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by robertk
Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Why so few Western Buddhists?
Replies: 176
Views: 15896

Re: Why so few Western Buddhists?

Thank you for the discussion. Several replies address real life issues I have faced in communities where I have lived in the Mid-West and Rocky Mountain region of the USA. Being a Buddhist, practicing this Path and integrating Buddhist practice into everyday life, is a real challenge where I have l...
by robertk
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Crowd Funding to Preserve Bhante Dhammika's 40 years of work
Replies: 15
Views: 371

Re: Crowd Funding to Preserve Bhante Dhammika's 40 years of work

I have similar concerns for Nina Van Gorkom's books- she is 92. they are in print and online. And availble for free download at many websites . But most of these websites are kept by individuals ( mine for instance). The only one I know of that "looks" potentially long term is this one. see example...
by robertk
Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Crowd Funding to Preserve Bhante Dhammika's 40 years of work
Replies: 15
Views: 371

Re: Crowd Funding to Preserve Bhante Dhammika's 40 years of work

I have similar concerns for Nina Van Gorkom's books- she is 92. they are in print and online. And availble for free download at many websites . But most of these websites are kept by individuals ( mine for instance). The only one I know of that "looks" potentially long term is this one. see example ...
by robertk
Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Locating Buddhist quotes & passages
Replies: 5
Views: 171

Re: Locating Buddhist quotes & passages

#16 It's mentioned that the arahant who by great force attains arahantship without the support of the jhanas, is tired after the feat In the commentary to Aane~njasappaaya sutta (MN 106) it is said: Uparipannasa-Atthakatha 4.67 Samaapatti.m taava pada.t.thaana.m katvaa vipassana.m va.d.dhetvaa When...
by robertk
Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What exactly is 'domanassa'?
Replies: 12
Views: 395

Re: What exactly is 'domassana'?

What the arahat has eradicated, among other harmful elements, is the unpleasant feeling, Domanassa-sahagatam, associated with aversion, patigha-sampayuttam . Sure. But what about unpleasant mental feeling without aversion? MN 38 & MN 148 appear to say an Arahant can experience unpleasant mental fee...
by robertk
Sun Jan 12, 2020 6:42 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What exactly is 'domanassa'?
Replies: 12
Views: 395

Re: What exactly is 'domassana'?

An arahat may experience (like all of us) kaya-vinnana (body-consciousness) , an akusala vipaka (the result of unwholesome kamma) , which is accompanied by dukkha vedana (bodily painful feeling).. What the arahat has eradicated, among other harmful elements, is the unpleasant feeling, Domanassa-saha...
by robertk
Sat Jan 11, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Attention Abhidhamma experts, where in Abhdhamma is vitakka ever defined as "initial application"?
Replies: 12
Views: 487

Re: Attention Abhidhamma experts, where in Abhdhamma is vitakka ever defined as "initial application"?

SarathW wrote:
Sat Jan 11, 2020 1:43 pm
Could Vitakka be unwholesome?
Yes sure.

Such as
thought of sense-pleasures (kama-vitakka)
thought of malevolence (vyapada-vitakka)
thought of harming (vihimsa-vitakka )
by robertk
Sat Jan 11, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Attention Abhidhamma experts, where in Abhdhamma is vitakka ever defined as "initial application"?
Replies: 12
Views: 487

Re: Attention Abhidhamma experts, where in Abhdhamma is vitakka ever defined as "initial application"?

It appears Vitakka in Abhidhamma is ethically indeterminate as it is a particular mental factor. if that is the case it should be Sankappa, not Samma Sankappa. https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/mendis/wheel322.html :shrug: it becomes ' ethical' depending on the other factors associated wi...
by robertk
Sat Jan 11, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Definition of thought
Replies: 4
Views: 134

Re: Definition of thought

Seems unusual. Do you have the pali?
by robertk
Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Attention Abhidhamma experts, where in Abhdhamma is vitakka ever defined as "initial application"?
Replies: 12
Views: 487

Re: Attention Abhidhamma experts, where in Abhdhamma is vitakka ever defined as "initial application"?

Vitakka is conditioned by the other elements that arise with it, and by the object and so on. It may be a predominant factor of the mind at times or very minor. It arises almost constantly in daily life, but in the initial development of jhana it has a strong presence. And it assists in vipassana. N...
by robertk
Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:55 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Attention Abhidhamma experts, where in Abhdhamma is vitakka ever defined as "initial application"?
Replies: 12
Views: 487

Re: Attention Abhidhamma experts, where in Abhdhamma is vitakka ever defined as "initial application"?

frank k wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:30 pm
Theravada abhidhamma changed quite a bit over time. How jhana and appana samadhi works in vimutti magga, is a lot closer to what the EBT pali suttas say. In
The Vimuttimagga is not a Theravada text.
by robertk
Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Refuge is taken in the not-good Dhamma
Replies: 44
Views: 848

Re: Refuge is taken in the not-good Dhamma

As DNS already pointed out the Buddha said that because of creating the Bhikkhuni Sangha this sasana would last only five hundred years. But because of his adding the eight weighty rules the commentaries explain it would last 5000 years. Other commentaries say that the rehearsal of the texts at the ...
by robertk
Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Attention Abhidhamma experts, where in Abhdhamma is vitakka ever defined as "initial application"?
Replies: 12
Views: 487

Re: Attention Abhidhamma experts, where in Abhdhamma is vitakka ever defined as "initial application"?

From Nina Van Gorkom's book on cetasikas: Visuddhimagga ( IV,88) defines vitakka as follows: ... Herein, applied thinking (vitakkama) is applied thought (vitakka); hitting upon, is what is meant. It has the characteristic of directing the mind onto an object (mounting the mind on its object). Its fu...
by robertk
Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Reconciling Suttas on Debate
Replies: 19
Views: 485

Re: Reconciling Suttas on Debate

Really it all depends on the underlying mind-states. When the Buddha 'crushes' the states are all with unlimited wisdom etc. When we 'overwhelm and crush' an opponent in debate, it is quite likely to be associated with unwise states. But not necessarily: we could be helping someone to see the error ...