FAQ Tag: sutta

Is it still possible to become an arahant when listening to a discourse, like in the time of the Buddha?

This question came up in the Online 10-day Retreat Nov 3, 2020, guided by Delson Armstrong. Day 5 was part of a daily 30-minute discussion on the suttas, the Dhamma…
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January 6, 2021 0

Are all aspects of the Sammadithi Sutta Samma dithi – Right View?

This question came up in the Online 10-day Retreat Nov 3, 2020, guided by Delson Armstrong. Day 4 was part of a daily 30 -minute discussion on the suttas, the…
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January 2, 2021 0

What’s the difference between gladness and joy?

This is a sequence that is used in many ways, but usually the Buddha would – when he explained his whole explanation of the Path – get just before the…
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December 25, 2020 0

Do psychic abilities appear when one becomes an arahant, or is the mind simply as it was before but free of the Taints?

Psychic abilities are a result of Kamma. An example of that can be found in the case of Anuruddha. In the Therāgāthā – the stories of the early arahant monks…
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December 21, 2020 0

How does Dependent Origination work

Short overview of The twelve links of Dependent Origination: Ignorance – Not understanding the Four Noble Truths Formations – verbal, mental and physical Consciousness Mentality-Materiality Six Sense Base Contact Feeling…
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December 21, 2020 0

Can you explain dhammaraga, being attached to the Dhamma?

This question came up in the Online 10-day Retreat Nov 3, 2020, guided by Delson Armstrong. Day 3 was part of a daily 30 -minute discussion on the suttas, the…
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December 20, 2020 0

Several suttas, for instance about the Buddha’s childhood experience, never mention specific objects for the first four jhanas, only jhana factors.

This question came up in the Online 10-day Retreat Nov 3, 2020, guided by Delson Armstrong. Day 3 was part of a daily 30 -minute discussion on the suttas, the…
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December 17, 2020 0

The Satipatthana sutta states to be mindful of mind objects, so we don’t need to focus tightly on phenomena?

This question came up in the Online 10-day Retreat Nov 3, 2020, guided by Delson Armstrong. Day 2 was part of a daily 30 -minute discussion on the suttas, the…
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December 14, 2020 0

What is the Sabbāsava Sutta all about in a nutshell?

This particular sutta comes back with Vigatha Parilaha. Vigatha is like grasping, taking, which I’ve been translating as tension.   At the core of the teaching, these mental distractions and…
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December 12, 2020 0

Can you explain the immovability in the fourth jhana, that you mentioned in your talk?

 It is basically the Equanimity of the Awakened ones, of the Ariya’s, that in the third jhana they speak of that; this is a pleasant abiding, steady awareness, steady presence…
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December 8, 2020 0