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by dhamma_spoon
Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:55 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: What's the difference between Samadhi and Jhana?
Replies: 57
Views: 12028

Re: What's the difference between Samadhi and Jhana?

:jumping: Buys Anicca a bag of marbles :jumping: Hi, pariyatti - Are you a naughty boy? :thinking: Hi, tanhendrick - The following material is also very suitable for this topic of discussion. [ The Path of Discrimination (Patisambhidamagga) Treatise I, Chapter III. -- Concentration ] 267. How is it...
by dhamma_spoon
Mon Aug 09, 2010 10:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: signless concentration vs emptiness
Replies: 23
Views: 2667

Re: signless concentration vs emptiness

Dear Dhamma_spoon and Kenshou, As far as I know, pure samatha develop nimitta (very strong nimitta is known as patibhaga nimitta). Eventually the mind is absorbed into the nimitta and Jhana is reached. Whereas animitta is refer to insight meditation. In insight meditation the object is three charac...
by dhamma_spoon
Mon Aug 09, 2010 10:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How do I watch the breath (without controlling it)?
Replies: 18
Views: 4201

Re: How do I watch the breath?

Dear Dhamma Spoon, Thanks your email comment. Yes, I refer to Anapana Sutta first Tetrad as it is just concentration for beginner. In the Second Tetrad, it is Vipassana, for Insight. Metta Hi, Jet and Kenshou - It is a good question to ask if the second tetrad begins insight meditation, after conce...
by dhamma_spoon
Mon Aug 09, 2010 2:00 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Memorization
Replies: 14
Views: 1867

Re: Memorization

After an extremely busy summer, I've found myself with a week (perhaps even two) with very little to do in terms of work. I thought I might spend some time memorizing some important texts. I was going to work on the Dhammapada, but can anyone think of more important (useful?) texts for a beginner t...
by dhamma_spoon
Mon Aug 09, 2010 1:27 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: difficult situation
Replies: 53
Views: 5587

Re: difficult situation

...without a few good friends (kalyanamitta) in the monk community, it's impossible to practice fruitfully. On the other hand, there are any number who don't have access to a sangha and manage to practice fruitfully. It would certainly be easier with guidance and assistance, but that's not a requir...
by dhamma_spoon
Sun Aug 08, 2010 7:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Path, Fruit and Nibbāna by Kheminda Thera
Replies: 1
Views: 906

Re: Path, Fruit and Nibbāna by Kheminda Thera

Ven. Kheminda Thera was an active Buddhist missionary and author. During Word War II he and Ven. Soma Thera stayed at the Island Hermitage, and later in Vajirārāma, Colombo. He was the ‘Colombo Thera’ mentioned in Clearing the Path who received Ven. Ñāṇavīra’s letter regarding his illnesses and sot...
by dhamma_spoon
Sun Aug 08, 2010 7:20 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: difficult situation
Replies: 53
Views: 5587

Re: difficult situation

Dear Dhammafriend, - A rule of thumb: Do not get involve with weird things in any community. Your common sense is wonderful and you already know the answer yourself. Look for another sangha in which you feel very comfortable with; because without a few good friends (kalyanamitta) in the monk communi...
by dhamma_spoon
Sun Aug 08, 2010 3:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: signless concentration vs emptiness
Replies: 23
Views: 2667

Re: signless concentration vs emptiness

Hi, kenshou & fabian - Please accept a contribution from another book-worm ! Patisambhidamagga, Treatise on Coupling, 286. How does he develop(bhavana) serenity(samatha) and insight coupled together in the sense of the signless(animitta)? When he abandons(pahana) agitation, then his unification of c...
by dhamma_spoon
Sun Aug 08, 2010 7:08 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: self
Replies: 64
Views: 4745

Re: self

"He assumes consciousness to be the self, or the self as possessing consciousness, or consciousness as in the self, or the self as in consciousness." [Repeat for the other four aggregates] To me the seeing/assuming of "a self" in each of the five aggregates (resulting in the 20 self-identifications...
by dhamma_spoon
Sun Aug 08, 2010 2:20 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: self
Replies: 64
Views: 4745

Re: self

Basically one has to discern the "gross" self which is a concept caused by teachings of wrong views and is the object of "soul" theorists - and the "subtle" self which is based on the innate self habit, the misunderstanding of sankharas due to ignorance. The former delusion is easy to overcome (by ...
by dhamma_spoon
Sat Aug 07, 2010 2:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How do I watch the breath (without controlling it)?
Replies: 18
Views: 4201

Re: How do I watch the breath?

Hello, Jetavana and other interested friends - I got the feeling that you were talking about the first tetrad of the anapanasati of the Anapanasati Sutta [MN 118]. Jetavana: If one reads carefully the Anapana Sutta, it repeats and repeats the mindful of the short breath or mindful of the long breath...
by dhamma_spoon
Fri Aug 06, 2010 4:15 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Cakkavattisihanada Sutta
Replies: 5
Views: 1081

Re: Cakkavattisihanada Sutta

Hello, Vepacitta - I salute you for having the good intention to volunteer answers for my questions. :hug: There is some background information for this sutta that is not given and thus confusing to me (and maybe several others). Why is the sacred wheel treasure meant to be the Buddha's Dhamma, was ...
by dhamma_spoon
Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:31 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Cakkavattisihanada Sutta
Replies: 5
Views: 1081

Re: Cakkavattisihanada Sutta

Hi, Antropolis - I want to understand the sutta that you posted. So, could you please summarize this long sutta in your own words, using no more than ten sentences? Why does the four establishments of mindfulness (contemplating body as body, ..., contemplating as mind objects) become your island and...
by dhamma_spoon
Mon Aug 02, 2010 8:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Paticcasamuppada
Replies: 61
Views: 4846

Re: Paticcasamuppada

Greetings Porpoise, I'm not wanting to criticise anyone, I'm just describing what I've observed over a period of time. Unless you've learned to penetrate the minds of others though, how much of this is observing and how much is projecting? Metta, Retro. :) Some of both, no doubt. P Don't you first ...
by dhamma_spoon
Mon Aug 02, 2010 8:30 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Maha Sudassana Sutta
Replies: 5
Views: 921

Re: Maha Sudassana Sutta

antropolis wrote:Thus I have heard King Mahasudassana was a Bodhisattva. ~Scott
Thank you, Scott. I concur with you.

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