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by cjmacie
Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:41 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 484
Views: 74446

Re: The Great Jhana Debate

Note: Edited the quotation you cited adding “and”: cjmacie wrote: btw: Appreciating the difference between appana-samādhi (absorbed jhāna ) and vipassana-khanika-samādhi (“momentary concentration") could help cut through the confusion as to whether insight happens afterwards (the former), or during ...
by cjmacie
Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 484
Views: 74446

Re: The Great Jhana Debate

. As boring as jhāna -war debates have become, I’ve come to a perspective that works well in clarifying it all, and which pertains to sub-topics raised here: Anchoring at perhaps the most important moment in the life of practice – attainment of any of the 4 Paths – it’s been well-presented that at t...
by cjmacie
Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 484
Views: 74446

Re: The Great Jhana Debate

. About the discussion of the relationship of jhāna and samma-samādhi: “ Samma ” – one of it’s meanings is “tuned”, as in musical instruments. All 8 factors, correctly tuned together and established, constitute the Path that Buddha taught. On the other hand, that the Buddha used jhāna as samma-samād...
by cjmacie
Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 484
Views: 74446

Re: Monks Average Meditation Routine

...Sutta/VM is not a useful division. It seems to have been coined by Leigh Brasington, who writes: http://www.leighb.com/jhanantp.htm Leigh, at least in conversations with him on a retreat a couple of years ago, derives “ sutta-jhāna ” from Rodney Bucknell’s paper “ Reinterpreting the Jhānas ” (Jo...
by cjmacie
Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Origin of Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Meditation Method
Replies: 37
Views: 777

Re: Origin of Thanisarro Bhikkhu's Meditation Method

Ajahn Lee took two trips to India, one in the 1930s, the other in 1950. In 1950 he spent quite a while there. And one of the questions that occurred to him was: You see these yogis sitting all day under the sun and standing on one leg. How do they do that? And, being Ajahn Lee, he didn't go up and ...
by cjmacie
Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Stoicism and Buddhism
Replies: 40
Views: 1930

Re: Stoicism and Buddhism

Another mention associating Stoicism with Buddhist influence is found in Alexander Wynne’s Buddhism: An Introduction (2015), page 180 (emphasis added): “It is likely that Buddhists had already reached Bactria in the third century B.C., when it was still ruled by the Greeks, for the Pali sources clai...
by cjmacie
Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Origin of Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Meditation Method
Replies: 37
Views: 777

Re: Origin of Thanisarro Bhikkhu's Meditation Method

...In Japan the use of "ki" for healing (for example in reiki or kikou) has similarities... As a matter of fact, Japanese ‘ ki ’ is modified pronunciation of Chinese ‘ qi ’. The pictograph is the same, as Japanese literary language is rooted in Chinese characters. ‘ Ki ’ is ‘ qi ’; ‘ Do ’ is ‘ Dao ...
by cjmacie
Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Origin of Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Meditation Method
Replies: 37
Views: 777

Re: Origin of Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Meditation Method

. More on the "breath body' ( sabbakaya ) issue, and Than-Geoff’s view. He clearly argues strongly for “physical” sense as distinct from the “group” or “body-of-the-breath” sense of kaya , which I believe has to do with his lineage of interpretation and training (especially Ajaan Lee), and also that...
by cjmacie
Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Origin of Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Meditation Method
Replies: 37
Views: 777

Re: Origin of Thanisarro Bhikkhu's Meditation Method

He has some interesting things to say in the talks linked here: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=25834#p376203 Ven Thanissaro's Thai Forest Masters day-long lecture series http://www.audiodharma.org/series/16/talk/5996/ may be of interest to you. I think he mentioned that Ajahn Lee learned s...
by cjmacie
Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: cheerios commercial
Replies: 23
Views: 411

Re: cheerios commercial

Sovatthika wrote:
Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:50 am
does anyone else find this extremely annoying
no
by cjmacie
Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nāma-rūpa is best rendered as...?
Replies: 68
Views: 1166

Re: Nāma-rūpa is best rendered as...?

My sense, along phenomenological lines, is that rūpa signifies having to do with raw sensory input, stimulus, from which in the mind generates a representation, an “image”, (ala B. Punnaji), according to the mind’s innate faculties (nervous system structure, from DNA etc.) and learned conditioning....
by cjmacie
Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: History of Buddhism
Replies: 14
Views: 287

Re: History of Buddhism

This book is very expensive. The poster's request was for an "authoritative book", not a cheap one. On Buddhist history you don't get much more authoritative than the Belgian indologist Louis de La Vallée-Poussin and his star pupil Monsignor Lamotte — a Belgian Jesuit who mastered seven Asian langu...
by cjmacie
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nāma-rūpa is best rendered as...?
Replies: 68
Views: 1166

Re: Nāma-rūpa is best rendered as...?

Best left untranslated, IMO, but with a gloss as to how one interprets it (which can get complicated) in any particular context. Bhante Madawela Punnaji has translated Nama as "label" and Rupa as "Image" ... That’s not bad, but also needs explanation. My sense, along phenomenological lines, is that ...
by cjmacie
Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A fingersnap of metta
Replies: 8
Views: 179

Re: A fingersnap of metta

Thanks for your feedback all. The finger snap or whiff of metta makes sense in that technically speaking that is all there can be. The idea of metta as an energy radiating outwards duesn't make sense for those of us who appreciate Abhidhamma.( not everyone's cup of javana, I know.) There can only b...
by cjmacie
Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: History of Buddhism
Replies: 14
Views: 287

Re: History of Buddhism

Any suggestions? Étienne Lamotte, Histoire du bouddhisme indien (1958); English translation: The History of Indian Buddhism , (1988). Though much of Lamotte's scholarship has now been superceded, his work is still required reading in Buddhist history courses simply because nobody has yet produced a...
by cjmacie
Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: History of Buddhism
Replies: 14
Views: 287

Re: History of Buddhism

I'm wondering if there is any "authoritative" book, or something close to it that accurately describes the history and spread of Buddhism, with detail about the development of early texts, new sects, etc. I hear that bhikkhu analayo is one of the leading scholars in this area area today, but I wasn...
by cjmacie
Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sunlun Sayadaw method
Replies: 110
Views: 2062

Re: Sunlun Sayadaw method

Saengnapha wrote:
Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:23 am
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Definitely Indian in origin. The quick breathing video is quite humorous to watch. All this seems so unnecessary, IMO.
And the Chinese would most likely claim ownership of this technique in certain supposedly ancient Taoist practices.
by cjmacie
Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 63
Views: 1289

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Hispanics have been here as long as the white man, remember the whole South Western USA used to be Mexico, till US troops invaded. Native Americans ("indians") have been in the Western Hemisphere some 10,000, 12,000 years or so. "Hispanic" means in some historical relationship with Spain, originall...
by cjmacie
Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 63
Views: 1289

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

...The U.S. has the highest rate of gun ownership, but there are other countries with high rates too, including Canada, Sweden, Finland, France, Switzerland and they don't have the mass shootings like the U.S. does. What is it that makes Americans more prone to violence and these type of mass shoot...
by cjmacie
Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:42 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 63
Views: 1289

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

When there are self-confessed "open borders" globalists who would love nothing more than to take control of, and dissolve the nation state of the United States of America, whose constitution and unique spirit represents many values that they find problematic, I do see how the 2nd amendment does sti...