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by zan
Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Book, teacher or teaching on Insight Meditation that does not present momentariness
Replies: 18
Views: 318

Re: Book, teacher or teaching on Insight Meditation that does not present momentariness

retrofuturist wrote:
Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:49 am
Greetings Zan,

This conversation reminded me of a previous conversation entitled, Vipassanā: What Is Dissolution, Really?.

I suspect you will find the points of view and arguments expressed in that topic relevant to your present enquiry.

Metta,
Paul. :)
Thank you.
by zan
Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Book, teacher or teaching on Insight Meditation that does not present momentariness
Replies: 18
Views: 318

Re: Book, teacher or teaching on Insight Meditation that does not present momentariness

...... Essentially I am looking for a book, teacher or teachings that explain Insight Meditation in a way that uses only, and strictly, normal perception common to the majority of humans and down to earth, every day explanations, not higher perception explanations and not high level quantum mechani...
by zan
Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Book, teacher or teaching on Insight Meditation that does not present momentariness
Replies: 18
Views: 318

Re: Book, teacher or teaching on Insight Meditation that does not present momentariness

It’s impermanence you are talking about, and as well as lacking a structured understanding of basic categories i.e. the conceptual aspect, there’s one important fact overlooked in your lopsided examples (which all relate to mind) and that is that impermanence is much easier to perceive in body than...
by zan
Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Daily life, silent mind or not?
Replies: 5
Views: 145

Daily life, silent mind or not?

I practice jhana in the vein of, but not identical to the commentary tradition. So there are ideally zero thoughts when I meditate (ideally being the key word here, I'm not a meditation master). That being said, what of daily life? I drive for a living, should I also be trying to have zero thoughts ...
by zan
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Book, teacher or teaching on Insight Meditation that does not present momentariness
Replies: 18
Views: 318

Re: Book, teacher or teaching on Insight Meditation that does not present momentariness

Greetings, I recommend the Satipatthana Sutta. :meditate: Metta, Paul. :) Good advice thank you. I am fine with working through it but there are some different ways to interpret it. I personally like noting but cannot get passed the momentary teachings that generally surround the noting practice. I...
by zan
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Book, teacher or teaching on Insight Meditation that does not present momentariness
Replies: 18
Views: 318

Re: Book, teacher or teaching on Insight Meditation that does not present momentariness

...rapidly disappearing and reappearing thousands of times per second. Hi Zan I have never noticed this kind of teaching in the suttas. For example, the suttas makes statements such as: There are, Ānanda, these five aggregates as objects of clinging, wherein a bhikkhu should dwell contemplating ari...
by zan
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Book, teacher or teaching on Insight Meditation that does not present momentariness
Replies: 18
Views: 318

Book, teacher or teaching on Insight Meditation that does not present momentariness

Please note: I understand and fully agree that it is likely my own ignorance that makes me want to search for a simpler teaching. I believe that the teachings of the elders and contemporary teachers should be treasured and studied. However, I simply cannot grasp them and have decided to try to find...
by zan
Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Do the Nikayas of the Pali Sutta Pitaka present a solipsistic worldview?
Replies: 8
Views: 247

Re: Do the Nikayas of the Pali Sutta Pitaka present a solipsistic worldview?

Thank you all. For what it's worth, me being a beginner means that I have only been training for 15 years and have only read most of the Sutta Pitaka, Visuddhimagga, Manual of Abhidhamma, and scores of other books. I say I am a beginner because I have not achieved any stages of enlightenment and I f...
by zan
Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Do the Nikayas of the Pali Sutta Pitaka present a solipsistic worldview?
Replies: 8
Views: 247

Do the Nikayas of the Pali Sutta Pitaka present a solipsistic worldview?

Please note that this post is asking only about the Nikayas of the Pali Canon Sutta Pitaka (Digha, Majjhima, Samyutta, Anguttara and Khuddaka) and no other texts or schools of Buddhism whatsoever. As always, please realize that my posts come from my own confusion and should only be read in the ligh...
by zan
Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: God in the suttas?
Replies: 11
Views: 515

Re: God in the suttas?

See the Majjhima Nikaya 1 : Mulapariyaya Sutta. As I understand it, in this Sutta the Buddha states that to presume that there is a "source" from which all things arise is to make an unfounded assumption not based on direct experience. What can be experienced is the end of dukkha, or Nibbana--but e...
by zan
Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: God in the suttas?
Replies: 11
Views: 515

Re: God in the suttas?

The Buddha also said that such a view was incompatible with the holy life and striving for liberation: "Having approached the brahmans & contemplatives who hold that... whatever a person experiences... is all caused by a supreme being's act of creation,' I said to them: 'Is it true that you hold th...
by zan
Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: God in the suttas?
Replies: 11
Views: 515

Re: God in the suttas?

See the Majjhima Nikaya 1 : Mulapariyaya Sutta. As I understand it, in this Sutta the Buddha states that to presume that there is a "source" from which all things arise is to make an unfounded assumption not based on direct experience. What can be experienced is the end of dukkha, or Nibbana--but e...
by zan
Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: God in the suttas?
Replies: 11
Views: 515

Re: God in the suttas?

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/nyanaponika/godidea.html Thank you. I am sure that is a wonderful article. I enjoy Nyanaponika Theras works very much, but I was looking for direct Sutta, Abhidhamma or commentary quotes immediately relevant to the topic (as opposed to artcles, paraphrasin...
by zan
Sat Jul 22, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: God in the suttas?
Replies: 11
Views: 515

God in the suttas?

Please provide Sutta/Abhidhamma/commentary quotes as answers. This question is not requesting opinions or paraphrases as answers. Only Sutta/Abhidhamma/commentary quotes can answer this question as the question is assuming the Suttas/Abhidhamma/commentary as authoritative above all else. Obviously t...
by zan
Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Could someone please help me out here? This sutta has thrown me into confusion.
Replies: 28
Views: 1517

Re: Could someone please help me out here? This sutta has thrown me into confusion.

Hi zan, Quote: "... However in this sutta it is listed as constructing and conditioning all of the other aggregates and itself as well, so all aggregates are listed separately and singly and then volitional formations contains all aggregates at once...." Volitional formations, in the present, const...
by zan
Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Other than distinction between everything and Nibbana, is Nikaya Buddhism monistic?
Replies: 14
Views: 619

Re: Other than distinction between everything and Nibbana, is Nikaya Buddhism monistic?

I think maybe I understand where I got confused. I was thinking the aggregates denoted a single being at a time. Then I learned that they are much broader categories that include everything. This lead to me thinking that all things are generated by one set of aggregates or one being which is TECHNIC...
by zan
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Other than distinction between everything and Nibbana, is Nikaya Buddhism monistic?
Replies: 14
Views: 619

Re: Other than distinction between everything and Nibbana, is Nikaya Buddhism monistic?

The Buddha rejects monism in various suttas, like the Alagaddūpama Sutta MN 22 and in the SN 12.48 Lokayatika Sutta. So clearly he's not saying that all the aggregates are part of one big aggregate pudding. The Great Pudding would be considered eternalism, which is an extreme and hence not the midd...
by zan
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:30 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The orthodox explanation of matter and the suttas.
Replies: 0
Views: 231

The orthodox explanation of matter and the suttas.

Is the following correct?: The suttas say that all form (matter, rupa) is considered the aggregate of form. Likewise for the other aggregates. -SN 22.48 They also say that form (and since form includes all form, then presumably all form) is generated by the aggregate of volitional formations. Likewi...