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by pt1
Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: The Visuddhi Magga and Abhidhamma may not have been taught by the Buddha! (Sama dengan Bahasa)
Replies: 11
Views: 827

Re: The Visuddhi Magga and Abhidhamma may not have been taught by the Buddha! (Sama dengan Bahasa)

The Venerable in the video, V.Vimalaramsi, is known for teaching "soft jhanas", which is different to how jhanas are presented in the Visuddhimagga. So, it seems only natural that he would speak against Visuddhimagga, since the underlying assumption seems to be that both cannot be right (which is al...
by pt1
Sun Feb 28, 2016 12:27 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Introduction to cetasikas?
Replies: 5
Views: 2113

Re: Introduction to cetasikas?

Cetasikas - by Nina Van Gorkom

https://archive.org/details/Cetasikas

She discusses all 52, drawing from different abhidhamma texts and commentaries

Best wishes
by pt1
Wed Feb 12, 2014 7:36 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Looking for hardcopy books
Replies: 5
Views: 1408

Re: Looking for hardcopy books

I just finished a 10 day solo retreat deepening my Vipassana meditation practice. I'm looking to increase my understanding of Abhidhamma and my teacher has recommended a couple books by Nina Van Gorkom: Cetasikas and Abhidhamma in Daily Life . I have found both books online, but have not been able ...
by pt1
Sun Apr 07, 2013 3:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The causes for wisdom
Replies: 1301
Views: 135376

Re: The causes for wisdom

When it comes to effort, wisdom, development of wisdom: (1) It’s probably clear by now that the arising of a wholesome state of mind is thought to correspond to what is meant by many instances in the suttas when the arousing of effort, concentration, mindfulness, etc, is described and encouraged. S...
by pt1
Sun Apr 07, 2013 2:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The causes for wisdom
Replies: 1301
Views: 135376

Re: The causes for wisdom

And, of course, that can include the “wish/decision” to follow/to listen to/to take seriously Sujin’s teachings. Yes, so (ideally) it's not about this or that action but awareness of the present mental state. Why would you think that following her teachings would be any more wholesome than followin...
by pt1
Sun Apr 07, 2013 1:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The causes for wisdom
Replies: 1301
Views: 135376

Re: The causes for wisdom

The last post in my series trying to give a summary of what K.S. and her students teach, apologies for the length: When it comes to effort, wisdom, development of wisdom: (1) It’s probably clear by now that the arising of a wholesome state of mind is thought to correspond to what is meant by many in...
by pt1
Sat Apr 06, 2013 11:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The causes for wisdom
Replies: 1301
Views: 135376

Re: The causes for wisdom

. . . Thank you for all the effort you put into writing this, but I have to say that reading it makes me glad I do not follow Sujin. I prefer a view where one can actually make an effort to practice what the Buddha taught. No worries, it’s good to discuss the differences so we at least know who’s s...
by pt1
Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The causes for wisdom
Replies: 1301
Views: 135376

Re: The causes for wisdom

Regarding the practice that K.S. and her students advocate (hopefully robertk and DF will correct me if I’m wrong): (a) The phrases I hear most often have to do with being aware right now. So, awareness in daily life is encouraged and I take it this is largely in reference to satipatthana sutta. Thi...
by pt1
Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The causes for wisdom
Replies: 1301
Views: 135376

Re: The causes for wisdom

There is no self right? Again, this is an intellectual position. Which you are taking as foundational, and drawing out further lines of reasoning from it, and you end up in a position of near fatalism. I say "near" because actually your position is simply incoherent. You deny the efficacy of effort...
by pt1
Sat Mar 30, 2013 2:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The causes for wisdom
Replies: 1301
Views: 135376

Re: The causes for wisdom

I suppose one could interpret it that way, but if üse is taken to refer to ünderstanding", should not the same be said for sexual intercourse, per the same sutta - This body comes into being through sexual intercourse. Sexual intercourse is to be abandoned. With regard to sexual intercourse, the Bu...
by pt1
Sat Mar 30, 2013 1:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The causes for wisdom
Replies: 1301
Views: 135376

Re: The causes for wisdom

Thanks for your replies. How do you know your mindfulness is "far from undivided"? How is it possible to know "far from undivided" but not know "evil states"? Is it possible to know the doubt? Food for thought. This is too much. Don't you know that greed, anger and delusion are bad? Coarse levels sh...
by pt1
Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The causes for wisdom
Replies: 1301
Views: 135376

Re: The causes for wisdom

Thanks, sorry for being unclear - I think my problem is that with such underdeveloped faculties, intentionally applying the advice in the sutta ... Then the monk should investigate: 'Are there any evil, unskillful mental qualities unabandoned by me that would be an obstruction for me were I to die i...
by pt1
Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The causes for wisdom
Replies: 1301
Views: 135376

Re: The causes for wisdom

In regards to all above, perhaps the main issue worth considering is how under/developed are my faculties? and that we actually have a very low level of wisdom. Is the underdeveloped/low level idea encouraged? What are we measuring against? My take on it was: From what I gather, it seems the very b...
by pt1
Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The causes for wisdom
Replies: 1301
Views: 135376

Re: The causes for wisdom

Here's a ringing endorsement of using craving and a fetter to cross over - "'This body comes into being through craving. And yet it is by relying on craving that craving is to be abandoned.' Thus was it said. And in reference to what was it said? There is the case, sister, where a monk hears, 'The ...
by pt1
Wed Mar 20, 2013 3:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The causes for wisdom
Replies: 1301
Views: 135376

Re: The causes for wisdom

So, you would not agree with robertk's highly dismissive and bitingly negative assessment of meditation practice: http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=15952&start=80#p228511" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; ? ... What I find unfortunate in this is that KS does not really se...