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by robertk
Sun Mar 29, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Momentary 'experience'
Replies: 160
Views: 6260

Re: Momentary 'experience'

It's like understanding that a film projector is using a succession of frames to create a moving picture. But that knowledge doesn't stop us getting emotionally involved in the film we're watching. Well when watching the movie and having this knowledge - that it is mere story, a succession of empty...
by robertk
Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Momentary 'experience'
Replies: 160
Views: 6260

Re: Momentary 'experience'

Dinsdale: I wish you would directly address the "supposed" lack of validity of Abhidhammic texts with regard to momentariness. Instead of just dumping in bits of texts in the vague hope that they support your beliefs. Clearly the suttas support the impermanence of consciousness, but the Abbhidhammi...
by robertk
Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: abhidhamma.org/forums update
Replies: 1
Views: 109

abhidhamma.org/forums update

Dear All some of you might remember abhidhamma.org/forums. I have recently changed it to a new software that is available at this link ://www.abhidhamma.org The old forum is still at the old link but will soon be deleted as Invision (old forum software ) are stopping the version I use. An issue with...
by robertk
Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Momentary 'experience'
Replies: 160
Views: 6260

Re: Momentary 'experience'

Guhatthaka-suttaniddeso: Upon the Tip of a Needle 1. "Life, personhood, pleasure and pain - This is all that's bound together In a single mental event- A moment that quickly takes place . 2. Even for the devas who endure For 84,000 thousand kalpas - Even those do not live the same For any two moment...
by robertk
Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Momentary 'experience'
Replies: 160
Views: 6260

Re: Momentary 'experience'

I think for now it is easier if I don't directly reply to comments about the supposed lack of validity of Abhidhamma, or myself make comments about the interpretations suggested by ven. Nanavira. Rather I will add sutta references on the topic. https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn35/sn35.0...
by robertk
Sat Mar 21, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 161
Views: 7758

Re: Coronavirus?

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by robertk
Sat Mar 21, 2020 7:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Momentary 'experience'
Replies: 160
Views: 6260

Re: Momentary 'experience'

SDC It seems this discernment would require the recognition of certain signs, and wouldn't that require some degree of endurance of a thing in order for those signs to be picked up? There is no ‘endurance’ however because of many series of processes objects can be discerned. So I give some basic Ab...
by robertk
Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Momentary 'experience'
Replies: 160
Views: 6260

Re: Momentary 'experience'

But things - as I see it - are gone as soon as they appear. There is nothing left at all from last year. There is nothing left from yesterday, from this morning, from an hour ago, from a second ago, from a split second ago. That's a nice application of the idea of momentariness. To stop clinging to...
by robertk
Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Momentary 'experience'
Replies: 160
Views: 6260

Re: Momentary 'experience'

So taking - as an example- Viññāṇa: this like all the khandhas, arises and ceases instantly. Yet it is conditioned to keep re-arising- so while seeing (cakkhu viññāṇa ) only lasts for that one instant, another one is conditioned, to arise and on and on. The aggregates have that same nature as menti...
by robertk
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Could bodhisatva still be reborn in hell?
Replies: 11
Views: 479

Re: Could bodhisatva still be reborn in hell?

He can be born in hell, but not in avicci hell, the worst one.
Note spelling is bodhisatta.
by robertk
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Value of the Dhamma
Replies: 0
Views: 335

Value of the Dhamma

Extracted from Perfections by Sujin Boriharnwanaket Chapter on Patience (Khanti). “King Pukkusåti reigned over his kingdom in the city of Takkasilå and King Bimbisåra reigned over his kingdom in the city of Rajagåha, and they were of the same age. Between them there was a deep bond of affection, alt...
by robertk
Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Momentary 'experience'
Replies: 160
Views: 6260

Re: Momentary 'experience'

But things - as I see it - are gone as soon as they appear. There is nothing left at all from last year. There is nothing left from yesterday, from this morning, from an hour ago, from a second ago, from a split second ago. If things do not endure, knowledge would not be possible. What is knowledge...
by robertk
Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Momentary 'experience'
Replies: 160
Views: 6260

Re: Momentary 'experience'

This is the discussion chownah and I were having the other day: it does not seem plausible that sankhāra and sankhata are used interchangeably especially when they do appear in the same compound. They have to have a different meaning. It would seem dhamma and sankhata can be used interchangeably, b...
by robertk
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Momentary 'experience'
Replies: 160
Views: 6260

Re: Momentary 'experience'

So here sankhara means any conditioned element - and thus excludes nibbana. This is the discussion chownah and I were having the other day: it does not seem plausible that sankhāra and sankhata are used interchangeably especially when they do appear in the same compound. They have to have a differe...
by robertk
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Momentary 'experience'
Replies: 160
Views: 6260

Re: Momentary 'experience'

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