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by Pondera
Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:32 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What is Nibbana?
Replies: 17
Views: 821

Re: What is Nibbana?

Salayatananirodha Please consider the following But how is it that you understand liberation, emancipation, and seclusion for sentient beings?” “With the ending of relish for rebirth, the finishing of perception and consciousness, and the cessation and stilling of feelings: that, sir, is how I under...
by Pondera
Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Book about jhana
Replies: 22
Views: 972

Re: Book about jhana

I’ve heard of an author “Chris LeBlanc” who has an obscure but effective approach to the Rupa jhanas. In fact he takes Rupa literally - and extends the jhanas as literal experiences of the four great existences. Let me see if I can find a link to his free PDF. OH! Here we go. It’s in the bottom of m...
by Pondera
Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: media = sense fields = bases ?
Replies: 10
Views: 384

Re: media = sense fields = bases ?

You might want to also check out “philosophical realism”

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophical_realism
by Pondera
Mon Aug 26, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: media = sense fields = bases ?
Replies: 10
Views: 384

Re: media = sense fields = bases ?

ok, for a start what does base mean.? ____ Nose - When an odorant (external volatilized chemical compounds) comes in contact with the noses sense doors (olfactory receptor neurons) a signal is transmitted to the brain where it is recognised and designated "smell, odour". Eyes - When photons...(rods...
by Pondera
Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What is Nibbana?
Replies: 17
Views: 821

Re: What is Nibbana?

Nibbana is the cessation of perception and feeling. Nibbana is the end of the defilements. Nibbana is the end of the effluents. Nibbana is the ultimate freedom of heart. Nibbana is cessation. Nibbana is Unbinding. Nibbana is freedom from contact. Nibbana is the state of non-grasping. Nibbana is desc...
by Pondera
Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Buddhism die?
Replies: 10
Views: 383

Re: Will Buddhism die?

I think he might mean the “deathless”.
by Pondera
Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:38 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Howdy! Budding Buddhist practice with new puppy
Replies: 5
Views: 240

Re: Howdy! Budding Buddhist practice with new puppy

Maybe look for some Buddhist alternative training and/or teaching for your dog. Specialized teaching can be an amazing result. I have seen it in other dogs with amazing problems. It need not be Buddhist in order to work. Best of luck!

- Pondera
by Pondera
Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Skeptical of Samsara
Replies: 34
Views: 830

Re: Skeptical of Samsara

Existential angst; anxiety; depression; lack of motivation; lack of purpose; inability to feel joy or happiness; physical pain - these things begin to encroach on us more and more as we age. Buddhism offers at least two things: rapture and pleasure. It offers much more on the whole: Joy, serenity, c...
by Pondera
Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:45 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana
Replies: 246
Views: 9354

Re: Jhana

True, Yasa the householder who met Buddha, heard a short sermon, instantly became an Arahant too. He did not appear to have meditated before, he was married and spent the night before with several musicians. You appear to be saying Yasa was having a sexual orgy with musicians and the next day attai...
by Pondera
Sun Aug 04, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: is anapanasati concentration?
Replies: 47
Views: 1194

Re: is anapanasati concentration?

Sunna Is that what it means to “know” one is breathing? To be sensitive to your mouth area? Are you a mouth breather? Do you have sinus congestion? What if I breath through my nose? And finally where is this instruction indicated in the Anapanasati Sutta? To be fair, there is very little detail in ...
by Pondera
Sun Aug 04, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: is anapanasati concentration?
Replies: 47
Views: 1194

Re: is anapanasati concentration?

Another venerable I feel sorry for. Not what the Buddha intended. Not supported by the suttas. And not an escape from suffering.
by Pondera
Sun Aug 04, 2019 5:36 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: is anapanasati concentration?
Replies: 47
Views: 1194

Re: is anapanasati concentration?

Sunna

Is that what it means to “know” one is breathing? To be sensitive to your mouth area? Are you a mouth breather? Do you have sinus congestion? What if I breath through my nose? And finally where is this instruction indicated in the Anapanasati Sutta?
by Pondera
Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:55 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: is anapanasati concentration?
Replies: 47
Views: 1194

Re: is anapanasati concentration?

Tranquilizing the breath does not make sense. Breath is simply air coming in and out of the lungs. Tranquilizing the breath “process” makes more sense. What is the breath process? It is simply the rise and fall of the breathing diaphragm - with the help of surrounding abdominal and back muscles. Th...
by Pondera
Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:36 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: is anapanasati concentration?
Replies: 47
Views: 1194

Re: is anapanasati concentration?

Tranquilizing the breath does not make sense. Breath is simply air coming in and out of the lungs. Tranquilizing the breath “process” makes more sense. What is the breath process? It is simply the rise and fall of the breathing diaphragm - with the help of surrounding abdominal and back muscles. The...
by Pondera
Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: thinking born of contact
Replies: 11
Views: 286

Re: thinking born of contact

Contact ceases when feeling and perception cease. If you equate thinking with awareness, then - no; thinking doesn’t stop in Nibbana.

Although this is contradictory. Suttas say, “thinking is not good for me. What if I were to enter cessation, etc .....”