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It's a translation issue. The Pali terms are Hiri and Ottappa, and they are hard to translate into English because they have no one word equivalents. Hiri refers to the feeling of not wanting to do a bad deed because you know the deed itself is bad, and Ottappa refers to the feeling of not wanting to do an evil deed because you know that the consequences of ...


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The appropriate response to such a thought of personal enlightenment is: "fart". Su Dongpo was an avid student of Buddhist teachings. He was quick-witted and humorous; as a Zen Buddhism follower he was very serious and self-disciplined. He often discussed buddhism with his good friend, Zen Master Foyin. The two lived across the river from one ...


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Posting my comment as an answer: "Do not be a bodhisatta; do not be an arahant; do not be anything at all. If you are a bodhisatta, you will suffer; if you are an arahant, you will suffer; if you are anything at all, you will suffer." - Ajahn Chah Also from MN 44 "Now, lady, how does emergence from the cessation of perception & feeling ...


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OP: What's the connection or difference between joy (piti), and the so-called "bliss" (sukha) and peace (santi) of Nibbana? Piti and Suka are encountered along the path arising due to the practice of concentration. (Ekādasaka) Cetanā’karaṇīya Sutta Introduction by Piya Tan (Dasaka) Cetanā’karaṇīya Sutta Introduction by Piya Tan OP: Is one required to ...


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I would suggest that you trust yourself to make that decision for each individual you are contemplating the recommendation. You have personally taken the course so you have firsthand knowledge of its contents and rigors. The people you are going to be talking with are 'close' by your description so you already know a lot about who they are and should ...


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What happens when we aren't attentively listening, and then we see someone who attentively tries to listen to something? It's natural if we would begin to listen attentively too. So our behavior and states of mind influence others, and are influenced by others. Therefore, having clear and calm mind can benefit others around us. It happened that entering a ...


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All these episodes are you past Karma or Fabrications in many cases. Sometimes meditation might coincide with the time they were supposed to manifest themselves. With 100k+ or more people doing a retreat every year in 200+ centres there can be such cases. So there is always a chance some independent events happening and someone inferring a correlation ...


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There is a good analysis of this, with regards to negative states of mind, in the Uddesa-vibhanga Sutta (MN 138). Concerning the external scattering and diffusion of consciousness: "How is consciousness said to be scattered & diffused? There is the case where a form is seen with the eye, and consciousness follows the drift of (lit.: 'flows after')...


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To check the enlightenment with pali Tripitaka Chabbi­so­dha­na­sutta MN 112. Majjhima Nikāya 47 The Inquirer.


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How should I stop thinking that I am even slightly enlightened? To add another perspective to the existing answers (because you might want to know opposing or mutually-exclusive extremes in order to steer a middle way between them), maybe you shouldn't "stop thinking that you are even slightly enlightened". For example if the Buddha and the Dhamma (the ...


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This is what my teacher (Ven Nawalapitiye Ariyawansa Thero) had to say on this, @BlackFlam3. “If we regard ourselves as knowing the Dhamma well, we will be of the “I am the one who knows” mindset. Without allowing that to happen try to come to the view “I do not know. Only Supreme Buddha knows. I will accept it that way”. “I am the one who knows” can be ...


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Theory: if you don't acknowledge positive state, you are likely to become more attached to it and have suffering when it ceases (that's what the mind does automatically: liking → craving → (later) disappointment). You've known this for sure. Practically speaking (but I am only guessing based on what you write) you should acknowledge/note very carefully: ...


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I spoke before about the power of narratives. Narratives is how our mental world is shaped, narratives is one of the main ways to control the sukha/dukha mechanism described in the Four Noble Truths. In this case, mental noting is a special case of narrative. By looking at thoughts and emotions in a certain way ("in and off themselves" as Buddha said in ...


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So how about Gossiping or the tattling about others lives ? You are wasting your time and others time. Talk that is productive towards betterment of oneself, which lacks proper reasoning (mud slinging), if you are monk not connected with the goal, the pratice, the Dhamma or Vinaya. How does Buddhism explain specifically about TATTLING ?? If it is to ...


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Cittas are classified in various ways. One such classification is according to their nature. In this classification we have: Cittas which are resultant states of consciousness, vipaaka, the effects of previous kamma. Cittas which are causes for action (kamma) through body, speech, or mind. We may call these "causative cittas." A wholesome citta (kusala ...


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The will to do something would probably be equivalent to the term cetana, which means intention or an act of will. The term itself doesn't have any particular positive or negative connotation, as you can have a cetana that is good just as easily as a cetana to do something bad. Most significantly, the cetana formed with an act is what determines the kind of ...


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It is too easy to understand, but it is very hard to done. The example in concentration meditation: If you have too much trust to concentrate on focus, you will over hurry to sit and to meditate. That hurrying maybe make you miss to concern, smart & wisdom, the meditation's situation and environment, such as it maybe too hot temperature to develop ...


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I don't think they are safe for anyone. It's a very ascetic style of retreat and in my opinion not healthy for body or mind. I know someone who was dragged from the room kicking and screaming. Its not good for the lay person to sit there for ten hours at a time. The body does not cope. Combine that with sleep deprivation because of crowded dorm style ...


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I can see that you are feeling a bit evangelical after the Goenka Retreat, and you have a great desire to tell others about it. What you are trying to give is a “Dhamma Dana” is Pali for “The Gift of Dhamma.” It is the best gift you can give, this gift of Dhamma. So to your question: What approach should be taken to encourage someone to go on a course? ...


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I highly doubt you can find a one-to-one correspondence between modern psychiatric disorders and the classification of mental factors in Buddhist Abhidhamma. The two have completely unfamiliar zeitgeists or views of the world. That said, I think you will find that many of the symptoms or more granular descriptions of the western psychiatric disorders are ...


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The consciousness of an Arahant is ethically indeterminate so he does not accumulate Kamma. From The Abhidhamma in Practice -- For the Arahant, the liberated one, the cittas that arise in him can no longer be associated with any unwholesome roots. The cittas that the Arahant experiences are neither wholesome nor unwholesome, as he does not generate ...


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It is Sukha in a millisecond you're touching the fur doll, without any Pīti, but after that it always arise with Pīti. And this is apparent Pīti, even it comes with Sukha but Pīpi is very apparent. Santi is Nibbāna, the perfectly and completely stopping of all aggregates. It's something like there are uncountable bombs in a room and a person in a room feel ...


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Is there something I'm doing wrong or missing here? According to the the original Buddhist teachings in the Suttas you should be aware of: the latent tendency to lust reinforced by being attached to pleasant feelings Pahāna Sutta Also similar passages in: Cūla Vedalla Sutta, Mahā Vedalla Sutta, Samma Ditthi Sutta, Cha Chakka Sutta, Dhātu Vibhaṅga ...


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In its introduction to Kāmacchanda (Desire for Sensual Pleasure), Dharmafarer describes or defines Chanda as a "morally neutral" term. It's too long to quote, but: There are 'negative' forms of Chanda which include taṇhā (craving), upādāna (clinging), and desire for sense-objects. Chanda can also be used to describe a 'positive' desire: When ...


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