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by Jnana
Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:31 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Acess Concentration and Vipassana not advised by Buddha?
Replies: 14
Views: 1182

Re: Acess Concentration and Vipassana not advised by Buddha?

Thanks for the correction Jnana. I'm on a small (but fervient) Theravada facebook group and some of them were claiming that vipassana meditation wasn't part of what the Buddha taught and things like that. I got really confused, to be honest. Yeah, there are some people who have been saying this sor...
by Jnana
Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:03 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Acess Concentration and Vipassana not advised by Buddha?
Replies: 14
Views: 1182

Re: Acess Concentration and Vipassana not advised by Buddha?

Typical Theravada view. No, it isn't. It seems to be meant as a criticism of the Theravāda, esp. the Theravāda approach of bare insight. I thought vipassana (as a practice, 'vipassana meditation', not as a result or consequence) was outside orthodox or 'classic' Theravada. "Vipassanā meditation" is...
by Jnana
Tue Jul 02, 2013 12:09 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Acess Concentration and Vipassana not advised by Buddha?
Replies: 14
Views: 1182

Re: Acess Concentration and Vipassana not advised by Buddha?

I believe this usage extends beyond the sutta commentaries and into instructions for practice. I don't have the text at hand, but I do remember reading this in Buddhaghosa's Path of Purification , for instance. Masters such as Achaan Chah used this language. Yes, references to momentary samādhi, ac...
by Jnana
Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:30 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Acess Concentration and Vipassana not advised by Buddha?
Replies: 14
Views: 1182

Re: Acess Concentration and Vipassana not advised by Buddha?

Even so, is it true that Buddha never spoke about Vipassana Meditation neither upacara samaddhi? The suttas mention the development of vipassanā in a number of places, usually occurring together with samatha. For example, AN 2.30 : These two qualities have a share in clear knowing. Which two? Tranq...
by Jnana
Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:48 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Nāgārjuna’s treatises in Tibetan
Replies: 4
Views: 836

Re: Nāgārjuna’s treatises in Tibetan

I am told that these are known as the “five collections on correct reasoning (Tib: rigs tshogs drug?, 五正理聚)”. Is this Tibetan correct? After replying earlier I remembered that there's also a fivefold list of Nāgārjuna's texts on reasoning, Tib: rigs tshogs lnga . Maybe that's what you were thinking...
by Jnana
Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Nāgārjuna’s treatises in Tibetan
Replies: 4
Views: 836

Re: Nāgārjuna’s treatises in Tibetan

I would like to know the Tibetan names of the following texts. I have the present Sanskrit names of these texts already, but sometimes it appears that the name that the Tibetans had differs a little, so if you could provide the Sanskrit name that the Tibetans have, that would be great, too. I have ...
by Jnana
Mon Jun 10, 2013 3:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dealing With Desire
Replies: 302
Views: 19365

Re: Dealing With Desire

Having been away from North America for nearly 9 years I am a bit out of touch, but have also heard this from dharma friends in Canada and the USA. With a few exceptions (Maitripa Institute, Amaravati, Garchen Centre etc.) most of the centres are not attracting much new blood. This may be the case ...
by Jnana
Sun Jun 09, 2013 6:37 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dealing With Desire
Replies: 302
Views: 19365

Re: Dealing With Desire

Would it be possible in Austrialia, NZ, Canada? I don't know. Perhaps it's just best to make one's way to Thailand and take ordination in a small village and abandon the Mahayana institutions. There are monasteries in Canada, the U.S., and Europe where one can ordain in either the Mūlasarvāstivāda ...
by Jnana
Sun Jun 09, 2013 6:06 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dealing With Desire
Replies: 302
Views: 19365

Re: Dealing With Desire

However, in terms of support for the monastic community, it is still very limited. Still,"limited" is more than many organizations. I don't think we can blame FPMT for this though, it is the paradigm of Western Buddhism in general. FPMT can speak about the merits of the Sangha etc. but in the end p...
by Jnana
Sun Jun 09, 2013 2:43 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dealing With Desire
Replies: 302
Views: 19365

