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by Dinsdale
Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we practice Anapanasati only in sitting (cross leg) position?
Replies: 13
Views: 74

Re: Can we practice Anapanasati only in sitting (cross leg) position?

I have to disagree to the point that Anapanasati is practiced only in sitting position. I think Anapanasati can be practice in sitting, standing, walking and sleeping positions. Any comments? Clearly it is easier to pay attention to the sensations of breathing if one is not having to move around. S...
by Dinsdale
Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is paññā, prajñā or prāṇa ?
Replies: 3
Views: 57

Re: Is paññā, prajñā or prāṇa ?

ToVincent wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:09 pm
Nibbana means "The knowledge beyond [the bliss (ka) of] breath ".
I suspect this another example of pre-Buddhist ideas being reformulated.
by Dinsdale
Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Mindfulness vs full consciousness
Replies: 6
Views: 108

Re: Mindfulness vs full consciousness

In the west the influence of samatha has given an impression that the subject has always to be pinned down, but in insight, movement has ascendancy. Yes, and there needs to be an appreciation of both stillness and movement. I've found that observing movement also leads to an awareness of stillness,...
by Dinsdale
Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Mindfulness vs full consciousness
Replies: 6
Views: 108

Re: Mindfulness vs full consciousness

What is the difference between mindfulness (awareness, sati) and full consciousness (Sampajanna)? Looking at MN10, sati has the meaning of paying attention to various aspects of experience. This leads to sampajanna, a clearer understanding of what is happening. https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit...
by Dinsdale
Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Body Scan
Replies: 22
Views: 300

Re: Body Scan

one_awakening wrote:
Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:45 am
The Goenka body scan involves not just noticing the body, but noticing sensations.
What else is there to notice but bodily sensations? Bodily posture is the only other aspect I can think of.
by Dinsdale
Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 778
Views: 54951

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

Does anicca make more sense as an "inability to maintain something to one's own satisfaction?" or does impermanence make more sense. Doesn't the "inability to maintain something to one's own satisfaction" represent dukkha ? As the suttas say, "what is impermanent is unsatisfactory". Anicca and dukk...
by Dinsdale
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Question 4 re- MN118 Anapanasati Sutta
Replies: 37
Views: 567

Re: Question 4 re- MN118 Anapanasati Sutta

Calming the bodily formation, I shall breathe in,’ thus he trains himself; ‘calming the bodily formation, I shall breathe out, Isn't this sentence proves that in and out breath is not only the bodily formation? Yes, and clearly breathing is only one of the bodily formations. Another one I use regul...
by Dinsdale
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Question 4 re- MN118 Anapanasati Sutta
Replies: 37
Views: 567

Re: Question 4 re- MN118 Anapanasati Sutta

The breath is tied to the body and the body to the breath. If the breath is calm the body will naturally be calm as a result and vice versa. You cannot separate the two they condition one another. I never understood the distinction that is made in the commentaries between the breath "body" and the ...
by Dinsdale
Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: According to Orthodox Theravada only, in the suttas, is nibbana the self?
Replies: 23
Views: 663

Re: According to Orthodox Theravada only, in the suttas, is nibbana the self?

Furthermore, isn't Nibbana always there? ....as it is unconditioned.....it is therefore permanent.....Irrespective of one passing away or not? I find the suttas rather ambiguous on this question. Is Nibbana only "in here" as an experience, or is it also "out there" in some sense? Unconditioned mean...
by Dinsdale
Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anicca not impermanence
Replies: 14
Views: 383

Re: Anicca not impermanence

cappuccino wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:16 pm
You see Anatta via Anicca.
Not in my experience. Though of course it depends what anatta is actually negating.
by Dinsdale
Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: According to Orthodox Theravada only, in the suttas, is nibbana the self?
Replies: 23
Views: 663

Re: According to Orthodox Theravada only, in the suttas, is nibbana the self?

zan wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:26 pm
So MN 1 makes it pretty clear that nibbana is not the self.
Not exactly. It's saying you won't understand what Nibbana is if you consider it as "me" or "mine". It doesn't say anything about what Nibbana is, or isn't.
by Dinsdale
Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Inferred Jhana
Replies: 14
Views: 552

Re: Inferred Jhana

From AN 11.10 we arrive at "There is the case, Sandha, where for an excellent thoroughbred of a man the perception[2] of earth with regard to earth has ceased to exist; the perception of liquid with regard to liquid... the perception of fire with regard to fire... the perception of wind with regard...
by Dinsdale
Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the word "Dimensions" in theravada
Replies: 13
Views: 251

Re: the word "Dimensions" in theravada

Time doesn't really exist, time is just movement, the movement between two objects. Day and year is the Earth vs Sun, month is Earth vs Moon. So if you were to remove all these objects, there is no time, only movement. Then why is the fabric of the cosmos described as "space-time"? Movement is real...
by Dinsdale
Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sense impression , feeling and perception
Replies: 2
Views: 94

Re: Sense impression , feeling and perception

Feeling arises after sense impression. (Feeling is a reaction to sense impression. ) Yes, though "feeling arises with sense impression" might be more accurate. Note that in the suttas vinnana, sanna and vedana are conjoined, and that phassa includes vinnana. Perception is not "Noting." Perception i...
by Dinsdale
Sat Nov 24, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Five Aggregates
Replies: 13
Views: 291

Re: Five Aggregates

“And why do you call it ‘perception’? ‘It perceives,’ thus it is called ‘perception.’ What does it perceive? It perceives blue, it perceives yellow, it perceives red, & it perceives white. ‘It perceives,’ it is called ‘perception.’ “And why do you call it ‘consciousness’? ‘It cognizes,’ thus it is ...