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by Samvega
Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:59 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Bedbugs and the 1st precept
Replies: 29
Views: 6019

Re: Bed Bugs

First: Remember that samsara is messy. You do what you have to do to minimize your samsaric footprint, but in the end your have responsibilities to yourself and your family. Ernest Becker says: *Existence, for all organismic life, is a constant struggle to feed -- a struggle to incorporate whatever...
by Samvega
Thu Mar 15, 2012 12:30 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Satipatthana: The direct path to realization
Replies: 97
Views: 22383

Re: Satipatthana: The direct path to realization

There is a short passage in the chapter where Analayo mentions and seemingly dismisses these issues. I left it out because it wasn't all that informative and because I knew it would likely stir the pot that it seems has already been stirred. Analayo's next chapter is also exclusively on the topic of...
by Samvega
Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:05 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: MN 130 Devaduta Sutta: The Deva Messengers
Replies: 17
Views: 2339

Re: MN 130 Devaduta Sutta: The Deva Messengers

This is one of those sutta's that I would love a historical comparative analysis of. I wonder if it has a corresponding Sutta in a Chinese Agama or other early Buddhist canon. I recall once a story of a near death experience from a woman who died and was resusitated. Most NDE's a pleasant, but this ...
by Samvega
Wed Mar 14, 2012 8:37 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Satipatthana: The direct path to realization
Replies: 97
Views: 22383

Re: Satipatthana: The direct path to realization

3.4 Sati Imagery The meaning and significance of sati can further be teased out of the discourses through a survey of the various imagery used in similies to describe it: The simile of the cowheard relaxing and watching over his cows from a distance. Connotes a calm and detached quality to sati. Th...
by Samvega
Sat Jan 21, 2012 7:57 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: The 5th Precept
Replies: 8
Views: 1486

The 5th Precept

Here's an old post of mine that I dug up from a now defunct message board. What does everyone think? This morning when I opened up my copy of Majjhima Nikaya, I turned it open randomly as I normally do and landed on the Saleyakka Sutta . This is one of those suttas where the Buddha presents an exhau...
by Samvega
Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: anyone use the chair?
Replies: 22
Views: 2114

Re: anyone use the chair?

I use a meditation bench or a chair. I've had great meditations in both. I've tried many times to adjust to sitting crosslegged on the floor but have never had any success. I'm a big fan of my bench, which was given to me by a gentlemen on retreat who had bought it for himself but was too large for ...
by Samvega
Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:33 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Satipatthana: The direct path to realization
Replies: 97
Views: 22383

Chapter 3:Sati (Part One)

Before starting, I'd just like to note the the person posting as Sam Vega is not me. Chapter 3: Sati Part One 3.1 The Early Buddhist Approach to Knowledge Ancient India recognized three sources of knowledge: oral tradition, logical reasoning, and direct intuition (gained through meditation). The Bud...
by Samvega
Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:10 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Satipatthana: The direct path to realization
Replies: 97
Views: 22383

Re: Satipatthana: The direct path to realization

Okay, I'm back. I'm truly sorry about the lapsed time. I have been a little overwhelmed this year at work. I'm going to to try for about 1 chapter every 2 weeks. I'd also like to see if there are any volunteers to pick up and lead with some chapters. Chapter 2: The "Definition" Part of the Satipatth...
by Samvega
Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:23 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Satipatthana: The direct path to realization
Replies: 97
Views: 22383

Re: Satipatthana: The direct path to realization

I wanted to let you guys know that I haven't forgotten about the book, I've just been busy this week. I'm a teacher and it's the end of a grading quarter which means lots of work for me! I'll get the next chapter up in a couple of days.

Till then, feel free to start without me. :)
by Samvega
Tue Oct 18, 2011 12:13 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Satipatthana: The direct path to realization
Replies: 97
Views: 22383

Re: Satipatthana: The direct path to realization

Chapter One: General Aspects o fthe DIrect Path 1.1 Some thoughts on the originality of the Satipatthana sutta: Analayo makes the point that "expositions on satipatthana are also preserved in the Chinese and Sanskrit, with intriguing occasional variations from the Pali presentations" (p.15). Lookin...
by Samvega
Tue Oct 04, 2011 12:54 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Satipatthana: The direct path to realization
Replies: 97
Views: 22383

Re: Satipatthana: The direct path to realization

Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization By: Bhante Analayo http://wanderingdhamma.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/17023.jpg Join us as we read Bhante Analayo's seminal book on early Buddhist meditation. We will read one chapter per week and hold a discussion to help each other gain insight. When: ...
by Samvega
Sat Oct 01, 2011 1:01 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Suggestions, Comments and Feedback for the Study Group
Replies: 70
Views: 23142

Re: Suggestions, Comments and Feedback for the Study Group

Hello all, I've currently begun reading Analayo's seminal work Satipatthana: The direct path to realization I realized quickly after having so many 'ah ha!' moments that I needed somebody that I could discuss it with. I haven't been able to generate much interest locally for a book study group, but ...
by Samvega
Wed Dec 30, 2009 5:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Buddhist Ontology of Christian Claims Using the Pali Canon
Replies: 27
Views: 3097

Re: A Buddhist Ontology of Christian Claims Using the Pali Canon

Yes, my friend is not a native English speaker, and translates the suttas himself, so there are mistakes sometimes. I love his take on Christianity though, and that's why I shared it. He's know to remark to his Christian friends that he DOES believe in God, and the God himself (Brahma) is a Buddhist...
by Samvega
Wed Dec 30, 2009 4:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Buddhist Ontology of Christian Claims Using the Pali Canon
Replies: 27
Views: 3097

A Buddhist Ontology of Christian Claims Using the Pali Canon

A friend of mine, and a true scholar of the Pali Canon, has put together an essay of excepts from the Pali Canon which poses an explanation of the fundamental Christian claims from a Buddhist ontology. It's very interesting stuff. He claims that the ontology outlined in the Pali Canon can in fact ex...