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by Dmytro
Fri Nov 20, 2009 6:04 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Term: Nimitta
Replies: 79
Views: 17243

Re: Pali Term: Nimitta

Regarding the translation of 'subhanimitta': 'subha-nimitta' is also 'that-which-when-attended-to-leads-to-change-of-mental qualities', as in Ahara sutta http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn46/sn46.051.than.html or Samvara sutta (AN 2.16 (4.14)) http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/th...
by Dmytro
Fri Nov 20, 2009 5:53 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Term: Nimitta
Replies: 79
Views: 17243

Re: Pali Term: Nimitta

Hi Sanghamitta, I dont follow the translation of nimitta as "themes" how are we to understand that ? As I understand such translation by Thanissaro Bhikkhu, by 'themes' he implies that nimitta is a kind of attunement, like musical theme to which one may tune. Indeed the perception is tuned to the ni...
by Dmytro
Thu Nov 19, 2009 6:41 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Term: Nimitta
Replies: 79
Views: 17243

Re: Pali Term: Nimitta

Hi Retro, In connection with your quote from Bahiya sutta - Mahavedalla sutta "Passion is a making of themes [nimitta]. Aversion is a making of themes. Delusion is a making of themes. In a monk whose fermentations are ended, these have been abandoned, their root destroyed, like an uprooted palm tree...
by Dmytro
Thu Nov 19, 2009 4:51 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Term: Nimitta
Replies: 79
Views: 17243

Re: Pali Term: Nimitta

Greetings Retro, Thank you for the quote! I'll move further on with Pali Terms Rescue Range : ) Stephen Hodge wrote: I understand "nimitta" to be roughly equivalent to basic sense, perceptual data or just percepts, such as colours, shapes, sounds and so forth. Perceptual data derived from the extern...
by Dmytro
Wed Nov 18, 2009 8:27 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Term: Nimitta
Replies: 79
Views: 17243

Pali Term: Nimitta

(I'll start with posts recovered from http://web.archive.org/web/20060323103308/www.lioncity.net/buddhism/index.php?showtopic=17871 , publishing them with minor updates one by one) Inspired by the article by Bhikkhu Sona http://www.arrowriver.ca/dhamma/nimitta.html I investigated the meaning of this...
by Dmytro
Wed Nov 18, 2009 8:05 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Terms Resque Range
Replies: 4
Views: 1646

Re: Pali Terms Resque Range

Hi David, Perhaps make a new thread for each term / subject and post the messages here? That's what I plan to do gradually. But I tried clicking on the links and it says, "not in archive." Do you get access to the posts in the archive when you click on them? To some of them, yes. Something may have ...
by Dmytro
Wed Nov 18, 2009 3:55 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Terms Resque Range
Replies: 4
Views: 1646

Pali Terms Resque Range

Hello Pali friends, I have found some of the Pali Terms E-Sangha threads preserved at: http://web.archive.org/web/20060808015559/www.lioncity.net/buddhism/index.php?showtopic=17686" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; I would like to re-post them at this forum. If you have any suggestions ...
by Dmytro
Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: the long breath
Replies: 21
Views: 3950

Re: the long breath

Hi Freawaru, What is the pali term translated as "theme" here? : "And what is the food for the arising of unarisen sensual desire, or for the growth & increase of sensual desire once it has arisen? There is the theme of beauty. To foster inappropriate attention to it: This is the food for the arisin...
by Dmytro
Tue Nov 17, 2009 7:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 4NT little known in the East?
Replies: 22
Views: 2223

Re: 4NT little known in the East?

Hi Stefan, Why is this so? Asians not knowing the most important doctrine of their religion?! Strange... "Four Noble Truths" is the most important doctrine of the Western 'doctrinal' Buddhism. In the Pali Canon, 'ariya-saccani' are 'Four realities for the Noble Ones'. And they are by no means a 'doc...
by Dmytro
Mon Nov 16, 2009 6:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness Of Mental Objects (dhammanupassana)
Replies: 28
Views: 6508

Re: Mindfulness Of Mental Objects (dhammanupassana)

Hi Smokey, For an example how to contemplate emptiness, Nibbana etc.? What I mean is how to contemplate certain aspects of the teaching? IMHO, there's no need to overcomplicate 'dhammanupassana'. Essentially, that's contemplation of mental qualities, either skillful (kusala) or unskillful (akusala),...
by Dmytro
Mon Nov 16, 2009 6:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness Of Mental Objects (dhammanupassana)
Replies: 28
Views: 6508

Re: Mindfulness Of Mental Objects (dhammanupassana)

Hi Smokey, I have a question. How to practice Mindfulness of Mental Objects (Dhammanupassana)? Since mental qualities (dhamma) are instantly manifested in the qualities of inbreath and outbreath, an excellent starting point is noticing the attitude to inbreath and outbreath. See the instructions in ...
by Dmytro
Mon Nov 16, 2009 5:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Focusing the Breath
Replies: 11
Views: 1995

Re: Focusing the Breath

Hi Sattva, This is a question, especially for those who have practiced breath meditaion focusing on the nostrils and on the belly both. In Zen, it is considered best to focus on the belly (tanden, hara) because it helps to create joriki (energy) and groundedness in practice. From a Theravada perspec...
by Dmytro
Sun Nov 15, 2009 6:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: the long breath
Replies: 21
Views: 3950

Re: the long breath

Hi Freawaru, glad to find the "gang" here :group: Nice to see you again :anjali: IMHO you are on the right track. If you manage to be aware simultaneously of the physical body, whole length of air contact in the nostrils area, and the air nimitta, then jhana is on the way. Thank you :juggling: The m...
by Dmytro
Sun Nov 15, 2009 1:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: the long breath
Replies: 21
Views: 3950

Re: the long breath

Hello again Freawaru, : ) It is odd but when one's breath is prolonged to about a minute both "bodies" are easy to be aware of. IMHO you are on the right track. If you manage to be aware simultaneously of the physical body, whole length of air contact in the nostrils area, and the air nimitta, then ...
by Dmytro
Fri Nov 13, 2009 6:34 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from Russia
Replies: 9
Views: 1064

Re: Greetings from Russia

Hi Onmitt, Welcome! I'm glad I found this place... with like minded people to talk to, because where I live Theravada is nonexistent :alien: You may also find like-minded people at http://dhamma.ru/forum/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; , if you have not been there already. Metta, Dmy...