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by Mal
Thu Oct 04, 2012 3:17 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Ud 4.5 Nāga Sutta — The Bull Elephant
Replies: 35
Views: 12080

Re: Ud 4.5 Nāga Sutta — The Bull Elephant

How do you know for sure if that's the Buddha "himself" who feels a bit miffed, or just the "body" of Him that does? Are you taking the Buddha to be suffering actual physical discomfort here? Taking "hemmed in by" to mean squashed in the crush of the crowd? I was taking it as a metaphor for purely ...
by Mal
Thu Oct 04, 2012 1:51 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is a UK student loan considered debt
Replies: 85
Views: 16619

Re: Is a UK student loan considered debt

The point is that he is a debtor . He has a debt. He is a debtor and the rule is quite clear on that point: "A debtor should not be given the Going-forth. Whoever should give it: an offense of wrong doing." — Mv.I.46.1 Whether he is obliged to pay it later, or when he reaches a certain level of inc...
by Mal
Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:57 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Ud 4.5 Nāga Sutta — The Bull Elephant
Replies: 35
Views: 12080

Re: Ud 4.5 Nāga Sutta — The Bull Elephant

Notice that the mind and practice of enlightened ones aren't like those of us worldlings. They do not delight in "socializing". They naturally incline toward the pleasure of renunciation, of seclusion, of peace, and of self-awakening. But the Bull elephant also retreated to the forest. Many worldli...
by Mal
Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why consciousness is impermanent?
Replies: 43
Views: 9173

Re: Why consciousness is impermanent?

Why consciousness is impermanent ? and what is permanent ? i thought what we are is the consciousness and that is the permanent thing - that and karma -no ? Ajahn Brahm says that "superpower mindfulness" reveals consciousness to be discrete. That is, consciousness is there when you are conscious of...
by Mal
Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:56 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What continues from one life to another?
Replies: 28
Views: 8006

Re: What continues from one life to another?

Beware of objectification! So, in our everyday experience, do we need to seek to avoid the "sense of me"? Think of a tennis player "in the zone", they are just playing Tennis, there is no sense of "Me, I'm great...", there is no sense of "Me" at all. Do we need to get into that zone permanently? Is...
by Mal
Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why consciousness is impermanent?
Replies: 43
Views: 9173

Re: Why consciousness is impermanent?

Thoughts are impernanet. Awareness is permanent. Awareness is what empowers your mind. Awareness is still there when you are sleeping (proof shout at someone while they are asleep)... I see Awareness as ultimate reality and the true self. Shout at someone when they are dead. Will you see Awareness ...
by Mal
Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:37 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is a UK student loan considered debt
Replies: 85
Views: 16619

Re: Is a UK student loan considered debt

If I knew a bhikkhu had a student loan, personally I would not consider him a properly ordained bhikkhu, despite the legal loopholes which enable him to not pay it back. It's against the "spirit" of the rule. I certainly would not respect him as much as a proper debt- and obligation-free monk. In w...
by Mal
Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:24 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: How do you note impermanence, dissatisfaction, and non-self?
Replies: 14
Views: 5110

Re: How do you note impermanence, dissatisfaction, and non-self?

Sound all very good Mal, much mudita! And also wish you much joy by exploring the mind and gaining insight step by step. The tinitus sound is for sure a good place to observe if it is presenter as any thing else. You will be amazed who it will diapear if you do it in the right way, but just go back...
by Mal
Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:14 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What continues from one life to another?
Replies: 28
Views: 8006

Re: What continues from one life to another?

The presence of "me" as a concept is, according to the Buddha, an illusion. You might feel "me" or a self but it isn't really there. So there's no way to say that this "me" is the same one that had a cup of coffee half an hour ago? Fair enough, I guess, there's no way I can compare this me to that ...
by Mal
Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:52 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Ud 4.5 Nāga Sutta — The Bull Elephant
Replies: 35
Views: 12080

Re: Ud 4.5 Nāga Sutta — The Bull Elephant

So if the Buddha wasn't adopting a lower, human state of mind, how was it, "he lived in discomfort"? Perhaps the Buddha didn't feel any suffering when "he lived in discomfort"? Perhaps he just "saw the inconvenience to teaching"? If this analysis is correct, it is interesting that the mind of the Bu...
by Mal
Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Ajahn Buddhadasa
Replies: 7
Views: 2368

Re: Ajahn Buddhadasa

I find fixing on one spot only, is, somehow too constricting- sometimes too intense, too fixated, too striving. I need to at first relax, to discern the subtleness of the touch, or the spot. Ajahn Brahm in MBB also suggests not fixing on one spot - he suggests just asking yourself how you know if i...
by Mal
Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Majjhima Nikaya Guide for an Old Man
Replies: 17
Views: 3017

Re: Majjhima Nikaya Guide for an Old Man

BlueLotus wrote:Thank you friends.

I don't think i can read a lot of things. I just need basic guide like MN to get to know a bit more...
The MN is not "a basic guide". Why not start with the anthology mentioned above? Or something more basic, like Rahula "What the Buddha Taught"?
by Mal
Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:59 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Ud 4.5 Nāga Sutta — The Bull Elephant
Replies: 35
Views: 12080

Re: Ud 4.5 Nāga Sutta — The Bull Elephant

Its not really about the buddha because there is no logical explanation why he would leave a hard situation... Why would the originators of this Sutta be so convoluted as to make the Buddha the main character in the Sutta and then expect us to be sophisticated enough to assume, "it's not really abo...
by Mal
Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:49 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Ud 4.5 Nāga Sutta — The Bull Elephant
Replies: 35
Views: 12080

Re: Ud 4.5 Nāga Sutta — The Bull Elephant

To prosper is to benefit, the blessed one cannot benefit without the right conditions.....just like everyone else. But, as he's reached final enlightenment, what else does he need? Surely he has reached the limits of prosperity and needs nothing more? That is, needs no other benefits? Surely for hi...
by Mal
Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:26 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Temporary sambodhi?
Replies: 1
Views: 750

Temporary sambodhi?

Ajahn Brahm says in MMB ( p.98) that after the twelfth step of the Anapanasati Sutta (MN118, "you obtain a happiness of jhana so similar to enlightenment happiness that he [the Buddha] named it sambodhi sukha (MN 16, 21). It's a place where the defilements cannot reach... your are awakened and free ...