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by Kumara
Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:30 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Is There Clear Delineation Of What Is/Not "Early Buddhism"?
Replies: 63
Views: 2773

Renunciation [Re: ToVincent's interesting translations]

I like your contributions, eg on nekkhamma above. While I've trouble fitting "renunciation" properly into the meditation practice, "inaction" (or perhaps "non-action") actually fits in very well. I don't want accept this too quickly though, but I am seriously considering it. I'd like to somewhat re...
by Kumara
Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:00 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Is There Clear Delineation Of What Is/Not "Early Buddhism"?
Replies: 63
Views: 2773

Re: ToVincent's interesting translations

As I've mentioned in the other thread: "If ekaggata is rightly analyzed as "eka-g-gata", how are we to analyze ekagga?" Hi Kumara, We can turn to the Sanskrit (in fine compositi) ग ga [agt. √ गम् gam]; whose general meaning is: "who goes in, or who is in". Or even better, we can turn to a Pali gram...
by Kumara
Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:56 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Is There Clear Delineation Of What Is/Not "Early Buddhism"?
Replies: 63
Views: 2773

ToVincent's interesting translations

I can't agree with this:
ToVincent wrote:Therefore, I would study the word Ekaggata in the following way: see here.
As I've mentioned in the other thread: "If ekaggata is rightly analyzed as "eka-g-gata", how are we to analyze ekagga?"
by Kumara
Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:23 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Can We Hear Sound in Jhāna?
Replies: 90
Views: 7710

Re: Can We Hear Sound in Jhāna?

“Sound is a thorn to the first jhāna.” Or "Sound is a thorn in the first jhāna" ? Is there a possibility that both translations have been off target? Why not look at the Pali text and decide for yourself? fwik, sound (as we normally assume as a proper translation) has very little impact on the prog...
by Kumara
Tue Dec 20, 2016 7:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 938
Views: 117428

Re: Dhammakaya defector slams scandal-hit abbot [Re: Wat Dhammakaya]

Oh, keep in mind, ven. kumara (if you are a monk), they(WDP supporters) will try to discredit you. Since it is an interview with someone they hate most mano lao, they'll continue to try to slander those who oppose them. I don't think they'll bother with me. We can take that as a sign as he's on som...
by Kumara
Tue Dec 13, 2016 8:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 938
Views: 117428

Wat Dhammakaya’s TV channel to be ordered off air

Can they pull off this one? We'll see.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general ... ed-off-air
by Kumara
Tue Dec 13, 2016 8:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 938
Views: 117428

Dhammakaya defector slams scandal-hit abbot [Re: Wat Dhammakaya]

Police ponder legal action in abbot ordeal Police are expected to take legal action against anyone in charge of Wat Phra Dhammakaya for allegedly sheltering Phra Dhammajayo if the latter turns out to be staying at the temple and fails to report... Turn him over! ... or we'll say 'Turn him over!' ag...
by Kumara
Thu Nov 17, 2016 7:18 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: the first jhana and thinking.
Replies: 76
Views: 15111

Re: the first jhana and thinking.

The basis of the issue here is what the Suttas mean by “vitakka” and “vicāra”. If we get this right, the rest will settle quite easily. Based on my research, “vitakka” and “vicāra” refers to mentally verbalised cogitation . This can be concluded with the help of understanding another concept: "nobl...
by Kumara
Mon Nov 14, 2016 2:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 938
Views: 117428

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Hi slimdabuddhist, I don't need to do research on the the wat because I actually ordained there and attended that temple in the USA for more than 3 to 4 years. ... I'm certainly not an apologist for Wat Dhammakaya, but as others have pointed out, the personal experience you report of monks with nic...
by Kumara
Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:36 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Shouldn't abyāpāda·saṅkappa cover avihiṃsā·saṅkappa?
Replies: 35
Views: 5730

Re: Shouldn't abyāpāda·saṅkappa cover avihiṃsā·saṅkappa?

