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by Sobeh
Sat Oct 02, 2010 12:25 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhāna According to the Pāḷi Nikāyas
Replies: 242
Views: 67728

Re: Jhāna According to the Pāḷi Nikāyas

The canon says so. Ānāpānassati gives rise to ānāpānassatisamādhi. Closely attending to ānāpānassatisamādhi gives rise to the four jhānas. SN 54.8 Padīpopama Sutta... I read this Sutta as saying that anapanasati leads to the jhanas (among a plethora of other benefits which precede jhana). That's ra...
by Sobeh
Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:59 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: ŋ vs. ṃ
Replies: 14
Views: 2941

Re: ŋ vs. ṃ

Trying to use the latin alphabet to transcribe languages which have sounds that the latin alphabet never was meant to deal with always ends up in lots of awkward little dots and lines and stuff. As an aside, the phrase "lots if little dots and lines and stuff" describes all written language. :tongue:
by Sobeh
Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:45 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhāna According to the Pāḷi Nikāyas
Replies: 242
Views: 67728

Re: Jhāna According to the Pāḷi Nikāyas

Of course sammāsati is not the same as sammāsamādhi. Sammāsati is the cause for sammāsamādhi to occur (MN 44). The commentary adds that it is the requisite condition. This fully accords with what Dmytro was indicating above. Alas, it doesn't. He said: "The connection of the first three tetrads of A...
by Sobeh
Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:35 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhāna According to the Pāḷi Nikāyas
Replies: 242
Views: 67728

Re: Jhāna According to the Pāḷi Nikāyas

While I think it safe to say that satipatthana is not equal to jhana, I would go no further than that. That is, I would see the two as related, with jhana denoting the 'degree' to which the mind if focused on a foundation of mindfulness. That quote isn't from MN 43, but MN 44; however, it is talkin...
by Sobeh
Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:24 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhāna According to the Pāḷi Nikāyas
Replies: 242
Views: 67728

Re: Jhāna According to the Pāḷi Nikāyas

I added a more formal bit after you posted, Tilt, so maybe that one is clearer generally. --- That the word Satipatthana itself means "the four establishments of mindfulness" establishes premise (1) as a tautology. The Anapanasati and Kayagatasati Suttas declare premise (2). Premise (3) is unproven ...
by Sobeh
Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:05 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Science-Big fish?
Replies: 23
Views: 3040

Re: Science-Big fish?

It's all of it a non-issue, as I stated earlier in this thread.
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Very simple.
by Sobeh
Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:01 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhāna According to the Pāḷi Nikāyas
Replies: 242
Views: 67728

Re: Jhāna According to the Pāḷi Nikāyas

The connection of the first three tetrads of Anapanasati with jhanas is described, for example, in Vimuttimagga, - for eaxample, piti and sukha are understandably connected with the second and third jhanas. What might we conclude about these three (satipatthana, the jhanas, and the stages of anapan...
by Sobeh
Fri Oct 01, 2010 7:13 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhāna According to the Pāḷi Nikāyas
Replies: 242
Views: 67728

Re: Jhāna According to the Pāḷi Nikāyas

Calling them "steps" is a very odd dhamma...
by Sobeh
Thu Sep 30, 2010 6:28 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Science-Big fish?
Replies: 23
Views: 3040

Re: Science-Big fish?

The Buddha wasn't responding to the question, "Tell me about oceanography", he was responding to some other contextual topic to do either with suffering or the cessation thereof. Chances are he was taking or making an example of "infinitely large"; today we might say something about the vast sizes o...
by Sobeh
Thu Sep 30, 2010 6:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Letting Go
Replies: 9
Views: 1696

Re: Letting Go

Letting Go vs. Emphasizing From the Maggavibhanga Sutta, SN 45.8: "And what, monks, is right effort? (i) There is the case where a monk generates desire, endeavors, activates persistence, upholds & exerts his intent for the sake of the non-arising of evil, unskillful qualities that have not yet aris...
by Sobeh
Thu Sep 30, 2010 6:12 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhāna According to the Pāḷi Nikāyas
Replies: 242
Views: 67728

Re: Jhāna According to the Pāḷi Nikāyas

That's the Sutta that made me want to read the Samyutta Nikaya.

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by Sobeh
Wed Sep 29, 2010 6:15 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Not Everything Is Written In Stone. . .
Replies: 156
Views: 27773

Re: Not Everything Is Written In Stone. . .

Is it a roughly accurate generalization to say that Vipassana folk are generally accepting of the Commentaries and Abhidhamma, while Jhana folk are generally not?
by Sobeh
Wed Sep 29, 2010 6:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Describe Buddhism in 2 minutes
Replies: 6
Views: 1185

Re: Describe Buddhism in 2 minutes

I would simply give a talk on the historical Buddha for a moment, next describe the principles of the Dhamma with the Four Noble Truths, then finally cover the Sangha by describing the three main designations (Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana) using an example for each (Thai, Japanese, Tibetan).
by Sobeh
Mon Sep 27, 2010 10:29 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Not Everything Is Written In Stone. . .
Replies: 156
Views: 27773

Re: Not Everything Is Written In Stone. . .

The possible experiences which can be undergone through a meditation practice are highly varied with many contrasting features. Meditation was developed in the Vedic period, which is prehistory, and I'm certain there are all sorts of things which arise, persist, and decline in that human history. Ca...
by Sobeh
Sun Sep 26, 2010 12:10 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Why Ordain Unenlightened People?
Replies: 8
Views: 3082

Re: Why Ordain Unenlightened People?

fabianfred wrote:Certainly if I attained to Sotapanna I would consider disrobing.
What a strange thing to believe. The last words of the Buddha would seem to offer advice against such a plan.