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by pegembara
Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Luminous Mind. - What is it?
Replies: 108
Views: 19614

Re: Luminous Mind. - What is it?

From Mae Chee Kaew - Her Journey to Spiritual Awakening P. 194 “When you investigate mental phenomena until you go beyond them completely, the remaining defiling elements of consciousness will be drawn into a radiant nucleus of awareness, which merges with the mind’s naturally radiant essence. This ...
by pegembara
Mon Mar 28, 2011 3:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Luminous Mind. - What is it?
Replies: 108
Views: 19614

Re: Luminous Mind. - What is it?

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by pegembara
Sat Mar 26, 2011 3:55 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Anatta vs contemplations of death & metta vs merits making
Replies: 68
Views: 10613

Re: Anatta vs contemplations of death & metta vs merits making

This 1st stanza of the Heart Sutra says it all for me. Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva when practicing deeply the Prajna Paramita perceives that all five skandhas are empty and is saved from all suffering and distress. "Now this, monks, is the Noble Truth of dukkha: Birth is dukkha, aging is dukkha, deat...
by pegembara
Thu Mar 24, 2011 4:19 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Anatta vs contemplations of death & metta vs merits making
Replies: 68
Views: 10613

Re: Anatta vs contemplations of death & metta vs merits making

I think one must be careful not to go too far in defining/reifying what is nibbana. "Now what, lady, lies on the other side of pleasant feeling?" "Passion[greed] lies on the other side of pleasant feeling." "And what lies on the other side of painful feeling?" "Resistance[hatred] lies on the other s...
by pegembara
Wed Mar 23, 2011 3:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What does appamada mean to you?
Replies: 19
Views: 4324

Re: What does appamada mean to you?

Keeping guard at the 6 sense bases at all times and asking is there any greed or aversion present.
by pegembara
Mon Mar 21, 2011 5:53 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: contentment or laziness?
Replies: 10
Views: 2839

Re: contentment or laziness?

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference. The wisdom is the knowledge that having arisen, all things change and die. That is what the Blessed One said. Gratified, the group of five monks delighted at his words. ...
by pegembara
Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:16 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: masturbation what's wrong?
Replies: 555
Views: 217002

Re: Overcoming passion

Check out this 32 parts body meditation. It reduces the attraction to our external self. This meditation has a special place in the Dharma. It is one of very few subjects of meditation which contain both a tranquillity aspect and an insight aspect. As well, it is a very useful practical meditation, ...
by pegembara
Sat Mar 19, 2011 4:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wisdom for uprooting greed and hatred
Replies: 40
Views: 6783

Re: Wisdom for uprooting greed and hatred

Furthermore, if this is a real short cut to nibbana, the Buddha would have taught his dying disciples including his father to enter nibbana directly at death, instead of becoming only a non-returner or stream winner. Here is a teaching by Sariputta to Anandapindikka on his death bed. The householde...
by pegembara
Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wisdom for uprooting greed and hatred
Replies: 40
Views: 6783

Re: Wisdom for uprooting greed and hatred

"So what path will be taken by the mind of a person without hope? It won't take any path at all because it sees that nothing is worth wishing for. Thus it lays the way for its own death. There being no desire to have or be anything, it dissolves into emptiness. This is the skillful means to cheat n...
by pegembara
Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Watching the breath is impossible
Replies: 19
Views: 3543

Re: Watching the breath is impossible

You are training your mind to let go of trying to control. Take it as a form of training in letting go. Be the observer, not the doer.
by pegembara
Thu Mar 17, 2011 5:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wisdom for uprooting greed and hatred
Replies: 40
Views: 6783

Re: Wisdom for uprooting greed and hatred

Hi starter, Greed and aversion are mental states. Like all else has the nature of arising and passing away. All you need to do is to observe these states and not the content or stories behind them.This is the practice of watching at the 6 sense doors. Have a read on Buddhadasa's Heartwood: In fact, ...
by pegembara
Thu Mar 17, 2011 5:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anapanasati (again)
Replies: 41
Views: 4453

Re: Anapanasati (again)

This is Ajahn Chah's description of his practice. Establish samadhi, then practice vippasana. When we are adept at noting these three points we can let them go and note the in and out breathing, concentrating solely at the nose-tip or the upper lip where the air passes on its in and out passage. We ...
by pegembara
Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dualism: Does Theravada address it? If so, how?
Replies: 55
Views: 8366

Re: Dualism: Does Theravada address it? If so, how?

Sorry, I am using perception rather loosely and not basing it on 12 links. What I meant was the arising of bare awareness of sights, sounds, taste, smell and touch before one even recognize what they mean. So, mapping your question onto paticcasamuppada, are you asking about contact without feeling...
by pegembara
Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dualism: Does Theravada address it? If so, how?
Replies: 55
Views: 8366

Re: Dualism: Does Theravada address it? If so, how?

Sorry, I am using perception rather loosely and not basing it on 12 links.

What I meant was the arising of bare awareness of sights, sounds, taste, smell and touch before one even recognize what they mean.
by pegembara
Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dualism: Does Theravada address it? If so, how?
Replies: 55
Views: 8366

Re: Dualism: Does Theravada address it? If so, how?

Yes, perception that arise from contact at the 6 senses are free from any concept or dualities. That happens during meditation. But watching events occurring in life with wisdom, one is not taken in by the "show". One realises that whatever comes into being will one day pass away. There is just a ti...