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by Travis
Wed May 16, 2012 8:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Why Meditate?
Replies: 341
Views: 31738

Re: Why Meditate?

Thanks for sharing this, Mike.
by Travis
Wed May 16, 2012 4:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation techniques/uncertainty
Replies: 11
Views: 1764

Re: Meditation techniques/uncertainty

It is not unusual to find yourself exploring different approaches when you combine enthusiasm with the vast amount of information available. The best approach is to simply be consistent, so pick one and stick to it. Faith and confidence are essential to being consistent, but difficult when you are d...
by Travis
Thu Jan 19, 2012 7:08 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Compatibility of Buddha and Krishnamurti
Replies: 72
Views: 6677

Re: Compatibility of Buddha and Krishnamurti

:twothumbsup: Yeah, that's it. Thanks, Tilt.
by Travis
Thu Jan 19, 2012 6:52 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Compatibility of Buddha and Krishnamurti
Replies: 72
Views: 6677

Re: Compatibility of Buddha and Krishnamurti

Hey Retro, http://www.shambhala.com/html/catalog/items/isbn/978-1-59030-072-5.cfm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Check out the excerpt under the Read More heading on the right. This is a link to a fairly interesting talk between Walpola Rahula and Krishnamurti that was published as a...
by Travis
Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:35 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Jhana teaching engineers?
Replies: 8
Views: 688

Re: Jhana teaching engineers?

I don't have any personal experience with him as a teacher, but his book "The Experience of Samadhi" is an excellent book on jhana. On this merit alone I would give him a chance as a teacher. I would be also be apprehensive about a "secular jhana master giving guarantees" so hopefully this is just a...
by Travis
Tue Oct 11, 2011 4:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?
Replies: 116
Views: 18349

Re: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?

Bhante Gunaratana learned meditation without a teacher...

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by Travis
Sun Oct 09, 2011 2:54 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does Theravada believe in the Hindu pantheon?
Replies: 4
Views: 788

Re: Does Theravada believe in the Hindu pantheon?

I think the thing to notice is that whenever there is an appearance of a god, deva, etc. there is a greater point being made than the existence of gods, devas, etc. People get really hung up on this and need to either blindly accept it as an article of faith, or summarily reject it out of a distaste...
by Travis
Fri Oct 07, 2011 9:09 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Why are the aggregates in the order that they're in?
Replies: 10
Views: 1768

Re: Why are the aggregates in the order that they're in?

While I wouldn't argue as to whether the aggregates are sequential or not, there is a certain logic to the sequence (moving from gross physical to subtle mental qualities). In this way feeling is taken as an affective aspect of experience while perception is a cognitive aspect, so the sequence does ...
by Travis
Tue Sep 27, 2011 12:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dualism
Replies: 17
Views: 2773

Re: Dualism

Great links. Very interesting.
Metta,
Travis
by Travis
Sat Sep 24, 2011 1:38 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Searching for a good book
Replies: 10
Views: 991

Re: Searching for a good book

Well then you will probably find Analayo's book useful. It is a great book. :thumbsup:
by Travis
Fri Sep 23, 2011 9:24 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Searching for a good book
Replies: 10
Views: 991

Re: Searching for a good book

Bhikkhu Analayo's book is investigative, and has a tremendous depth and breadth exhibiting a great deal of sutta knowledge. It isn't practical in the nuts-and-bolts "Mindfulness/Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English" sense, though. I found it very insightful in regards to Satipatthana, but I wouldn't ...
by Travis
Wed Sep 21, 2011 6:11 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Alternative rendering of DN16's "four great references"
Replies: 28
Views: 3177

Re: Alternative rendering of DN16's "four great references"

I see. In any case, I hope my explanation helped with the one bit: I must admit I don't really understand this bit: The problem with all the textual authority interpretations is that in an age of oral transmission you simply couldn't put them into practice without violating a cardinal injunction of ...
by Travis
Wed Sep 21, 2011 5:53 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Alternative rendering of DN16's "four great references"
Replies: 28
Views: 3177

Re: Alternative rendering of DN16's "four great references"

Hi Mike, From what I can tell chownah is right that the 4 References are: 1. The Buddha 2.a community with elders and a chief. 3.several bhikkhus who are elders 4.a single bhikkhu who is an elder What Dhammanando is discussing are the three criteria or "yardsticks" for evaluating the 4 references. W...
by Travis
Tue Sep 20, 2011 11:39 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Asian and Abrahamic Religions: A Divine Encounter in America
Replies: 3
Views: 467

Re: Asian and Abrahamic Religions: A Divine Encounter in America

The Bhavana Society was founded by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana :thumbsup:
by Travis
Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma according to Ven. Katukurunde Nanananda
Replies: 47
Views: 5685

Re: The Dhamma according to Ven. Katukurunde Nanananda

Hi Travis, Thanks. As I said, I do like Ven Nanananda, but as one of many interesting authors. One thing that I've noticed over the years (in other areas) is that just because something became clear when reading a particular author doesn't necessarily mean that their explanation is clearer. In my e...