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by aflatun
Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Internal / External - significance and meaning
Replies: 67
Views: 953

Re: Internal / External - significance and meaning

Circle5 wrote:
Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:19 pm
Yes, no need to be shocked. This is why I keep saying the new findings in quantum physics have destroyed both materialism and solipsim and agree with buddhism.
Shocked is an understatement, I may have pissed myself actually. If you believe what you wrote there is hope for us yet...
by aflatun
Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Internal / External - significance and meaning
Replies: 67
Views: 953

Re: Internal / External - significance and meaning

Not exactly. If there is no possibility for an observer to "hit that reality" that reality literally doesn't exist . The wave function is not collapsed. The chair doesn't exist at all. There is no "reality" or "object" to be hit in the first place. :shock: :o :shock: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :...
by aflatun
Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Internal / External - significance and meaning
Replies: 67
Views: 953

Re: Internal / External - significance and meaning

I hope that everyone that has spent more than a year on this forum, has understood that vi-ññāṇa (nidāna) means the "realizing" of the synergies (saṃ) in saṅkhāra nidāna. Buddhism 101, I suppose. I read through your provided link and I still don't follow. I am genuinely interested. Can I encourage ...
by aflatun
Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Better to kill oneself than to marry a "hideous widow": Thoughts on Nanavira's suicide
Replies: 68
Views: 964

Re: Better to kill oneself than to marry a "hideous widow": Thoughts on Nanavira's suicide

Letter from 1 May 1964: As to medical treatment, my doctor has detailed accounts of my disorder. I have several times asked him if the condition can be treated, saying that I am prepared to go to Colombo if it can. But he has at no time suggested that there might be a treatment, even after consulti...
by aflatun
Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 484
Views: 74446

Re: The Great Jhana Debate

What I find myself questioning are the very terms of the debate. :thinking: It certainly is curious that the description of this key aspect of the path is described in the suttas in such a way that allows such different interpretations: “And what, bhikkhus, is right concentration? Here, bhikkhus, s...
by aflatun
Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Joke!!! 2.0
Replies: 57
Views: 1434

Re: Joke!!! 2.0

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:
Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:34 am
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by aflatun
Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 484
Views: 74446

Re: Monks Average Meditation Routine

Well, again, speaking as a non-expert, the "deep jhana" teachers say that it is impossible to do insight in jhana, and that those that interpret, for example, MN111, as saying that have a poor understanding of Pali tenses. [Again, I'm no expert, but I will say that the same tense issue applies in s...
by aflatun
Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Better to kill oneself than to marry a "hideous widow": Thoughts on Nanavira's suicide
Replies: 68
Views: 964

Re: Better to kill oneself than to marry a "hideous widow": Thoughts on Nanavira's suicide

So what he is trying to say is that Russler claims things don't exist and are an illusion, while he claims they exist because they appear. Why the need to use such complicated postmodern jargon to say a simple idea even a child could formulate ? 1) That is not what Russell is saying. Curious you wo...
by aflatun
Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Better to kill oneself than to marry a "hideous widow": Thoughts on Nanavira's suicide
Replies: 68
Views: 964

Re: Better to kill oneself than to marry a "hideous widow": Thoughts on Nanavira's suicide

I've been meaning to consult one of my infectious disease/microbiology colleagues on the issue of amebiasis and relevant pharmacotherapies used at that time, but haven't gotten around to it. According to wiki metronidazole became common in France in the 60s, so I'm guessing it wasn't that (its a ma...
by aflatun
Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Better to kill oneself than to marry a "hideous widow": Thoughts on Nanavira's suicide
Replies: 68
Views: 964

Re: Better to kill oneself than to marry a "hideous widow": Thoughts on Nanavira's suicide

On p. 303 [Russell] tells us 'I do not, it is true, regard things as the object of inquiry, since I hold them to be a metaphysical delusion.' A metaphysical delusion? Nonsense! Things are given in immediate experience, and as soon as we enter upon reflexion we are directly aware that 'There are thi...
by aflatun
Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:43 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 484
Views: 74446

