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by Jack
Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Online teachers
Replies: 11
Views: 882

Re: Online teachers

Lucky, there are quite a few very good teachers that use Skype. It has worked for me and I know lots of people who have had success with this method. Try http://alohadharma.wordpress.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; or http://www.pragmaticdharma.com/forum/" onclick="window.open(th...
by Jack
Tue Sep 27, 2011 3:16 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Satipatthana: instructions for Vipassana?
Replies: 34
Views: 4224

Re: Satipatthana: instructions for Vipassana?

Hi sammasati (i.e the 4 satipatthana) What's the use of just discovering the 1st truth other than to stir motivation to get out of there? The satipatthanas cover all 4 truth. I think the 1st Noble Truth involves both noticing dukkha in one's life and learning to relate to this dukkha in a skillful ...
by Jack
Mon Sep 19, 2011 12:38 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Mental Noting
Replies: 41
Views: 7816

Re: Mental Noting

I finally study Dzocghen and Mahamudra, which finally release me from this counting technique. It directly see mind nakedly, without any modification. Look for this book. "The flight of Garuda" or any other Dzocghen or Mahamudra book. It will help you. =========== I find vipassana noting and Mahamu...
by Jack
Tue Sep 06, 2011 9:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Shorter session?
Replies: 7
Views: 1036

Re: Shorter session?

I've also had this need to quit after a short time. For me, it was an urge with no internal dialogue to go with it. I tried just looking at it with little luck. It got to the point where I became fascinated by this urge. I would start a meditation session hoping it would appear so I could study it s...
by Jack
Sat Jul 30, 2011 8:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Human realm vs. Heaven
Replies: 33
Views: 2505

Re: Human realm vs. Heaven

Thanks for the quotes about rebirth. They were informative. But, I was looking for a sutta reference that specifically mentioned belief in rebirth as part of the 8-Fold Path. The Sutta that Kirk and I have now both quoted is about the 8-fold path: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.117.t...
by Jack
Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Human realm vs. Heaven
Replies: 33
Views: 2505

Re: Human realm vs. Heaven

Thanks for the quotes about rebirth. They were informative. But, I was looking for a sutta reference that specifically mentioned belief in rebirth as part of the 8-Fold Path. Anybody know of any? The references I have found about right view (see below) as part of the 8-Fold Path (ways to alleviate s...
by Jack
Thu Jul 28, 2011 12:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Human realm vs. Heaven
Replies: 33
Views: 2505

Re: Human realm vs. Heaven

I think readers should decide for themseleves the difference between what the Buddha taught to reduce suffering Namely, the 8-fold path. And there is the part about wrong view regarding rebirth. ================ Kirk, Is rebirth being part of wrong view found in the sutttas? It might be there but I...
by Jack
Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Human realm vs. Heaven
Replies: 33
Views: 2505

Re: Human realm vs. Heaven

Are you aware that there are several translations of this sutta? The one I quoted was by Payutto Bhikkhu. Still another one is by Bhikkhu Bodhi. There are many more. My reading is that all mean the same thing. Going on in the sutta the Buddha when asked about life after death and other metaphysical...
by Jack
Tue Jul 26, 2011 5:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Human realm vs. Heaven
Replies: 33
Views: 2505

Re: Human realm vs. Heaven

Jack[/quote] Agreeing to disagree is fine, but that quotation is not what MN63 says. "So, Malunkyaputta, remember what is undeclared by me as undeclared, and what is declared by me as declared. And what is undeclared by me? 'The cosmos is eternal,' is undeclared by me. 'The cosmos is not eternal,' i...
by Jack
Tue Jul 26, 2011 4:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Human realm vs. Heaven
Replies: 33
Views: 2505

Re: Human realm vs. Heaven

Sorry Jack, I don't agree with you. The mental states that you've described are mostly illusions or delusions created momentraily by mind altering drugs. [snipp)I can't help whether you believe it or not, but there is life after death, and there are heavens as well as hells. I used to be a sceptic ...
by Jack
Tue Jul 26, 2011 1:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Human realm vs. Heaven
Replies: 33
Views: 2505

