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by Bakmoon
Wed Dec 28, 2016 8:32 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist (& Sarvāstivāda?) Metaphysics
Replies: 50
Views: 3579

Re: Buddhists Metaphysics

It could also just be due to the fact that you're taking quite a technical text that was translated into Chinese from an indic language and then translated into English I mean, try translating any simple phrase to Chinese and then translating it back on Google translate... Good point. I remember li...
by Bakmoon
Wed Dec 28, 2016 12:49 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist (& Sarvāstivāda?) Metaphysics
Replies: 50
Views: 3579

Re: Buddhists Metaphysics

I think that the āgama, but not necessarily the nikāya, might actually be arguing for an "inner essence" of dhammas though, given its origins as a Sarvāstivāda retension of Buddhavacana. After all, there is a reason the Sarvāstivāda thought what they thought. They didn't "make up" their svabhāva he...
by Bakmoon
Fri Dec 16, 2016 1:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mindfulness of breathing - sutta version
Replies: 47
Views: 3137

Re: Mindfulness of breathing - sutta version

Under this logic we can add almost whatever we want to the teachings, say for example if a teacher would start teaching to sing the Macarena while practicing Anapanassati is that ok? Remember the Sutta does not say "do not sing the Macarena". In theory the different techniques sound ok, in practise...
by Bakmoon
Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mindfulness of breathing - sutta version
Replies: 47
Views: 3137

Re: Mindfulness of breathing - sutta version

I knew there were contradictions between suttas and commentaries regarding other topics and that's why I decided to read the pali canon myself. But are there any famous bhikkhus teaching the sutta-style mindfulness of breathing ? I saw Bhante Virmalasi on youtube but only watched a video of him. He...
by Bakmoon
Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:09 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Wood for the Trees
Replies: 17
Views: 1283

Re: Wood for the Trees

Yes, vipassana means "insight". In the context of the suttas, it is a factor not a meditation method. What I was asking for were suttas where the so called vipassana meditation is mentioned. What is your opinion about the MN 39 sutta quoted by me that explains the steps of training taken by a buddh...
by Bakmoon
Mon Dec 12, 2016 5:01 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Wood for the Trees
Replies: 17
Views: 1283

Re: Wood for the Trees

Hi, So, (and this might sound utterly obvious) having just got back from a short retreat in a Forest Tradition monastery and listened to the talks on Vipassana....there is very little if any difference between the Soto Zen practice of Shikantaza and that of Vipassana. Sitting, being aware of everyt...
by Bakmoon
Sun Dec 11, 2016 7:23 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: The harder I practice the worse my wrong views get, help!
Replies: 17
Views: 1229

Re: The harder I practice the worse my wrong views get, help!

So one of the spiritual obstacles is not believing in rebirth and such concepts. Normally I believe in rebirth but the more I practice and the better my practice becomes the stronger the wrong view gets that there is no such thing as rebirth and that such things are not real. Is this related with t...
by Bakmoon
Sun Dec 11, 2016 4:39 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: A. Brahm's When Does Human Life Begin..?
Replies: 57
Views: 6165

Re: A. Brahm's When Does Human Life Begin..?

So in the sentence "from the mind’s first appearance in a mother’s womb, from the first manifestation of consciousness, until the time of death: in between these— this is called “a human being.”" it makes more sense to consider that "from the mind’s first appearance in a mother’s womb" and "from th...
by Bakmoon
Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:45 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: A. Brahm's When Does Human Life Begin..?
Replies: 57
Views: 6165

Re: A. Brahm's When Does Human Life Begin..?

Could you clarify your argument? I am having a hard time trying to make sense of it. Is it this that you find redundant: "from the mind’s first appearance in a mother’s womb, from the first manifestation of consciousness"? If that is the case, there is a pretty simple explanation for such redundanc...
by Bakmoon
Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: I'm confused about the "sign"
Replies: 11
Views: 823

Re: I'm confused about the "sign"

The "particular type of jhana" is a modern idea. In the commentaries it is necessary to develop samadhi to the "access concentration" level, which is not a trivial amount of samadhi.. According to chapter 18 of the Visuddhimagga, a practitioner of pure insight starts off by meditating on the four e...
by Bakmoon
Fri Dec 09, 2016 5:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: I'm confused about the "sign"
Replies: 11
Views: 823

Re: I'm confused about the "sign"

Do I have this right?-- One has to become concentrated enough (jhana?) in order to properly practice vipassana. This is a very controversial topic among Theravadins. The traditional understanding as expressed in the Commentaries and the Visuddhimagga is that you do not need to attain samatha jhana ...
by Bakmoon
Fri Dec 09, 2016 3:39 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Do bhikkhus who justify abortion risk becoming parajika?
Replies: 20
Views: 2157

Re: Do bhikkhus who justify abortion risk becoming parajika?

Could we replace "method of abortion" with "justification for abortion"? No, the textual sources don't mention that. By the four great standards you could probably say that by analogy a Monk who speaks in praise of abortion or encourages an abortion knowing that the fetus is a human being as per Pa...
by Bakmoon
Fri Dec 09, 2016 3:21 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: A. Brahm's When Does Human Life Begin..?
Replies: 57
Views: 6165

Re: A. Brahm's When Does Human Life Begin..?

when does the gandhabba descend into the developing embryo or fetus. Do the texts give an answer to this question? Yes right from the beginning, although the exact moment is not described with hairsplitting precision. Don't hesitate to read the O.P. I find that understanding to be very unlikely bec...
by Bakmoon
Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:38 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: A. Brahm's When Does Human Life Begin..?
Replies: 57
Views: 6165

Re: A. Brahm's When Does Human Life Begin..?

I'm not an expert on Abhidhamma, but I don't think that the idea of a gandhabba is found in the abhidhamma, but is exclusive to the suttanta presentation. In the Abhidhamma presentation, patisandhi-citta arises in the embryo or fetus immediately after the death consciousness occurs. If that is true,...
by Bakmoon
Thu Dec 08, 2016 2:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Question about meditation and mindfulness
Replies: 9
Views: 840

Re: Question about meditation and mindfulness

I have been meditating for about 6 months. I also read a lot of Theravada Buddhist teachings and I listen to Dhamma talks online. There is a local sangha that I attended once but is is zen and it did not appeal to me. I currently wake up at 4 a.m. and meditate for about two and one-half hours. I st...