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by Reductor
Thu Dec 24, 2009 6:30 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why did you choose Theravada?
Replies: 228
Views: 34102

Re: Why did you choose Theravada?

I am far from any Buddhist center, so the large number of Suttas, article, and books on Theravada found online swayed me toward Theravada. In addition to that was the emphasis Tibetan Buddhism placed on the teacher-student relationship. Basically it seemed that I could not expect any benefits from B...
by Reductor
Thu Dec 24, 2009 6:06 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: emails/subscriptions yet
Replies: 4
Views: 2091

Re: emails/subscriptions yet

What exactly is making the trouble? If I might inquire.

I like the idea of email subs.
by Reductor
Sun Dec 06, 2009 5:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation is not My Focus
Replies: 4
Views: 947

Re: Meditation is not My Focus

Well, 'why' are you not meditating more? When will the time be right for you? What will be your critieria? Perhaps you are procrastinating. If you feel like a fraud, and don't like it, then don't be a fraud. Or talk with those at the group and see how often they actually meditate, and if they are da...
by Reductor
Sat Dec 05, 2009 11:03 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana: yes, no, neither, could be? Hmm?
Replies: 47
Views: 11101

Re: Jhana: yes, no, neither, could be? Hmm?

Hello, I am sorry for dropping off the planet shortly after starting this thread. I've read it now, and I thank everyone that has contributed to it. It would have been ideal if I could have participated in it more, but it was about then (near the start of the thread) that I started training to be a ...
by Reductor
Mon Oct 19, 2009 5:19 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana: yes, no, neither, could be? Hmm?
Replies: 47
Views: 11101

Re: Jhana: yes, no, neither, could be? Hmm?

When it comes to sila, I would just suggest ambition thinking. Think about how poor sila affects your mediation now: you mind finds it's way back to the offense, and either dwells with regret, or dwells with regret and a little pleasure (guilty pleasures, anyone?). If you have resolved on perfecting...
by Reductor
Sat Oct 17, 2009 8:10 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana: yes, no, neither, could be? Hmm?
Replies: 47
Views: 11101

Re: Jhana: yes, no, neither, could be? Hmm?

When I read about this 'around the mouth' stuff in Bodhi's translation (in the notes) I kinda laughed. Please keep in mind that Venerable Bodhi is very highly regarded as a translator and teacher. I'm sure his notes explains why he translated the particular instruction the way he did. Also, making ...
by Reductor
Sat Oct 17, 2009 6:25 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana: yes, no, neither, could be? Hmm?
Replies: 47
Views: 11101

Re: Jhana: yes, no, neither, could be? Hmm?

Sudarsha: Hey, I'm Canadian too! North Alta. all the way. Thanks for the article by Sona. Someday I'm gonna meet the guy, but when I have the nickles and the proper ok from the wife. Birken is about 14 hours south of here, over the rockies and across the arid lands. But some day soon. When I have mo...
by Reductor
Sat Oct 17, 2009 5:52 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana: yes, no, neither, could be? Hmm?
Replies: 47
Views: 11101

Re: Jhana: yes, no, neither, could be? Hmm?

It's bundoc. A Tagolog word. I lived in the Philippines for awhile. It means the jungle, the woods, the mountain realms, depending on how it is used. As for Jhana, it is highly unlikely you have been there. I asked for a little more in way of response than a pat "not happening." Any reason you thin...
by Reductor
Fri Oct 16, 2009 8:33 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana: yes, no, neither, could be? Hmm?
Replies: 47
Views: 11101

Re: Jhana: yes, no, neither, could be? Hmm?

Ben and Jechbi, thanks for the posts. I too am reluctant in getting instructions over the net. Even in person, I am not prone to relying on other peoples opinion/experience (this is in general life). It is just that a point has come where other perspectives might be useful. I am pretty confident tha...
by Reductor
Fri Oct 16, 2009 7:15 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana: yes, no, neither, could be? Hmm?
Replies: 47
Views: 11101

Jhana: yes, no, neither, could be? Hmm?

I'm way out in the boon docks, without any support in practice. That said, I believe I have been experiencing Jhana. I'm interested in any thing people have to offer here, but mostly: do you think you've experienced Jhana, and by what standard are you basing that (written or teacher)? Since I have h...
by Reductor
Sat Oct 03, 2009 11:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How many hours a week do you meditate?
Replies: 45
Views: 10689

Re: How many hours a week do you meditate?

And where does contemplation enter in as a factor of study? Hmm. I think contemplation is contemplation, study is study. Do you mean contemplation of the doctrine, or contemplation of events as they arise in your day? All through the day we should be contemplating events as they arise and disband, ...
by Reductor
Sat Sep 26, 2009 12:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sitting gear?
Replies: 8
Views: 1358

Re: Sitting gear?

These are all very interesting. I'm a long way from any other Buddhists so I have never seen another person meditate, hence my question. I sometimes get a little twinge in my lower back and have to adjust. As for getting this down pat, well, most days I have it, some I don't. Depending on my body I ...
by Reductor
Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sitting gear?
Replies: 8
Views: 1358

Sitting gear?

I am curious about how everyone actually sits while in meditation. Cross legged, lotus, half lotus, other? Do you use cushions, benches, chairs, or plant your butt-cheeks flat on the floor? I don't use any cushions and sit in half lotus. So my butt is well acquainted with my carpet. :lol: What influ...
by Reductor
Fri Sep 25, 2009 6:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness Of Mental Objects (dhammanupassana)
Replies: 32
Views: 10721

Re: Mindfulness Of Mental Objects (dhammanupassana)

I have been reading on how to contemplate: Five Hindrances, Six Sense Bases, Five Aggregates and Factors of enlightenment in that book. But it is not said in the book how to contemlate certain aspects of the teaching (Dhamma)? So my question would be how does one contemplate Nibbana and how does on...
by Reductor
Mon Sep 21, 2009 7:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Replies: 32
Views: 12313

Re: Thanissaro Bhikkhu

If you take you, subtract out all the things which are inconstant and stressful, what is left?