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by pyluyten
Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Is there Nimitta outside of Theravada?
Replies: 6
Views: 166

Re: Is there Nimitta outside of Theravada?

Thanks all for your comments links, appreciated! i now have some material to loot at yoga approach. (I was once told samatha came to buddhism from Yoga but facts seem to show the opposite). About the Zen, yes maybe asking a "Sensei" would make sense. From books i found rather generic instr...
by pyluyten
Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:24 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Samatha and Anatta
Replies: 45
Views: 574

Re: Samatha and Anatta

Ok, then show me one single sutta about achieving stream entry through another method than hearing a discourse. One single one.


Buddha's themselves do.
by pyluyten
Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Questions about cultivation of Samatha Jhana
Replies: 4
Views: 394

Re: Questions about cultivation of Samatha Jhana

Hi R1111, I've not seen a lot of detailed information on kasinas, and I don't know anyone who has tried the traditional Theravada kasina approach. I only tried "colours disk" because vishudimagga says its works nicely. Breathe is recommended but is subtle & depends on you (your state ...
by pyluyten
Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Samatha and Anatta
Replies: 45
Views: 574

Re: Samatha and Anatta

I don't think it does. You get an understanding of Anatta and emptiness from insight meditation. And a more intellectual understanding by studying Dhamma. Samatha just supports insight meditation. So I it indirectly helps. this is the right answer if we are to follow traditional Theravada. Some rec...
by pyluyten
Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Is there Nimitta outside of Theravada?
Replies: 6
Views: 166

Is there Nimitta outside of Theravada?

Nimitta is sometimes discussed here, it is a common and somewhat important concept is Samatha.

Is there "Nimitta" or similar concept in other branch of Buddhism, eg Chan/Zen ? (after all, Zen means Dhyana).
Is there Nimitta in Yoga? or in other practices?

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