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by tiltbillings
Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sunlun Sayadaw method
Replies: 110
Views: 2814

Re: Sunlun Sayadaw method

aflatun wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:36 am
tiltbillings wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:30 am
Good to see you back here sir tilt, hope you'll stick around :hello:
Thanks.
by tiltbillings
Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sunlun Sayadaw method
Replies: 110
Views: 2814

Re: Sunlun Sayadaw method

I really don't understand this attacking of other people's anapanasati strategies. The purpose of it is to make the mind calm, clear, collected, and ripe for insight. If someone's breathing strategy is moving them in that direction (and only they could know), we should be happy for them, not pounci...
by tiltbillings
Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sunlun Sayadaw method
Replies: 110
Views: 2814

Re: Sunlun Sayadaw method

Greetings, There are standard preliminary exercises in Theravada (e.g. recollection of the Buddha). Never once have I heard of a preliminary exercise, the undertaking of which, is directly opposed to the instructions and objectives which follow it. Neither have I, and the concentrated breathing wor...
by tiltbillings
Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sunlun Sayadaw method
Replies: 110
Views: 2814

Re: Sunlun Sayadaw method

Similarly, in the suttas there is frequent mention of the act of tranquilizing the bodily formation... He trains thus: 'Tranquilizing the bodily formation, I will breathe in'; He trains thus: 'Tranquilizing the bodily formation, I will breathe out';..." Not once have I seen an instruction in the su...
by tiltbillings
Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sunlun Sayadaw method
Replies: 110
Views: 2814

Re: Sunlun Sayadaw method

Indeed... especially when you've provided substantiation for your position from Theravadin texts. That alone takes it beyond mere opinion in the view of the classical Theravada tradition, which prioritises sources in this manner: ... I guess I missed that. No, you did not. It was not there to be mi...
by tiltbillings
Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sunlun Sayadaw method
Replies: 110
Views: 2814

Re: Sunlun Sayadaw method

Zom wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:18 pm
Your criticism is grounded in opinion, but certainly not experience.
Quite bold statement, don't you think?
Possibly, but certainly less so than your dismissal of this practice.
by tiltbillings
Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sunlun Sayadaw method
Replies: 110
Views: 2814

Re: Sunlun Sayadaw method

But no such stipulation is found in the Suttas or the Visuddhimagga or in any other Theravadin source. The status of the claim in the Theravada is not that of a "traditional understanding" but merely that of a widely held modern opinion, though not by any means a universally held one. We are speaki...
by tiltbillings
Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sunlun Sayadaw method
Replies: 110
Views: 2814

Re: Sunlun Sayadaw method

Also, there is nothing that says that the concentration cultivated by a Sunlun style of initial strong breathing cannot be used to do the practices outlined MN 118 once the initial strong breathing exercise is stopped and breathing normally is resumed. As the “normal” breathing resumes after a peri...
by tiltbillings
Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sunlun Sayadaw method
Replies: 110
Views: 2814

Re: Sunlun Sayadaw method

I haven't heard this is practised anywhere widely. But again, even if it is - tantric practices, which are pure non-Dhamma, are also "buddhist" in this sense. Well, any kind of active sport is also a cultivation of concentration. But it has nothing to do with anapanasati, which requires calming the...
by tiltbillings
Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sunlun Sayadaw method
Replies: 110
Views: 2814

Re: Sunlun Sayadaw method

I am not sure why you seem to think it goes quite far from Buddhism. If it is a practice which helps arouse sati and viriya, why would it be so? It simply goes against canonical texts, including, of course, the major one - anapanasati sutta, which speaks about calming the breath (and calming other ...
by tiltbillings
Fri Oct 07, 2016 2:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The name of the Buddha
Replies: 9
Views: 769

Re: The name of the Buddha

Coëmgenu wrote:Buddha is often referred to as things like "the ascetic Gotama" and various epithets (Bhagavan, etc), but does the name "Siddhartha Gautama", or a Pali equivalent thereof, appear anywhere in the Pali literature?
It is a later, post mortem hagiographical thing. It is not in the suttas.
by tiltbillings
Thu Oct 06, 2016 7:06 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2016, part 3
Replies: 1891
Views: 77282

Re: POTUS 2016, part 3

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by tiltbillings
Thu Oct 06, 2016 5:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Paṭicca-samuppāda a Theory of Everything?
Replies: 25
Views: 1122

Re: Is Paṭicca-samuppāda a Theory of Everything?

"the nature of phenomena" If by that you mean dhammas/dharmas, then question becomes what do mean by dhammas/dharmas. Dhammas/dharmas I suspect is a term used to refer to one experience, particularly unstood in terms of a meditative mind. If the senses and their objects are 'the All' ( SN 35.23 ), ...
by tiltbillings
Thu Oct 06, 2016 4:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Paṭicca-samuppāda a Theory of Everything?
Replies: 25
Views: 1122

Re: Is Paṭicca-samuppāda a Theory of Everything?

What do you guys think? Is Paṭicca-samuppāda a Theory of Everything? Or, an even broader question, is the Dhamma supposed to explain "everything" as some seem to hold or is it more a limited epistemological theory which remains about the field of one's experience. I suspect that this was in relatio...
by tiltbillings
Thu Oct 06, 2016 4:35 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Interpenetrationality
Replies: 89
Views: 7006

Re: Interpenetrationality

Thanks. Now I need to go find some aspirin.
by tiltbillings
Thu Oct 06, 2016 12:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Paṭicca-samuppāda a Theory of Everything?
Replies: 25
Views: 1122

Re: Is Paṭicca-samuppāda a Theory of Everything?

154. O house-builder, you are seen! You will not build this house again. For your rafters are broken and your ridgepole shattered. My mind has reached the Unconditioned; I have attained the destruction of craving. [13] http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/dhp/dhp.11.budd.html 13. (vv. 153-154...
by tiltbillings
Wed Oct 05, 2016 11:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Paṭicca-samuppāda a Theory of Everything?
Replies: 25
Views: 1122

Re: Is Paṭicca-samuppāda a Theory of Everything?

SarathW wrote:

He was only interested about the house builder.
And who/what is the "house-builder?
by tiltbillings
Wed Oct 05, 2016 11:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are there any other schools of Buddhism, besides Theravada, that are not non-dual?
Replies: 29
Views: 1704

Re: Are there any other schools of Buddhism, besides Theravada, that are not non-dual?

I guess the appeal of an all embracing ontological worldview has always been strong, as we can see in the Upanishads. It is a warm fuzzy point of view: It is all One, we are all One, and all sorts of warm fuzzy platitude that can follow from that. Also: "You are a dualist, always in opposition, nev...
by tiltbillings
Wed Oct 05, 2016 10:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thought substitution vs. Observing feeling
Replies: 208
Views: 10793

Re: Thought substitution vs. Observing feeling

ToVincent wrote: ...based on hard facts.
Facts as you, in your opinion, understand them. In this you are no different than anyone else, in my opinion, which is a fact as I understand it.
by tiltbillings
Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thought substitution vs. Observing feeling
Replies: 208
Views: 10793

Re: Thought substitution vs. Observing feeling

ToVincent wrote: ...based on hard facts.
Facts as you, in your opinion, understand them. In this you are no different than anyone else, in my opinion, which is a fact as I understand it.