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by Nyana
Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Nine blasts in Bodhgaya this morning: terrorist attack?
Replies: 81
Views: 7004

Re: Nine blasts in Bodhgaya this morning: terror attack?

Thanks pegembara, this is both timely and appropriate.

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by Nyana
Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:50 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: SECOND JHANA - i have some questions about it
Replies: 15
Views: 2042

Re: SECOND JHANA - i have some questions about it

why do you think it? first jhana isn't perfect for me? why? i can do first jhana meditation 15 or 20 minutes without get lost in thoughts. that was my main meditation to 2 or 3 months. Different people have different ideas about jhāna. Some people will think the first jhāna is a deeper samādhi than...
by Nyana
Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: This is becoming a real problem now...
Replies: 21
Views: 1926

Re: This is becoming a real problem now...

So for example, I have been reading some Ajahn Cha today. Beautiful, so clear and inspiring. Reminds me with a warm feeling of the shrines and altars I saw I the small villages in Thailand. Looking forward to learning more of the chanting I do when visiting my local group. Then in a breath I find m...
by Nyana
Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: This is becoming a real problem now...
Replies: 21
Views: 1926

Re: This is becoming a real problem now...

The issue is that this appreciation of both traditions has led to a rigid dichotomy in my mind that swings between Silent Illumination practice and Vipassana within the Theravadin tradition. The fact is I find it utterly impossible to reconcile the two. I'd suggest simplifying things to their basic...
by Nyana
Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Nine blasts in Bodhgaya this morning: terrorist attack?
Replies: 81
Views: 7004

Re: Nine blasts in Bodhgaya this morning: terror attack?

In fact, Arthur C. Clark a futuristic visionary, in one of his books, mentioned that Buddhism will be the only religion that will survive by the year 2050 and that scientist cannot hammer it down or destroy it I think it's highly unlikely that all other religions will fizzle out or be destroyed in ...
by Nyana
Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:46 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why do Buddhists always revert back to siddhartha gautama?
Replies: 81
Views: 5715

Re: Why do Buddhists always revert back to siddhartha gautam

I was trying to get at two related points: (1) Buddhism does not completely align with the Western concept of religion nor with the Western concepts of science or philosophy but sits somewhere between the three. (2) The typical test of truth in (Western) religion is, "Does this accord with our iner...
by Nyana
Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:58 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why do Buddhists always revert back to siddhartha gautama?
Replies: 81
Views: 5715

Re: Why do Buddhists always revert back to siddhartha gautam

In my terms, that presents almost a textbook case of Buddhism-as-religion. It's your choice - always - but I don't like* the way it closes off the opportunities for enriching and developing our knowledge.... * I am saying "I don't like" as if it's merely personal preference but it's a bit stronger ...
by Nyana
Sat Jul 06, 2013 8:34 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Logical Fallacies in Cardinal's Speech
Replies: 11
Views: 1758

Re: Logical Fallacies in Cardinal's Speech

The ' Appeal To Authority ' is particularly likely to be incorrectly applied. It is quite clear that the fallacy lies in appealing to unreliable or untested authority..but I have seen it applied on Buddhist forums to recorded remarks by Ajahn Chah..and even the Buddha. The issue appears to be that ...
by Nyana
Sat Jul 06, 2013 4:53 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Dhammapada Story : early schools
Replies: 7
Views: 2089

Re: Dhammapada Story : early schools

I'm looking for both commentary and story based on the Dhammapada Sarvāstivādin or/and Dharmaguptaka (translated in english). The purpose is to compare the stories between the early schools. If you know where I can find it. I'm not sure that there are any existing commentaries other than the Pāli. ...
by Nyana
Wed Jul 03, 2013 8:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are first three fetters fully eliminated by a Sotapanna?
Replies: 66
Views: 5161

Re: Are first three fetters fully eliminated by a Sotapanna?

