Re: Dhamma as refuge.
- Dear James
> James: You are using Pali phrases here that the Buddha didn't teach. The Buddha didn't teach samatha bhavana or vipassana bhavana. The Buddha taught samma-sati (Right Mindfulness) and samma-samadhi (Right Concentration). Anything that uses these two techniques is "Meditation".JK: I think your comment of "Anything that uses these two techniques (samma-sati and samma-samadhi) is "Meditation" is not in any Buddha teaching as far as I know.
> James: The samatha/vipassana distinction that you raise is a false dichotomy and a modern invention.JK: I have to disagree because sammatha (meditation) was practiced long before Buddha time. And vipassana is the Lord Buddha teaching to attain enlightenment.
>James: There are no two such meditation techniques because they really cannot be separated in that way.JK: Can you give me some example of samma-sati and samma-samadhi?
> James: Maras are invisible. No one can "see" Maras with the naked eye because they are from a higher dimension. The only way to "see" a Mara is through psychic vision using the third eye. That is why Maras are so tricky and dangerous- they can influence your thoughts but you never see them.JK: Can you give some example that Mara influence our thoughts?
- Dear Pt & all,
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