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by Volo
Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordination during the time of King Mongkut of Thailand
Replies: 2
Views: 98

Re: Ordination during the time of King Mongkut of Thailand

During the time of King Mongkut in Thailand before he became King he was a monk. I think he was a monk for 22 years before he ascended the throne. while he was monk he found out that Thailand Theravada Buddhism was not following the authentic Theravada Buddhism like in Sri Lanka so he invited the S...
by Volo
Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Seniority of monks
Replies: 5
Views: 100

Re: Seniority of monks

Only the time of bhikkhu ordination is important. Whether one candidate is a samanera already is irrelevant for seniority.
by Volo
Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Ayusankhara, rupajivitindriya
Replies: 4
Views: 213

Re: Ayusankhara, rupajivitindriya

Volo, thank you for your reply. Can you expand upon what you mean in language someone familiar with the suttas can understand? I am not versed in Abhidhamma. I kind of also agree that it is a metaphor, Commentaries sometimes tend to interpret things too literally in Abhidhamma technical sense. I ju...
by Volo
Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:20 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Ayusankhara, rupajivitindriya
Replies: 4
Views: 213

Re: Ayusankhara, rupajivitindriya

jīvitindriya-rūpa - a type of derived materiality (upādāya-rūpa), the vital force of kammaja-rūpa.
by Volo
Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: DN 22: vitakka and vicāra as part of the subverbal mental activity hierarchy and 4 jhānas
Replies: 38
Views: 3803

Re: DN 22: vitakka and vicāra as part of the subverbal mental activity hierarchy and 4 jhānas

Look at what words he uses to translate vitakka in the first two jhanas. The example he uses with the musical instrument, you can not do that in VRJ (vism. redefinition of jhana). While he may have a misunderstanding about vitakka's role of vaci-sankhara in first jhana (such as mentally chanting 'e...
by Volo
Fri Mar 20, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Off cushion
Replies: 19
Views: 859

Re: Off cushion

I would suggest to take one practice (e.g. anapanasati, metta, etc), in which you have faith and which you like most, and return to it again and again, whenever you notice that you got distracted. Till the rest of your life. No need to try to "keep the awareness", just naturally return to it.
by Volo
Fri Mar 20, 2020 1:39 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Outdated Vinaya for monks
Replies: 26
Views: 1019

Re: Outdated Vinaya for monks

I also think if someone like you " who doesnt belive in the first universal characteristic ANICCA" everything except nibbana has a nature of modification or changes will get what I am raising. I feel people like you have got trapped in the texts only. you guys do not have any wisdom that is not dis...
by Volo
Thu Mar 19, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Outdated Vinaya for monks
Replies: 26
Views: 1019

Re: Outdated Vinaya for monks

My question is how those monks who have to live by driving cars, wearing T shirts, being in close in contact with women, using modern gadgets go by vinaya rules? I think most of the vinaya rules are outdated by now. And it needs a set of modern rules? may be no rules but self-discipline because the...
by Volo
Mon Mar 16, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: DN 22: vitakka and vicāra as part of the subverbal mental activity hierarchy and 4 jhānas
Replies: 38
Views: 3803

Re: DN 22: vitakka and vicāra as part of the subverbal mental activity hierarchy and 4 jhānas

For example, see Rupert Gethin's translation of the jhana formula in that article. He is/was president of Pali Text Society, and was a Bhikkhu for a number of years as well. Ok, let's see what thinks about the matter "the president of Pali Text Society, and a Bhikkhu for a number of years". Two quo...
by Volo
Sun Mar 15, 2020 1:25 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: DN 22: vitakka and vicāra as part of the subverbal mental activity hierarchy and 4 jhānas
Replies: 38
Views: 3803

Re: DN 22: vitakka and vicāra as part of the subverbal mental activity hierarchy and 4 jhānas

I agree that none of the 16 steps can be practiced in jhāna, but I disagree, that ānāpānasati cannot lead to jhāna. For example, in ānāpānasaṃyutta, Buddha says (after repeating 16 steps): [16 steps] When, bhikkhus, mindfulness of breathing has been developed and cultivated in this way , seven fruit...
by Volo
Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: what is the difference in meaning between...
Replies: 4
Views: 795

Re: what is the difference in meaning between...

How did i go, sir? I think most is correct, but I'm really puzzled with diṭṭhato. Here is VBB's translation: 1) Diṭṭhaṃ diṭṭhato sañjānāti; 2) diṭṭhaṃ diṭṭhato saññatvā 3) diṭṭhaṃ maññati, 4) diṭṭhasmiṃ maññati, 5) diṭṭhato maññati , 6) diṭṭhaṃ meti maññati, 7) diṭṭhaṃ abhinandati. 1) He perceives ...
by Volo
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Buddhaghosa's Visuddhimagga: nāma, nati, namati & nāmeti ???
Replies: 9
Views: 1135

Re: Buddhaghosa's Visuddhimagga: nāma, nati, namati & nāmeti ???

I found it here: Comparative etymological Dictionary of classical Indo-European languages The book looks quite suspicious to me. I couldn't find much information about the author in English, but here is one review on Goodreads: Tristan Miller rated it did not like it 6 months ago One need read no f...
by Volo
Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: What is subjective & objective sides of meditation?
Replies: 6
Views: 775

Re: What is subjective & objective sides of meditation?

I think he means that you don't find suttas that talk about using particular object (objective) to attain jhana. The description is about "attitude" and "how it feels" (subjective) Well, for arupa attainments there is a mention of object "space is infinite", "consciousness is infinite", etc Here, w...
by Volo
Fri Mar 13, 2020 6:30 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Buddhaghosa's Visuddhimagga: nāma, nati, namati & nāmeti ???
Replies: 9
Views: 1135

Re: Buddhaghosa's Visuddhimagga: nāma, nati, namati & nāmeti ???

DooDoot wrote:
Fri Mar 13, 2020 6:03 am
The is some views below:
Where is this picture from (the first one, about the "thought of water")?
by Volo
Wed Mar 11, 2020 3:36 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: DN 22: vitakka and vicāra as part of the subverbal mental activity hierarchy and 4 jhānas
Replies: 38
Views: 3803

Re: DN 22: vitakka and vicāra as part of the subverbal mental activity hierarchy and 4 jhānas

Do you see any problem when fluent pali speakers and accomplished Buddhist meditation masters like Thanissaro Bhikkhu and B. Gunaratana have made the same criticisms that I have? http://lucid24.org/sted/8aam/8samadhi/vitakka/protrans/index.html Have you noticed B. Sujato, etc., are a tiny minority,...