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by skandha
Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: S.N. Goenka says: only use one kind of meditation...why?
Replies: 39
Views: 6622

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 sta...
by skandha
Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Why is it necessary to cultivate sila to have samadhi?
Replies: 16
Views: 3649

Re: Why is it necessary to cultivate sila to have samadhi?

Sila is not like a bank account where we get a bonus when we have accumulated a certain amount. Sila is a training. If we don't have control over grosser impulses how can there be any hope of mastering the finer or subtler defilements which are the five hindrances. IMO Thanks for articulating this ...
by skandha
Sat Oct 12, 2013 2:08 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: theravada, the way of renunciation?
Replies: 8
Views: 2367

Re: theravada, the way of renunciation?

There are actually many teachings in the Theravada suttas in which the Buddha gave guidance to various aspects of worldly life including money, economics, politics, marriage etc. For instance in the Sigalovada Sutta the Buddha even goes into details how to use and save money. He told the young man S...
by skandha
Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Theravada?
Replies: 114
Views: 22747

Re: Why Theravada?

For instance, I heard recently the The Buddha never used the phrase 'Buddha Nature'....if this is correct its MASSIVE!!! Given that nearly all Mahayana schools are based on the existence of an inherent Buddha nature. In the Mahayana sutras there is mentioned of tathagathagarbha (womb of tathagatha)...
by skandha
Mon Oct 07, 2013 4:49 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Books similar to "opening the door of your heart"
Replies: 10
Views: 2978

Re: Books similar to "opening the door of your heart"

Stories of Thien by Ven. Sister Hue Can

http://www.dhammaloka.org.au/articles/i ... thien.html

For those that may not be familiar, Thien is the Vietnamese way of saying Zen (or Chan in Chinese, Jhana in Pali).
by skandha
Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Theravada?
Replies: 114
Views: 22747

Re: Why Theravada?

I have read recently some of the teachings within the Korean Seon schools. The imply that their practices cut out a lot of talk and conjecture going straight to the core. They speak of Hwadu practices as being a direct path to Enlightenment. For those in here who are aware of this path I am curious...
by skandha
Wed Oct 02, 2013 12:50 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: Chinese Language
Replies: 11
Views: 12320

Re: Chinese Language

南傳上座部佛教是真正的大乘 - Southern transmitted Theravada Buddhism is the true great vehicle.

This clips shows Theravada as traditionally practiced in Yunnan, China.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVtV7APGEBg
by skandha
Wed Oct 02, 2013 12:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Bare Attention Concerns
Replies: 21
Views: 3548

Re: Bare Attention Concerns

Bare attention is certainly one of the skills to be developed according to the Satipatthana Sutta. I regard the following verse as an example in the training in bare attention. "Or his mindfulness that 'There is a body' is maintained to the extent of knowledge & remembrance. And he remains independe...