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by lojong1
Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:15 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: natural progression of meditation?
Replies: 77
Views: 12443

Re: natural progression of meditation?

May I suggest an experiment?[...] Exactly. You are not at a dead end; those 6 years are over and you've gained valuable experience be happy. You have 1st jhana 80% or 20% of the time or whatever percent and whatever type of concentration it really is. It sounds skillful so master it and drop the co...
by lojong1
Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:01 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: natural progression of meditation?
Replies: 77
Views: 12443

Re: natural progression of meditation?

alan... wrote:how do i avoid [wrong concentration]?
Common ground is the bomb. Go visit a mosque, seriously.
by lojong1
Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:35 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: natural progression of meditation?
Replies: 77
Views: 12443

Re: natural progression of meditation?

what happens if i just give up and watch my breath and do nothing else? and then after, or during, i practice vipassana? surely it's possible i will end up going through the jhanas naturally without really knowing it...? Apparently the Buddha would tell you to do more: ...(And then the Buddha goes ...
by lojong1
Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:29 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: natural progression of meditation?
Replies: 77
Views: 12443

Re: natural progression of meditation?

alan... wrote:...what happens if i just give up and watch my breath and do nothing else?
exactly
alan... wrote:...and then after, i practice vipassana?
exactly
alan... wrote:...and then during, i practice vipassana?
exactly
alan... wrote: ...or it's possible this is wrong concentration?
still something to watch for
by lojong1
Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: ajahn chah explanation of jhana?
Replies: 13
Views: 2882

Re: ajahn chah explanation of jhana?

I read a small something in a tiny book of his recently, about no real need to call them jhanas with this or that ingredient, but to simply experience and explore your own workings...I'll try to find it again.
by lojong1
Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Exact quote: "You are your own refuge..."
Replies: 27
Views: 5428

Re: Exact quote: "You are your own refuge..."

plwk wrote:Yet if he has merely faith, merely affection for the Tathagata, that man, too, does not go to... states of woe.
Because buddha was still alive at that time, it was appropriate.
by lojong1
Wed Feb 20, 2013 7:32 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Exact quote: "You are your own refuge..."
Replies: 27
Views: 5428

Re: Exact quote: "You are your own refuge..."

Also attadipa sutta : http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .wlsh.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
""Monks, be islands unto yourselves, be your own refuge, having no other; let the Dhamma be an island and a refuge to you, having no other."
by lojong1
Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:03 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Info on turner, apprentice and craft?
Replies: 11
Views: 2497

Re: Info on turner, apprentice and craft?

... right satisfies me Still jonesing. woodturning india -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2XAe9GLF6I" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; a bodger at work -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WX6QsRX4aA" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; treadle lathe -- http://www.youtube.com...
by lojong1
Mon Feb 18, 2013 10:04 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Info on turner, apprentice and craft?
Replies: 11
Views: 2497

Re: Info on turner, apprentice and craft?

I take this to mean the extent to which one depresses the treadle, and thus the duration and speed of the revolutions in one direction before it spins back again. TY SV. For me, this wiki article on turning allows me to enjoy the simile, because it lets me keep the passing blade as the turn, long o...
by lojong1
Mon Feb 18, 2013 6:45 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Info on turner, apprentice and craft?
Replies: 11
Views: 2497

Re: Info on turner, apprentice and craft?

Short turn, yes, not slow. Early last year Daverupa quotes this : "One will also notice that certain passages are not found elsewhere in the Pāli—for example, the simile where a yogi sensing each breathflow’s length is compared to a turner who knows the duration of each pass [ of the blade? ] on the...
by lojong1
Mon Feb 18, 2013 6:04 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Huge asteroid to fly closest ever to Earth
Replies: 7
Views: 1578

Re: Huge asteroid to fly closest ever to Earth

lojong1 wrote:My spooky beautiful vision says it misses, changes direction really.
It happened just the way I prophesied, I'm awesome!
by lojong1
Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:41 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Jhana during Inquisition
Replies: 6
Views: 1663

Re: Jhana during Inquisition

Does John of the Cross describe anything similar besides in Dark Night o Soul? Where are Meister Eckhart's best instructions? Never mind. Just listened to ayya khema's talk on St. T of A. John Cruz has nothing else and Meister's writings are too obscure for anyone who has not already experienced jh...
by lojong1
Sun Feb 17, 2013 1:02 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Info on turner, apprentice and craft?
Replies: 11
Views: 2497

Re: Info on turner, apprentice and craft?

TY!
Can folks explain in detail how they relate this turning to the breath? Given the perfection of so many other of buddha's similes, doesn't this one look a little misunderstood or just plain shite? Why would you ever make the wood turn slowly?
by lojong1
Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:53 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Jhana during Inquisition
Replies: 6
Views: 1663

Re: Jhana during Inquisition

If they did access the first few Jhanas, nothing in that experience would disagree with a Christian world-view. True. Given the tendency of jhāna to powerfully reinforce whatever diṭṭhi (right or wrong) prompts the person to strive for it, one would expect them to be even more Christian (or at leas...
by lojong1
Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:38 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Jhana during Inquisition
Replies: 6
Views: 1663

Jhana during Inquisition

I wonder if Teresa d'Avila (and maybe Juan de la Cruz and Meister Eckhart) truly remained Christian after Jhana experiences.