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Question for Bhikkhu Pesala

Postby SarathW » Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:43 am

Bhante Pesala,
You said:
Only those who have realised nibbāna are assured of rebirth in the higher realms of existence.

http://www.aimwell.org/Books/Pesala/Reb ... birth.html

Is this what you mean to say?
My undestading is that there is no existence/non existence once you realise Nibbana.
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Re: Question for Bhikkhu Pesala

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Re: Question for Bhikkhu Pesala

Postby Sylvester » Mon Mar 11, 2013 9:25 am

Quite possible. But I've not delved into this issue.

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Re: Question for Bhikkhu Pesala

Postby SarathW » Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:48 am

Dan wrote
also how one knows for oneself with certainty that these fetters have indeed been permanently removed?
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The way I understand is that, first three fetters will be permanently removed only by attaining Arahantship. I do not think that four stages of sainthood are achieved like climbing a ladder by step by step. It is a gradual process more like clearing muddy water. However there are four important landmarks that you can see for yourself what stage you are in.
Just like a “pert diagram” the process has an order in which particular stage (say Sakrudagami) can’t be completed before you complete first sage (Say Sotapanna) ie. Foundation is necessary before build a house. :)
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Re: Question for Bhikkhu Pesala

Postby SarathW » Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:53 am

“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: Question for Bhikkhu Pesala

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:33 am

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Re: Question for Bhikkhu Pesala

Postby SarathW » Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:19 am

ven Pesala
I got another question for you you said in your article:

So past kamma is only responsible for about one sixteenth, the remainder is due to other causes.

http://www.aimwell.org/Books/Pesala/Reb ... birth.html

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Where did you get that number from?
By the way your article was very good and every one must read it. :)
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Re: Question for Bhikkhu Pesala

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Fri Mar 15, 2013 7:00 am

See the

Of course, there is also kamma done in the present life. If our fate was predetermined by past kamma there would be no benefit of striving to abandon unwholesome deeds, cultivate wholesome deeds, and purifying the mind through the practice of tranquillity and insight meditation. All such efforts are wholesome kamma, which will definitely increase our future happiness and reduce both present and future suffering.

Striving hard may also increase present suffering, e.g. feeling hungry in the afternoon when observing eight precepts, or feeling stiffness in the limbs through sitting or walking in meditation for long periods. However, it will reduce future suffering by increasing our wisdom, courage, and patience.
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Re: Question for Bhikkhu Pesala

Postby SarathW » Sun Mar 17, 2013 1:50 am

Thank you Bhante,
I am in excruciating pain at the moment due to my illness in Shingles. I haven’t taken pain killers for almost ten days. Do you think it will reduce future suffering by increasing my wisdom, courage, and patience? Can you give me some Sutta reference which will help me in this regard. Some of my friends think that I punish my body invane. :)

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