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by pyluyten
Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Critique of U Ba Khin/Goenka tradition by Christopher Titmuss
Replies: 4
Views: 204

Re: Critique of U Ba Khin/Goenka tradition by Christopher Titmuss

Chrsitopher Titmuss recently wrote an article about the fault lines and limitations of the Goenka tradition. I would like to hear your opinions on this. First, thanks for sharing! imo this is interesting material. I thought the limitations to be very well described, but i will not discuss article p...
by pyluyten
Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Original teachings of the Buddha
Replies: 75
Views: 1136

Re: Original teachings of the Buddha

I think we can fully agree that this is a historical question [...] as Etienne Lamotte pointed out forty years ago, the doctrinal basis common to the Chinese Agamas and Pali Nikayas is remarkably uniform; such variations as exist affect only the mode of expression or the arrangement of topics…..” s...
by pyluyten
Wed Jan 25, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Original teachings of the Buddha
Replies: 75
Views: 1136

Re: Original teachings of the Buddha

I'm researching the differences/similarities between the Buddha's and Krishnamurti's teachings Thanks! 10. "Come, Kalamas. Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing; nor upon tradition; nor upon rumor; nor upon what is in a scripture; nor upon surmise; nor upon an axiom; nor up...
by pyluyten
Tue Jan 24, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Mahasi in the Zendo
Replies: 14
Views: 258

Re: Mahasi in the Zendo

As such I don't feel comfortable with Shikantaza under the umbrella of Dogens ' Practice and Enlightenment are one '. Hi, yes it is a whole thread, but would you mind precise if the discomfort is rather practice or theory ? Obviously i do not intend to cause any worry. You do not have to reply. I d...
by pyluyten
Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Is there Nimitta outside of Theravada?
Replies: 8
Views: 363

Re: Is there Nimitta outside of Theravada?

Thanks all for your comments links, appreciated! i now have some material to loot at yoga approach. (I was once told samatha came to buddhism from Yoga but facts seem to show the opposite). About the Zen, yes maybe asking a "Sensei" would make sense. From books i found rather generic instr...
by pyluyten
Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:24 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Samatha and Anatta
Replies: 47
Views: 850

Re: Samatha and Anatta

Ok, then show me one single sutta about achieving stream entry through another method than hearing a discourse. One single one.


Buddha's themselves do.
by pyluyten
Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Questions about cultivation of Samatha Jhana
Replies: 4
Views: 461

Re: Questions about cultivation of Samatha Jhana

Hi R1111, I've not seen a lot of detailed information on kasinas, and I don't know anyone who has tried the traditional Theravada kasina approach. I only tried "colours disk" because vishudimagga says its works nicely. Breathe is recommended but is subtle & depends on you (your state ...
by pyluyten
Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Samatha and Anatta
Replies: 47
Views: 850

Re: Samatha and Anatta

I don't think it does. You get an understanding of Anatta and emptiness from insight meditation. And a more intellectual understanding by studying Dhamma. Samatha just supports insight meditation. So I it indirectly helps. this is the right answer if we are to follow traditional Theravada. Some rec...
by pyluyten
Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Is there Nimitta outside of Theravada?
Replies: 8
Views: 363

Is there Nimitta outside of Theravada?

Nimitta is sometimes discussed here, it is a common and somewhat important concept is Samatha.

Is there "Nimitta" or similar concept in other branch of Buddhism, eg Chan/Zen ? (after all, Zen means Dhyana).
Is there Nimitta in Yoga? or in other practices?

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