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by Dan74-MkII
Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Sufism and Western Vipassana Meditation
Replies: 12
Views: 227

Re: Sufism and Western Vipassana Meditation

Yes, Tolle's account is very similar to others of this nature. In Rinzai Zen traditions, sometimes one hears of the practitioners concentrating all their anguish and existential angst into one "Great Doubt", an unrelenting burning sense of inquiry that cuts through all the formations and accumulatio...
by Dan74-MkII
Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Sufism and Western Vipassana Meditation
Replies: 12
Views: 227

Re: Sufism and Western Vipassana Meditation

We don't know if Tolle is fully enlightened, but without a doubt people do have deep insights even outside formal Dhamma practice.

My impression of hearing a bit of Tolle is that what he teaches is in line with the Dhamma, but as far as him actually being liberated, who can really tell?
by Dan74-MkII
Sat Feb 16, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Does the posture matter?
Replies: 12
Views: 161

Re: Does the posture matter?

while sitting in a chair lacks the solid stability. I disagree. I sit in a straight -backed chair because of a problem from a knee injury years ago. My teacher(s) suggested I do that - and to keep my spine as straight as possible. I also sit on a garden chair outdoors, weather permitting, because I...
by Dan74-MkII
Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Does the posture matter?
Replies: 12
Views: 161

Re: Does the posture matter?

Other traditions (Zen) emphasize the importance of posture, giving reasons from simple stability and comfort needed for longer sits to enabling right energy flows, conducive to a clearer and more vigorous meditation. I would say that the former is quite uncontroversial and if one does a retreat wit...
by Dan74-MkII
Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Does the posture matter?
Replies: 12
Views: 161

Re: Does the posture matter?

Other traditions (Zen) emphasize the importance of posture, giving reasons from simple stability and comfort needed for longer sits to enabling right energy flows, conducive to a clearer and more vigorous meditation. I would say that the former is quite uncontroversial and if one does a retreat with...
by Dan74-MkII
Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How Many Of You Experience Depression?
Replies: 28
Views: 541

Re: How Many Of You Experience Depression?

Thank you for the topic and for all of the discussion. I can relate to the topic on multiple levels. I guard against becoming depressed. I have experienced five distinct periods of deep depression where I felt like ending my life in order to end such intense suffering. These periods were related to...
by Dan74-MkII
Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Is meditation redundant?
Replies: 11
Views: 157

Re: Is meditation redundant?

In meditation we learn about our mind and how to overcome the Three Poisons. Sila, Samadhi, Panna are not a linear sequence, but are cultivated at the same time, IMO.
by Dan74-MkII
Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are there Dhammayut groups without 'eternal citta' belief
Replies: 27
Views: 352

Re: Are there Dhammayut groups without 'eternal citta' belief

Having a semi-eternalist or any other view on the matter until closer to liberation is going to be off-the-mark by default, wouldn't it? Since we don't have a clear notion of what anatta and nibbana really mean. In that sense the notion of doctrinal correctness appears to me to be on shaky ground in...
by Dan74-MkII
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Neither indulging nor suppressing
Replies: 2
Views: 91

Re: Neither indulging nor suppressing

Ajahn Sumedho goes into this attitude, the sati-sampajanna, in this talk:

http://trustinginbuddha.co.uk/intuitive ... n-sumedho/

Perhaps you will find it helpful.
by Dan74-MkII
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I MAY HAVE JUST FIGURED OUT THE ANANDA SUTTA!!!
Replies: 14
Views: 315

Re: I MAY HAVE JUST FIGURED OUT THE ANANDA SUTTA!!!

Perhaps the Buddha did not respond because he saw that whatever response he would've made, would have just led to an entanglement in the thicket of views, conducive to conceit and confusion and not conducive to practice leading to liberation? Look at forums. There is no end of arguing about self, no...
by Dan74-MkII
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness/Concentration
Replies: 12
Views: 192

Re: Mindfulness/Concentration

Friends :smile: I have an interesting question. When I practise anapanasati, I am aware of my breathing but also in the background thoughts, ideas, etc. Is it really possible to be mindful of two things (breathing as well as thoughts) at once? I've heard that the mind can only focus on one thing at...
by Dan74-MkII
Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self vs Not-Self
Replies: 12
Views: 208

Re: Self vs Not-Self

It seems to me that these ontological queries (is there __/isn't there ___? substitute self, soul, post-mortem rebirth, etc etc) run counter to Dhamma practice which is here-and-now. Dhamma practice requires a great deal of determination and persistence and to waste energy on tangential pursuits mak...
by Dan74-MkII
Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A zen approach to the mind
Replies: 9
Views: 294

Re: A zen approach to the mind

Friends :smile: This is about how zen views the mind - and how it compares with the theravada position. In zen, the mind exists only through activity. Even if the body is still, the mind will try to be active in some form or the other. The mind will never be unoccupied. It will always try to be occ...
by Dan74-MkII
Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What was the reason behind the development of new buddhist vehicles?
Replies: 29
Views: 837

Re: What was the reason behind the development of new buddhist vehicles?

the mere fact of practicing by many Theravadins does not necessarily makes a practice Theravadan. I may be reading this incorrectly, but this seems like a potential "not true scotsman" fallacy. Are "Theravada" and "Theravadin" closed, fixed and static concepts? How can we define what practices and ...
by Dan74-MkII
Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Steven Irwin a Crocodile Now?
Replies: 34
Views: 411

Re: Is Steven Irwin a Crocodile Now?

alfa wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:25 pm
This isn't a comment on Irvin or the OP, but I really don't understand how anyone - I mean, anyone - can even look at a reptile, much less touch it or play with it. :shrug: As mammals, shouldn't we all have an instinctive fear of reptiles?
I think this is one class war we can put to rest.