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Practise what is explained in MN 19. In other words, it is not sufficient to label a thought as "harmful" and then worry about it. Instead, when the harmfulness of the harmful thought is thoroughly considered & examined, the harmful thought will end, due to truly understanding its harmful nature.


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Monks and nuns generally take good care of their bodies so they may be better able to continue to share the dharma with those who may benefit. They keep good hygiene of their robes and living quarters to prevent disease and be healthy. Here is an excerpt that gives a specific example of personal hygiene: In the Anguttara Nikaya there is a short sutta in ...


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The 14th Dalai Lama has no standing in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. However, in the Tibetan Mahayana Buddhist tradition and conforming to the Dharma and Vinaya of Tibetan Buddhism (and in particular, the Gelug school), the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso is: a Tibetan Buddhist monk a Tibetan Buddhist lama i.e. a teacher of the Dharma (as taught in ...


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Questions of King Milinda (the original ancient text only, i.e. parts 1 and 2, not the later additions) is by far my favorite text in KN. Unfortunately a good English translation of this text is hard to get by, as internet is full of abridged and approximately-translated (adapted) versions. I like it because it provides excellent description of core Dhamma ...


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The Khuddaka Nikaya ("minor collection") is the minor collection of texts within the Pali Canon. It contains 15 - 18 texts within it. In my opinion, the five most important texts within KN are: Dhammapada ("path of the Dhamma / true teachings") Itivuttaka ("as it was said") Udana ("inspired utterances") Theragata &...


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Who cares if they come or go? They aren’t you. Do you get upset when you breath in? Or when you put a hat on? Why frustrate yourself with externalities? You have no more control of your thoughts than the sky controls the number of clouds. Does the sky worry itself on overcast days? The second patriarch came to Bodhidharma’s cave. “Master, my mind ...


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This is based mainly on my experience and in my imperfect understanding of the Dhamma. So, take this with a grain of salt. I think it's useful to define "control". If you understand 'control' as the act of making things go according to your desires, then such notion can be deceiving and illusory, if not nuanced. Things arise and cease according ...


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Stop listening to them. Stop recalling them. Stop rolling them over in your mind. If you stop doing all of that, they won’t draw your attention away from what is actually happening, they won’t bother you, or stress you out, and you won’t remember them because they will just evaporate as if they were never there. You do all that by earnestly practicing ...


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The Khuddaka Nikaya ("minor collection") is the minor collection of texts within the Pali Canon. It contains 15 - 18 texts within it. In my opinion, the four most important texts within KN are: Sutta Nipata ("section of the discourses") Dhammapada ("path of the Dhamma / true teachings") Itivuttaka ("as it was said") ...


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My answer to this question is "no". The Anapanasati Sutta is about the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. It says: Mindfulness with breathing, developed and cultivated, fulfils the four foundations of mindfulness. In the Anapanasati Sutta, each of the last 14 of 16 stages is preceded by the phrase: "a bhikkhu trains thus" or "he ...


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Deva, Devaputta means Deva by birth, one with a lot of merits, enjoying pleasant things, your-kind's largest trap, here in the realm of internet, in union with Maras host. [Note that this isn't given for stacks, exchange, other world-binding trades, but for release from this wheel]


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#2 I think you will more often than not run into issues over the long term if you live with people who train differently. The Mahasi system complete with 16 stages of insight and the path-insight & fruition-insight modes of development, that is going to be viewed skeptically and likely wrong training by most TFT. If you really want to be a Mahasi system ...


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Good householder, Sadhu, at first, for general desire in going forth. Good to let go of consumer-behaviour at first place and approach ordination like a backpacker a new journey idea, or a worker his next holiday... good householder. One who closes the doors behind, at his home, with right adpiration, will be opened the gates by the Devas along his way for ...


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This says that the Dalai Lama is ordained according to the Mulasarvastivada Vinaya: His Holiness the Dalai Lama Bestows Ordination Vows Today, His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave a group of monks full ordination according to the Mulasarvastivada Vinaya tradition that was established in Tibet by the Indian Abbot Shantarakshita in the eighth century CE at the ...


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Is the Eightfold Path exclusive to Buddhism? The general principle behind some limbs of the 8NP are quite universal across religions (ex: "Thou shall not kill" is a reflection/implementation of Right-Action; or: "What goes into a man's mouth does not make him unclean, but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him unclean." is ...


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Arguing about the Dhamma, the Noble Eightfold Path is not helpful. DN1:1.1.4: Meanwhile, Suppiya criticized the Buddha, the teaching, and the Saṅgha in many ways, but his pupil Brahmadatta praised them in many ways. It is not helpful because it does not bring peace. DN1:1.5.1: “Mendicants, if others criticize me, the teaching, or the Saṅgha, don’t make ...


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As explained in many suttas, for example in MN121, in the gradual training approach the signless concentration is the next step after "neither perception nor nonperception" and the last step before The Final Liberating Realization. If you search this site for the words signlessness, signless, nimitta, animitta, and semiotics - you will find many of ...


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Of course is the Sublime Buddha his disciples 'Brahma', the Sangha and their faithful follower, good householder, one not only having formed the space but filled it up with the teaching to go beyond dependency. This was said by the Blessed One, said by the Arahant, so I have heard: "I am a brahman, responsive to requests, open-handed, bearing my last ...


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Pacifying the mind Huike said to Bodhidharma, "My mind is anxious. Please pacify it." Bodhidharma replied, "Bring me your mind, and I will pacify it." Huike said, "Although I've sought it, I cannot find it." "There," Bodhidharma replied, "I have pacified your mind." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dazu_Huike#...


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The way my teachers taught me about this, it's not about "controlling your mind", that's the wrong way to look at it. It is about letting go of attachments which create those disturbances. Once you clearly see your attachments and their roots (prejudices, stereotypes, traumas) then resolving them is a matter of focus and firm intent. Once ...


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