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by pegembara
Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Eye is Impermanent.
Replies: 125
Views: 23078

Re: The Eye is Impermanent.

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 sat to one side. As he was sitting there he said to the Blessed One: "'A being,' lord. 'A being,'...
by pegembara
Fri Jul 13, 2012 5:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: giving up on breath as the object
Replies: 13
Views: 3006

Re: giving up on breath as the object

There is the case where a monk, having gone to the wilderness, to the shade of a tree, or to an empty building, sits down folding his legs crosswise, holding his body erect, and setting mindfulness to the fore.[1] Always mindful, he breathes in; mindful he breathes out. "[1] Breathing in long, he d...
by pegembara
Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Eye is Impermanent.
Replies: 125
Views: 23078

Re: The Eye is Impermanent.

As Ajahn Chah says, "Things are determined into existence ie. labelled into existence. There is no eye in reality( it is empty). Eye is just a label. Appearances are determined into existence. Why must we determine them? Because they don't intrinsically exist. For example, suppose somebody wanted to...
by pegembara
Thu Jul 12, 2012 4:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha statues are not idols?..
Replies: 52
Views: 14731

Re: Buddha statues are not idols?..

Idols are not only physical objects. Some idols are mental. Praying and worshipping a mental idol is no different from doing so to physical ones.
by pegembara
Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How do I stop cycling back into worldliness?
Replies: 8
Views: 1894

Re: How do I stop cycling back into worldliness?

Sometimes you have to do something time and time again observing how unfulfiling it is before you give it up. An excellent point. "Suppose a dog, overcome with weakness & hunger, were to come across a slaughterhouse, and there a dexterous butcher or butcher's apprentice were to fling him a chain of...
by pegembara
Thu Jul 05, 2012 4:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Eye is Impermanent.
Replies: 125
Views: 23078

Re: The Eye is Impermanent.

The eye is impermanent, so what we see is also impermanent. Visual objects arise and pass away in awareness from moment to moment. Whatever you note should be regarded thus :This is not mine(clinging), this I am not(conceit), this is not my self(self view). The same goes with the other senses. It is...
by pegembara
Wed Jul 04, 2012 12:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation is like... (put your similie here)
Replies: 46
Views: 10378

Re: Meditation is like... (put your similie here)

Meditation is life. Meditation can get up off the cushion, can open its eyes, and can travel with you constantly. But remembering to meditate is a skill that must be learned through vigorous intention, attention, and never giving up. Anything, you do daily, can become a meditation. In this way, ever...
by pegembara
Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:02 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: What does "arising & passing away" mean?
Replies: 9
Views: 6264

Re: What does "arising & passing away" mean?

The Buddha's Teachings are Timeless "Now, if anyone would develop these four frames of reference in this way for seven years, one of two fruits can be expected for him: either gnosis right here & now, or — if there be any remnant of clinging/sustenance — non-return. "Let alone seven years. If anyone...
by pegembara
Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:55 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: What does "arising & passing away" mean?
Replies: 9
Views: 6264

Re: What does "arising & passing away" mean?

Human experience = mind-matter or nama-rupa Matter - Seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, tactile sensations. Eg. sounds arise and pass away, then an itch A&P etc. Mind- Perceptions, Feelings and thoughts also arises and passes. eg. one thought, then another etc. Since all these arise and passes but ...
by pegembara
Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:54 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Abandon
Replies: 10
Views: 1706

Re: Abandon

Remember that the Buddha abandoned his family, his wealth, his friends and even his baby son in order to go out and pursue his quest. The Buddha did this because these things held him back. They were attachments. Later, however, Both his son and wife became followers and were part of the Sangha. Ev...
by pegembara
Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:47 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Abandon
Replies: 10
Views: 1706

Re: Abandon

What does this word mean to you?

Do you think abandon is the solution of your problem?

Understand the problem and you will learn to abandon.
by pegembara
Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation for anxiety
Replies: 12
Views: 2714

Re: Meditation for anxiety

Anything that settles the mind is suitable: Some examples: 1. Breath - anapanasati 2. Body scan 3. Metta 4. Body parts contemplation- head hair, body hair, nails, teeth and skin 5. Recollection of virtues of the Buddha 6. Chanting 7. Recollection of peace I sit now before the Buddha and contemplate ...
by pegembara
Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation for anxiety
Replies: 12
Views: 2714

Re: Meditation for anxiety

Anything that settles the mind is suitable: Some examples: 1. Breath - anapanasati 2. Body scan 3. Metta 4. Body parts contemplation- head hair, body hair, nails, teeth and skin 5. Recollection of virtues of the Buddha 6. Chanting 7. Recollection of peace I sit now before the Buddha and contemplate ...
by pegembara
Mon Jul 02, 2012 1:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: A question re sankhara-khandha & vedana-khandha
Replies: 5
Views: 1582

Re: A question re sankhara-khandha & vedana-khandha

Vedana, sanna and vinnana khandhas are "passive". Sanna is perception ie. a knowing which is a form of memory. These 3 are in a way not under volitional formations which is "active" as in having an intention. The 1st try is happening to us while sankhara is a doing as in thinking of the past.
by pegembara
Sun Jul 01, 2012 2:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Bodhi's reflections on the Fire Sermon
Replies: 4
Views: 1455

Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi's reflections on the Fire Sermon

The individual influences society just as much as society influences the individual.