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by Zenainder
Sat May 25, 2013 1:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Teachings of Ajahns Chan & Buddhadasa:intrinsic mind nature?
Replies: 19
Views: 2895

Re: Teachings of Ajahns Chan & Buddhadasa:intrinsic mind nat

Thanks for the info! How does the concept of rigpa compare with Tibetan Buddhism (that's originally where I became familiar with term). I've read Sogyal Rinpoche's book "The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying" and that's where I've learned of it since. Curious as to how it is different from how Thera...
by Zenainder
Sat May 25, 2013 1:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Teachings of Ajahns Chan & Buddhadasa:intrinsic mind nature?
Replies: 19
Views: 2895

Re: Teachings of Ajahns Chan & Buddhadasa:intrinsic mind nat

How does the Theravada tradition understand the concept of Rigpa? In "Small Boat, Great Mountain" by Ajahn Amaro (Theravada Thai Forest Tradition), in the glossary. it says that the Pali word "vijja" is the equivalent to "rigpa". Vijja = transcendent knowing, true knowledge. "Rigpa" and similaritie...
by Zenainder
Sat May 25, 2013 12:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Teachings of Ajahns Chan & Buddhadasa:intrinsic mind nature?
Replies: 19
Views: 2895

Re: Teachings of Ajahns Chan & Buddhadasa:intrinsic mind nat

How does the Theravada tradition understand the concept of Rigpa?
by Zenainder
Thu May 23, 2013 7:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: ānāpānasati & samatha
Replies: 11
Views: 1621

Re: ānāpānasati & samatha

Thanks to all who have answered thus far! From my understanding watching the breath at the nostrils is usually taught as a way to reach anapana jhanas. After that you use this jhanas to practice insight. And whatching the rise and fall of the abdoment is usually taught as a vipassana method that aim...
by Zenainder
Thu May 23, 2013 6:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: ānāpānasati & samatha
Replies: 11
Views: 1621

ānāpānasati & samatha

Hello! In my personal practice I did not realize (when I started) that there were different practices of meditation. I do not wish to get lost in the semantics of watching in breath and out breath either via the nostrils or the rise / falling of the abdomen. I have two questions: 1. Do I choose one ...
by Zenainder
Thu May 23, 2013 4:38 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: A drug that helps meditating ?
Replies: 36
Views: 9139

Re: A drug that helps meditating ?

Not to mention, attachment to any object is refrained from fundamentally in Buddhism. Dxm is the same. It is likely the euphoric fascination has dxm delusioned and enchanted in his thinking that an exterior substance has progressed his sense of spirituality --- directly violated the very basics of B...
by Zenainder
Thu May 23, 2013 11:17 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: A drug that helps meditating ?
Replies: 36
Views: 9139

Re: A drug that helps meditating ?

Jhana is not induced by the drug, the drug just helps meditation by taking your body out of the way. Besides the body problem it somehow improves concentration, by a lot. Getting into first jhana into 2 breaths is something superhuman. I do not know if advanced monks are able to do that cause of be...
by Zenainder
Tue May 21, 2013 1:25 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Breath, and Cherry-Picking for Cultural Convenience
Replies: 146
Views: 19769

Re: The Breath, and Cherry-Picking for Cultural Convenience

Perhaps I am mistaken, but do not these come after stabilizing some rudimentary form of concentration on only the breath and cultivating stillness? Again, to throw the 4 tetrads, which are important, at a Westerner early on may overwhelm them. I am no meditation teacher, but being consistent and suc...
by Zenainder
Tue May 21, 2013 1:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Breath, and Cherry-Picking for Cultural Convenience
Replies: 146
Views: 19769

Re: The Breath, and Cherry-Picking for Cultural Convenience

If I may weigh in (haphazardly), I am from the States and was introduced to breath as my first meditation object. This is likely a limited comment coming from limited knowledge, but culturally speaking for a westerner to be still and focus on anything is an incredibly daunting feat. The western cult...
by Zenainder
Mon May 20, 2013 1:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Guidance concerning the raptures
Replies: 14
Views: 5464

Re: Guidance concerning the raptures

How can I progress my concentration through this? you need to pause and look at it and identify with it. with ordinary things we do the opposite, do not pause and do not identify but rather return to our meditation object with strong intent to remain unwaveringly undistracted. however, since legiti...
by Zenainder
Mon May 20, 2013 1:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Guidance concerning the raptures
Replies: 14
Views: 5464

Re: Guidance concerning the raptures

" As "thrilling" as this type of rapture is described as I have found that it breaks my concentration near completely. At times, I feel that if I try and "push" through it by continuing my focus on the breath that it increases to seemingly impossible levels. I even feel that I might cease to exist ...
by Zenainder
Sun May 19, 2013 12:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Guidance concerning the raptures
Replies: 14
Views: 5464

Guidance concerning the raptures

Good morning! In my practice I've come to experience "showering rapture" as explained by Henepola Gunaratana: "Showering rapture runs through the body in waves, producing a thrill but without leaving a lasting impact." As "thrilling" as this type of rapture is described as I have found that it break...
by Zenainder
Fri May 17, 2013 2:03 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Seeking Understanding of Chanting
Replies: 3
Views: 1683

Seeking Understanding of Chanting

Hello, thanks in advance to those who have the patience in helping me. I have a simple question regarding the place chanting has in the practice. Is it a culturally related influence or does it have significance I need to consider in my practice? Personally, in my current path my focus has been mind...
by Zenainder
Fri May 17, 2013 1:46 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings!
Replies: 3
Views: 2569

Greetings!

Hello, Zenainder, or "Zen", here and it is a pleasure to have stumbled upon this beacon of community and dhamma light. I wrote a short profile for everyone. You will be seeing more of me as time goes on. Name: Scott or "Zen" Age: 25 Sex: Male Past: In brief, I was raised into Christianity. Within th...