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by Assaji
Thu Nov 26, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How long to attain first jhana?
Replies: 98
Views: 1056

Re: How long to attain first jhana?

As MN 128 shows, perceptions of diversity are a hindrance to Jhana. Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi wrote in his footnote to these "perceptions of diversity": 1192 MA paraphrases: "While I was attending to a single type of form, longing arose. Thinking 'I will attend to different kinds of forms,' sometimes I di...
by Assaji
Wed Nov 25, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How long to attain first jhana?
Replies: 98
Views: 1056

Re: How long to attain first jhana?

Quite withdrawn from sensual pleasures, withdrawn from unskillful mental qualities, the monk enters & remains in the first jhana: rapture & pleasure born from withdrawal, accompanied by directed thought & evaluation. His earlier perception of sensuality ceases , and on that occasion there is a perc...
by Assaji
Wed Nov 25, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How long to attain first jhana?
Replies: 98
Views: 1056

Re: How long to attain first jhana?

As MN 128 shows, perceptions of diversity are a hindrance to Jhana. Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi wrote in his footnote to these "perceptions of diversity": 1192 MA paraphrases: "While I was attending to a single type of form, longing arose. Thinking 'I will attend to different kinds of forms,' sometimes I di...
by Assaji
Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Nimitta a commentary creation?
Replies: 15
Views: 249

Re: Is Nimitta a commentary creation?

I dun think it is mentioned by the Buddha. The Buddha used this term a lot, with several meanings: https://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=2770 The term "samādhi-nimitta" can be found in the Buddha's words, for example, in the Gavi Sutta (translated here as "theme"): https://www.accesstoin...
by Assaji
Sun Nov 22, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: first jhāna is easy. all you need to do is relax (passaddhi/pacification)
Replies: 21
Views: 454

Re: first jhāna is easy. all you need to do is relax (passaddhi/pacification)

Hi Frank,
frank k wrote: Fri Nov 20, 2020 5:00 pm first jhāna is easy. all you need to do is relax (passaddhi/pacification)
http://notesonthedhamma.blogspot.com/20 ... to-do.html
Thank you for your post. It helped me to understand the experience better.

:anjali:
by Assaji
Sun Nov 22, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ānāpānasati
Replies: 64
Views: 1243

Re: Ānāpānasati

To be fair to Anālayo he does express that versions other than the Påli of Ānāpānasati have the meditator remove the Five Hindrances prior to beginning the sixteen steps, which would imply an advanced meditator. Is this said in the commentaries? Not just in the Commentaries, - in the Pāli Canon its...
by Assaji
Sat Nov 21, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Swami Tadatmananda
Replies: 24
Views: 3001

Re: Swami Tadatmananda

And he did make the point about identification being the cause of suffering in both traditions - in the suttas its assuming the aggregates to be "me" and "mine". Assuming "that individual person is nothing more than an aggregate of five factors: body, sensations, emotions, thoughts and consciousnes...
by Assaji
Sat Nov 21, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vimuttimagga - Tactile Nimitta or Visual Nimitta?
Replies: 13
Views: 221

Re: Vimuttimagga - Tactile Nimitta or Visual Nimitta?

Ceisiwr wrote: Sat Nov 21, 2020 4:05 pm Your reading of it here then is that the nimitta arises like a sensation of cotton or silk, or can arise like a bright light etc? That is my understanding too, since nimitta is merely a subjective perception and representation of deepening concentration on one experience of contact.
Yes, indeed.
by Assaji
Sat Nov 21, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Swami Tadatmananda
Replies: 24
Views: 3001

Re: Swami Tadatmananda

Wasn't his point that Buddhism doesn't propose anything "beneath" the experience of aggregates or mind/body, whereas Advaita does? Whatever his point, he misrepresents the Buddha, repeating a common misconception. The Buddha in his Dhamma proposes the way beyond. Could you spell out the misconcepti...
by Assaji
Sat Nov 21, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vimuttimagga - Tactile Nimitta or Visual Nimitta?
Replies: 13
Views: 221

Re: Vimuttimagga - Tactile Nimitta or Visual Nimitta?

Indeed but is the passage in question saying that the nimitta is the sensation of silk, breeze etc or that these arise with the nimitta? That is what is confusing me. Nimitta (representation, attunement) is necessarily described through likeness to something, as in your Visuddhimagga quote above: h...
by Assaji
Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vimuttimagga - Tactile Nimitta or Visual Nimitta?
Replies: 13
Views: 221

Re: Vimuttimagga - Tactile Nimitta or Visual Nimitta?

I've recently taken an interest in the Vimuttimagga, especially it's section on mindfulness of breathing where it discusses nimitta. My initial reading of it was that it discusses both tactile and visual nimitta, but upon further reading I find the text difficult to interpret one way or the other i...
by Assaji
Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Swami Tadatmananda
Replies: 24
Views: 3001

Re: Swami Tadatmananda

Unfortunately, he repeats the common misconception: "Buddha taught that individual person is nothing more than an aggregate of five factors: body, sensations, emotions, thoughts and consciousness" (8:40-8:54 in the video). The Buddha never taught anything like that. Wasn't his point that Buddhism d...
by Assaji
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Swami Tadatmananda
Replies: 24
Views: 3001

Re: Swami Tadatmananda

Swami Tadatmananda A vido on Buddhism vs Adita Vedanta. Unfortunately, he repeats the common misconception: "Buddha taught that individual person is nothing more than an aggregate of five factors: body, sensations, emotions, thoughts and consciousness" (8:40-8:54 in the video). The Buddha never tau...
by Assaji
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Brahmavamso's Dark Jhana
Replies: 94
Views: 2414

Re: Ajahn Brahmavamso's Dark Jhana

Dear James, In my 4 years at his monastery, I've heard him talk many times about jhana, and he talks about nimitta as being a vital part of the state. I would greatly appreciate if you will describe your experience in this and other monasteries. Since I have evidently missed your posts on this subje...
by Assaji
Fri Nov 20, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Introduction
Replies: 8
Views: 181

Re: Introduction

Moo :twothumbsup: