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by retrofuturist
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:31 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Why speech ceased in first Jhana?
Replies: 9
Views: 158

Re: Why speech ceased in first Jhana?

Greetings Sarath, Which means, I can't even walk if I am in first Jhana? Read MN 20 and tell us what you think... Just as the thought would occur to a man walking quickly, 'Why am I walking quickly? Why don't I walk slowly?' So he walks slowly. The thought occurs to him, 'Why am I walking slowly? Wh...
by retrofuturist
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:20 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Why speech ceased in first Jhana?
Replies: 9
Views: 158

Re: Why speech ceased in first Jhana?

Greetings Sarath, Why speech ceased in first Jhana? The jhanas constitute a "thinning out" of the fabrications and activities of daily life. You'll note that each jhana is generally characterised not by what's there, but by that which is no longer present. The process of speech, and the thoughts and...
by retrofuturist
Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Shambhala international
Replies: 18
Views: 427

Re: Shambhala international

Greetings, Do any of you have experience with this group? It was started by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche back in the seventies and is now led by his son Miphpan Rinpoche. One of the main people over there is also Nun and well known author Pema Chodron. Maybe you could ask over at the Mahayana / Vajrayan...
by retrofuturist
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: theravada
Replies: 20
Views: 363

Re: theravada

Greetings,

Ok. Questions have been answered.

Grigoris - Maybe check out the Simsapa Sutta if you want to learn the Buddha's attitude about that which he did not teach.

:toilet:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: theravada
Replies: 20
Views: 363

Re: theravada

Greetings Grigoris, Somehow I don't think the Buddha considered refusing to overcome one's ignorance as an instance of sense restraint. One doesn't need to know everything about every topic in order to become an arahant. The Buddha didn't know about computers or inter-continental ballistic missiles,...
by retrofuturist
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: theravada
Replies: 20
Views: 363

Re: theravada

Greetings Dhammarakkhito,

Have your questions been answered now?

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: theravada
Replies: 20
Views: 363

Re: theravada

Greetings,
Grigoris wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:49 am
Dhammarakkhito wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:45 am
no and i more than likely will not
Now that is a good attitude! :tongue:
If it's for the purposes of sense restraint, it's a very good attitude, in Theravada.

:focus:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1626

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

Greetings Dinsdale,

If you see nothing in it for you, then that's OK.

:heart:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: theravada
Replies: 20
Views: 363

Re: theravada

Greetings D,
mikenz66 wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:28 am
If you are not interested in those threads, I suggest that you ignore them.
And if you need us to complement your sense restraint by turning the Connections section off for you, just ask.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Musings about Tantra.
Replies: 28
Views: 378

Re: Musings about Tantra.

Greetings, Okay... this set of unfocused "musings" is now over. If anyone has a structured topic they want to start based on anything said here, by all means please do. Maybe check out A guide on how to get the most out of your new topics for tips on how to make it more focused and effective. Until ...
by retrofuturist
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Dependent Origination about Nama,Rupa or Nama-Rupa?
Replies: 22
Views: 444

Re: Is Dependent Origination about Nama,Rupa or Nama-Rupa?

Greetings Sarath, Is this a difficult question? More ill-directed than difficult, IMO. Maybe it might make more sense to someone engaged with the incredibly complex rendering of paticcasamuppada as found in Visuddhimagga, so I'll steer clear until such time. What I will say though in the meantime, i...
by retrofuturist
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:10 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Let's help eachother develop jhanas (take two!)
Replies: 73
Views: 2032

Re: Let's help eachother develop jhanas (take two!)

Greetings,

Posts in violation of the newly introduced TOS2i have been removed.

Please be mindful of the current topic, as defined in the initial post, when you post.

:thanks:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Let's help eachother develop jhanas (take two!)
Replies: 73
Views: 2032

Re: Let's help eachother develop jhanas (take two!)

Greetings, There's an obvious difference between: - Indulging in sleep - Getting enough sleep - Not getting enough sleep DooDoot is talking about "having good sound healthy sleep"... not "he enjoys sleep, is fond of sleep, enjoys indulging in sleep." It seems argumentative, or even disingenuous to c...
by retrofuturist
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Let's help eachother develop jhanas (take two!)
Replies: 73
Views: 2032

Re: Let's help eachother develop jhanas (take two!)

Greetings, i was asking if you have attained the non-arising but you don't have to answer if you don't want to. I might decline on the same basis that I declined to answer Qs 1-4... thanks for your understanding. As I'm sure you can appreciate, the potential brouhaha caused by inadvertent misreprese...
by retrofuturist
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Let's help eachother develop jhanas (take two!)
Replies: 73
Views: 2032

Re: Let's help eachother develop jhanas (take two!)

Greetings, a resolution not to fabricate sankharas. fascinating, did it work yet? Whilst I was doing it, I was happy with the results. In many respects, I see the value of formal sitting practice not so much in the actual sitting, but moreso in giving yourself the freedom to isolate yourself from si...