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by SavakaNik
Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How to reach the 1st Jhana?
Replies: 94
Views: 5587

Re: How to reach the 1st Jhana?

By understanding it :buddha2: Discerning the wholesome (non-sensuality) from unwholesome (sensuality). When it is actually discerned, not just recalled, kept in mind, repeated, studied, drilled, or memorized. But actually discerned as such. How do you know if you do? Because when you discern it as s...
by SavakaNik
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Has Thanisarro ever mentioned Nanavira?
Replies: 18
Views: 637

Re: Has Thanisarro ever mentioned Nanavira?

Greetings, Interesting! Not that I care “who” these senior western monks are nor does it really matter, but i think it’s fair and appropriate to ask “why”, yes? As for the "why", I think SDC's response immediately above your own, is a brilliant explanation. There's a tendency when one's approach de...
by SavakaNik
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Has Thanisarro ever mentioned Nanavira?
Replies: 18
Views: 637

Re: Has Thanisarro ever mentioned Nanavira?

Not Thanissaro, but I have heard other senior Western monks refer to him as not neccesarily wise... Interesting! Not that I care “who” these senior western monks are nor does it really matter, but i think it’s fair and appropriate to ask “why”, yes? Btw, your quote I’m pretty sure is a Thanisarro t...
by SavakaNik
Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are we basically waiting for death?
Replies: 21
Views: 403

Re: Are we basically waiting for death?

:thumbsup:
rightviewftw wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:00 pm
First undo birth then wait for death.
by SavakaNik
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Unrequited love
Replies: 9
Views: 600

Re: Unrequited love

Metta should be understood as merely absence of ill-will, or perhaps at the very least intention toward absence of ill-will in regards to the phenomena presently pertained.
Unrequited love definitely qualifies as ignorance and dukkha (which technically is the same as 'ignorance of dukkha').
by SavakaNik
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are we basically waiting for death?
Replies: 21
Views: 403

Re: Are we basically waiting for death?

Only the arahant is, such is their peace (but mind you, to them it is not "their" death); as for the rest of us (from non-returner down through puthujjana) our intentionality (waiting, expecting, looking for, etc..) is governed by determinations (ignorance and craving).
by SavakaNik
Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Who are your favourite non-Buddhist philosophers?
Replies: 40
Views: 860

Re: Who are your favourite non-Buddhist philosophers?

Manopubbangama wrote:
Thu Jan 31, 2019 6:17 pm
SavakaNik wrote:
Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:50 pm

Arthur Koestler
Darkness at noon :thumbsup:
I'll have to check that one out! I've read Ghost in the Machine which was my introduction to him, I loved it, and I also have read parts of 'The Yogi and the Commissar'.
by SavakaNik
Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Who are your favourite non-Buddhist philosophers?
Replies: 40
Views: 860

Re: Who are your favourite non-Buddhist philosophers?

Modern:
Arthur Koestler
Guy Debord
Henri Frederic-Amiel
Jean Baudrillard
Joseph Campbell

Ancient:
Pythagoras
Socrates
Plotinus
Some of the gnostic-christian work i like, such as the Gospel of Thomas.
by SavakaNik
Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: yoniso manasikara in the texts.
Replies: 32
Views: 2620

Re: yoniso manasikara in the texts.

Anyway, I'm interested in Ven Nyanamoli's video speaking on yoni. can you opint me to it? (I didn't know videos of him even existed!) It's not the "classical Nynamoli" the scholar, but here is the video I was talking about where he talks about yoniso, sankhara, dhamma... https://youtu.be/a-CuxQ8PKzA
by SavakaNik
Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Has Thanisarro ever mentioned Nanavira?
Replies: 18
Views: 637

Has Thanisarro ever mentioned Nanavira?

I admire both of them, however with Nanavira being so tendentious I've been wondering if Thanisarro has ever said anything about him because he is more a fundamentalist. Anyone know if he's ever commented on him, his work, or the structural interpretation of dependent-origination as opposed to the t...
by SavakaNik
Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Breath iddhi?
Replies: 1
Views: 74

Breath iddhi?

Is anyone aware of any mention in the canon or commentary of iddhi's, or"miraculous" activity, pertaining to out-breath activity? (Or perhaps the situation is the other way around, the out-breath activity pertaining to that phenomenon regarded as "miraculous" or iddhi...) Any mention of out-breath, ...
by SavakaNik
Thu Jan 24, 2019 3:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does anyone understand Nanavira's Clearing the Path?
Replies: 14
Views: 636

Re: Does anyone understand Nanavira's Clearing the Path?

I find nothing personally of interest in his "mathematics" Nor did I until I heard it explained phenomenologically/situationally, Invariance Under Transformation is what makes the word anicca mean what it means as the Awakened One used it against the meanings of thought and observation - it looks m...
by SavakaNik
Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Contemporary poetic reflection from noble point of view?
Replies: 1
Views: 375

Contemporary poetic reflection from noble point of view?

What do you think?

"Simile"

If battles with Mara are football games,
Then tailgate parties are customs of the religious & occult;
And if the societal infrastructures are scientists and philosophers,
Then hippies are the mystics.
All else is trash.
by SavakaNik
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does anyone understand Nanavira's Clearing the Path?
Replies: 14
Views: 636

Re: Does anyone understand Nanavira's Clearing the Path?

One thing I want to know is why this guy has so many followers... Followers: please explain.... Why is his interpretation superior to the 1/3 of the tipitika (Abhidhamma) and all of the tikas and the vipassana movement literature? I trust that I wouldn't be out of line to speak on behalf of other "...
by SavakaNik
Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does anyone understand Nanavira's Clearing the Path?
Replies: 14
Views: 636

Re: Does anyone understand Nanavira's Clearing the Path?

*sigh* Sometimes I feel like I understand him too well. Nanavira's writing format in Notes on Dhamma does a lot of "branching out and reintegrating", encompassing various vantage points to see what he's pointing at from, for the sake of being thorough, chapters and footnotes that reference each othe...