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by Stillness
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: [SN 44.10]Is “attā” self or essence?
Replies: 11
Views: 934

[SN 44.10]Is “attā” self or essence?

This is an answer to someone’s inquiry (see subject) regarding this post. Atthi : Exist. Natthi [ na + atthi ]: Non-exist, no, not, not present. Attā : Self, soul (Sanskrit: Ātman ) Hence, the SN 44.10 ’s two questions by the wanderer Vacchagotta ( Pāli ): Q1) “ Atth attā ? ” [Atthi + attā ]: Exist ...
by Stillness
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 1336

Re: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?

Mahayana Buddhas are celestial Buddhas who lives forever and ever and ever. It might interest some of you to know that the Buddhāpadāna of Theravada Kuddaka-nikāya has an extremely elaborated description of a place called “Buddha-field” where all the Buddhas live. Scholars believe this to be an ear...
by Stillness
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: For someone who has attained the first absorption...
Replies: 1
Views: 510

For someone who has attained the first absorption...

From SN 36.11, Rahogata-sutta (has 8 parallels) Material [1]For someone who has attained the first absorption , speech ( vācā ) has ceased. [2]For someone who has attained the second absorption , the placing of the mind ( vitakka ) and keeping it connected ( vicāra ) have ceased. [3]For someone who ...
by Stillness
Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Why speech ceased in first Jhana?
Replies: 9
Views: 654

Re: Why speech ceased in first Jhana?

The way I understand Vitakka and Vicara is the mind talking (speech). Mind talking, mouth talking all need the same thinking and pondering which is not a stilled mind. If you can do this then you can also walk or drive a car as some claimed to be doing while absorbed in a jhāna . Then that jhāna ha...
by Stillness
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Why speech ceased in first Jhana?
Replies: 9
Views: 654

Re: Why speech ceased in first Jhana?

SarathW wrote:
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:02 am
Considering the fact the First Jhana comprise of Vitakka, Vicara (wholesome) I can not understand why speech has to be ceased in first Jhana.
Because vitakka and vicāra of jhāna and the ones exist in regular speech are not the same. Please read this thread.
by Stillness
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is merit?
Replies: 34
Views: 1387

Re: What is merit?

https://suttacentral.net/an4.57/en/sujato In brief, AN 4.57 speaks of long life, beauty, happiness, and strength as karmic results of the act of offering food. Now bare in mind that this discourse has no parallel even in the Pali Canon. But the MN 135 has 17 parallels. Therefore, in this case, it’s...
by Stillness
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is merit?
Replies: 34
Views: 1387

Re: What is merit?

Correct me if I misunderstand your meaning, but to paraphrase, originally the Buddha taught that merit is basically the good that comes from keeping the precepts, which is another way of saying the fruit of kamma. It was 500 years later that the meaning of merit was expanded and modified into somet...
by Stillness
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: On Impossibility of Guiding the Dead to a Better Destination by the Living Kin
Replies: 19
Views: 912

Re: On Impossibility of Guiding the Dead to a Better Destination by the Living Kin

Perhaps OP can enlightened us about when, where, and why actually the idea of pretas created in ancient India. Prior to 900 BCE, as far as 1500 BCE, the Vedic ancestral spirits were said to be self sustaining ethereal beings who were bathing in endless sensual pleasures. But they once a while may h...
by Stillness
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is merit?
Replies: 34
Views: 1387

Re: What is merit?

and how does merit 'reside' or come into existence, As with any sort of cetanā , the proximate cause of merit is the associated dhammas, with the three wholesome roots, attachment, aversion and delusion, being the most significant of these. A typo, perhaps. Should be the opposite. ...with the three...
by Stillness
Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is merit?
Replies: 34
Views: 1387

Re: What is merit?

what is merit, exactly? Some commentators give a clear definition of ‘‘ puñña ’’ as the kusala-kamma (wholesome deed) which purifies and cleanses the doer's mind . Hence, the puñña is a synonym for kusala with an emphasis on its purification aspect. In the early sutta s, Buddha often talked kusala ...
by Stillness
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:59 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: On Impossibility of Guiding the Dead to a Better Destination by the Living Kin
Replies: 19
Views: 912

Re: On Impossibility of Guiding the Dead to a Better Destination by the Living Kin

Interesting to read that along with Pv 1.5, where there is a rejoicing in the merit ( not a "transference"! ) by the petas https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=32128#p476700 , rather than some kind of physical transfer (though I wouldn't know what the belief was behind the Brahmanical ritua...
by Stillness
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: On Impossibility of Guiding the Dead to a Better Destination by the Living Kin
Replies: 19
Views: 912

Re: On Impossibility of Guiding the Dead to a Better Destination by the Living Kin

Putta-sutta (AN 5.39, no Chinese parallel) “Bhikkhus, considering five prospects, mother and father wish for a son to be born in their family. What five? (1) ‘Having been supported by us, he will support us. (2) Or he will do work for us. (3) Our family lineage will be extended. (4) He will manage ...
by Stillness
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: On Impossibility of Guiding the Dead to a Better Destination by the Living Kin
Replies: 19
Views: 912

Re: On Impossibility of Guiding the Dead to a Better Destination by the Living Kin

His claim has weight when it's evident how the idea of direct food offering to peta s later shifted to offering to monks—symbolic representatives of preta s—claiming that it's impossible to directly offer to peta s. Was direct food offering to the petas mentioned in any suttas? :heart: Mike AN 10.1...
by Stillness
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: On Impossibility of Guiding the Dead to a Better Destination by the Living Kin
Replies: 19
Views: 912

Re: On Impossibility of Guiding the Dead to a Better Destination by the Living Kin

Sure, I'm aware that much of the KV is historically later. However, it's interesting to see where these Theravada ideas and practices come from, and certain things being later developments does not prevent them from being a source of inspiration for practitioners. :heart: Mike Similar ancestral spi...
by Stillness
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: On Impossibility of Guiding the Dead to a Better Destination by the Living Kin
Replies: 19
Views: 912

Re: On Impossibility of Guiding the Dead to a Better Destination by the Living Kin

Transference of Merits is typically poorly understood primarily because of poor translation. What it could really be considered to be is "Sharing about Merit" and the procedure is the person performing Pattidana speaks of their good deeds, and shares it with fallen relatives and makes offerings in ...