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by Pondera
Mon Apr 06, 2020 3:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is "awareness-release"
Replies: 11
Views: 182

Re: What is "awareness-release"

it means that awareness does not 'stand on' or 'abide on' anything. Actually it is awareness devoid of passion; released from the body. In fact it does stand on something - ie. it relies on something. It relies on samadhi. Exactly. “It does not “stand on” anything ”? It is as you said, it relies on...
by Pondera
Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Types of Open Eye Meditation in Buddhism
Replies: 10
Views: 254

Re: Types of Open Eye Meditation in Buddhism

I usually start by crossing my eyes. Then I see how long I can cross my eyes. I sit on a lazy Suzanne and spin my self around while hyperventilating. I don’t know if the results are “Buddhist” - but after an hour of this I feel much different than when I started. Kidding. My advise. Keep your eyes o...
by Pondera
Sat Apr 04, 2020 5:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is "awareness-release"
Replies: 11
Views: 182

Re: What is "awareness-release"

SteRo and I share one thing in common and one difference. One. We both share our personal perspectives. But. I can back my perspective up with multiple suttas and without any contradiction. SteRo can only provide suttas with the provision that he or she is allowed to disregard one or another vital p...
by Pondera
Sat Apr 04, 2020 5:03 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: The meaning of "nimitta" ("sign") & "animitta" ("signless")???
Replies: 18
Views: 273

Re: The meaning of "nimitta" ("sign") & "animitta" ("signless")???

The signless is mentioned alongside “the wishless” and “the deathless”. These are all synonyms for liberation. If you ask me, each pertains to an aspect of the three poisons - or; the three marks. The wishless is without lust and pertains to knowledge of impermanence. The signless is without hate an...
by Pondera
Sat Apr 04, 2020 4:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is "awareness-release"
Replies: 11
Views: 182

Re: What is "awareness-release"

Hi. In the suttas we sometimes read the expression "awareness-release". What exactly does it mean. it means that awareness does not 'stand on' or 'abide on' anything. Actually it is awareness devoid of passion; released from the body. In fact it does stand on something - ie. it relies on something....
by Pondera
Sat Apr 04, 2020 4:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is "awareness-release"
Replies: 11
Views: 182

Re: What is "awareness-release"

"These two qualities have a share in clear knowing. Which two? Tranquillity (samatha) & insight (vipassana). "When tranquillity is developed , what purpose does it serve? The mind is developed. And when the mind is developed, what purpose does it serve? Passion is abandoned. "When insight is develo...
by Pondera
Sat Apr 04, 2020 4:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is "awareness-release"
Replies: 11
Views: 182

Re: What is "awareness-release"

“Awareness release” is the prelude to “Discernment Release”. When jhanic bliss is developed the mind naturally detaches from all processes related to the body. As a result the mind is released into equanimity view. Ie. Samadhi is attained. As opposed to being fixated on the inner world, one who atta...
by Pondera
Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Reading the Suttas
Replies: 17
Views: 384

Re: Reading the Suttas

Faith is the vital condition for joy. That’s “faith in the Buddha”. Whether it is by reading suttas or hearing a dhamma talk, it is only natural that joy should arise out of faith in the Buddha and his teachings. In my youth I felt joy as a result of faith by reading suttas. As I was raised as a Chr...
by Pondera
Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do my actions automatically become better for each day?
Replies: 13
Views: 256

Re: Do my actions automatically become better for each day?

Nope. Worse. As you age and approach the time where it is your responsibility to become independent and financially on your own - by necessity, you become greedy and start to look for money. The lucky ones can earn a right livelihood. But either way - you need money. And then you become desperate as...
by Pondera
Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without fake self could one survive another day ?
Replies: 48
Views: 729

Re: Without fake self could one survive another day ?

Zom wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:37 am
According to buddhism the aim is to eliminate the sense of self or conceit ie the fake self . But in reality is it possible not to defend yourself , your very body as self and its possessions ?!
According to tradition it is possible, but only for 7 days max 8-)
:clap:
by Pondera
Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Great Exposition of Kamma. mn 136.
Replies: 15
Views: 253

Re: The Great Exposition of Kamma. mn 136.

Sex with a dog = seven days in Hell? I’ll keep that in mind the next time I’m wasting time at work. :spy:
by Pondera
Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is your meditation the ultimate, highest
Replies: 4
Views: 360

Re: Is your meditation the ultimate, highest

"'I tell you, the ending of the mental fermentations depends on the first jhana.' Thus it has been said. In reference to what was it said? There is the case where a monk, secluded from sensuality, secluded from unskillful qualities, enters & remains in the first jhana: rapture & pleasure born of se...
by Pondera
Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is your meditation the ultimate, highest
Replies: 4
Views: 360

Re: Is your meditation the ultimate, highest

AN 10.6 - this sutta you have quoted is very inspiring to me. I meditate on the four great existences. I meditate on the four colour kasinas. For me, they are a source of rapture, tranquility, and heavenly pleasure. Other sources reveal that heavenly pleasure is the vital condition for Samādhi. This...
by Pondera
Tue Mar 24, 2020 1:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kamma or not?
Replies: 18
Views: 334

Re: Kamma or not?

There’s a sutta where the Buddha talks to the Jains. These Jains are practicing austerities to undue evil past kamma. The Buddha asks them if they’re capable of knowing their own past kamma. They say, “no”. The Buddha asks them if, that is the case, can they turn evil past kamma into good kamma by p...
by Pondera
Mon Mar 23, 2020 4:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: One Question
Replies: 29
Views: 2296

Re: One Question

Does a series summation exist for any given prime number (p1 + p2 + ... + pn) where n belongs to the real numbers? And then if he said, “Yes.” I’d say, “What is it?” And then he’d say, “You only get one question.” he would not say yes. The budha have the most powerful mind in the universe, but he w...