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by Dmytro
Sat Jan 14, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Is there Nimitta outside of Theravada?
Replies: 6
Views: 166

Re: 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). President of the Pali Text Society, Rupert Gethin connects the term 'nimitta' with...
by Dmytro
Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Pali
Topic: paali relationship to other asian languages?
Replies: 5
Views: 97

Re: paali relationship to other asian languages?

Hi,

You may find some useful references in the thread: viewtopic.php?f=23&t=26244
by Dmytro
Sat Jan 07, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Pali
Topic: Pali Term: Satipaṭṭhāna
Replies: 38
Views: 3427

Re: Pali Term: Satipaṭṭhāna

Thank you for the post!

Metta
by Dmytro
Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Hypothetical: Perfect samadhi person being immoral but still living in peace
Replies: 13
Views: 225

Re: Hypothetical: Perfect samadhi person being immoral but still living in peace

Hi, Dutiya - agāravasuttaṃ - Second on unruliness Bhikkhus, that bhikkhu who is unruly, rebellious and not of the sharing nature with co-associates in the holy life should complete the lesser ethics is not a possibility. Without becoming complete in the lesser ethics, that he should complete the tra...
by Dmytro
Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Struggling to understand the distinction between Samatha and Vipassana, in practice.
Replies: 7
Views: 188

Re: Struggling to understand the distinction between Samatha and Vipassana, in practice.

Hi, I'm struggling to comprehend the distinction between concentrating on the breath, which I can do, and vipassana, or observing fabrications as they arise and pass. For example, if a fabrication (sound) leads to a series of fabrications (thought, feeling; thoughts about the though-feeling process)...
by Dmytro
Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Pali
Topic: Pali Term: Satipaṭṭhāna
Replies: 38
Views: 3427

Re: Pali Term: Satipaṭṭhāna

Hi, Obviously, Ānāpānasatisamādhi is intricately woven with satipaṭṭhana. And so is satipaṭṭhana and the sambojjhaṅge. Yes. Factors of Comprehension (bojjhanga) are developed during Satipatthana practice (including Anapanasati). See other suttas on Satipatthana practice, especially Bhikkhunupassaya:...
by Dmytro
Tue Jan 03, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Pali
Topic: Pali Term: Satipaṭṭhāna
Replies: 38
Views: 3427

Re: Pali Term: Satipaṭṭhāna

Hi, Why MN 10 is called satipaṭṭhāna, if satipaṭṭhāna does not include the "Fulfilling of the seven factors of enlightenment"? Why do you think that satipaṭṭhāna does not include the "Fulfilling of the seven factors of enlightenment"? Concentration by mindfulness of breathing, ka...
by Dmytro
Tue Jan 03, 2017 7:38 am
Forum: Pali
Topic: A. Sujato's Why Vitakka Doesn't Mean 'Thinking' in Jhana
Replies: 51
Views: 775

Re: A. Sujato's Why Vitakka Doesn't Mean 'Thinking' in Jhana

Hi, On the contrary, proper vitakka and vicara allow to remove hindrances. This is the super-secret highly advanced method described by the Buddha. Please quote. Thanks. Dvadhavitakka (MN 19) and similar suttas have already been quoted here. One removes kama-vitakka/sankappa, byapada-vitakka/sankapp...
by Dmytro
Tue Jan 03, 2017 7:29 am
Forum: Pali
Topic: A. Sujato's Why Vitakka Doesn't Mean 'Thinking' in Jhana
Replies: 51
Views: 775

Re: A. Sujato's Why Vitakka Doesn't Mean 'Thinking' in Jhana

Hi CecilN,

Australian Brahmic Buddhism and Brahmavamso's approach have already been discussed in detail in the threads:
viewtopic.php?f=13&t=7521
viewtopic.php?f=13&t=7360

Regards
by Dmytro
Mon Jan 02, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Pali
Topic: A. Sujato's Why Vitakka Doesn't Mean 'Thinking' in Jhana
Replies: 51
Views: 775

Re: A. Sujato's Why Vitakka Doesn't Mean 'Thinking' in Jhana

These independent sources have deep parallels, which help to comprehend the early meaning of 'vitakka'. It is 'yogic' meditation & will not lead far. It does lead far, when well applied. Thinking of (craving for) the breath will not reach jhana or even supramundane neighbourhood concentration. S...
by Dmytro
Mon Jan 02, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Pali
Topic: A. Sujato's Why Vitakka Doesn't Mean 'Thinking' in Jhana
Replies: 51
Views: 775

