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#84029 - 12/02/04 11:20 PM Astral Projection and First Formless Jhana
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I wrote an article about meditation: http://www.geocities.com/kakarukeys/astral.html

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#84030 - 12/06/04 12:02 AM Re: Astral Projection and First Formless Jhana
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Sorry the original website is down.
Here's the alternative URL: http://www.stochasticsoccer.com/astral.html

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#84031 - 03/18/05 02:51 PM Re: Astral Projection and First Formless Jhana
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by kakarukeys:
Sorry the original website is down.
Here's the alternative URL: http://www.stochasticsoccer.com/astral.html
[/QUOTE]

That is a very interesting piece of article you wrote. However, I would like to ask you, what is the purpose of the article? To highlight the difference? Or to reconcile the 2?

In my opinion, the 2 can never be reconcile due to a very fundamental difference, i.e. the notion of a "self". While Astral Projection deals with a "self leaving the material body", hence acknowledging a "self" and a "permanent entity", Buddhism, Therevada or Mahayana rejects such notions.

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#84032 - 04/01/05 09:00 PM Re: Astral Projection and First Formless Jhana
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I try to reconcile, but also list out the differences too.

And I kind of disagree with you. Buddhism (Therevada) never rejects the notion of "self" nor does it accept. Buddhists are agnostic regarding "self", there is a classic suttra that recounts the silence of Buddha when asked by a Brahman the question "is there a self?". Such agnostic viewpoint is a key to enlightenment, this is the doctrine of "an-atta" (not-self).

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#84033 - 04/01/05 09:22 PM Re: Astral Projection and First Formless Jhana
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and "anata" in Japanese means "you" or "not self"

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