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by cjmacie
Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released
Replies: 11
Views: 304

Re: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released

So now V. Analayo is regularly "selling" books, and with testimonials from Jack Kornfield & Co. ... becoming just another populist "dharma" teacher? The adverb just would imply "a populist Dharma teacher and nothing more." Do you seriously think that this is the venerable's intention? Personally I ...
by cjmacie
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released
Replies: 11
Views: 304

Re: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released

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So now V. Analayo is regularly "selling" books, and with testimonials from Jack Kornfield & Co. ... becoming just another populist "dharma" teacher?
by cjmacie
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: question about Ajahn Lee's instructions
Replies: 1
Views: 135

Re: question about Ajahn Lee's instructions

from: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai/lee/inmind.html "1. Start out with three or seven long in-and-out breaths, thinking bud- with the in-breath, and dho with the out. Keep the meditation syllable as long as the breath." my question is about the phrase "keep the meditation syllable as lon...
by cjmacie
Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A kind of samadhi or just auditory hallucination
Replies: 12
Views: 1279

Re: A kind of samadhi or just auditory hallucination

Mantras are just another method to develop mindfulness, and developing mindfulness is definitely not bad or against what the Buddha taught. Breathing method or mantras are just methods, they are just products of the body and mind so they are just the same in essence, some people are better at the f...
by cjmacie
Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Taoism
Replies: 13
Views: 282

Re: Taoism

Cheng Man-ch'ing, the TaiJiChaun master who came to the USA in the last century and taught the Yang style, wrote an interesting commentary: https://www.amazon.com/Lao-Tzu-Words-Understand-Lectures/dp/0913028916 (I couldn't find a free pdf of it.) In his prime: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsDPy7...
by cjmacie
Sun Oct 29, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Taoism
Replies: 13
Views: 282

Re: Taoism

Cheng Man-ch'ing, the TaiJiChaun master who came to the USA in the last century and taught the Yang style, wrote an interesting commentary:

https://www.amazon.com/Lao-Tzu-Words-Un ... 0913028916

(I couldn't find a free pdf of it.)
by cjmacie
Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:41 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 485
Views: 75198

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: 485
Views: 75198

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: 485
Views: 75198

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: 485
Views: 75198

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: 44
Views: 1080

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: 2041

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: 44
Views: 1080

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: 44
Views: 1080

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: 44
Views: 1080

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: 470

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: 1326

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: 336

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: 1326

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: 223

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...