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by IanAnd
Mon Mar 11, 2013 4:09 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: satipatthana with virtually zero discursive thought
Replies: 23
Views: 4692

Re: satipatthana with virtually zero discursive thought

I find that the 4 foundations of mindfulness are a useful framework for developing mindfulness, sometimes I simplify them to just "body" and "mind". I also find that simple noting ( labelling ) is a helpful support, I generally use single words like "thinking" or "walking". that's what i wonder tho...
by IanAnd
Sat Mar 02, 2013 9:23 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: zen non duality and theravada
Replies: 17
Views: 2833

Re: zen non duality and theravada

is the idea of non duality as the ultimate reality/nirvana found in theravada more or less or is it completely foreign? Perhaps this essay will help. Dhamma and Non-duality Bhikkhu Bodhi: "The teaching of the Buddha as found in the Pali canon does not endorse a philosophy of non-dualism of any vari...
by IanAnd
Sat Feb 23, 2013 6:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Awareness independent of the 6 senses? (Thanissaro)
Replies: 72
Views: 12825

Re: Awareness independent of the 6 senses? (Thanissaro)

This is a common notion in many religions and schools of buddhism. I seem to remember references to this in some of the thai forest stuff i have read, but the best exposition of it that i have read is in "the zen teachings of huang po": (EDIT: found a better example:) This Mind is neither large nor...
by IanAnd
Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Another voice in the jhana debates
Replies: 26
Views: 2984

Re: Another voice in the jhana debates

From my understanding, the main issue in the jhana debates is whether one is totally unaware of the 5 senses or whether jhana is very much connected to having a deep awareness of the whole physical body. Do you by chance know if Bronkhorst takes a position on this issue and if so what his opinion i...
by IanAnd
Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:47 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Using the Upanishads to see non-self
Replies: 5
Views: 1003

Re: Using the Upanishads to see non-self

To read these Hindu texts, seems beneficial for the insight that they offer into self, for the better understanding of non-self. As much as the Upanishads encouraged unification of the ego with the ultimate self, the Dhamma practice inclines us toward dropping any concept of this. So maybe to drop ...
by IanAnd
Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:32 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Suffering, revulsion, loathsomeness
Replies: 41
Views: 7925

Re: Suffering, revulsion, loathsomeness

For me right now ' to be ' means to be detected by my senses - here and now, and with some confidence that comes from the memory of repetition and 'triangulation' (more than one sense, corroboration by other people, part of a cause-and-effect sequence etc). In that sense this 'self' that is me is -...
by IanAnd
Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:11 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Suffering, revulsion, loathsomeness
Replies: 41
Views: 7925

Re: Suffering, revulsion, loathsomeness

I watch emotions rise and fall but see no source - and indeed sense them like a sort of 'atmosphere' whose root I do not see or whose nature is unclear , although they usually connect to something tangible like an unsettling thought, or perhaps the taste of a good espresso or just the neutral press...
by IanAnd
Mon Feb 18, 2013 3:14 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Suffering, revulsion, loathsomeness
Replies: 41
Views: 7925

Re: Suffering, revulsion, loathsomeness

I appreciate that there is difficulty in translating from Pali. However these words seem very loaded and for me imply an emotional engagement with things that seems just the opposite of dispassion, observation of the way things are without judgement, letting things that arise naturally pass away ag...
by IanAnd
Sat Feb 16, 2013 7:38 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Kamma
Replies: 19
Views: 3040

Re: Kamma

Hello Mike, Does this mean that we deserve all our bad luck and suffering, as the kamma is a result of our previous thoughts, words and deeds, in this life and in previous ones ? In addition to David's fine response to your questions, you might wish to consider how Gotama defined kamma within his sy...
by IanAnd
Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:20 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: The attainment of the fifth Jhàna breathing ceases.How?
Replies: 43
Views: 7800

Re: The attainment of the fifth Jhàna breathing ceases.How?

No, it just means that there is no experience of bodily sensations like the breath. :twothumbsup: Finally! Someone with some common sense. What sometimes passes for inquiry here borders on the ridiculous. But it's mystical and sounds cool, so that's a good enough reason to check my critical faculti...
by IanAnd
Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:46 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: The attainment of the fifth Jhàna breathing ceases.How?
Replies: 43
Views: 7800

Re: The attainment of the fifth Jhàna breathing ceases.How?

porpoise wrote:
SarathW wrote:Onthe attainment of the fifth Jhàna breathing ceases.
No, it just means that there is no experience of bodily sensations like the breath.
:twothumbsup: Finally! Someone with some common sense.

What sometimes passes for inquiry here borders on the ridiculous.
by IanAnd
Sun Feb 03, 2013 6:04 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: John Peacock: Will the Real Buddha Please Stand Up?
Replies: 168
Views: 33778

Re: John Peacock: Will the Real Buddha Please Stand Up?

..."The Kingdom of heaven (nibbana)..."...(and which Gotama might also agree)... To conflate 'The Kingdom of heaven' and Nibbana, and to suggest that the Buddha 'might' also agree is, well, very far removed from this wanderer's understanding of his (the Buddha's) teaching ... Yes, I know what you m...
by IanAnd
Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:40 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: the first jhana and thinking.
Replies: 76
Views: 18559

Re: the first jhana and thinking.

Alan this article "Why vitakka doesn’t mean ‘thinking’ in jhana" may be of interest http://sujato.wordpress.com/2012/12/06/why-vitakka-doesnt-mean-thinking-in-jhana/ The referenced link gives a very cogent and thoughtful (not to mention accurate, from my personal experience and understanding) analy...
by IanAnd
Sat Feb 02, 2013 11:18 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: John Peacock: Will the Real Buddha Please Stand Up?
Replies: 168
Views: 33778

Re: John Peacock: Will the Real Buddha Please Stand Up?

If not, then to refer to it as "original Buddhism" would be a misnomer, if not misleading to those of us who are purists. Better might be "the original Dhamma" as opposed to labeling the Dhamma as "Buddhism." Point taken. "Original Buddhism" is merely a modern designation referring to the dhammavin...
by IanAnd
Sat Feb 02, 2013 7:18 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: John Peacock: Will the Real Buddha Please Stand Up?
Replies: 168
Views: 33778

Re: John Peacock: Will the Real Buddha Please Stand Up?

This is why a useful distinction can be made between Original Buddhism and Early Buddhism. Original Buddhism refers to the actual oral teachings of the historical Gotama and his immediate disciples. Early Buddhism refers to the early formative pre-sectarian period of Indian Buddhism and the extant ...