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by samseva
Sat Oct 10, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Piya Tan's Teaching above Teacher
Replies: 37
Views: 1607

Re: Piya Tan's Teaching above Teacher

Ending of suffering
Nibbāna
Ignorance (avijjā)/false views uprooted
Truth
"Seeing reality as it is"
Wisdom/paññā
(Sīla, sati/samādhi)
by samseva
Sat Oct 10, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Piya Tan's Teaching above Teacher
Replies: 37
Views: 1607

Re: Piya Tan's Teaching above Teacher

I'm speaking in general—that's why I put the words in double-quotes... It's not written in the Suttas "reality is a refuge," but as Buddhists, truth and "seeing reality as it is" (which is in the Suttas), is what is important. It's the means to which ending suffering is possible. The erradiction of ...
by samseva
Sat Oct 10, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Levitation during meditation
Replies: 41
Views: 13669

Re: Levitation during meditation

In the Kevaddha Sutta, the Buddha does use a psychic power, but the sutta itself isn't about psychic powers at all. Whatever meanings regarding psychic powers you attach to it are your own.
by samseva
Sat Oct 10, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Piya Tan's Teaching above Teacher
Replies: 37
Views: 1607

Re: Piya Tan's Teaching above Teacher

I already outlined and clarified what I meant by "equals." The Sangha is not a part of the Eighfold Path ( your quote says "Sangha, Buddha, Dhamma," BTW ). I'm not saying it's not important—or that it's not important as a whole for Buddhism—just that what is important is first and foremost the Dhamm...
by samseva
Sat Oct 10, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Piya Tan's Teaching above Teacher
Replies: 37
Views: 1607

Re: Piya Tan's Teaching above Teacher

If not distorted, then good :thumbsup: According to following both definitions, Sangha is way up above me, let alone being equal or less advanced: [...] The Sangha should be seen as our "equals," in that it's not a requirement for the path—it is a refuge (so it can't be "above you," your path, etc....
by samseva
Sat Oct 10, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Levitation during meditation
Replies: 41
Views: 13669

Re: Levitation during meditation

And what is the demonstration of psychic power? It’s a mendicant who wields the many kinds of psychic power:
[...]

Seeing this drawback in psychic power, I’m horrified, repelled, and disgusted by demonstrations of psychic power.
DN 11
by samseva
Sat Oct 10, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Piya Tan's Teaching above Teacher
Replies: 37
Views: 1607

Re: Piya Tan's Teaching above Teacher

I don't see why it has to be a choice between the two extremes of "guru worship" vs. "just read the texts". I think it's that a lot of followers, especially in more secular circles, almost entirely base their practice on a teacher. When the teacher dies, their practice takes a hit, and usually also...
by samseva
Sat Oct 10, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Piya Tan's Teaching above Teacher
Replies: 37
Views: 1607

Re: Piya Tan's Teaching above Teacher

It seems Piya Tan [knowingly or unknowingly] distorted image of the Teachers, presenting from a filtered perspective, so as to exclude Sangha as one refuge, of the triple gems (even tho Sangha may be defined differently). Here, above, David said: "Dhamma is the best refuge." I see no problem in tha...
by samseva
Sat Oct 10, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Balance
Replies: 7
Views: 638

Re: Balance

Can anyone suggest anything? In particular, is there a Pali term for "balance"? I personally find it's a balance having to do with energy. During my meditation, not being attentive, or not putting forth enough energy will bring about sloth (middha)—too much will bring about excessive thoughts and r...
by samseva
Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Levitation during meditation
Replies: 41
Views: 13669

Re: Levitation during meditation

https://i.imgur.com/fXQRvfF.jpg ...author's and photographer's assurances of "total absence of any tricking"... What this guy keep his hand is the steel post supporting him. Or else, In general, the guy is so physically light from the trance, that he can keep himself in the air with just a little h...
by samseva
Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: all buddhist sects the same?
Replies: 79
Views: 5194

Re: all buddhist sects the same?

Okay. Let's end this argument. If you are afraid of psychic powers that is okay, but they generally are a large part of Buddhist practice for most people who drove deeply into Buddhism. Let's return to the subject matter at hand, or you can post in another thread. Psychic powers are not an importan...
by samseva
Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: all buddhist sects the same?
Replies: 79
Views: 5194

Re: all buddhist sects the same?

Mahabrahma wrote: Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:50 am Don't be mean. And anyway anyone can be clairvoyant, even a voice-hearer, it is a gift freely given by the Buddha.
Still making stuff up, and again about psychic powers...
by samseva
Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: all buddhist sects the same?
Replies: 79
Views: 5194

Re: all buddhist sects the same?

You're just making stuff up. You'll come to the same conclusions too. Time is like a River as mentioned by some, or, like infinite Space. Again, making stuff up... (BTW, if you're going to make false claims of clairvoyance, please talk about other things other than members, such as with myself as y...
by samseva
Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: all buddhist sects the same?
Replies: 79
Views: 5194

Re: all buddhist sects the same?

Mahabrahma wrote: Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:36 am so I can write a Sutra spoken trillions of kalpas in the future or past even now, if needed for Buddhism.
You're just making stuff up...
by samseva
Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: all buddhist sects the same?
Replies: 79
Views: 5194

Re: all buddhist sects the same?

Mahabrahma wrote: Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:33 am Anyway the future exists even now, and so does the past, yet both are constantly changing, hence the Teaching of impermanence.
No, that's complete non-sense and false. There is no physical and existing past, and no existing and pre-determined future.