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by Assaji
Sat Nov 21, 2009 9:50 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Terms - How To Explore
Replies: 4
Views: 2916

Re: Pali Terms - How To Explore

Thank you, Sanghamitta :anjali: And the third installment is the work of Alan McClure, recovered from his page at E-Sangha. Compound Algorithm: It can sometimes be difficult to know which type of compound we are dealing with. Here is an algorithm that can help you to figure out the compound type. Wh...
by Assaji
Sat Nov 21, 2009 2:46 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Terms - How To Explore
Replies: 4
Views: 2916

Re: Pali Terms - How To Explore

Thank you, Ben!) The next installment: Sanskrit dictionaries can be of great help in clarifying the meaning of Pali terms, since these two languages are quite similar. If the correspondences are not given in the dictionary, one can use the following table to find them: http://dhamma.ru/paali/palisan...
by Assaji
Sat Nov 21, 2009 7:27 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Terms - How To Explore
Replies: 4
Views: 2916

Pali Terms - How To Explore

(a quick guide to simple methods of exploring the meaning of Pali terms, recovered from E-Sangha forum) Hello Pali friends, Articles or books which describe the Pali term give only partial coverage, coloured by the viewpoint of the author. The natural solution is to analyze the primary Pali texts th...
by Assaji
Fri Nov 20, 2009 9:02 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Mahamudra in Theravada?
Replies: 29
Views: 4226

Re: Mahamudra in Theravada?

Hi Tony, ...is there a similarity between Mahamudra and contemplation of Mind in Theravada? The term 'Mahamudra' encompasses a wide range of practices. First, there are widely different: - Sutra Mahamudra; - Mantra Mahamudra; - Essence Mahamudra. Second, various Mahamudra teachers expound it in quit...
by Assaji
Fri Nov 20, 2009 11:51 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Term: Nimitta
Replies: 79
Views: 18158

Re: Pali Term: Nimitta

Hi Sanghamitta, So I think I am grasping what Thannisaro Bhikku is saying..does that imply that we will by various means have our own " themes" to which we are likely to return ? I'll quote him (though I don't subscribe to his point of view): "Thus we can say that the Dhamma — in terms of doctrine, ...
by Assaji
Fri Nov 20, 2009 6:04 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Term: Nimitta
Replies: 79
Views: 18158

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 Assaji
Fri Nov 20, 2009 5:53 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Term: Nimitta
Replies: 79
Views: 18158

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 Assaji
Thu Nov 19, 2009 6:41 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Term: Nimitta
Replies: 79
Views: 18158

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 Assaji
Thu Nov 19, 2009 4:51 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Term: Nimitta
Replies: 79
Views: 18158

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 Assaji
Wed Nov 18, 2009 8:27 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Term: Nimitta
Replies: 79
Views: 18158

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 Assaji
Wed Nov 18, 2009 8:05 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Terms Resque Range
Replies: 4
Views: 1707

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 Assaji
Wed Nov 18, 2009 3:55 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Terms Resque Range
Replies: 4
Views: 1707

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 Assaji
Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: the long breath
Replies: 21
Views: 4073

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 Assaji
Tue Nov 17, 2009 7:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 4NT little known in the East?
Replies: 22
Views: 2323

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 Assaji
Mon Nov 16, 2009 6:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness Of Mental Objects (dhammanupassana)
Replies: 28
Views: 6668

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),...