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by Nyana
Wed May 15, 2013 5:55 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Sujin Boriharnwanaket discussion...
Replies: 40
Views: 8313

Re: Sujin Boriharnwanaket discussion...

Beautiful Breath wrote:So would it be fair to say mādhyamika can sit comfortabley in a Theravadin context?
Sure.
by Nyana
Tue May 14, 2013 4:30 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Sujin Boriharnwanaket discussion...
Replies: 40
Views: 8313

Re: Sujin Boriharnwanaket discussion...

But the mādhyamikas have 'proved' their case....haven't they? I see nothing anywhere that contradicts or refutes them. If there is, let me know - would help with my Theravadain/Mādhyamikas Nerosis! I think Madhyamaka can be useful, and doesn't contradict anything in the Pāli Nikāyas. And as Tilt su...
by Nyana
Tue May 14, 2013 8:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Sujin Boriharnwanaket discussion...
Replies: 40
Views: 8313

Re: Sujin Boriharnwanaket discussion...

In the interim and back to the original post, could someone sum up the main differences between Sujin Boriharnwanakets' take on 'reality' and its major difference with the Madhyamika Prasangika. I am not sufficiently well versed in Pali to pick this out as yet so a resume would be appreciated! For ...
by Nyana
Tue May 14, 2013 2:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Need references on Theravada view of self liberation
Replies: 6
Views: 1047

Re: Need references on Theravada view of self liberation

According to that same treatise, the great aspiration doesn't seem to have a chance to succeed if it is made nowadays: The eight qualifications through which the aspiration succeeds are: the human state, the male sex, the cause, the sight of the Master, the going forth, the achievement of noble qua...
by Nyana
Mon May 13, 2013 11:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Need references on Theravada view of self liberation
Replies: 6
Views: 1047

Re: Need references on Theravada view of self liberation

My understanding of one difference between Mahayana and Theravada is that Mahayana uses the path of becoming a Boddhisattva on the way to being Englightened, whereas the Theravadin view is that you must be enlighted before you can help others (and that you should work for your arhatship first). The...
by Nyana
Sat May 11, 2013 9:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6091
Views: 455843

Re: the great rebirth debate

When I was in the hospital and had anesthesia, I did NOT have consciousness for the duration of it. That doesn't establish anything. There are people who have claimed that they were conscious while under anesthesia. There are also people who have claimed that they were conscious during cardiac arre...
by Nyana
Sat May 11, 2013 8:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6091
Views: 455843

Re: the great rebirth debate

I hope it is possible to follow N8P without having to believe in rebirth, etc. I would suggest exploring what it's like to feel comfortable (or uncomfortable) with uncertainty. And also what it's like to question your own assumptions and premises. This is another area where working with a teacher c...
by Nyana
Sat May 11, 2013 7:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6091
Views: 455843

Re: the great rebirth debate

Just because you may not personally know something doesn't mean that it is unknowable. And how exactly is it known? How can one know that one is not merely hallucinating, dreaming, or imagining something? In this case, by correctly following the noble eightfold path to it's conclusion. That is, thr...
by Nyana
Sat May 11, 2013 6:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6091
Views: 455843

Re: the great rebirth debate

Faith is belief in something that has no sufficient evidence. If there was evidence, you wouldn't need to have faith - you would know. Just because you may not personally know something doesn't mean that it is unknowable. But until it is known, seen, understood, realized, and contacted with discern...
by Nyana
Sat May 11, 2013 3:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6091
Views: 455843

Re: the great rebirth debate

Belief in rebirth provides an additional layer of meaning and purpose to our lives, motivates us to practice, and is an inextricable part of what the Buddha taught. The Buddha also taught the importance of critical thinking, which, when applied, can cast doubt on the literal existence of rebirth. F...
by Nyana
Fri May 10, 2013 12:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: No Piti, No Sukkha, No Vipassana?
Replies: 58
Views: 8188

Re: No Piti, No Sukkha, No Vipassana?

