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by Pseudobabble
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?
Replies: 25
Views: 352

Re: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?

Not really. It's like saying that categories are just linguistic constructs which enable verbal and written communication, and which actually have no basis in reality. The above statement sounds non-sequitur to me because degrees or levels of samadhi are unrelated to verbal communication. For examp...
by Pseudobabble
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?
Replies: 25
Views: 352

Re: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?

This is the right answer. Obviously the answer is wrong. Its like saying the ability of an eagle to see more acutely than a human being or for a dog to hear more acutely is "man-made". Its like saying psychological impairments, such as ADD, are "man-made". Its like saying blindness & deafness are "...
by Pseudobabble
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?
Replies: 25
Views: 352

Re: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?

SarathW wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:09 am
Are the Three Types of Concentration real?
Any type of categories are man made.
Categories are a way of communication.
You can split the Jhana in to as many types you wish.
Having said that I can recall there was a sutta which describe the in between stages of Jhana.
This is the right answer.
by Pseudobabble
Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana
Replies: 131
Views: 2216

Re: Jhana

As we all know, these are very old texts, which have been subjected to considerable editing, and as such, I think there is plenty to be gained from an experiential exploration of the techniques instead of textual nitpicking. Just because a particular text says something is so, does not mean it is s...
by Pseudobabble
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana
Replies: 131
Views: 2216

Re: Jhana

Since you've said repeatedly that you cannot do jhana... Where was this repeatedly said? Thanks you should probably stop talking about it as though you know what it's about. I think my posts are accurate. For example it is quite literally obvious MN 128 is not about jhana. Also, it appears quite ob...
by Pseudobabble
Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana
Replies: 131
Views: 2216

Re: Jhana

Fear doesn't arise in first jhana, it can arise in 4th jhana when you stop breathing and other nimittas arise. The above seems to be saying there is awareness of breathing in the 1st jhana. :? Since you've said repeatedly that you cannot do jhana, you should probably stop talking about it as though...
by Pseudobabble
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do scientists say there is a reality not subject to time?
Replies: 19
Views: 459

Re: Do scientists say there is a reality not subject to time?

Do scientists say there is a reality not subject to time? Hi Sarath, just keep in mind the guidelines of connections to other paths. Perhaps you can find a way to connect this with Theravada? Thanks, SDC The way I understand Anicca is the word for time in Buddhism. What if there is a dimension noth...
by Pseudobabble
Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Help understanding Ñāṇavīra Thera
Replies: 16
Views: 614

Re: Help understanding Ñāṇavīra Thera

Your trolling is sub-par. It isn't even funny, which is the baseline requirement for trolling. But sir, the Venerable Nanavira Thera teaches a Dhamma good in the middle good in the beginning good in the end, and was taught by Heidegger. The logic is mindboggling and difficult to grasp! The sankhara...
by Pseudobabble
Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Help understanding Ñāṇavīra Thera
Replies: 16
Views: 614

Re: Help understanding Ñāṇavīra Thera

phillyy wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:03 pm

Your trolling is sub-par. It isn't even funny, which is the baseline requirement for trolling.
by Pseudobabble
Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Help! Meaning of sankhara
Replies: 34
Views: 2328

Re: Help! Meaning of sankhara

Hello :) Is there anyone that can achieve the impossible, by explaining to me successfully in idiot language the meaning of sankhara? I understand the meaning in terms of all things being sankhara, but in the context of paticcasamuppada and the aggregates - I am struggling. Is it in actual fact mor...
by Pseudobabble
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: New book: Motivation and Effort in Buddhist Soteriology
Replies: 8
Views: 411

Re: New book: Motivation and Effort in Buddhist Soteriology

Hi everyone. Highly recommended new book by venerable Mahaviveka. Webpage: https://mahaviveka.wordpress.com/mebs/ Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/Motivation-Effort-in-Buddhist-Soteriology-2730011497070459/ Hi. Where is the PDF located? How can the book be read? Thanks There's a download link at th...
by Pseudobabble
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: New book: Motivation and Effort in Buddhist Soteriology
Replies: 8
Views: 411

Re: New book: Motivation and Effort in Buddhist Soteriology

budo wrote:
Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:20 pm
Pseudobabble wrote:
Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:05 am
This book is really good, I recommend it.
Can you share which part you liked the most?
I skipped straight to the sections on Iddhipādā and Sammappadhānā, 6.1 and 6.2.
by Pseudobabble
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?
Replies: 53
Views: 1384

Re: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?

Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma? Dhamma is natural truth or natural law. Buddhism appears to be a social construct, generally a "religion". :goodpost: Dhamma seems to me to be a description of how to see, and operate according to, the laws of reality and human involvement in it, in a ...
by Pseudobabble
Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: khanika, upacarya, appana samadhi.
Replies: 27
Views: 753

Re: khanika, upacarya, appana samadhi.

I doubt there is any jhana-claimer on any Buddhist chatsite that has reached true jhana :rofl: It's true. The really smart players are advised to imply their attainments, without actually claiming them. Dhammic humblebrag is a difficult and esoteric practice, but not beyond the dedicated DW member ...