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  Dhotaka Māṇava Pucchā — The Questions of Dhotaka
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 07-28-2018, 06:43 PM - Forum: Selected Discourses - No Replies

Dhotaka Māṇava Pucchā — The Questions of Dhotaka

The brahmin student Dhotaka asks the Blessed One to liberate him from doubt.

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  Attadaṇḍa Sutta — Taking Up A Weapon
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 07-13-2018, 05:11 PM - Forum: Selected Discourses - No Replies

Attadaṇḍa Sutta — Taking Up A Weapon

At one time the Buddha’s relatives, the Sakyā, were taking up arms to fight with their neighbours, the Koliyā, over the irrigation waters of the river Rohīṇī, which divided their territories. The Buddha admonished them, asking them which was more valuable, blood or water, and the conflict was averted.

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  Kāma Sutta — A Discourse on Sensual Pleasures
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 06-18-2018, 09:20 PM - Forum: Selected Discourses - No Replies

Added Kāma Sutta — A Discourse on Sensual Pleasures

A brahmin farmer, having promised to offer alms, has his crop destroyed by a flood, and is greatly disappointed at his lost opportunity. The Buddha teaches him about the dangers of sensual pleasures, and he becomes a Stream-winner.

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  Padhāna Sutta — Striving
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Added: Padhāna Sutta — Striving

The Bodhisatta battles with Māra on the eve of his Enlightenment.

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  Brāhmaṇadhammika Sutta — The Good Conduct of the Brahmin
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 06-06-2018, 11:48 AM - Forum: Selected Discourses - No Replies

Brāhmaṇadhammika Sutta — The Good Conduct of the Brahmin

The Buddha teaches a group of elderly and wealthy brahmins about the noble conduct of the brahmins of ancient times, which had declined by the time of the Buddha.

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  Blanking out during sitting meditation
Posted by: budo - 05-15-2018, 10:44 AM - Forum: Insight Meditation - Replies (4)

When I meditate I have a lot of blanking out experiences, for example I will notice my mind start to dream/have visions which I note as "seeing seeing", and then I will blank out and then jump up and become alert due to losing balance. I'm not sure if this is due to sloth/drowsiness or not. I also remember on the days of determination on the past retreat that they made us write down the amount of times this happens. What is the significance of this happening and is it important?


Thank you!

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  Feeling of unbearableness during sitting
Posted by: budo - 05-03-2018, 02:38 PM - Forum: Insight Meditation - Replies (1)

When I sit to meditate my sitting usually lasts 2-3 hours. Always when I start meditating I feel good for the first hour, like taking a relaxing vacation. But usually near the one hour mark the pleasure from relaxation turns to stress. The body becomes a source of stress for me, the shifting of consciousness is a source of stress, thinking, hallucinations/dreams, pain in the body that arises is a source of stress.

Eventually it gets to the point that the pain of consciousness, body, and existence itself seems unbearable.

Is this what some call the dark night stage? In some sittings I can sit like a statue unaffected for hours, and in others there's this unbearableness of existence, like almost everything I do in life is to run away and suppress this unbearableness that's always there.

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  Coping with Aversion and Resentment
Posted by: Wizard_in_the_Forest - 04-22-2018, 08:46 PM - Forum: Theravāda Buddhism - Replies (2)

I was hoping to collect as many sutta references to help deal with one of my most pressing mental defilement,  namely Aversion (Dosa) and Resentment (paṭigha). Naturally since I have had some difficulty with these feelings on a regular occasion I wanted to flood myself with both the drawbacks of these defilements, the benefits of goodwill and letting go, ways to recognize them as quick as I can in meditation so I don't get drawn into them, and I'm looking for good ways to restrain these thoughts as soon as they come up. 

The Vitakka-Santhana Sutta describes this method as the best way to remove these kinds of distracting thoughts, and I have done some of the work already and wish to share an analysis of what I've found for the sake of others if they also struggle with these feelings like I do. 

First, let's identify the problem. Aversion (Dosa) in the mind is expressed as anger, and anger raises the danger of it manifesting in many physical ways; it is a common source of physical violence, harsh words, divisive words. The kamma of physical violence is something that is obviously can be seen and has serious lasting consequences both for the person who does it, and the person who is a victim of it, but divisive and harsh words are also things that can lead to problems just as damaging. It needs to be clearly understood that any act done with Dosa leads to powerful dangerous results, namely pushing one closer to birth in a hell realm.

Then there's the antidotes to Dosa, namely Compassion (karuṇā), Good will (mettā), and Patience (khanti). 

