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by Modus.Ponens
Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the Dark Night of the Soul in Buddhist terms?
Replies: 64
Views: 3506

Re: What is the Dark Night of the Soul in Buddhist terms?

but the terms seems to have slipped its Catholic moorings by now: Agree. That is why I confused about this. It seems some people use this word to denote "depression" Hello. The Dark Night, in the buddhist context , refers to a phase in a vipassana meditator's practice when the meditator can be fill...
by Modus.Ponens
Sat Mar 17, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the Dark Night of the Soul in Buddhist terms?
Replies: 64
Views: 3506

Re: What is the Dark Night of the Soul in Buddhist terms?

What is the Dark Night of the Soul in Buddhist terms? What mental state is this? It has to do with insights into unsatisfactoriness. One of the ways of describing the progress of insight is taught in this short dhamma treasure by Mahasi Sayadaw: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/mahasi/pr...
by Modus.Ponens
Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Critiquing the life of Stephen Hawking
Replies: 121
Views: 4722

Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

As I see it his main contribution to the world was the spreading of materialist-scientism which is founded on wrong view. Physics is wrong view? Would you care to elaborate. Also, why call his work scientism? He was a "real" scientist and was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge .. an...
by Modus.Ponens
Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: RIP Stephen Hawking
Replies: 33
Views: 2268

Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

I don't think we should praise him because he was famous & well-liked & is now dead. I think you should not praise him if you see nothing to praise in him. Other people find things to praise about him and this thread is a place where they have come to remember him and to mention those things which ...
by Modus.Ponens
Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Good movies to watch
Replies: 44
Views: 4198

Re: Good movies to watch

Hello. I just watched "American Beauty" and it inspired me to make this topic . I would like to hear your sugestions of good movies to watch. I have my own: American Beauty Idioterne Spider Fight Club Dead Poets Society Cube Amelie Throw your own :) Metta Erm... this particular sentence did not age...
by Modus.Ponens
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sensual desires and ill will are uprooted by equanimity of fourth jhana?
Replies: 16
Views: 1126

Re: Sensual desires and ill will are uprooted by equanimity of fourth jhana?

Zom wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:18 pm
4th and 5th fetters are destroyed by attaining fruit of non-returning, which is based on jhana. No jhana alone by itself can destroy fetters.
Why is non returning based on jhana? I've read that before, but I don't understand why jhana is specifically emphasised for non returning.

Anjali
by Modus.Ponens
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Criticism of Islam
Replies: 224
Views: 16117

Re: Criticism of Islam

Its a shame that anyone who brings up any rational criticism of Islamic teachings gets silenced by getting names called upon such as 'neo-conservative' Hi Dharmasherab Do you have an example of someone calling you (or someone else) a 'neo-conservative' because of their "rational criticism of Islami...
by Modus.Ponens
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nihilism has poisoned modern society; as Buddhists, we should reject it.
Replies: 24
Views: 2795

Re: Nihilism has poisoned modern society; as Buddhists, we should reject it.

Hello. Stephen Hicks wrote an excelent book about postmodernism, focused on its political and philosophical components, rather than its artistic component. The audiobook version is freely available on youtube and on the author's website. Chapter 1 gives a good summary, but I'll link to the whole boo...
by Modus.Ponens
Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Negative feelings after meditating on Anicca
Replies: 17
Views: 1377

Re: Negative feelings after meditating on Anicca

This is what happens when one starts not with things he should start with. Hello, Zom. Your answer is a bit vague. Can you please clarify? I've been listening to Ayya Khema lately. She advises to practice insight after (sutta) jhana. She lays out the insights that one can gain in post jhana contemp...
by Modus.Ponens
Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How to reach the 1st Jhana?
Replies: 100
Views: 6899

Re: How to reach the 1st Jhana?

How to do it? Read and follow this book . It has been highly effective for me. Please bear in mind this is something that will require dedicated daily practice, with sessions of 45 minutes minimum , and continual mindfulness throughout the day. Thank you Pseudo :) This book not goes against Bouddha...
by Modus.Ponens
Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How to reach the 1st Jhana?
Replies: 100
Views: 6899

Re: How to reach the 1st Jhana?

Ayya Khema explains this topic, as well as many of the important insights from jhana practice.

http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/334/talk/7871/
by Modus.Ponens
Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nihilism has poisoned modern society; as Buddhists, we should reject it.
Replies: 24
Views: 2795

Re: Nihilism has poisoned modern society; as Buddhists, we should reject it.

Perhaps it is. There are some moral rules on which there is no consensus, such as euthanasia. But others seem objectively true, or at least unobjectionable. For example, "One should not torture people for no other purpose than sadism". This seems to be objectively true, at least as objective as mora...
by Modus.Ponens
Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 173
Views: 10919

Re: Diversity among mods

I personally don't think the Abidhamma was originated as is traditionally believed. The difference between a buddhist and a nonbuddhist is that a nonbuddhist has no realistic place for reasonable doubt, while a buddhist has space for reasonable doubt that the story might be true.

2 cents

Añjali
by Modus.Ponens
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: My experience with jhana and samadhi, comments welcome
Replies: 25
Views: 1964

Re: My experience with jhana and samadhi, comments welcome

So, as you may or may not know, Anapanasati, Satipatthana, samatha, Vipassana are taught in Theraveda, Mahāyāna, and Vajrayana programs. So what I was taught in the mindfulness practices in Thich Nhat Hanhs organization was simply samatha, and after about ten years of doing it I took it out and won...
by Modus.Ponens
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nihilism has poisoned modern society; as Buddhists, we should reject it.
Replies: 24
Views: 2795

Re: Nihilism has poisoned modern society; as Buddhists, we should reject it.

Hello. Thank you for this topic as it is one of the things that interests me the most at the moment. It occured to me recently that I should abstain from wrong view just as I would abstain from lying. Wrong views are not just innocent opinions, even when there is a case to be made for some wrong vie...