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by frank k
Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: AN 4.233 what exactly is the relation between kamma, saṅkhārā?
Replies: 8
Views: 317

Re: AN 4.233 what exactly is the relation between kamma, saṅkhārā?

... Again, the impression is of not interested in reading or even learning from another but are merely interested in preaching one's own ideas. Its ironic to claim to post 'revolutionary' ideas but when something cannot be discerned to defer to mundane 'orthodoxy'. 'Sankhara' is a simple topic for ...
by frank k
Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: if you witness a crime
Replies: 78
Views: 1140

Re: if you witness a crime

... No, I'm not creating a new Abhidhamma! :) I'm just exploring in depth a limited point actually pertinent to the V&V issue. For example, I can mentally chant "may all beings be happy" in my mind. That will arouse the related concepts and relationships between those concepts. I can then hold the ...
by frank k
Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: AN 4.233 what exactly is the relation between kamma, saṅkhārā?
Replies: 8
Views: 317

Re: AN 4.233 what exactly is the relation between kamma, saṅkhārā?

... You need to take some chill pills. I was simply saying thanks to acknowledge your efforts and obvious time you spent. sankhara is a controversial and difficult topic, don't expect anyone to read responses and immediately understand or comment to every point you make. Early abhidhamma, much of i...
by frank k
Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: if you witness a crime
Replies: 78
Views: 1140

Re: if you witness a crime

... I don't remember what you mean by 'conceptualization' off hand, but citta sankhara, sanna, vedana, are active through the first 7 samadhi attainments. It would be good if we could use standard EBT terms as much as possible. how do you interpret the speech ceasing in first jhana of SN 36.11? I b...
by frank k
Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: AN 4.233 what exactly is the relation between kamma, saṅkhārā?
Replies: 8
Views: 317

Re: AN 4.233 what exactly is the relation between kamma, saṅkhārā?

... Kind regards :smile: Thanks for that detailed response. The passage in AN 4.233 is a pericope used around 10 times, maybe more, through peyyala elisions. I don't know it can be dismissed so easily. all the occurrences of vaci sankhara in the suttas https://notesonthedhamma.blogspot.com/2019/08/...
by frank k
Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: if you witness a crime
Replies: 78
Views: 1140

Re: if you witness a crime

... Here again you are talking about vitakka-vicara taking place in arupa samadhi. I don't think that is possible since vitakka-vicara is already stilled. You can believe it or not, but I speak from personal experience. Your understanding of the four jhanas doesn't accord with EBT. You can be in an...
by frank k
Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:20 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: AN 4.233 what exactly is the relation between kamma, saṅkhārā?
Replies: 8
Views: 317

AN 4.233 what exactly is the relation between kamma, saṅkhārā?

https://notesonthedhamma.blogspot.com/2019/08/an-4233-what-exactly-is-relation.html link contains pali+english sutta passage. excerpt: questions: 1. what exactly are those 3 sankharas (bodily, voice, mind)? If they're the same ones from MN 44, it would be strange that in breath and out breath would...
by frank k
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: if you witness a crime
Replies: 78
Views: 1140

Re: if you witness a crime

... I noticed that you didn't answer my question directly. Can I take the following comment as implying that you still experience mental chatter albeit at a lower frequency in second jhana? ... I did not say there is mental chattering in second jhana. What I said is first jhana, is like a second jh...
by frank k
Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: if you witness a crime
Replies: 78
Views: 1140

Re: if you witness a crime

The jhanas are not an exact science, and there are going to be quite a range of subjective experiences that are really hard to objectively conclude which jhana one is in, or whether it can even be considered jhana. So keep that in mind when asking anyone about their personal experiences. I would des...
by frank k
Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: I don’t understand rejecting life’s pleasures
Replies: 15
Views: 354

Re: I don’t understand rejecting life’s pleasures

When I look at the Eightfold Path I do not see them as asking people to abandon music, sex, food entirely, only to behave in an ethical manner and avoid excess. In my view, for the lay person and practitioner, it’s all about the Middle Path and being present for all of life- leaning in to pain, phy...
by frank k
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: if you witness a crime
Replies: 78
Views: 1140

Re: if you witness a crime

follow up to post above: here's the Ab Vibhanga definition of vitakka for first jhana which is almost exactly identical to mn 117 samma sankappo http://lucid24.org/sted/8aam/8samadhi/vitakka/book/index.html#flink-93 (note I used sc's u thittila translation, which is WRONG.) So you really need to loo...
by frank k
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: if you witness a crime
Replies: 78
Views: 1140

Re: if you witness a crime

You need to read that whole section carefully, not just where it says earth kasina. I at first thought the same as you, but the Ab. commentary explicitly saying that's what differentiated first and second VRJ (vism redefined jhana). And also the vitakka as vaci-sankhara, mentally reciting words, li...
by frank k
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: What is the difference of Citta contemplation and Dhamma contemplation in Satipathana?
Replies: 34
Views: 1840

Re: What is the difference of Citta contemplation and Dhamma contemplation in Satipathana?

http://notesonthedhamma.blogspot.com/2019/05/the-real-meaning-of-cryptic-formula-in.html Dhamma in 4sp, is not 'phenomena', or 'mental qualities'. It's Dhamma-teachings, such as the 4nt noble truths. Article explains in detail. Also, you can see it's true from the last 4 steps of 16APS breath medit...
by frank k
Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: if you witness a crime
Replies: 78
Views: 1140

Re: if you witness a crime

... I'm not taking anyone at their word (yours or Sujato's). I actually tend more towards your views in some of these issues than Sujato's, but I'm not looking for simplicity and clarity that may not be there in the texts. I'll turn your question around and ask does any EBT say V&V is literally unv...
by frank k
Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: if you witness a crime
Replies: 78
Views: 1140

Re: if you witness a crime

It's not just sports, it's any activity. Driving a car, washing dishes, using "may you be happy" to enter first jhana. Dropping the words "may you be happy", but retaining the sentiment and feeling, into second jhana. You see a snake in front of you. The perception (sañña of snake) arises, but befor...