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by paul
Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Jhana is higher than Samadhi and knowledge and vision.
Replies: 7
Views: 666

Re: Why Jhana is higher than Samadhi and knowledge and vision.

MN 30, Thanissaro, note 2: "The Commentary explains that the first jhāna is listed as higher than knowledge & vision here because it is being presented in its role as a step toward cessation. The same principle holds for the other stages of concentration up through the dimension of neither perceptio...
by paul
Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it possible to achieve the Goal in such a short period of time?
Replies: 20
Views: 1337

Re: Is it possible to achieve the Goal in such a short period of time?

Here is the full story, showing Moggallana and Sariputta wandered India for at least twenty years before achievement:

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/aut ... el263.html
by paul
Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did meditation really "die out" ?
Replies: 28
Views: 2146

Re: Did meditation really "die out" ?

Thanks, 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻, very informative and quite interesting. Thank you. These ages are of two thousand years duration, and the arrival of the Buddha and the Greek golden age at about 500 BC coincides with the high point of the Ariyan age at about two thirds (1,500 years) through its progression, that po...
by paul
Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Correct apprehension of impermanence
Replies: 12
Views: 4132

Correct apprehension of impermanence

There is danger of relying on the Abhidhamma disproportionately to the extent of losing contact with reality as grounded in the suttas and in nature itself. The body is the most commonly used subject in the suttas to teach impermanence, and is governed by the cycle of birth, growth, maturity, ageing...
by paul
Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Tied to Mara (The evil one) Negative emotions.
Replies: 21
Views: 3357

Re: Tied to Mara (The evil one) Negative emotions.

Aloka wrote: Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:04 pm Practising Metta (loving kindness) might be a good place to start. Here's a 5 minute video instruction from Ajahn Jayasaro.
It would benefit the OP's understanding if you gave a brief introduction explaining the reason why metta would help him.
by paul
Tue Feb 05, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did meditation really "die out" ?
Replies: 28
Views: 2146

Re: Did meditation really "die out" ?

The way I see it is that the revival is part of a millennial surge beginning in the 18th century and which is increasing, and which we continue to be carried on, and see the evidence of today. To maintain meditation was not in decline in deference to devotionalism before the revival would be a denia...
by paul
Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How to reach the 1st Jhana?
Replies: 101
Views: 20489

Re: How to reach the 1st Jhana?

Sutta references: "In dependence on a contact to be experienced as pain, the pain-faculty arises. Being pained, one discerns, 'I am pained.' With the cessation of that very contact to be experienced as pain, one discerns, 'What was experienced as coming from that — the pain-faculty arising in depend...
by paul
Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness - hurdles while concentrating
Replies: 9
Views: 1403

Re: Mindfulness - hurdles while concentrating

The meditation on the breath should progress as outlined under chap. 2, 'Investigation of Dhammas', to focus on tactile sensations:
http://www.vipassana.com/resources/box/ ... -vf10p.pdf
by paul
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What are the basses for enlightenment factors?
Replies: 17
Views: 1580

Re: What are the basses for enlightenment factors?

This paper contains some interesting information on meditation on the physical characteristics of the object under 'Investigation of Dhamma'.
by paul
Tue Feb 05, 2019 6:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: immediacy, ānantariya
Replies: 12
Views: 1712

Re: immediacy, ānantariya

Words form the basis for the network of conventional reality. To bypass the world of names and conceptualization, the practitioner should focus on the physical characteristics of the object, and thereby experience directly its raw nature. The meditation on the physical characteristics applies to the...
by paul
Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What are the basses for enlightenment factors?
Replies: 17
Views: 1580

Re: What are the basses for enlightenment factors?

I described above how the development of the factors of enlightenment is a natural outcome of the practice of satipatthana, and that can be simplified further to say that well-developed mindfulness is the cause for the linear development of all the factors: “On whatever occasion the monk remains foc...
by paul
Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness - hurdles while concentrating
Replies: 9
Views: 1403

Re: Mindfulness - hurdles while concentrating

The practitioner must remove the background thoughts and feelings, but removing a hindrance doesn’t lead to an empty state, it leads to joy (piti), This extract shows even the elementary form of breath meditation includes the removal of the hindrances, because the Buddha subsequently goes on to des...
by paul
Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What are the basses for enlightenment factors?
Replies: 17
Views: 1580

Re: What are the basses for enlightenment factors?

Understanding the development of the enlightenment factors requires comprehending the Satipatthana sutta, particularly the function of the fourth foundation, which contains five sets of categories under the overarching framework of the four noble truths, three to be abandoned and one to be developed...
by paul
Mon Feb 04, 2019 5:18 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Chiang Mai visit?
Replies: 19
Views: 6301

Re: Chiang Mai visit?

Thai online visa for limited countries:

https://www.thailandvisa.net/online-visa-application/
by paul
Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: DN31 Advise to Sigalaka
Replies: 24
Views: 23477

Re: DN31 Advise to Sigalaka

This version was compiled by three students of religion in 2005 and includes extensive notes:
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .ksw0.html