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A Question for Theravadin Members

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A Question for Theravadin Members

Postby PeterB » Wed Mar 02, 2011 1:21 pm

I would request that answers are from Theravadin members only. By which I mean those who identify with the Theravada as representing most closely their views.

In percentage terms, what proportion of your Dhamma week do you devote to

A) Theravadin meditation ..Vipassana, Samatha, Kasina, Brahma Viharas etc.

B ) Sutta Study (including commentaries )

C ) visiting Buddhist websites.

In an average week ?

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Re: A Question for Theravadin Members

Postby Annapurna » Wed Mar 02, 2011 2:08 pm

You don't want to know how much of our friends from other schools spend on this and post it on general Dhamma?
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Re: A Question for Theravadin Members

Postby Annapurna » Wed Mar 02, 2011 2:09 pm

Oh, gee.

It appears we don't have a General Dhamma section... :embarassed: :toilet:
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Re: A Question for Theravadin Members

Postby PeterB » Wed Mar 02, 2011 2:14 pm


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Re: A Question for Theravadin Members

Postby Jhana4 » Wed Mar 02, 2011 4:05 pm

A) Meditation: 7 - 10 hrs a week
B) Sutta study: 1 - 2 hours a week
C) Visiting Buddhist web sites: No idea. Probably much more time than the other two.

In regards to C, time flys on the internet. A few 5 - 10 min posts a day adds up quickly over the course of a day and a week. It is possible to take a work or a study break, even in a public place, by closing my eyes and meditating for at least a few minutes. The reality is that sometimes I want to talk.
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.

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Re: A Question for Theravadin Members

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Re: A Question for Theravadin Members

Postby PeterB » Wed Mar 02, 2011 4:22 pm

Your interpretation of A) is interesting Mawkish and valuable...thank you.

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Re: A Question for Theravadin Members

Postby Vepacitta » Sun Mar 06, 2011 6:38 pm

I take 'breaks' from things - I go in cycles - when I'm in a "Buddhist" cycle:

I read suttas every night - and on weekends and I read- and re-read and re-read and re-read - until it hits home.

My meditation practise has always been spotty - a few months on - many off - I do much "hammering out by logic" (yes, yes, I know what the Tathagata said about that ...)

I go to sutta study class every weekend (unless Bhante's away).

I pop in here in cycles.

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Re: A Question for Theravadin Members

Postby Fede » Sun Mar 06, 2011 6:45 pm

"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment." Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

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Re: A Question for Theravadin Members

Postby PeterB » Sun Mar 06, 2011 6:47 pm

Not good or bad...its just what is right now. :smile:

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Re: A Question for Theravadin Members

Postby Fede » Sun Mar 06, 2011 7:02 pm

It's been like this for a long time.
Some matters have conspired against me. Others I have permitted to obscure my vocation.

Sometimes it's hard to know which is which.
I really should be much more judicious about my practice.
"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment." Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

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Re: A Question for Theravadin Members

Postby Ben » Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:04 pm

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: A Question for Theravadin Members

Postby Goofaholix » Sun Mar 06, 2011 11:36 pm

Off retreat;
A) 70%
B ) 0%
C ) 30%

On retreat;
A) 100%
B ) 0%
C ) 0%

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Re: A Question for Theravadin Members

Postby Wizard in the Forest » Mon Mar 07, 2011 2:57 am

"One is not born a woman, but becomes one."- Simone de Beauvoir

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Re: A Question for Theravadin Members

Postby Ron-The-Elder » Mon Mar 07, 2011 3:56 am

What Makes an Elder? :
A head of gray hairs doesn't mean one's an elder. Advanced in years, one's called an old fool.
But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

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Re: A Question for Theravadin Members

Postby Annapurna » Mon Mar 07, 2011 8:27 am

http://www.schmuckzauberei.blogspot.com/

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Re: A Question for Theravadin Members

Postby adeh » Mon Mar 07, 2011 3:25 pm

A. Meditation-7-12 hours a week...
B. Sutta study-1-3 hours a day...I travel a lot between classes (I teach English to business executives), so I always have time to read on the bus and the metro and at home....
C. Visiting Buddhist web sites-maybe 4 or 5 hours a week...

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Re: A Question for Theravadin Members

Postby Monkey Mind » Mon Mar 07, 2011 4:32 pm

A) Theravadin meditation ..Vipassana, Samatha, Kasina, Brahma Viharas etc.
10-14 hours per week. Between 1-2 hours/ day spent with Vipassana, 5-15 minutes/ day in metta meditation, 10 minutes a day chanting Vandana, including Brahmavihara. I attend a lot of mandatory meetings that have absolutely no value for me, those are bonus vipassana times... :tongue:

B ) Sutta Study (including commentaries )
1 hour per week. I listen to podcasts about suttas, I don't actually read suttas without a guide...

C ) visiting Buddhist websites.
Difficult to answer, I have 3 sites always running in the background while I am at work, but I try to spend less than 1 hour a day actively doing something on websites.
"As I am, so are others;
as others are, so am I."
Having thus identified self and others,
harm no one nor have them harmed.

Sutta Nipāta 3.710

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Re: A Question for Theravadin Members

Postby Annapurna » Mon Mar 07, 2011 4:46 pm

http://www.schmuckzauberei.blogspot.com/

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Re: A Question for Theravadin Members

Postby Fede » Mon Mar 07, 2011 7:22 pm

'Fora' is a term used only for a live collection of people, such as a Roman Forum. addition of the 'e' is incorrect. The plural of an internet 'forum', is forums.

If we're being critical. ;)
"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment." Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

I am sooooo happy - How on earth could I be otherwise?! :D


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