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by Kumara
Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:45 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: the first jhana and thinking.
Replies: 76
Views: 18547

Re: the first jhana and thinking.

"And then, with the complete transcending of the dimension of the infinitude of consciousness, [thinking,] 'There is nothing,' enters & remains in the dimension of nothingness. ... "Now, when the monk is percipient of himself here, then from there to there, step by step, he touches the peak of perc...
by Kumara
Thu Nov 03, 2016 10:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhamma Everywhere e-book by Ashin Tejaniya now available
Replies: 9
Views: 3792

Re: Dhamma Everywhere e-book by Ashin Tejaniya now available

Does anyone know if Sayadaw U Tejaniya's books are also hosted in a different place? I'd love to use the original links if I could but they use both Tumblr and Google-drive, both of which I can not access here in China. You can try using proxy websites, unless they too are blocked. If so, please te...
by Kumara
Thu Nov 03, 2016 10:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Ajahn Chah's Warning to the Meditator
Replies: 83
Views: 7243

Re: Ajahn Chah's Warning to the Meditator

The thing is that Shaila Catherine's jhana is the Pa Auk type, which is according to the Visuddhimagga, i.e., "absorption samadhi". That's precisely the kind AC warned against, unless you have enough wisdom to play with it. I was reading a book and it got me to revisit this thread. Perhaps explanat...
by Kumara
Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:24 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: the first jhana and thinking.
Replies: 76
Views: 18547

Re: the first jhana and thinking.

"And then, with the complete transcending of the dimension of the infinitude of consciousness, [thinking,] 'There is nothing,' enters & remains in the dimension of nothingness. ... "Now, when the monk is percipient of himself here, then from there to there, step by step, he touches the peak of perc...
by Kumara
Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:07 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: the first jhana and thinking.
Replies: 76
Views: 18547

Re: the first jhana and thinking.

The basis of the issue here is what the Suttas mean by “vitakka” and “vicāra”. If we get this right, the rest will settle quite easily. Based on my research, “vitakka” and “vicāra” refers to mentally verbalised cogitation . This can be concluded with the help of understanding another concept: "noble...
by Kumara
Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A Critique of Brahmavamso’s “The Jhanas”
Replies: 266
Views: 61930

Re: A Critique of Brahmavamso’s “The Jhanas”

Isn't there an inherent contradiction in considering that Jhana can be be any form of meditation and the actual detailed definition of the Jhanas in the Suttas? Jhana can be of different kinds: ... Well said, Dmytro. Quite unfortunately for those who can only read English translations of the Suttas...
by Kumara
Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:25 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Shouldn't abyāpāda·saṅkappa cover avihiṃsā·saṅkappa?
Replies: 35
Views: 7045

Re: Shouldn't abyāpāda·saṅkappa cover avihiṃsā·saṅkappa?

What about this: Abyapada is about non-ill will as usual Avihimsa is about not harming The difference would be that it is possible to harm without ill-will, for example out of carelessness. If you take the example of the Jains for example, who took avihimsa to great length, they would even sweep th...
by Kumara
Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Ashin Tejaniya and Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Replies: 3
Views: 1283

Re: Ashin Tejaniya and Thanissaro Bhikkhu

I agree their teachings are compatible. However, learning from both requires one to be aware that Ven TB uses sutta langauge while SUT uses Theravada commentarial language. E.g. they use "jhana" to mean different things.
by Kumara
Thu Nov 03, 2016 6:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhamma Everywhere e-book by Ashin Tejaniya now available
Replies: 9
Views: 3792

Re: Dhamma Everywhere e-book by Ashin Tejaniya now available

cooran wrote:This is his official website, with a bit more information:
Sayadaw U Tejaniya
http://sayadawutejaniya.org/
New one here: www.ashintejaniya.org
by Kumara
Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 938
Views: 149637

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:This entire thread is the kind of talk in which Buddhists should not engage.
Thanks for the reminder, bhante. I've thought about my involvement here too, but have trouble resisting some comments sometimes. :-)

Anyway, perhaps it might be unfair to say that for the entire thread.
by Kumara
Tue Oct 04, 2016 6:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 938
Views: 149637

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

TRobinson465 wrote:A quick summary of a recent scandal rocking DSI:

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3. change the subject and make up something else to attack dhammakaya on.

Id like to see what the evangelicals here have to say about this scandal but like i said Im not coming back unless I have new information to share.
:offtopic:
by Kumara
Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 938
Views: 149637

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

From Dhammakaya Uncovered: http://www.dhammakayauncovered.com/facts/2016/7/5/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-dhammakaya-scandal-a-short-fact-sheet Some extracts from the article: DID THE ABBOT RECEIVE STOLEN MONEY? No, he did not. Obviously, to have received stolen money, the money in questio...
by Kumara
Tue Sep 27, 2016 7:36 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Sayadaw U Tejaniya - When Awareness Becomes Natural
Replies: 13
Views: 2876

Re: Sayadaw U Tejaniya - When Awareness Becomes Natural

The Thinking Mind [/b] Another definition of the mind is "the mind that thinks," because that is what it does. You cannot make the mind not think. If you are trying to stop the mind from thinking, you are trying to do the impossible. As a student of SUT since 2000, I'd like to point out a potential...
by Kumara
Tue Sep 06, 2016 7:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 938
Views: 149637

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Mano/Mettanando Bhikkhu (who the ppl here love to cite instead of real objective scholars because what he says is agreeable to thier own opinions) is a Buddhist scholar well versed in the scriptures (thanks to a dhammakaya scholarship he benefited from) but is a terrible Buddhist as he is a serial ...
by Kumara
Tue Sep 06, 2016 7:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 938
Views: 149637

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Their leader is able to travel many hundreds of meters in his vast temple (from his lodging to were he preforms his speeches and other duties) but claims to be too weak to report in the police station in front of the temple entrance! It takes about 5minutes! Oh, it's that near? I didn't know that. ...