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by Brizzy
Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:13 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: 10-day goenka retreat
Replies: 135
Views: 26210

Re: 10-day goenka retreat

Yeah, I think that the discomfort we feel when an organization like this doesn't openly lash out at those who criticize them comes from our own conflict-loving nature. As you become more and more steadied mentally and assured of the results of your teachings, you don't feel the need to fight back a...
by Brizzy
Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:52 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: 10-day goenka retreat
Replies: 135
Views: 26210

Re: 10-day goenka retreat

Greetings Brizzy, Mind crushing mind... I don't what Goenka retreat(s) you went on Brizzy, but "mind crushing mind" bears no resemblance to either the video instruction, or personal instruction that I received whilst on a Goenka retreat. Metta, Retro. :) I view mind crushing mind as forcing minds a...
by Brizzy
Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:36 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: 10-day goenka retreat
Replies: 135
Views: 26210

Re: 10-day goenka retreat

Think of it more that the mind & body having been crushed for 10 days via asceticism is freed. It's not asceticism. People are allowed to eat twice a day (new students even three times a day; many monks only eat once a day). Asceticism would be to eat nothing a whole day. People are allowed to slee...
by Brizzy
Sun Mar 25, 2012 5:14 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: 10-day goenka retreat
Replies: 135
Views: 26210

Re: 10-day goenka retreat

Hello Brizzy, I think one of the problems stems from the fact that any defence of Goenka tends to come from his disciples and not the man himself or his organisation. Isn't it true for almost all disciples and organisations? And I don't think it's a problem. The smiles one sees on day 11 are indeed...
by Brizzy
Sun Mar 25, 2012 4:10 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: 10-day goenka retreat
Replies: 135
Views: 26210

Re: 10-day goenka retreat

Greetings, The smiles one sees on day 11 are indeed the smiles of relief as of a prisoner released (IMO). Yes, I'm sure the remaining defilements breathe a huge sigh of relief once it's over. Metta, Retro. :) Think of it more that the mind & body having been crushed for 10 days via asceticism is fr...
by Brizzy
Sun Mar 25, 2012 3:54 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: 10-day goenka retreat
Replies: 135
Views: 26210

Re: 10-day goenka retreat

Hi Delf7, I think one of the problems stems from the fact that any defence of Goenka tends to come from his disciples and not the man himself or his organisation. Mr Goenka's organisation is a closed book that refuses to engage with other traditions or directly engage with accusations made against t...
by Brizzy
Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:34 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: 10-day goenka retreat
Replies: 135
Views: 26210

Re: 10-day goenka retreat

Hi Delf7, It is a courageous decision to do what you feel is right despite group pressure and condescension from authority. People may say that the problems that arose are part of the path, this is an issue for you alone to determine. I personally think that retreats and indeed the path should be a ...
by Brizzy
Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Objection to the Views of Venerable Analayo
Replies: 329
Views: 24538

Re: Objection to the Views of Venerable Analayo

While the commentators do not always get it right, I would look to them first before I would look to someone who does not read Pali, whose meditation experience is limited, etc. . Who is this person? When did the reading of Pali become a requisite for following the 8 fold path? As for the vipassana...
by Brizzy
Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:11 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Samadhi (best English translation?)
Replies: 127
Views: 29757

Re: Samadhi (best English translation?)

I too find concentration to be a poor translation for samadhi . My meditation teacher, Sayadaw U Tejaniya, prefers stability or stability of mind . In terms of meaning, I think it’s really good as it makes sense in terms of practice—much better than concentration . However, I wasn’t satisfied. I se...
by Brizzy
Thu Mar 15, 2012 12:50 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Satipatthana: The direct path to realization
Replies: 97
Views: 22015

Re: Satipatthana: The direct path to realization

.....From the short paragraph on the topic starting on the bottom of page 64 and culminating at the end of the chapter (for those with the book), here is how I interpret Analayo's position. He is unequivocal that sati and samadhi are two distinct mental qualities. Otherwise, why even differentiate ...
by Brizzy
Thu Mar 15, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Objection to the Views of Venerable Analayo
Replies: 329
Views: 24538

