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by nibbedhika
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: The seven factors of awakening in dry insight?
Replies: 10
Views: 753

Re: The seven factors of awakening in dry insight?

It isn't necessary to develop all seven factors at once. It is important to develop sati, samadhi and dhamma-vicaya (paññā) carefully first. These fundamental factors are also the foundation of vipassana. The other factors are more to do with opposing the hindrances. There are suttas (e.g. SN 46.53 ...
by nibbedhika
Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pronunciation of 't'
Replies: 4
Views: 556

Re: Pronunciation of 't'

There are two t's, usually called hard and soft, and two more in combination with h (aspirate form.) A video on Sanskrit consonants like this one is the best way to see how they are pronounced. You can also think of the hard and soft forms as just tau and theta. However in many European languages, t...
by nibbedhika
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Please explain Kalaka Sutta
Replies: 6
Views: 370

Re: Please explain Kalaka Sutta

The meaning is the same as that of the parallel Malunkyaputta sutta . That sutta is better known, is clearer and also has some elegant explanations such as Mahasi Sayadaw's A Discourse on the Mālukyaputta Sutta . This set of four - the seen, heard, sensed, cognized - appear only a few times in the c...
by nibbedhika
Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Alternative Forms of Vipassana
Replies: 35
Views: 2617

Re: Alternative Forms of Vipassana

I second Bhikkhu Pesala's suggestion. Jack Kornfield's Living Dharma: Teachings and Meditation Instructions from Twelve Theravada Masters has fairly detailed explanations of the methods of both Burmese and Thai-Lao masters. Nearly all of those masters have at least one major center where their metho...
by nibbedhika
Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: satipattana
Replies: 17
Views: 891

Re: satipattana

BlueLotus wrote:
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:55 pm
I got hold of Mindfulness in Plain English by Henepola Gunaratana. Will that work?
Yes, that is a very popular book on vipassana/anapanasati, and will last you a long time. You probably don't need more detail, but you can refer to the other stuff later if necessary.
by nibbedhika
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: satipattana
Replies: 17
Views: 891

Re: satipattana

Besides the Satipatthana sutta and Anapanasati sutta, you can also consult the explanations of these suttas, for example the buddhanet books such as: Essentials of Insight Meditation Practice by Ven. Sujiva, Anapanasati - Mindfulness of Breathing by Ven. Buddhadasa Bhikkhu and A Guide to Awareness b...
by nibbedhika
Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: satipattana
Replies: 17
Views: 891

Re: satipattana

The four satipatthana are fundamental in the Buddhist path, sometimes called "the only way" to enlightenment. The Magga Vagga in the Samyutta Nikaya has many suttas pointing out their role in the system, e.g. Kundaliya sutta. Anapanasati is only one of the practical methods to establish the four sat...
by nibbedhika
Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Etymology of upekkha
Replies: 6
Views: 1033

Re: Etymology of upekkha

Corresponds to the Sanskrit utpreksha . preksha means to be a spectator or to look on without interfering, while the prefix ud has the meanings of superiority or separation. The root verb is the same - iksha/ikkha/to see - from which we get other Sanskrit words like anapeksha (to totally disregard.)
by nibbedhika
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the difference between Jhana and Samadhi?
Replies: 18
Views: 1388

Re: What is the difference between Jhana and Samadhi?

Samadhi is one of the seven factors of enlightenment and means deep or absorbed meditation. Its characteristic is one-pointedness ( ekkagata ) or the abscence of the five hindrances. It is possible to talk of three levels of samadhi. Samadhi can be methodically achieved using any of the 40 subjects ...
by nibbedhika
Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: "Emptiness" in the Pali Canon
Replies: 11
Views: 1479

Re: "Emptiness" in the Pali Canon

The sutta Empty Is the World has: suññaṃ attena vā attaniyena vā empty of self and of what belongs to self The Patisambhidamagga Suññakathā quotes this sutta and continues further. This above case is called suññasuññaṃ (voidness as voidness), and there are more cases listed, including vipari­ṇāma­su...