He combines vipassanā through its meaning of contemplation. To see (contemplate) the object is not necessarily vipassanā. For best vipassanā, conditionality, impermanence, not-self, etc, of the object/s are seen. You sure seem to have a lot of qualms.... Anyway, contemplation (anupassanā) is closel...
by Nyana
Thu May 09, 2013 6:12 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Sujin Boriharnwanaket discussion...
Replies: 40
Views: 8313

Re: Sujin Boriharnwanaket discussion...

mikenz66 wrote:Have you read the article? Kosuta does seem to acknowledge the differences that you mention.
Yes, I read through it. The differences are significant and I don't see any meaningful parallels.
by Nyana
Thu May 09, 2013 3:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: No Piti, No Sukkha, No Vipassana?
Replies: 58
Views: 8188

Re: No Piti, No Sukkha, No Vipassana?

Thank you. This is a handy quote, as it shows a history of commentarial thought. But it only describes concentration , it does not include vipassana, i.e., kaya sankhara . The same section goes on to include both samatha & vipassanā: He combines samatha through its meaning of non-distraction. He co...
by Nyana
Wed May 08, 2013 10:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: No Piti, No Sukkha, No Vipassana?
Replies: 58
Views: 8188

Re: No Piti, No Sukkha, No Vipassana?

In the Chinese Agama parallel to anapana 16 steps, they are much more explicit in step 3 of anapanassati, "sabba kaaya patisamvedi", "experiencing the whole [anatomical] body". In the Pali, such an interpretation does not arise. The Paṭisambhidāmagga Ānāpānassatikathā includes both the mental body ...
by Nyana
Wed May 08, 2013 9:49 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Sujin Boriharnwanaket discussion...
Replies: 40
Views: 8313

Re: Sujin Boriharnwanaket discussion...

Theravada Emptiness: The Abhidhammic theory of Ajaan Sujin Boriharnwanaket – Matthew Kosuta (2007) Ajaan Sujin, a prominent Thai lay teacher of Theravada Buddhism, interprets abhidhammic theory in a manner that, in my view, approaches the teachings of Emptiness as presented in the Prajñā-paramitā-s...
by Nyana
Tue May 07, 2013 7:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6091
Views: 455843

Re: the great rebirth debate

But the belief (intuitively or by experience) in rebirth is not inappropriate. These two (attention and belief) are different things. Yes. More specifically, the assertion that discernment is only developed through meditation (bhāvanā) fails to account for the developmental process by which discern...
by Nyana
Tue May 07, 2013 4:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6091
Views: 455843

Re: the great rebirth debate

Taking refuge in the triple gem isn''t about blindly accepting doctrine. Developing faith based upon the Buddha's teaching isn't blind. Belief in rebirth is as much a wrong view as disbelief in rebirth. No it isn't. Until we develop knowledge via penetrative insight, then any discussion of what occ...
by Nyana
Mon May 06, 2013 7:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Vipassana: formal practice or technique or daily life?
Replies: 28
Views: 2847

Re: Vipassana: formal practice or technique or daily life?

So what do you have confidence in? I am confident that this pillory is off-topic. You brought up the issues of authority and Nikāya interpretation here: I seem able to trace it back to which texts (written and spoken) are taken as authoritative. For example, the first thread of this name having bee...
by Nyana
Mon May 06, 2013 6:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Vipassana: formal practice or technique or daily life?
Replies: 28
Views: 2847

Re: Vipassana: formal practice or technique or daily life?

However, looking for consistency with abhidhammas & commentaries is doing it backwards, as I see it. It's prudent to consult the earliest relevant stratas of commentary when attempting to interpret a given sutta passage. Not doing so can result in all kinds of interpretive nonsense, as I see it. It...
by Nyana
Mon May 06, 2013 3:04 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Vipassana: formal practice or technique or daily life?
Replies: 28
Views: 2847

Re: Vipassana: formal practice or technique or daily life?

why there are diametrically opposed approaches to this question. I seem able to trace it back to which texts (written and spoken) are taken as authoritative. For example, the first thread of this name having been posted in the Classical section showcases what that point of view requires in terms of...