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by alan...
Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: arupa jhanas
Replies: 34
Views: 3523

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: 18902

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: 4901

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: 1725

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: 1725

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: 1725

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: 1725

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: 1654

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: 1725

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: 1920

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 ...
by alan...
Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:25 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: tough as nails living alone in the woods type buddhists
Replies: 16
Views: 1920

tough as nails living alone in the woods type buddhists

is this possibly one of the best routes to go? or to broaden it a bit perhaps any voluntarily very, very low standard of living type buddhist. if you go this route you will suffer through a ton of hard ships from loneliness to sickness and be forced to deal with them head on. whereas every other sce...
by alan...
Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:58 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: mahasi sayadaw
Replies: 33
Views: 5232

Re: mahasi sayadaw

mostly my questions involve practicing the satipatthana sutta itself. i haven't seen anywhere that really addresses each technique and how and when they are to be practiced. also i practice jhana meditation which is definitely listed in the maha satipatthana sutta and i wonder how to fit this in wi...
by alan...
Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:56 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: mahasi sayadaw
Replies: 33
Views: 5232

Re: mahasi sayadaw

tiltbillings wrote:
alan... wrote: also i practice jhana meditation which is definitely listed in the maha satipatthana sutta and i wonder how to fit this in with the mahasi technique.
It depends upon what you mean by jhana.
jhana as described in the suttas.
by alan...
Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:37 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mahayanists and the historical record
Replies: 73
Views: 8928

Re: Mahayanists and the historical record

Hi Alan, Be careful not to condescend to determine that you know my practice and what I have (or in your opinion have not) accomplished. You claim to have achieved a lot in your meditation and that is commendable, but you mistake my critical thought with doubt about the veracity of the Dhamma, and ...
by alan...
Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:42 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: mahasi sayadaw
Replies: 33
Views: 5232

Re: mahasi sayadaw

mostly my questions involve practicing the satipatthana sutta itself. i haven't seen anywhere that really addresses each technique and how and when they are to be practiced. also i practice jhana meditation which is definitely listed in the maha satipatthana sutta and i wonder how to fit this in wit...