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by Dinsdale
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: The benefits of silence
Replies: 24
Views: 1000

Re: The benefits of silence

I've never felt the need to do this purposefully. I have spent days in silence, alone. And have you felt any benefit from periods of silence and solitude? None. Some use it as a tactic for altering their state, but this is a very superficial attempt that doesn't approach insight. Not talking is not...
by Dinsdale
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On U.G. Krishnamurti:The Dharma Seals Of A Non-Buddhist
Replies: 124
Views: 4388

Re: On U.G. Krishnamurti:The Dharma Seals Of A Non-Buddhist

binocular wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:29 am
No, that's nothing. It should have been him and Osho together, for example, and an audience who challenges them and pits them against each other, right there on the spot.
Yeah, and let's include Deepak Chopra to liven things up a bit. :tongue:
by Dinsdale
Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: It is better to stick with people who disagree with you?
Replies: 13
Views: 148

Re: It is better to stick with people who disagree with you?

SarathW wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:58 am
It is better to stick with people who disagree with you?
I find it rather tiresome. :tongue:
by Dinsdale
Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: duality and non-duality in theravada
Replies: 56
Views: 1436

Re: duality and non-duality in theravada

The bifurcation is a parallel movement. The senses don't bifurcate, the perceptions do. This parallel movement is happening perhaps at the speed of light. What the suttas describe is the natural state of the senses, seeing is seeing, not someone who is seeing. The continuity of this parallel moveme...
by Dinsdale
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dangers of Meditation
Replies: 18
Views: 321

Re: Dangers of Meditation

When we sit down and do nothing, it becomes hard for us, NOT because doing nothing is hard. But when we have nothing to do, we are forced to come face to face with the inner demons, subconscious impulses, suppressed anger, hidden desires, etc. Ajahn Brahm tells a nice story about how Sam Atha and V...
by Dinsdale
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: What is the difference of Citta contemplation and Dhamma contemplation in Satipathana?
Replies: 14
Views: 183

Re: What is the difference of Citta contemplation and Dhamma contemplation in Satipathana?

SarathW wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:09 pm
What is the difference between Citta contemplation and Dhamma contemplation in Satipathana?
To put it rather crudely, I think the first is basically noticing one's state of mind, while the second is noticing the nature of one's experience generally, using various frameworks.
by Dinsdale
Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we teach Anicca, Dukkha , Anatta without the teaching of rebirth and Kamma?
Replies: 43
Views: 427

Re: Can we teach Anicca, Dukkha , Anatta without the teaching of rebirth and Kamma?

Can we teach Anicca, Dukkha , Anatta without the teaching of rebirth and Kamma? I don't see why not, since the 3 marks can be observed in the present moment. The present moment with a past and future, presumably, in that impermanence can only be known over time... OK, a few present moments then. :t...
by Dinsdale
Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: duality and non-duality in theravada
Replies: 56
Views: 1436

Re: duality and non-duality in theravada

2600htz wrote:
Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:07 pm
But what do you mean by duality and non-duality?
A good question, as yet unanswered. Probably there are a number of different answers.
by Dinsdale
Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Are there two types of satipaṭṭhāna; where one type has jhana?
Replies: 21
Views: 413

Re: Are there two types of satipaṭṭhāna; where one type has jhana?

In Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond on page 104, Ajahn Brahm writes - The Buddha taught two types of satipaṭṭhāna. The first type is supported by jhāna and leads to enlightenment in a short time. The 2nd type without jhana produces valuable insights, especially ones that enable you to let go and come ...
by Dinsdale
Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we teach Anicca, Dukkha , Anatta without the teaching of rebirth and Kamma?
Replies: 43
Views: 427

Re: Can we teach Anicca, Dukkha , Anatta without the teaching of rebirth and Kamma?

SarathW wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:55 pm
Can we teach Anicca, Dukkha , Anatta without the teaching of rebirth and Kamma?
I don't see why not, since the 3 marks can be observed in the present moment.
by Dinsdale
Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is consciousness the problem
Replies: 32
Views: 486

Re: Is consciousness the problem

Fortunately it is possible to practice using the phenomenological approach, which means we are only concerned with the phenomena actually experienced via the sense bases. But you are still within the subject/object dichotomy which is mental. Phenomenon do not exist in the absolute sense. How can yo...
by Dinsdale
Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: duality and non-duality in theravada
Replies: 56
Views: 1436

Re: duality and non-duality in theravada

I think you could say that self-view is derived from the raw experience. Nanananda seems to be arguing that the bifurcation is a purely mental process, I am observing that it isn't described like this in the suttas. In the suttas the initial bifurcation is physical and functional, based on sense or...
by Dinsdale
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which category belong to for the cessation of feeling perception ?
Replies: 179
Views: 1983

Re: Which category belong to for the cessation of feeling perception ?

The sutta in question is: “One perception arose and another perception ceased in me: ‘The cessation of existence is nibbāna; the cessation of existence is nibbāna.’ Just as, when a fire of twigs is burning, one flame arises and another flame ceases, so one perception arose and another perception ce...
by Dinsdale
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: duality and non-duality in theravada
Replies: 56
Views: 1436

Re: duality and non-duality in theravada

1. In the suttas the description of the name+form nidana looks roughly equivalent to the five aggregates, so I fail to see how it could equate merely to the "objects seen" by "me". This interpretation seems to hinge on the idea of a mutual dependence of consciousness and name+form, and the interpla...
by Dinsdale
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: duality and non-duality in theravada
Replies: 56
Views: 1436

Re: duality and non-duality in theravada

This is a key question. Bhikkhu K. Ñāṇananda, in the "Nibbana Sermons" [Nibbāna – The Mind Stilled. Library Edition (Sermons 1 – 33) http://seeingthroughthenet.net/books/ ] and other works discusses this in great detail. A couple of challenges to this interpretation: 1. In the suttas the descriptio...