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by DooDoot
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?
Replies: 37
Views: 579

Re: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?

Samadhi or Concentration (Ekagata) - though often very weak - Not according to the suttas. :focus: Unflagging persistence was aroused in me, and unmuddled mindfulness established. My body was calm & unaroused, my mind (cittaṃ) concentrated (samāhitaṃ) & single (ekaggaṃ) . Quite withdrawn from sensu...
by DooDoot
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?
Replies: 37
Views: 579

Re: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?

SarathW wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:47 pm
I doubt this
Do you reject Abhidhamma?

http://103.242.110.22/theravadins/Engli ... actice.pdf
The Buddha did not speak Abhidhamma. Abhidhamma often contradicts sutta. :focus:
by DooDoot
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?
Replies: 37
Views: 579

Re: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?

SarathW wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:39 pm
Ekagrata is a universal mental faculty. We all have Ekagrata.
I doubt this.
SarathW wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:39 pm
So what is meant by Ekagata in Jhana?
It means a part of the mind that forms the "base" of the mind does not move.
by DooDoot
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?
Replies: 37
Views: 579

Re: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?

Ekaggatā seems to be a quality of mind which perceives the object (one-pointedly), not the object itself. No. They are connected. When the mind actually attains jhana it will know this. The nimitta is certainly an object that is perceived by the mind however the nimitta itself also stabilises the m...
by DooDoot
Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?
Replies: 37
Views: 579

Re: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?

Not according to Vism and Ajahn Brahm. My point was nimitta is not mentioned in sutta because it is part of ekkaggatta, which occurs when the breath ceases to be the meditation object (thus the mind no longer moves with the breath, which allows the mind to be ekkaggata). Ajahn Brahm says the nimitt...
by DooDoot
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?
Replies: 37
Views: 579

Re: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?

Although, as I said before, he bases his meditation instructions on his personal experience, but his personal experience corresponds (to a considerable degree) with Vism (i.e. nimitta, deep jhāna). Ajahn Brahm does not teach Vism techniques and unsubstantiated ideas the suttas teach about "shallow ...
by DooDoot
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?
Replies: 37
Views: 579

Re: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?

Do you know of some impressive meditation monks? Tell me about them. Dear friend. The 1st Dhamma talk I took to heart was this following. I think Bhikkhu Buddhadasa is an impressive monk for beginners. Best wishes for your aspirations. :heart: https://soundcloud.com/buddhadasa/8811-1-that-which-dha...
by DooDoot
Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?
Replies: 37
Views: 579

Re: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?

Polar Bear wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:39 am
Venerable Anālayo spends the vast majority of his time meditating these days.
It might improve his so-called "scholarship". :roll:
by DooDoot
Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?
Replies: 37
Views: 579

Re: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?

I can't really say much about Ajahn Brahm other than that I have found Mindfulness Bliss and Beyond to be really different than my experience in meditation. The above only says the mind has not yet reached jhana; that is; has not fully developed the Noble Eightfold Path. That's not what I said. I s...
by DooDoot
Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?
Replies: 37
Views: 579

Re: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?

JamesTheGiant wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:11 am
Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond"
Intro: https://www.wisdompubs.org/sites/defaul ... review.pdf
by DooDoot
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?
Replies: 37
Views: 579

Re: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?

Ajahn Brahmavamso is one. Whatever you think of the man himself and his personality, his meditation is impressive and above the 4th jhana. And this is proper Hard Jhana, not Jhana-Lite. I can't know anything about the mind of Ajahn Brahmavamso since my mind does not have psychic powers but I am imp...
by DooDoot
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: High Birth Low Birth
Replies: 12
Views: 145

Re: High Birth Low Birth

MN 93 tells a story about the seer Devala the Dark. :)
by DooDoot
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhante Sujatos and karmic snobbery.
Replies: 163
Views: 3550

Re: Bhante Sujatos and karmic snobbery.

I know why people are wealthy and why they are not, which includes myself (because I know exactly the causes for the wealth I earned and the wealth I did not earn). Its got nothing to do with being generous in a past life. How do you know this? Do you have iddhi powers? It could be from past life g...
by DooDoot
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhante Sujatos and karmic snobbery.
Replies: 163
Views: 3550

Re: Bhante Sujatos and karmic snobbery.

No he did not. Not in that DN 31 case. Maybe he has compassion and does not wish to cause people to worry; given what was omitted is rarely practised in the West and probably has greatly declined in Asia. I recall posting this passage once on this forum and an Australian member accused me of accusi...
by DooDoot
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhante Sujatos and karmic snobbery.
Replies: 163
Views: 3550

Re: Bhante Sujatos and karmic snobbery.

santa100 wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:44 am
If you wholeheartely believe there're real mistakes, why not? Please do.
Since I cannot even convince you about Dhamma matters, how can I convince them? Buddhism is sectarian. Different monks appear to deliberately make different offerings to the spiritual marketplace.

:focus: