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by reflection
Wed Jun 01, 2011 4:53 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 486
Views: 90945

Re: Tha jhana debate

too. It is my experience that during absorption and states of high concentration (such as "flow" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flow_%28psychology%29" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; ) there can also be sati. And there can also be other functions such as volition and observation and ana...
by reflection
Wed Jun 01, 2011 4:21 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 486
Views: 90945

Re: Tha jhana debate

I'm not saying don't use suttas, I'm just not a supporter of overusing them in debates about meditation. The suttas are higher authority than you or me. That is why, IMHO, they are so important. Until a person reaches awakening, it is almost a given that s/he will often misinterpret things. Includi...
by reflection
Wed Jun 01, 2011 4:19 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 486
Views: 90945

Re: Tha jhana debate

Recollection of past lives did not arise on their own. Nor was he just mindful of whatever happened. While in fourth jhana he actively applied will power to direct his mind to recollect his own lives. Hi Freawaru, He must mean the concentration left after jhana. Maybe you have experienced heightene...
by reflection
Wed Jun 01, 2011 4:11 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Encourage nasty words?
Replies: 8
Views: 823

Re: Encourage nasty words?

:rofl:

"Nasty blonde :quote: enlightens :quote: thirthy guys."
by reflection
Mon May 30, 2011 9:48 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 486
Views: 90945

Re: Tha jhana debate

Hi Kenshou, Of course some people like to discuss the texts. There is no real problem with it, I don't judge it and I'm not here to stop anybody doing that :guns: . I'm just putting forth another view on the subject. In the end this topic is in the meditation forum and not in the Pali or sutta study...
by reflection
Mon May 30, 2011 9:25 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 486
Views: 90945

Re: Tha jhana debate

To me it makes more sense to explain the suttas in terms of experiences than it does the other way around. It depends on your goals. If one wants to pursue the Awakening, then suttas are a must. It is a given that from Buddha's that ignorant worldling would make lots of mistake, so having the guida...
by reflection
Mon May 30, 2011 8:15 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 486
Views: 90945

Re: Tha jhana debate

Suttas do teach that one can see object with the eyes in the Jhānas. It is also possible to misinterpret what one has attained, so we need to check the suttas. Hiya, :toast: To me it makes more sense to explain the suttas in terms of experiences than it does the other way around. If you experience ...
by reflection
Mon May 30, 2011 6:32 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 486
Views: 90945

Re: Tha jhana debate

In jhana the mind settles on itself, shutting down all sensations of anything but the mind itself. This has nothing to do with the physical body. In fact, your mind already leaves the physical body behind prior to jhana. This you can know for yourself. I guess everybody who meditated for a while kno...
by reflection
Sun May 29, 2011 7:25 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The train morality problem
Replies: 108
Views: 16286

Re: The train morality problem

I would argue and think about it until it was too late to flick the switch. :tongue:
by reflection
Thu May 26, 2011 5:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What happened?
Replies: 22
Views: 2472

Re: What happened?

Hi guys, The word "material" does not refer to the worldly material, so not the body. What exactly is the difference between rupa and arupa I don't know exactly, it must have something to do with the mind leaving even its own "material" feelings of joy behind just to focus on even more subtle things...
by reflection
Wed May 25, 2011 11:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Progressing with meditation
Replies: 14
Views: 1281

Re: Progressing with meditation

If you really want to progress, meditate every day you can. You'll be able to find a way if you want to. Because if you don't practice often you will not really progress. It's just like sporting once a week keeps you fit, but you won't really get good at it and it won't win you a marathon ;) I also ...
by reflection
Wed May 25, 2011 11:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Jhanas v. Vipassana
Replies: 160
Views: 13469

Re: Jhanas v. Vipassana

Dhammapada 372 "There is no concentration for him who lacks wisdom, Nor is there wisdom for him who lacks concentration. In whom are found both concentration and wisdom-- He, indeed, is in the presence of Nibbana." So like everything factor in the path supports all the others, these two are supporti...
by reflection
Wed May 25, 2011 11:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What happened?
Replies: 22
Views: 2472

Re: What happened?

Sorry to run in and "spoil the fun" but if you could still feel your body as you said, it was no absortpoin (jhana), not even the first, so certainly not the infinite space formless jhana. If you experience an absorption you know it is something totally different from all you ever experienced as so...
by reflection
Wed May 25, 2011 7:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What happened?
Replies: 22
Views: 2472

Re: What happened?

Sorry to run in and "spoil the fun" but if you could still feel your body as you said, it was no absortpoin (jhana), not even the first, so certainly not the infinite space formless jhana. If you experience an absorption you know it is something totally different from all you ever experienced as soo...