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by IanAnd
Tue Oct 27, 2009 5:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What's a good book on dependent origination?
Replies: 9
Views: 2826

Re: What's a good book on dependent origination?

Friends,what's a good book on dependent origination, something with a lot of juice and say's everything in detail and it's not vague and doesn't beat around the bush. I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Bhikkhu Bodhi's book The Great Discourse on Causation, The Mahanidana Sutta and Its Commenta...
by IanAnd
Mon Oct 26, 2009 5:16 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Ritual, Practice, and The Path... What?
Replies: 25
Views: 3526

Re: Ritual, Practice, and The Path... What?

Also, Walpola Rahula's classic What the Buddha Taught is an excellent introduction to the essential elements of the teaching. If you are a conscientious and mindful reader , it will answer many of your questions. I know this seems a dull question.. how does one read mindfully? What does it mean to ...
by IanAnd
Mon Oct 26, 2009 12:44 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Ritual, Practice, and The Path... What?
Replies: 25
Views: 3526

Re: Ritual, Practice, and The Path... What?

Hello Adam, First things first, here. Just what is it that attracted you to Buddhism, and Theravada in particular? If you are able to answer that question in your mind, perhaps you will begin to quell your confusion. Of all the introductory literature that I've seen over the years concerning what Bu...
by IanAnd
Sun Oct 25, 2009 6:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Nimitta question
Replies: 12
Views: 2517

Re: Nimitta question

Well if nothing else, I think we have firmly established where all those "third eye" tales come from. And like most myths, the reality underlying it is pretty prosaic and a lot less dramatic than the myth. But I use the term "myth" tentatively. For all I know, there could be extensive writings in t...
by IanAnd
Sun Oct 25, 2009 6:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jhana: sutta v commentary v abhidhamma
Replies: 33
Views: 10546

Re: Jhana: sutta v commentary v abhidhamma

Well the teaching is finally clicking with my meditation experience. . . . So sustained thinking is indeed an ongoing observation experience, while applied thinking - "I will watch X" requires but a single thought to initiate an activity. At least that's how it looks to me just now. It may not be d...
by IanAnd
Sat Oct 24, 2009 5:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jhana: sutta v commentary v abhidhamma
Replies: 33
Views: 10546

Re: Jhana: sutta v commentary v abhidhamma

Hey catmoon, this is the classical explanation of vitakka-vicāra: vitakka-vicāra 'thought-conception and discursive thinking', (or 'applied and sustained thought') are verbal functions (vacī-sankhāra: s. sankhāra) of the mind, the so-called 'inner speech ('parole interieure'). They are constituents...
by IanAnd
Sat Oct 24, 2009 4:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Nimitta question
Replies: 12
Views: 2517

Re: Nimitta question

If you don't mind our asking, could you describe the nimitta that "crops up as a tactile sensation?" Sure. It feels just like Pam Anderson gently running her fingers through my hair. :jumping: <description deleted> ps In my original post was the requested description. Then I wrote the footnote in j...
by IanAnd
Sat Oct 24, 2009 5:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Nimitta question
Replies: 12
Views: 2517

Re: Nimitta question

When I do breath meditation, the first nimitta arises as a tactile sensation. But it seems to be quite persistent. It crops up unexpectedly all through the day, especially while I am reading. What's going on here? Is this common? If you don't mind our asking, could you describe the nimitta that "cr...
by IanAnd
Sat Oct 24, 2009 12:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jhana: sutta v commentary v abhidhamma
Replies: 33
Views: 10546

Re: Jhana: sutta v commentary v abhidhamma

Thank you, IanAnd - I reviewed the section from Mind Like Fire Unbound that you recommended. I read this a long time ago. This time, it made sense. Whaddyano 'bout that! :P It appears that you have gained some insight! Congratulations! You have much more (insightful moments, that is) to look forwar...
by IanAnd
Thu Oct 22, 2009 10:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jhana: sutta v commentary v abhidhamma
Replies: 33
Views: 10546

Re: Jhana: sutta v commentary v abhidhamma

Ah, IanAnd - The Wings to Awakening - I have tried so often to make my way through this most profound of Dhamma texts. Sadly, it appears I'm short a brain cell or three! It's so difficult. Don't feel bad. Take away whatever you are able to and build on that later. As concentration and clear compreh...
by IanAnd
Thu Oct 22, 2009 6:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jhana: sutta v commentary v abhidhamma
Replies: 33
Views: 10546

Re: Jhana: sutta v commentary v abhidhamma

I am, at this time much more inclined to think that we don't have to concern ourselves with "how do I go about practicing jhana" because if we follow the Buddha's instructions, if we practice in the manner he outlined, jhana will be the natural result.... Agreed. And, I speak from experience and in...
by IanAnd
Wed Oct 21, 2009 9:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Inner speech
Replies: 7
Views: 1495

Re: Inner speech

In the course of my practice I've noticed that most of my thought processes become manifest with a "verbal" commentary in the mind. Of course this is not an earth-shattering revelation, everyone knows about this. I was reading Ajahn Brahm's book "Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond" and he says that one ...
by IanAnd
Mon Oct 19, 2009 10:57 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana: yes, no, neither, could be? Hmm?
Replies: 47
Views: 7382

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

I am worried the people here are putting jhana up on some inaccessible pedestal. I assert that it is accessible, at least the first few jhanas, and accessible to the average practitioner as well. If it was as difficult as some make out, why would Buddha teach it? Yes, indeed. I agree, fully. The pr...
by IanAnd
Mon Oct 19, 2009 6:51 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Does gaining an insight knowledge cause mental shock?
Replies: 19
Views: 3161

Re: Does gaining an insight knowledge cause mental shock?

Mental shock is not a visual experience and thus you do not see anything, it is a metaphorical flash, flash in consciousness. Such an experience occurs when one has train of thought in mental activity that is very surprising. For an example when one thinks of a reality [in] a way that he has never ...
by IanAnd
Mon Oct 19, 2009 7:14 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana: yes, no, neither, could be? Hmm?
Replies: 47
Views: 7382

Re: Jhana: could be?

Now days I don't get the big body, nor the small body, sense anymore, but just a gradual awakening of the body as the mind also calms and latches onto the breath. A point comes where the breath and my attention do not separate, with the body feeling like a statue: present, relaxed, comfortable and ...