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by Crazy cloud
Wed Dec 23, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Direct Knowledge
Replies: 34
Views: 3048

Re: Direct Knowledge

form wrote: Wed Dec 23, 2020 1:05 pm What is the definition of direct knowledge?
Insights that alter your view of reality.
by Crazy cloud
Sat Dec 19, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Psychic Powers
Replies: 88
Views: 8740

Re: Psychic Powers

Yes, from direct experience, and some anecdotes from recent and ancient mystics.
by Crazy cloud
Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What are your strategies to work with abandonment of craving? (Right effort)
Replies: 17
Views: 2663

Re: What are your strategies to work with abandonment of craving? (Right effort)

[quote=rhinoceroshorn post_id=595367 Asubha may work for some, but it seems, at least for me, ignoring craving is the best remedy. :anjali: [/quote] There's nothing wrong with desire, it's clinging to desire that makes it a problem. So trying to ignore that which is a natural part of being a human i...
by Crazy cloud
Thu Nov 26, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Ajahn Chah teach eternal citta or otherwise eternalism?
Replies: 68
Views: 5133

Re: Did Ajahn Chah teach eternal citta or otherwise eternalism?

it's also worth pointing out that several of Ajahn Chah's students have made the point that his emphasis on the practice of watching one's own mind rather than reading lots of suttas was something that he seemed to have tailored to fit the needs of young Western intellectual types who had done more...
by Crazy cloud
Thu Nov 26, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Ajahn Chah teach eternal citta or otherwise eternalism?
Replies: 68
Views: 5133

Re: Did Ajahn Chah teach eternal citta or otherwise eternalism?

Based on direct knowledge of how a local TFT-monastery is functioning, I would say you are wrong. Personally, I've come to understand that Ajahn Chah was inclined to advise his disciples to practice meditation first, and later investigate suttas. ... That's certainly the impression I have. In some ...
by Crazy cloud
Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Ajahn Chah teach eternal citta or otherwise eternalism?
Replies: 68
Views: 5133

Re: Did Ajahn Chah teach eternal citta or otherwise eternalism?

If one would want to ordain in TFT today, they will most likely require one to read several books by a disciple-teacher and not require any actual Sutta study, i would assume this is norm in TFT. Based on direct knowledge of how a local TFT-monastery is functioning, I would say you are wrong. Perso...
by Crazy cloud
Sun Nov 22, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Breathing in and out has usage
Replies: 54
Views: 12795

Re: Breathing in and out has usage

I wish you fast progress, but more so i hope you gear up, put on the best gear to be able to dwell deeper. Thanks for your kind words, and best regards to you and your fruitful practice. I don't know where I am other than I've seen the dhamma, and know that for the rest of my life there will only b...
by Crazy cloud
Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Breathing in and out has usage
Replies: 54
Views: 12795

Re: Breathing in and out has usage

Why or how or how come did you started doing this practice? I follow the pattern set up by the initial healing moment and think this is a natural part of a process. What is the reason of doing this practice and not something else? The overall reason is to end dukkha, and what I'm doing right now is...
by Crazy cloud
Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Breathing in and out has usage
Replies: 54
Views: 12795

Re: Breathing in and out has usage

I visualize colored chakra's spinning and releasing excess smoke that swirls up or down in the chain of chakra's, or directs the smoke to a specific chakra by seeing it swallowing smoke. I usually don't think about the breath, just picture these chakra's spinning is enough. Why or how or how come d...
by Crazy cloud
Fri Nov 20, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Breathing in and out has usage
Replies: 54
Views: 12795

Re: Breathing in and out has usage

I don't experience this as craving arises and then one becomes aware of the fullness of the lower abdomen. It's the other way around, sensations in the sacral part of the body, and then the mind identifies this as sexual energy. If one releases this energy by sexual activity that's all right, but n...
by Crazy cloud
Thu Nov 19, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Breathing in and out has usage
Replies: 54
Views: 12795

Re:

I think the 'agent being weak and young' = anxiety and fear etc. I believe you're right about this. Yes. The key is in the continuity of practice. Venerable Webu Sayadaw uses a simile of someone making fire by rubbing two sticks together. When tiring there is a rest. And then some more rubbing. The...
by Crazy cloud
Thu Nov 19, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Breathing in and out has usage
Replies: 54
Views: 12795

Re:

In a way, yes, though patiently maintaining mindfulness of 'that which is', at the moment, moment to moment, noting when such and such, whatever, arises, and passes, without expecting anything particular, nor trying to make anything particular, arise, or pass, could, in the mundane vernacular, be c...
by Crazy cloud
Thu Nov 19, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Breathing in and out has usage
Replies: 54
Views: 12795

Re: Breathing in and out has usage

If you talk about accessing and control the fire element, I guess it's right. But the force is much more than heat, and more interesting in my opinion. But for training, heat can be a skillful means maybe. I mean lower abdomen will get full by being regular human being, cravings indicates fulness o...
by Crazy cloud
Wed Nov 18, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Breathing in and out has usage
Replies: 54
Views: 12795

Re: Breathing in and out has usage

And dare i say there is a stage where you handle it by knowing the causes for it to arise and then make it happen - where i think the yoga comes in. Yes, this is what I experience by trying out different types of yoga and breathing techniques now. It's a nice flow of energy, and one can raise or lo...