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by rhinoceroshorn
Sun Dec 20, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Terms: Cakkhu, Sota, Ghāna, Jivhā, Kāya, Mano
Replies: 16
Views: 9132

Re: Pali Terms: Cakkhu, Sota, Ghāna, Jivhā, Kāya, Mano

Thank you VERY MUCH for this thread.
I was thinking that DO makes absolutely no sense if salayatana is referring to organs and not sensitivity (ie, sight...), since nāmarūpa comes before and is basically eye, nose, body...
by rhinoceroshorn
Sun Dec 20, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Confused about instructions on "I am breathing long/short"
Replies: 17
Views: 1824

Re: Confused about instructions on "I am breathing long/short"

I would edit my post if I could.
I have noticed that anapanasati is absolutely vague in the suttas and I myself don't know if I do it correctly.
Please, everyone, don't take my first post seriously, but follow more experienced practitioners or Ṭhānissaro's quote.
:anjali:
by rhinoceroshorn
Sun Dec 20, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Esoteric Theravada - Kate Croby
Replies: 66
Views: 6784

Re: Esoteric Theravada - Kate Croby

Sabbe_Dhamma_Anatta wrote: Sun Dec 20, 2020 12:59 pm
:heart:
Thanks for this. :anjali:
by rhinoceroshorn
Sun Dec 20, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Confused about instructions on "I am breathing long/short"
Replies: 17
Views: 1824

Re: Confused about instructions on "I am breathing long/short"

Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu's understanding: As noted above, the practice of keeping the breath in mind is the meditation method that the Canon teaches in most detail. There are two possible reasons for this, one historical and the other more theoretical. From the historical point of view, the breath was the...
by rhinoceroshorn
Sun Dec 20, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Confused about instructions on "I am breathing long/short"
Replies: 17
Views: 1824

Re: Confused about instructions on "I am breathing long/short"

If you notice, the verbal fabrication is the only one of the three fabrications which doesn't have a pacification in the 16 anapanasati steps. I understand it as a "yes, repeat mentally each step"*.
*This until you reach the fourth step or get calm enough to go to the second jhāna in other steps.
by rhinoceroshorn
Sun Dec 20, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Your take on pre-sectarian Buddhism
Replies: 168
Views: 12364

Re: Your take on pre-sectarian Buddhism

If you think of the dhamma as a "field of study" akin to (for instance) biology or geography rather than a "religion" akin to (e.g.) Islam or Greek Orthodox Christianity, most of your problems and fears will immediately fade away. Why? Because it allows you to see the historical Buddha as the inher...
by rhinoceroshorn
Sun Dec 20, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Your take on pre-sectarian Buddhism
Replies: 168
Views: 12364

Re: Your take on pre-sectarian Buddhism

Pre-sectarian Buddhism may have included or incorporated other Śramaṇic schools of thought,[13][note 3] as well as Vedic and Jain ideas and practices.[14][9][15][16] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-sectarian_Buddhism :rofl: [/list] This scares me a bit. How much of the Canon is infected with Jain...
by rhinoceroshorn
Sun Dec 20, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Your take on pre-sectarian Buddhism
Replies: 168
Views: 12364

Re: Your take on pre-sectarian Buddhism

Atthakavagga, Parayanavagga Parts of DN 1, DN 2, MN 18, Snp 1.3, SN 1.1, etc No numerical lists, 4 of this, 5 of that No 8-fold path, no 4 noble truths, no 4 establishments of mindfulness, etc.. Knowledge of the Dhamma Virtue Sense restraint Contentment Abandoning hindrances Mindfulness as not crav...
by rhinoceroshorn
Sun Dec 20, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Your take on pre-sectarian Buddhism
Replies: 168
Views: 12364

Re: Your take on pre-sectarian Buddhism

I have no idea and that sometimes makes me sad. There are a bunch of things which I'll never know if it was what the Buddha taught. All we can do is practicing and see if it fits in the core teachings. If not, it should be discarded. One way or the other, I try to follow my intuition. If a sutta see...
by rhinoceroshorn
Sat Dec 19, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: MN 19: mind-brain connection
Replies: 42
Views: 2792

Re: MN 19: mind-brain connection

The problem is the subsequent passage, which says that his mind was quieted So I steadied my mind internally, quieted it, brought it to singleness, and concentrated it. Why is that? So that my mind should not be strained. Unless quieted just means "decreasing the frequency of thoughts", it's not fi...
by rhinoceroshorn
Sat Dec 19, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: MN 19: mind-brain connection
Replies: 42
Views: 2792

Re: MN 19: mind-brain connection

Another problem in the Pāli version is that it induces the reader to think that the three kusala thoughts (harmlessness, renunciation and non-ill-will) cease before the first jhāna.
The Āgama omission removes this insinuation.
by rhinoceroshorn
Sat Dec 19, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: MN 19: mind-brain connection
Replies: 42
Views: 2792

Re: MN 19: mind-brain connection

It makes absolutely no sense thought stopping before the first jhāna if by definition there is thought in it. And, as Frank explains, there are other suttas in the Nikāyas which do the same as Madhyama Āgama 102, they omit the first jhāna. Check Majjhima Nikāya 125. As the directed-thought and eval...
by rhinoceroshorn
Sat Dec 19, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: MN 19: mind-brain connection
Replies: 42
Views: 2792

Re: MN 19: mind-brain connection

And if you look a the sequence of the sutta, that happens before jhana is acquired. There is no mention about being tired in the first jhana in MN 19 unless I've missed it: Mr. Frank explains this scribal defect in the sutta. The equivalent Āgama omits the first jhāna. Read it here: http://notesont...
by rhinoceroshorn
Sat Dec 19, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: MN 19: mind-brain connection
Replies: 42
Views: 2792

Re: MN 19: mind-brain connection

And if you look a the sequence of the sutta, that happens before jhana is acquired. There is no mention about being tired in the first jhana in MN 19 unless I've missed it: Mr. Frank explains this scribal defect in the sutta. The equivalent Āgama omits the first jhāna. Read it here: http://notesont...
by rhinoceroshorn
Sat Dec 19, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: MN 19: mind-brain connection
Replies: 42
Views: 2792

Re: MN 19: mind-brain connection

If you sit for hours studying you will be doing little to no physical effort (at most, moving a pen) but you'll be absolutely tired. The brain consumes a lot of energy thinking. Also, that's why the first jhāna is so gross. It's tiresome thinking. One of the aims in meditation is pacifying the body....