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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: 2657

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 (Archive)
Topic: A fake Buddha quote I rather like
Replies: 23
Views: 2193

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: 2403

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: 3077

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: 3582

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: 1590

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: 3077

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: 990

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: 3987

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: 3987

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: 3987

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: 3671

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: 65389

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: 2778

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: 2778

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...