Piyadasi

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  1. It seems like a waste to even reply, but if you think "2 trillion dollars a year" is an amount of money that would be "not worth" genuine spiritual teachings, then I feel sorry for you because you have never encountered and been able to recognize anything genuine within this path. If it was 200 quadrillion it would still not equal the value of these things as far as I'm concerned.
  2. I'm gonna share a little anecdotal story of what happened to me recently. It's nothing more than anecdotal keep in mind. Basically I've been noticing for a while(a few months now) that I've developed a little bit of a belly. Nothing serious, I'm not fat, average weight I think, I used to be somewhat underweight actually. That boy was just getting a little thick, little chubby down there. My appetite went up seriously as I was getting more and more into Neigong. So I decided, I will cut out dinners from now on, that should adjust things back to normal a little. My belly disappeared in just 3 days of cutting out only dinner. A week-ish at most. I wasn't even very strict about it, only other thing I did was dial down my use of butter and olive oil. It is now at a normal/somewhat over 'thin' level, I guess. Keep in mind that I train fairly seriously (4-5hrs daily) Neigong proper mostly. Now I don't actually know what it is/was. Maybe I practiced a bit incorrectly to develop a bit of a big belly, or maybe it's the pelvic tilt/tightness in sacrum(which I have also been more seriously looking at this week), maybe it's something completely unrelated or just my own perception playing tricks. (In fact I'd love to get some feedback from @freeform whether this seems possible) Other than as an advertisement for !!my new $5000 dollar guaranteed 3-day weight-loss program!!, 100% money back guaranteed, maybe serious cultivators could take this as a possible word of warning, proceed with caution when combining fasting + serious energy work!
  3. I don't want to really derail this thread anymore, but this is getting into a rather semantic debate. The various early schools already debated this ad nauseam. You might be familiar with the debates between the Vibhajyavadins, Sarvastivadins, Dharmaguptakas and the Mahasamghikas (and others), who all had different ideas about exactly how omnipotent/omniscient/transcendent or not the Buddha was. Debates such as, is the Buddha fully omniscient in every second, holding the knowledge of the entire universe in his mind or does he have to make an effort to access omniscient knowledge is not much interest to me. It is a little ridiculous to conjecture about a mind like that... This is why I said practically omniscient and omnipotent, within the laws of reality. Which, if we go by the texts, he was undeniably held to be. I have no further interest in this debate, this thread is about something else.
  4. So are we all You quoted the texts, so I thought you might be interested to see your position was not actually supported by them.
  5. The Buddha was held to be omnipotent in the same way, as I believe, @freeform was using the word omnipotent for the Enlightened being he met. Ie. being capable of everything that one can be capable of within the laws of reality. Having all powers and higher capacities and so on. The Buddha was held to have had all the powers that a being of any sort could ever have, there were no limitations on his power other than the laws of reality(not the laws that we understand necessarily). Frankly I think some of the later Mahayana sutras imagine his powers to be a little ridiculous (being able to put entire universes into each pore of his body is one such example...), the earlier texts give a little more sensible description, even if it's still astounding and more or less fits the description of omnipotent to all intents and purposes, but who am I to say. " Having been one he becomes many; having been many he becomes one. He appears. He vanishes. He goes unimpeded through walls, ramparts, & mountains as if through space. He dives in and out of the earth as if it were water. He walks on water without sinking as if it were dry land. Sitting crosslegged he flies through the air like a winged bird. With his hand he touches & strokes even the sun & moon, so mighty & powerful. He exercises influence with his body even as far as the Brahma worlds. " ...and many more are listed as well. But if I misunderstand his meaning I'd be eager to learn more.
  6. But an Arahant is not omniscient or omnipotent, according to classical texts, at least. Only a Buddha is fully omniscient/omnipotent. But at the same time, according to the texts, an Arahant is free from the cycle of rebirth. But according to some later texts, an Arahant will have to practice for the completion to Buddhahood, even if he's not really taking 'birth' at that point... But others disagree with that. You could also equate Celestial Immortality with Non-return-ship, for example... I find this quite confusing... I guess it's only appropriate with the hardest thing imaginable any existence could ever hope to accomplish. Are there perhaps different levels of omniscience? That doesn't really make sense to me.
  7. What is Fear?

    I see, thank you. Very interesting question to me. So this tendency would carry on into the next life then I assume? Even if you don't act out of line with virtue, would there be a danger that you might in the next life? That's why completing certain processes in the life you started them in is important? Am I understanding this point right? Is there a way of working that still gets to the highest goals but doesn't contain these dangers? If yes, are these the older styles of practicing that are not really 'tantric' in nature? Though it seems even without direct energy work, just from concentration the danger also does arise.. so maybe not.
  8. What is Fear?

