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"Living in the Present Moment"

General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
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Re: "Living in the Present Moment"

Postby Moth » Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:39 am

I've always found that advice to be misleading. Don't dwelling in distant past or future, sure. However, what is a moment? A minute? A second? A millisecond? How many times can we divide time before it ceases to mean anything? It seems impossible to live in the moment, considering that our experience is generally recognized after it has occurred.
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Re: "Living in the Present Moment"

Postby MattJ » Tue Apr 17, 2012 12:53 pm

I'm tempted to ask: how can one NOT live in the present moment? Even thoughts of the past and future occur in the present moment.

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Re: "Living in the Present Moment"

Postby Cafael Dust » Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:11 pm

On an internet forum, would it be when one's heart is in the present question, not in the future reply?
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Re: "Living in the Present Moment"

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:43 pm

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

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Re: "Living in the Present Moment"

Postby Cafael Dust » Wed Apr 18, 2012 12:02 am

You are right. Mindfulness beats soundbites.
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Re: "Living in the Present Moment"

Postby daverupa » Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:03 am

It is helpful to recognize that what people naturally describe as occurring 'now' comprises a subjectively-broad saddle-back curve of time, rather than a point-instant or an objectively quantifiable & universally applicable span of (micro-)seconds. Trying to parse a specific measurement is missing the forest for the trees.

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Re: "Living in the Present Moment"

Postby Sarva » Wed Apr 18, 2012 12:04 pm

“Both formerly & now, it is only stress that I describe, and the cessation of stress.” — SN 22:86

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Re: "Living in the Present Moment"

Postby polarbear101 » Tue Apr 24, 2012 1:33 pm

the idea that we aren't living in the present moment is just another delusion to be caste away. But I know what you mean, keeping thought from speculating about timeframes that it isn't existing in. actually now that i think about it this topic is addressed by ludwig wittgenstein in my signature
"I don't envision a single thing that, when developed & cultivated, leads to such great benefit as the mind. The mind, when developed & cultivated, leads to great benefit."

"I don't envision a single thing that, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about such suffering & stress as the mind. The mind, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about suffering & stress."

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Re: "Living in the Present Moment"

Postby Ron-The-Elder » Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:33 pm

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: "Living in the Present Moment"

Postby paarsurrey » Sat Apr 28, 2012 11:18 pm

I think while living in this world one should do acts and deeds that lead one to slavation or nirvana; that is living in the present moment really and truthfully otherwise one would be lead astray from the right or middle path.
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