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by waryoffolly
Tue Jun 30, 2015 8:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Have Theravadin traditions engaged with scientists?
Replies: 23
Views: 2643

Have Theravadin traditions engaged with scientists?

As most probably know, Tibetan traditions of Buddhism have strongly supported western research into the effects of meditation on the brain. I am aware that there is a considerable amount of research on mindfulness meditation. However, it seems that the Theravada has not engaged with western science ...
by waryoffolly
Fri Jun 26, 2015 11:39 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Social Isolation and The Dhamma As A Lay Person
Replies: 37
Views: 2841

Re: Social Isolation and The Dhamma As A Lay Person

Here and on other Buddhist forums I have seen a number of people bring up emotional health issues such anxiety, panic attacks, unhealthy cravings for attention, self esteem issues, anger, etc. I've suffered from some of those myself. My opinion is that human beings are social animals and that inter...
by waryoffolly
Fri Jun 26, 2015 11:12 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: An Approach to Resolving Confusion with the Jhanas
Replies: 10
Views: 1916

Re: An Approach to Resolving Confusion with the Jhanas

I'm not trying to sustain one or another jhana argument; "or not", I said, and then made a point about that sort of light-handed approach being possible even on the tail end of an actual opinion-in-progress. :heart: I recommend setting jhana aside for a while altogether; they aren't anywhere near t...
by waryoffolly
Fri Jun 26, 2015 4:39 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: An Approach to Resolving Confusion with the Jhanas
Replies: 10
Views: 1916

Re: An Approach to Resolving Confusion with the Jhanas

Suppose jhanas 1-4 were a progressive set of moves away from the five senses; fourth jhana was the final settling-in to initial full seclusion; arupa states proceed in a manner of continual moves to more & more refined objects, as it were, up to various sorts of subtle cessations, up to perception ...
by waryoffolly
Thu Jun 25, 2015 7:31 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: An Approach to Resolving Confusion with the Jhanas
Replies: 10
Views: 1916

Re: An Approach to Resolving Confusion with the Jhanas

Everything is quite easy. In the 1st jhana all bodily painful feelings just end (SN 48.36/40). If you can't sit because of pain, if you feel bodily fatigue - this is not a jhana, not matter how light or hard 8-) BUT, if there is no such feeling at all (even tiny one) for quite some time and everyth...
by waryoffolly
Thu Jun 25, 2015 2:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Constant Jhana?
Replies: 190
Views: 13806

Re: Constant Jhana?

Hello Sylvester, What you wrote in above post doesn't relate to what we are talking about. It looks like you try to sound very smart, but irrelevant to discussion at hand. Who cares about exotic types of rupa unless they are mentioned and are relevant to the jhana. You are using overly complex lang...
by waryoffolly
Thu Jun 25, 2015 3:53 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Progression of Teaching
Replies: 6
Views: 1230

Re: Progression of Teaching

Of course we give advice on a best effort basis. Yes we are not a counselling service. However you can be expected to intuit that a person who explicitly tells you they are experiencing depression is actually depressed. My point was not about people whose emotional state we do not know. My criticis...
by waryoffolly
Wed Jun 24, 2015 9:28 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Progression of Teaching
Replies: 6
Views: 1230

Re: Progression of Teaching

This isn't a counselling service, and we can't be expected to intuit someones mental/emotional state accurately over the internet. We give advice on a best efforts basis. Once people notice a poster needs more I think they usually recommend finding a teacher or getting help. Of course we give advic...
by waryoffolly
Wed Jun 24, 2015 3:10 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Progression of Teaching
Replies: 6
Views: 1230

Progression of Teaching

I'm going to offer some criticism of a common response on this forum. Please understand I am attacking any individuals, but rather just a specific idea. When teaching the Dhamma we should be sure to answer questions taking into the full range of circumstances affecting a person. In particular I'd li...
by waryoffolly
Tue Jun 23, 2015 8:00 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: An Approach to Resolving Confusion with the Jhanas
Replies: 10
Views: 1916

An Approach to Resolving Confusion with the Jhanas

As most people here are aware of the canon is filled with references to jhana. As most people people here are also aware of there is a significant amount of debate trying to figure out exactly what constitutes a jhana. This can be confusing for a person who would like to experience jhana at least on...
by waryoffolly
Fri Jun 19, 2015 2:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Constant Jhana?
Replies: 190
Views: 13806

Re: Constant Jhana?

<<from http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=6590 >> And of course there are varying opinions of what mindfulness and investigation of qualities actually entails. I do know that it is much, much easier to not get caught up in unwholesome thoughts if one can substitute lust towards a sense...
by waryoffolly
Mon Jun 08, 2015 6:30 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Questions about the Vimuttimagga
Replies: 0
Views: 593

Questions about the Vimuttimagga

Why is the vimuttimagga not currently as popular as the Vidsudhimagga? (i.e. are there obvious reasons why it is so much more obscure?) What school is the vimuttimagga considered to belong to? How much influence did the vimuttimagga have on the vidsudhimagga? Just a few questions that occured to me....
by waryoffolly
Sun Jun 07, 2015 1:14 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: It Needs Saying Buddhism is not a philosophy, science, psychotherapy, or culture. It is a religion. David Brazier
Replies: 48
Views: 3712

Re: It Needs Saying Buddhism is not a philosophy, science, psychotherapy, or culture. It is a religion. David Brazier

I wonder: Wouldn't it be better to avoid the misleading labels like religion, philosophy, lifestyle, technique alltogether and just say that buddhism is "a teaching"? Or Perhaps "a teaching for the cessation of stress and suffering" ? It seems to me that this would be the least misleading approach....
by waryoffolly
Sat Jun 06, 2015 3:25 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: It Needs Saying Buddhism is not a philosophy, science, psychotherapy, or culture. It is a religion. David Brazier
Replies: 48
Views: 3712

Re: It Needs Saying Buddhism is not a philosophy, science, psychotherapy, or culture. It is a religion. David Brazier

It looks like Mr. Braizer was direct and focused in his critique and didn't mind stepping on toes. Good. Buddhism makes faith based claims- rebirth, kamma, Nibanna- and this makes Buddhism a religion. We can no more prove rebirth is real than can we proved heaven is real- it's based on faith inform...
by waryoffolly
Sun May 31, 2015 4:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Studies show about half of doctors prescribe placebos
Replies: 9
Views: 892

Re: Studies show about half of doctors prescribe placebos

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3352765/

Adding to the complication is the existence of the nocebo effect. If a doctor tells a patient about potential side effects than the patient is far more likely to experience those side effects compared to controls who weren't told at all.