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by nathan
Wed Sep 01, 2010 2:49 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: MN 1 variations in texts
Replies: 13
Views: 2403

Re: MN 1 variations in texts

In the PTS edition of this sutta, it has: Idamavoca bhagavā.4 Na te bhikkhū bhagavato bhāsitaṃ abhinandunti.5 4. Na attamanā te bhikkhū syā. Attamanā te bhikkhū [PTS] 5. Nābhinandunti katthaci --- And the Chatthasangayana digital edition has: Idamavoca bhagavā. Na te bhikkhū [na attamanā tebhikkhū ...
by nathan
Wed Sep 01, 2010 2:15 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: MN 1 variations in texts
Replies: 13
Views: 2403

MN 1 variations in texts

I have been studying and researching the Mulapariyaya Sutta (MN 1) and was recently informed about variations in different versions. Apparently in the PTS version the sutta concludes with the Bhikkhus pleased, as does the German translation by K.E.Neumann. It was also mentioned that the Siamese vers...
by nathan
Sat Jul 31, 2010 8:13 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment
Replies: 1005
Views: 79779

Re: Daniel M. Ingram - Dhamma book written by arahat?

The impression that I have for the reason that there is so much attention and attraction for non-dual and other similar points of view and the related mind states among many of those who have meditated for a long time is that these are artifacts of what Maha Boowa calls here: http://www.what-buddha-...
by nathan
Thu Jul 29, 2010 4:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Pissing in the wind
Replies: 62
Views: 7063

Re: Pissing in the wind

Hi Nathan, "how faithful are the various specifics found in the suttas in comparison to the meditative experience and transformative changes in the real life experience of long time seasoned meditators..."? ...one of the key issues in many discussions. Yes I think it is a key issue and I think it b...
by nathan
Thu Jul 29, 2010 3:44 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Pissing in the wind
Replies: 62
Views: 7063

Re: Pissing in the wind

While what you have said is certainly relevant, since change begins with the individual, I was more referring to how, as you say, a more constructive dialog could be facilitated on the larger scale. I suppose it's not the sort of thing that can be forced to happen. Yes, you're right, it can't be fo...
by nathan
Thu Jul 29, 2010 2:52 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Pissing in the wind
Replies: 62
Views: 7063

Re: Pissing in the wind

I suggest the only healthy course would be a softening of positions on all sides together with a more constructive dialog between all with a sincere interest. Needless to say, I won't hold my breath waiting for that. I'm not expecting it any time soon either, but what I am interested in is how such...
by nathan
Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Pissing in the wind
Replies: 62
Views: 7063

Re: Pissing in the wind

In answer to Ben's question in the OP, I have found discussions with Daniel can be of some benefit for better understanding various practical aspects of the Burmese vipassana techniques while at times his writing style can be a little terse for my tastes. As I understand it, he is aware that he is t...
by nathan
Thu Jul 15, 2010 3:04 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Bhante G vs. Bhante G
Replies: 62
Views: 10265

Bhante G vs. Bhante G

There is a new article by Ven. Gunaratana about Jhana and Vipassana. "Should We Come Out of Jhana to Practice Vipassana?" It seems the Venerable has a new way of looking at jhana, which he now writes is entirely compatible with vipassana. As he seems to be entirely at odds in this article with what ...
by nathan
Sun Jun 13, 2010 11:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Infinite space and all that....
Replies: 12
Views: 1625

Re: Infinite space and all that....

Hi Nathan, With the development of samadhi the mind progressively retreats from the senses (sense sphere) and becomes inwardly focused- as you say turned inwards towards the body. This is continued in the rupa jhana. However with the arising of arupa jhana the concentration turns outwards and is ex...
by nathan
Sat Jun 12, 2010 8:30 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A proof of the inviolability of karma
Replies: 42
Views: 4584

Re: A proof of the inviolability of karma

If karma/kamma were inviolable there could be no escape from it. As there is an escape from it, nibbana, it cannot therefore be considered inviolable.
by nathan
Sat Jun 12, 2010 8:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Infinite space and all that....
Replies: 12
Views: 1625

Re: Infinite space and all that....

