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yesterday in the Vimuttimagga I read
"The walker in hate who has keen faculties, being one endowed with
wisdom, should practise the (meditation of the) special sphere. Thus should
one practise and dispel hatred."
Sadly "special sphere" is neither used a second time in the book nor defined - does anyone know what is meant by it?
pt1 wrote:My apologies if this is a bit off topic - but is Vimuttimagga actually a part of Mahavihara tradition? From memory, when reading the intro to Visuddhimagga, I think it was said that Vimuttimagga originated in Abhayagiri monastry which was directly opposed to the Mahavihara monastery, and in fact Abhayagiri was the seat of some other Buddhist sect, so the two were sort of in the state of war (depending on which particular monastery a particualr king decided to support). Anyway, then in the Visuddhimagga itself, I could swear there was at least one instance where the view stated in Vimuttimagga is actually rejected... I checked the CSCD edition of the pali canon, but couldn't find Vimutimagga there so far either.
rowyourboat wrote:I would have thought the 'four immeasurables' refer to the four brahmavihara - as they are developed 'immeasurably'. I read one sutta where the buddha says that their culmination is in the formless realm jhana states.
thereductor wrote:If the 'special sphere' is referring to the the formless attainments,
Akuma wrote:thereductor wrote:If the 'special sphere' is referring to the the formless attainments,
Why then is it called "sphere" and not "spheres"?
I was hoping someone actually practiced this or knew from oral transmission or from other books what it was - if I should reflect upon it myself it would go something like that...
This is just as mysterious to me tho. Do they mean the heavens where aryas are reborn?
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