Search Highlights 2008

While the number of drafted articles grows :-) .

Thought i might share with you some of the topics people were looking for and I hope that at least some answers got solved.

May all beings be free from avijja and find the bliss of Nibbana:

theravadin 63
dhammaruwan 51
nibbana 20
jhanas 19
yathabhuta 19
bhanga nyana 11
pali pitaka 11
palikanon 10
buddhaghosa 9
16 gradual knowledge of vipassana 8
kalugala aranya 8
buddhaghosa visuddhimagga authenticity 7
thesixsenseworld 7
the buddhist bible 7
sankharupekkha 7
as a buddhist why meditate site:therav 7
vitakka 7
zen vipassana 6
butea frondosa 6
vipassana instructions 6
jhana 6
phala samapatti 6
chanting in the pali language 5
jhanas y arrupas 5
bhanga vipassana 5
jesus in buddhism 5
path to nibbana 5
theragatha 5
pali tipitaka download 5
s n goenka on sotapanna 5
6 year old chanting buddhist pirith 4
sixteen nyanas 4
ksana 4
cst4 frank snow 4
what are the theravadin practise, believ 4
jhana factors 4
nirodha centre 4
buddhist monks medittion 4
ven. k nyanananda 4
vipassana knowledge 4
the buddha experience 4
the jhanas 4
the path of purification visuddhimagga d 4
arahant stories 4
life story of dhammaruwan 4
yathābhūta 4
sankharupekkha 4
seeing nibbana 3
bahiya sutta cscd pali 3
dhammaruwan foundation 3
bhanga vipassana 3
buddha contemplation piti 2
buddha “desire for nibbana” 2
vipassana brainwave 2
yatha-bhuta 2
beyond anusayas and kilesa 2
arahant and buddha 2
16 stages vipassana 2
progress in vipassana 2
brainwave entrainment vs vipassana 2

…looks like an article on the Bhanga Nyana is long overdue :-). However, when it comes to compare brainwave entertainment and vipassana i am slightly biased.

Health’s the greatest gain,
contentment, best of wealth,
trusting’s best of kin,
Nibbana bliss supreme.

(Dhp 204)

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  1. belatedbee

    Dear Theravadin,

    According to this poster from the below link,

    “PS. Not all Theravada think Vipassana is the highest way, it seems Buddha did not practise Vipassana but rather Samatha meditation which leads to the 8 Jhana mind states called Divine Homes.

    It seems Vipassana became a popular method of meditation after a Sri Lanka monk called BuhhhaGosa (BG) wrote his commentary on Buddhism. BG wrote an instruction manuel on meditation (VisudhiMaggha) and from that various forms of meditation arose. It seem BG was actually a Vedic scholar and included lots of ancient Hindu practises into his commentary.”

    Is this true? Recently I’m wondering if the 16 steps and vipassanupakilesas are sort of zen koans–a tool, measuring stick, to stick to for a moment.

    Anapanasati seems to be the technique mentioned in the suttas.

  2. belatedbee

    I understand about how jhana sharpens the mind in order for us to launch the mind into observing reality, in vipassana.

    But in that quote… is it true or not that the Buddha actually taught 8 jhanas (form+formless jhanas)? I thought he only taught anapanasati?

    The 16 steps, and the term vipassana, somebody else wrote (Hindu-based?)? And the Buddha himself didn’t really explain about what a Sotapanna would experience?

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