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by frank k
Thu Jul 18, 2024 2:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ven. Sujato revised his understanding of vitakka and jhāna in his new MN footnotes?
Replies: 3
Views: 137

Re: Ven. Sujato revised his understanding of vitakka and jhāna in his new MN footnotes?

... Translating the terms as merely thought and contemplation doesn’t say enough about methodology. Translating them as placing the mind and keeping it there says TOO MUCH about methodology. Thanissaro seems to find a happy medium with his “applied and sustained thought”. What camp are you in, Fran...
by frank k
Wed Jul 17, 2024 4:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ven. Sujato revised his understanding of vitakka and jhāna in his new MN footnotes?
Replies: 3
Views: 137

Ven. Sujato revised his understanding of vitakka and jhāna in his new MN footnotes?

https://notesonthedhamma.blogspot.com/2024/07/ven-sujatos-revised-understanding-of.html excerpt: He acknowledges that vitakka of first jhāna (in MN 125 explicitly equated with satipatthana), can be verbal thoughts connected to the body (or any of the 4 frames of satiapatthana), yet where he translat...
by frank k
Wed Jul 17, 2024 4:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Apologies
Replies: 63
Views: 1240

Re: Apologies

What exactly is the lie and the breach of sila in this situation? (in terms of the spirit of the Dhamma and sila). People living under communist or authoritarian governments for example, have good reasons to be anonymous, use pseudonyms, and even take multiple accounts even if violates the technical...
by frank k
Tue Jul 16, 2024 11:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: speaking of non profit orgs, which Buddhist ones good to bequeath or include in will?
Replies: 11
Views: 217

Re: speaking of non profit orgs, which Buddhist ones good to bequeath or include in will?

It is a good cause to donate to, but nowadays money is not the main issue. Probably, if you could author a book and have it printed off and distributed to monasteries of your choice post mortem. Money is an important issue in my OP, because gov't takes all you assets at your death. If I form an NPO...
by frank k
Mon Jul 15, 2024 11:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: speaking of non profit orgs, which Buddhist ones good to bequeath or include in will?
Replies: 11
Views: 217

Re: speaking of non profit orgs, which Buddhist ones good to bequeath or include in will?

emptyset wrote: Sun Jul 14, 2024 3:46 pm https://samatha.org/

Worth considering as the jhanas are taught from the start as being critical to our practice.

:anjali:
Thanks for the suggestion, I'll take a look at it.
by frank k
Sun Jul 14, 2024 2:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: speaking of non profit orgs, which Buddhist ones good to bequeath or include in will?
Replies: 11
Views: 217

speaking of non profit orgs, which Buddhist ones good to bequeath or include in will?

For the last 4 years I've been thinking of starting an NPO myself dedicated to preservation of authentic early buddhist jhana teachings. In the USA, if you die unexpectedly, and you don't have a will, your wife and/or kids I believe will be entitled to your assets, but if you don't have dependents, ...
by frank k
Wed Jul 03, 2024 8:37 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Where is sammā samādhi defined?
Replies: 11
Views: 327

Re: Where is sammā samādhi defined?

I have a friend who says that “the Buddha didn’t say “right jhāna”, “he said “right samādhi”,” but I have also heard it said that this is defined plainly as the four jhānas. I tried to ask ChatGPT and it keeps posting a text I can’t find the reference for. It says it’s in the mahā cattārīsaka sutta...
by frank k
Sun Jun 23, 2024 9:37 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Secular saint Allan Saxe (1939-2024)
Replies: 11
Views: 432

Re: Secular saint Allan Saxe (1939-2024)

Allan Saxe, co-chair of my doctoral committee during my university studies passed away yesterday. He was born Jewish, but didn't follow that religion or any other. He was a saint. He worked for 54 years as a college professor and over the course of his life donated at least $1 million to various ch...
by frank k
Fri Jun 14, 2024 9:05 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Which sutta says arahant dreams
Replies: 8
Views: 258

Re: Which sutta says arahant dreams

frank k wrote: Thu Jun 13, 2024 12:27 pm in AN there's a sutta where the Buddha had a symbolic dream, and he gave an interpretation of the dream after waking up.
AN 5.196
https://accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an ... .than.html
I was wrong though, buddha was unenlightened at the time.
by frank k
Thu Jun 13, 2024 12:27 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Which sutta says arahant dreams
Replies: 8
Views: 258

Re: Which sutta says arahant dreams

in AN there's a sutta where the Buddha had a symbolic dream, and he gave an interpretation of the dream after waking up.
by frank k
Thu Jun 13, 2024 12:15 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Mindfulness of body and jhanas
Replies: 24
Views: 755

Re: Mindfulness of body and jhanas

People get lots of strange ideas about vitakka because they lack real meditation experience. For example, someone in a formless samadhi, body awareness has disappeared, can't hear sounds, feel mosquito bites, etc. They can vitakka all they want without exiting the formless samadhi. Guess what? You c...
by frank k
Thu Jun 13, 2024 12:02 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Mindfulness of body and jhanas
Replies: 24
Views: 755

Re: Mindfulness of body and jhanas

Maybe as they get finer they become more like inclinations but by that time you're just getting deeper into first jhana. Why is it so hard for people to accept that as a being with a conscious and thinking mind that they should use this amazing capacity to the full. 🙄 I'll just place attention on a...
by frank k
Wed Jun 12, 2024 10:25 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Mindfulness of body and jhanas
Replies: 24
Views: 755

Re: Mindfulness of body and jhanas

SarathW wrote: Wed Jun 12, 2024 12:40 am ...
Visuddhi Magga is not totally incorrect.
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It doesn't resemble what the suttas teach about jhāna and samādhi at all.
If that isn't "totally incorrect', I don't know what is.
by frank k
Wed Jun 12, 2024 10:22 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Mindfulness of body and jhanas
Replies: 24
Views: 755

Re: Mindfulness of body and jhanas

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