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by pegembara
Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jhana meditation and attachment to pleasure
Replies: 52
Views: 14940

Re: Jhana meditation and attachment to pleasure

Here is a description of meditation by the jhana route by Sariputta. There is nothing wrong with the jhanas except each stage is only a step with something "better" beyond until "cessation of feeling & perception". Then seeing with discernment , his fermentations were totally ended. "There was the c...
by pegembara
Sat Oct 06, 2012 1:48 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Being spiritual but not religious is a cop-out
Replies: 41
Views: 8765

Re: Being spiritual but not religious is a cop-out

Religious : following a specific institutional religion in one of its forms, i.e., Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, etc. Looking at Bahiya's example [http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/ud/ud.1.10.irel.html] he was not even a practising Buddhist before he attained nibbana although he was obvio...
by pegembara
Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:09 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: When do you believe or know that its ok to lie?
Replies: 31
Views: 6231

Re: When do you believe or know that its ok to lie?

Hypothetical scenario: A child is in a burning building with his mother and refuses to leave the building unless he knows his mother is safe. Is it OK to lie that the mother is already saved to get him to come out? You are giving refuge to a family hiding from persecution. Some extremist comes askin...
by pegembara
Thu Oct 04, 2012 5:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Compassion Vs real Practice
Replies: 11
Views: 3710

Re: Compassion Vs real Practice

I am reminded of this teaching: "Monks, I will teach you the level of a person of no integrity and the level of a person of integrity. Listen & pay close attention. I will speak." "As you say, lord," the monks responded. The Blessed One said, "Now what is the level of a person of no integrity? A per...
by pegembara
Thu Oct 04, 2012 5:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Trying to gain more insight...
Replies: 15
Views: 4542

Re: Trying to gain more insight...

I found Mindfulness in Plain English easy to get into and at the same time insightful. You can get the paperback or the free pdf version here -http://www.urbandharma.org/pdf/mindfuln ... nglish.pdf
by pegembara
Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:10 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Untangling myself from incorrect view
Replies: 13
Views: 2756

Re: Untangling myself from incorrect view

This teaching by the Buddha is relevant by those still caught up by greed, aversion and ignorance. I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying near Savatthi at Jeta's Grove, Anathapindika's monastery. Then Ven. Radha went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, having bowed down to him...
by pegembara
Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Don't like to meditate
Replies: 51
Views: 15038

Re: Don't like to meditate

Then don't "meditate". Just be constantly aware of your thoughts, words and deeds. Everything in your life is there to help you, to teach you, and not seen as some kind of an obstruction to meditation. You can even watch your mind coming up with excuses not to meditate. That itself is also "meditati...
by pegembara
Thu Sep 20, 2012 5:06 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Would you say that Buddhists are hippies?
Replies: 23
Views: 6429

Re: Would you say that Buddhists are hippies?

Yes they are minus the wine, women/men and song. BOB MARLEY - DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY Here's a little song i wrote, you might want to sing it note for note, don't worry, be happy in every life we have some trouble, when you worry you make it double don't worry, be happy dont worry be happy now dont wo...
by pegembara
Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: heart of meditation
Replies: 7
Views: 1365

Re: heart of meditation

"Whatever is subject to origination is all subject to cessation." You should know that that which is arising and passing away is only the activity of mind. When something arises, it passes away and is followed by further arising and passing away. In the Way of Dhamma we call this arising and passing...
by pegembara
Wed Sep 12, 2012 3:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Karmic causes of associating with unwise
Replies: 6
Views: 1410

Re: Karmic causes of associating with unwise

"Birds of the same feather flock together" Like minds attract each other. That is why it is said, when the mind is ready a teacher appears. 1. Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with an impure mind a person speaks or acts suffering follows him like th...
by pegembara
Wed Sep 12, 2012 3:34 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dream World v Real World!
Replies: 60
Views: 9978

Re: Dream World v Real World!

equilibrium wrote:
Consciousness is very important here hence consciousness defines who we are and "NOT" the body and mind. (more on this consciousness later)

Which consciousness are you referring to? Is there a consciousness apart from body (eye, ear, nose, tongue, tactile) and mind (intellect)?
by pegembara
Tue Sep 11, 2012 3:19 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Three Characteristics of Existence
Replies: 14
Views: 2988

The Three Characteristics of Existence

Well, what do you know? What you "see" is not what you get (WYSINWYG). How about this? From atta to anatta! http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/555885_3197411908789_422590857_n.jpg "A magician puts a dove in a hat. He does a few funny movements and the dove is gone. He 'annihilated' the d...
by pegembara
Tue Sep 11, 2012 4:26 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Three Characteristics of Existence
Replies: 14
Views: 2988

Re: The Three Characteristics of Existence

ANICCA, DUKKHA, ANATTA

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by pegembara
Tue Sep 11, 2012 4:21 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dream World v Real World!
Replies: 60
Views: 9978

Re: Dream World v Real World!

Dwelling at Savatthi... Then Ven. Kaccayana Gotta approached the Blessed One and, on arrival, having bowed down, sat to one side. As he was sitting there he said to the Blessed One: "Lord, 'Right view, right view,' it is said. To what extent is there right view?" "By & large, Kaccayana, this world i...
by pegembara
Mon Sep 03, 2012 5:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Reading dhamma for fun, not wisdom... is okay?
Replies: 7
Views: 1365

Re: Reading dhamma for fun, not wisdom... is okay?

Enjoy the menu but just don't forget to taste the food too.

:smile: