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by JohnK
Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nutriment for no-one.
Replies: 8
Views: 124

Re: Nutriment for no-one.

vinasp wrote:...There may be a regarder which is not a permanent unchanging regarder...
I think that regarding refers to something outside the aggregates...

Interesting; not the way I ordinarily understand; but I don't claim to fully understand; I'll keep an eye on the thread.
by JohnK
Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nutriment for no-one.
Replies: 8
Views: 124

Re: Nutriment for no-one.

...I think that you have pointed out a real problem. Who or what is the one that regards feeling as self? Who or what is being instructed to not regard feeling as self? I usually don't get involved in these types of discussion, but... I'm not sure what you mean by this being a "real problem&qu...
by JohnK
Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Second Jhana is the taste of first Nibbanic experience?
Replies: 16
Views: 142

Re: Second Jhana is the taste of first Nibbanic experience?

SarathW, Personally, I like the sound of your post. My practice (and what I have been taught) has never been jhana-oriented (evidence: I am way more likely to read and post in the vipassana forum than the samatha forum). Typically, my meditation has a "deliberate" quality to it, suggesting...
by JohnK
Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Sound Meditation
Replies: 3
Views: 98

Re: Sound Meditation

sierrareef, I see that was your first post -- Welcome, I hope DW is helpful for you. Continuing just a bit on "if you are inclined to sound," some folks make the soundscape a primary object of mindfulness. So, you notice sounds as they arise, stay for a moment and pass; you might notice in...
by JohnK
Mon Feb 20, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Sound Meditation
Replies: 3
Views: 98

Re: Sound Meditation

Good Cop: Whatever helps to settle your mind enough to allow mindfulness is fine. Bad cop: You have aversion to boredom so you suffer (struggle mightily) -- excellent, you are already knowing the first 2 noble truths. Be mindful of the boredom itself. What are the actual elements of experience that ...
by JohnK
Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The meaning of "aggregates subject to clinging are suffering"
Replies: 35
Views: 685

Re: The meaning of "aggregates subject to clinging are suffering"

Vincent, thank you for making the effort to help me understand. Hi JohnK, This is a difficult topic and any alternative interpretation to the 'mainstream' should be regarded as tentative. One problem is what it means when aggregates are said to be 'subject to clinging.' The term 'upadana' is a diffi...
by JohnK
Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The meaning of "aggregates subject to clinging are suffering"
Replies: 35
Views: 685

Re: The meaning of "aggregates subject to clinging are suffering"

vinasp, thank you for your answers and JohnK for your quote. So, can you be totally free from suffering in this life? My understanding (from exposure to teachings, not from personal experience!): Yes, that is the goal, that is liberation, that is Nibbana -- which does not mean that unpleasant vedan...
by JohnK
Wed Feb 15, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sotapannas safe from lower realm rebirths?
Replies: 3
Views: 97

Re: Sotapannas safe from lower realm rebirths?

Interesting. Just a couple of days ago I read in the "guide" comments in the Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma that this is due to the fact that a stream enterer, having overcome the three lower fetters, is incapable of behaving in ways that would result in lower rebirth. (So, it is still...
by JohnK
Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The meaning of "aggregates subject to clinging are suffering"
Replies: 35
Views: 685

Re: The meaning of "aggregates subject to clinging are suffering"

Hello, Vincent. ...the present aggregates are the object of past clinging. Based on my current, tentative understanding, I would have worded this: the present aggregates are the result of past clinging. Are you suggesting something a bit different that I should try to understand? (I'm not conversant...
by JohnK
Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The meaning of "aggregates subject to clinging are suffering"
Replies: 35
Views: 685

Re: The meaning of "aggregates subject to clinging are suffering"

This is from Bodhi's Intro to Chap. IX of In The Buddhas's Words pasted from Wisdom Pub website (in case it is helpful to anyone). IX,4(1) The Five Aggregates. The five aggregates (pañcakkhandha) are the main categories the Nikāyas use to analyze human experience. The five are: (1) form (rūpa), the ...
by JohnK
Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The meaning of "aggregates subject to clinging are suffering"
Replies: 35
Views: 685

Re: The meaning of "aggregates subject to clinging are suffering"

Why didn't the Buddha just say: aggregates are suffering? As no one has replied yet, I'll offer this brief response. In reply to the short question: Because they are not suffering unless clung to as I, me, mine. When I first was exposed to the common translation you quoted in the subject line, I wa...
by JohnK
Mon Feb 13, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Need advice on low energy dull mind
Replies: 11
Views: 275

Re: Need advice on low energy dull mind

Thank you all kalyana mittas for excellent advice. Is it possible to elaborate on following please, which specific meditation for each of points below? which practical skillful deeds that fulfill below? Good on BV for mentioning SN 47.10. I'll add SN 46.53: "... "Now, on any occasion when...
by JohnK
Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Visuddhimagga Summary?
Replies: 15
Views: 390

Re: Visuddhimagga Summary?

Thanks, all.
I have done some printing, ordering, and reading (began last Chapter of CMA).
Mighty fine resource, this DW.
:anjali:
by JohnK
Thu Feb 09, 2017 1:26 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Visuddhimagga Summary?
Replies: 15
Views: 390

Re: Visuddhimagga Summary?

There was a graphic sheet that PaAuk Sayadaw used in teaching, looking like a 7-level Burmese temple structure, which summarized the 7-stages of "purification", with (English) script information embedded in the graphic s/w outlining the details. That kind of representation has the strengt...
by JohnK
Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Visuddhimagga Summary?
Replies: 15
Views: 390

Re: Visuddhimagga Summary?

Thank you. Very convenient that it is in the CMA.
(But now I can't pretend to be studying Dhamma by shopping for and tracking the shipment of another book!)
:anjali:
by JohnK
Wed Feb 08, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Visuddhimagga Summary?
Replies: 15
Views: 390

Visuddhimagga Summary?

Question: Is there a respected summary in English of the Visuddhimagga? -- something like the "Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma" being such for the Abhidhamma Pitaka. (I know the Vism. is much shorter than the Abhidhamma Pitaka, but for now a couple of hundred pages is preferable to even...
by JohnK
Mon Feb 06, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Which jhanas are nessecary to attain Nibbana?
Replies: 8
Views: 246

Re: Which jhanas are nessecary to attain Nibbana?

purple1 wrote:Which jhanas are nessecary to attain Nibbana? Is the first jhana enough or all jhanas are nessecary? What did the Buddha said about it? Thank you for the answers.

Maybe this thread will help.
http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=13910
by JohnK
Mon Feb 06, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Awareness and Self
Replies: 14
Views: 670

Re: Awareness and Self

...My apparent volition being totally determined by past kamma... The teachings on kamma allow for volition that is not merely "apparent" -- others will likely provide the canonical references (as you said, it is the "self" that is merely apparent -- and it feels especially appa...
by JohnK
Sat Feb 04, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: In orthodox Theravada is there such a thing as physical/material?
Replies: 16
Views: 281

Re: In orthodox Theravada is there such a thing as physical/material?

What Paul said is what I was just reading in the Introduction section of A Comperhensive Manual of Abhidhamma (Bhikkhu Bodhi, general editor) -- those are the four irreducible, "ultimate realities -- one being material phenomena (rupa). I think that's orthodox; the Abidhamma Pitaka being a part...
by JohnK
Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Two Wheels
Replies: 56
Views: 584

Re: The Two Wheels

retrofuturist wrote: gratuitous zeal

Nice turn of phrase! :anjali:

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