Re: A. Sujato's Why Vitakka Doesn't Mean 'Thinking' in Jhana

And now with Yogasutra: vitarka-vicharanandasmitanugamat sanprajnatah Cognitive contemplation is accompanied by reasoning, deliberation, bliss and the awareness of pure being (asmita). (17) ... tatra shabdartha-jnana-vikalpaih sankirna savitarka Whenever the construction of words and meanings is con...
by Dmytro
Mon Jan 02, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: Pali
Topic: A. Sujato's Why Vitakka Doesn't Mean 'Thinking' in Jhana
Replies: 51
Views: 775

Re: A. Sujato's Why Vitakka Doesn't Mean 'Thinking' in Jhana

Now let's compare these early descriptions with independent sources, first, from Jaina tradition: Commentary on Tattvarth Sutra of Vacaka Umasvati The Types : Like the other types of dhyana sukla dhyana too is divided into four subtypes. The four are designated as follows : (1) Prthaktvavitarka‑savi...
by Dmytro
Mon Jan 02, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Pali
Topic: A. Sujato's Why Vitakka Doesn't Mean 'Thinking' in Jhana
Replies: 51
Views: 775

Re: A. Sujato's Why Vitakka Doesn't Mean 'Thinking' in Jhana

Geoff Shatz writes: With directed thought and evaluation (savitakkaṃ savicāraṃ) In the thought-world of the Pāḷi discourses, directed thought (vitakka) is closely related to resolve (saṅkappa). MN 78 Samaṇamuṇḍika Sutta tells us that unskillful resolves cease in the first jhāna and that skillful res...
by Dmytro
Mon Jan 02, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Pali
Topic: A. Sujato's Why Vitakka Doesn't Mean 'Thinking' in Jhana
Replies: 51
Views: 775

Re: A. Sujato's Why Vitakka Doesn't Mean 'Thinking' in Jhana

Hi, "What types or manner of thinking (vitakka) do you expect or believe occur in the 1st jhana?" Acarn Lee Dhammadharo puts it beautifully: To think of the breath is termed vitakka, directed thought. ... 1. The first jhana has five factors. (a) Directed thought (vitakka): Think of the bre...
by Dmytro
Sat Dec 31, 2016 9:15 pm
Forum: Pali
Topic: Pali Term: Satipaṭṭhāna
Replies: 38
Views: 3427

Re: Pali Term: Satipaṭṭhāna

This attitude results in ineffective & 'yogic' practise. This is only a beginner's level of practice. It will not lead far. Hmmm... Seems like all this has to be explained in a form which would be easy to apply in practice. Otherwise people, not being able to apply it properly, can't comprehend...
by Dmytro
Sat Dec 31, 2016 9:02 pm
Forum: Pali
Topic: Pali Term: Satipaṭṭhāna
Replies: 38
Views: 3427

Re: Pali Term: Satipaṭṭhāna

ToVincent wrote:
Dmytro wrote:"earliest and hence"

Does that necessarily makes it more reliable!?!


Yes.
by Dmytro
Sat Dec 31, 2016 4:42 pm
Forum: Pali
Topic: Pali Term: Satipaṭṭhāna
Replies: 38
Views: 3427

Re: Pali Term: Satipaṭṭhāna

Hi, As for "parimukhaṃ", - the earliest and hence most reliable explanation of this term can be found in Vibhanga, - as the area at the tip of the nose (nāsikagge) or at the lip of the mouth (mukhanimitte): "Parimukha.m sati.m upa.t.thapetvaa"ti tattha katamaa sati? Yaa sati anus...
by Dmytro
Sat Dec 31, 2016 1:27 pm
Forum: Pali
Topic: Pali Term: Satipaṭṭhāna
Replies: 38
Views: 3427

Re: Pali Term: Satipaṭṭhāna

If this is so then "establishment" may be the better translation. But this does not clarify the Buddha's intent of how mindfulness or remembering is to be used. Yes, clarification of Buddha's intent requires many more sources. However more graceful the latter might sound, the accent is on...
by Dmytro
Sat Dec 31, 2016 1:10 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Mount Meru/"Sumeru"
Replies: 3
Views: 132

Re: Mount Meru/"Sumeru"

Coëmgenu wrote:Does Mount Meru and/or Mount Meru [provisional?] cosmology feature prominently in any areas of the Pali Canon and/or Theraváda Buddhism at large?


Yes. See: http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=5689

Unfortunately, it is now downplayed due to the onslaught of scientism.

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