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by pyluyten
Fri May 19, 2017 8:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 117
Views: 5511

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

Any number of foods, drinks, etc. have "psycho-kinetic" properties. Various "views" brand this or that substance with positive or negative value, and social fads and norms especially encourage, propagate this or that view or belief. Arguably an aspect of realizing dhamma is to s...
by pyluyten
Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Every session goes like this.....
Replies: 14
Views: 424

Re: Every session goes like this.....

Each session seems to be taken up by considering the respective virtues of each Buddhist path/practice. practicing something like "just observe, just note, let go" might lead to being not focus at all. even some "pure vipassana" partisans would advise to focus first. eg goenka c...
by pyluyten
Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What century is there in France ?
Replies: 45
Views: 1079

Re: What century is there in France ?

Hi, since i'm not on political studies or whatever, i cannot tell much, but be sure there are not 20% of french people who read karl marx. Instead, high scores from non conventional political parties do express something else ; these are common not only in France but other countries in Europe ; &...
by pyluyten
Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Someone practicing Dhyana only ?
Replies: 6
Views: 329

Someone practicing Dhyana only ?

Hi, most of my question is in the topic, still to clarify - it is not a question about defining what jhana are - it is not a question about whether one did attain step 1 or step 2 or step one hundred and sixty... ;) So, question is really : is there people here who practice what is now known as &quo...
by pyluyten
Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Contemplation of the Body Isnt it Wonderful:)
Replies: 13
Views: 434

Re: Contemplation of the Body Isnt it Wonderful:)

Imo, the reason it doesn't resonate with modern Western / Westernized people [...] There is no such thing as Western people, nor Westernized people who would share common things. it's like saying "asian people think like this" and mixing japanese people (all ages, all type of works, all t...
by pyluyten
Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Empty mind
Replies: 5
Views: 196

Re: Empty mind

by empty, do you mean "no more verbs, no more words" or something different? approximately, how long can you "maintain" emptiness? rather seconds, minutes, half an hour? most would probably advise you to inspect the "feeling bored" ; few would advise to intensify. i hav...
by pyluyten
Wed Mar 08, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Point of focus for anapanasati
Replies: 13
Views: 415

Re: Point of focus for anapanasati

IBy the way, anyone experience slight to strong pulsations on the skin areas, can be online face, on the arms, on the neck, back or shoulders due to meditation? What is that? That's the sensation of the flow of blood. (disclaimer : do not believe what i write) at some point, i'd say it's the sensat...
by pyluyten
Wed Mar 08, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: In support of The Buddha having actually taught most of the Pali Canon
Replies: 12
Views: 502

Re: In support of The Buddha having actually taught most of the Pali Canon

I think the final proof that Buddha taught the Pali Canon is to practice his teaching and realise it oneself. cannot agree more, thanks good posting. otoh to be fair, some people find the way difficult, then it's probably where they start wondering if such & such text is really a right one to f...
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: 6
Views: 562

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: 1699

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: 1699

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: 444

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: 597

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: 1404

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: 692

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: 1404

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: 597

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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