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by Pondera
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Common problems during meditation
Replies: 7
Views: 187

Re: Common problems during meditation

I don’t have time to quote the Buddha in this post. But your main problem is a lack of direction. If you’re doing anapanasati- you can take mental notes all day - it won’t result in anything. You should be going after jhana. Why? Because “jhana practitioners touch the deathless with their bodies”. D...
by Pondera
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anapanasati and the Breathing Diaphragm
Replies: 7
Views: 133

Re: Anapanasati and the Breathing Diaphragm

chownah wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:02 am
I have seen those results.
chownah
Equanimity?
by Pondera
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anapanasati and the Breathing Diaphragm
Replies: 7
Views: 133

Re: Anapanasati and the Breathing Diaphragm

Has anyone seen results by releasing tension in the breathing diaphragm?
by Pondera
Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anapanasati and the Breathing Diaphragm
Replies: 7
Views: 133

Anapanasati and the Breathing Diaphragm

I’m curious if anyone at DW practices anapanasati with their attention on the breathing diaphragm. What are your findings? Are there a lot of teachers out there who recommend this technique?

Pondéra
by Pondera
Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In Praise of Pain
Replies: 42
Views: 673

Re: In Praise of Pain

Like this happy gentleman:



Jhana Master!!! :stirthepot:
by Pondera
Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In Praise of Pain
Replies: 42
Views: 673

Re: In Praise of Pain

Kind of sounds like a high schooler’s Buddhist fantasy. What else do high schoolers know of “pleasure” other than orgasm? Sukkha is refined pleasure. In third jhana, practitioner dwells “at ease, sensing pleasure with his body”. Are we at ease in orgasm? As DooDoot said, it sounds more like catharsi...
by Pondera
Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In Praise of Pain
Replies: 42
Views: 673

Re: In Praise of Pain

Everyone here agrees that the “rapture and pleasure” of the First Jhāna is like “an orgasm times three”? That’s sad and disturbing.
by Pondera
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordaining as a parent
Replies: 8
Views: 353

Re: Ordaining as a parent

Nein! Nein! Nein! Das ist strictly verboden!!!
by Pondera
Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Question 4 re- MN118 Anapanasati Sutta
Replies: 37
Views: 794

Re: Question 4 re- MN118 Anapanasati Sutta

Air Kasina :spy: that’s what the “breath-body” is.
by Pondera
Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Inferred Jhana
Replies: 14
Views: 641

Re: Inferred Jhana

What’s interesting to me is this “a person has six properties” - two of which are definitely jhanas - the first two higher immaterial jhanas to be exact. Nothingness and NPnorNonP are called “mental mastery” in other suttas. I just find it interesting that the whole ontological world of man is defin...
by Pondera
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where Does The World Go?
Replies: 7
Views: 451

Re: Where Does The World Go?

Theravada anatta talk is talk of “not-self”. You are declaring that the world is an illusion. Suffering is not an illusion - nor is the round of rebirth. The question is “what becomes of the world when one enters Unbinding?”. The answer is “nothing”. The only change is that there is one less being i...
by Pondera
Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where Does The World Go?
Replies: 7
Views: 451

Re: Where Does The World Go?

Mahayana emptiness talk. The Buddha declares “this world” - as much as “Nibbana is neither this world, nor the next”. Do you not believe in Samsara? Do you not believe in the round of rebirths? Do you not believe that the six sense spheres come from name and form? There is a world. It is called Sams...
by Pondera
Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where Does The World Go?
Replies: 7
Views: 451

Where Does The World Go?

Some say that when one is unbound, the world disappears. Others maintain that the world remains, however perception and feeling with regard to the six sense spheres is absent. What should be the conclusion? In DN 11 the following comments are made: "'Your question should not be phrased in this way: ...
by Pondera
Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 961
Views: 62968

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

By the way, whether one likes the concept of rebirth or not, it WILL happen. Until one attains the Arahanthood, rebirth cannot be avoided. Mere interpretative speculation. 1. Gaddulabaddha Sutta.– Incalculable is the beginning of saṃsāra and the untaught worldling, having wrong notions of self, rev...
by Pondera
Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Physical posture during seated meditation
Replies: 16
Views: 963

Re: Physical posture during seated meditation

The Sacroiliac joint is of utmost importance. Not only should that joint be straightened as much as one can - it should be in a position where one can let go of dukkha there from. The SI joint is the absolute key to achieving rapture during meditation - and also for achieving rapture as a element o...