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by Sekha
Sat May 10, 2014 11:17 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Can We Hear Sound in Jhāna?
Replies: 90
Views: 11366

Re: Can We Hear Sound in Jhāna?

I trust the above is to your satisfaction? It is, thank you for clarifying. Now that I reconsider the whole picture in the light of your arguments, I see your standpoint is quite robust. I just find it counter-intuitive that contact may be subordinated to attention. I think your reductio ad absurdu...
by Sekha
Fri May 09, 2014 6:47 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Can We Hear Sound in Jhāna?
Replies: 90
Views: 11366

Re: Can We Hear Sound in Jhāna?

It appears to me possible that the impurity of the jhana is the cause of still having the ability of hearing sounds in the case of 2nd-4th jhanas while the fact that this ability remains may be natural for the first jhana. This does not quite rebuff what I had to say about AN 9.31, which says that ...
by Sekha
Fri May 09, 2014 10:28 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Can We Hear Sound in Jhāna?
Replies: 90
Views: 11366

Re: Can We Hear Sound in Jhāna?

Hi Sylvester, I was wondering if the arguments you give really support your conclusion: Yes, sounds can be heard in the jhanas, but only as noted in this situation outlined by Ven Analayo - it was possible to hear sound even during such a deep level of jhãna, if the attainment was impure (aparisuddh...
by Sekha
Tue May 06, 2014 4:42 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 2011
Views: 197531

Re: What music are you listening to right now?

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by Sekha
Mon May 05, 2014 12:14 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Can We Hear Sound in Jhāna?
Replies: 90
Views: 11366

Re: Can We Hear Sound in Jhāna?

Isn't sound consider as perception and feeling? :thinking: I think we have no idea what kind of perceptions and feelings one may experience in the 8th jhana, so all this is pure speculation. I think that when ekaggata is present (2nd sutta-jhana onward) sounds may be heard but they won't be analyze...
by Sekha
Mon May 05, 2014 11:34 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Can We Hear Sound in Jhāna?
Replies: 90
Views: 11366

Re: Can We Hear Sound in Jhāna?

Suttas say thay 5 senses are absent only in the arupa-spheres. So, as it seems, sound can be heard in 1-4 jhanas. I wouldn't jump to conclusions this quickly. Your conclusion seems too far fetched for me. Interpreting the meaning of a text that relates not so trivially to something about which one ...
by Sekha
Mon May 05, 2014 9:36 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Can We Hear Sound in Jhāna?
Replies: 90
Views: 11366

Re: Can We Hear Sound in Jhāna?

If we switch "thorn" ( kaṇṭakā ) by "is not present" is there any logical semantic reason to do that? No, the point I'm trying to make there, is coherence with other suttas . I'm using these words to make the coherence clear. I don't think the meaning of this word needs to be altered for this sutta...
by Sekha
Mon May 05, 2014 9:13 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Can We Hear Sound in Jhāna?
Replies: 90
Views: 11366

Re: Can We Hear Sound in Jhāna?

Unrul3r wrote: If we switch "thorn" (kaṇṭakā) by "is not present"
is there any logical semantic reason to do that?
by Sekha
Mon May 05, 2014 9:10 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Can We Hear Sound in Jhāna?
Replies: 90
Views: 11366

Re: Can We Hear Sound in Jhāna?

I think the bottom of the problem is 1) The vsm's 1st jhana includes ekaggata whereas the suttas' first jhana doesn't, and the suttas should be relied on more 2) many people who follow blindly the vsm refuse to acknowledge the fact above mentioned so I would say that yes one can hear sounds in the s...
by Sekha
Mon Apr 28, 2014 3:42 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordination at Wat Pah Nanachat
Replies: 100
Views: 23349

Re: Ordination at Wat Pah Nanachat

To those here who are knowledgeable about the issue: I would like to know what are the choices available to monks having completed their 5 vassas at WPN They probably can: - stay on - move to another branch in Thailand - move to another branch in their country Can they at some point be compelled to ...
by Sekha
Tue Jan 21, 2014 5:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Offerings of food to Buddha Statues
Replies: 27
Views: 4088

Re: Offerings of food to Buddha Statues

chethinie wrote:did Buddha tell us to do these two things?
as far as I know, he never did
by Sekha
Fri Jan 17, 2014 12:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I mix and match precepts?
Replies: 21
Views: 1302

Re: Can I mix and match precepts?

the precepts are requirements. you can't drop any of the five and still hope for redemption
by Sekha
Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How to find the middle way?
Replies: 13
Views: 1111

Re: How to find the middle way?

Even though it may be with pain, even though it may be with sorrow, even though he may be crying, his face in tears, he lives the holy life that is perfect & pure.
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
by Sekha
Sat Jan 11, 2014 12:24 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Depression, the secret we share
Replies: 38
Views: 2446

Re: Depression, the secret we share

Eat lots of vitamins ! It solves more problems than one may think.
by Sekha
Tue Dec 31, 2013 6:00 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Buddhislm is Absurd
Replies: 20
Views: 2874

Re: Buddhislm is Absurd

That's the problem with philosophers.

“For those that are blind, the truth always remains crooked”