Search found 57 matches

by jnak
Thu May 14, 2015 12:14 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: watching rise and fall
Replies: 116
Views: 6087

Re: watching rise and fall

There are certainly techniques for temporarily putting aside hindrances, but if one really wants "abandon" them, then it really is necessary to see -- to have insight into -- their actual nature. From Bhante Gunaratana's The Jhanas in Theravada Buddhist Meditation : In brief the twofold meaning of ...
by jnak
Wed May 13, 2015 1:58 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: watching rise and fall
Replies: 116
Views: 6087

Re: watching rise and fall

It depends, however, what one’s practice is. We find in the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta a very different set of instructions: Contemplation of Mind-Objects 1. The Five Hindrances “And how, bhikkhus, does a bhikkhu abide contemplating mind-objects as mind-objects? Here a bhikkhu abides contemplating mind-obj...
by jnak
Wed May 13, 2015 1:36 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Thanissaro/radical acceptance
Replies: 167
Views: 11222

Re: Thanissaro/radical acceptance

Greetings, Rather, I've learned to practice more on discerning the skillful from the unskillful, and it's helped me progress to much more settled states of mind than I was able to achieve previously. Likewise. Without the Right Effort to counter and bring unskillful states to an end, the applicatio...
by jnak
Wed May 13, 2015 12:08 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How to avoid supressing the thought after you notice it?
Replies: 17
Views: 1720

Re: How to avoid supressing the thought after you notice it?

The hindrances are ok to be there, they are your friends every time a hindrance arises is giving you an opportunity to gain insight in to the process of dependent origination, if its a thought then you know you are clinging to something and that this is suffering, by watching it arise and then fade...
by jnak
Sat May 09, 2015 1:49 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Thanissaro/radical acceptance
Replies: 167
Views: 11222

Re: Thanissaro/radical acceptance

Ven Thanissaro's meditation instructions, which I gather come from a particular branch of Thai Buddhism (Ajahn Lee, etc), emphasise manipulating the breath to give a sense of ease, visualising the breath filing the entire body, and so on. It's a much more active set of instructions than any other B...
by jnak
Sat May 02, 2015 3:53 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: What are the hurdles hindering Dhamma propagation in the US?
Replies: 70
Views: 7097

Re: What are the hurdles hindering Dhamma propagation in the US?

Accounting for no more than 5% of the population, Southern Baptists are a small, but vocal minority within the US. However, I believe that comparison was made regarding a fundamentalist approach to doctrine and a literal interpretation of scripture. Where I think the comparson falls apart is in the ...
by jnak
Sat May 02, 2015 12:54 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: What are the hurdles hindering Dhamma propagation in the US?
Replies: 70
Views: 7097

Re: What are the hurdles hindering Dhamma propagation in the US?

...had there been a dynamic, Dhamma learned Theravada monk or nun in these early days, I feel the Dhamma would be far more visible in western culture. I don't really see this. Theravada is a conservative religion. I once met an American monk in one of the Tibetan traditions who compared Theravada t...
by jnak
Thu Apr 30, 2015 5:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anger and Aversion on the Road
Replies: 7
Views: 769

Re: Anger and Aversion on the Road

It's immensely stressful, and I really don't handle it well. What to do? If it's any help, let me say that I feel that way driving in the US, where traffic is rather orderly. I try to remember that I am not the general manager of the universe, so why should I expect things to go the way I think the...
by jnak
Sun Apr 26, 2015 2:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Nepal Earthquake
Replies: 20
Views: 2172

Re: Nepal Earthquake

santa100 wrote:More charity organizations with good rating from Charity Navigator here
:goodpost:
by jnak
Fri Apr 17, 2015 12:07 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: When a pleasant feeling arises, then what?
Replies: 12
Views: 2234

Re: When a pleasant feeling arises, then what?

Dhamma_Bum wrote: That's what I try to do!
:anjali:
Just out of curiosity, how's that working out for you?
by jnak
Fri Apr 03, 2015 6:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Re-evaluating my practice
Replies: 2
Views: 767

Re: Re-evaluating my practice

In MN118, the Buddha says to train yourself to breathe in and out "sensitive to the entire body." I'd say that's a training objective, not something to expect yourself to do out of the box. For me, the most important part has been to not lose track of the breath. I seem to get better results when I ...
by jnak
Tue Mar 31, 2015 11:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Deep trance states for right view?
Replies: 16
Views: 1359

Re: Deep trance states for right view?

The question is: does one need concentration that strong that one doesn't see or hear. I think that might be a question that you have to answer for yourself. There doesn't seem to be a consensus regarding what even constitutes jhana. If you have not already found it, Leigh Brasington's Jhana Pages ...
by jnak
Mon Mar 30, 2015 10:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2132
Views: 73235

Re: (PARI)Nibbana is unconscious? so, what's the use of it

Akhandha wrote:
thank you, jnak, it's helpful for me,
:anjali:
by jnak
Mon Mar 30, 2015 7:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Deep trance states for right view?
Replies: 16
Views: 1359

Re: Deep trance states for right view?

It seems like to overcome wrong view, etc, one must do the opposite, attain right view, etc. To avoid contradiction, I think one needs to focus not so much on the jhāna part in MN52 as on the insight part " Now whatever is fabricated & intended is inconstant & subject to cessation .'" . My understa...
by jnak
Mon Mar 30, 2015 5:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2132
Views: 73235

Re: (PARI)Nibbana is unconscious? so, what's the use of it

Cessation of craving leads to cessation of the 5 khandhas, among them of consciousness (awareness). that is clearly and repeatedly mentioned in the suttas. Perhaps your understanding is incomplete. DN 11, Kevatta (Kevaddha) Sutta: To Kevatta "'Your question should not be phrased in this way: Where ...
by jnak
Mon Mar 30, 2015 1:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2132
Views: 73235

Re: (PARI)Nibbana is unconscious? so, what's the use of it

Nevertheless, I seem really be acquianted with the jhanas and nirodha, maybe because of my capacity of very strong concentration. Whether or not you call yourself a Buddhist seems of little import. However, I question your definition of nirodha. Haven't you been describing a cessation of awareness?...
by jnak
Mon Mar 30, 2015 5:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Deep trance states for right view?
Replies: 16
Views: 1359

Re: Deep trance states for right view?

Alex123 wrote:Are deep trancelike states required for stream entry?
I just read MN52 for the first time and it seems apropos to your topic.
by jnak
Sat Mar 28, 2015 4:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Some questions
Replies: 5
Views: 1014

Re: Some questions

Here is a recent talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu that might bear on your questions regarding perceptions.

http://www.dhammatalks.org/Archive/y201 ... cation.mp3
by jnak
Sat Mar 28, 2015 4:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2132
Views: 73235

Re: (PARI)Nibbana is unconscious? so, what's the use of it

You have been posting about your meditation experience for awhile now. It's certainly outside of my range of experience, but I've been thinking along the same lines as kirk5a. That is that you are describing an experience in line with that described by Ven. Thanissaro Bhikkhu in Jhana Not By the Num...
by jnak
Thu Mar 26, 2015 4:52 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: anti/Natalism
Replies: 90
Views: 8841

Re: anti/Natalism

So, the point is to indicate that any possible good, even Dhamma instruction does not compensate for 'becoming'. Compared to any possible lower state, being born into a realm where one can hear the Dhamma seems quite fortunate. :) You seem to be arguing that having children is a harm to the individ...