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by rowyourboat
Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2230
Views: 99769

Re: Cessation of perception and feeling and Nibbana

Nirodha samapatti is not essential to realise nibbana. The non-returner has removed five of the lower fetters to samsara and therefore is able to access nirodha samapatti (no others apart from arahanths who posses the 8th jhana can enter into it). It is therefore unlikely if not impossible that insi...
by rowyourboat
Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:00 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: No sankhata dhammas existing outside of present awareness
Replies: 54
Views: 5836

Re: No sankhata dhammas existing outside of present awareness

Hi Retro It seems Dhammas here refer to mental objects (as per fourth foundation of mindfulness.) Here is an alternate translation. I think that version makes more sense. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn47/sn47.042.than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; With metta Math...
by rowyourboat
Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:42 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Anatta as the basis for insight - What object? What benefit?
Replies: 72
Views: 9276

Re: Anatta as the basis for insight - What object? What benefit?

I found 'Two traditions of meditation' a rather misinformed acount of Buddhist practice. For example in his first 'contradiction' he assumes arupa jhana as a non-percipient state, when they are percipient of internal phenomena.
by rowyourboat
Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:38 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Attainment of Jhana?
Replies: 16
Views: 2991

Re: Attainment of Jhana?

Hi Ly I agree with your analysis. As our samadhi develops we experience all kinda of strange new phenomena which we can mistake for jhana. Equally I suggest you stay with the breath as with developing samadhi the mind turns inwards towards deeper states of mind and to turn it outwards towards the bo...
by rowyourboat
Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:27 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Term: Nirodha
Replies: 18
Views: 4380

Re: Pali Term: Nirodha

Nir = Non
Udaya = arising

..as opposed to 'udaya-vaya' = arising-ceasing.

Everything arises and passes away (ceases), but non-arising is something special. It is the manifestation of the unconditioned - nibbana.

With metta
by rowyourboat
Tue Apr 10, 2012 7:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Neuroscience and tilakkhana
Replies: 4
Views: 836

Re: Neuroscience and tilakkhana

Hi Ben

It's on YouTube as well. Just search Horizon out of control.

:)

With metta

Matheesha
by rowyourboat
Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Progression of Insight Knowledge
Replies: 9
Views: 1821

Re: The Progression of Insight Knowledge

This is on the same subject

The seven purifications and insight knowledges by Ven Matara Nanarama

http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/bm7insight.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

With metta

Matheesha
by rowyourboat
Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The thought that stops......
Replies: 26
Views: 4306

Re: The thought that stops......

Hi Retro Are there any suttas that talk about the removal of "skillful thoughts connected with non-desire, non-hate, and non-delusion" in any context other than as the removal of vitakka and vicāra during the transition to the second jhana? Well the satipatthana sutta comes to mind. Thinking wholeso...
by rowyourboat
Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: New Meditator seeks guidance
Replies: 7
Views: 1335

Re: New Meditator seeks guidance

The Buddhas definition Samadhi sutta (tranquility and insight) http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an04/an04.094.than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Samatha gives rise to concentration or one pointedness. Vipassana gives rise to insight into impermanence, unsatisfactorine...
by rowyourboat
Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: A call to teachers: Help me with my Samatha meditation?
Replies: 9
Views: 1118

Re: A call to teachers: Help me with my Samatha meditation?

Hi Jerry, Try some walking meditation (20mins) to increase the energy levels before sitting. Drifting into the milky ether is to be avoided. Try to put in some effort and energy into observing the breath as closely and completely as possible. Also practice everyday. Build up to two one hour sessions...
by rowyourboat
Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Stream-enterer.
Replies: 18
Views: 1143

Re: The Stream-enterer.

"Monks, be islands unto yourselves,[1] be your own refuge, having no other; let the Dhamma be an island and a refuge to you, having no other. Those who are islands unto themselves... should investigate to the very heart of things:[2] 'What is the source of sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief and despa...
by rowyourboat
Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Stream-enterer.
Replies: 18
Views: 1143

Re: The Stream-enterer.

A key question is: Where in Dependent Origination is identity-view located? If a self-existant entity existed, its self existant nature would be one reason to say that a Self exists. However if what is considered as self arises and passes away moment by moment and arises only because of a impermane...
by rowyourboat
Thu Mar 22, 2012 1:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6108
Views: 462952

Re: the great rebirth debate

:)

US homicide detective proves his past life

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuayR6P-h_U" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by rowyourboat
Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Yoniso manasikara: the suttas and the practice
Replies: 26
Views: 8780

Re: Suttas on yoniso manasikara?

Hi Starter Here's another one- one of my favourites: SN 22.122 PTS: S iii 167 CDB i 970 Silavant Sutta: Virtuous translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu © 1998–2012 On one occasion Ven. Sariputta & Ven. Maha Kotthita were staying near Varanasi in the Deer Park at Isipatana. Then Ven. Maha Kot...
by rowyourboat
Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Crazy statements in the Sutta Pitaka.
Replies: 44
Views: 3299

Re: Crazy statements in the Sutta Pitaka.

Vipassana removes the first three fetters but suppresses the remaining 7 (tadanga prahana) at stream entry where the path and fruit thought moment experience nibbana (non-arising). This is a process (and outcome of) of insights building up upon each other. This experience (conscious - of nothing at ...
by rowyourboat
Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How to gladden the mind - an important part of meditation
Replies: 15
Views: 4093

Re: How to gladden the mind - an important part of meditation

You could try the half smile while meditating. Or think of a particularly inspiring quality of the Buddha. Or even repeat 'joy, joy' in your mind. Metta also works.
by rowyourboat
Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Crazy statements in the Sutta Pitaka.
Replies: 44
Views: 3299

Re: Crazy statements in the Sutta Pitaka.

Suppression would. But one is the result of a process of insight. The others are results of intoxication and a hindrance (sleepiness). And they are therefore by no means the same.
by rowyourboat
Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Crazy statements in the Sutta Pitaka.
Replies: 44
Views: 3299

Re: Crazy statements in the Sutta Pitaka.

Craving persists at unconscious levels in sleep and anaesthesia. :)
by rowyourboat
Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Crazy statements in the Sutta Pitaka.
Replies: 44
Views: 3299

Re: Crazy statements in the Sutta Pitaka.

Nibbana is where nothing is felt (the cessation of the 'eye')= where craving is fully abandoned/suppressed= where avijja is fully abandoned/suppressed.

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

With metta

Matheesha
by rowyourboat
Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Neuroscience and tilakkhana
Replies: 4
Views: 836

Neuroscience and tilakkhana

Brain science and tilakkhana

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01dlglq" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

With metta

Matheesha