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September 9, 2022 at 2:12 pm #40243
I recently found an appropriate way to put these three together and explain them. I got a hint in this post. The coextensive concept in logic is quite versatile. I reconstructed the information given by Pure Dhamma’s explanation based on my experience.
So, in this new method of approach, the most important concept here is time. The teaching of Pure Dhamma can be compressed into how to spend time. Ānāpānasati is to stop having bad times and have a good time.
To do so, one has to learn the following three things. (i) What a good/bad time is, (ii) how to stop having a bad time, (iii) and how to have a good time. I chose this word because it doesn’t mean indulging in the “good time” in Korean. I did it because I wanted to explain what I understood with as easy words as possible, but I don’t mind changing it to a more appropriate term.
(i) is understanding the structure of the world such as the law of kamma, tilakkhana, etc. by learning dhamma.
(ii) is contemplating how to avoid the “bad time” by considering the possible bad consequences of one’s actions.
(iii) is also contemplating how to join in “good time” by dana, sila, and bhavana.
All of these three things cultivate panna(vipassana). If one practices what one has learned, one is doing satipaṭṭhāna. Therefore, a good time comes to him/her and a bad time fails to come.
I wanted people could intuitively grasp what bhavana is in a short explanation. I’d like to know whether these explanations are correct.
September 9, 2022 at 2:57 pm #40245
To get some background information.
1. Do you understand/believe in kamma and kamma vipaka?
2. Do you believe in rebirth?
September 9, 2022 at 3:30 pm #40246
Of course I do! I do believe in kamma and kamma vipaka, and rebirth process. I was just thinking of a way of explaining that gradually expands from the most basic and plain sentence. But I understand why you’re asking the questions.
Even though I can’t prove my honesty to you, I know if I realize that I’m giving an explanation that doesn’t match Dhamma, I’ll immediately give it up. Because I know it can be a sangha bheda, and it is highly strong papa kamma.
I only wrote above post for other people(especially my family). I want to teach them as easy as possible. Because my family is non-buddhist. So I felt the need to be able to explain the concept to people who didn’t know Buddhism at all.
I tried to explain it by leaving only the basic framework of the concepts and then continuously adding more information to them. So, many other details are missing from the above article. I know that. But I will supplement it soon.(only if I can use those concept)
September 9, 2022 at 3:55 pm #40247
OK. I understand now.
You wrote in the first post:
“To do so, one has to learn the following three things. (i) What a good/bad time is, (ii) how to stop having a bad time, (iii) and how to have a good time. I chose this word because it doesn’t mean indulging in the “good time” in Korean. I did it because I wanted to explain what I understood with as easy words as possible, but I don’t mind changing it to a more appropriate term.”
What if we revise it as:
“To do so, one has to learn the following three things. (i) What peace of mind is, (ii) how to stop a distressing mindset, (iii) and how to maintain a peaceful state of mind.”
Is that consistent with what you have in mind?
September 10, 2022 at 11:33 am #40278
I am making an image using PowerPoint for a better explanation of my approach. It is going to take some time. And I’m also waiting for you to explain Aranavavibhangga Sutta further. I’d appreciate it if you could write it when you have time.
September 10, 2022 at 3:03 pm #40293
I did not say I was going to explain Aranavavibhangga Sutta further.
– What specifically needs further explanation? I have given enough clues to figure things out.
September 11, 2022 at 4:42 am #40300
I read what you wrote again, and I think I misread your sentence. I’m sorry.
Instead, while I read the sutta, I found a part that needs more explanation. So I would like to ask you a question, is it okay?
September 11, 2022 at 5:52 am #40301
Of course. If something is not clear, please feel free to ask.
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