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by pegembara
Sun Jun 06, 2021 3:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 'Signless Concentration'
Replies: 39
Views: 806

Re: 'Signless Concentration'

but u are still cognising the idea or perception of non cognising which means u are just directing attention from one nimiita to another (the new nimiita may be equanimity or nothingness ?) What is the sign of nothing or no-thing? The absence of signs is not a nimitta. It is animitta! Unless you st...
by pegembara
Sat Jun 05, 2021 3:30 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: This monkey needs to stop clinging
Replies: 9
Views: 551

Re: This monkey needs to stop clinging

Just trust the "experts" … they know more than we do? :shrug: svākkhāto bhagavatā dhammo The dhamma of the blessed one is perfectly expounded, sandiṭṭhiko akāliko visible here and now, timeless, ehipassiko opanāyiko inviting all to come and see, onward leading to nibbana, paccattaṃ veditabbo viññūh...
by pegembara
Sat Jun 05, 2021 12:32 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: This monkey needs to stop clinging
Replies: 9
Views: 551

Re: This monkey needs to stop clinging

Monkeys can be wiser than people. monkeys lack teachings such as the teaching of the afterlife So the more you teach, the wiser you become? Take your pick - the Talmud, Bible, Koran, Bhagavad Gita, Quantum Physics, or The Origin of Species. Just trust the "experts" ... they know more than we do?
by pegembara
Fri Jun 04, 2021 4:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: About renouncing and contentment
Replies: 48
Views: 914

Re: About renouncing and contentment

... Poverty, lack of opportunities, being sick are also stressful... Each individual has to struggle in the pursuit of "happiness". ... But how to diminish that stress. Is it possible to be poor but happy? To be ccntent having no opportunities? To be sick without the stress? What is the right way t...
by pegembara
Fri Jun 04, 2021 1:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: About renouncing and contentment
Replies: 48
Views: 914

Re: About renouncing and contentment

Hi. I'd like to ask you about what is renouncing and what is contentment. Because I can understand it's beneficial to renounce to things that make damage or hurt like cigarettes, or alcohol, or overeating, or acting selfishly, etc. I also believe I can see the benefit of renouncing to having things...
by pegembara
Wed Jun 02, 2021 7:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 'Signless Concentration'
Replies: 39
Views: 806

Re: 'Signless Concentration'

but u are still cognising the idea or perception of non cognising which means u are just directing attention from one nimiita to another (the new nimiita may be equanimity or nothingness ?) What is the sign of nothing or no-thing? The absence of signs is not a nimitta. It is animitta! Unless you st...
by pegembara
Wed Jun 02, 2021 3:56 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Walking meditation
Replies: 17
Views: 401

Re: Walking meditation

Slow walking sounds like mindfulness immersed in the body -noting everything that is happening to the body moment to moment. Should be aware of everything that is happening. Not just the breathing. Mind is brought to the "present moment". Somewhat like what happens during rock climbing - “You are no...
by pegembara
Wed Jun 02, 2021 1:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 'Signless Concentration'
Replies: 39
Views: 806

Re: 'Signless Concentration'

Hi, I read recently that the Soto Zen practice of Shikantaza is akin to what they called 'Signless Concentration' in the Theravada.....can you comment or offer an insight into this? I am familiar with Shikantaza, but not 'Signless Concentration'? Thanks.... To recognize an object, you have to pick ...
by pegembara
Tue Jun 01, 2021 3:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Maranasati
Replies: 5
Views: 214

Re: Maranasati

I'd like to include maranasati mindfulness of death into my daily Dhamma practice. But am unsure how often does one consider the fragility of life and that death can come anytime? Thanks! One meal at a time -> the last meal on death row. One mouthful at a time or One breath at a time -->https://www...
by pegembara
Tue Jun 01, 2021 12:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The nature of human is evil?
Replies: 22
Views: 444

Re: The nature of human is evil?

Is it correct to say the Buddha think so? Because greed, hatred and delusion are evils. I think it is indisputable that greed, hatred, and delusion are the causes of suffering - not "evil". The 4 Noble Truths mentioned nothing about the inherent nature of humans as "good or evil". Only this which s...
by pegembara
Tue Jun 01, 2021 12:28 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: This monkey needs to stop clinging
Replies: 9
Views: 551

Re: This monkey needs to stop clinging

Monkeys can be wiser than people. It seems clinging to the present life is wiser than clinging to the after-life as alluded to in the sutta above. Still on topic. :tongue: “You could never convince a monkey to give you a banana by promising him limitless bananas after death in monkey heaven.” ― Yuva...
by pegembara
Mon May 31, 2021 2:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Questions that will lead to enlightenment
Replies: 6
Views: 201

Re: Questions that will lead to enlightenment

If my thoughts are not me, not mine, not myself what is that peaceful silence that wisely listen to them? ........................................... He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisit...
by pegembara
Mon May 31, 2021 1:57 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: This monkey needs to stop clinging
Replies: 9
Views: 551

Re: This monkey needs to stop clinging

The problem is with the human "mind" or more accurately the activity of clinging. Monkey story. "Monks, an uninstructed run-of-the-mill person might grow disenchanted with this body composed of the four great elements, might grow dispassionate toward it, might gain release from it. Why is that? Beca...
by pegembara
Mon May 31, 2021 1:32 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What's the real "Dhamma Eye"?
Replies: 4
Views: 232

Re: What's the real "Dhamma Eye"?

:goodpost: "This is how he attends inappropriately: 'Was I in the past? Was I not in the past? What was I in the past? How was I in the past? Having been what, what was I in the past? Shall I be in the future? Shall I not be in the future? What shall I be in the future? How shall I be in the future?...
by pegembara
Sat May 29, 2021 4:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Teachers
Replies: 35
Views: 724

Re: Teachers

There is the case where a monk has admirable people as friends How to distinguish between admirable people and less than admirable people as someone without any attainments? Online persona not easy but one clue is whether that person shows aversion or anger more than expected of a true practitioner...