just my last answer
Alex123 wrote:The big picture is made of small parts, and these small parts can play a deciseve role in big scheme of things.
when over-ampplifying particular small parts, they will put the whole picture in an unbalanced state.
now relax, I remember a history about "who have a decisive role ?"
- the brain says me, the heart says me, the stomach says me, the kidneys say me, .... and the anus, face to such trouble, decide to protest on unlimited strike. All the others are laughing at the anus.
But after 3 days, 7 days, finally 10 days later, all begin to be really really unconfortable, 20 days later, every one realizes that if the anus strike continues, it will be a serious issue of dead or alive ! then they all agree that the anus plays a decisive role !
This reminds that each part have a reason in existence and a function to accomplish. If all play its role in harmony, so the result will be a heatlhy state.
Alex123 wrote:As for 37 Factors of Awakening. According to Ptsm (Sutta Pitaka) TREATISE XXIII chapter "Convergence" they happen at the moment of path&fruit (maggaphala). In fact so does N8P, and 5 faculties happen at the maggaphala moment.
This is not an answer from a yogi (who practices) ,... You escaped the question on the "Four bases of power" by saying "According to ..". I don't know your reference "Convergence" but I don't agree with most of what you are reported from the text.
Your kind of resolution "do not think any thought or imagine any thing" is incorrect. In the samatha meditation, you have just to apply your attention to an unique subject of meditation, that's it.
I've tried that too. It doesn't for with my current conditions.
if it doesn't work then how about the consideration to change another meditation subject or to see another teacher ?
do you also consider the lack of certain "merits - paramis" and the way to cultivate them (another verb : accumulate, create conditions) ?
They are parts of the spiritual path. They are not only "listening & considering or thinking".
when one understands that this or that is necessary on the spiritual path then just do it, under the guidance of this understanding, and later reflecting on its effects. No need to over-think there's a self or not, or choice vs no-choice, just to observe if it is done with lobha or dosa or moha ?.
- Can you tell me what is the pre-requisite condition before listening the Dhamma ?
Associating with those who know the Dhamma. For them one needs good enough results of kamma, plus all the physical necessities required. One needs to be alive, be able to hear or see, have the physical circumstances necessary to visit them (or read Dhamma books), etc.
Well you missed the point, the pre-requisite condition before listening the Dhamma is to have "appropriate attention - yoniso manasikara" .
This means one have to turn his attention to whatever that can contribute to the realization of the goal. In the Theravada path, the goal is the realization of the cessation of Dukkha. (the "goal" is part of the "Four bases of power").
This is the pre-requisite condition that conditions the right listening of the Dhamma, then right understanding of the Dhamma.
Otherwise one can mis-interpreting the Dhamma while listening although even in face of the Buddha. (that's why the Buddha says : "listen and heed well
what i shall say").
- Could you explain more in a pratical way what do you mean by "considering the Dhamma" ?
Thinking about Dhamma such as 4NT, anicca-dukkha-anatta-conditionality, drawbacks, in such a way to weaken craving & ignorance and to understand Dhamma more.
In my understanding, the path is a learning progress where there are many steps to go through. Along the path, there're always 3 aspects "1/studying 2/praticing 3/realizing". Thinking is a small part of the phase "1/studying".
If one stay at the phase studying, one still have an Atta-view on Dhamma-concept (including Anatta-concept, D.O.concept)
That is why on a previous post in "Meditation, conditionality, and anatta". i'm talking about "Knowing.... Seeing...." but you take only "Knowing".
In your arguments, you say "drawbacks", this is the function of memory (perception aggregate), sanna, panna. But according to you, "perception aggregate", "formations aggregate" are out of control. So when does it reproduce ? if one does not have motivation to recall ?
In fact, thanks to the memory, once one had known et seen the results of such&such (kusala vs akusala) actions/speeches/thought that there are possibilities to undo bad habits (akusala) and to adopt good habits (kusala). This is possible because of appropriate attention - yoniso manasikara, in line with one's goal (cessation of dukkha).
- What do you think about the proved formula Sila->Samadhi->Panna (in the context of the Buddha teachings, of course) ?
These are physical and mental actions that happen due to corresponding causes. These can occur in momentary fashion as in Bahiya's case where 4 paths and 4 fruits happened within minutes or seconds.
In case of Bahiya, only Panna happened. because he already had accumulated in mature Sila/Samadhi and he listened the instructions with appropriate attention then practiced correctly and finally realized (liberated) correctly with the correct knowledge.
Dhamma is connected to real life.
Wish you Alex accomplish the goal of your life according to your accumulated merits (parami).