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by Samma
Wed Sep 25, 2013 2:54 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How do you view sanjaya belatthiputta agnosticism?
Replies: 17
Views: 1128

Re: How do you view sanjaya belatthiputta agnosticism?

Considering someone on this forum accused me an eel wriggler and obfuscation, I'd stress that specifically it is about "brahmins who are endless equivocators. When questioned about this or that point, on four grounds they resort to evasive statements and to endless equivocation" (DN1) The four groun...
by Samma
Wed Sep 25, 2013 2:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Bare Attention Concerns
Replies: 21
Views: 2216

Re: Bare Attention Concerns

Absolutely! Thats it! Is this something Thanissaro speaks about more in this book? There is the talk: http://www.dhammatalks.org/Archive/y2010/101119%20Delusion%20Concentration.mp3 And this article http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/jhananumbers.html And occasionally elsewhere su...
by Samma
Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Bare Attention Concerns
Replies: 21
Views: 2216

Re: Bare Attention Concerns

Does this seem familar? Thanissaro, each and every breath: "Delusion concentrationwe have already discussed in Part Two. It comes about when the breath gets so comfortable that your focus drifts from the breath to the sense of comfort itself, your mindfulness begins to blur, and your sense of the bo...
by Samma
Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:57 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Commitment to a narrative of liberation - Lotus Sutra, etc
Replies: 6
Views: 1861

Re: Commitment to a narrative of liberation - Lotus Sutra, e

Yea well who here takes this seriously... The point being that narrative can matter a lot? Thubten was caught in a classic Mahayana predicament. As a devoted Buddhist, he accepted the verdict of his tradition that all Mahayana scriptures were the word of the person we call the historical Buddha, Sha...
by Samma
Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Of interest
Replies: 10
Views: 1424

Re: Of interest

Thanks for sharing The lession on pain was not to call it quits too soon, which is good. But his writing on effortless effort is not clear. Autopilot? He mentions it as "no effort or stress at all", but the next paragrah says there appeared sense of stuggle when sitting, so called it quits. I don't ...
by Samma
Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:31 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana Dhamma Talks
Replies: 28
Views: 19319

Re: Jhana Dhamma Talks

Basic intro from Henepola Gunaratana
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http://archive.thebuddhadharma.com/issu ... ration.php
by Samma
Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Biomechanics of Cross-legged sitting
Replies: 10
Views: 2672

Re: Biomechanics of Cross-legged sitting

After doing some stretching with butterfly aka Happy Posture my take is putting back up against a wall feet close to groin my knees are a around 3 inches off the ground resting. I'll try to do this a couple times a day and report my results. For example, maybe this will allow me to do longer sits in...
by Samma
Sun Sep 22, 2013 5:38 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Louis CK and sadness
Replies: 10
Views: 2151

Re: Louis CK and sadness

LCK: "life is tremendously sad, just by being in it"

Pascal: “Distraction is the only thing that consoles us for miseries and yet it is itself the greatest of our miseries.”
by Samma
Sun Sep 22, 2013 5:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How do you take "materialism"?
Replies: 13
Views: 1473

Re: How do you take "materialism"?

This is tied in with rebirth since the two wrong views were eternalism and annihilationism (alongside materialism). Kesakambali was associated with Lokayata: http://www.iep.utm.edu/indmat/#SH1b 1. How does rebirth work with materialism? So it is wrong view because they deny rebirth. Admittedly rebir...
by Samma
Sun Sep 22, 2013 4:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Biomechanics of Cross-legged sitting
Replies: 10
Views: 2672

Re: Biomechanics of Cross-legged sitting

The yoga or physical therapy community would be the best bet for things like this and understanding the mechanics.

Maybe something like this would help to get a look at the bones and muscles while sitting.
http://www.functionalanatomy.net/yoga_a ... cribe.aspx
by Samma
Fri Sep 20, 2013 2:52 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: theravada, the way of renunciation?
Replies: 8
Views: 1637

Re: theravada, the way of renunciation?

Hey Buddhasoup whats with that guy haranguing you at tricycle :jumping: Hi jungblood yea Western Buddhist probebly tends to downplay renunciation...its just not what people want to hear huh. They want their cake and to be able to eat it too, or however that saying goes. Or are simply too stuck in so...
by Samma
Fri Sep 20, 2013 2:34 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Improving Buddhism/The Imperfect Buddha
Replies: 144
Views: 19526

Re: Improving Buddhism/The Imperfect Buddha

I don't know, what constitutes a failure, all the various well known theories tend to address and make good points right? A key aspect of Western ethical systems is that moral prescriptions should be universally applicable to all people who can understand them. Buddhism, though, is generally gradual...
by Samma
Fri Sep 20, 2013 12:06 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Improving Buddhism/The Imperfect Buddha
Replies: 144
Views: 19526

Re: Improving Buddhism/The Imperfect Buddha

Would you be violent, and possibly kill, a gang that was gang raping a woman if you had access to a gun. Or would you be mindful and remain in equanimity and let it continue to its conclusion? Certainly equanimity is not best in every circumstance. Maybe the best course there is something like fire...
by Samma
Thu Sep 19, 2013 11:27 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 56.102-113: Pansu Suttas — Dust
Replies: 7
Views: 2103

Re: SN 56.102-113: Pansu Suttas — Dust

The Buddha using a cosmic perspective to get people to put things in perspective and practice. Though I wonder how useful this is now-a-days when it strikes so many as literally a false or at best unverifiable. Thanissaro wings to awakening: Having used the phenomenological mode to solve the problem...