e582887d826f2bca1b5bd0#p624083 The whole audio needs to be heard. Of course, different questions will resonate with different people. We seem to be conditioned suc...
by Sam Vara
Mon May 24, 2021 9:33 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali word for future
Replies: 13
Views: 262

Re: Pali word for future

No, I tend to see "possibility" as completely subsuming what can happen in the future. Possibility is anything that can happen; which can of course be restricted by any number of conditions ("Possible in UK law"; "possible outcomes for this experiment"; 'possible candidates for the presidency", etc...
by Sam Vara
Sun May 23, 2021 9:11 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali word for future
Replies: 13
Views: 262

Re: Pali word for future

... The one that springs to mind is this: ... It occurred to me that possibility and impossibility is also indicated by the phrase etam thānam vijjati - "this is found". ... I think you are talking about possibility with higher chances than others here. Sorry, I don't understand what you mean by th...