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by Kenshou
Mon Jul 07, 2014 10:10 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Dropping head, drooling and swallowing reflex in meditation
Replies: 23
Views: 4810

Re: Dropping head, drooling and swallowing reflex in meditat

I definitely deal with too much saliva/annoying need to swallow as well. I seem to simply generate a lot of the stuff. So I can give you a couple suggestions. First, which relates to head-drooping, watch your posture. Not letting your posture slump forward will better prevent saliva pooling in your ...
by Kenshou
Fri Jun 13, 2014 6:18 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A logical reasoning that maybe proves there is a self
Replies: 74
Views: 4462

Re: A logical reasoning that maybe proves there is a self

Samyutta Nikaya III 144: "Bhikkhus [monks, the Buddha said, holding a fleck of dung on his fingernail], if even if that much of permanent, everlasting, eternal individual selfhood, not inseparable from the idea of change, could be found, then this living the holy life could not be taught by me." Fur...
by Kenshou
Sat Feb 22, 2014 3:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Scripture that is well known to those raised Buddhist
Replies: 13
Views: 784

Re: Scripture that is well known to those raised Buddhist

My impression as an American is that the majority of claimed Christians haven't really read the bible either, at least not in any exhaustive way. Just sayin'.
by Kenshou
Tue Dec 03, 2013 5:52 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Any relation between Jannah and Jhana?
Replies: 5
Views: 1037

Re: Any relation between Jannah and Jhana?

This kind of thing happens by coincidence all the time in language. The verbal root for "cut" in Japanese and the Australian language Lardil are both something like "kir" but that doesn't actually indicate anything. There are only so many possible combinations of the frequent human speech sounds and...
by Kenshou
Tue Nov 26, 2013 3:03 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: I'd rather be reborn
Replies: 188
Views: 9580

Re: I'd rather be reborn

I think the funny thing is that, the conditions for the end of continuance are the same as the conditions for ending any fear of non-continuance. Not being reborn requires destruction of the 3 roots, which is also the condition for the end of dukkha. But the reduction of those factors is demonstrabl...
by Kenshou
Sat Sep 14, 2013 5:11 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Deep listening (dadirri)
Replies: 8
Views: 762

Re: Deep listening (dadirri)

Didn't we do this this as children?
Not me, I was a whiny and annoyed creature right from the start. My poor parents, gosh.
by Kenshou
Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:44 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: judgment-free awareness
Replies: 95
Views: 9617

Re: judgment-free awareness

I think that this approach actually automatically satisfies right effort, because that kind of attitude is really just the sort of thing that feeds good qualities and starves bad ones, settles the mind, and allows clear comprehension, in an nearly (but not entirely) effortless way. It is a very refi...
by Kenshou
Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Sankhara-paccaya Vinnanam: How?
Replies: 23
Views: 2376

Re: Sankhara-paccaya Vinnanam: How?

As if those two concepts are utterly unrelated.
by Kenshou
Wed Jun 26, 2013 3:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Share meditation tips here
Replies: 26
Views: 2734

Re: Share meditation tips here

If I had to name one thing, it would be maranasati. Which has been said, but still. Just that recollection can be the antidote to every hindrance, and a great motivator.

You will die, maybe soon, do you have any time to waste?
by Kenshou
Mon May 06, 2013 2:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Reason Caused the Holocaust
Replies: 10
Views: 1252

Re: Reason Caused the Holocaust

Insert snark here. Gosh.
by Kenshou
Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:55 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Anyone ever fallen asleep and witnessed it?
Replies: 13
Views: 1551

Re: Anyone ever fallen asleep and witnessed it?

I believe this happens to me occasionally, moreso during random daytime naps, rather than bedtime, for some reason. I feel like my experience is similar to what you described in the OP. A gradual loss of embodiedness and loss of perception, which can lead to that feeling of dissolving into gentle bl...
by Kenshou
Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Magick and Buddhism
Replies: 94
Views: 10813

Re: Magick and Buddhism

danieLion wrote:I'm not a Crowley apologist.
Sure fooled me.
by Kenshou
Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Unpleaseant Breath...
Replies: 7
Views: 1373

Re: Unpleaseant Breath...

If it is just cold, that's an asava to be endured. Kayagatasati is prescribed for this: Ugh, the cold. There are things that I can deal with like this, but the cold is not one of them. In the middle of winter, it's all I can do to keep my constant mantra of "**** you nature" from blurting out. Gota...
by Kenshou
Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The causes for wisdom
Replies: 1300
Views: 115584

Re: The causes for wisdom

Would it be rude to say, without implicating any specific individuals, that this Sujin approach seems suspiciously and conveniently well crafted to allow a dhamma that allows one to not actually put in any real effort or do any real practice. Beyond I suppose, study and sila at most, as far as I can...
by Kenshou
Sat Jan 19, 2013 1:00 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: would learning jhana solely from sutta be possible?
Replies: 40
Views: 8451

Re: would learning jhana solely from sutta be possible?

Well, you could also say "how are you to empty your mind and let it be still if you're remembering what a teacher told you you ought to be doing?" That's also a potential source of non-productive distracting thoughts. A certain finesse is required, regardless of the origin of one's meditation instru...
by Kenshou
Thu Dec 06, 2012 4:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6088
Views: 422223

Re: Is hell and hungry ghost realm to be taken literally?

At any rate, in a single lifetime scenario there's no reason to disengage from any hedonistic pleasures as long as one is not causing harm and can rationalize the pleasure to pain ratio in a cost-benefit analysis. Having lived much of my life under this mindset, I believe that this gives the benefi...
by Kenshou
Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha's advice on Brushing Teeth
Replies: 28
Views: 7130

Re: Buddha's advice on Brushing Teeth

I allow tooth wood eight fingerbreadths long at most. And novices are not to be flicked with it.
Ha!
by Kenshou
Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:22 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: can consciousness witness it's own dissolution?
Replies: 27
Views: 3093

Re: can consciousness witness it's own dissolution?

I'm sitting in meditation and can perceive feelings arise and pass away. No problem - feelings are not self. I can perceive how thoughts appear and disappear (not with perfect clarity - rather murkily - but enough to know that thoughts do come and go), I can perceive how states of mind can change, ...