Thanks for clarifying your point. Assuming that's true, how does that apply in to one in meditation? If I am not mistaken, the Vsm relates abyāpāda ·saṅkappa to mettā ·ceto·vimutti and avihiṃsā·saṅkappa to karuṇā·ceto·vimutti, which does make some sense to me. Then the corresponding meditation inst...
by Kumara
Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 938
Views: 117428

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

lol honestly arguing with WPD followers is like trying to save someone from a pyramid scheme but they're already in too deep. Dude, if you paid any attention and actually read my posts, you would know that I am not a follower of the Wat. I have attempted to bring nuance into this highly emotive thr...
by Kumara
Fri Nov 04, 2016 8:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 938
Views: 117428

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

I see no profit in this thread, or those like it. Views are too polarised to have any meaningful dialogue, so it's best not to continue it. I do feel that much unwholesomeness has occurred here. However, I think the OP and some other posters wants to talk about something they find disturbing about ...
by Kumara
Fri Nov 04, 2016 7:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 938
Views: 117428

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

I dont know why we are still on mano, I wasn't going to bother with this anymore but something inside me can't resist. My only comment here is that, correct me if I'm wrong (which actually I know I'm not because I've already checked), YOU are the one who keeps on about Mano. Aside from his name bei...
by Kumara
Fri Nov 04, 2016 7:25 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: the first jhana and thinking.
Replies: 76
Views: 15111

Re: the first jhana and thinking.

Alex123 wrote:Even in the base of nothingness... there is cetayamānassa.
Cetayamāna can be seen in Tapussa Sutta (AN9.41).
by Kumara
Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:54 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Shouldn't abyāpāda·saṅkappa cover avihiṃsā·saṅkappa?
Replies: 35
Views: 5730

Re: Shouldn't abyāpāda·saṅkappa cover avihiṃsā·saṅkappa?

Thanks for trying. However, as I understand your explanation for harming, it's physical. Sankappa however is mental. Bhante, I fail to see where the problem is. The aspiration (sankappa, mental) is about preventing harm (both physical and mental) from happening for others. Like when I walk on the m...
by Kumara
Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:45 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: the first jhana and thinking.
Replies: 76
Views: 15111

Re: the first jhana and thinking.

"And then, with the complete transcending of the dimension of the infinitude of consciousness, [thinking,] 'There is nothing,' enters & remains in the dimension of nothingness. ... "Now, when the monk is percipient of himself here, then from there to there, step by step, he touches the peak of perc...
by Kumara
Thu Nov 03, 2016 10:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhamma Everywhere e-book by Ashin Tejaniya now available
Replies: 9
Views: 2961

Re: Dhamma Everywhere e-book by Ashin Tejaniya now available

Does anyone know if Sayadaw U Tejaniya's books are also hosted in a different place? I'd love to use the original links if I could but they use both Tumblr and Google-drive, both of which I can not access here in China. You can try using proxy websites, unless they too are blocked. If so, please te...
by Kumara
Thu Nov 03, 2016 10:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Ajahn Chah's Warning to the Meditator
Replies: 83
Views: 5537

Re: Ajahn Chah's Warning to the Meditator

The thing is that Shaila Catherine's jhana is the Pa Auk type, which is according to the Visuddhimagga, i.e., "absorption samadhi". That's precisely the kind AC warned against, unless you have enough wisdom to play with it. I was reading a book and it got me to revisit this thread. Perhaps explanat...
by Kumara
Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:24 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: the first jhana and thinking.
Replies: 76
Views: 15111

Re: the first jhana and thinking.

"And then, with the complete transcending of the dimension of the infinitude of consciousness, [thinking,] 'There is nothing,' enters & remains in the dimension of nothingness. ... "Now, when the monk is percipient of himself here, then from there to there, step by step, he touches the peak of perc...
by Kumara
Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:07 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: the first jhana and thinking.
Replies: 76
Views: 15111

Re: the first jhana and thinking.

The basis of the issue here is what the Suttas mean by “vitakka” and “vicāra”. If we get this right, the rest will settle quite easily. Based on my research, “vitakka” and “vicāra” refers to mentally verbalised cogitation . This can be concluded with the help of understanding another concept: "noble...