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by Kabouterke
Sun Sep 04, 2016 4:21 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?
Replies: 60
Views: 3925

Re: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?

Hi Kamran, this looks interesting. Thanks for sharing. I'll try to see if I can get my hands on a copy.
by Kabouterke
Sat Aug 27, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?
Replies: 60
Views: 3925

Re: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?

Ajahn Punnadhammo is the only teacher I know of that directly teaches from this sutta. http://www.arrowriver.ca/dhamma/formless.html I was on a retreat with Ven. Punnadhammo earlier this year and we mostly did anapanasati, but one afternoon he did a guided meditation of the above. Hi Nicolas. I'm c...
by Kabouterke
Sat Aug 27, 2016 3:45 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?
Replies: 60
Views: 3925

Re: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?

Ajahn Punnadhammo is the only teacher I know of that directly teaches from this sutta. http://www.arrowriver.ca/dhamma/formless.html I believe if you have a look here: http://www.arrowriver.ca/desana.html you can probably find talks about it (search for "voidness", "formless") PS: my mentor says we...
by Kabouterke
Sat Aug 27, 2016 3:37 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?
Replies: 60
Views: 3925

Re: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?

Aloka wrote:I was adding another part to my post when you were writing yours... and sorry its Dharma "Overground" not "Underground".

:anjali:
My answer would've been the same. :)
by Kabouterke
Sat Aug 27, 2016 3:29 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?
Replies: 60
Views: 3925

Re: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?

After passing through the dreamy bit of the 8th jhana, the mind becomes exquisitely, serenely calm. Calm is too nonchalant of a word. I would say it’s motionless. There's no movement in mind. It’s so still that you can see distractions arising in the mind as if they were a mile away and just releas...
by Kabouterke
Sat Aug 27, 2016 12:06 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?
Replies: 60
Views: 3925

Re: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?

Doing this produced one of the longest, deepest and most lucid meditations I have ever had, by far. In my daily meditation, I usually can attain the 7th jhana and move well into the 8th. These two statements appear to contradict each other. Are we to understand that emptiness meditation produced a ...
by Kabouterke
Fri Aug 26, 2016 10:19 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?
Replies: 60
Views: 3925

Re: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?

Then I started wondering: Why is this not being taught more in the Theravadan traditions? Because this is a very advanced practice based on jhana. Without jhana (4th jhana particularly) this just won't work and the suttas are very clear about that. Without a jhana doing this practice (entering the ...
by Kabouterke
Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:44 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?
Replies: 60
Views: 3925

Re: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?

Hi Kabouterke, I am glad you started this topic. Would you please speak to the apparent similarity between the emptiness meditation described in MN 121 and the immaterial jhanas described here and here ? Each appears to include the following: boundless space; boundless consciousness; nothingness; a...
by Kabouterke
Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:01 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Some towns in France ban burkinis
Replies: 136
Views: 6314

Re: Some towns in France ban burkinis

Yes, they are very big on secularism in France. Though telling people what not to wear seems excessive to me. Agreed. The French have historically taken pride in the traditional cultural value of liberty, and these actions do not seem at all consistent with that fine value. ...to begin to understan...
by Kabouterke
Thu Aug 25, 2016 5:57 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Remove the beer-clinking emoticon
Replies: 44
Views: 5229

Re: Remove the beer-clinking emoticon

It seems to me that the beer icon doesn't get that much use on this forum, anyway. In addition, it's culture-specific conditioning to label beer as "inappropriate". Indeed. And beer traditionally has an association with monasticism. :tongue: https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.M2de1938b8d47990dfcbb1...
by Kabouterke
Thu Aug 25, 2016 3:27 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Remove the beer-clinking emoticon
Replies: 44
Views: 5229

Re: Remove the beer-clinking emoticon

Hello, As the title suggests, I'd like to make a call for removing the beer-related emoticon, on the grounds that it's blatantly inappropriate. Metta Cormac I think it's a bit of an extreme attitude to go about banning something for everyone just because you personally find it objectionable. It's a...
by Kabouterke
Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:48 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?
Replies: 60
Views: 3925

Re: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?

The above was offered by a different individual along with what appears to be claims of astounding meditative attainment. I reflected for a while on why I received such negative feedback on this post. It really took me by surprise, especially since I think I had a rather interesting question. I thi...
by Kabouterke
Thu Aug 25, 2016 1:24 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Remove the beer-clinking emoticon
Replies: 44
Views: 5229

Re: Remove the beer-clinking emoticon

Hello, As the title suggests, I'd like to make a call for removing the beer-related emoticon, on the grounds that it's blatantly inappropriate. Metta Cormac I think it's a bit of an extreme attitude to go about banning something for everyone just because you personally find it objectionable. It's a...
by Kabouterke
Thu Aug 25, 2016 12:14 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?
Replies: 60
Views: 3925

Re: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?

Side note: What's up with all of the Tasmanian devils? Its a secret society.....no, not really, they're so cute that they have a fan club here at DW. http://www.buddhismwithoutboundaries.com/dazz/TASMANIAN_D_(cute2).jpg :focus: Ah okay, I see. I just thought there were an enormous amount of Buddhis...
by Kabouterke
Thu Aug 25, 2016 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?
Replies: 60
Views: 3925

Re: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?

But you do not know if there are people out there, or not, using these suttas as a basis for practice. Now we're getting back on topic. You're right, I don't know: that's the whole reason why I would like to have this discuss. However, in the course of exploring Theravada in the past years, I think...
by Kabouterke
Thu Aug 25, 2016 11:18 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?
Replies: 60
Views: 3925

Re: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?

Side note: What's up with all of the Tasmanian devils?
by Kabouterke
Thu Aug 25, 2016 11:17 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?
Replies: 60
Views: 3925

Re: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?

Aloka, interesting reads. I'll spend some more time going through these sources later tonight.
by Kabouterke
Thu Aug 25, 2016 11:12 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?
Replies: 60
Views: 3925

Re: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?

In my daily meditation, I usually can attain the 7th jhana and move well into the 8th. That's nice. That's why I didn't want to bring it up in the first place. In the 92 posts I've posted on this forum, I have never once talked about my own attainments/insights/level/whatever. It's not something I ...
by Kabouterke
Thu Aug 25, 2016 7:59 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?
Replies: 60
Views: 3925

Re: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?

But you do not know if there are people out there, or not, using these suttas as a basis for practice. Now we're getting back on topic. You're right, I don't know: that's the whole reason why I would like to have this discuss. However, in the course of exploring Theravada in the past years, I think...
by Kabouterke
Thu Aug 25, 2016 7:49 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?
Replies: 60
Views: 3925

Re: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?

How do you know this? From your own direct experience? Have you developed a faculty of discernment which enables you to fully penetrate the words you quote and the mind of the person who wrote them? ...One does not need to read minds to recognize from experience what is being described. Tiltbilling...