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by meindzai
Wed Aug 13, 2014 5:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Exploring the Three Marks.
Replies: 186
Views: 10607

Re: Exploring the Three Marks.

Hi Dave. Sabbe dhamma anatta is usually understood to include nirvana. But if the three marks are related, are can this be? Anicca - dukkha - anatta are all shared by sankhara dhammas but nibbana is also anatta but not dukkha and anicca. Metta dhammafriend Oh yes, that. You asked in the other threa...
by meindzai
Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Exploring the Three Marks.
Replies: 186
Views: 10607

Re: Exploring the Three Marks.

Exactly. What I find interesting is that in theravada we detach anatta from dukkha & anicca with regards to nibbana. Perhaps out of fear of implying a self in the brahmanic sense? Metta Dhammafriend Not sure what you mean by detach? Do you mean the fact that we tend to emphasize anatta quite a bit ...
by meindzai
Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:39 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Mindfulness: A Secularized Buddhist Practice in the West
Replies: 24
Views: 2348

Re: Mindfulness: A Secularized Buddhist Practice in the West

Reading some of the "product" descriptions does make me shudder a bit. Is this really new? I'm pretty sure many martial arts were based on bastardized forms of Buddhism, which makes for a kind of historic precedent. (The title of this book made me laugh: ( When Buddhists Attack: The Curious Relation...
by meindzai
Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Exploring the Three Marks.
Replies: 186
Views: 10607

Re: Exploring the Three Marks.

These are three seperate truths about mental constructed things, there is no logical or causal relationship between them. This part doesn't seem to be correct. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/study/khandha.html#passage-52 "What do you think: Is form constant or inconstant?" "Inconstant, lord." "...
by meindzai
Tue Aug 12, 2014 3:56 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: The Buddha Imagines The Unimaginable (And Gets It Right!)
Replies: 4
Views: 959

Re: The Buddha Imagines The Unimaginable (And Gets It Right!

This is conjecture... Otherwise known as Mahayana/made up sutra stuff: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lalitavistara_Sūtra Most non-Buddhists and people in popular culture are unaware there is a distinction. As a math and math history person, I do find it interesting though. Math history was often taught in ...
by meindzai
Tue Aug 12, 2014 3:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: long-term effects of sitting meditation on back health?
Replies: 12
Views: 2053

Re: long-term effects of sitting meditation on back health?

Now that I think about it, I have never had back problems since I've been "a sitter." I also do some yoga and occasionally other forms of exercise, which also help. I've always been pretty big on having a good posture, especially as I started out in zen, where they emphasize this a lot more. The mos...
by meindzai
Tue Aug 12, 2014 2:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anatta Debate
Replies: 13
Views: 1241

Re: Anatta Debate

I believe the original poster asked a completely legitimate question in order to clarify his understanding of the dhamma.

-Dave K
by meindzai
Mon Aug 11, 2014 4:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anatta Debate
Replies: 13
Views: 1241

Re: Anatta Debate

My thought: The direction of the implication matters. The way I understand it is that all conditioned things are anicca, dukkha, therefore not self. Since a self implies some sort of permanence or stability. Nibanna is not-self because it is extinction. All views of a self are gone. Basically the "t...
by meindzai
Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: effect from not continuing meditation session
Replies: 2
Views: 674

Re: effect from not continuing meditation session

Greetings, I was once a very consistent daily-meditator, however the effort does not sustain long enough as I gave up meditation. These past few weeks I am once again repicking up dhammas and continue my meditation sessions. However I found that when I meditate. The following day will be blessful a...
by meindzai
Mon Aug 11, 2014 1:29 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The "sixth hindrance" - Earworms!
Replies: 19
Views: 2146

Re: The "sixth hindrance" - Earworms!

The mind is going to busy itself with something. Probably the reason it's busying itself with music is that it's not busying itself so much with regrets about the past and planning for the future, this probably indicates that you are pretty worry/complication free these days which is a good thing. ...
by meindzai
Mon Aug 11, 2014 1:24 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The "sixth hindrance" - Earworms!
Replies: 19
Views: 2146

Re: The "sixth hindrance" - Earworms!

Those who have read my post carefully would note that I said it doesn't depend on whether I listen to music or not. You said you went a month without music while in a monastery. If that's the longest you've gone without listening to music, especially given that you were "forced" to because you were...
by meindzai
Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:34 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The "sixth hindrance" - Earworms!
Replies: 19
Views: 2146

Re: The "sixth hindrance" - Earworms!

Those who have read my post carefully would note that I said it doesn't depend on whether I listen to music or not.
by meindzai
Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Is Anapanasati Enough
Replies: 20
Views: 1907

Re: Is Anapanasati Enough

Anapanasati will get you all the way there (Jhana) so it is right concentration. The sutta itself is kind of a skeleton of instruction. It helps to have some resources to "unpack" (as Cooran says) some of the details. I have had great success with the following: Ebook by Thanissaro Bhikkhu: with eac...
by meindzai
Fri Aug 08, 2014 8:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Theory of Eel Wrigglers
Replies: 11
Views: 884

Re: A Theory of Eel Wrigglers

From a meditation point of view, the questions which Lord Buddha did not answer are questions where each opinion or view would block us in meditation because these are questions which cannot be answered with words . Truth and Knowledge of Truth extend beyond the scope of words. Words represent conc...
by meindzai
Fri Aug 08, 2014 6:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Theory of Eel Wrigglers
Replies: 11
Views: 884

Re: A Theory of Eel Wrigglers

I am struggling to understand how this is not the same as abandoning the concept of self. As far as I am aware, the Buddha encouraged suspension of judgement until sufficient insight is developed. It seems that Sanjaya suspends his judgement as well, is it not the case? Good answers above. I think ...