    This is pretty interesting and strange. Could you expand on this a little more? Is it like... more Qi = more potential for the acquired mind/defilements to get out of control? Or is there more/something else? I have heard it from Buddhist teachers that those who develop concentration to a high degree but later neglect virtue face a great danger. Is this a similar idea? Wouldn't this be an erroneous way to practice then? I have also heard Damo say, I'm pretty sure, you can't go really deep into Alchemy without virtue/strong moral compass. But he also said that this can break down I think... Maybe I misunderstood though.
  9. Yellow Emperor's advice for Winter

    I feel absolutely messed up after anything longer than that. Not sure what it is, or why but I feel groggy and out of balance. If you hit the time right and maybe even don't fall fully asleep it can be really useful sometimes.
  10. Spirituality and your World

    These distinctions are explained in the Dana Sutta (https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/AN/AN7_49.html ) as follows, listing subtler and subtler motivations (I'll shorten it a bit for reading): “Having given this gift seeking his own profit—with a mind attached (to the reward), seeking to store up for himself... he reappears in the company of the Four Great Kings. Then, having exhausted that action, that power, that status, that sovereignty, he is a returner, coming back to this world. “Then there is the case of a person who gives a gift not seeking his own profit, not with a mind attached (to the reward), not seeking to store up for himself, nor (with the thought), ‘I’ll enjoy this after death.’ Instead, he gives a gift with the thought, ‘Giving is good.’ He gives his gift ...he reappears in the company of the Devas of the Thirty-three. ...he is a returner... ...he gives a gift with the thought, ‘This was given in the past, done in the past, by my father & grandfather. It would not be right for me to let this old family custom be discontinued’… on the break-up of the body, after death, he reappears in the company of the Devas of the Hours. ... he is a returner... …he gives a gift with the thought, ‘I am well-off. These are not well-off. It would not be right for me, being well-off, not to give a gift to those who are not well-off’ …he reappears in the company of the Contented Devas. ...he is a returner... …he gives a gift with the thought, ‘Just as there were the great sacrifices of the sages of the past—Aṭṭhaka, Vāmaka, Vāmadeva, Vessāmitta, Yamadaggi, Aṇgīrasa, Bhāradvāja, Vāseṭṭha, Kassapa, & Bhagu—in the same way will this be my distribution of gifts’…he reappears in the company of the Devas who Delight in Creation. ...he is a returner... …he gives a gift with the thought, ‘When this gift of mine is given, it makes the mind serene. Gratification & joy arise’ …he reappears in the company of the Devas Wielding power over the creations of others. ...he is a returner, coming back to this world... ...he gives a gift with the thought, ‘This is an ornament for the mind, a support for the mind.’ He gives his gift... “Having given this, not seeking his own profit, not with a mind attached (to the reward), not seeking to store up for himself, nor (with the thought), ‘I’ll enjoy this after death,’ —nor with the thought, ‘Giving is good,’ —nor with the thought, ‘This was given in the past, done in the past, by my father & grandfather. It would not be right for me to let this old family custom be discontinued,’ —nor with the thought, ‘I am well-off. These are not well-off. It would not be right for me, being well-off, not to give a gift to those who are not well-off,’ —nor with the thought, ‘Just as there were the great sacrifices of the sages of the past—Aṭṭhaka, Vāmaka, Vāmadeva, Vessāmitta, Yamadaggi, Aṇgīrasa, Bhāradvāja, Vāseṭṭha, Kassapa, & Bhagu—in the same way this will be my distribution of gifts,’ —nor with the thought, ‘When this gift of mine is given, it makes the mind serene. Gratification & joy arise,’ —but with the thought, ‘This is an ornament for the mind, a support for the mind’—on the break-up of the body, after death, he reappears in the company of Brahmā’s Retinue. Then, having exhausted that action, that power, that status, that sovereignty, he is a non-returner. He does not come back to this world. - It seems to me all kinds of motivations are good, but the subtler and more selfless we can become the more it will align with spiritual attainment.
  11. It also reminds me of a saying in Theravada, I can't remember whether it's in the Canon or just something the Thai Ajahns say. "If laypeople come to learn from you, teach them just enough that they go away." But everyone is an "Ajahn" nowadays after a few books and dharma talks...
  12. @freeform Thank you for sharing this amazing story with your teacher!
  13. @dwai So according to you, you have already realized this nature and have been freed from the cycle of rebirth. If I understand correctly, you've said this in past threads. Apparently there is nothing left to be done for you correct? Why not just end your life then? (Not saying you should, definitely not!) Genuine question, if there is no more clinging, craving and ignorance, are you at this point motivated by absolute pure compassion? Can you honestly say that you only act solely for the benefit of others with no concern for yourself, as there is nothing to be concerned about? Can you honestly say that you are an immeasurable field of merit for the world as they classically say of an Arahant or Ariya? Past accounts of Arahants I've read about, they usually do one of these things after they are truly freed from rebirth: They either relinquish their life and die a short while after (there is an account of one Arahant self-immolating through his meditation on the fire element for example); they go into a permanent completely secluded retreat and maybe just live their life out in Jhana or go into stasis and wait for the next Buddha or maybe teach non-human beings, frankly I'm not sure; or more commonly they spend the whole remainder of their lives as teachers for the benefit of others. Do you fall into the last category then? Or am I just wrong according to you?
  14. I don't think you are correct dwai, but I don't know the truth Hopefully we will both see it eventually!