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by ToVincent
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly is Ekagata. (One pointedness)?
Replies: 63
Views: 2069

Re: What exactly is Ekagata. (One pointedness)?

The above is absolutely wrong. How many times must this heresy be repeated? Ekaggata is a factor of the 1st jhana in many suttas References please. As usual, the only serious reference I can think about (that is to say suttas with parallels in the Samyutta - like it or not,) have the following extr...
by ToVincent
Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Knowing and Seeing
Replies: 16
Views: 975

Re: Knowing and Seeing

Name it "spirit", name it "mind", name it "thought" - Citta is once and before all, what searches to comprehend. Citta is what is supposed to comprehend. And citta is finally what comprehends (what "sees" with its spirit's eye, once liberated). A body formed for flight hast thou, O Charger; swift as...
by ToVincent
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?
Replies: 37
Views: 1995

Re: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?

Samadhi or Concentration (Ekagata) - though often very weak - Not according to the suttas. :focus: Unflagging persistence was aroused in me, and unmuddled mindfulness established. My body was calm & unaroused, my mind (cittaṃ) concentrated (samāhitaṃ) & single (ekaggaṃ) . Quite withdrawn from sensu...
by ToVincent
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Any recommended teachings, talks, or advice for dealing with noise?
Replies: 19
Views: 763

Re: Any recommended teachings, talks, or advice for dealing with noise?

Natural wax + cotton (mixed with a bit of alcohool). Nothing beats that. Like these: https://www.quies.com/product/wax-earplugs/ Make your own, if you can't buy those. Handle with hands perfectly clean (surgeon like). After use, clean the ears with Qtip + alcohool. Olive oil can help alleviate the d...
by ToVincent
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?
Replies: 37
Views: 1995

Re: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?

Anyone with a profound knowledge of the wrongly translated Nikayas, could come up with such meditative attainments.
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by ToVincent
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Translating a MN 140 passage
Replies: 29
Views: 1378

Re: Translating a MN 140 passage

Why is it that none of the translators included uddhaṃ/ūrdhva in "paraṃ maraṇā uddhaṃ", in their translations ? I started on a topic on this, here: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=31718 The Dhātuvibhanga-sutta and its parallels (MĀ 162, D (4094) or Q (5595),) agree that someone who has reac...
by ToVincent
Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Translating a MN 140 passage
Replies: 29
Views: 1378

Re: Translating a MN 140 passage

Why is it that none of the translators included uddhaṃ/ūrdhva in "paraṃ maraṇā uddhaṃ", in their translations ?

"The upper regions beyond death" - (beyond the salayatanani - the six fields of sensory experience).
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by ToVincent
Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Translating a MN 140 passage
Replies: 29
Views: 1378

Re: Translating a MN 140 passage

Seems like we are in for an era of dumbed down Dhamma paraphrases, made to please the reader. ...... The urge to make complex meanings more understandable is a key driving force in oversimplification of original meaning, with its replacement by arbitrary personal opinion, in so-called "Early Buddhi...
by ToVincent
Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Translating a MN 140 passage
Replies: 29
Views: 1378

Re: Translating a MN 140 passage

When experiencing a feeling limited by the body [the transient ka-ya / the field of sensory experience (ayatana), that is "not my own" (the other translation of "anicca")] ; one discerns that 'I am experiencing a feeling limited by the body (that is not my own). 'When experiencing a feeling limited...
by ToVincent
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: A. Sujato's Why Vitakka Doesn't Mean 'Thinking' in Jhana
Replies: 76
Views: 6475

Re: A. Sujato's Why Vitakka Doesn't Mean 'Thinking' in Jhana

‘Ariyo tuṇhībhāvo, ariyo tuṇhībhāvoti vuccati. '"Noble silence, noble silence," it is said. katamo nu kho ariyo tuṇhībhāvo’ti? But what is noble silence?' :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Pali tuṇhī = Sk. tūṣṇīm :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: तूष्णींभाव tūṣṇīṃbhāva - the state of b...
by ToVincent
Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anapanasati - Step 7 and 8
Replies: 32
Views: 1977

Re: Anapanasati - Step 7 and 8

Maybe some of you will be interested to have this study on parallels in SN 54.

https://justpaste.it/3ohho
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by ToVincent
Sat Sep 29, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 778
Views: 54668

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

Important conclusion: While kasina and breath meditation (which take on “neutral” worldly objects) do not lead to agitation of the mind and actually lead to calming of the mind, they will never lead to Nibbana . Thanks. Great answer! This conclusive ascertainment seems to be a bit overdone. Bhikkhu...
by ToVincent
Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anapanasati - Step 7 and 8
Replies: 32
Views: 1977

Re: Anapanasati - Step 7 and 8

These are the first eight steps of Anapanasati, corresponding to the first jhana. https://justpaste.it/1js3l This is a correct translation. As we have seen before, "sati" has two meanings: 1- from the Vedic smṛti, meaning "thinking upon" (~mindful). It can be being mindful of (thinking upon) the bre...
by ToVincent
Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anapanasati - Step 7 and 8
Replies: 32
Views: 1977

Re: Anapanasati - Step 7 and 8

And what about "sati" in the case of Ānāpānasati? Is it "sati" coming from Vedic smṛti, meaning recollection - or is it coming from सति sati = साति sāti = gaining , obtaining , acquisition (RV.) If Samādhi, as seen before = Temporary placing of (establishing) oneself in citta, before total liberatio...