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by paul
Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Clear Comprehending
Replies: 16
Views: 211

Re: Clear Comprehending

Bikkhu Bodhi’s interpretation differs from Thanissaro’s (which I presented above), in that he attributes the memory function to sampajanna rather than sati: “…the meditator clearly comprehends the nature and qualities of arisen phenomena, and relates them to the framework defined by the parameters o...
by paul
Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Clear Comprehending
Replies: 16
Views: 211

Re: Clear Comprehending

Alertness (sampajanna) is the component of present awareness in mindfulness, which is subjected to the focus of dhamma principles from memory (sati). The Canon defines alertness as knowing both events in the mind and activities of the body as they are happening (SN 47:35) that is, the four foundatio...
by paul
Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anapanasati - Step 7 and 8
Replies: 28
Views: 552

Re: Anapanasati - Step 7 and 8

Mindfulness of the body is clearly intended to be a focus and foundation for the other three, it being the only one where a list of exercises (six) are given.
by paul
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ultimate Truth (parama sacca)
Replies: 15
Views: 302

Re: Ultimate Truth (parama sacca)

In preaching non-duality, Nanavira is reverting to a Hindu path: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/bodhi/bps-essay_27.html Exposing the lure of the iconoclast : “Ven. Nanavira’s purpose in writing the Notes was, in his own words, “to indicate the proper interpretation of the suttas,” the k...
by paul
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ultimate Truth (parama sacca)
Replies: 15
Views: 302

Re: Ultimate Truth (parama sacca)

You may want to check out the second chapter titled 'Paramattha Sacca', of Clearing the Path: http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/ctp_screen-view_v1.pdf I have no interest in Ven. Nanavira’s writings. In a brief reading of the conclusion of the chapter I see he uses the example of the chariot and its...
by paul
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ultimate Truth (parama sacca)
Replies: 15
Views: 302

Re: Ultimate Truth (parama sacca)

Even after enlightenment, the dualistic condition persists as indicated in the statement from DN 9: “These are merely names, expressions, turns of speech, designations in common use in the world, which the Perfect One (Tathagata) uses without misapprehending them." This also indicates that names are...
by paul
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ultimate Truth (parama sacca)
Replies: 15
Views: 302

Re: Ultimate Truth (parama sacca)

In nationalist Sri Lanka there is an established role for Buddhist laypeople, but in western Buddhism they work directly from the texts, guided by the commentating authors such as Bikkhu Bodhi, Thanissaro and Analayo, and this opens up healthy new interpretations of practice, and this is a case in p...
by paul
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ultimate Truth (parama sacca)
Replies: 15
Views: 302

Re: Ultimate Truth (parama sacca)

Could you state what those objective actualities are? The way I understand "anatta and sunnata" can be taken as objective actualities. The practitioner’s perspective should be from a practical and immediate engagement, not from detached theoretical speculation, which is unwise attention - “Shall I ...
by paul
Sat Sep 15, 2018 3:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ultimate Truth (parama sacca)
Replies: 15
Views: 302

Re: Ultimate Truth (parama sacca)

Did Buddha ever spoke of "Parama sacca" (ultimate truth). I know he spoke of four "noble" truth. Sammuti sacca, paramarta Satya. But did he ever proclaimed satya in a sense that it's the final/ultimate truth? Conventional (vohara, samuti) truth and ultimate truth (paramattha sacca) are important co...
by paul
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anapanasati - Step 7 and 8
Replies: 28
Views: 552

Re: Anapanasati - Step 7 and 8

What is saṅkhara in the particular case of Anapanasati ? Thanissaro translates sankhara as fabrications: Sister Dhammadinna: “In-&-out breaths are bodily fabrications. Directed thought & evaluation are verbal fabrications. Perceptions & feelings are mental fabrications.” — MN 44 “This means that in...
by paul
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: High Blood Pressure
Replies: 27
Views: 382

Re: High Blood Pressure

:goodpost: You'll need to combine it with good diet, sufficient sleep time, and daily exercises As far as Samatha vs Vipassana, try Anapanasati which contains elements of both types (ie. the focusing in the in-out-breaths as a Samatha meditation object (1st-3rd tetrads); and the reflection on the im...
by paul
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anapanasati - Step 7 and 8
Replies: 28
Views: 552

Re: Anapanasati - Step 7 and 8

Quote: “the mind can become apprehensive & confused over the rapture because it can be difficult for the newbie to control & maintain the composure, equanimity & concentration” Rapture is an energy factor in terms of the division of the factors of enlightenment into tranquility and energy, and there...
by paul
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: High Blood Pressure
Replies: 27
Views: 382

Re: High Blood Pressure

A good guide to samatha ( it also covers vipassana/discernment) would be the book “ With Each and Every Breath”, Thanissaro Bikkhu . “Breath. The word “breath” covers a wide range of energies in the body. Most prominently, there’s the energy of the in-and-out breath. We tend to think of this breath ...
by paul
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Any recommended teachings, talks, or advice for dealing with noise?
Replies: 12
Views: 163

Re: Any recommended teachings, talks, or advice for dealing with noise?

It is essential for the practice to have a basis of samatha meditation so the practitioner needs to go to a wilderness area for several hours each day. As for eliminating noise in the social environment, there are Sony noise-cancelling headphones. "He discerns that 'Whatever disturbances that would ...