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Making the mind a restful place to be not the whole practice (Thanis "What you're trying to do as you meditate is to strip things down so you can see the very elemental fabrications going on in the mind, the kamma you're
A Personal Productivity Scaffold by Steve Pavlina (long post) “A scaffold is a temporary structure that supports tools, materials, and people while erecting or repairing a building. A similar construct can be used to
Future actions depend on what you're doing right now (Thanissaro "...the present moment is an important moment, because it's where we're making decisions that shape our life. Decisions that were made in the past are things
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Re: Develop Good Qualities by Competing with other Buddhists Anguttara Nikaya 5:180 Gavesi Sutta: Gavesi the lay disciple At one time The Blessed One was touring the country of Kosala with a large Community of bhikkhus.
Develop Good Qualities by Competing with other Buddhists “If you’re going to be competing with other people, compete in being virtuous, compete in being generous, in having conviction, in being wise. Ajaan Lee
Success on the Path by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (long post) “To stay with the breath, you first have to want to stay with the breath. It’s the first basis of success in the practice. Some people object to the idea
Give Yourself to the Process (Thanissaro Bhikkhu) "When you sit here and meditate it's not simply a matter of sitting here and waiting for the show to begin or for someone to come and entertain you. It's a
Re: The perception of self as potential producer of happiness (Thani "However, in this process of self-cross-examination, the perception of self is not the prime focus of inquiry. Instead, the questions shift the focus from
The perception of self as potential producer of happiness (Thanissar "A striking feature of the Buddha's recommended course of self-cross-examination in general is the frequency with which the questions are framed in terms of
Making Vows for Rains Residence (Bhikkhu Khantipalo) "This is a period of three months when bhikkhus must reside in one place and cannot wander, though they may undertake all their usual duties provided that they
Compare your behavior to standards set forth (Thanissaro Bhikkhu) "Once you see that the Dhamma you've heard is in agreement with the Dhamma you already know, that gives rise to a desire and willingness to practice, for you
Noble Eightfold Path for auspicious determinations (AN10:104) Anguttara Nikaya 10.104 Bija Sutta: The Seed translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu "When a person has wrong view, wrong resolve, wrong speech, wrong
The attainable goal of finishing the job of ending suffering (Thanis "...William James doesn't say that you can put an end to suffering. He says you make your life better but it's an unending process - you have to keep you know
Practice for Opportunity to see Something Special in Life (Thanissar "Any practice that requires less than your full participation and less than your full willingness to put things on the line is never going to offer you any
Single-minded Determination by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (long post) "We're here for the sake of true happiness. That's why the Buddha left his palace and went out into the wilderness. He wasn't satisfied with the happiness that
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Start where you are by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (short post) "Too many meditators get discouraged at the outset because their minds won't settle down. But just as you can't wait until you're big and strong before you
A Sense of Adventure by Thanissaro Bhikkhu "As you embark on the practice — and as you stay with the practice — it's best to think of it as a voyage of discovery. After all, the Buddha says that the
Inspirational quote on why we're here by Thanissaro Bhikkhu "It can be a long path. It requires a lot of discipline. It requires persistence, patience — qualities that we in the modern world tend to have in only
Morale as belief in an institution or goal (Wikipedia) "Morale (also known as esprit de corps) is the capacity of a group's members to maintain belief in an institution or goal, particularly in the face of
The Tasks of the Four Noble Truths (Bhikkhu Bodhi) "The reason why the penetration of the Four Noble Truths can confer this immutable nobility of spirit is implied by the four tasks the noble truths impose on
Goal Setting by La Trobe University Goal Setting Why set goals? Are there different types of goals? What are some areas of life where people have goals? Isn't this a huge task? What are outcome
Re: The Buddha Didn't Play Gotcha by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (long post) I have renamed my group from Positive-Happiness to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Positive-Enjoyment/message/6 With metta / Antony.
The Buddha Didn't Play Gotcha by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (long post) "Sometimes when you hear the Buddha's teachings explained, it's almost as if he's playing gotcha. He talks about jhana — the ease, the rapture that can come
Making a Good Determination (Thanissaro Bhikkhu, long post) "When you read Ajaan Lee's autobiography, you notice the number of times he made vows: vowing to sit all night, vowing to meditate so many hours, vowing to do
There are 4 Noble Truths not just cessation of suffering (Thanissaro "We all come to the practice hoping that some day some really great experiences are going to hit us while we're meditating. Well, they're not going to hit
Ask a busy person to do it (Lucille Ball + commentary) "If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it." ~ Lucille Ball "People who are busy are active, up and about, etc. therefore more likely to
When you reach the goal you don't throw away what you did (Thanissar Sensitivity All the Time November, 2002 "Try to be present throughout the whole breath, each breath, all the way in, all the way out. We like to think that if
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Gradual & Sudden Awakening (Thanissaro Bhikkhu) "So this is an incremental path, a gradual one, but there's nothing wrong with that. Fortunately, Theravada never had a Shen-hui, the Rush Limbaugh of the Chan
The Stonecutter Simile "...it is well to recognize and remember the value of each human being and of every activity of his, however humble it may be. This helps us to bring good will
Generosity Expecting Inner Rewards (Thanissaro Bhikkhu) "Because the Buddha saw how these enlightened qualities of wisdom, compassion, and purity could be developed through the pursuit of happiness, he never told
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