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by robertk
Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What experiences happiness in Nibbana?
Replies: 54
Views: 667

Re: What experiences happiness in Nibbana?

all there is is dukkha, and the end of dukkha. What could be happier than the final end of dukkha. I was thinking the same thing. But I sorta feel like some people would rather just have several long experiences in truly "happy" realms like the heaven or brahma realms than just disappear. although ...
by robertk
Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What experiences happiness in Nibbana?
Replies: 54
Views: 667

Re: What experiences happiness in Nibbana?

all there is is dukkha, and the end of dukkha.

What could be happier than the final end of dukkha.
by robertk
Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where is the Buddha?
Replies: 21
Views: 329

Re: Where is the Buddha?

I think trobinson was referring to the old thread about dhammakaya - which did have a number of gratitutous insults.
:)
by robertk
Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where is the Buddha?
Replies: 21
Views: 329

Re: Where is the Buddha?

Actually, according to Thanissaro Bhikkhu, while nibbana does mean blowing out (a flame). The ancient indian understanding of blowing out a flame is different than the western understanding of blowing out a flame. While in the west we think of a flame being blown out as merely disappearing, the con...
by robertk
Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:18 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Touching Money
Replies: 31
Views: 402

Re: Touching Money

I thought that the Buddha made the rule against touching gold and silver because that was the currency of that time. But the story of the monk requesting for the kahapana indicates that money already existed then. So why did the Buddha make that rule only against gold and silver ? Nissaggiya Pacitt...
by robertk
Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:04 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Touching Money
Replies: 31
Views: 402

Re: Touching Money

Whoever agrees to gold or money, headman, also agrees to the five strands of sensual pleasure, and whoever agrees to the five strands of sensual pleasure, headman, you may take it for certain that this is not the way of a recluse, that this is not the way of a Buddhist monk . Monks, there are these...
by robertk
Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is there a story that Buddha send a monk to a prostitute?
Replies: 2
Views: 164

Re: Is there a story that Buddha send a monk to a prostitute?

Indeed he did. From the suttanipita Sirimā was the daughter of the courtesan Sālavatī, whose origin story is related in detail in the Chapter on Robes (Vin I 268–69). After her mother passed away, Sirimā assumed her position as chief courtesan. According to the background story to the verse “Conquer...
by robertk
Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Hell from doing metta?
Replies: 15
Views: 409

Re: Hell from doing metta?

The point the Commentary makes is that any type of kusala, no matter how wonderful, still doesnt lead out of samsara- with its hell and animal planes.
only the development of vipassana( the real kind, not the imitation) leads to nibbana.
by robertk
Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What will be my destination if I die with a desire to attain Nibbana?
Replies: 7
Views: 161

Re: What will be my destination if I die with a desire to attain Nibbana?

excellent citations by DNS (the boss ha) and santa100! I add one more: "In beings subject to birth, the wish arises, ' O, may we not be subject to birth, and may birth not come to us.' But this is not be achieved by wishing . This is the stress of not getting what one wants. In beings subject to agi...
by robertk
Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does a Buddha Suffer after Enlightenment
Replies: 54
Views: 1139

Re: Does a Buddha Suffer after Enlightenment

actually that is a good point. it is true that the khandhas of the arahat are not khandhas of clinging, upadanakkhandhas. Thus thr' there is no dukkha for the arahat in this sense. But still there is sankhaaradukkha, dukkha inherent in all conditioned dhammas. Dispeller of Delusion p. 113 . "But the...
by robertk
Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 214
Views: 18028

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

61:<Ya.m ca kho eta.m bhikkhave vuccati citta.m iti pi mano iti pi vi~n~na.m iti pi... "But that which is called Citta and Mano and Vinnana arises as one thing and ceases as another by day and night." Samyutta 12:61 (Bhikkhu Bodhi transl). Vism X1V, 82 " 'Whatever has the characteristic of cognizing...
by robertk
Thu Jun 28, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 214
Views: 18028

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

@rightviewftw: Maybe we should start at a bit simpler level. We don't want get tangled up in fancy terms and not make any progress in understanding. In your own words, what is the relationship between citta and vinnana? What do you understand to be vinnana/vinnakkhandha? Do we experience citta or v...
by robertk
Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Are negative events always the result of bad kamma - i.e. abuse done to children, rape, etc?
Replies: 30
Views: 586

Re: Are negative events always the result of bad kamma - i.e. abuse done to children, rape, etc?

I think it is better to consider my longer explanation, as I am not sure what your sentence exactly means. Hi robertk Vipaka (result) is conditioned by kamma (action). What is experienced is not just vipaka. Is that any clearer? I noticed that you wrote However, even that vipaka is not conditioned ...