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by drifting cloud
Thu Aug 02, 2012 12:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Satipatana vs Anapanasati
Replies: 28
Views: 7344

Satipatana vs Anapanasati

Are these basically the same practice? Is vipassana as it is commonly taught today considered satipatanna or anapanasati or both (or does this depend on the precise style, i.e. Mahasi noting vs Goenka etc?) I have heard some people say that anapanasati is basically a samatha only practice and only s...
by drifting cloud
Wed Aug 01, 2012 12:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1579
Views: 259303

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

[ Licking Yourself Clean Ajaan Fuang once said that meditators tend to be like little puppies. They go out and defecate and then come running to their mothers to have their mothers lick them off. They haven't learned how to lick themselves off yet. So as a meditator you need to learn how to lick yo...
by drifting cloud
Tue Jul 31, 2012 5:41 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 45.8: Magga-vibhanga Sutta — An Analysis of the Path
Replies: 15
Views: 4903

Re: SN 45.8: Magga-vibhanga Sutta — An Analysis of the Path

Also, I have a question.

In the passages about 'right concentration', I notice that the Buddha lists four jhanas. I have been taught that there are a total of eight jhanas. Is there a particular reason only four are listed in this Sutta?

:anjali:
by drifting cloud
Tue Jul 31, 2012 5:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "The Deathless" (amata)
Replies: 423
Views: 65284

Re: "The Deathless" (amata)

I am coming very late to this conversation, and do not have the knowledge of Pali to weigh in on the more technical aspects of translation under discussion. Nevertheless, I would like to offer a few comments. There is an interesting passage in Nietzsche's Twilight of the Idols that says " I am afrai...
by drifting cloud
Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:24 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 45.8: Magga-vibhanga Sutta — An Analysis of the Path
Replies: 15
Views: 4903

Re: SN 45.8: Magga-vibhanga Sutta — An Analysis of the Path

Hello Vincent, I think I see what you're getting at, but in this case perhaps it is better to take this particular sutta "just as it is". I don't really know Pali, aside from some basic vocabulary, and I am not familiar with the other Sutta that you've cited, but in this case I think the Buddha is d...
by drifting cloud
Tue Jul 31, 2012 2:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do Buddhist believe in god?
Replies: 204
Views: 27385

Re: Do Buddhist believe in god?

For what it's worth, I think the entire theist/atheist debate is something of a sectarian family quarrel within Western culture (by which I mean the large body of thought incorporating and in some cases synthesizing Greco-Roman philosophy and Abrahamic religion and the concepts pertaining to each). ...
by drifting cloud
Tue Jul 31, 2012 2:27 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 8
Views: 1308

Hello

Hi all, I am new here. Have been kind of drifting in and out of dhamma practice for several years now, but I am really trying to get serious about it now - starting to feel that I'm no longer as young as I used to be, that years can go by and feel mispent, etc. I've had some training in vispassana a...