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by skandha
Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the Existence of Nibbana
Replies: 1199
Views: 97971

Re: On the Existence of Nibbana

However this sounds very similar to the idea of the self-existing eternal Brahman of Advaita Vedanta. there is no problem in the absence of stress… one isn't suffering I agree no problem with that. The Buddha is all about the ending of suffering. Even if it is through Brahman or Jesus, go for it.
by skandha
Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Meditation timer
Replies: 13
Views: 17369

Re: Meditation timer

Over many years I have tried different ways of timing my meditation sessions but I always go back to an Android app called Meditation Helper Plus - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.multiordinal.mhp&hl=en_AU. By today's standards it doesn't have the fanciest user interface but it doe...
by skandha
Sat Aug 01, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the Existence of Nibbana
Replies: 1199
Views: 97971

Re: On the Existence of Nibbana

Ceisiwr, skandha Nibbana is not about being outside or inside of causality. Nibbana is simply the freedom of being able to see the insubstantial nature of things in terms of dependent arising and not cling and and be conditioned by them. But that is what it is. The unconditioned. Being unconditioned...
by skandha
Fri Jul 31, 2020 3:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the Existence of Nibbana
Replies: 1199
Views: 97971

Re: On the Existence of Nibbana

skandha Since it does not arise nor cease, and is unconditioned then it is outside the scope of time. Being outside the scope of time, notions of permanence or impermanence does not apply. Also, existence or non existence does not apply. Time is not real. It is a concept. Nibbana is an ultimate rea...
by skandha
Thu Jul 30, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the Existence of Nibbana
Replies: 1199
Views: 97971

Re: On the Existence of Nibbana

Just sharing some thoughts(as I understand) Perhaps some intuition for Nibbana dhatu can be obtained by considering the other species of asankhata dhamma that the mind can take as object, paññatti or concepts. There are some similarities, but concepts cannot be spoken of apart from the khandhas and...
by skandha
Thu Jul 30, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the Existence of Nibbana
Replies: 1199
Views: 97971

Re: On the Existence of Nibbana

Excerpt from the NIbbana Sermons by Nanananda ( https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Nibbana-17.pdf ): Bhava, or existence, is the domain of Māra. How does one escape from the grip of Māra? By going beyond his range of vision, that is to say by attending to the cessation of ex...
by skandha
Thu Jul 30, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the Existence of Nibbana
Replies: 1199
Views: 97971

Re: On the Existence of Nibbana

I don't recall ever seeing a sutta where the buddha speaks of existence or non-existence with respect to nibbana. Can anyone bring an explicit text from a sutta showing the buddha speaking that way with respect to nibbana? chownah Not exactly about Nibbana but The Yamaka Sutta speaks about the Tath...
by skandha
Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the Existence of Nibbana
Replies: 1199
Views: 97971

Re: On the Existence of Nibbana

Coëmgenu So there is an ineffable object out there which exists irrespective of whether or not a Buddha has arisen and contact with it causes awakening? Is that your interpretation of nibbāna as per Abhidhamma? Yes. It is a permanent eternal dhamma. Being unconditioned it has no arising nor ceasing...
by skandha
Thu Jul 30, 2020 5:27 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Brahma realm from jhana
Replies: 5
Views: 15705

Re: Brahma realm from jhana

Also brahma realm is attained by having brahma viharas predominant in the mind. Serious question should I tell my mom to stop doing metta because she will not become an Ariya in this life she doesn't do vipassana I feel that Metta practice also has some components of vipassana in it and can lead on...
by skandha
Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:34 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Vipassanā Technique Revisited
Replies: 79
Views: 78480

Re: Vipassanā Techniques Revisited

Greetings Volo, I'm not very familiar with Goenka's technique, therefore I can rely only on what you have quoted. And I don't see in the above quote the word "feeling". He is taking about "sensations" (i.e. bodily experiences), feelings (at least in Abhidhamma and very often in the suttas) is menta...
by skandha
Sun Feb 16, 2020 3:43 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Do you like (practice) Samatha or Vipassana?
Replies: 9
Views: 3640

Re: Do you like (practice) Samatha or Vipassana?

I voted other, but I what I really wanted to vote is both Samatha and Vipassana. The way I practice, sometimes I focus more on Samatha and sometimes more Vipassana and sometimes they both seem to be present and are supporting each other. So whenever the focus is on being calm and quiet, letting go o...
by skandha
Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: S.N. Goenka says: only use one kind of meditation...why?
Replies: 39
Views: 6799

Re: S.N. Goenka says: only use one kind of meditation...why?

@DooDoot, The U Ba Khin/Goenka tradition does not practice self-mortification by deliberately choosing painful sensations. The training is to systematically observe all sensations throughout the body whether pleasant, unpleasant or neutral. Most important is to observe the changing nature of the sen...
by skandha
Sun Jan 05, 2020 5:00 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: S.N. Goenka says: only use one kind of meditation...why?
Replies: 39
Views: 6799

Re: S.N. Goenka says: only use one kind of meditation...why?

@Sabbe_dhamma_anatta,

One from the Buddha,

Sabbo pajjalito loko, sabbo loko pakampito
All the world is ablaze, All the world is quaking (vibrating).
SN 5.7
by skandha
Sun Jan 05, 2020 3:51 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: S.N. Goenka says: only use one kind of meditation...why?
Replies: 39
Views: 6799

Re: S.N. Goenka says: only use one kind of meditation...why?

There has been some discussion about 'vibrations' in what Goenka teaches. These 'vibrations' sound like 'sankhara' rather than 'vedana'. Past actions based in thinking create residual formations stored in the nervous system, often contemporarily called 'stress'. These vibrations experienced when ca...
by skandha
Sun Jan 05, 2020 3:12 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: S.N. Goenka says: only use one kind of meditation...why?
Replies: 39
Views: 6799

Re: S.N. Goenka says: only use one kind of meditation...why?

There has been some discussion about 'vibrations' in what Goenka teaches. However this is actually not the most important thing. Goenka always warns his students not to play the game of sensations (from the vibrations i.e. arising and passing away). The yard stick is actually how you are able to st...