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by Pondera
Sat Jul 06, 2019 4:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Seeing the dhamma without contacting Buddhism before hand
Replies: 24
Views: 633

Re: Seeing the dhamma without contacting Buddhism before hand

Buddhism allows for self taught Buddhas - silent Buddhas - “pratyekabuddha” in Sanskrit. Pratyekabuddhas are said to achieve enlightenment on their own, without the use of teachers or guides, according some traditions by seeing and understanding dependent origination. They are said to arise only in ...
by Pondera
Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where is iddhi?
Replies: 30
Views: 842

Re: Where is iddhi?

If you investigate the ajna chakra, then you will be an iddhi-ot. :jumping:
by Pondera
Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: theravadin view on enlightenment
Replies: 13
Views: 407

Re: theravadin view on enlightenment

Defilements are both mental and bodily. There is no separation between body and mind wherever a defilement is concerned. Right action. Right speech. Right thought. Restraint leads to non-remorse. Non-remorse to gladness. Gladness to Joy. Joy to rapture. Rapture to serenity. Serenity to pleasure ... ...
by Pondera
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Help understanding Ñāṇavīra Thera
Replies: 16
Views: 787

Re: Help understanding Ñāṇavīra Thera

Hello learned experts on all things Theravada! I would like you to do the needful and help me understand the blessed one, Ñāṇavīra Thera. Clearly this man is among the elite as he deconstructed 2600 of Sangha misunderstandings. He removed psychic obstacles like a modern day Ganesh. One thing that I...
by Pondera
Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: 3rd and 4th Jhana as an equanimous look at the world?
Replies: 20
Views: 844

Re: 3rd and 4th Jhana as an equanimous look at the world?

Thanks, Mike.

Hi DooDoot. No. I don’t believe perception is thinking and I’m not opposed to your interpretation of what vittaka is in this style of jhana.
by Pondera
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:45 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: 3rd and 4th Jhana as an equanimous look at the world?
Replies: 20
Views: 844

Re: 3rd and 4th Jhana as an equanimous look at the world?

So, I see a contradiction here with this style of jhana and MN 111. Do you not? “‘Then, lord, being conscious & awake when the rain-deva was raining, the rain-deva was pouring, lightning-streaks were shooting out, and a thunderbolt split (the air), you neither saw anything nor heard a sound .’ “‘Ye...
by Pondera
Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:27 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: 3rd and 4th Jhana as an equanimous look at the world?
Replies: 20
Views: 844

Re: 3rd and 4th Jhana as an equanimous look at the world?

We can argue that one until the cows come home. A better point for me is to point out that MN 111 specifically attributes perception to the first seven jhanas. Then it explicitly leaves out perception in the eighth and ninth jhanas. Our mendicant couldn’t have been in any of the first seven jhanas a...
by Pondera
Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:10 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: 3rd and 4th Jhana as an equanimous look at the world?
Replies: 20
Views: 844

Re: 3rd and 4th Jhana as an equanimous look at the world?

If so, does it contradict MN 111? Does MN 111 say there is hearing of sound in jhana? There are suttas they say a monk didn't hear 500 carts or an earthquake when in jhana. One time, Pukkusa, I was staying near Ātumā in a threshing-barn. And on that occasion, when the rain-deva was raining, the rai...
by Pondera
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: 3rd and 4th Jhana as an equanimous look at the world?
Replies: 20
Views: 844

Re: 3rd and 4th Jhana as an equanimous look at the world?

I believe it is stated in the suttas that Sariputta once spent 15 consecutive days entering and emerging from the nine jhanas. Apart from the Buddha setting a higher standard - Sariputta might have set the standard with these 15 days. Another question about this style of jhana. I have heard it said ...
by Pondera
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: 3rd and 4th Jhana as an equanimous look at the world?
Replies: 20
Views: 844

Re: 3rd and 4th Jhana as an equanimous look at the world?

I’ve heard in regards to this style of jhana that if and when you enter it, you have no way of knowing how long you will stay in it.

What relation does this “not knowing” have with intention? Shouldn’t one be able to use their intent to determine the duration of the experience?

Regards,

Pondera
by Pondera
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: 3rd and 4th Jhana as an equanimous look at the world?
Replies: 20
Views: 844

Re: 3rd and 4th Jhana as an equanimous look at the world?

"There was the case where Sariputta — quite secluded from sensuality, secluded from unskillful qualities — entered & remained in the first jhana: rapture & pleasure born of seclusion, accompanied by directed thought & evaluation. Whatever qualities there are in the first jhana — directed thought, e...
by Pondera
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Q & A on my approach to kasina meditation
Replies: 18
Views: 917

Re: Q & A on my approach to kasina meditation

Yes. That’s the Kundalini way. I will not argue that. But there is also a way to incorporate the chakras plus the form elements. Anxiety. Anxiety comes in two forms. And I know it’s distressing and I want to help. The first form is anxiety about the future. It causes the heart to beat faster with a ...
by Pondera
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: I'm not satisfied with my meditation.
Replies: 36
Views: 1706

Re: I'm not satisfied with my meditation.

Hi tamdrin, Don’t let schizophrenia get you down. This is a product of Mara. You know it’s not all in your head? Right? You know there’s some external force causing this? No one can tell you otherwise, despite any qualifications. You are actually in a better position than most non-voice hearing peop...
by Pondera
Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:39 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Q & A on my approach to kasina meditation
Replies: 18
Views: 917

Re: Q & A on my approach to kasina meditation

Any success? Complaints?
by Pondera
Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Negative thoughts
Replies: 14
Views: 449

Re: Negative thoughts

Here’s five ways taught by the Buddha https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/soma/wheel021.html And this is the last resort If evil, unskillful thoughts continue to arise in a bhikkhu in spite of his reflection on the removal of a source of unskillful thoughts, he should with clenched teeth and...