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If you find it difficult to meditate you may not have enough merits. Your bad karma is obstructing you from meditating, either ones performed in this life or previous ones. Remember that it is because of our merits that we can even encounter the dharma. First develop sufficient merits. Do dana and develop sila. Some people spend years developing their sila ...


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A view is taking something to be true, whereas conceit falls in the category of a simple experience, which one may or may not hold to be valid. It is similar with greed; one may want something without believing it proper to want, and one may likewise feel conceit ("I am better", etc.) without actually believing in a self. This is seen when, after ...


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There's an article on that subject Dhamma and Non-duality by Bhikkhu Bodhi. The following is basically all direct quotes from that article, except very summarized (I'm extracting sentences and sentence fragments). Non-dual system For the Vedanta, non-duality (advaita) means the absence of an ultimate distinction between the Atman, the innermost self, and ...


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"I hope, sir, that there were no white-clad householders there." "No, friend, there were no white-clad householders there." "It's good, sir, that there were no white-clad householders there." http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an08/an08.023.than.html


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This story seems similar to the one for which you search http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/buddhism/disciples14.htm Modesty, in particular, was evident in Hatthaka's character. While some take great pride in their wealth or are motivated by self-aggrandisement to convert others to the Dharma, Hatthaka was always quiet and unassuming. He did all ...


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There are 5 ways to start your journey: listening to the Dharma teaching the Dharma reciting the Dharma reflecting on the Dharma meditation Followed by: joy arises in him; because of joy, zest arises; because of zest, the body becomes tranquil; when the body is tranquil, he feels happiness; a happy mind becomes concentrated. Vimutt’āyatana Sutta So ...


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The Five Hindrances disturb one's path in meditation and practice. The canonical description can be found in the Nivarana Sutta. Here are some useful resources: Book entitled Unhindered: A Mindful Path Through the Five Hindrances by Gil Fronsdal. A selection of texts and their commentaries on The Five Mental Hindrances and Their Conquest by Nyanaponika ...


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Identity view is a view or belief that there is an entity that exist within one the five khandas, is one of the five khandas, apart from the five khandas, contains one, or more, or all of the five khandas. When it is discerned that there isn't an entity called a "self", that it doesn't exist, that it is a made up, mistaken view, held strongly, and ...


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Yes, of course. After reciting the Pātimokkha, it seems, on the Uposatha day of the full moon, one of the two elders who were brothers went to his own dwelling place surrounded by the Community of Bhikkhus. As he stood on the walk looking at the moonlight, he calculated his own vital formations and he said to the Community of Bhikkhus, “In ...


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On an ultimate level, equanimity is simply a feeling associated with a mind state; it is the quality of the mind state itself, independent of the equanimity, that determines the ethical nature of the state. For example, lobha (greed) can arise with either a pleasant or a neutral feeling, both of which are unwholesome of course. Purely delusional mind ...


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Samyutta Nikaya - Maha Vaggo (2) Sotapatti Samyuttaya Here you can find sutta where Buddha explains who a Sotapatti stream winner is. Unwavering impression of Buddha Unwavering impression of Dhamma Unwavering impression of Sangha Maintains Aryakäntha sîla There are other places in Tipitaka where Buddha mentions the first three and the fourth one as ...


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"clear darkness with peace of mind" is an experience of Samadhi. It's neither Sothapanna nor Sakadagami. When you attain Sothapanna, it makes a permanent change in you. The self view, attachment to rites and rituals and doubt are removed permanently. It's not any kind of peaceful feeling that you get while meditating. Same goes for Sakadagami. When you ...


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There aren't any texts within the Theravada school that talk about what happens to practitioners of other schools. The closest reference I can find in it is in the Mahaparinibbana Sutta, which says; Then Subhadda went to the Blessed One and exchanged courteous greetings with him. After an exchange of friendly greetings & courtesies, he sat to one ...


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Isn't there a story in the commentaries about a monk who had very advanced intellectual understanding of the Buddhist path, and was even a very good teacher of others, and brought many of them to enlightenment, but was not himself enlightened. The story goes that eventually something happened to make that problem clear to him, then he did some stuff -- lived ...


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Here's an analogy. Stream entry is like that point in time where you have completely understood how diet, exercise, obesity, metabolism, homeostasis, ageing and non-communicable diseases work. You've thoroughly seen how it works. There's no more denial, delusion and doubt. There's no more ritualistic practice of diet and exercise without understanding. You'...


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You quoted the Nakhasikha Sutta which states that suffering that remains for a person who has attained stream entry is like dirt under the fingernail, compared to suffering remaining for an ordinary worldling which is equivalent to the great earth. For e.g. a person's immediate family members all die due to an unfortunate accident. This person may become ...


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TL;DR version Sakkāya-diṭṭhi is self-view or self-belief. Conceit or māna is self-emotion. Long version Identity view or personality belief (sakkāya-diṭṭhi) is the "theory of soul, heresy of individuality, speculation as to the eternity or otherwise of one's own individuality" according to Bhikkhu Bodhi. It's a wrong view or belief that one is identical ...


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The earliest source for the enumeration of sixteen stages of knowledge that I know of is the Paṭisambhidāmagga, a treatise ascribed to Sāriputta, included in the Myanmar version of the Khuddaka Nikāya. So yeah, pretty standard Theravada. Discussion of the knowledges is found throughout the commentaries and makes up most of the section on wisdom in the ...


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Absolutely, it is possible to be incorrect about the notion that one was on the Buddhist path. I have had plenty of this sort of experience in my own meditation practice. Very frequently I would have unusual experiences in meditation, such as seeing lights, being filled with joy, a sense of time coming to a stop, etc. And I would ask my teacher what these ...


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You could attain stream entry at any moment for seemingly no reason. Perhaps "self inquiry" would be something you could get into? People who practice insight often have great and wonderful meditation experiences and this is a sign they could be on the wrong track so to speak. Another meditator, can't seem to get stablized and the practice causes great ...


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Some useful teachings by Ajaan Fuang on this topic below. Ajaan Fuang teaches not to plan how the meditation would go, or deliberately look out for signs to determine what stage you're at, or to be obsessed about what the next steps should be. Instead, he teaches to go on practising by oneself to find out how things will turn out. From my understanding, ...


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The Seven Stages of Purification are summarised in the Visuddhimagga (The Path of Purification), a 5th century Theravada text (about 800 years after the Buddha lived). the seven visuddhis come from the Ratha-vinita Sutta (MN 24), and the sixteen stages of knowledge are found in the Patisambhidamagga. – yuttadhammo This comparison between practice ...


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yes. Many in pali cannon have achieved stream enterer without mediation. when sariputtra (Buddha's chief decipher) was a lay person.. he met A monk Elder Assaji. He was so impressed with monk's demeanor, he asked him who was his teacher and what were his teachings. Ven. Assaji, said he was new to this monastic life and could not explain the teaching ...


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No. To even ask a question such as "can you do ____ without meditation" speaks of a weakness, namely that of being able to sit and focus the mind. A weakness I see in our generation of ADD and media-crazed, electronic-obsessed children and adults. Stream entry, means cutting off afflictions which means jhana attainment which means A LOT of meditation had to ...


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For me and my own practice I would venture the answer as a tentative yes - meditation is necessary or at the very least a part of the path. I like to think in terms of the three fold path for things like this. So if you have a practice of ethics, meditation and an appreciation of wisdom (i.e. the Buddha's teachings) then you're going in the right way. ...


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