Living (and enjoying) the present moment as opposed to seeing the gratification and danger (assada and adinava). Observations on true letting go an giving.
Coming to definite standpoints and conclusions i.e., religious, and philosophical approaches as opposed to Dhamma. Sutta studied Canki MN 95 (esp. paragraph 8+)
Different ‘roles’ of the Buddha, Mara and Sakka, what to take from those and how to consider one own’s role(s). References to MN Taming of Mara (50), Alavaka Sutta (SN).
The Buddha-Dhamma as a path of gradual understanding of oneself and removal from coarseness; also practical points on the difference of seeing ‘no self’ and functioning in the world as ‘no self’.
What is ‘Kāma’ (sensuality / objects of senses / enjoyment of sensuality), its different aspects and connection with ‘chanda’ (desire/liking/will to do) and ‘rāga’ (lust/passion/attachment).
Living with hindrances as rooted in ignorance or self-notion and the gradual path of understanding and abandoning. References from SN: Khemaka (p. 942 in the Wisdom ed.)
More practical points on the path of practice and its usual caveats. References from MN: Short discourse on the cowherd, Great discourse at Ghosinga forest, One excellent night discourse
More practical points on the path of practice and its usual caveats. References Bahiya sutta (Udana 1.10)
Question 1: Instructing young people along the Great Advice to Rahula? Summary of the path of practice and its usual caveats.
Question 2: Eye, knowledge, wisdom, understanding and light referring to Dhammacakkha pavattana sutta.
Question about three aspects of realizing/understanding (ñāṇa) the four noble truths: (ñāṇa) of1) the truth itself 2) of what is to be done 3) of the fact that ‘what had to be done has been done.’ Discussion on ‘in one’ go vs. ‘step by step’ and the way it works for the Buddha and others. Referrences to Dhammacakkha pavattana sutta, Veranja sutta (AN8.11), Patisambhda magga/The way of discrimination (chapter 12 ‘On actualities’)
Remaining information on the truth of cessation (nirodha) esp. the 3 gateways to liberation (animitta-appanihita-snnata). Explanation on the truth of the path (magga) i.e. the eightfold noble path esp. in connection with the four noble truths. Conclusion part with information of interconnectedness of these and miscellany on path knowledges.
Continuation on the first noble truth; more detailed exposition on sorrow (soka), lamentation (parideva) and despair (upayasa) as dukka - suffering. Some details on the truth of origination (samudaya) – diverse forms of craving (tanha). Beginning of explanation on the truth of cessation (nirodha).
Continuation on the first noble truth; more detailed exposition on death (marana) as suffering.
More explanations on the four noble truths; beginning of detailed exposition on the truth of suffering (dukkha): birth (jati) and aging (jara).
Explanation of terms: ‘noble’ (ariya) truth (sacca) and specifically ‘suffering’ (dukkha), ‘origination’ (samudaya), ‘cessation’ (nirodha), ‘path’ (magga) and the matrix of ‘specific characteristic’ (lakkhana), ‘taste/functionality’ (rasa), ‘estabilishing/way it is experienced’ (paccupatthana) and ‘its immediate cause/base’ (padathana).
Future perils no. 3 sutta from AN (5.79). In the third peril section Sutta mentions ‘dark dhamma’ – what is meant by that. Recommended reading: ‘Vedalla suttas’ from MN (MN 43 and 44)
Future perils suttas from AN (77-78). Dangers arising in simplifying Dhamma, mixing it up with outside elements as well as following a ‘tasty and comfy’ course as opposed to the path of right striving.
Development of the practice, starting with establishments of sati (satipatthana) along the roads to power (iddhi pada), spiritual faculties (indriya), spiritual powers (bala) culminating in the enlightenment factors (sambojjhanga), rounded of with the eightfold noble path (ariya atthangika magga); with focus on describing the differences of levels of sati and other wholesome qualities.
Buddha’s meeting and conversation with Mara about exerting strenuous effort and battling the (spiritual) fight with Mara’s ten armies.
Distinguishing ‘perversion’ of view (ditthi vipallasa.), ‘perversion’ of perception (sañña v.) and p. of mind (citta v.), with examples on their practical workings.
About sense restraint and dangers of unguarded sense door, ref. Adittapariyaya sutta (SN IV, Salayatana samyutta, sutta number 235).
Different aspects of confidence/faith (saddha) esp. in connection to the Triple Gem. Its arising and different levels and approaches. References to Ratana sutta (Sn), Mangala sutta (Sn), Godha sutta, Sarakani sutta (both SN, Maha vagga, Sarakani Chapter) and General Siha sutta (AN).
Dhammanupassna Part 8 – section on the enlightenment factors (sambojjhangapabba)
Gradual development of satipatthana practice culminating with enlightenment factors (sambojjhanga),.
Conclusion of Dhamma talks devoted to satipatthana sutta.
Dhammanupassna Part 7 – section on the six sense bases (ayatana pabba)
Sense bases (ayatana), with stress on internal (ajjhatta) – external (bahiddha) and fetters (sanyojana), as a part of satipatthana-dhammanupassana
Dhammanupassna Part 6 – section on the five aggregates (khandha pabba)
Aggregate of formations (Sankharakhandha) as a part of satipatthana-dhammanupassana
Dhammanupassna Part 5 – section on the five aggregates (khandha pabba)
Aggregate of perception (Saññakhandha) as a part of satipatthana-dhammanupassana
Dhammanupassna Part 4 – section on the five aggregates (khandha pabba)
Aggregates of form (Rupakkhandha) and feelings (Vedanakkhadha) as parts of satipatthana-dhammanupassana
Dhammanupassna 3 – section on the five hindrances (nivarana pabba) Doubt (Vichikichcha)) as parts of satipatthana-dhammanupassana
Dhammanupassna 2 – section on the five hindrances (nivarana pabba) Sloth-and-torpor (thina-middha) and restlessness-and-remorse (uddhacca-kukkuccha) as parts of satipatthana-dhammanupassana
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