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by Zom
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain
Replies: 30
Views: 443

Re: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain

What is, in your opinion, a good way to tell if someone is ready for monastic life? I believe being able to abstain from most if not all indulgence in sense pleasures and desires for distraction, i.e. solid sense restraint, would be a good one. Better than how long one can sit in meditation or some...
by Zom
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain
Replies: 30
Views: 443

Re: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain

I'm curious to understand where you're coming from. One should understand if he is advanced enough to be a monk, because simply becoming a monk doesn't make you a better person, while the level of training is far more advanced (if you are going to be a good monk, of course). That simply means that ...
by Zom
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain
Replies: 30
Views: 443

Re: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain

Wouldn't that be worse?
Of course not. There are a lot of things that need to be done in personal practice even while you are a layman.
by Zom
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha teach anything other than four noble truths?
Replies: 38
Views: 415

Re: Did the Buddha teach anything other than four noble truths?

It seems to me that just penetrating the 4NT will be enough to get beyond Dukka. So what are the other stuff doing in the nikayas? All suttas or their parts correspond either to all 4 noble truths, or to some of them. Suttas are either about dukkha, or about things which lead to dukkha, or about th...
by Zom
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain
Replies: 30
Views: 443

Re: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain

I find myself becoming more and more dispassionate towards those things.
You can change your mind in these 10-15 years.
by Zom
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain
Replies: 30
Views: 443

Re: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain

What if I die before then without taking this great opportunity to devote my life to the Dhamma, choosing to please other's worldly desires instead?
What if your monkhood will fail, lets say, in 10-15 years? Will you have an opportunity to get a degree?
by Zom
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?
Replies: 25
Views: 378

Re: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?

I meant that each jhāna has it's own upacara samadhi as preliminary stage. There are many upacara samadhis as there are many jhānas. I don't recall such thing from Visudhimagga. Upacara is a pre-jhanic state. After that comes jhana - 1st one. After 1st jhana one shifts to 2nd if he is skilled enoug...
by Zom
Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:17 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?
Replies: 25
Views: 378

Re: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?

Each jhāna (including arūpa) has upacara as preliminary stage
Preliminary stage for arupajhana is 4th jhana, I think this is obvious (from canonical texts).
by Zom
Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?
Replies: 25
Views: 378

Re: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?

Not really. Upacara and appana samadhi occur even for the objects, which don't have visual nimitta, like metta or arūpa jhānas. Arupa jhanas are attained on the base of 4th jhana. As for metta, I don't remember but generally Visuddhimagga standardizes all objects fitting them into "earth kasina" wa...
by Zom
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Why first Jhana is called Rupavacara Jhana?
Replies: 29
Views: 639

Re: Why first Jhana is called Rupavacara Jhana?

Perhaps that is how it differs from Kamaloka. I think the difference is much more than that .) Brahmas are literally cosmic beings, they dwell in jhanic states, and those themselves are called "unthinkables" - that is, you can't imagine and understand that kind of dwelling, unless you realise it yo...
by Zom
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?
Replies: 25
Views: 378

Re: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?

non-commentarial or non-mainstream teacher Ajahn Buddhadasa He was not non-commentarial. Actually, quite otherwise. So he taught what he read in Commies, that's it. Why I think the Three Types of Concentration are important is because, if it is not known there are Three Types of Concentration, medi...
by Zom
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Why first Jhana is called Rupavacara Jhana?
Replies: 29
Views: 639

Re: Why first Jhana is called Rupavacara Jhana?

The rupa/arupa jhana terminology seems to have come later.
Yes, the very term is commentarial, I think (I don't recall a place in a sutta where it is used). Though it directly points to certain suttas (as AN 4.123) that correlate 1/2/3/4 jhanas with particular rupa-loka realms.
by Zom
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Loss of zeal or just chilling out?
Replies: 13
Views: 240

Re: Loss of zeal or just chilling out?

I don't know if it is just that I have found the right tune for my effort, or I have just gotten lazy and old lol. Does anyone also feel this? This is absolutely normal. This is just impossible to train yourself 24/7 all your life - neither physically (as sportsmen know perfectly well), nor mentall...
by Zom
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: SN25.1-10 Good news!! Many of us in this forum are assured stream entry!
Replies: 19
Views: 414

Re: SN25.1-10 Good news!! Many of us in this forum are assured stream entry!

In my opinion, it's a little of both or more of a middle way. On the one hand it is difficult to come across the Dhamma and practice it diligently; there are lots of distractions in the modern world and many never come across anything written on the Dhamma their whole life. On the other hand, we se...
by Zom
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Why first Jhana is called Rupavacara Jhana?
Replies: 29
Views: 639

Re: Why first Jhana is called Rupavacara Jhana?

Good question. The answer is in archaic parts of textual Dhamma. Rupa definitely is connected with the Rupa-Realm which is quite interesting and unique (to ancient indian cosmology). In MN 127 Buddha says that in his jhanic practice he sees light and rupas. And in some other sutta from AN he identif...