Re: Dealing With Desire

Buddhist monasticism aka the order of bhikṣus, has seen its day. I think your opinion is rather extreme. Now, if Buddhist lay people wish to create retreat centers, and even cloistered community, that is fine and dandy -- but they won't be Buddhist monks [even though these days many such people in ...
by Jnana
Sun Jun 09, 2013 9:43 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dealing With Desire
Replies: 302
Views: 19365

Re: Dealing With Desire

When a community is up and coming without widespread support from society, then of course the leadership and common vision are essential for anything to happen. This is perhaps the most difficult aspect of developing Buddhism in the west. Without the right people, then there's not even general soci...
by Jnana
Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Dealing With Desire
Replies: 302
Views: 19365

Re: Dealing With Desire

At the end of the day institutional Buddhism will always have such very human problems. This is maybe an uncomfortable reality, especially for people who want to believe in an entirely pure and holy sangha in the world. Any intentional community is going to have its share of problems. In western co...
by Jnana
Fri May 31, 2013 1:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about "location of mind"
Replies: 192
Views: 11547

Re: Question about "location of mind"

I would be interested to know how this view differs from the dualistic view of mind and body being different substances. Is it proposing that mind is an 'immaterial substance'? According to the Vaibhāṣika tenets minds and matter are different substances (Skt. dravya, T. rdzas) and both are substant...
by Jnana
Fri May 31, 2013 6:22 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: new Kāraṇḍavyūha Sutra translation
Replies: 6
Views: 1861

Re: new Kāraṇḍavyūha Sutra translation

Will wrote:Very bizarre! This link previously given should be ignored for it is now worthless; yet I was able, this morning, to download the sutra just fine.

Will check back and hope they get their act together.
Maybe someone noticed some mistakes in the text of the first uploaded PDF version?...
by Jnana
Fri May 31, 2013 5:47 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about "location of mind"
Replies: 192
Views: 11547

Re: Question about "location of mind"

Please help me understand the Buddhist takes on these key terms. I'm hoping they can be "defined" in just a few words, i.e. the essence sans ornamentation ... ? mind: ... consciousness: ... awareness: ... It might be useful to provide some more explicit definitions of these terms from the perspecti...
by Jnana
Fri May 31, 2013 5:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about "location of mind"
Replies: 192
Views: 11547

Re: Question about "location of mind"

You can spend many months contemplating what it is to 'accept' and/or 'reject' something and what it is to 'discover' something. Or you can spend time learning in depth how the activity of 'accepting' and 'rejecting' functions in you. And once you really see this, you can let it go. Voila! Discover...
by Jnana
Thu May 30, 2013 4:43 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about "location of mind"
Replies: 192
Views: 11547

Re: Question about "location of mind"

Nothing posted here has refuted my initial claim that mind cannot be known or located because it simply is never an object of cognition. It is always 'that which knows' and is never amongst the objects of perception. Mind (sems) can be known. It's a mere clarity and awareness (gsal rig). And it can...
by Jnana
Mon May 27, 2013 3:18 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: what is enlightenment ?
Replies: 36
Views: 2088

Re: what is enlightenment ?

Also Arhats are obscured wrt to knowledge and omniscience in the Sravaka schools as well but I don't have an example at hand. Perhaps you could find them in the Pali - is there an instance of Shakyamuni knowing something and an Arhat not knowing it first (there are such examples, btw)? The Theravād...
by Jnana
Fri May 24, 2013 5:06 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about "location of mind"
Replies: 192
Views: 11547

Re: Question about "location of mind"

So 'realizing the mind has no fixed location' is not at all incompatible with what I said in the first place. It's not incompatible. But there is a difference between what you have said and the teachings in Vivid Awareness in terms of epistemology. I really am not trying to start an argument with J...
by Jnana
Fri May 24, 2013 4:06 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about "location of mind"
Replies: 192
Views: 11547

Re: Question about "location of mind"

Well, the OP starts with In the book Vivid Awareness, it is asserted that one cannot know the location of one's mind. So we appear to have hit an impasse. The mind doesn't dwell in objects externally, nor in the body internally. And according to the text, it's possible to realize that the mind has ...