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by Pondera
Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness as non-judgmental awareness revisited
Replies: 84
Views: 1646

Re: Mindfulness as non-judgmental awareness revisited

The body; feelings; the mind; and mental qualities - these are the basis for the four right efforts and the four foundations of right mindfulness. Outside of this context mindfulness of say "the ocean" for example will not apply. Equanimity is non-judgmental awareness. Completely attainable in the t...
by Pondera
Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do devas have mind made bodies?
Replies: 14
Views: 299

Re: Do devas have mind made bodies?

4. Annihilationism (Ucchedavāda): Views 51–57 84. "There are, bhikkhus, some recluses and brahmins who are annihilationists and who on seven grounds proclaim the annihilation, destruction, and extermination of an existent being. And owing to what, with reference to what, do these honorable recluses...
by Pondera
Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Where Did I Go?
Replies: 23
Views: 769

Re: Where Did I Go?

My understanding is that the fourth jhana is the first stage where we begin to see perceptions of the body disappear. I believe sense of self still lingers all the way to cessation - however I can appreciate "full absorption" and a loss of self awareness. I would guess being fully self aware in a jh...
by Pondera
Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Where Did I Go?
Replies: 23
Views: 769

Re: Where Did I Go?

Hey walker...;

Besides the disconcerting feeling I'd say you might have reached fourth jhana - where there is neither pleasure nor pain. But the kink in that hose is equanimity. Do you observe equanimity in that state?

- Pondera
by Pondera
Fri Jul 28, 2017 2:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibbana = Non-Perception
Replies: 11
Views: 358

Re: Nibbana = Non-Perception

§ 75. "Just as if there were a pool of water in a mountain glen — clear, limpid, and unsullied — where a man with good eyesight standing on the bank could see shells, gravel, and pebbles, and also shoals of fish swimming about and resting, and it would occur to him, 'This pool of water is clear, li...
by Pondera
Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does atheism and existentialism lead to existential crisis ?
Replies: 38
Views: 1187

Re: Does atheism and existentialism lead to existential crisis ?

Metta? Interesting. I know obligations to other people often help me believe there's a world worth living for. I'm working on finding my volition - that spark that got me out of bed in the morning. I can't seem to find it anywhere. I believe we live in a world of possibilities. And we must use the p...
by Pondera
Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why suffer?
Replies: 14
Views: 359

Re: Why suffer?

As you say, you will let go of this mind and body. How does one simply "let go" of this mind and body? How do you escape your past karma? Your present karma? Your future karma?
by Pondera
Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does atheism and existentialism lead to existential crisis ?
Replies: 38
Views: 1187

Re: Does atheism and existentialism lead to existential crisis ?

But as I said, my question here is weather this is a normal problem for atheist or existentialist, or weather they just hold some views but never attend in this way that brings this state ? Personally, I don't think Sartre was consistent in his philosophy in applying it to his daily life, probably ...
by Pondera
Mon May 29, 2017 2:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Resistance/tightness in practicing loving kindness
Replies: 31
Views: 1081

Re: Resistance/tightness in practicing loving kindness

The heart has numerous pressure points. Depending on where in your heart this tension is, you may also be experiencing tension in a handful of different chakras (bodily systems). The chakra points are indelvably connected to the heart (not to mention the brain). Try to find out where in your mind th...
by Pondera
Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it possible for goodness to cause one's death?
Replies: 22
Views: 1297

Re: Is it possible for goodness to cause one's death?

Elijah from the Bible ascended straight into heaven. He was also a "good" person.

Jesus also comes to mind.
by Pondera
Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2016, part 3
Replies: 1891
Views: 72485

Re: There is such a thing as objective reality.

Reality is subjective. Ask anyone with bad vision. Our brains and perceptive faculties create a reality out of appearances. Then we remove our selves from the reality and create the false dichotomy of subject and object. The appearance of the object, however, depends on the person, the perceptive fa...
by Pondera
Sat Feb 18, 2017 3:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Partial-eternalism, Partial-annihilationism, or something else?
Replies: 5
Views: 278

Re: Partial-eternalism, Partial-annihilationism, or something else?

Rebirth: the fetus reaches a certain stage at which consciousness of the person-to-be departs from heaven or limbo and enters. Source: I've seen this process happen in past life recollections. (Dasein is falling - :spy: ) As far as I can tell from your OP - it sounds like you're ascribing self consc...
by Pondera
Sat Feb 11, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Equally Inferior
Replies: 6
Views: 338

Re: Equally Inferior

From evolution's perspective, an equally ugly group of hominids doesn't seem likely to jive with natural selection. But perhaps there is an argument to be made for a selective pressure that would lead to an equally ugly group of people flourishing in nature, as it were. My point is that, hypothetica...
by Pondera
Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Equally Inferior
Replies: 6
Views: 338

Equally Inferior

Would you forgo your good looks if it meant living in a more equitable, happier, albeit uglier world?

- Pondéra
by Pondera
Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: 40,000 aeons of memory?
Replies: 2
Views: 236

40,000 aeons of memory?

How long would it take to recall 40,000 aeons of memory? Are there velocities at which we can recall successive events? Is there a maximal velocity? What kind of mathematical definition or relationship can you give for memory content values, events per time units, and memories "travelled" per memory...
by Pondera
Sun Jan 15, 2017 4:49 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Why was Mahāmoggallāna blue?
Replies: 17
Views: 1013

Re: Why was Mahāmoggallāna blue?

A steady diet of silver will turn one blue ...

Or perhaps he practiced the blue kasina meditation a little too often.
by Pondera
Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:07 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: The harder I practice the worse my wrong views get, help!
Replies: 17
Views: 803

Re: The harder I practice the worse my wrong views get, help!

The three knowledges imply reality to rebirth. If you are progressing as a Buddhist, you should be gaining access to your long, long, long term memory banks - your own personal Akashic records. Maybe you should try past life regression therapy. More importantly. What is it, specifically, about pract...
by Pondera
Sat Dec 10, 2016 5:15 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Forum depletion?
Replies: 16
Views: 703

Re: Forum depletion?

Lurking ... :spy: I quite literally lost my self here when people started posting exclusively in Pali. In skateboarding this is like when a man shows up at the big bowl and doesn't realize that there are the locals there who really shred. The man is lucky if he gets to drop in and do a couple turns....
by Pondera
Mon Nov 28, 2016 2:59 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: 2 very intelligent men
Replies: 36
Views: 1639

Re: 2 very intelligent men

How can anyone with the rigorous training physicians undergo in the scientific method believe that? Accept atomic theory and deny carbon dating? :shrug: I guess people believe what they want to believe. Period. Barbara Drescher is quite interesting on this... http://www.skeptic.com/author/barbara-d...