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by WorldTraveller
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly is Ekagata. (One pointedness)?
Replies: 22
Views: 361

Re: What exactly is Ekagata. (One pointedness)?

You need to understand that Abhidhamma takes things on a single mind moment. Therefore ekagata (one object .. or one going) is present in every single consciousness because there is only one object for each mind moment. Therefore, according to Abhidhamma, ekaggata can be unwholesome too (a miccha e...
by WorldTraveller
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: [SN 44.10]Is “attā” self or essence?
Replies: 7
Views: 167

Re: [SN 44.10]Is “attā” self or essence?

Good post. +1 However, I think we should also consider that when the wanderer Vacchagotta used the words "atta" his understanding of the word may have also differed from the Buddha. In other words, I think we should avoid imputing any Buddhist definitions upon words spoke by Vacchagotta given Vacch...
by WorldTraveller
Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 610
Views: 33543

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

Surprising to see the endless baloney of the Waharaka cult still continuing here! :rolleye: Anyway, First sense of anatta – anatta as no independent existence which no substantial nature of its own [See below SN 44.10 With Ānanda – Ānandasutta sutta] => thus giving atta as ultimate truth and anatta ...
by WorldTraveller
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Letting go
Replies: 11
Views: 555

Re: Letting go

Hello all, I'm not sure if this is considered Vipassana, Samatha, loving kindness or something else. The short question is, how do we practice letting go in the meditation? Letting go of, greed, hate, fear, etc. Thanks all. How about the Right Thoughts of the Eight Fold Path? Under the Right Though...
by WorldTraveller
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Eyes Open Or Closed During Practice?
Replies: 30
Views: 1164

Re: Eyes Open Or Closed During Practice?

For me, it's obviously closed. Less rūpārammaṇas (visual objects) to get distracted.
by WorldTraveller
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Let's help eachother develop jhanas (take two!)
Replies: 74
Views: 3150

Re: Let's help eachother develop jhanas (take two!)

As I wrote elsewhere I would get out of jhana to either move onto vipassana contemplation or out of compassion obligation reasons like to meet my GF when she arrives home from work. Even on the first time I experienced jhana, there were no thinking while in it. There were no whatsoever thoughts as ...
by WorldTraveller
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 919

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

Aloka wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:55 am
I very much doubt that the historical Buddha announced that he was a manifestation of Vairocana.

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Of course it's a later Mahayana idea.
by WorldTraveller
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Inaccurate knowledge can damage the seeker of truth
Replies: 5
Views: 225

Re: Inaccurate knowledge can damage the seeker of truth

Stiphan wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:20 pm
:goodpost:

Buddha also advised Kalamas not to accept a teaching just because it came through a certain canonical tradition.
by WorldTraveller
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is merit?
Replies: 30
Views: 693

Re: What is merit?

https://suttacentral.net/an4.57/en/sujato I find it very strange why the Buddha spoke conflicting ideas! :thinking: Compare AN4.57 that you are referring to with the above quoted MN 135. AN4.57 says, Long life, beauty, happiness, and strength, all are the vipaka for the giver of dana. But MN 135 me...
by WorldTraveller
Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 919

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

SarathW wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:47 am
What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Mahayana Buddhas are celestial Buddhas who lives forever and ever and ever. Sometimes their manifested body comes to earth, for example, our Gautama Buddha said to be a manifestation of Vairocana Buddha.
by WorldTraveller
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: On Impossibility of Guiding the Dead to a Better Destination by the Living Kin
Replies: 19
Views: 622

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

The solution was the creation of the preta s. In this modified version, the ancestral spirits were stuck in an intermediate state —being unable to travel further up towards the heavens—after the death waiting for a series of complex rituals to be conducted only by specialist priests. Thank you. :th...
by WorldTraveller
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Let's help eachother develop jhanas (take two!)
Replies: 74
Views: 3150

Re: Let's help eachother develop jhanas (take two!)

once you get to first jhana it's smooth sailing and no more effort is required unless you wish to get out of jhana completely and do vipassana contemplations. ...unless you wish to get out of jhana... Is my understanding correct that this "wish of wanting to get out" occurred while inside the jhana?
by WorldTraveller
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:03 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Let's help eachother develop jhanas (take two!)
Replies: 74
Views: 3150

Re: Let's help eachother develop jhanas (take two!)

Just FYI, bhikkhus will not answer 1-4 as they are not allowed by Vinaya to reveal such to non-bhikkhus. Anyway, I since I'm not a bhikkhu, here are my answers: 1. Are you able to enter the jhanas every time you sit down? Never. 2. If not, how often are you able to enter the jhanas? (Once day, week,...
by WorldTraveller
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: On Impossibility of Guiding the Dead to a Better Destination by the Living Kin
Replies: 19
Views: 622

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

As I read them, the sutta I quoted doesn't suggest "transfer of merit", it suggest giving any petas who might be hanging around the opportunity for appreciative joy. I fail to see how that is inconsistent with the Buddha's teachings. Years ago I believed in the Almighty and had one sided communicat...
by WorldTraveller
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: ban heretics
Replies: 90
Views: 4216

Re: ban heretics

... instead I got people who doubt jhanas are possible or useful. So quite the opposite. Those must be "Seven Fold Path" practitioners! :D From Araṇavibhaṅga Sutta “Bhikkhus, a bhikkhu attains to the first dhyana. . . second dhyana. . . third dhyana. . . fourth dhyana. To this is said the non sensu...