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by legolas
Wed Sep 29, 2010 1:27 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Not Everything Is Written In Stone. . .
Replies: 156
Views: 23597

Re: Not Everything Is Written In Stone. . .

And what tradition might those be. That speaks more of you than anything else. You feel qualified to make this judgement about me? You know nothing about me and my practice. Shame on you. I will definitely not be drawn into a discussion on this tradition or that tradition and although I may have ra...
by legolas
Wed Sep 29, 2010 12:09 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Not Everything Is Written In Stone. . .
Replies: 156
Views: 23597

Re: Not Everything Is Written In Stone. . .

Even more worrying is the tradition that thinks jhana is not neccessary. And what tradition would that be? Certain vipassana traditions seem averse. There are a few negative ninnies out there who seem to thrive on being glum and closed to changes in their own views. I would have thought the ability...
by legolas
Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:57 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Not Everything Is Written In Stone. . .
Replies: 156
Views: 23597

Re: Not Everything Is Written In Stone. . .

If you practice meditation it should be jhana, no other meditation is given as the means to enlightenment, Well I wouldn't go quite that far. Whatever piece of Dhamma is used for reflection will ignite the jhana factors. "Go do jhana" is the advice which comes after extremely diverse teachings on t...
by legolas
Wed Sep 29, 2010 9:53 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Not Everything Is Written In Stone. . .
Replies: 156
Views: 23597

Re: Not Everything Is Written In Stone. . .

The jhanas as described in the suttas are wonderful stages of letting go. As already stated by the Buddha they are not to be feared but embraced on the path. The peace, serenity, joy, bliss and pure pleasure (non sensual) that they provide on the path should shine as a beacon for seekers of Dhamma. ...
by legolas
Mon Sep 27, 2010 4:25 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Not Everything Is Written In Stone. . .
Replies: 156
Views: 23597

Re: Not Everything Is Written In Stone. . .

The interpretation that I presented there is basically* the usual, traditional interpretation - that alone doesn't automatically mean that it's right - but it's worth letting the noobies know what the usual interpretation is to compare with the unusual, modern interpretation that you and your teach...
by legolas
Mon Sep 27, 2010 8:42 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Not Everything Is Written In Stone. . .
Replies: 156
Views: 23597

Re: Not Everything Is Written In Stone. . .

If a traditional point of view is at variance with the suttas should it not be questioned?
by legolas
Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:42 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Questions for longtime practitioners
Replies: 16
Views: 2065

Re: Questions for longtime practitioners

--How have your views of Buddhism and Buddhist practice changed over the years? What expectations did you have going into it and what have you learned? I just had a vague idea when I was at school that if truth can be discovered it would be in Buddhism. I had no definitive expectations. Progress is ...
by legolas
Fri Sep 10, 2010 6:23 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Meditating vs Thinking
Replies: 31
Views: 4319

Re: Meditating vs Thinking

TMingyur wrote:
legolas wrote:I dont think "absorption" into physics or maths is sammasamadhi, how could it be?
If seen from a perspective of shamata only the object to attain samadhi is different. Once the mind is pliant there is no difference.

Kind regards
Really? Samma?
by legolas
Fri Sep 10, 2010 6:03 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment
Replies: 1005
Views: 117161

Re: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment

Now such claims have to be questioned. As for using harsh words? The words used are angry and repetitive. It is like "I am right, you are all dirty dogs full of excrement for doubting me" I am not detracting from his teachings, but if we are to be dismissive of "hardcore" for redefining what the su...
by legolas
Fri Sep 10, 2010 5:58 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Meditating vs Thinking
Replies: 31
Views: 4319

Re: Meditating vs Thinking

Hi Mike Hi Legolas, Perhaps that's possible, but I've not come across any teachers who advocate relying on reflections to gain the insight necessary for stream entry. Mike I vaguely remember something in Ven Analayo's Satipatthana: the direct route to realization where he gives two modes for "Inves...
by legolas
Fri Sep 10, 2010 5:46 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment
Replies: 1005
Views: 117161

Re: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment

Regarding what legolas wrote about MahaBuwa, I looked up Mahaboowa and his writings to see his gentleness. He appears very animated in denouncing a lot of people and even claims that the Buddha cried after his enlightenment? Firstly, the Buddha said that there is a time and a place for harsh words,...
by legolas
Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:49 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Meditating vs Thinking
Replies: 31
Views: 4319

Re: Meditating vs Thinking

Bhante Punnaji clearly teaches thinking as a meditation. I can't speak to whether he would consider it possible to gain stream entry that way though. http://www.protobuddhism.com/Meditationguide.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Just checked his website, looks like I am going to ha...
by legolas
Thu Sep 09, 2010 2:45 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment
Replies: 1005
Views: 117161

Re: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment

in order yes, yes, anyone who is impressed by him, and find him inspirational, how old is he, and where does he still live? despite being given the opportunity to have some luxury (i.e., electricity) he has refused, and strives to help others by other means, these means may not be exactly 100% in k...
by legolas
Thu Sep 09, 2010 2:16 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Meditating vs Thinking
Replies: 31
Views: 4319

Re: Meditating vs Thinking

Hi Legolas, Perhaps that's possible, but I've not come across any teachers who advocate relying on reflections to gain the insight necessary for stream entry. Mike Hi Mike, I have come across at least one. I personally think that due to "meditation" over the years becoming a very intrinsic part of ...
by legolas
Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:21 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Meditating vs Thinking
Replies: 31
Views: 4319

Re: Meditating vs Thinking

Hi Legolas, What you describe may or may not be a way to get to the "place". However the sutta refered to in my previous post definitely indicates that thoughtful contemplation can lead to that "place". As I read it, the conceptual considerations lead to the motivation to do the work: http://www.ac...