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by alan...
Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:30 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: sutta support for vipassana jhanas?
Replies: 26
Views: 5538

Re: sutta support for vipassana jhanas?

With this topic in mind, which, if any, teachers teach the Anapanasati Sutta in such a way that the vipassana jhanas are attained and not the commentarial jhanas? It’s when the mind is tranquil. It’s not ordinary mental proliferation. You sit with a calm mind and then the initial thought comes. For...
by alan...
Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:25 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: mahasi sayadaw
Replies: 33
Views: 4736

Re: mahasi sayadaw

If you're not sitting, then the abdominal movements won't be your primary object. If you are meditating full-time, and not working or just relaxing at home, then your primary object will be either walking meditation (lifting, moving, dropping), or the movements of the limbs while doing daily activi...
by alan...
Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:41 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: mahasi sayadaw
Replies: 33
Views: 4736

Re: mahasi sayadaw

another question, if my primary object is rising and falling of the abdomen (i do it simply as breathing) is it okay if i just am mindful of it all day long and then note other satipatthanas as they arise? or do i have to think "rising, falling" all day long as well? Even though you may try as hard...
by alan...
Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:00 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: mahasi sayadaw
Replies: 33
Views: 4736

Re: mahasi sayadaw

... Paying attention to the primary and secondary objects builds the mindfulness and concentration to be able to start to discern how phenomena arise and cease... :anjali: Mike mahasi says that when sitting and breathing we contemplate rise and fall of the abdomen, this is "arising and vanishing" (...
by alan...
Tue Apr 16, 2013 4:46 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: mahasi sayadaw
Replies: 33
Views: 4736

Re: mahasi sayadaw

tiltbillings wrote:And as has been pointed out more than once in various discussions of jhana, the "sutta jhanas" looks to be pretty much identical with the vipasssana jhanas, a way of looking at things that has come out of the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition.
Sweet. Good too know
by alan...
Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:46 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: mahasi sayadaw
Replies: 33
Views: 4736

Re: mahasi sayadaw

Hi Alan, in the commentaries it says one should contemplate the arising and falling of the body by way of it's dissolution and other things. mahasi says one should see it's literal rise and fall as in the abdomen rising and falling in breathing, the feet rising and falling when walking, and so on. ...
by alan...
Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:41 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: sutta support for vipassana jhanas?
Replies: 26
Views: 5538

Re: sutta support for vipassana jhanas?

Greetings Alan, vipassana jhanas are closer to what the buddha was talking about? If the commentaries hadn't taken such liberties to redefine jhana, there would be no need for them to be labelled "vipassana jhanas"... they would just be "jhanas". Terms like "vipassana jhanas" exist only to differen...
by alan...
Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:38 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Why the criticisms?
Replies: 45
Views: 6824

Re: Why the criticisms?

the noting and what not is straight out of the satipatthana sutta. "when walking he understands 'i am walking'. " sounds like noting too me. i don't see much at all that is not directly from the suttas as far as his practice instructions are concerned. they seem to be right in line with the suttas. ...
by alan...
Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:18 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: sutta support for vipassana jhanas?
Replies: 26
Views: 5538

sutta support for vipassana jhanas?

is it in there? is it possible that, considering the almost uniform ignoring of the whole body similes about jhana by the commentaries, the vipassana jhanas are closer to what the buddha was talking about? it makes sense, he talks about people gaining insight while in jhana frequently but the commen...
by alan...
Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:34 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: mahasi sayadaw
Replies: 33
Views: 4736

Re: mahasi sayadaw

one thing i am not clear on is the difference in the mahasi method of the bodily formation from the commentary version. in the commentaries it says one should contemplate the arising and falling of the body by way of it's dissolution and other things. mahasi says one should see it's literal rise and...
by alan...
Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: arupa jhanas
Replies: 34
Views: 2987

arupa jhanas

okay so i've seen differing definitions. the same is true for the first four jhanas but they are closer than the differences for arupa. for the arupa some say they are one pointed, vast emptiness that involves nothing physical, and then on up the ladder. this sounds like it fits the suttas. then i'v...
by alan...
Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:01 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: being nicer on here
Replies: 92
Views: 17132

being nicer on here

i know this is stupid, and i wouldn't be posting this but: theravada is getting more and more popular, this is one of (the only?) and possibly the most popular theravada forum on the web. so this forum is going to be part of the process of people for forming some opinions on theravada and it's pract...
by alan...
Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:12 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Essence of the Buddha's teachings?
Replies: 48
Views: 4583

Re: Essence of the Buddha's teachings

Thank you, Mike for the link. But the question is still there. These suttas seem to be the actual "meditation" instructions, and they are, of course, in line with MahaSatipatthana Sutta. i'm conflicted on this being in line with mahasatipatthana. obviously it's not OUT of line with it, but are they...
by alan...
Sat Apr 13, 2013 5:32 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: temples and bugs/pests
Replies: 9
Views: 1437

Re: temples and bugs/pests

oh okay thanks that clears it up
by alan...
Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:12 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: temples and bugs/pests
Replies: 9
Views: 1437

Re: temples and bugs/pests

Due to the awful law of samsara, it is impossible please everyone at the same time. Between the welfare of bugs and the welfare of monks, between preserving the seeds of the nature and preserving the teaching of the buddha, we just have to pick one. seems like picking the option of hiring an exterm...
by alan...
Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:18 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: temples and bugs/pests
Replies: 9
Views: 1437

Re: temples and bugs/pests

how in the world does this make sense? intention! i wonder about that stuff myself, re: how to deal with dangerous pests. it's been extremely challenging for me to grow my garden without the use of pesticides or any other bug-killing agents. i've heard that a lot of monasteries actually do fumigate...
by alan...
Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:16 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: temples and bugs/pests
Replies: 9
Views: 1437

Re: temples and bugs/pests

this is leading up to the real question: how can temples possibly operate without EVER taking measures against pests? for example if they didn't cut the grass they would have horrid infestations of numerous bugs, reptiles and rodents! if wasps made nests inside the buildings they would have to aban...
by alan...
Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:12 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Rebirth as a GOD
Replies: 9
Views: 1363

Re: Rebirth as a GOD

i have not the time nor energy to drag up quotes, but i'm fairly certain the pali canon has statements that imply roughly that one who is moral and practices the dhamma earnestly will be able to practice in the next life even if they do not become a sotapanna. so if someone is very moral and helps o...
by alan...
Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:24 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: temples and bugs/pests
Replies: 9
Views: 1437

temples and bugs/pests

so i used to go to a temple where there were birds nests in the area where the walking meditation was done under the roof eaves. the monks just placed buckets of sand under them too catch the droppings and let them be. naturally, buddhists aren't supposed to hurt any life. okay, then there's a huge ...
by alan...
Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:20 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: tough as nails living alone in the woods type buddhists
Replies: 16
Views: 1848

Re: tough as nails living alone in the woods type buddhists

It would be pretty tough. For example, I never realized how hard it must have been to meditate in the forests in India with all the mosquitoes and horseflies until I went to Wat Metta for 9 days and slept and meditated on a platform out in the avocado orchards without a tent. This is in California ...