The reason I put compassion first is because in my case, I don't get angry unless I presume there is actually an intentional act done to cause harm. At that point, anger is a plea for immediate action for something that needs to be rectified right there and right now. Instead of acting, the sting remains at the wrong left unaddressed. To me, a willful act of harm is not going to immediately be followed by a wish for good will, because it's actually really hard to do right off. It's why metta needs to be cultivated toward a friend and a neutral person before cultivating it for a difficult person. So instead the first thing that is aroused is compassion for the person who is wronged. 

That compassion arises pretty naturally, and then it becomes easier to direct that same compassion for someone who is doing wrong by understanding that they're also harming themselves by committing this wrongful act. Some people also don't often commit these harmful acts because they're happy people. All people are heirs to their kamma, and anything done to harm someone whether out of greed, ignorance, or malice will feel painful results. That pain might not be immediate, but it'll come. After compassion is developed for the wrongdoer, then it is easier to cultivate good will, and when the problem they created needs to be addressed with patience. The big issue with anger of this kind is the knowledge that it doesn't often have an immediate solution quick enough to put the mind at ease. So part of dealing with it needs to be learning to cope with unease. 

Some Suttas and lessons that have helped me: 

Vipaka Sutta
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka....than.html

Kodhana Sutta
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka....nymo.html

Venerable Piyatissa's Lesson on the Elimination of anger
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth...bl068.html

Aghata Sutta
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka....than.html

Acharya Buddharakkhita's lesson on Positive Response
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth...bl109.html

If you can offer more help with this kind of defilement, please feel free to help and offer some more insight, and hopefully it'll help more people than just me.

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  Hello, everyone!
Posted by: Wizard_in_the_Forest - 04-22-2018, 07:50 PM - Forum: Introductions - Replies (2)

I started the search for a more wholesome life after I discarded the spiritual life offered to me by a concerned friend. This friend wanted to introduce me to Christianity, before then I was a nominal Catholic whose parents did not actually believe any of it. I read the Bible and very quickly rejected it for its unsettling and violent nature. I then began to read some of the classics, looking for a moral and effective way of living my life. I started practicing alone when I was thirteen after reading several Suttas from the Majjhima Nikaya on Access to Insight. The first sutta I read was the Sigalovada Sutta translated by Narada Thera and I was taken by how wholesome it was. The delight in the morality it promoted only took a backseat to the real liberation the Buddha offered when I started to read the Vitakkasanthana Sutta and put his teachings to the test. Ultimately it is what changed my mind for the better, as my concentration became sharper, and my life was less leaden by the problems that surrounded me.

 After many religious texts, I found nothing satisfied me more than the Dhamma, so my curiosity turned to genuine respect and I felt solid enough in my understanding to look for a teacher. I looked for a preceptor, but since I was a teenage spiritual seeker and I did not follow the religion of my family, they and I didn't know where to even go. I did not really know my community since my family were immigrants from Central America, so I had no idea where to search in the first place. I read the Khaggavisana Sutta and realized I didn't really need to go and look for a preceptor, my saṃvega was already strong enough for me to feel confident enough to take refuge by myself using the dhamma presented as my teacher. I took the precepts and refuge right then and took my study with increasing rigor. Now I'm thirty something, and am way different from that little girl digging through spiritual books in the library and am still going strong. 

Either way, I hope that we can all be good friends.

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  Mental noting vs Commentary thinking
Posted by: budo - 04-15-2018, 09:55 AM - Forum: Insight Meditation - Replies (1)

I try to mental note everything all the time, when I'm brushing my teeth or showering, it's mostly "feeling feeling feeling, hearing hearing hearing". Is the purpose of mental noting to keep us present and away from commentary thinking? Whenever I have commentary thinking (like a script/story) it seems to take me off into imagination land which takes me away from the present moment.  Commentary thinking seems to be based on past and future, which seems to be based on anxiety/restlessness. For example, in the past I would think of what I should say in a future scenario, or what I should have said in a past scenario, and this puts me into imagination land, which is away from the present moment.

Also, should one keep mental notes at the 5 aggregates level instead of detailed noting? For example, instead of noting "brushing teeth" one would note "feeling, hearing, seeing".. what about "Touching" vs "Feeling"?  Also, if I am imagining something in my head should I note "seeing" or "imagining"?

I noticed as well that if my attention is on feeling this gets me into "liking" and "disliking", and "wanting/not wanting", but if my attention is on another sensation like hearing then I am less attached to wanting/liking/disliking. Should one try to control the attention in this manner, or is it better to note the dominant sensation?

Thank you

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