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by SDC
Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?
Replies: 38
Views: 612

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So maybe that is the line: Buddhism is access to the opportunity to understand the Dhamma. When can a person be said to have that access? Everyone has access to the opportunity. Not everyone sees it as an opportunity for Dhamma though. For many, it is an opportunity for involvement, for identity, f...
by SDC
Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?
Replies: 38
Views: 612

Re: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?

Everything can be Dhamma, if one pays right attention . For instance, participating in a ritual at a temple with its choreographed beauty, aware of one's movements and breath and other participants around, can be great practice as one brings the mindfulness, the equipoise, the devotion and other po...
by SDC
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?
Replies: 38
Views: 612

Re: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?

Sotapanna Perhaps not precisely, but I think you’re on the right track. I think the answer is “understanding”. That is really the line. The point where something goes from being possessed as a fact, to being known as knowledge. The difference between being able to mechanically recollect information...
by SDC
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Angana (Blemish)?
Replies: 6
Views: 150

Re: What is Angana (Blemish)?

Thank you, Santa. What exactly the message of this Sutta? The person with no blemish, who does not know they are without a blemish, is not the better of the two without blemishes. Yet the person who has a blemish, but can acknowledge it, is praised. Seems the message is the ability to "acknowledge"...
by SDC
Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Persistent thoughts
Replies: 8
Views: 365

Re: Persistent thoughts

Don't worry about the content of the thought. Focus the your ability to repeatedly recollect it. Mindful reflection is very similar and you should use this persistent thought to your advantage. Instead of being discouraged by it, see that recollection as already developed mindfulness (wrongly direct...
by SDC
Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why the wealthiest person not buddhist ?
Replies: 40
Views: 741

Re: Why the wealthiest person not buddhist ?

This conjecture is a shot in the dark, but it is likely deeds done in a past life which put them in such fortunate positions. They don't owe homage to Buddhism for having that merit pay off.
by SDC
Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Understanding the truth of the dhamma? or convincing oneself of it?
Replies: 45
Views: 896

Re: Understanding the truth of the dhamma? or convincing oneself of it?

I wonder why experienced meditators, even after having experienced firsthand the absence of self and "understood" it, still have to carry on meditating for years and years. Makes you wonder if their extensive experience is anything other than meditating in circles around themselves for years and ye...
by SDC
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who/what is discerning the 5 aggregates?
Replies: 49
Views: 1042

Re: Who/what is discerning the 5 aggregates?

Thank you SDC, I took some time to respond because I'm very far from experiencing this firsthand so I can only try to imagine what you are talking about. Getting to the meaning of anything (but especially Dhamma) takes some amount of creativity and imagination. While some descriptions (words of ano...
by SDC
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who/what is discerning the 5 aggregates?
Replies: 49
Views: 1042

Re: Who/what is discerning the 5 aggregates?

...is it typical of Nanavira's (I don't know how much he draws from the former) teachings? There is no doubt that monks such as Ven. NN and Ven. Ariyavaṃsa draw heavily from Ven. Nanavira's interpretation and descriptions. That has given them the platform to expand into some very unique detail of w...
by SDC
Sun Jun 02, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wouldn't be useful if Arahants reveal their state and achievements?
Replies: 44
Views: 1156

Re: Wouldn't be useful if Arahants reveal their state and achievements?

It is said that an ariya can recognize those at their level of attainment and below. Those in a lower stage must use attentive discernment to recognize those at a higher attainment: "as a layman enjoying sensual pleasures ... it’s hard for you to know whether these are arahants or on the path to ar...
by SDC
Sat Jun 01, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who/what is discerning the 5 aggregates?
Replies: 49
Views: 1042

Re: Who/what is discerning the 5 aggregates?

When he says "your very self doesn't know about you", why are "your very self" and "you" taken to be two different things? For the puthujjana, self can manifest in any number of ways: as an appearance, as that which is responsible for appearance, or both, or neither - depending on the view. But mor...
by SDC
Fri May 31, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who/what is discerning the 5 aggregates?
Replies: 49
Views: 1042

Re: Who/what is discerning the 5 aggregates?

... As with any writer, I think it is most beneficial to start with his earlier essay series. Not for any other reason than to get a more solid footing with his terminology and because I think at this point it is assumed the listeners are already familiar with his ideas. The Bhikkhus Notebook serie...
by SDC
Wed May 29, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Poe's Law - Defense
Replies: 62
Views: 1098

Re: Poe's Law - Defense

Did you just remove my signature that told Buddhists to go to Buddhist countries to learn Buddhism? It disappeared... If you didn't do that, who did and why would you or them consider that something that should be censored? Did I not just say I'm not partaking in your martyrdom? No it wasn't me.
by SDC
Wed May 29, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Poe's Law - Defense
Replies: 62
Views: 1098

Re: Poe's Law - Defense

Mano gets the last word and then the thread is locked. It will likely get chopped and removed after that.
by SDC
Wed May 29, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Poe's Law - Defense
Replies: 62
Views: 1098

Re: Poe's Law - Defense

Manopubbangama wrote:
Wed May 29, 2019 6:22 pm
I just will continue to compassionately warn innocent would-be victims of the truth until I am banned again.
You're trying way too hard to get that to happen. I won't support your martyrdom this time.