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by Pulsar
Mon Apr 06, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana
Replies: 403
Views: 54211

Re: Jhana

🕊 We struggle to understand Nimitta. In the literature, It pops up in various contexts. For the meditator what counts is the soteriological context. So we return to Buddha and Paticca samuppada he proclaimed, under the tree of awakening. Intension of any skillful effort, is to uproot dukkha... Where...
by Pulsar
Sun Apr 05, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 5196
Views: 475827

Re: the great vegetarian debate

Confused wrote
fishing is bad. buddha got headache for 3 days because of karma of fishing in past
Where did you read that? in the Jatakas? Was he a bird (say heron) in that lifetime? in that case
should he not be excused? Or was he like a robin fishing for earthworms?
With love :candle:
by Pulsar
Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana
Replies: 403
Views: 54211

Re: Jhana

A complete understanding of a concept is difficult, unless several suttas, addressed to different disciples, are assembled from Middle length, Connected, and Numerical discourses of Buddha. Conceiving tends to lessen. Even though we are not arahants, in these moments, profoundness of Dhamma sets in;...
by Pulsar
Sat Apr 04, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arguments
Replies: 26
Views: 673

Re: Arguments

SteRo wrote binocular wrote: ↑Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:34 am SteRo wrote: ↑Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:17 am Simply discuss without effluents and/or don't take the aggregates that discern and display thoughts and feelings as self or belonging to self . Best sample of Buddhist deadpan humor in a long time! Don't sa...
by Pulsar
Sat Apr 04, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana
Replies: 403
Views: 54211

Re: Jhana

🥀  concluding remarks on Sujato's instructions on jhana. Sujato hilights metaphors from DN2, 1st jhana: kneading, stroking, coaxing bath powder into a gelatinous mass,   the gathering of  thought, a process in which Piti or Rapture is born. Piti arrives because one lets go of coarser forms of suffer...
by Pulsar
Fri Apr 03, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana
Replies: 403
Views: 54211

Re: Jhana

🥀  on the topic of life's grand pleasures, Sujato continues, "Buddha gave his own spin to jhana",  At around 30.34 of the video "Life of Pleasure (Jhana)" he says Samadhi is coalescence of the mind, for instance vitaka vicara is the development and purification of an ordinary state of mind. In first...
by Pulsar
Thu Apr 02, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Mainstream or The Outsider?
Replies: 186
Views: 7054

Re: The Mainstream or The Outsider?

Thank you very much dear Nicolas. I read the article, it gave me a headache. I do not like the cocktail of metaphysics, ontology etc. For the soteriological purpose, it is not necessary. Only Samma sati and Samma samadhi are necessary. Never having studied philosophy in college, I do not easily get ...
by Pulsar
Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Mainstream or The Outsider?
Replies: 186
Views: 7054

Re: The Mainstream or The Outsider?

Binocular wrote "mikenz66 wrote: ↑Wed Mar 04, 2020 5:39 am I was intrigued by a description of a certain teacher as: ... framing his argument as that of an insightful truth-teller, an outsider able to shed the delusions that have transfixed the mainstream. This happened to be Bhikkhu Sujato commenti...
by Pulsar
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana
Replies: 403
Views: 54211

Re: Jhana

"A village pig bathed in perfumed water, garlanded and laid on the best bed, will still return to the dunghill. In the same way Potthapada still returns to the idea of self"  From the foot notes to Potthapada. 'The Long Discourses of the Buddha' When Potthapada asks Lord, is perception a person's s...
by Pulsar
Wed Apr 01, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Reading the Suttas
Replies: 17
Views: 389

Re: Reading the Suttas

"Why must Buddhists know the suttas Ajahn Sujato" 14th Nov. 2014. If you retrieve this video from the web, and ff to 39.00 approximately, and listen onwards, not too long. a synopsis: how do we apply suttas  to our lives make the sutta live make it relevant Dhamma has no purpose unless it has meanin...
by Pulsar
Wed Apr 01, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana
Replies: 403
Views: 54211

Re: Jhana

Potthapada sutta DN 9 comes to mind.... Long time ago I described to a friend, when I was confronted on the subject of "Self" as taught by Buddha, my friend was firmly rooted in the notion of "self" rigidly. I used an idea found in the instructions to Potthapada. Many years later I cannot do any bet...
by Pulsar
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lie, watching porn, hearing music, playing games compatible with trying to attain first stage of enlightment?
Replies: 48
Views: 1128

Re: lie, watching porn, hearing music, playing games compatible with trying to attain first stage of enlightment?

SteRo wrote "Why should I explain what I have not stated?" Good enuf, let us drop the topic. You further write Of course perfectly pure emptiness is empty of signs of self but it is incompatible with signs of 'anatta' because perfectly pure emptiness is signless This is not how Theravadins think, th...
by Pulsar
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana
Replies: 403
Views: 54211

Re: Jhana

Quarantine, and COVID-19, in a way jhana is a process of quarantining the mind, until the residues of "I" disappears. Once "I" has vanished who on earth can the virus's receptors latch on to? Sticky knobs on viral surface , have an affinity for the victim's cell surface receptors allowing virus to p...
by Pulsar
Tue Mar 31, 2020 1:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Bare Awareness and Nibbana
Replies: 32
Views: 576

Re: Bare Awareness and Nibbana

SarathW Writes
What is the Pali word for "bare awareness"?

Vinnana-matta, it is also translated as 'bare-cognition', by some scholars.
by Pulsar
Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Dry Insight and Stream-Entry
Replies: 17
Views: 457

Re: Dry Insight and Stream-Entry

SteRo wrote Again you don't get the intended meaning of my words. Assuming that you understand the English expression "the point of departure" the "the point of departure" in the present context varies from individual to individual which is why it is the strongest argument for and against (dry) insi...