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by Dinsdale
Thu May 02, 2013 12:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: No Piti, No Sukkha, No Vipassana?
Replies: 58
Views: 9341

Re: No Piti, No Sukkha, No Vipassana?

Samatha and vipassana are paired qualities which interact with satipatthana, per SN 35.204 . An interesting sutta, but I'm not sure I understand the relationship being described here between samatha and vipassana ( the swift pair of messengers ), mindfulness ( the gatekeeper ) and consciousness ( t...
by Dinsdale
Thu May 02, 2013 12:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: No Piti, No Sukkha, No Vipassana?
Replies: 58
Views: 9341

Re: No Piti, No Sukkha, No Vipassana?

Every tetrad (satipatthana) of Anapanasati includes vipassana.... The 4th tetrad is full scale vipassana, where impermanence itself is predominant. The text of the 4th tetrad is clearly describing vipassana ( anicca ), but could you say which text lines in the first 3 tetrads are explicitly describ...
by Dinsdale
Thu May 02, 2013 12:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there a gnostic element to the goals of Buddhism?
Replies: 30
Views: 2897

Re: Is there a gnostic element to the goals of Buddhism?

Gone to the beyond of becoming, you let go of in front, let go of behind, let go of between. With a heart everywhere let-go, you don't come again to birth & aging. Dhp 348 Interesting quote. You seem to be pointing to "letting go" as a method of practice, but the OP seems more about the nature of t...
by Dinsdale
Wed May 01, 2013 1:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Preliminaries to Metta Meditation
Replies: 5
Views: 964

Re: Preliminaries to Metta Meditation

The reason why I am asking this is because while I practice metta it seems to me that I have a difficulty generating a -sensation- of goodwill. I can generate the intention and the wish that all beings be free of suffering, but I don't feel it at an emotional level, or in my heart in a sense. Is th...
by Dinsdale
Wed May 01, 2013 1:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why the emphasis on voidness and passing away?
Replies: 19
Views: 3483

Re: Why the emphasis on voidness and passing away?

kirk5a wrote:I think because we are already fixated upon (clinging to) all the arisings. So the passing, ceasing, requires emphasis.
Yes, I think that's a good way of putting it, hence the focus on anicca in the teachings.
by Dinsdale
Wed May 01, 2013 1:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: No Piti, No Sukkha, No Vipassana?
Replies: 58
Views: 9341

Re: No Piti, No Sukkha, No Vipassana?

For piti or sukkha to arise that is sufficiently meaningful to serve as a profound object of vipassana , it is probably required to sit, with constant (balanced released) samadhi for at least one hour to 90 minutes. Profound vipassana means the piti or sukkah appear to the mind in such a detached &...
by Dinsdale
Wed May 01, 2013 1:29 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Mice: the biggest losers with vegetarianism
Replies: 11
Views: 922

Re: Mice: the biggest losers with vegetarianism

Correct; the argument the author makes is a very old one. A vegetarian diet causes the unintended consequence of killing to numerous insects and small animals. This is due to the plant-based agriculture to produce grains. The meat based diet causes these killings too. The animals are fed grain for ...
by Dinsdale
Wed May 01, 2013 1:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there a gnostic element to the goals of Buddhism?
Replies: 30
Views: 2897

Re: Is there a gnostic element to the goals of Buddhism?

tiltbillings wrote:
porpoise wrote: I'm not sure I understand your point about accumulation - it seems to me that awakening means seeing things as they really are, the big picture, a radical transformation of perception and consciousness.
And all this is in the context of letting go.
Could you say what you mean by "letting go"?
by Dinsdale
Wed May 01, 2013 10:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there a gnostic element to the goals of Buddhism?
Replies: 30
Views: 2897

Re: Is there a gnostic element to the goals of Buddhism?

But what is it knowledge of? Probably we'll never know - this sutta suggests that what the Buddha taught was only a small fraction of what he "discovered": http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn56/sn56.031.than.html Well, the only knowledge that is of any real importance is that which libera...
by Dinsdale
Wed May 01, 2013 9:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: No Piti, No Sukkha, No Vipassana?
Replies: 58
Views: 9341

Re: No Piti, No Sukkha, No Vipassana?

I have decided to make Anapanasati my main practice and have been doing it for the past couple of weeks, but have not had any sensations arise that I would consider piti or sukkha. So if I'm staying true to anapanasati, afaik this means that I cannot continue until they arise? I'd be inclined to co...
by Dinsdale
Wed May 01, 2013 9:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there a gnostic element to the goals of Buddhism?
Replies: 30
Views: 2897

Re: Is there a gnostic element to the goals of Buddhism?

IMO the suttas do describe a gnostic goal - and MN4 strongly suggests it is this knowledge which leads to the destruction of the afflictions and awakening. For example in MN4: "I saw - by means of the divine eye, purified and surpassing the human..." And in SN56.11: "(Likewise,) in me, bhikkhus, in...
by Dinsdale
Tue Apr 30, 2013 9:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there a gnostic element to the goals of Buddhism?
Replies: 30
Views: 2897

Re: Is there a gnostic element to the goals of Buddhism?

Specifically, "is there a gnostic aim of Buddhism, i.e. an object of knowledge which is the goal, or is it sheer destruction of afflictions"? To what extent do you see the path in terms of gnosis? IMO the suttas do describe a gnostic goal - and MN4 strongly suggests it is this knowledge which leads...
by Dinsdale
Tue Apr 30, 2013 9:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why care about kamma & rebirth if there is no "I"
Replies: 47
Views: 7314

Re: Why care about kamma & rebirth if there is no "I"

then why would the present "I" be concerned about the condition the new "I" will be born into? A typical explanation about rebirth is a flame being transferred from one lamp to another. Interesting question. According to the teachings on kamma in the suttas we are heir to our actions: http://www.ac...
by Dinsdale
Tue Apr 30, 2013 9:24 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Word Association Game
Replies: 11969
Views: 708161

Re: Word Association Game

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by Dinsdale
Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:46 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Word Association Game
Replies: 11969
Views: 708161

Re: Word Association Game

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