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by JiWe
Mon Apr 04, 2016 11:44 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Tibetan Buddhism speaking of Theravada
Replies: 29
Views: 2550

Re: Tibetan "Buddhism" speaking of Theravada

MN 115 Bahudhātuka Sutta 12. “But, venerable sir, in what way can a bhikkhu be called skilled in what is possible and what is impossible?” [...] 15. “He understands: ‘It is impossible, it cannot happen that a woman could be an Accomplished One, a Fully Enlightened One — there is no such possibility...
by JiWe
Fri Apr 01, 2016 1:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A fake Buddha quote I rather like
Replies: 23
Views: 2054

Re: A fake Buddha quote I rather like

Well, opinions are like arseholes. Everybody has one.
-Harry Callahan
by JiWe
Sat Mar 26, 2016 2:32 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Samma-Samadhi and Jhana
Replies: 64
Views: 2205

Re: Patanjali and the Jhanas

Sure but the question remains, are for example the factors of the Jhanas described by Patanjali? Well, there are teachings like this, some 700-800 years after Buddha, in the Samadhi pada of Yoga Sutras (tr. from "Yoga Philosophy of Patanjali" by Hariharananda Aranya): vitarkavicārānandāsmitārūpānug...
by JiWe
Wed Mar 23, 2016 7:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Patanjali and the Jhanas
Replies: 51
Views: 2788

Re: Patanjali and the Jhanas

Some old stories tell that Alara Kalama and Uddaka Ramaputta were samkhya teachers, and as I understand it, also Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are based on samkhya, but the collection is dated hundreds of years after the time of Kalama/Ramaputta and Buddha. Long time for "cross-pollination" between the a...
by JiWe
Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:55 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Controlling vs Anatta
Replies: 46
Views: 3377

Re: Controlling vs Anatta

I once surveyed different relaxation methods and there was something called "Autogenic Training". It's exercise of breathing is described like this: Breathing is partially intentional and partially an autonomous activity. In AT the muscular, vascular, and heart relaxation become immediately integrat...
by JiWe
Sun Mar 20, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: What's the purpose of vipasana?
Replies: 11
Views: 1525

Re: What's the purpose of vipasana?

Hi folks, :anjali: In vipasana, we are asked to observe bodily sensations, but to what end? I keep observing them, both during and after meditation, but nothing seems to happen. Is something supposed to happen, like insight? Or some specific experience? I feel aimless, just sitting and observing se...
by JiWe
Sun Mar 20, 2016 10:11 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Patanjali and the Jhanas
Replies: 51
Views: 2788

Re: Patanjali and the Jhanas

There's some related speculation in these two 20 page articles: Cousins, 1992, Vitakka/vitarka and vicāra - Stages of samādhi in Buddhism and Yoga http://www.academia.edu/1417363/Vitakka_vitarka_and_vic%C4%81ra" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Maas, 2009, The So-called Yoga of Suppress...
by JiWe
Sun Mar 06, 2016 9:15 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Buddhist study??
Replies: 9
Views: 950

Re: Buddhist study??

Reading some academic survey might also be useful. Something like Gethin's "The Foundations of Buddhism".
by JiWe
Sun Mar 06, 2016 9:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Devas and modern science
Replies: 47
Views: 3768

Re: Devas and modern science

It would have been more beautiful without the "Iron Age" label. JMHO
by JiWe
Fri Mar 04, 2016 7:38 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Devas and modern science
Replies: 47
Views: 3768

Re: Devas and modern science

But sometimes it can be a valid perception, repeatedly experienced by people with clear states of mind. Same as: [...] My intended meaning was that buddhism/buddhists might consider these perceptions as being sometimes non-valid and sometimes valid. Confused thoughts expressed in a foreign language...
by JiWe
Fri Mar 04, 2016 2:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Devas and modern science
Replies: 47
Views: 3768

Re: Devas and modern science

There are so many accounts of people experiencing something like "devas" that I assume that both modern science and buddhists agree on "perception of devas" being a real phenomena. Science might say that it isn't a valid perception, in a sense that you for example perceive the keyboard you are writi...
by JiWe
Thu Mar 03, 2016 12:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: facial tension too unbearable
Replies: 23
Views: 3441