Re: Human realm vs. Heaven

Hi Jack, Your question is short, but the answer would be a long one; to make it short you will need to practice vipassana meditation and keep the five precepts strictly. If you want to be sure of a rebirth either as a human or a god/deva there is only one way; i.e. to attain Sula Sotapana at least,...
by Jack
Mon Jul 25, 2011 4:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: kalamas sutta
Replies: 17
Views: 1543

Re: kalamas sutta

My understanding is that the sutta says pay attention and respect to the wise but they aren't the last word. The Buddha said come and see. He didn't say believe what I say just because I say it. He is saying try out the teachings to see if they work for you or not. I think this sutta sets out a high...
by Jack
Mon Jul 25, 2011 3:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Human realm vs. Heaven
Replies: 33
Views: 2505

Re: Human realm vs. Heaven

I thought about this and came to the following conclusion: As long as there is a Buddhasasana, it is better to strive to be reborn as a human, again and a gain, because then you will have the opportunity to practice Dhamma. On the other hand, if, while in a Buddhasasana, we aim for heaven, then whe...
by Jack
Mon Jul 25, 2011 3:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Frightening Experience
Replies: 10
Views: 942

Re: Frightening Experience

A daily meditation practice (slowly) builds up our mental muscles and ability to keep equanimity. From what you stated, I think the emotional load you faced was far more than your ability to deal with it. It is like working out at the gym. You are able over time to slowly increase the weight you can...
by Jack
Tue Jul 19, 2011 6:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Sangha proves that dhamma is not peaceful
Replies: 5
Views: 819

Re: Sangha proves that dhamma is not peaceful

This is mostly a philosophical argument, not a textual one, and I have a feeling it may have been covered at some point in Buddhism's 2500-year history, but I hope my little essay inspires some interesting thoughts. -- When Siddhartha Gautama became Shakyamuni Buddha he decided against peace. What ...
by Jack
Tue Jul 19, 2011 6:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The difference between lobha/greed and tanha/craving?
Replies: 16
Views: 2968

Re: The difference between lobha/greed and tanha/craving?

Tanha and lobha are both usually translated as desire or greed. They have the same meaning. However, there is a problem in my view here. Desire as we usually use the word in itself is not a problem. We might desire a drink of water when we are thirsty. We might desire to be more compassionate. These...
by Jack
Fri Jul 15, 2011 2:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness of breath (anapanasati) -Tips
Replies: 33
Views: 3835

Re: Mindfulness of breath (anapanasati) -Tips

Can anyone point me toward a good downloadable MP3 file for beginners that covers mindfulness of the breath. The ones I have found aren't really for rank beginners. I get calls from people who want to attend our sangha meetings but have never meditated before. It would be ideal if they were able to ...
by Jack
Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:52 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Mental Noting
Replies: 41
Views: 7816

Re: Mental Noting

Here are the noting labels as developed by Kenneth Folk and based on the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness. "You are unenlightened to the extent that you are embedded in your experience. You think that your experience is you. You must dis-embed. Do that by taking each aspect of experience as object (look...
by Jack
Thu May 05, 2011 12:48 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Mental Noting
Replies: 41
Views: 7816

Re: Mental Noting

Is 6 too many? There's always the 5 aggregates, or you could really simplify it and go to nama-rupa, 2 categories. I thought there was something out there loosely based around the four foundations of mindfulness. Maybe 2 or three labels for each. I first learned this through Gil Fronsdal's online t...
by Jack
Mon Apr 25, 2011 3:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Letting Go
Replies: 28
Views: 2740

Re: Letting Go

Jack Hello, Jack, Sorry to take so long to get back to this - I didn't see you post for a while, then went away for a couple of days. Anyway: To clear up one point of possible confusion, I don't see "letting go", in itself as being "being miserable and life-denying". It was most of the rest of the ...