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by R1111
Mon May 29, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Whose Buddhism is the "truest"?
Replies: 15
Views: 161

Re: Whose Buddhism is the "truest"?

While the Mahayana sutras may not be word-for-word the historical discourses of the Buddha, the basic concepts go back to the historical Buddha. The Pali suttas are not the word-for-word discourses of the historical Buddha either, especially since the Buddha didn't speak Pali. Why do you keep tryin...
by R1111
Mon May 29, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordination with Ajahn Brahm at BSWA, Perth
Replies: 25
Views: 500

Re: Ordination with Ajahn Brahm at BSWA, Perth

I may be wrong, but I really get the impression that his talks tend to target Asians who are primarily buddhists by heritage and enjoy having some spiritual figure to 'look up to'. I think this is common to TFT in general, big focus on the teachers and the teachings of the teachers rather than scri...
by R1111
Mon May 29, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Samatha & Vipassanā
Replies: 25
Views: 721

Re: Samatha & Vipassanā

"When this concentration is thus developed, thus well-developed by you, you should train yourself: 'I will remain focused on feelings in & of themselves... the mind in & of itself... mental qualities in & of themselves — ardent, alert, & mindful — putting aside greed & dist...
by R1111
Sat May 27, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: are mosquito nets "cheating"?
Replies: 17
Views: 271

are mosquito nets "cheating"?

I saw many monks sit in the nets, what is the point of meditating in the forest if one cant handle the forest? Might as well just stay indoors imo. Did the ancient monks use nets? what do you think? I think it is kind of silly and is an attempt to have a pleasant experience.
by R1111
Thu May 25, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Some thoughts on anapanasati practice
Replies: 11
Views: 223

Re: Some thoughts on anapanasati practice

Thak you, I am familiar with the references you state. I just can't even imagine the connection between this kind of practice and the results it supposedly brings about! You should not be skeptical to the words of Tathagata and i would prefer not to explain this because i might say something wrong ...
by R1111
Thu May 25, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Some thoughts on anapanasati practice
Replies: 11
Views: 223

Re: Some thoughts on anapanasati practice

Just develop Sati and the results will come, as a factor of Enlightenment Sati will be the foundation for the other factors. This sounds like a strange idea to me. The Blessed One said this: "This is the direct path for the purification of beings , for the overcoming of sorrow & lamentatio...
by R1111
Thu May 25, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Buddho Mantra
Replies: 17
Views: 1648

Re: Buddho Mantra

Not in my experience. Noting applied consistently to one aspect of experience develops concentration. Try it and you will see. And of course the practice is mindfulness of breathing , not mindfulness of counting, or "Buddho" or whatever. The reference to the use of the mental noting as Ma...
by R1111
Thu May 25, 2017 7:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Some thoughts on anapanasati practice
Replies: 11
Views: 223

Re: Some thoughts on anapanasati practice

a way to put this into regular practice, in terms of actionable items. That is not the practice tho, this is also a result of the practice. Just develop Sati and the results will come, as a factor of Enlightenment Sati will be the foundation for the other factors. Formal Satipatthana meditation cul...
by R1111
Thu May 25, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Selfhood in religions and the best religion -- for davidbrainerd
Replies: 51
Views: 851

Re: Selfhood in religions and the best religion -- for davidbrainerd

Something has to exist to be doing the thinking. This is your own belief tho, based on conviction and this takes the discussion out of realm reason and logic. You can not prove this by reasoning or empirically, that is impossible, merely postulating something does not make it true. Buddhism offers ...
by R1111
Wed May 24, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordination with Ajahn Brahm at BSWA, Perth
Replies: 25
Views: 500

Re: Ordination with Ajahn Brahm at BSWA, Perth

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by R1111
Wed May 24, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Selfhood in religions and the best religion -- for davidbrainerd
Replies: 51
Views: 851

Re: Selfhood in religions and the best religion -- for davidbrainerd

The mere statement "I think; therefore I am" refutes Buddhism, because its true It is not true tho. It only proves that there is an experience of thinking. The proper logical conclusion is "I think; therefore there is thinking" and this is empirical reality. The "I" in...
by R1111
Wed May 24, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Resistance/tightness in practicing loving kindness
Replies: 21
Views: 258

Re: Resistance/tightness in practicing loving kindness

Other suggestions for equanimity development? Equanimity is of several kinds, the one that you should aim for does not require specific training as it will come natural with cultivation of Wisdom/Discernment which is trained by Satipatthana meditation. I have no experience with Goenka method or the...
by R1111
Wed May 24, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The 3 marks of what, exactly?
Replies: 109
Views: 1949

Re: The 3 marks of what, exactly?

As i understand it: Nibbana is the cessation of the Aggregates and so is Parinibbana, the difference is in the extinction of the life force and faculties. Aggregates are called subject to clinging because they are what is being appropriated. Nibbana with residue is Cessation of Aggregates yet the li...
by R1111
Wed May 24, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Some thoughts on anapanasati practice
Replies: 11
Views: 223

Re: Some thoughts on anapanasati practice

How does one measure these things? To put it simply one should notice becoming more content, fewness of wishes one should be getting on the good path and have an easier time staying on the good path, avoiding getting on the bad path and getting off the wrong path more quickly. Another thing would b...
by R1111
Wed May 24, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Some thoughts on anapanasati practice
Replies: 11
Views: 223

Re: Some thoughts on anapanasati practice

Recently i experimented with Anapanasati, i noted the long/short in and out breaths at the nostrils while trying to be aware of the body as in the saw similie for "base" and tried to Recollect/Establish Sati at Satipatthanas rapidly. I did not body scan. However i went back to training Mah...
by R1111
Tue May 23, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Buddho Mantra
Replies: 17
Views: 1648

Re: Buddho Mantra

Buddho is not a magical word, it`s just a trick that we use to prevent the mind from thinking about this or that. :thumbsup: Yes, and there are many "aids" to keep attention on the breath, including various counting methods. I've tried using "Budd-ho" but it doesn't do much for ...
by R1111
Tue May 23, 2017 5:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why can we just let go?
Replies: 12
Views: 275

Re: Why can we just let go?

"Even though this wish may occur to a monk who dwells without devoting himself to development — 'O that my mind might be released from effluents through lack of clinging!' — still his mind is not released from the effluents through lack of clinging. Why is that? From lack of developing, it sho...
by R1111
Mon May 22, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 110
Views: 1469

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana Buddhism

To become a Fully Self-enlightened Buddha as per Mahayana Model
by R1111
Mon May 22, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 110
Views: 1469

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana Buddhism

Thanks i understand it i think, so the point is to be a good Putthujhana, get a good rebirth and keep at it for many lifetimes without falling to states of woe or is purgatory not a hindrance?
by R1111
Mon May 22, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 110
Views: 1469

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana Buddhism

How does a person know that he is close to attaining Nibbana and "avoid it" ? People practise for decades without attaining it, how is it not a rediculous idea to think that one could come close and "avoid" Arising of the Path, it is not like there is some countdown to arising of...

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