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What happened to me? How those videos cause me to lost my interest for buddhism? How I lost that resistance? I suspect something you wrote points to the answer – you wrote that college work stressed you out, and these videos “helped me forget the problems.” People respond to stress in their own way, e.g. overeating, indulging in drugs or sensual pleasure, ...


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In Buddhism, you can choose to be a lay follower, who observes the five precepts and the non-noble version of the path (which has defilements remaining) as a lay person, or you can follow the Noble Eightfold Path of a monk who renounces the worldly life. If you choose to be a lay follower, then you obviously need a source of income and you can choose to have ...


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I've read that one time Ven Anuruddha being a non-returner talked to Sariputta and it went something like this: "With clairvoyance that is purified and surpasses the human, I survey the entire world-system. My energy is roused up and unflagging, my mindfulness is established and lucid, my body is tranquil and undisturbed, and my mind is immersed in ...


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Whatever you give frequent attention becomes the inclination of mind. This is similar to how recitation & memorizing works, as more attention is given the recall becomes easier. Video games are in the scope of sensuality and it becomes the inclination of mind. It is based on tendencies that are wrong such the perception of attractiveness in the ...


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I can only define this from a Theravada perspective, that being: intention is the energizing of action which comes about through sensory stimulation. In that way, it could be seen as 'directed conscious energy' because, in Theravada, they often use the six-sense consciousnesses model. For instance, an object impedes the eye, a feeling/perception initiates ...


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Light is movement of photons which vibrate within a certain frequency range and travel at the speed of light. If there there is no one present with eyes to sense light, is there still light? I would say yes. Nibbana is a permanent phenomena (dhamma) which is like light. Even if there are no enlightened ones to experience it, it is still there. From MN 49 ...


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sutta explain that panna [discernment] and consciousness are conjoined. What one cognizes, that one discerns. Therefore these qualities are conjoined, not disjoined, and it is not possible, having separated them one from another, to delineate the difference between them. consciousness is to be understood and panna is to be developed. developing panna one ...


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The word subhasaññānuvattinī occurs exactly once in the five Nikayas and it warns of a danger: Thig5.3:1.1: Due to improper attention, I was racked by desire for pleasures of the senses. I was restless in the past, lacking control over my mind. Overcome by corruptions, pursuing perceptions of the beautiful, I gained no peace of mind. Under the sway of ...


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could it be because those entertainments are one of five hindrances?


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At many times in our lives, the food given us is given in faith. This is certainly true of monks. It is also often true of householders who have yet to earn a living. AN7.72:11.2: Which is better—to have a strong man force your mouth open with a hot iron spike and shove in a red-hot copper ball, burning, blazing, and glowing, that burns your lips, mouth, ...


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By the numbers... Have compassion for the people you see around you. They do not understand the nature of the world, and act out of ignorance. There's no need to like their ignorance, but we can acknowledge that ignorance is ignorance: a flaw of understanding, not a flaw of character. If you cannot have compassion for others, have compassion for yourself. ...


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One idea that might help is to focus more on what you can give instead of what you can acquire. You say you're worried about losing opportunity as if you want to gain or have opportunity -- have job, have relationship, "my journey", etc. Instead you might wonder, "what can I do (what option do I have) that is most helpful, ethical, generous?&...


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To fear the opportunity of an occasion to make merits, to do not follow an arosen kusala-citta (one of non-harming, non-disputing, renouncing, giving), is what the Buddha had called something that needs really to be feared, avioded. As good householder sees here: as soon as starting to rationalize, giving doubt changes, all good gained decays, and another ...


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Anupassi is watching (by understanding) continuously. You can translate into many words because when mind arising, there are many mind factors arising together with each mind. However, according to each Sutta's context, the selected words are the most proper words for that Sutta. For the example, Anupassi in DN22 MahasatipatthanaSutta. Anupassi in that Sutta ...


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