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by zan
Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I want to read the Visuddhimagga but...
Replies: 31
Views: 4691

Re: I want to read the Visuddhimagga but...

The vissudhimagga is the theravada. It is the lynch pin of the commentarial system. As to what the complete system was before buddhaghosa came along there isn't much we can do to find out. But the translating of the commentaries and the composition of the vissudhimagga was performed on behalf of th...
by zan
Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I want to read the Visuddhimagga but...
Replies: 31
Views: 4691

I want to read the Visuddhimagga but...

I have used this amazing, wonderful tome as a guide and reference for the last fifteen years. In doing so I have probably read about twenty five percent of it, as I reference the same sections over and over. I have never read it cover to cover though and I would like to do so. However, I read some c...
by zan
Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Diet and caffeines effect on meditation
Replies: 30
Views: 3878

Re: Diet and caffeines effect on meditation

Zan, your response is filled with over-the-top assumptions which make no sense whatsoever. Really? I just can't seem to make any headway in regards to your opinion of me! First you think I'm deluding myself, now you think that I'm making over-the-top assumptions and failing to make any sense at all...
by zan
Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Diet and caffeines effect on meditation
Replies: 30
Views: 3878

Re: Diet and caffeines effect on meditation

Zan, clearly, there are things in my posts you have negatively reacted to, so I am going to explain my position one last time. First, before even discussing anything else, there are two crucial aspects which need to be considered: 1. With any substance, dosage is a determining factor. 2. Intention,...
by zan
Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Diet and caffeines effect on meditation
Replies: 30
Views: 3878

Re: Diet and caffeines effect on meditation

Zan, you are seriously blowing everything I've said out of proportion. I have clarified and explained my position multiple times and still you are seeing almost everything I've said in black and white, and assuming things I don't believe in nor have said. This is my last post in this thread. I'm so...
by zan
Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jhana so deep that someone was thought to be dead
Replies: 8
Views: 1044

Re: Jhana so deep that one is declared dead

In the nikaya if search the index subject under vital signs, there will be some accounts that state even when one is in higher jhana the vital formations will still be present. The sutta content is comparing a dead versus one that is in neither perception of non perception. Specifically I think it ...
by zan
Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jhana so deep that someone was thought to be dead
Replies: 8
Views: 1044

Re: Jhana so deep that one is declared dead

In the nikaya if search the index subject under vital signs, there will be some accounts that state even when one is in higher jhana the vital formations will still be present. The sutta content is comparing a dead versus one that is in neither perception of non perception. Specifically I think it ...
by zan
Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jhana so deep that someone was thought to be dead
Replies: 8
Views: 1044

Re: Jhana so deep that one is declared dead

Sounds more like the state of 'bhavanga' that some teachers warn about: http://simplybuddhist.blogspot.co.uk/2008/03/bhavanga-ajahn-thate.html 8. While you are training the mind, one thing — strange and striking — may occur without your intending it. That is, the mind will withdraw from its externa...
by zan
Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Diet and caffeines effect on meditation
Replies: 30
Views: 3878

Re: Diet and caffeines effect on meditation

Zan, if you are so intent on direct questions, please answer the following (however you think): If a runner uses a mild enhancing drug, and when using this substance, he finishes 3rd or 4th out of 20 athletes almost every time—but he can't even finish the race when he doesn't consume the stimulant,...
by zan
Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jhana so deep that someone was thought to be dead
Replies: 8
Views: 1044

Jhana so deep that someone was thought to be dead

On page 154 of Mindfulness Bliss and Beyond Ajahn Brahm recounts a story of a lay disciple: "A lay disciple once told me how, completely by chance, he had fallen into a deep jhana while meditating at home. His wife thought he had died and sent for an ambulance. He was rushed to hospital in a loud wa...
by zan
Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: So... Tea is really bad for you? I thought otherwise...
Replies: 22
Views: 2858

Re: So... Tea is really bad for you? I thought otherwise...

Thank you for this info about Darjeeling tea! I did not know that, very interesting. As far as the aphrodisiac thing goes, I know it is in the Vinaya, if I ever ordain I will consider it. Until then, though, garlic makes so many things delicious! Do you abstain completely from it? For example if it...
by zan
Tue Feb 28, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Diet and caffeines effect on meditation
Replies: 30
Views: 3878

Re: Diet and caffeines effect on meditation

I asked if you would suggest that I quit the diet as a hypothetical, as you seemed to have some notion that ketones are wrong in meditation for some reason, because I wanted to know your opinion and reasoning. I have no intention of actually changing my diet based on this conversation. Please do no...
by zan
Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Mahasi Sayadaw Vipassanna meditation in short
Replies: 8
Views: 1774

Re: Mahasi Sayadaw Vipassanna meditation in short

Okay I realize this has been explained many times, yet I am still confused. For that I apologize! I even read Mahasi Sayadaw's explanations in Manual of Insight but, due to my own failings (Not the books fault! It is a great book!), still managed to come away with a question: When sitting and doing...