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by Volo
Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: DHP 183 - sacittapariyodapanam
Replies: 1
Views: 41

Re: DHP 183 - sacittapariyodapanam

Assaji has on his web site useful materials with word by word analysis of Dhp verses (although with some minor errors) From there: sacittapariyodapanaṃ: sacittapariyodapana -, N.n.: purifying one's own mind. A compound of two words: sacitta -, N.n.: one's own mind. This word is itself a compound of ...
by Volo
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: The 6th precept
Replies: 3
Views: 103

Re: The 6th precept

It's solar noon (also called "Sun transit") - time when the sun is at it's highest point. Exact time for a given day can be found in internet.
by Volo
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:00 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Whats the verses for entering vassa
Replies: 2
Views: 75

Re: Whats the verses for entering vassa

Whats the verses for entering vassa? 12. Vassāvāso (Rains-residence) The Rains begins the day after the full-moon day of July; if July has two full moons, it begins after the second full moon. During this time bhikkhus must live in a kuti with a lockable door. (i) Entering the Rains (Thai tradition...
by Volo
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:33 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain
Replies: 30
Views: 438

Re: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain

But I just can't feel at ease knowing that I'm causing her to suffer so much, even if I know she shouldn't be. How do people who ordain deal with issues like this? My suggestion: if you are 100% sure you want to ordain, then do it. Try to minimize your mom's suffering as much as you can, but unfort...
by Volo
Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:30 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?
Replies: 25
Views: 378

Re: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?

In the Visuddhimagga the way to the other jhanas involve emerging from the previous one. For the fine-material jhanas there is no mention of access. Eg. Visuddhimagga IV.138: Access is also mentioned for material jhānas: 8. 4. In the third dyad concentration with happiness is the unification of min...
by Volo
Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddhaghosa really "doctor" & "monopolize" the Commentaries???
Replies: 6
Views: 174

Re: Did Buddhaghosa really "doctor" & "monopolize" the Commentaries???

What i totally reject is the idea that Buddhaghosa seriously edited the existing commentaries. Although the commentarial texts bear unity and are intrinsically non-contradictory, Buddhaghosa would occasionally mention different opinions from different commentaries. Also whenever he introduced his ow...
by Volo
Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: do all paths merge in the deathless
Replies: 7
Views: 146

Re: do all paths merge in the deathless

273. Of all the paths the Eightfold Path is the best; of all the truths the Four Noble Truths are the best; of all things passionlessness is the best: of men the Seeing One (the Buddha) is the best. 274.  This is the only path; there is none other for the purification of insight. Tread this path, a...
by Volo
Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:06 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?
Replies: 25
Views: 378

Re: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?

It seems mostly the Western converts, rather than Asians, who took the attitude: "this stuff isn't even worth reading, so I'll just provide a few sound-bites to show how silly it is". I don't see that attitude in the writings of the serious Asian "reformers", who seem to have studied and practised ...
by Volo
Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:01 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?
Replies: 25
Views: 378

Re: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?

Zom wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:17 am
Preliminary stage for arupajhana is 4th jhana, I think this is obvious (from canonical texts).
I meant that each jhāna has it's own upacara samadhi as preliminary stage. There are many upacara samadhis as there are many jhānas.
by Volo
Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?
Replies: 25
Views: 378

Re: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?

Zom wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:19 pm
Arupa jhanas are attained on the base of 4th jhana.
Each jhāna (including arūpa) has upacara as preliminary stage, when the jhāna is not yet fully developed and a person is kind of falling back.
by Volo
Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?
Replies: 25
Views: 378

Re: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?

1. The traditional training of Asian monks such as Ajahns Buddhadasa, Chah, Mun, Maha Bua, etc would include plenty of commentarial concepts, so it's no surprise to see them using commentarial terminology in their teachings. Yes, they use commentarial terminology, but often they mean by it somethin...
by Volo
Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?
Replies: 25
Views: 378

Re: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?

Zom wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:50 am
This goes back to Great Nimitta Debate. If there is no such thing prior to jhana as "visual nimitta", then these 3 types of concentration are fake as well.
Not really. Upacara and appana samadhi occur even for the objects, which don't have visual nimitta, like metta or arūpa jhānas.
by Volo
Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Staying 5 years with your teacher after ordained. Where does this come from?
Replies: 5
Views: 192

Re: Staying 5 years with your teacher after ordained. Where does this come from?

Five years only if the monk becomes competent, but if he doesn't manage to learn everything he is supposed to know, then it should be extended up to the whole life (see bellow). At the beginning it was 10 years: Kd.1.32.1 Now at that time monks, when their preceptors had gone away and had left the O...
by Volo
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Thankfulness
Replies: 9
Views: 231

Re: Thankfulness

Gratitude is an important quality: Bhikkhus, the manifestation of three [persons] is rare in the world. (1) Tathāgata, (2) A person who teaches the Dhamma and discipline proclaimed by the Tathāgata (3) A grateful and thankful person. Concerning vipassana I think the more benefit you get from vipassa...
by Volo
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ritual for becoming a Buddhist
Replies: 72
Views: 1159

Re: Ritual for becoming a Buddhist

You do seem to assume a lot about the people you interact with. You do not know about my or others acceptance of the suttas, beliefs and readings. Let it be. It's not the first time he demonstrates such behavior. Anyway, sutta references are provided, everyone can now decide by him/herself, who is ...