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by convivium
Wed May 19, 2010 6:54 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Requisites and Qualities
Replies: 7
Views: 1883

Requisites and Qualities

Living examples of stillness, of restraint... not being a rebel, conforming, understanding community status (rank) and placing trust in the Ajahns ... What are some methods, and qualities, in a person, that are integral to succesfully integrating, and remaining within the Sangha? What requisites or...
by convivium
Wed May 19, 2010 5:24 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordination in Burma, Sri Lanka, Thailand,
Replies: 28
Views: 5902

Re: Ordination in Burma, Sri Lanka, Thailand,

the general impression is that Burma consists largely of commentarial traditions, and Sri Lanka emphasizes intellectual study, while Thailand (namely, thai forest) contains practice and perspectives largely based on the suttas. How accurate is this, and what exceptions stand to mention? Also for tho...
by convivium
Wed May 19, 2010 3:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada Process of Brahmacariya
Replies: 91
Views: 13056

Re: Theravada Process of Brahmacariya

Don't give way to heedlessness or to intimacy with sensual delight — for a heedful person, absorbed in jhana, attains an abundance of ease. ... Through heedfulness, Indra won to lordship over the gods. Heedfulness is praised, heedlessness censured — always. Seven stations of consciousness and two s...
by convivium
Wed May 19, 2010 3:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kosala Sutta
Replies: 18
Views: 2975

Re: Kosala Sutta

9. Seven stations of consciousness and two spheres: There are beings with diversity of body and diversity of perception, such as human beings, some devas, and some beings in the lower realms. This is the first station of consciousness. There are beings with diversity of body and singularity of perc...
by convivium
Wed May 19, 2010 10:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada Process of Brahmacariya
Replies: 91
Views: 13056

Re: Theravada Process of Brahmacariya

"It has been said, sire, by the Exalted One...: 'Come, monks, guard the doors of your sense-faculties. Seeing an object with the eye, do not seize hold of either its general appearance or its details. Because anyone dwelling with the eye-faculty uncontrolled could be overwhelmed by cupidity and dej...
by convivium
Wed May 19, 2010 9:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada Process of Brahmacariya
Replies: 91
Views: 13056

Re: Therevada Process of Brahmacariya

Couple quick questions... Brahma" in the Theravada is purely symbolic. To experience jhana requires the suspension of the five hindrances and the development of the jhana factors. Sexual desire is only one hindrance. Can we hear about these two statements in the suttas? --- the following is not rele...
by convivium
Wed May 19, 2010 7:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kosala Sutta
Replies: 18
Views: 2975

Re: Kosala Sutta

Ideas true. we must come to understand forces beyond the chimerical. there's models and there's method. on the literal level i wonder the extent to which experience of the totalty described differs as taught by different traditions/masters. in the end of course it comes back to nibbana-ing; but to ...
by convivium
Wed May 19, 2010 6:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada Process of Brahmacariya
Replies: 91
Views: 13056

Re: Therevada Process of Brahmacariya

What object exists in higher jhanas, beyond some form of love (metta) and space (equanimity)? Does Jhana draw one closer and closer to Brahma (or highest reality within mind and matter)? If so then what can that be outside Brahmavihara? I'll try to find that Vm passage. Also, thank you for the comme...
by convivium
Wed May 19, 2010 5:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kosala Sutta
Replies: 18
Views: 2975

Re: Kosala Sutta

My friend sent this: ~ Mahakundalini (Sanskrit) Maha means great. “From the Mahakundalini (Cosmic Energy) the universe has sprung. In Her Supreme Form She is at rest, coiled round and one (as Chidrupini) with the Siva-bindu. She is then at rest. She next uncoils Herself to manifest. Here the three c...
by convivium
Wed May 19, 2010 5:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada Process of Brahmacariya
Replies: 91
Views: 13056

Re: Therevada Process of Brahmacariya

Divine abidings have nothing to do with the sublimation of the orgasm. In craving release in orgasm, misusing the sexual energy, do we not fetter higher absorption in Brahmaviharas? Is it not a necessary sacrifice for the transformation of energy in right concentration? As in most religions, an emp...
by convivium
Wed May 19, 2010 3:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada Process of Brahmacariya
Replies: 91
Views: 13056

Theravada Process of Brahmacariya

What are the Therevada means to sexual sublimation and substitution? As a monk, what techniques are we limited to? For example: http://www.dlshq.org/download/brahmacharya.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; contains many non-sectarian, or not necessarily sectarian techniques that seem...
by convivium
Wed May 19, 2010 2:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kosala Sutta
Replies: 18
Views: 2975

Re: Kosala Sutta

Mahamanvantara (Sanskrit) “The Great Day.” A period of universal activity, as opposed to a Mahapralaya, a cosmic night or period of rest. Mahakalpa (Sanskrit; kappa in Pali) Maha means "great." Kalpa is a reference to an extended expanse of time, an age, or a "day of Brahma." Traditionally, it is s...
by convivium
Mon May 17, 2010 11:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kosala Sutta
Replies: 18
Views: 2975

Re: Kosala Sutta

Without knowledge of these dimensions?
by convivium
Mon May 17, 2010 11:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kosala Sutta
Replies: 18
Views: 2975

Re: Kosala Sutta

Without knowledge of this totality, can the extent of the teaching be actualized?
by convivium
Mon May 17, 2010 5:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kosala Sutta
Replies: 18
Views: 2975

Re: Kosala Sutta

One question that comes to mind is the extent to which all these realms & totality of the world must be known, and if that might vary depending on ones ambitions or extent of buddhahood; or if witnessing all this in such a way, or another way is a requisite even for arahatship. This is the first tim...