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by Reductor
Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:42 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: View of Mahayana/Vajrayana
Replies: 17
Views: 3108

Re: View of Mahayana/Vajrayana

EDIT: Oh poop. Does a new publication count here. I wasn't paying attention to the forum this was on. I think at the time that these other schools of thought departed from the original dissension of the Buddha's teaching they would have been considered schismatic. This is mostly based on this from T...
by Reductor
Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:22 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordination Question
Replies: 4
Views: 2185

Re: Ordination Question

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... .ch14.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Search the page for 'eczema'. Yes, it is a disqualification. Not sure about the meds.
by Reductor
Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:25 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Advice on tactile "nimittas", and how best to use them?
Replies: 37
Views: 10499

Re: Advice on tactile "nimittas", and how best to use them?

At this point I have to lodge my disagreement with what thereductor has said regarding the "mind becom[ing] unified around the vitakka and vicara." The mind does not become unified "around vitakka and vicara"; only at the second jhana does the mind unify on the breath. Otherwise, directed attention...
by Reductor
Tue Jan 26, 2010 9:37 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Advice on tactile "nimittas", and how best to use them?
Replies: 37
Views: 10499

Re: Advice on tactile "nimittas", and how best to use them?

IanAnd- Thank you once again for another thorough explanation. So you are saying that actual "absorption" does not occur till the second jhana, but is induced by the increasing unification of the mind through vitakka & vicara during the first jhana? This seems to make sense in regard to the suttas,...
by Reductor
Tue Jan 26, 2010 3:08 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How to explain death/rebirth to a child?
Replies: 14
Views: 2300

Re: How to explain death/rebirth to a child?

Kim O'Hara wrote:
thereductor wrote: EDIT: I keep adding to this. Sorry.
Don't apologise - you're doing really well. :smile:
Thanks. I appreciate that.
by Reductor
Tue Jan 26, 2010 2:28 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Advice on tactile "nimittas", and how best to use them?
Replies: 37
Views: 10499

Re: Advice on tactile "nimittas", and how best to use them?

That sounds familiar. You need to bring the sensation and the breathing together, so to speak, allowing the sensation to grow stronger with each in-out-cycle... be aware of both, and try and sense the feeling getting stronger and weaker with each in and out of the breath, respectively. That might do...
by Reductor
Mon Jan 25, 2010 7:47 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: 4 factors in the first jhana or 5?
Replies: 12
Views: 4517

Re: 4 factors in the first jhana or 5?

Thanks for that bit from Samadhi , quincy, I've never thought about it that way before, but it makes a lot of sense. I can do it better so my way is right! So Branston guesses Suttic jhana could be within reach with a monthish of retreat, eh? Specific timeframes aside, that's sort of comforting, th...
by Reductor
Mon Jan 25, 2010 5:23 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How to explain death/rebirth to a child?
Replies: 14
Views: 2300

Re: How to explain death/rebirth to a child?

Maybe the Jataka tales are what you want. They are quite suitable for children and have a moral. Also: http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/jataka_tv1.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; http://www.sacred-texts.com/bud/jt/index.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; How old ...
by Reductor
Sun Jan 24, 2010 4:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Māra
Replies: 11
Views: 1558

Re: Māra

I always thought that Māra was an aspect of ourselves, not a seperate entity. The idea that he is an actual being is a tad too ridiculous for me. Why? Buddhist version of the devil. :anjali: Oh, I know. But to be similar in aspect to the Theistic devil doesn't negate the possibility of his existenc...
by Reductor
Sun Jan 24, 2010 4:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Māra
Replies: 11
Views: 1558

Re: Māra

Laurens wrote:I always thought that Māra was an aspect of ourselves, not a seperate entity.

The idea that he is an actual being is a tad too ridiculous for me.
Why?
by Reductor
Sat Jan 23, 2010 8:02 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: 4 factors in the first jhana or 5?
Replies: 12
Views: 4517

Re: 4 factors in the first jhana or 5?

MN 43 "The first Jhana", trans by Thanissaro "And how many factors does the first jhana have?" "The first jhana has five factors. There is the case where, in a monk who has attained the five-factored first jhana, there occurs directed thought, evaluation, rapture, pleasure, & singleness of mind. It...
by Reductor
Sat Jan 23, 2010 1:15 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Term "Altar"
Replies: 9
Views: 1848

Re: The Term "Altar"

I share that thought although it doesn't matter, as Ben said, because these words carry connotation difference
more than functional difference.

But, all the same, I call it a shrine and not altar.
by Reductor
Fri Jan 22, 2010 5:29 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: 4 factors in the first jhana or 5?
Replies: 12
Views: 4517

Re: 4 factors in the first jhana or 5?

There are five.

Directed thought
sustained thought,
unification of mind (singleness of preoccupation)
rapture
pleasure
by Reductor
Fri Jan 22, 2010 6:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Intense feeling during anapanasati
Replies: 12
Views: 2772

Re: Intense feeling during anapanasati

Next time that happens, let it get to that 'at home' sense. Then look up. Keep your eyes closed of course.
Maybe something interesting will happen.

EDIT: more interesting. Your experience seems to be pretty neat already.
by Reductor
Thu Jan 21, 2010 6:54 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Home Altar...Beginner
Replies: 23
Views: 7331

Re: Home Altar...Beginner

If the shrine is the highest 'seat' I wouldn't worry. I mean ideally there is nothing above, but ideal doesn't always work out, especially when living in group. So long as it is in a place of high respect, and that YOU are at the lower position (when sitting). When I stand, I am above the shrine, bu...