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by Laurens
Mon May 04, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation duration
Replies: 19
Views: 3816

Re: Meditation duration

I mean i can't continue beyond certain point. Just get stuck there. What point to you expect to reach that is beyond where you find yourself being 'stuck'? It could be that you are holding yourself back because you are attaching to an idea of a point beyond where you are in the moment, and averse t...
by Laurens
Mon May 04, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Breaking precepts
Replies: 4
Views: 657

Re: Breaking precepts

sentinel wrote: Mon May 04, 2020 9:30 am What should lay person do if they happens to break 1 of the 5 precepts ?
Try not to break them again.
by Laurens
Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why only lying is included as wrong speech in five precepts?
Replies: 25
Views: 1236

Re: Why only lying is included as wrong speech in five precepts?

I think it could be something to do with the degree of potential harm caused by lying. One can mislead someone into far more harm than is caused by merely saying something nasty to them or behind their back. That is not to say that those things aren't also harmful, but I don't think they cause as mu...
by Laurens
Fri Apr 17, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How many of you really tried to attain jhana?
Replies: 225
Views: 126152

Re: How many of you really tried to attain jhana?

It depends on the capacity to which you mean really tried. I mean I've spent quite a lot of time really wanting to attain the jhanas, and trying to do so under that pretence. This didn't really get me anywhere. I would just become frustrated. I guess now I am engaged in really trying. By which I mea...
by Laurens
Mon Apr 13, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Asubha
Replies: 10
Views: 2342

Re: Asubha

The Satipatthana sutta states that you should contemplate the parts of the body 'internally, externally, and both internally and externally'. So I guess the answer is both with ones own body, and that of others.
by Laurens
Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Reading Recommendations from the Majjhima Nikaya
Replies: 9
Views: 778

Re: Reading Recommendations from the Majjhima Nikaya

Thanks for the responses. Very much appreciated. I'll get my lockdown study hat on! But first I must meditate!

I hope you are all safe and well

:anjali:
by Laurens
Fri Apr 10, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Reading Recommendations from the Majjhima Nikaya
Replies: 9
Views: 778

Re: Reading Recommendations from the Majjhima Nikaya

DooDoot wrote: Fri Apr 10, 2020 10:53 am Often suttas are grouped in the MN. If you are working with MN 10 or MN 118, then MN 9 and MN 117 are the respective prerequisite suttas for them. In fact, all of the other nine suttas in the first division appear useful to support MN 10.
Thanks :) I will give those a look
by Laurens
Fri Apr 10, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Reading Recommendations from the Majjhima Nikaya
Replies: 9
Views: 778

Re: Reading Recommendations from the Majjhima Nikaya

DooDoot wrote: Fri Apr 10, 2020 10:48 am The MN is very diverse. It often depends on what you are interested in learning.
I am working a lot with the Satipatthana sutta at the moment, so I suppose anything that compliments or advances the practises talked about in there would be good. Contemplation of death and so on.
by Laurens
Fri Apr 10, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Reading Recommendations from the Majjhima Nikaya
Replies: 9
Views: 778

Reading Recommendations from the Majjhima Nikaya

As someone who hasn't delved that deeply into sutta study it can be difficult to know where to start with the Majjhima Nikaya. I am familiar with the Satipatthana Sutta, and the Anapanasati Sutta, but I'd like to delve further, but am not sure where to begin. Does anybody have any recommended Suttas...
by Laurens
Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Lockdown Stress
Replies: 89
Views: 32404

Re: Lockdown Stress

I am reminded of a talk Ajahn Sumedho gave (I can't remember if it was in an audio Dhamma talk on YouTube, or in one of his books, sorry) he talks about how he would find himself in situations where his thoughts would start to weave the story I can't stand this! But then he arrived at the realisatio...
by Laurens
Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do my actions automatically become better for each day?
Replies: 20
Views: 1620

Re: Do my actions automatically become better for each day?

I don't quite understand the question. But I assume that by automatic you mean without great effort or exertion on your part. If so this is not the case one has to put in Right Effort, and this certainly does not entail that you just sit back and expect your actions to improve automatically. You hav...
by Laurens
Tue Apr 07, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness in daily life: 'Best practices'
Replies: 24
Views: 17425

Re: Mindfulness in daily life: 'Best practices'

At home I have 3 Buddha statues. Some might be inclined to put them all in a single shrine area, however I decided to put one on my shrine, one that I can see from my desk, and one that I see when I am making a cup of tea, or cooking dinner. I find the Buddha image a very powerful reminder to be min...
by Laurens
Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arguments
Replies: 54
Views: 3311

Re: Arguments

It sounds to me like it's talking about an attitude towards discussions. If we apply this to the forum, the wrong practice would be to go on here looking for people to argue with in order to score points and look good etc. This is not the best approach for anyone. What we ought to do is come here wi...
by Laurens
Thu Apr 02, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monks sharing spiritual achievements with lay people
Replies: 14
Views: 2067

Re: Monks sharing spiritual achievements with lay people

Lay people are supposed to critically discriminate as to which monk to support; simultaneously with that, monks shouldn't be eager for followers or rich gifts. Perhaps this is another reason for the rule. To encourage lay followers to critically discriminate, and monks to not indirectly encourage p...