Re: facial tension too unbearable

Progressive Muscle Relaxation could be of some help. Progressive Muscle Relaxation teaches you how to relax your muscles through a twostep process. First, you systematically tense particular muscle groups in your body, such as your neck and shoulders. Next, you release the tension and notice how you...
by JiWe
Wed Mar 02, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Early Buddhism resources
Replies: 163
Views: 60164

Re: Early Buddhism resources

I came across this, perhaps it's useful? Linguistic Ambiguities, the Transmissional Process, and the Earliest Recoverable Language of Buddhism by Bryan Geoffrey Levman PhD thesis 2014 https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/bitstream/1807/68342/1/Levman_Bryan_G_201406_PhD_thesis.pdf" onclick="window.open...
by JiWe
Mon Feb 29, 2016 11:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do you consider theravadin Buddhism complete
Replies: 40
Views: 2651

Re: Do you consider theravadin Buddhism complete

Would anyone say that the distinction between an arahant and anything higher than it, was developed later, after the time of the Buddha, and that the distinction is irrelevant or that arahantship is actually the highest distinction originally proposed? Notice how one of the epithets of "The Buddha"...
by JiWe
Mon Feb 29, 2016 10:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do you consider theravadin Buddhism complete
Replies: 40
Views: 2651

Re: Do you consider theravadin Buddhism complete

I did not realise people who aspire to become Buddha risk even the lowest attainment of Sotapanna. Does this mean none of Mahayana Buddhist attain even Sotapanna state? Does Mahayana teach four stages of sainthood? It seems that these paths are "either-or". Ārya Nāgārjuna’s Bodhisaṃbhāra: 025 The g...
by JiWe
Mon Feb 29, 2016 6:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do you consider theravadin Buddhism complete
Replies: 40
Views: 2651

Re: Do you consider theravadin Buddhism complete

I would like to hear more about this. I have 2 questions: 1) For what reason would one want to become an arahant, without the intention for becoming a Buddha? 2) How does the theravadin school teach on the goal for becoming a Buddha, equal to what Gautama attained, for those who want that? Here are...
by JiWe
Thu Feb 11, 2016 11:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What can a layperson do? How far can a layperson go?
Replies: 43
Views: 4714

Re: What can a layperson do? How far can a layperson go?

I mean, can I be a full 'grown at home' Buddhist , and can I say to other people that I'm Buddhist even with that in account? Here's what two well-known venerables have written: If one desires to become a Buddhist, there is no initiation ceremony (or baptism) which one has to undergo. (But to becom...
by JiWe
Fri Dec 18, 2015 6:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha had a specific way of defining "All"..what was it?
Replies: 44
Views: 2230

Re: Buddha had a specific way of defining "All"..what was it?

Olivelle's Upanisad translation, p.15: Brhadaranyaka Upanisad 1.4.9-10: 9 Now, the question is raised: 'Since people think that they will become the Whole by knowing brahman , what did brahman know that enabled it to become the Whole?' 10 In the beginning this world was only brahman , and it knew on...
by JiWe
Thu Dec 17, 2015 9:14 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Cultural mindset of early Buddhists
Replies: 8
Views: 1183

Re: Cultural mindset of early Buddhists

A couple of free old books, these versions are quite well scanned, and the djvu files available in "SHOW ALL" are perhaps clearer than the pdf ones: The Cambridge History of India, Vol. I, Ancient India (1922) https://archive.org/details/cambridgehistory01rapsuoft" onclick="window.open(this.href);re...
by JiWe
Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Conversing with a hunter
Replies: 40
Views: 2407

Re: Conversing with a hunter

'You know something Anthony, theres nothing quite like a good days hunting, you simply can not beat the feeling when you are out on the moors, the fog is low, there isn't a sound anywhere other than the wind, and its just you, your dog, your gun and the birds. When she (the dog) scarpers into the h...