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by Pseudobabble
Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Plagued with questions after 10-day Vipassana retreat
Replies: 13
Views: 605

Re: Plagued with questions after 10-day Vipassana retreat

However, if you want to seriously make use of of a teacher, you'd probably take their advice about what to do or not to do seriously, otherwise you'd not really be their student. If a teacher demands total obedience, and the exclusion of experimentation, they aren't a teacher but a petty autocrat.
by Pseudobabble
Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: monism: oneness
Replies: 21
Views: 433

Re: monism: oneness

One of the main difficulties in talking about oneness or monism as a philosophical doctrine is that there are (paradoxically!) lots of different varieties and people can mean different things by the terms. Discussions often go adrift when people start talking at cross-purposes: one person thinks th...
by Pseudobabble
Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: voidness: signless meditation
Replies: 17
Views: 390

Re: voidness: signless meditation

What type of meditation is this? To actually answer your question, it is concentration without object. After going thru the materials in the sutta again earlier today, i think you are technically correct. Just curious, in order to do this, someone capable of this can attain that in one step or he n...
by Pseudobabble
Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: voidness: signless meditation
Replies: 17
Views: 390

Re: voidness: signless meditation

form wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:32 am
What type of meditation is this?
To actually answer your question, it is concentration without object.
by Pseudobabble
Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Great success with "full body" breath meditation
Replies: 31
Views: 706

Re: Great success with "full body" breath meditation

Manopubbangama wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:57 am
Is this method effective for developing jhana?
Yes.
by Pseudobabble
Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: voidness: signless meditation
Replies: 17
Views: 390

Re: voidness: signless meditation

you might enjoy Identity and Experience by Sue Hamilton. Its an in depth analysis of the aggregates, well worth reading. Seeing the shapes & distinguishing features of objects appears to be perception. Construing the notion or nimitta of "beautiful" from lust appears to be sankhara. MN 43 appears t...
by Pseudobabble
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Great success with "full body" breath meditation
Replies: 31
Views: 706

Re: Great success with "full body" breath meditation

That being said, I can only listen in astonistment of your praise of the Thanissaro tecnique. If the meditation works, the proof is in the pudding and you definitely inspired me to look more into it. I can second that Thanissaro's technique works well. It took a little while for my materialist-incl...
by Pseudobabble
Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: voidness: signless meditation
Replies: 17
Views: 390

Re: voidness: signless meditation

I recommend to read MN 43, where the word "nimitta" (rather than "perception") is used for "sign" or "theme". The Pali suttas refer to "themes" such as "beautiful". This appears to go beyond "perception" ("sanna") and falls into the sphere of "concocting" ("sankhara"). Sanna is ap perception, the p...
by Pseudobabble
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Selling the dhamma for profit... Meditation apps
Replies: 17
Views: 373

Re: Selling the dhamma for profit... Meditation apps

There is only so far this kind of thing can go - the Dhamma is actually pretty brutal from the standard Western perspective. Maranasati, the Five Contemplations - these types of things don't sit too well with most people's ideas about life, mainly because they draw attention to the unpleasant aspect...
by Pseudobabble
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can anyone refute this depressing viewpoint?
Replies: 35
Views: 964

Re: Can anyone refute this depressing viewpoint?

"Yes I have free will, I have no choice but to have it" - Christopher Hitchens At the end of the day this topic is a waste of time because you can better your life based on your decisions regardless of the mechanism behind it being random (free will) or legacy (determinism) This is why the Buddha s...
by Pseudobabble
Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Samatha as a toy vipassana
Replies: 3
Views: 111

Re: Samatha as a toy vipassana

An alternative viewpoint:

The Buddha never recommended anyone ever do any 'vipassana practice'. The Buddha recommended people do jhana.

Neither samatha nor vipassana are 'toys' nor 'big-boy's games', both are qualities of mind that result from mental cultivation.
by Pseudobabble
Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Alchemy symbols as Kasina
Replies: 6
Views: 324

Re: Alchemy symbols as Kasina

I think that terra and earth refer to the same entity but terra is used in special circumstances like when the earth travels through a hoop to which some netting is attached. chownah From my understanding a lot of the 'esoteric' aspects of alchemy have been lost in history, so I highly doubt we wil...
by Pseudobabble
Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Study Suggest Buddhist Meditators Can Learn and “Perfect” Meditation-Induced Near-Death Experiences
Replies: 2
Views: 266

Re: Study Suggest Buddhist Meditators Can Learn and “Perfect” Meditation-Induced Near-Death Experiences

pilgrim wrote:
Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:38 pm
One of the authors of the study, Edo Shonin has a controversial past - self ordaining, wearing a mixture of robes from various traditions, accused of attempting to start a cult. William van Gordon is his protege.
http://edoshoninarchive.com/
Big hats are automatically suspicious.
by Pseudobabble
Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can anyone refute this depressing viewpoint?
Replies: 35
Views: 964

Re: Can anyone refute this depressing viewpoint?

"Yes I have free will, I have no choice but to have it" - Christopher Hitchens At the end of the day this topic is a waste of time because you can better your life based on your decisions regardless of the mechanism behind it being random (free will) or legacy (determinism) This is why the Buddha s...
by Pseudobabble
Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: DW 10 y.o. video msg from me (DNS)
Replies: 15
Views: 708

Re: DW 10 y.o. video msg from me (DNS)

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