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Dhammanupassana for the Anapanasati practitioner

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Dhammanupassana for the Anapanasati practitioner

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:54 am

Greetings,

I was just reading the following and was interested in sharing it... and discussing, if anyone cares to.

Watch What You're Doing - Thanissaro Bhikkhu
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... html#watch

As per the subject heading, it's a guide on how one whose primary meditation object is the breath, can ask pertinent questions of their experience in order to drill down to the nature of human action (kamma/volition).

Metta,
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"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Dhammanupassana for the Anapanasati practitioner

Postby mikenz66 » Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:42 am

Thanks for that link Retro. That's an excellent teaching which I think has nothing much to do with which particular object one happens to be watching... I like his discussion on discerning intention, which is clearly vitally important.

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Re: Dhammanupassana for the Anapanasati practitioner

Postby Goofaholix » Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:04 pm

Exceptional, that's it in a nutshell, I wish I'd read an article like this 15 years ago.

A few uses of the word "complacent" in there Mike.

It also made me realise that "fabrication" is a much better word to use to describe everything we add to our experience, rather than the "conceptual reality" or "conventional reality" phrases I was using not so long ago.

I think there is more emphasis on cittanupassana than dhammanupassana though.

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Re: Dhammanupassana for the Anapanasati practitioner

Postby Sam Vara » Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:08 pm

Agreed - this is an exceptional little article. One of those that I had read before, and thought, "OK, yes, I get it", and then moved on. I needed someone to place it in front of me again, in order to look more closely at it. It's often like that. Thank you for posting the link.

Can anyone suggest any Suttas which relate closely to what Ajahn Thanissaro was explaining?

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Re: Dhammanupassana for the Anapanasati practitioner

Postby Viscid » Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:26 pm

Fantastic article, it really gets to the heart of the process. Thanks for sharing it.
"What holds attention determines action." - William James

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Re: Dhammanupassana for the Anapanasati practitioner

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:44 pm

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Dhammanupassana for the Anapanasati practitioner

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:54 am

Greetings Mike (and others),

In that case, I'm pleased you found it a useful talk.

:meditate:

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"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Dhammanupassana for the Anapanasati practitioner

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:31 am



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Postby retrofuturist » Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:52 pm

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine


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