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by pyluyten
Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 484
Views: 74446

Re: The Great Jhana Debate

[...] But I did make an important point that Ajahn Brahm bases his understanding of jhānas on the Suttas, and while they might not be as deep as say how Buddhaghosa/Visuddhimagga describes jhānas, they are definitely much deeper (no external perceptions) than those who would consider "jhāna-lite" a...
by pyluyten
Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Pleasant and Unpleasant
Replies: 43
Views: 521

Re: Pleasant and Unpleasant

Not necessarily, feeling tone is more on an animal instinct level. So feeling tone is something like a disposition you already have. Someone who loves apples has a pleasant disposition towards apples. When he comes into contact with the apple he experiences a pleasant feeling tone and the mind then...
by pyluyten
Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Pleasant and Unpleasant
Replies: 43
Views: 521

Re: Pleasant and Unpleasant

Feelings do exist, otherwise why would you discuss these? This whole forum is about dukkha.

Or you are free to consider there is an illusion that only quiets during dhyana.
by pyluyten
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Jhana and Vipassana Practice
Replies: 2
Views: 82

Re: Jhana and Vipassana Practice

Hi, you will face completely different point of views. So, i will stick to suttas. In the suttas, you cannot find a description of Vipassana as a distinct practice. it is only mention of doing Jhana, or doing Anapanasati or other contemplations. Vipassana (and Samatha) are consequences of the practi...
by pyluyten
Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the difference between Jhana and Samadhi?
Replies: 12
Views: 342

Re: What is the difference between Jhana and Samadhi?

You are probably pointing to a pretty interesting question, where we lack of knowledge to answer properly. Obviously we can take suttas or comments for granted ; and say the are 32 categories of samadhi & 93 types of jhanas. But we could as well 1) ask ourselves, *why* are 2 terms used. "Jhana" is a...
by pyluyten
Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Is insight practiced in or out of jhana?
Replies: 25
Views: 435

Re: Is insight practiced in or out of jhana?

As a matter of fact, even the definition of jhana is debatable. Not for those who practice it. Disagreements arise only over the explanations from books. there is no clear bell telling you, "hey dude!, hre we are, this is jhana 3!". Some people will think they have reached, but no. Some people migh...
by pyluyten
Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Monks Average Meditation Routine
Replies: 20
Views: 770

Re: Monks Average Meditation Routine

i know in some theravada temple in england, they wake up at 6. something like half on hour later, a first *sitting* session, & i think it was for 1.30h . Obviously practice is supposed not to last after sitting but this is different. then the temple is cleaned a bit (yep almost every day). there was...
by pyluyten
Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Why secular Buddhism is Not True"
Replies: 105
Views: 2041

Re: "Why secular Buddhism is Not True"

The core problem to this is that the Buddha: Accepted the reality of rebirth based on his own meditative experience Placed this reality at the core of his teaching. Well, for secularist, it is not because "Buddha" said this that this it is "true". Even if we skip the question of authenticity this d...
by pyluyten
Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: How is the word "immaterial" used in Buddha's teaching?
Replies: 6
Views: 329

Re: How is the word "immaterial" used in Buddha's teaching?

Dhammanando wrote: But this isn't correct. The term 'arūpajjhāna' dates back to the Dhammasaṅgaṇī of the Abhidhamma Piṭaka.
ah thanks for clarification :bow:
by pyluyten
Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: How is the word "immaterial" used in Buddha's teaching?
Replies: 6
Views: 329

Re: How is the word "immaterial" used in Buddha's teaching?

I have read "arupa jhana" is not a sutta word, but a commentary word. Arupa is. But instead of jhana we would find eg "ayatana" in suttas. Do you have information, point of view, link regarding this statement? ah sorry i have disturbed for nothing. I found Ajhan Brahm, in his book about Dhyana, wri...
by pyluyten
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: How is the word "immaterial" used in Buddha's teaching?
Replies: 6
Views: 329

Re: How is the word "immaterial" used in Buddha's teaching?

"Beyond the four jhanas lie four higher attainments in the scale of concentration, referred to in the suttas as the "peaceful immaterial liberations transcending material form" (santa vimokkha atikammarupe aruppa, M.i,33). ...They receive the designation "immaterial" or " formless" (arupa) because ...
by pyluyten
Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Skipping Jhanas
Replies: 14
Views: 377

Re: Skipping Jhanas

It's really best not to analyze these things. Ajahn Suchart and Mahasi Sayadaw said that concerning yourselves with these things is useless. +1 - it is very difficult to describe a subjective state of consciousness - is is very difficult to judge one own state of consciousness - when we think we ta...
by pyluyten
Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation and Mindfulness
Replies: 28
Views: 668

Re: Meditation and Mindfulness

Jhana factors may emerge during mindfulness. I believe this can be find in the Suttas, eg in Anapansati sutta. No matter, there is no doubt being mindful during day will create similar factors than meditation. I think there is even one sutta which says, one which has attained very deep states, is al...
by pyluyten
Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Sukaha (third Jhana) is more refine than Pithy (second Jhana)?
Replies: 20
Views: 423

Re: Why Sukaha (third Jhana) is more refine than Pithy (second Jhana)?

Piti is joyful interest when concentration successfully focusses on the object: …Píti, however, is not a feeling or a sensation, and hence does not belong to the feeling-group (vedaná-kkhandha), but may be described psychologically as 'joyful interest'. As such it may be associated with wholesome a...
by pyluyten
Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Did you know Lord Buddha was born in Sri Lanka?
Replies: 33
Views: 717

Re: Did you know Lord Buddha was born in Sri Lanka?

A large collection of ancient Pali manuscripts are only found in Sri Lanka - nowhere else.
there were autodafe in India. Sri Lanka was preserved because, well, its an island.
by pyluyten
Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Skipping Jhanas
Replies: 14
Views: 377

Re: Skipping Jhanas

Can one go directly to fourth jhana, skipping the first three? i have no opinion, but below is an excerpt from an interview of Christina Feldman. Richard Shankman : Sometimes people are taught to skip jhanas as part of gaining mastery. For example to go directly from the first jhana to the third.* ...
by pyluyten
Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Someone practicing Dhyana only ?
Replies: 18
Views: 916

Re: Someone practicing Dhyana only ?

If that were so then the Buddha's first two teachers who mastered and instructed him in the highest immaterial jhanas would have realized nibbana. :namaste: Of course, there is some controversy over whether Alara Kalama and Udakka Ramaputta were actually practicing 'Jhana' meditation as taught by t...
by pyluyten
Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Someone practicing Dhyana only ?
Replies: 18
Views: 916

Re: Someone practicing Dhyana only ?

Q: So, question is really : is there people here who practice what is now known as "Jhana" or "Samatha" and who do not practice Vipassana / whatever? A: Hindus practice that. Buddhism is based on Hinduism but the essential difference is vipassana, which was invented by the Buddha and leads to enlig...
by pyluyten
Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Someone practicing Dhyana only ?
Replies: 18
Views: 916

Re: Someone practicing Dhyana only ?

You might find Richard Shankman's The Art and Skill of Buddhist Meditation helpful. It has been mentioned several times already on these forums. IIRC Shankman says that he only ever does samatha meditation, and that this is all that is needed. There's no need for any separate, so-called "mindfulnes...
by pyluyten
Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why should practice be framed by ready-made answers?
Replies: 24
Views: 872

Re: Why should practice be framed by ready-made answers?

The three pillars of zen are: skeptical doubt to fuel inquiry, faith in the reality of awakening and the possibility of finding enlightenment yourself, and determination to follow through to the end. i don't know much about this. It would be much appreciated if you can provide interesting material ...