Re: Monks Average Meditation Routine

You seem to have missed my observation that a number of EBT enthusiasts (Analayo, Sujato, Brahm, etc) have a definition of jhana, derived from the suttas, that is similar in depth to the VM definition (not being able to hear when in jhana, and so on). I'm not nit picking you Mike, just sharing my c...
by aflatun
Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Better to kill oneself than to marry a "hideous widow": Thoughts on Nanavira's suicide
Replies: 68
Views: 964

Re: Better to kill oneself than to marry a "hideous widow": Thoughts on Nanavira's suicide

Because he didn't take care of his body, amoebic problems, it developed into a serious distraction. Not taking care of one's body is not a requirement for getting amebic problems, medically speaking. EDIT: Sorry I misread your post. As SDC noted he did try to take care of the amebic problems and wh...
by aflatun
Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Better to kill oneself than to marry a "hideous widow": Thoughts on Nanavira's suicide
Replies: 68
Views: 964

Re: Better to kill oneself than to marry a "hideous widow": Thoughts on Nanavira's suicide

He attempted for years to treat the illness. Several doctors prescribed him medication. I'll have to look into it further but I believe in the end it was discovered that it was cancer, not amoebiasis, which was plaguing him. We're talking late 50's early 60's Ceylon, so I'm sure such misdiagnosis w...
by aflatun
Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On U.G. Krishnamurti:The Dharma Seals Of A Non-Buddhist
Replies: 39
Views: 441

Re: On U.G. Krishnamurti:The Dharma Seals Of A Non-Buddhist

This is an excellent video of UG being interviewed in San Francisco in the mid or late 80's. Maybe one can get a better 'feel' of what he was like in a simple one on one conversation rather than some of the more 'dramatic' videos of him showing him rejecting the rediculous comments and attitudes of...
by aflatun
Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On U.G. Krishnamurti:The Dharma Seals Of A Non-Buddhist
Replies: 39
Views: 441

Re: On U.G. Krishnamurti:The Dharma Seals Of A Non-Buddhist

it would be interesting to.hear more about U.G.... Not sure what you would like to know. Is there something in particular? Loaded question, but can you give a summary of his teachings based on your experience with him? I've watched some videos and while I find some things he says interesting, and h...
by aflatun
Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:19 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Chan Buddhism
Replies: 30
Views: 474

Re: Chan Buddhism

Thanks aflatun. Sheng Yen is actually who I have been reading. I have a copy of Silent Illumination sitting next to me. It is the book that sparked my interest in Chan. It is an excellent book. Very simple but very profound. I have another book of his that has been very helpful called Dharma Drum. ...
by aflatun
Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?
Replies: 141
Views: 2250

Re: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?

In trying to follow your interpretation this verse came to my mind: When in contact with pleasure or pain in village or wilderness, don't take it as yours or as others'. Contacts make contact dependent on a sense of acquisition. Where there's no sense of acquisition, contacts would make contact wit...
by aflatun
Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?
Replies: 141
Views: 2250

Re: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?

double post
by aflatun
Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:54 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Chan Buddhism
Replies: 30
Views: 474

Re: Chan Buddhism

I've been doing some reading lately on Chan Buddhism. I have always had a deep affinity for Soto Zen practice as that was the tradition I started in. I have noticed that Chan Buddhism, despite the focus on the Bodhisattva path, also emphasizes key Early Buddhist concepts like the four noble truths,...
by aflatun
Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Sound object for concentration meditation
Replies: 12
Views: 227

Re: Sound object for concentration meditation

Can I get a recommended reading list for understanding sound object as meditation? I googled but failed to find anything on it. My recent experience in using gong sound as meditation object has been very positive and would like to explore further. Thanks! You might want to google around for "the so...