Re: Satipatthana: The direct path to realization

Here is a short 7 minute talk from Bhante Gunaratana that may be of interest: Why do some teachers warn about practicing jhana? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41NpmB2le3I" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; :anjali: Good talk, but then I think Bhante Gunaratana is awesome. Especially awe...
by Brizzy
Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:40 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Objection to the Views of Venerable Analayo
Replies: 329
Views: 24538

Re: Satipatthana: The direct path to realization

I know one or two traditions that do indeed reject right jhana, they do this by their vocal warnings of the 'dangers' and the unnecessariness of jhana and their redefinition of what the Buddha considered 'right' and what they consider nearly right 'access to rightness'. I think it is a strange situ...
by Brizzy
Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation, 5 hindrances, and the misconception
Replies: 33
Views: 3802

Re: Meditation, 5 hindrances, and the misconception

Spiny O'Norman wrote:
Brizzy wrote:Right effort and mindfulness are both part of the same practice. I don't believe you can practice right mindfulness without right effort.
Yes, and vice-versa. ;)

Spiny
Yes.

Metta

:smile:
by Brizzy
Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:57 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Objection to the Views of Venerable Analayo
Replies: 329
Views: 24538

Re: Satipatthana: The direct path to realization

Let me add a further coimment to this: The view that jhana is not an integral part of the path to liberating insight is half right, simply because these statements are founded upon a wrong view of jhana. Right jhana is part of the path. We cannot cherry pick parts of the path just to suit our selve...
by Brizzy
Thu Mar 15, 2012 3:36 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Objection to the Views of Venerable Analayo
Replies: 329
Views: 24538

Re: Satipatthana: The direct path to realization

The view that jhana is not an integral part of the path to liberating insight is half right, simply because these statements are founded upon a wrong view of jhana. Right jhana is part of the path. We cannot cherry pick parts of the path just to suit our selves. But, of course, it all depends upon ...
by Brizzy
Thu Mar 15, 2012 12:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation, 5 hindrances, and the misconception
Replies: 33
Views: 3802

Re: Meditation, 5 hindrances, and the misconception

I have argued in the past that 'abandoning the hindrances' IS the practice. When you say "abandoning the hindrances", are you thinking of Right Effort, ie abandoning and and preventing unwholesome states? Or are you thinking of the hindrances being abandoned as a result of of meditation and mindful...
by Brizzy
Thu Mar 15, 2012 12:21 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Objection to the Views of Venerable Analayo
Replies: 329
Views: 24538

Re: Satipatthana: The direct path to realization

3.4 Sati Imagery .................Sati must be differentiated from right effort. Sati never actually intervenes with any thought processes. It serves only the role of a detached and aloof observer. The purpose of sati is to make things conscious, not to elminate them...................................
by Brizzy
Sat Mar 10, 2012 8:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation, 5 hindrances, and the misconception
Replies: 33
Views: 3802

Re: Meditation, 5 hindrances, and the misconception

I have argued in the past that 'abandoning the hindrances' IS the practice. Satipatthana is approached by abandoning the hindrances and culminates in jhana. If I have a good day (an extremely good day!) I might begin a sit without to much trouble from the hindrances, but even then the process is sti...
by Brizzy
Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation, 5 hindrances, and the misconception
Replies: 33
Views: 3802

Re: Meditation, 5 hindrances, and the misconception

Hi Leo, I thought suttas such as these were about how abandoning the hindrances were part of the process : http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn47/sn47.010.olen.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an09/an09.064.than.html" onclick="w...
by Brizzy
Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: disturbing experience at a Goenka ten day retreat
Replies: 38
Views: 4769

Re: disturbing experience at a Goenka ten day retreat

Hi Tilt, I personally don't find your take on things terribly convincing or that your sutta references in any way back up what you are saying. As you say, I have my understanding of things and you have yours. BTW Are you sure you have not attained jhanic powers? 40 decades! You beat me by a mile. M...