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by legolas
Wed Sep 08, 2010 8:19 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

And conceit is evidence that claims of attainment are mistaken at best and fraudulent at worst. hi Ben .................. I have openly questioned various forms of reluctance to engage more deeply with the doctrine and discipline in the hardcore forums and been told I am merely indulging in mytholo...
by legolas
Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:49 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Meditating vs Thinking
Replies: 31
Views: 4319

Re: Meditating vs Thinking

Contemplation can give rise to joy, which is the "fuel" needed to pierce through. it should be mentioned though that the actual realization is nonconceptual. therefore, both meditating and thinking may be authentic methods. i would argue though that the same joy also inspires concentration and so r...
by legolas
Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:18 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Meditating vs Thinking
Replies: 31
Views: 4319

Re: Meditating vs Thinking

To understand the Dhamma in the manner the Buddha intended for it to be understood one proceeds by initially limiting to some degree the proliferation of conceptions and one then examines perceptions just as they are arising and passing by means of discernment including any remaining conceptions. A...
by legolas
Tue Sep 07, 2010 7:34 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment
Replies: 1005
Views: 117161

Re: Latest from "hardcore dharma"

And these two: http://arobuddhism.org/images/stories/community/500x644_NCR_KDT_joyous_shawls.jpg Not to mention Buddhism for Vampires .... Hi Nana, The guy on the right wrote a book called "Journey into vastness". In my early days I was captivated with Tibetan Buddhism and the mystery involved. Wha...
by legolas
Tue Sep 07, 2010 2:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment
Replies: 1005
Views: 117161

Re: Latest from "hardcore dharma"

http://www.interactivebuddha.com/arahats.shtml An Essay about Arahats (Arhats, Arahants, etc.) by Daniel M. Ingram, Arahat .................... Here are a number of bogus myths and falsehoods about arahats, each of which violates one of more of the First Principles in addition to simply being untru...
by legolas
Sun Sep 05, 2010 12:13 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Meditating vs Thinking
Replies: 31
Views: 4319

Re: Meditating vs Thinking

Digger wrote:.......... Can someone who is not skilled at meditating but is skilled at keeping focus on a subject, thinking through and truly understanding get to the same place as a skilled meditator? ......
Seems that way.....


http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
by legolas
Thu Sep 02, 2010 12:54 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment
Replies: 1005
Views: 117161

Re: Latest from "hardcore dharma"

This is a purely personal view of how I view other(some) people on this forum. I think a lot of us, myself included have practiced enough to have a vague idea of where the path goes and the relief it brings and it definitely does not go the way of how an Arahant has been described in hardcore. To be...
by legolas
Thu Sep 02, 2010 6:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Visuddhimagga a mistake?
Replies: 33
Views: 5632

Re: Visuddhimagga a mistake?

I don't know. But you could find it out though following the training advices in the Suttas precisely, gain insight and compare the Suttas and the VM with your insight and wisdom. The first sentence reads correctly. Based upon my 40+ years of experience and those of teachers who have worked directl...
by legolas
Wed Sep 01, 2010 2:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Visuddhimagga a mistake?
Replies: 33
Views: 5632

Re: Visuddhimagga a mistake?

People take the Buddha and his teachings in the sutta/vinaya as authorative. People take Buddhagosa and his work as authorative. People take the view that Buddhagosa's works "explained" or amplified the Buddha's words. People accept sutta/vinaya and Buddhagosa's teachings and find no discrepancy. Pe...
by legolas
Wed Sep 01, 2010 8:48 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Breath this... Breath that...
Replies: 70
Views: 9838

Re: Breath this... Breath that...

The breath is still the primary meditation object. You're only asked to turn a thought into an object if it persists after being noted. That's not how I was taught. I was taught that everything one experiences should be noticed or noted and the breath is only an anchor, something for you to return ...
by legolas
Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:59 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Breath this... Breath that...
Replies: 70
Views: 9838

Re: Breath this... Breath that...

Ahem :thinking: Back to subject...........I would still love to hear of a book that deals with the six recollections in an upbeat fashion. It is really important that we can arouse enthusiasm in our meditation object/subject.
by legolas
Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:37 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"
Replies: 91
Views: 18107

Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Such sadness that brings home the Buddha's call to urgency.

May his family be strong and remember his goodness.

:buddha1:
by legolas
Wed Sep 01, 2010 5:25 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Breath this... Breath that...
Replies: 70
Views: 9838

Re: Breath this... Breath that...

Obviously you haven't heard of the two most popular vipassana techniques in the west, the Mahasi technique, and the body sweeping technique taught by Goenka. Both use the breath somewhat, but in both cases the breath isn't the main thing. Anapanasati is the best entry level technique I think, so if...
by legolas
Wed Sep 01, 2010 4:59 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Breath this... Breath that...
Replies: 70
Views: 9838

Re: Breath this... Breath that...

Almost every meditation teacher and book I've come across presents breath meditation as the end all - be all, the one shoe that fits everyone. If this was the case, why can nearly 39 other meditation objects be found in the Tipitaka? Perhaps the Buddha gave us such a variety of options because he k...
by legolas
Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:00 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Theravada "leader(s)"
Replies: 22
Views: 5168

Re: Theravada "leader(s)"

An interesting, separate Chinese text, the Vinaya of Good View 《善見律毘婆沙》, includes this: "When the Buddhas was alive, he told Ananda, "After my nirvana, take my dharma and vinaya as your teacher." 佛在世時語阿難:「我涅槃後,所說法戒即汝大師。」 :anjali: Best advice I've read on this forum. I nominate it as the posting of ...