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by Beautiful Breath
Mon Jul 29, 2013 2:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Prasangika Differences...
Replies: 14
Views: 2138

Re: Prasangika Differences...

Bump...! :zzz:
by Beautiful Breath
Tue Jul 23, 2013 2:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Prasangika Differences...
Replies: 14
Views: 2138

Prasangika Differences...

Hello all, What are the main differences between Emptiness as taught by Nargajuna and Shantideva for example, and anatta as taught in classical Theravada? Are there any differences? What I see as the main difference is that the Prasangikas for example teach about the illusory nature of reality and i...
by Beautiful Breath
Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:17 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Is withdrawing from the senses entirely healthy?
Replies: 6
Views: 1531

Is withdrawing from the senses entirely healthy?

Hi all, At times in my practice Anapanasati feels too much like a distraction from a calm that I experience by just having a bare awareness, Shikantaza(esque). Then at others the calmness described feels a little too comfortable and I will then shift awareness to the breath. Seems to work for me, I'...
by Beautiful Breath
Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Bare Attention
Replies: 10
Views: 1327

Re: Bare Attention

Dan74 wrote:BB, haven't you asked these questions here before?

...probably, in a thousand forums :-)

no harm in the odd revisit though eh?

BB...
by Beautiful Breath
Thu Jul 11, 2013 2:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Bare Attention
Replies: 10
Views: 1327

Re: Bare Attention

I guess also, if there is little difference between Silent Illumination and 'Bare Attention' why would the Chan tradition seem to claim it as their own tracing it back to Hongzhi and probably further?

BB...
by Beautiful Breath
Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Bare Attention
Replies: 10
Views: 1327

Bare Attention

Hi,

Can anyone offer some links to the practice of Bare Attention in the Theravadin tradition? Sounds like it might be very similar to the Zennies Silent Illumination/Shikantaza.

Might go some way top helping me reconcile my previous post in here.

Thanks!

BB...
by Beautiful Breath
Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: This is becoming a real problem now...
Replies: 21
Views: 1927

Re: This is becoming a real problem now...

Hi bb, If you recognise the two as being the same in function, can I ask : what, practically speaking, is the problem? What kind of obstacles does it create for you to train in a method sometimes with a flavour of 'chan' and sometimes with a flavour of 'theravada' if the method remains the same? An...
by Beautiful Breath
Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:28 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: A5 Chanting book
Replies: 2
Views: 843

A5 Chanting book

Hi,

I have downloaded a selection of Chanting book(lets) that all print off at A4 size, which feels a tad awkward when sitting - does anyone know where I can purchase the small A5 size ones I have seen?

Thanks for your help,

BB...
by Beautiful Breath
Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: This is becoming a real problem now...
Replies: 21
Views: 1927

Re: This is becoming a real problem now...

at wat pah nanachat, I was told how at least one student who was new to meditation was handed a copy of Zen Mind, Beginners Mind because "it says the same thing as what we're doing, but it's not as dry as the suttas." I've been told similar things from monastics at Cittavevika. So it may be that th...
by Beautiful Breath
Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: This is becoming a real problem now...
Replies: 21
Views: 1927

Re: This is becoming a real problem now...

...bizarre that such a small and superficially innocuous thing can have such a huge impact on a long established practice. I am thinking it might be to do with some form of identity. Feeling 'Theravadin' or feeling 'Zennie' when seduced by a particular practice/tradition. I keep telling myself these...
by Beautiful Breath
Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: This is becoming a real problem now...
Replies: 21
Views: 1927

Re: This is becoming a real problem now...

I guess it feels like I have to embrace all the attributes that come with a particular practice. For example, I gather the majority I'd you have a shrine/altar that is in essence recognisable as a Theravadin shrine. So by proxy you are enjoying the Thai(ness) for example of this tradition. Maybe eve...
by Beautiful Breath
Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: This is becoming a real problem now...
Replies: 21
Views: 1927

This is becoming a real problem now...

Hello everyone, A bit of self disclosing here now as I have tried all other avenues to no avail... I have always been interested in different meditation forms, different traditions and their various practices. This has often led to a sense of confusion as to why some 'Buddhist' traditions are in app...
by Beautiful Breath
Tue Jun 11, 2013 3:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sloth Torpor or Jhana...?
Replies: 7
Views: 1657

Re: Sloth Torpor or Jhana...?

...imagine being in a busy rush hour, with lots of smog and cars beeoing their horns...pouring with rain....etc...etc... Then suddenly you find yourself in a meadow on a warm day feeling nothing but the breeze and hearing nothing but the birds in the distance...eys closed and feeling no sense of phy...
by Beautiful Breath
Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sloth Torpor or Jhana...?
Replies: 7
Views: 1657

Re: Sloth Torpor or Jhana...?

Ian thanks so much for taking the time to reply so comprehensively. I will indeed read the link. its a difficult time for me at the moment re my practice and has been for a while now. I've been verging on turning my back on what potentially could be something important.

_/|\_
by Beautiful Breath
Mon Jun 10, 2013 1:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sloth Torpor or Jhana...?
Replies: 7
Views: 1657

Sloth Torpor or Jhana...?

When getting deeper into our practice how can we differentiate between our concentration becoming more focused and consequently a quieter mind and lapsing into a numbness that just feels good? I sometimes practice Silent Illumination (Shikantaza Jp. Just Sitting) and often get a real sense of there ...
by Beautiful Breath
Mon Jun 10, 2013 1:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What the Zennies say...?
Replies: 39
Views: 3868

Re: What the Zennies say...?

Dan: Hwadu/Koan practice arose from the realization that many people sitting shikantaza (or silent illumination as the Caodong tradition's practice was called) simply vege out, get addicted to a jhana or reach a quiescent peaceful state and get stuck there. Not sure thats the entire reason Hwadu pra...
by Beautiful Breath
Sat Jun 08, 2013 6:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What the Zennies say...?
Replies: 39
Views: 3868

Re: What the Zennies say...?

I recently spoke to a Seon nun who suggested that practices like Anapanasati, Jhana and so on can actually exagerate the ego instead of revealing its nature. She recommended practices like Hwadu/Koan in order to directly address the ego. Thoughts...? From what I have seen, this kind of thing happen...
by Beautiful Breath
Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What the Zennies say...?
Replies: 39
Views: 3868

What the Zennies say...?

I recently spoke to a Seon nun who suggested that practices like Anapanasati, Jhana and so on can actually exagerate the ego instead of revealing its nature. She recommended practices like Hwadu/Koan in order to directly address the ego.

Thoughts...?

BB...
by Beautiful Breath
Thu May 16, 2013 6:12 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Sujin Boriharnwanaket discussion...
Replies: 40
Views: 7876

Re: Sujin Boriharnwanaket discussion...

Yeah, let's keep it real eh? To clarify, my philosophical basis up to now has been the Mādhyamika, mostly via Nargajuna. I spoke at length with Sujin Boriharnwanaket in Thailand earlier this year and am intrigued in her stance and how it may differ from my view. So be nice gentlemen and maybe we can...
by Beautiful Breath
Wed May 15, 2013 11:44 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Sujin Boriharnwanaket discussion...
Replies: 40
Views: 7876

Re: Sujin Boriharnwanaket discussion...

But the mādhyamikas have 'proved' their case....haven't they? I see nothing anywhere that contradicts or refutes them. If there is, let me know - would help with my Theravadain/Mādhyamikas Nerosis! I think Madhyamaka can be useful, and doesn't contradict anything in the Pāli Nikāyas. And as Tilt su...