There is a main experiential difference between the form and formless jhanas. The one-pointedness of mind in the form jhanas are inward directed. In the formless jhanas it is out ward directed (Hence descriptions such as infinite space, consciousness etc). I assume by inward directed you intend the...
by nathan
Sat Jun 12, 2010 7:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Infinite space and all that....
Replies: 12
Views: 1625

Re: Infinite space and all that....

Has anyone had any practical experience of the bases of infinite space, infinite consciousness, nothingness and perception-nor-non-perception? Is it about taking these as meditation objects, and if so what is involved? Thanks. P Yes. The base for the four formless jhanas is a fully concentrated con...
by nathan
Thu May 27, 2010 6:21 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: thailand political situation
Replies: 275
Views: 18777

Re: thailand political situation

There are some Buddhist monastics with a broad knowledge of social structures in today's world and are able to suggest new interpretations of Buddhist principles to be relevant to such changed conditions. One of them is the Thai monk P.A. Payutto who has written quite a lot on these subjects (e.g. ...
by nathan
Thu May 27, 2010 6:05 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment
Replies: 1005
Views: 79779

Re: Daniel M. Ingram - Dhamma book written by arahat?

I apologize for the coarseness and looseness of my remarks, real or perceived. I can't and won't defend Daniel's views. That he can, will and should do so himself was my only real point. There is no need to demonstrate that his views do not accord with the Pali cannon, traditional interpretations or...
by nathan
Wed May 26, 2010 7:51 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: thailand political situation
Replies: 275
Views: 18777

Re: thailand political situation

Globalization appears to be having the net effect of reducing the vast majority of all citizens of all countries to conditions of increasing deprivation, poverty and powerlessness while elevating the remaining few to positions of previously unachievable wealth and power. The wealthy and powerful in...
by nathan
Wed May 26, 2010 6:13 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Interpretations of the Taints and Fetters
Replies: 18
Views: 2219

Re: Interpretations of the Taints and Fetters

mikenz66 wrote:Hi Nathan,

Do these help?
Mike
Yes thanks guys, I had found very similar references but you saved me from posting them. I'll keep looking for more to add.
by nathan
Wed May 26, 2010 6:07 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment
Replies: 1005
Views: 79779

Re: Daniel M. Ingram - Dhamma book written by arahat?

Five impossibilities, to wit, for an arahant intentionally to take life, or to take what is not given, so as to amount to theft, or to commit sexual offense, or to lie deliberately, or to spend stored-up treasure in worldly enjoyments, as in the days before he left the world. MN - I.523 . . . the a...
by nathan
Wed May 26, 2010 4:51 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Interpretations of the Taints and Fetters
Replies: 18
Views: 2219

Interpretations of the Taints and Fetters

Since it is at the heart of the issue about what is and is not a noble person it seemed useful to start a thread to examine the teachings on these subjects and related issues. I'll try to find some pali definitions, sutta quotations and commentaries old and new on this subject. Anyone with related i...
by nathan
Wed May 26, 2010 4:40 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment
Replies: 1005
Views: 79779

Re: Is Daniel Ingram an Arahant?

looking at his claim in light of the teachings is a useful thing in that it helps clarify such claims. Perhaps you could quote the posts in this thread where Daniel's interpretation of the nature of fetters and taints is compared with the traditional interpretations. I haven't been able to locate i...
by nathan
Wed May 26, 2010 4:24 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment
Replies: 1005
Views: 79779

Re: Is Daniel Ingram an Arahant?

looking at his claim in light of the teachings is a useful thing in that it helps clarify such claims. Perhaps you could quote the posts in this thread where Daniel's interpretation of the nature of fetters and taints is compared with the traditional interpretations. I haven't been able to locate it.