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by Assaji
Sun Mar 15, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 162
Views: 7781

Re: Coronavirus?

What can be done about the current version of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), namely SARS-CoV-2 ("coronavirus")? As for now, more or less tested is an old treatment method: transfusion of blood plasma from those who have recovered. https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/305069...
by Assaji
Sat Feb 29, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: In Pali, is there a general rule for how to translate/interpret negations, e.g. (subha, asubha)
Replies: 4
Views: 643

Re: In Pali, is there a general rule for how to translate/interpret negations, e.g. (subha, asubha)

For subha and asubha, the passages definitely seem to be on the extreme end in context. If one only had a neutral attitude to contemplating 31 body parts or corpses, you wouldn't expect to see scores of suicide in SN 54.9 for example. AFAIK, that was the result of wrong practice. "Asubha" is rather...
by Assaji
Thu Feb 27, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Validating Mount Meru
Replies: 16
Views: 1930

Re: Validating Mount Meru

I would genuinely like to know the general consensus among modern Therevadan buddhists as to the cosmology of Mount Meru. Myth, skillful means or other? It's a reality which is excluded from Western popular Buddhist discourse, since it does not fit in the modern scientism: https://dhammawheel.com/v...
by Assaji
Sun Feb 16, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Terms Index
Replies: 9
Views: 13735

Re: Pali Terms Index

The latest version: English Pāli Terms Index Pali Terms - How To Explore akālika akuppa atta(n) animitta anupassī anusayā aparitassanā appatiṭṭha appamāṇa ayoniso manasikāra arañña ariya ariya aṭṭhaṅgika magga ariyasacca ariyasāvaka avijjā avihiṃsā asappurisa arūpasaññī ārambha ārammaṇa āloka āsava ...
by Assaji
Wed Feb 12, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Term: Vossagga
Replies: 16
Views: 1243

Re: Pali Term: Vossagga

Let me use this opportunity to explore the meaning of vossaggapariṇāmiṃ . The Commentary explains this compound in two senses: abandoning ( pariccāga ) the corruptions ( kilesa ), and springing forward ( pakkhandana ) to Nibbāna as a basis ( ārammaṇa ). Another passage in the Commentary also elucid...
by Assaji
Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Term: Vossagga
Replies: 16
Views: 1243

Re: Pali Term: Vossagga

Hi Frank, 'Noble disciple' is definitely what it is according to the commentaries as you point out in the other thread, but as you know, sometimes commentaries, subcommentaries, and EBT don't all agree so we still have to end up making a personal choice when interpreting. When they don't all agree, ...
by Assaji
Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Term: Vossagga
Replies: 16
Views: 1243

Re: Pali Term: Vossagga

Hi Volo, What i said here is, what is " maturing in release " is " seclusion, dispassion and cessation " . However, you possibly disputed this, here: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=35354#p528746 It’s when a mendicant develops the awakening factor of mindfulness, which relies on seclusion, f...
by Assaji
Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Term: Vossagga
Replies: 16
Views: 1243

Pali Term: Vossagga

Hello Pāli friends, The Pāli term " vossagga " has several meanings. The expression " vossaggārammaṇaṃ karitvā " is quite tricky, and worth a discussion. ... ... " vossagga " in SN 48.10 has a very different meaning from "relaxation". One makes " vossagga " the basis ( ārammaṇa ) of meditative compo...
by Assaji
Wed Feb 05, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: comprehensive definition of 'sati', 'sampajano', 'vitakka & vicara', 'upekkha'
Replies: 17
Views: 1389

Re: comprehensive definition of 'sati', 'sampajano', 'vitakka & vicara', 'upekkha'

Hi Frank, Hi Assaji, could you expand in detail exactly how you understand that to mean? B. Bodhi's and Thanissaro's translation of that are somewhat ambiguous. Two general categories of interpretation: 1) one uses vossagga as a means to attain samadhi 2) one attains samadhi, for the purpose attaini...
by Assaji
Mon Feb 03, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: comprehensive definition of 'sati', 'sampajano', 'vitakka & vicara', 'upekkha'
Replies: 17
Views: 1389

Re: comprehensive definition of 'sati', 'sampajano', 'vitakka & vicara', 'upekkha'

The Buddha himself taught in SN 48.10 and MN 118 that concentration & jhana are developed by making "letting go"; "surrender"; "relaxation" ("vossagga") the object. That's not true, " vossagga " in SN 48.10 has a very different meaning from "relaxation". One makes " vossagga " the basis ( ārammaṇa ...
by Assaji
Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is meant by: "sati sets the frame of reference" ???
Replies: 32
Views: 1925

Re: What is meant by: "sati sets the frame of reference" ???

Hi SteRo, Actually Assaji's explanation made sense for me already during my conversation with him which is why I accepted his explanation and dropped my initial view. "sati sets the frame of reference" simply means the remembrance of one of the frames of reference taught in Satipatthana Sutta - whic...
by Assaji
Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: You can hear sounds in the 4 jhānas.
Replies: 4
Views: 722

Re: You can hear sounds in the 4 jhānas.

frank k wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:20 pm
Detailed analysis of passages from DN 21, DN 16, KN Ud 3.3 that show this.

https://notesonthedhamma.blogspot.com/2 ... a-to.html
Thank you!
by Assaji
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Isn't mindfulness absurd?
Replies: 59
Views: 2118

Re: S.N. Goenka says: only use one kind of meditation...why?

If I remember correctly the nettippakarana says, sati is a function of the sati-indriya and samajana of the pañña-indriya. Also in the earliest explanation of Satipatthana in Vibhanga one finds: ‘Sampajāno’ ti. ‘Full awareness’. Tattha, katamaṁ sampajaññaṁ? Herein, what is full awareness? 16 Yā pañ...
by Assaji
Thu Jan 02, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Isn't mindfulness absurd?
Replies: 59
Views: 2118

Re: Isn't mindfulness absurd?

E.g. keeping in mind the instruction to observe Mainly it is keeping in mind one of the four frames of reference. Within which one may observe. Yes, it is the task of awareness ( sampajāñña ) . For example, in case of the first way of keeping in mind ( satipatthana ) this may be: “Puna capara.m, bh...
by Assaji
Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Isn't mindfulness absurd?
Replies: 59
Views: 2118

Re: Isn't mindfulness absurd?

Mindfulness ( sati ) is not about observation. It is about keeping something in mind. E.g. keeping in mind the instruction to observe Mainly it is keeping in mind one of the four frames of reference. In the context of Satipatthana, sati is the taking hold (i.e. keeping in mind) of the object-suppor...