Is a faith-follower a path-attainer? According to the Puggalapaññatti a faith-follower and a dhamma-follower are both developing the noble path to realize the sotāpanna fruition. This reference to the noble path is generally understood to imply that they are therefore both path attainers (although ...
by Nyana
Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are first three fetters fully eliminated by a Sotapanna?
Replies: 66
Views: 5161

Re: Are first three fetters fully eliminated by a Sotapanna?

"So then the differentiation you are making is between the sotapanna path-attainer and the sotapanna fruit-attainer?" No. I am not making any differentiations. In the suttas we find the sotapanna as path-attainer, attainer, fruit-attainer, usually paired either as the first and second, or the secon...
by Nyana
Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are first three fetters fully eliminated by a Sotapanna?
Replies: 66
Views: 5161

Re: Are first three fetters fully eliminated by a Sotapanna?

obo wrote:No to either.
So then the differentiation you are making is between the sotāpanna path-attainer and the sotāpanna fruit-attainer?
by Nyana
Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are first three fetters fully eliminated by a Sotapanna?
Replies: 66
Views: 5161

Re: Are first three fetters fully eliminated by a Sotapanna?

There is more than one scheme provided in the suttas, the alternate being one who has entered the stream and one who has the fruit. Are you implying that there are contradictory and incompatible schemes provided in the suttas? And are you suggesting that there are some sotāpannas who are equivalent...
by Nyana
Wed Jul 03, 2013 12:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sotāpanna: the path and fruit taught by the Buddha
Replies: 44
Views: 8865

Re: Sotāpanna: the path and fruit taught by the Buddha

Those can happen at later moment. Shutting down the mind doesn't occur earlier in the cognitive series leading up to stream entry either (there are occurrences of the bhavaṅgacitta, but such occurrences aren't unique to this particular cognitive series). I don't feel the discussion is really useful...
by Nyana
Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sotāpanna: the path and fruit taught by the Buddha
Replies: 44
Views: 8865

Re: Sotāpanna: the path and fruit taught by the Buddha

reflection wrote:Either stream entry will be with a moment of the 6 senses shutting down or not.
If the six senses are shut down there is no path consciousness nor fruition consciousness.
by Nyana
Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sotāpanna: the path and fruit taught by the Buddha
Replies: 44
Views: 8865

Re: Sotāpanna: the path and fruit taught by the Buddha

Coyote wrote:Is this from the Abhidhamma?
Yes, from the Dhammasaṅgaṇī and the Kathāvatthu, etc.
by Nyana
Tue Jul 02, 2013 4:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sotāpanna: the path and fruit taught by the Buddha
Replies: 44
Views: 8865

Re: Sotāpanna: the path and fruit taught by the Buddha

I was surprised to hear some teachers' comments such as a Sotapanna must very briefly experience nibbana (what they mean is the cessation of perception and feeling ). Why are you surprised? Isn't it the (classical) Theravada understanding that all paths and fruits take nibbana as an object? The dif...
by Nyana
Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sotāpanna: the path and fruit taught by the Buddha
Replies: 44
Views: 8865

Re: Sotappana: the path and fruit taught by the Buddha

I agree with Zom's above-quoted comments. I'd like to add a sutta indicating that the attainment of sotapanna doesn't require the knowledge of experiencing nibbana... Nibbāna means extinguishment . With the fruition of stream-entry a stream entrant has realized the extinguishment of the first three...
by Nyana
Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:53 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings
Replies: 356
Views: 31769

Re: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings

What philosophy is found in Buddhist practice? There are some similarities in ancient Western variations of askēsis to aspects of Buddhist practice. And Buddhist practice has also been informed by ethics, epistemology, logic, etc. Although the ancient Buddhists didn't develop ethical theories the w...
by Nyana
Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:53 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings
Replies: 356
Views: 31769

Re: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings

With philosophy is meant the love(passion) of wisdom as fixed concepts(dogma) in boxes especially western academic materials. This seems like a pretty limited perspective with regard to all that has gone on in the name of philosophy in the Western tradition. Ancient philosophy was often considered ...