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by Mal
Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:35 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Ud 4.5 Nāga Sutta — The Bull Elephant
Replies: 35
Views: 12089

Re: Ud 4.5 Nāga Sutta — The Bull Elephant

The blessed one being within a group of people does not provide the necessary "right conditions" for the blessed one to prosper. What do you mean by "to prosper"? Do you mean "to get more comfortable" or "to teach more effectively"? Then the blessed one being alone and becomes aware of his changed ...
by Mal
Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:06 am
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?

In this case, Mal, you use this remembering (that all phenomenas are impermanent) as valve. This value is as good as your real experiances of impermanence and as good as you maintain to rememeber it. So it's a valve that helps let off the steam of frustration? But the engine of samsara is still run...
by Mal
Sun Sep 30, 2012 7:39 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?

Well if you're practicing in Brahm's line of thought, as I am, then there is no "samatha or vipassana." There's just Jhana - meditation. Vipassana is a quality, not a method. I don't think Ajahn Brahm (or the Buddha!) ever divided it into "HERE DO SAMATHA...DONE? OKAY DO VIPASSANA." Samatha and Vip...
by Mal
Sun Sep 30, 2012 6:03 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?

It's not about an intellectual understanding but instead a subtle shift in the way you view experience. Just try and really "know" the phenomena that arise and cease, see them coming and going, and slowly you'll begin to see that what you used to think of as permanent is in fact always changing. As...
by Mal
Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:34 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?

Ajahn Chah often emphasized in his teachings that by simply seeing impermanence that the other two characteristics would become apparent. There is no need to constantly be repeating "anicca, dukkha, anatta...anicca, dukkha, anatta. Do you need to see impermanence "as it happens", or is an inference...
by Mal
Sun Sep 30, 2012 3:14 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Starting university tomorrow
Replies: 9
Views: 2316

Re: Starting university tomorrow

In total I spent about five years in University dorms in the UK, and several years as a member of University staff. So maybe I can give some pointers. Do you have a single room? That was far the biggest problem for me in my first dorm - I didn't, and I didn't get on with my room mate at all. Eventua...
by Mal
Sun Sep 30, 2012 2:45 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: How do you note impermanence, dissatisfaction, and non-self?
Replies: 14
Views: 5110

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

I read that in Vipassana (inight) meditation the mind should be directed to experienced phenomena, such as thoughts or sensations, to see them clearly as impermanent, dissatisfying, and non-self. How exactly do you 'see them clearly' and know that you are seeing them clearly? For instance, during th...
by Mal
Sun Sep 30, 2012 1:43 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Ud 4.5 Nāga Sutta — The Bull Elephant
Replies: 35
Views: 12089

Re: Ud 4.5 Nāga Sutta — The Bull Elephant

I think bringing in the back pain example doesn't help the discussion of this sutta - the discomfort in this sutta is *purely* mental. Some argue that the Buddha suffered physical pain but was not disturbed by it. This is not the case here, the Buddha is feeling discomfort through a simple social & ...
by Mal
Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Advanced commentaries/books
Replies: 7
Views: 1915

Re: Advanced commentaries/books

Christopherxx wrote:You have to love Ajahn Chah
I'm reading "Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond" by Ajahn Brahm at the moment. I wouldn't classify myself as "advanced" but this book seems advanced to me, and he keeps quoting Ajahn Chah so you might like it.
by Mal
Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bodhisattva ideal during Buddha's time?
Replies: 4
Views: 1329

Re: Bodhisattva ideal during Buddha's time?

Dawn, you say, the mirror doesn't change. What is the mirror? it seems like "the ultimate self". But in Buddhism, is there an ultimate self? Why assume a mirror that is endowed by absolute wisdom and absolute compassion? Why not just let the dhammas be what they are, why bring up a mirror? Is it rig...
by Mal
Sun Sep 30, 2012 10:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Majjhima Nikaya Guide for an Old Man
Replies: 17
Views: 3019

Re: Majjhima Nikaya Guide for an Old Man

When starting to read the Pali suttas translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi is it best to start with "In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon" or to plunge straight into the Majjhima Nikaya?
by Mal
Sun Sep 30, 2012 10:13 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What continues from one life to another?
Replies: 28
Views: 8025

What continues from one life to another?

In http://www.beyondthenet.net/dhamma/oneLife2Another.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Bhikkhu Bodhi says "The stream of consciousness is not a single entity, but a process, and the process continues. When the stream ... passes on to the next life it carries the storage of impressi...
by Mal
Sat Sep 29, 2012 3:04 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Ud 4.5 Nāga Sutta — The Bull Elephant
Replies: 35
Views: 12089

Re: Ud 4.5 Nāga Sutta — The Bull Elephant

Would you as full awakened being hit your finger with a hammer constanly or live in a mud hole? So why not change the place if this would not make sense? Surely it wouldn't make any difference to the Buddha'? Surely he has an unlimited capacity to "let go", so the discomfort of the mud and hammer b...
by Mal
Sat Sep 29, 2012 12:27 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Ud 4.5 Nāga Sutta — The Bull Elephant
Replies: 35
Views: 12089

Re: Ud 4.5 Nāga Sutta — The Bull Elephant

"At present I am living hemmed in by bhikkhus and bhikkhunis... by sectarian teachers and their disciples, and I live in discomfort and not at ease. Suppose I were to live alone, secluded from the crowd?" How can the Buddha be in discomfort and not at ease? As a fully enlightened being shouldn't he...