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by Zenainder
Wed Jul 17, 2013 3:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How Far Can A Householder Proceed
Replies: 20
Views: 1839

Re: How Far Can A Householder Proceed

Zenainder wrote: Renunciation takes first place in the mind and then in action. Take for instance if I realize an ability to objectively observe the desire for sexual activity, it only burns as strong as my attachment to said desire. The desire may arise, I may note it, and it will cease. Over time...
by Zenainder
Wed Jul 17, 2013 2:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How Far Can A Householder Proceed
Replies: 20
Views: 1839

Re: How Far Can A Householder Proceed

There's some important details about Ghatikara in MN 81 that we need to keep in mind. From Ven. Bodhi's note: Ghatikara's conduct approximates as closely to that of a monk as is possible for one still leading the household life. MA explains that he does not trade in the pottery he makes but merely ...
by Zenainder
Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Resistance
Replies: 4
Views: 847

Resistance

Good morning forum, Perhaps I need to spend more time observing this phenomena, but last night I observed deep resistance in regards to the emptiness of existence or the ultimate end of projections (i.e. rebirths). I am left puzzled as to the category of hindrance to further create an objective obse...
by Zenainder
Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The value of recollecting the Buddha before meditation
Replies: 27
Views: 4157

Re: The value of recollecting the Buddha before meditation

Subscribing, this topic has been of interests to me for some time now.
by Zenainder
Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:38 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Entering jhana and then leting your focus loose
Replies: 13
Views: 2771

Re: Entering jhana and then leting your focus loose

dxm_dxm, This goes along the same lines as to what reflection was stating, but I strongly encourage you not to conceptualize your practice, or "I want to attain" or "I have attained". What we do know, however, that mindfulness training cultivates these "attainments". It is often a detriment to stick...
by Zenainder
Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: ya puggala attha - those eight individuals
Replies: 6
Views: 794

Re: ya puggala attha - those eight individuals

When grouping the 8 noble persons into the usual 4, the pair of path-stream enterer and fruit-stream enterer are both put into one group of 'stream enterer'. So the difference is very small between those two and in a way both translations make sense. One practicing for getting right view (stream en...
by Zenainder
Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How Far Can A Householder Proceed
Replies: 20
Views: 1839

Re: How Far Can A Householder Proceed

Money does not make life easier, quite naive to think as such. It comes down to your practice on the pillow and followed through with heedfulness off the pillow. Life happens to the poor, rich, homeless, or even a bhikkhu. Life is suffering with or without money.
by Zenainder
Mon Jul 15, 2013 5:38 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How common is Jhana
Replies: 11
Views: 2156

Re: How common is Jhana

It is interesting you stated thinking you were at the end of your searching and having moved on. ... So I went for the "gutfeeling" - picked up the first book that "came to me", and it was a small pocketsized book containing zen-koans and poetry. And there i picked up a few simple advices for how t...
by Zenainder
Mon Jul 15, 2013 4:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How Far Can A Householder Proceed
Replies: 20
Views: 1839

Re: How Far Can A Householder Proceed

Are your familiar with the deeper paths of meditation such as jhanas? Deeper and deeper states of meditation ( as far as time will allow and life will allow; I cannot meditate very well after being hauled over the coals at work ) is of course there and will be there as a life long practice. So you ...
by Zenainder
Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How Far Can A Householder Proceed
Replies: 20
Views: 1839

Re: How Far Can A Householder Proceed

Give or take a few days, I have been studying Buddhism for about 3 months now. I have learned about anicca, dukkha, anatta. I have read few of the most important Suttas and learned about Dependent Origination. I have adopted the five precepts ( they were already present in my life to begin with, th...
by Zenainder
Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:13 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Theravada & bodhisattvas
Replies: 6
Views: 1194

Re: Theravada & bodhisattvas

Hi, I was just wondering what the theravadan position is on summoning help from bodhisattvas (Kuan yin etc) devas, deities & other life forms that I can't prove or explain. I've heard 2 conflicting views on this. 1 is that theravadan Buddhism is quite atheistic & won't accept things that are outsid...
by Zenainder
Mon Jul 15, 2013 1:29 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How common is Jhana
Replies: 11
Views: 2156

Re: How common is Jhana

Sounds to me like that these christians maybe experiences what is called "meditation-madness", which is a fairly well known phenomenon in meditation. I'v heard that meditators who have those experiences are put in "isolation" until they are fairly grounded again. And I might be wrong also .. metta ...
by Zenainder
Mon Jul 15, 2013 12:34 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How common is Jhana
Replies: 11
Views: 2156

Re: How common is Jhana

Sounds to me like that these christians maybe experiences what is called "meditation-madness", which is a fairly well known phenomenon in meditation. I'v heard that meditators who have those experiences are put in "isolation" until they are fairly grounded again. And I might be wrong also .. metta ...
by Zenainder
Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:22 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How common is Jhana
Replies: 11
Views: 2156

Re: How common is Jhana

In sensual societies such as the West, it is very unusual, however I personally know of a group and often visit it that I believe see it fairly commonly. Now, they are not a Buddhist group, they are an unorthodox group of Christians that air on the mystical side of spirituality. It is common there t...
by Zenainder
Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:54 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do you agree with the Dalai Lama?
Replies: 43
Views: 5800

Re: Do you agree with the Dalai Lama?

Absolutes are ambigious, as is for this existence. How many countless events in humanities history have the "good" vs "bad" (perspective dependent) and ended in a slaughtering? Hitler was not the first, nor will he be the last. Does it make a difference from an infinite stand point to murder (assumi...