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by Pondera
Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Buddhism die?
Replies: 10
Views: 266

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: 164

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: 676

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: 220
Views: 6396

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: 903

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: 903

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: 903

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: 903

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: 903

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: 229

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 .....”
by Pondera
Sat Aug 03, 2019 3:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: thinking born of contact
Replies: 11
Views: 229

Re: thinking born of contact

No. Here “representative intellection” refers to any form of elemental discernment. This includes concepts such as “contact” with the past - ie. a memory. A memory is not a being. It is an object of the mind faculty. Anything you can discern in your mind; any object of meditation; red, blue, yellow,...
by Pondera
Fri Aug 02, 2019 4:14 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Pure consciousness awareness is the unconditioned.
Replies: 72
Views: 6093

Re: Pure consciousness awareness is the unconditioned.

Gravitational waves bring the moon into contact with the Earth and vice versa. Consciousness is like a gravitational wave; bringing sense media into contact with sense faculty. Once you take this technical approach to the meaning of consciousness, then you transcend “dualism” and “idealism” and you ...
by Pondera
Sun Jul 28, 2019 4:09 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why so much hostility towards Baby Boomer Buddhists?
Replies: 48
Views: 1189

Re: Why so much hostility towards Baby Boomer Buddhists?

Nothing like monks. I did deliberately use the word "aspired" (which means they may not have fulfilled the aspiration). :) Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JarK71QnQY Not to add more complexity to my original question - but many of these articles/podcasts I've listened to that express a...
by Pondera
Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: The Miseducation of Pīti in Theravada
Replies: 16
Views: 508

Re: The Miseducation of Pīti in Theravada

Thank you. The large font and use of colour was helpful. :bow: keep on breathing, Guru DooDoot. Breath until your root chakra finally bestows rapture and serenity in you. Breath until that last grain of consciousness leaves the middle of your head :focus: Avoid non-sense Pursue “non-sense” - as in ...
by Pondera
Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why so much hostility towards Baby Boomer Buddhists?
Replies: 48
Views: 1189

Re: Why so much hostility towards Baby Boomer Buddhists?

I reckon it's just sour grapes. It's not my fault I got free university education, a cheap house, free love, drugs, and the opportunity to explore a wide variety of political and religious philosophies. :tongue: It were a difficult job, but somebody had to do it. Those long nights on the Pennine Wa...