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by paul
Wed Dec 10, 2014 5:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Boran kammatthana
Replies: 21
Views: 5738

Re: Boran kammatthana

I cannot help with BK, which has Hindu influence with the reference to the chakras and the fact Angkor Wat in Cambodia was originally under Hindu administration.
I can however, help with studying the Visuddhimagga in terms of providing a doctrinal foundation for practice.

Regards.
by paul
Wed Dec 10, 2014 8:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Boran kammatthana
Replies: 21
Views: 5738

Re: Boran kammatthana

Hi Khemindas, Boran kammatthana is not a book, it's a term referring to the Hindu- influenced approach to practice said to have been common in Thailand pre-1900, at which time the Thai Forest Tradition revival began and which approach has a particular interpretation of the Dhamma which is experienci...
by paul
Wed Dec 10, 2014 4:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 31 Planes of Existence
Replies: 43
Views: 3098

Re: 31 Planes of Existence

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dhamma/sagga/loka.html In the chart of the 31 planes of existence, it can be seen that Maha Brahma inhabits level 14, the highest expression of the 1st jhana. In D.N.1, Maha Brahma describes himself as "the Lord, the Maker and Creator, the Supreme Being", which is ...
by paul
Sun Jul 24, 2011 11:39 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 35.191: Kotthita Sutta
Replies: 18
Views: 3789

Re: SN 35.191: Kotthita Sutta

Since the way to a mind without responses of desire or lust is through practising the strategies of Right Effort, I am of the school which holds Right Effort to be the centre and heart of the Noble Eightfold Path. An example of a mind without such responses is shown in the story of the Elder who was...
by paul
Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:20 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 35.145: Kamma Sutta
Replies: 4
Views: 1932

Re: SN 35.145: Kamma Sutta

Among several other good points, the Wings to Awakening reference states the necessity of investigating the personal results of karma.
The terminology: narrative/cosmological=conventional reality and phenomenological= ultimate reality, is used throughout the reference.
by paul
Sun Jun 26, 2011 11:26 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 1.46 Nymphs/Chariot to Nibbana
Replies: 8
Views: 2745

Re: SN 1.46 Nymphs/Chariot to Nibbana

The abbreviated way parts of the SN are written gives rise to idiosyncratic interpretations: BB presents the wheels of the vehicle as wholesome states whereas SUP interprets them as mental and physical effort. The components of the vehicle represent the threefold division: wholesome states=Sila, Min...
by paul
Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:27 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 35.135: Khana Sutta — The Opportunity
Replies: 7
Views: 2367

Re: SN 35.135: Khana Sutta — The Opportunity

Of the 11 planes of the sensuous realm, human beings inhabit level 5, above the 4 lower realms of woe and the first of the 7 happy sensuous planes: all planes lower and higher (31 in all) can be accessed here and now through mental states: jhana in its widest sense denotes any, even momentary, conce...
by paul
Thu Jun 09, 2011 11:22 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: MN 109/SN 22.82 Maha-punnama Sutta:The Great Full-moon Night
Replies: 17
Views: 5096

Re: MN 109/SN 22.8 Maha-punnama Sutta: The Great Full-moon Night

Hi mike, It is evident the two realities exist simultaneously for example when the Buddha says, "These are merely names, expressions, turns of speech, designations in common use in the world, which the Perfect One uses without misapprehending them " (D.9): i.e. he uses the names but is aware they ar...
by paul
Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:23 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 35.127: Bharadvaja Sutta
Replies: 23
Views: 6559

Re: SN 35.127: Bharadvaja Sutta

Thanks dave, You seem to have got the gist of what I am talking about and that has not been achieved through sitting meditation but rather along the lines of applying the factor of investigation (vicaya or vimamsa) to events in daily life: convention is by definition an artificial or customary proce...
by paul
Sun Jun 05, 2011 11:22 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: MN 109/SN 22.82 Maha-punnama Sutta:The Great Full-moon Night
Replies: 17
Views: 5096

Re: MN 109/SN 22.8 Maha-punnama Sutta: The Great Full-moon Night

The crucial point of the sutta is the question "Then what self will the actions of the non-self touch?" which is an attempt to transpose something directly from one reality to another (ultimate to conventional), which cannot be done, consequently the Buddha does not answer the question directly. The...
by paul
Sun Jun 05, 2011 11:06 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 35.127: Bharadvaja Sutta
Replies: 23
Views: 6559

Re: SN 35.127: Bharadvaja Sutta

Thanks mike, Certainly some of the Buddha's talks (desana) are addressed on the conventional level (vohara desana) and some on the ultimate. On another tack, since it would be the most significant example of the Buddha's interaction with the feminine principle, can you advise whether the pre-enlight...
by paul
Thu Jun 02, 2011 11:37 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 35.127: Bharadvaja Sutta
Replies: 23
Views: 6559

Re: SN 35.127: Bharadvaja Sutta

Thanks Mike, The Buddha's suggestion regarding seeing women like mothers and daughters draws the mind away from the conventional ego-centered reality to the path of expansive ultimate reality. That understanding must be gradually learnt as the Dhammapada says, like refining the dross from silver.
by paul
Tue May 31, 2011 11:33 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 35.127: Bharadvaja Sutta
Replies: 23
Views: 6559

Re: SN 35.127: Bharadvaja Sutta

I have found the recognition of the difference between conventional and ultimate realities to be helpful in maintaining celibacy.