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by EmptyShadow
Mon Jan 23, 2017 2:17 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Why was Mahāmoggallāna blue?
Replies: 17
Views: 1286

Re: Why was Mahāmoggallāna blue?

Here is an interesting quote from this site: http://www.palikanon.com/english/pali_names/maha/maha_moggallana_th.htm "Moggallāna's body was of the colour of the blue lotus or the rain cloud (Bu.i.58). There exists in Ceylon an oral tradition that this colour is due to his having suffered in hell in ...
by EmptyShadow
Mon May 11, 2015 2:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: i was in a white dimension
Replies: 2
Views: 762

Re: i was in a white dimension

Hi, this white "dimension" sound a lot like fully developed white kasina. As you say it was a lucid dream. Is it possible that the idea of a real place with other beings in it could be just an interpretation of your mind while dreaming and not an actual deva world? About the white kasina here's an e...
by EmptyShadow
Mon Sep 29, 2014 3:53 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: when nimitta comes what we should do? see the nimitta?
Replies: 17
Views: 5805

Re: when nimitta comes what we should do? see the nimitta?

Sorry I dont have his book "Mindfulness, Bliss, And Beyond: A Meditator's Handbook" and I can't comment what he writes there why he would contradict himself. To me the advise your teacher gave you seems more sound. Btw congratulations on your good progress in meditation. I'm sure that with more prac...
by EmptyShadow
Mon Sep 29, 2014 2:53 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: when nimitta comes what we should do? see the nimitta?
Replies: 17
Views: 5805

Re: when nimitta comes what we should do? see the nimitta?

Since the term nimitta, as we use it, comes from the Visuddhimagga, according to it there are 2 types of nimitta. The uggaha-nimitta (taken-up sign or learning sign) which is usually dull, unstable, may move around or keep appearing and disapearing. The advice not to pay attention to it and keep you...
by EmptyShadow
Mon Sep 29, 2014 12:17 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The prophecy of Venerable Mogaliputta Tissa
Replies: 2
Views: 702

Re: The prophecy of Venerable Mogaliputta Tissa

As I understand this is from questions & answers session with Goenkaji. Here's his answer: http://www.vridhamma.org/uploadedfiles/BenefitofMany.pdf According to the prophecy of the monk Mogaliputta Tissa, a bodhisattva was going to set in motion the Dhamma wheel once again from Jambudīpa 2,500 years...
by EmptyShadow
Sun Sep 28, 2014 11:21 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: when nimitta comes what we should do? see the nimitta?
Replies: 17
Views: 5805

Re: when nimitta comes what we should do? see the nimitta?

can anybody share anything about nimitta (article or book) from a teacher? Here's a quote from Pa-Auk Sayadaw's book http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/know-see.pdf When you have reached this stage it is important to not play with your nimitta. Do not let it go away, and do not intentionally change ...
by EmptyShadow
Sat Sep 06, 2014 6:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Does metta have an effect beyond one's own mind?
Replies: 51
Views: 2492

Re: Does metta have an effect beyond one's own mind?

Yes, I also wonder how anapanasati and metta are compared for the development of insight. My impression is that they are equally suitable since they can both lead up to the fourth jhana. Metta can be developed only to the third jhana. In the fourth jhana, the jhana factor sukha(bliss) is discarded ...
by EmptyShadow
Thu Aug 14, 2014 10:32 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: jhanas and nirodha?...
Replies: 95
Views: 12299

Re: jhanas and nirodha?...

While meditating, I often get to a state when any perception stops, mind stops, where there is no more me and world, everything dissapears. There is no empty space nor endless mind. Indescribable state where everything has stopped and there is no perception. All I can tell about this state - it's t...
by EmptyShadow
Thu May 01, 2014 7:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Help Friend or Ordain now?
Replies: 21
Views: 1237

Re: Help Friend or Ordain now?

If keeping your promise bothers you, explain to your friend how you feel and about your ordination plans and ask him to free you from your promise.That way if he do it, you won't brake any precept or your word. :hello:
by EmptyShadow
Sat Jun 29, 2013 4:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mudita Questions
Replies: 7
Views: 1234

Re: Mudita Questions

Shaila Catherine have a very good talk on appreciative joy(mudita).
http://imsb.org/teachings/audio.php
by EmptyShadow
Sat Jun 29, 2013 4:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is (Asanna) plane?
Replies: 7
Views: 1553

Re: What is (Asanna) plane?

http://www.palikanon.com/english/pali_names/ay/asannasatta.htm Asaññasattā Inhabitants of the fifth of the nine abodes of beings (sattāvāsā). These beings are unconscious and experience nothing (A.iv.401). As soon as an idea occurs to them they fall from their state (D.i.28). Brahmin ascetics, havin...
by EmptyShadow
Sat Jun 29, 2013 3:51 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Conspiracy nuts, gay marriage, and immigration.
Replies: 42
Views: 2398

Re: Conspiracy nuts, gay marriage, and immigration.

I guess a "real buddhist" would let go when other people don't share his opinion about the US government and woudn't call them 'conspiracy nuts' only because he doesn't agree with them :smile:
by EmptyShadow
Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: "The Broken Buddha" by Ven.Dhammika and other scandals
Replies: 347
Views: 64605

Re: The Nude Monk's Burning Robes

Hi BlackBird,
I just noticed your post in this topic http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=16995
BlackBird wrote:I've heard good things about Na Uyana.
and I couldnt help but think how easy our view is shaped by what we hear or read from other people. :smile:
by EmptyShadow
Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What does it mean:You ́re already everything you dreamed of?
Replies: 2
Views: 904

Re: What does it mean:You ́re already everything you dreamed

I dont know who said it but he is certainly wrong :tongue:
by EmptyShadow
Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Feeling that I am lying to myself while meditating
Replies: 22
Views: 3422

Re: Feeling that I am lying to myself while meditating

Should I ask here about my misunderstanding of Buddhas teaching that causes me to doubt, or does that only bring energy to the doubting and thinking, and will it only mean that more things will pop up into my head about the teachings that will just cause more doubting about some other stuff in the ...
by EmptyShadow
Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:44 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: In need of advice about going forth
Replies: 13
Views: 2634

Re: In need of advice about going forth

Except maybe by threatening to burn the monastery down unless one is ordained. I've seen this has been mentioned in various other threads about ordaining as well (wouldn't mind someone who's more knowledgeable to point out if this really is mentioned in the rules). If I understand correct this is f...
by EmptyShadow
Thu Jun 06, 2013 6:52 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Is there a risk of being buried alive while in Deep Jhana?
Replies: 17
Views: 2828

Re: Is there a risk of being buried alive while in Deep Jhan

I think you should worry more if you wake up during your autopsy and see your body chopped up. That would be probably unpleasant experience :thinking: I think that in most countries funeral/cremation is performed couple days after death and it's very unlikely that spontaneous jhana will last more th...
by EmptyShadow
Sat Jun 01, 2013 8:51 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Brazilian kid refuses to eat animals
Replies: 9
Views: 1183

Re: Brazilian kid refuses to eat animals

Impressive indeed! The video made me smile :twothumbsup: