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by pyluyten
Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Zhuangzi and the Butterfly
Replies: 27
Views: 4137

Re: Zhuangzi and the Butterfly

If I may offer some contextualization to the above. I think that one of the reasons why this parable of the man and the butterfly is so famous in East Asian Buddhism is because it can be construed to be about the artificiality of satkāyadṛṣṭi. As you mention, there are differences between perceptio...
by pyluyten
Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Are Vipassana Nanas silly?
Replies: 64
Views: 9303

Re: Are Vipassana Nanas silly?

Teachers do not agree on what is first jhana, so they will not agree on seven steps which were systematised hundred s of years after Buddha's death. Chan is wiser here : the path is not a game where you win levels one after the other. There is a path but no objective measure. Trying to measure, at b...
by pyluyten
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: My experience with jhana and samadhi, comments welcome
Replies: 25
Views: 4670

Re: My experience with jhana and samadhi, comments welcome

Didn’t know what it was. But I knew what it seemed like so I started searching online. It took s few months to piece together [...] Then I discover that my experience is not considered authentic by the same teacher who taught the samatha in the first place. You seem to be really open to look at wha...
by pyluyten
Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana?
Replies: 15
Views: 3674

Re: Jhana?

sounds a right time to (also) try meditating
- sitting, but eyes opened
- standing
- walking

the goal is to obtain awareness even outside of session. my 2 cents!
by pyluyten
Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Zhuangzi and the Butterfly
Replies: 27
Views: 4137

Re: Zhuangzi and the Butterfly

well, i do not believe buddhism, at least not theravada, is to follow this kind of philosophy. a dream is not a perception of the world. a perception is not a dream. there is an easy one : a perception comes from a sense, a sense is awaken by a material contact (exterior->interior). if one cannot ma...
by pyluyten
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are ten hours a day surfing the net shrink 10% of the key brain regions?
Replies: 4
Views: 919

Re: Are ten hours a day surfing the net shrink 10% of the key brain regions?

yes, never rely on one single study, especially if you do not have the source. You need at least to know how many people, which method, otherwise this is not a study but vapor. however, i would not surf 10 hours a day, or only for professional reasons. This is not thtat much "surfing", but more gene...
by pyluyten
Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How legitimate is S. N. Goenka's method of vipassanā meditation?
Replies: 39
Views: 5373

Re: How legitimate is S. N. Goenka's method of vipassanā meditation?

- The disregard for the role attention (manasikara) plays in controlling the sweeping, and its subsequent role in the fabrication of dhammas. (In other words, the sweeping does not "uncover" feeling, it actually gives rise to them). i don't know if you mean this, so i'm interested in more details :...
by pyluyten
Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 919
Views: 195718

Re: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)

Potentially, according to determinism, if some 'super-computer' could be made which could analyze the DNA, the genes of everyone, all future weather events, then this super computer could accurately predict who the U.S. president will be 40 years from now and virtually everything else. to me things...
by pyluyten
Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 120
Views: 29204

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

I used to love meditating, but now that it is my job I don't like it so much. hello, i wish you will find back this pleasure. actually i am very confident you will discover the training is till here, like someone who does not forget how to ride a bike. simply you will ride the bike to another place...
by pyluyten
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Someone practicing Dhyana only ?
Replies: 27
Views: 6483

Re: Someone practicing Dhyana only ?

SunWuKong wrote: Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:42 am Samatha is also the primary sitting practice in certain Chinese Chan schools, Vietnamese Thein schools, and some Tibetan schools, so its not only in Theravada.
thanks for your input.
regarding Chan, i had more or less this impression, but for me it was difficult to know
by pyluyten
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Replies: 113
Views: 14737

Re: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn

... this is the title given to him by the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/oct/22/mindfulness-jon-kabat-zinn-depression-trump-grenfell Do you agree that he is a "master"? If not, why not? Thanks for sharing ! this was interesting. Before reading the articles, i had no idea wh...
by pyluyten
Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 518
Views: 225004

Re: The Great Jhana Debate

[...] But I did make an important point that Ajahn Brahm bases his understanding of jhānas on the Suttas, and while they might not be as deep as say how Buddhaghosa/Visuddhimagga describes jhānas, they are definitely much deeper (no external perceptions) than those who would consider "jhāna-lite" a...
by pyluyten
Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Pleasant and Unpleasant
Replies: 43
Views: 6096

Re: Pleasant and Unpleasant

Not necessarily, feeling tone is more on an animal instinct level. So feeling tone is something like a disposition you already have. Someone who loves apples has a pleasant disposition towards apples. When he comes into contact with the apple he experiences a pleasant feeling tone and the mind then...
by pyluyten
Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Pleasant and Unpleasant
Replies: 43
Views: 6096

Re: Pleasant and Unpleasant

Feelings do exist, otherwise why would you discuss these? This whole forum is about dukkha.

Or you are free to consider there is an illusion that only quiets during dhyana.
by pyluyten
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Jhana and Vipassana Practice
Replies: 19
Views: 2787

Re: Jhana and Vipassana Practice

Hi, you will face completely different point of views. So, i will stick to suttas. In the suttas, you cannot find a description of Vipassana as a distinct practice. it is only mention of doing Jhana, or doing Anapanasati or other contemplations. Vipassana (and Samatha) are consequences of the practi...