Moderator: Mahavihara moderator
clw_uk wrote:Luminous mind - I have come accross this term many times but never really figured out what is meant by it. Is it a mind without defilements or something else?
Individual wrote:clw_uk wrote:Is this simila to mahayana buddha nature?
It would not be appropriate to make such comparisons in a forum for "Classical Theravada". I think it would be better to ask Mahayana Buddhists that question elsewhere.
Lazy_eye wrote:I would be interested in hearing more about this. Could the moderator perhaps move this question to the appropriate forum?
Lazy_eye wrote:And if I may ask the obvious beginner's question, how is "luminous mind" differentiated from "atman" -- in other words, how is it not a case of sneaking an atman in through the back door? Is it that luminous mind is universal and non-differentiated, whereas atman always implies the idea of a self?
Sabbe dhamma anatta
robertk wrote:Rui Sousa wrote:
I recommend this text from Venerable Thanissaro: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/notself.html
pt1 wrote:Hi, I came across an explanation for light in meditation by Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw in his Knowing and seeing. For some reason I can't copy and paste the relevant section here - it's on page 194, question 4.10: "Could the Sayadaw please explain the light experienced in meditation scientifically?"
The gist of the explanation, which is very much in line with abhidhamma I think, is that cittas produce rupa kalapas (each rupa kalapa consists of at least 8 rupas taht arise together, of which color is one and temperature is another). The stronger the samatha and vipassana cittas, the brighter is the color rupa. Further, the temperature rupa in the citta-produced kalapa also produces further kalapas, which likewise include a color rupa. Since there are many of these two kinds of rupa kalapas produced continually by cittas, there comes the appearance of brightness and luminosity during strong samatha and vipassana. I hope I summarised this properly.