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by Coyote
Sun Jan 01, 2012 5:33 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Why was the Buddha omniscient?
Replies: 12
Views: 2817

Why was the Buddha omniscient?

I hope that this is the right place to ask this question. I ask it here because I want the answer from an "orthodox" or "traditional" point of view rather than from more modern or scholarly point of view. I don't want a debate on whether or not the Buddha was omniscient. If this is the wrong place t...
by Coyote
Sat Dec 31, 2011 3:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation advice
Replies: 8
Views: 1643

Meditation advice

I'd like some advice on my meditation practice. At the moment I have not had any formal training but plan to get in contact with local meditation groups and monasteries so that I can get some more formal guidance. As there are so many different practices and techniques available on the web, I think ...
by Coyote
Fri Dec 30, 2011 5:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The purpose of cultivating Metta?
Replies: 55
Views: 11566

Re: The purpose of cultivating Metta?

I just want to thank everyone for the interesting dicussion that this question has generated and for the contributions that have been given by all. In light of what has been written, would it be fair to say that the Theravada understanding is that while cultivating Metta can help supress the three p...
by Coyote
Mon Dec 26, 2011 6:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The purpose of cultivating Metta?
Replies: 55
Views: 11566

Re: The purpose of cultivating Metta?

"Metta as a Path to Awakening." by John Peacock http://www.audiodharma.org/series/207/talk/2603/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; May you grow fat with friendliness. Daniel :heart: Thanks Daniel, these have been very helpful. I notice that the speaker recognises that Metta can lead di...
by Coyote
Sun Dec 25, 2011 12:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The purpose of cultivating Metta?
Replies: 55
Views: 11566

Re: The purpose of cultivating Metta?

My thanks to both of you. Once I have had the chance to read and listen to the links you have both offered I will get back to you.

Coyote.
by Coyote
Sun Dec 25, 2011 9:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The purpose of cultivating Metta?
Replies: 55
Views: 11566

The purpose of cultivating Metta?

Hi, A while back I posted a few questions in this forum, but since abadoned my Dhamma practice for various reasons - I would now like to get back to it and have come back with a few questions about Metta. The thing is, I don't understand the purpose or motivation behind cultivating an attitude of Me...
by Coyote
Sat Sep 24, 2011 5:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Where to start?
Replies: 12
Views: 2002

Re: Where to start?

PeterB: Coyote I see that you live in Wales...which is packed with Buddhist centres, many of them dating back to the long gone era when property in Wales was less expensive than in England...and dozens of Buddhist groups purchased old Rectories and hotels and country houses..there might be more plac...
by Coyote
Thu Sep 22, 2011 7:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Where to start?
Replies: 12
Views: 2002

Re: Where to start?

Then let's prevent a misunderstanding right at the outset. Vipassana and samatha are states of mind, despite the fact that one or another meditation method generally tends to emphasize one or another of those states and therefore comes to be known as a vipassana method or a samatha method. Meditati...
by Coyote
Thu Sep 22, 2011 3:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Where to start?
Replies: 12
Views: 2002

Re: Where to start?

Thanks to both of you. :) Coyote, No need to get stressed and confused. If you are still befuddled by all the options then you can try something very simple that is free and not habbit forming. Just sit down and try to just feel the breath going in and out of your body and try to not think about any...
by Coyote
Thu Sep 22, 2011 2:24 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: The Buddha vs Arahants
Replies: 6
Views: 2820

Re: The Buddha vs Arahants

Thanks, Tiltbillings. That is a really interesting thread.
by Coyote
Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:26 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: The Buddha vs Arahants
Replies: 6
Views: 2820

The Buddha vs Arahants

Am I right in thinking that according to the Theravada there is no difference between the Buddha and an Arahant, only that one came first and taught all others? Nevertheless, I read things like the fact that the Buddha was omniscient and that he has epithets suggesting he was the perfect human being...
by Coyote
Wed Sep 21, 2011 4:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Where to start?
Replies: 12
Views: 2002

Re: Where to start?

My thanks to both of you. I was also looking for an introduction to the suttas, so thanks for that DaveRupa
by Coyote
Wed Sep 21, 2011 2:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Where to start?
Replies: 12
Views: 2002

Where to start?

Hi everyone, I'm sure there are many of these threads and they are probably made often, but I think that each one is tailored to the individual poster, so I made a new one for me. The introductory material and resources linked in the sticky threads of this forum are very helpful and I have gathered ...
by Coyote
Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:25 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi from the UK
Replies: 6
Views: 1200

Re: Hi from the UK

Thank you all for the kind words of welcome.
by Coyote
Tue Sep 20, 2011 3:24 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: A few questions - morality and knowledge
Replies: 7
Views: 2351

Re: A few questions - morality and knowledge

Thank you all for the replies. They have been helpful and informative. The idea that "the Dhamma is eternal and always the same" is something I've never heard before. The Dhamma has causes and conditions (cf. the Buddha), and therefore cannot be permanent or unchanging. I'm probably not using the wo...