LuisR wrote: ↑
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:23 am
thomaslaw wrote: ↑
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:26 am
LuisR wrote: ↑
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:07 pm
The sutta held in the highest esteem is not authentic. I don't think I can seriously practice anymore.
Good idea indeed.
But for those who really want to practice Satipatthana or Mindfulness according to Early Buddhism, you may read and study the following suttas:
SN 47 Satipatthana Samyutta and SN 54 Anapana Samyutta; e.g. SN 47.2 and SN 54.1 (Cf. pp. 215-8, 225-7 in the Fundamental Teachings of Early Buddhism
by Choong Mun-keat).
Yeah, For those that really want to study the Satipatthana sudy these other suttas. Forget the hours, days, weeks you spent meditating on following the Satipatthana sutta. Forget the time and money you spent on studying satipatthana and listening to dhamma talks and the dhana you gave. For those that took time off work and spent time away from families to go practice. Go focus on these other ones now.
I went on Mahasi Retreats, and even though it's based on Satipatthana it's not a waste because I learned how addicted I am to things and how dependent I am to things and how much I depend on people.
The thing is, is that I went on these retreats after I already attained the jhanas several times. Jhana was always my priority from day 1 in 2009 from reading my first meditation book: Mindfulness in Plain English by Henepola Gunaratana. So I naturally entered jhana on these Mahasi retreats as well.
Choose your teachers wisely, the Buddha always warns you that, he himself left many teachers, he himself rejected rituals, he himself entered jhanas, yet many teachers and movements today light candles, build statues, have flower ceremonies, other rituals and reject the jhanas.