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by pegembara
Fri Oct 07, 2011 5:58 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Farewell to a Genius
Replies: 57
Views: 7678

Re: Farewell to a Genius

Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me ... Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful—that’s what matters to me" -—Steve Jobs What I am writing here is not addressed to Steve Jobs. How could it? None of my posts are meant as an accusation. Please do not misinter...
by pegembara
Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:55 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Farewell to a Genius
Replies: 57
Views: 7678

Re: Farewell to a Genius

RIP

"Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me.… Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful—that’s what matters to me"

-—Steve Jobs
by pegembara
Wed Oct 05, 2011 3:59 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What's wrong with Buddha's '6th sense'?
Replies: 15
Views: 1827

Re: What's wrong with Buddha's '6th sense'?

Why he cannot see there are people with little dust in their eyes until 'someone' inform him? Does it mean that if that 'person' never appeared, there is no Buddhism today? So I say, ''Go to the Buddha.'' Where is the Buddha? The Buddha is the Dhamma. All the teachings in this world can be containe...
by pegembara
Mon Oct 03, 2011 4:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mental Noting is Vipassana or Samatha meditation?
Replies: 23
Views: 3915

Re: Mental Noting is Vipassana or Samatha meditation?

“The monk who has retired to a solitary abode and calmed his mind, who comprehends the Dhamma with insight, in him there arise a delight that transcends all human delights. “Whenever he sees with insight the rise and fall of the aggregates, he is full of joy and happiness. To the discerning one this...
by pegembara
Tue Sep 27, 2011 4:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Perception - The Five Aggregates
Replies: 14
Views: 2886

Re: Perception - The Five Aggregates

"perception", "conception", "cognition", or "discrimination" (Skt. samjñā, Pāli saññā, Tib. 'du-shes): registers whether an object is recognized or not (for instance, the sound of a bell or the shape of a tree) Perception is a function of the brain. Eg without perception, the eyes just see but doesn...
by pegembara
Mon Sep 26, 2011 4:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Journey to the East
Replies: 17
Views: 2258

Re: Journey to the East

Wise advice from the Buddha in Sigalovada Sutta The wise and virtuous shine like a blazing fire. He who acquires his wealth in harmless ways like to a bee that honey gathers,[6] riches mount up for him like ant hill's rapid growth. With wealth acquired this way, a layman fit for household life, in p...
by pegembara
Fri Sep 23, 2011 4:51 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dukka, what is wrong with it??
Replies: 19
Views: 2724

Re: Dukka, what is wrong with it??

Wanting or greed and not wanting or aversion is dukkha. This pleasure and pain principle is a major driving force. Pain and pleasure has physical and mental components. It is the mental component that can be removed by the N8FP.
by pegembara
Tue Sep 20, 2011 4:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is suffering illusion?
Replies: 14
Views: 2022

Re: Is suffering illusion?

A man realise he had a winning lottery number but unfortunately for him, he was too late and was unable to claim "his" prize of a million dollars. He would obviously be very upset thinking he had lost what was "his" for the taking. Would he be right in thinking the money was "his" although he was to...
by pegembara
Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:27 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Unorthodox Vipassana
Replies: 66
Views: 15821

Re: Unorthodox Vipassana

Hi I just wanted to expose the unorthodox way I practice vipassana (not always but for a good part of my practice). When I'm concentrated enough, I focus my awareness on the pure consciousness which appears "around" and "between" the thoughts (I hope it's clear enough). I would call this, "recogniz...
by pegembara
Sun Sep 18, 2011 10:51 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Why wasn't the Buddha's head shaved?
Replies: 16
Views: 10943

Re: Why wasn't the Buddha's head shaved?

Who said he wasn't shaved? So, at a later time, while still young, a black-haired young man endowed with the blessings of youth in the first stage of life—and while my parents, unwilling, were crying with tears streaming down their faces—I shaved off my hair & beard, put on the ochre robe and went f...
by pegembara
Sun Sep 18, 2011 5:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Momentary discrete citta and conditionality
Replies: 18
Views: 2430

Re: Momentary discrete citta and conditionality

If only one present moment exists at a time, then it means that past no longer exists. How causes in the past (which no longer exist) affect the mind now, in the present? How can something non-existent be a cause for the present effect? Because the mind gives it "existence" that led to future resul...
by pegembara
Sun Sep 18, 2011 5:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Video: Meditation: Suttas vs Commentaries
Replies: 101
Views: 21025

Re: Video: Meditation: Suttas vs Commentaries

[So now you see the differences. And you really see them because you are having the direct experience. You see them for yourself whether what I am teaching you is correct or not. By reading the suttas so you know what it says about each jhana, you know what the experience is. So you won’t have to be...
by pegembara
Sat Sep 17, 2011 1:52 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Speeding in traffic
Replies: 28
Views: 4305

Re: Speeding in traffic

Wanting "to be" someplace in a hurry results in speeding. So speeding is a form of craving unlike cruising.
by pegembara
Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:16 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Emptiness of time and others
Replies: 28
Views: 8648

Re: Emptiness of time and others

I think you might be more interested in something like advaita vedanta than theravada, Darwid. Wah, what is advaita vedanta? I will take a look. It sounds interesting. Thank you. Advaita posits that all is one. There is no difference between one and all. The "self" is the "All". Advaita (literally,...
by pegembara
Wed Sep 07, 2011 3:55 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Biggest myths about the Buddha?
Replies: 34
Views: 3170

Re: Biggest myths about the Buddha?

Physical characteristics of the Buddha The 32 Signs of a Great Man http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physical_characteristics_of_the_Buddha" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Did he really sneak out of the palace when his wife and son was asleep? So, at a later time, while still young, a blac...