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by pyluyten
Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why should practice be framed by ready-made answers?
Replies: 24
Views: 4894

Re: Why should practice be framed by ready-made answers?

The three pillars of zen are: skeptical doubt to fuel inquiry, faith in the reality of awakening and the possibility of finding enlightenment yourself, and determination to follow through to the end. i don't know much about this. It would be much appreciated if you can provide interesting material ...
by pyluyten
Sat Jul 15, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why should practice be framed by ready-made answers?
Replies: 24
Views: 4894

Re: Why should practice be framed by ready-made answers?

actually there are many suttas & many teachings which say to check, to see by yourself.

Maybe many people do not apply this, but certainly you may , and you should!
by pyluyten
Sat Jul 15, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Regression
Replies: 5
Views: 1610

Re: Regression

Nice advices above. Also i would try to do few waking meditation (you could walk very very slowly at home to begin with). If you manage to obtain a bit of awareness there, then you can hope to have this awareness become natural when you walk. This way, sitting does benefit to walking, then to real l...
by pyluyten
Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Higher jhanas and desensitization (a possible philosophical problem in Buddhism?)
Replies: 23
Views: 3711

Re: Higher jhanas and desensitization (a possible philosophical problem in Buddhism?)

Nice post! does your question emerge from your personal xp? maybe could you describe this a bit? regardless i think you issue a valid point; however being accustomed to a certain degree of meditation is not enough to go deeper. This is one point where practice is not easy. You find constantly becomi...
by pyluyten
Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Calming the mind
Replies: 12
Views: 2312

Re: Calming the mind

- as above, try walking meditation. Your walking does benefit from sitting. Your sitting from your walking. - not anymore a big fan of theory reading, apart i notice, as stated above, when you read about dhamma you think "why not be aware" then it helps , no matter book is good or bad - you might lo...
by pyluyten
Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I believe I have achieved stream-entry.
Replies: 102
Views: 12408

Re: I believe I have achieved stream-entry.

Aloka wrote: Daily life goes on regardless however, the bins still have to be emptied and the toilet cleaned. One doesn't just float away on a pink cloud because one has had a few "experiences".
unless washing toilets becomes the experience, so, most of us still have a long way to go :rofl:
by pyluyten
Tue Jun 06, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Venerable W.
Replies: 0
Views: 445

Venerable W.

Hello,

did some of you watched venerable W ?
good movie? and does it bring something to your understanding?
or maybe someone to dislike the movie and/or consider it wrong?

thanks for - constructive - feedback!
regards
by pyluyten
Fri May 19, 2017 8:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 132
Views: 24694

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

Any number of foods, drinks, etc. have "psycho-kinetic" properties. Various "views" brand this or that substance with positive or negative value, and social fads and norms especially encourage, propagate this or that view or belief. Arguably an aspect of realizing dhamma is to see through and get b...
by pyluyten
Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Every session goes like this.....
Replies: 15
Views: 2844

Re: Every session goes like this.....

Each session seems to be taken up by considering the respective virtues of each Buddhist path/practice. practicing something like "just observe, just note, let go" might lead to being not focus at all. even some "pure vipassana" partisans would advise to focus first. eg goenka courses start by few ...
by pyluyten
Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: What century is there in France ?
Replies: 47
Views: 6270

Re: What century is there in France ?

Hi, since i'm not on political studies or whatever, i cannot tell much, but be sure there are not 20% of french people who read karl marx. Instead, high scores from non conventional political parties do express something else ; these are common not only in France but other countries in Europe ; & no...
by pyluyten
Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Someone practicing Dhyana only ?
Replies: 27
Views: 6776

Someone practicing Dhyana only ?

Hi, most of my question is in the topic, still to clarify - it is not a question about defining what jhana are - it is not a question about whether one did attain step 1 or step 2 or step one hundred and sixty... ;) So, question is really : is there people here who practice what is now known as "Jha...
by pyluyten
Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Contemplation of the Body Isnt it Wonderful:)
Replies: 14
Views: 3322

Re: Contemplation of the Body Isnt it Wonderful:)

Imo, the reason it doesn't resonate with modern Western / Westernized people [...] There is no such thing as Western people, nor Westernized people who would share common things. it's like saying "asian people think like this" and mixing japanese people (all ages, all type of works, all types of co...
by pyluyten
Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Empty mind
Replies: 5
Views: 622

Re: Empty mind

by empty, do you mean "no more verbs, no more words" or something different? approximately, how long can you "maintain" emptiness? rather seconds, minutes, half an hour? most would probably advise you to inspect the "feeling bored" ; few would advise to intensify. i have no advice but if you ask you...
by pyluyten
Wed Mar 08, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Point of focus for anapanasati
Replies: 13
Views: 2036

Re: Point of focus for anapanasati

IBy the way, anyone experience slight to strong pulsations on the skin areas, can be online face, on the arms, on the neck, back or shoulders due to meditation? What is that? That's the sensation of the flow of blood. (disclaimer : do not believe what i write) at some point, i'd say it's the sensat...
by pyluyten
Wed Mar 08, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: In support of The Buddha having actually taught most of the Pali Canon
Replies: 12
Views: 1848

Re: In support of The Buddha having actually taught most of the Pali Canon

I think the final proof that Buddha taught the Pali Canon is to practice his teaching and realise it oneself. cannot agree more, thanks good posting. otoh to be fair, some people find the way difficult, then it's probably where they start wondering if such & such text is really a right one to follo...