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by spacenick
Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Canonical references about dark phases on the path (dark night, depression, etc)
Replies: 17
Views: 2897

Re: Canonical references about dark phases on the path (dark night, depression, etc)

Thanks for the detailed input guys, I have very little knowledge in Catholic doctrine. As this term has been used extensively in some of the online dharma communities to describe "negative" stages that are mentioned in the commentaries (fear, disgust, etc), I used the term loosely here to refer to s...
by spacenick
Mon Jul 10, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Canonical references about dark phases on the path (dark night, depression, etc)
Replies: 17
Views: 2897

Re: Canonical references about dark phases on the path (dark night, depression, etc)

Twenty five years since my going forth, and no peace of awareness — not a finger-snap's worth — attained. Having gained no oneness of mind, I was wracked with lust. Wailing, with my arms upheld, I ran amok from my dwelling — "Or... or shall I take the knife? What's the use of life to me? /.../ http...
by spacenick
Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Canonical references about dark phases on the path (dark night, depression, etc)
Replies: 17
Views: 2897

Canonical references about dark phases on the path (dark night, depression, etc)

Hello, I am aware that the concept of a "dark night of the soul" is nowhere to be found in the suttas, but it has always puzzled me to find so little in the Canon about difficult phenomena arising during practice. I know for myself that attempting to walk that path as much as I can has brought up in...
by spacenick
Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Looking for a sutta about hindrances & anicca-sanna
Replies: 2
Views: 1075

Looking for a sutta about hindrances & anicca-sanna

Hello there, recently I remembered a talk from Ajahn Sona about the hindrances, in which he mentions the different remedies for each one. But he also talks about a sutta where apparently the Buddha said that the perception of impermanence was a common cure for all of the hindrances. I haven't been a...
by spacenick
Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Personal Courage and Restoring the Sangha’s Moral Purpose
Replies: 12
Views: 1722

Re: Personal Courage and Restoring the Sangha’s Moral Purpose

He answers possible charges that he may be “politicizing” Buddhism by pointing out that in Vietnam and Sri Lanka there are monks in political parties and parliament. A monastic council appointed by the king manages the Thai sangha, while in Myanmar the sangha runs according to an act of parliament....
by spacenick
Wed Jan 04, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Nibbana as a dhamma in Classical Theravāda
Replies: 62
Views: 8441

Re: Nibbana as a dhamma in Classical Theravāda

Thanks! Perhaps if you don't hold on to "stuck only on freedom from being stuck", you may have freedom from "stuck only on freedom from being stuck" :anjali: Haha, yeah! Well I think this is when we reach the limit of intellectualization, and that the wise ones understand that it's about shutting u...
by spacenick
Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Nibbana as a dhamma in Classical Theravāda
Replies: 62
Views: 8441

Re: Nibbana as a dhamma in Classical Theravāda

The link you provide http://obo.genaud.net/dhammatalk/dhammatalk_forum/dhamma_talk/dt_009.conditioned.vs.own-made.htm#vinnana mention there does not exist any consciousness that is stable. Consciousness that has not been own-made, that has not been fueled by lust for form, sense-experience, percept...
by spacenick
Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Nibbana as a dhamma in Classical Theravāda
Replies: 62
Views: 8441

Re: Nibbana as a dhamma in Classical Theravāda

PS: May I ask a tricky question to those holding Thanissaro view ? Well: To whom does this consciousness that has abandoned all objects belong to ? This question does not apply. The aggregate of consciousness specifically pertains to the consciousness bound to nama/rupa . An individualized, persona...
by spacenick
Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Nibbana as a dhamma in Classical Theravāda
Replies: 62
Views: 8441

Re: Nibbana as a dhamma in Classical Theravāda

I have just read B. Sujato case for vegetarianism and I do not agree with it. As expected, he is not stupid and makes a good case while also mentioning all the uncomfortable facts about his case. Problem is that kamma is not an ethical moral code. It has nothing to do with ethics, it is just a law ...
by spacenick
Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Nibbana as a dhamma in Classical Theravāda
Replies: 62
Views: 8441

Re: Nibbana as a dhamma in Classical Theravāda

You are discussing the person, not the ideas. And by the way, what is Sujato stance regarding vegetarianism ? You made me curious. You're taking the words of someone who has *not* experienced Nibbana to talk about... Nibbana. I am not taking the words of somebody who had not exerienced nibbana to t...
by spacenick
Tue Jan 03, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Being Religious or Spiritual Is Linked With Getting More Depressed
Replies: 86
Views: 7589

Re: Being Religious or Spiritual Is Linked With Getting More Depressed

I didn't get how your quote related to my statement; care to elaborate? Hi spacenick, You mentioned kamma and I remembered a worthwhile link relating to kamma, that's all. Sorry if it was confusing for you. :anjali: Not at all - I just thought there was a form of hidden meaning to your post; thanks...
by spacenick
Tue Jan 03, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Nibbana as a dhamma in Classical Theravāda
Replies: 62
Views: 8441

Re: Nibbana as a dhamma in Classical Theravāda

I wholeheartedly disagree with a lot of Ven. Sujato's work and interpretation (for instance his stance on vegetarianism shows a profound misunderstanding of the goal of the Dhamma), so I am absolutely not surprised to find him quoted here! :p PS: Bhikkhu Bodhi has not attained any stage of awakening...
by spacenick
Tue Jan 03, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Nibbana as a dhamma in Classical Theravāda
Replies: 62
Views: 8441

Re: Nibbana as a dhamma in Classical Theravāda

Twilight wrote:What I was speaking about are views expressed in the suttas. I am not familiar with those views and would be interested to hear what they are about.
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

Research vinnana anidassanam, the synonym for Nibbana
by spacenick
Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Being Religious or Spiritual Is Linked With Getting More Depressed
Replies: 86
Views: 7589

Re: Being Religious or Spiritual Is Linked With Getting More Depressed

Kamma is an insanely complex mechanism with a dual synchronicity (see The Wings of Awakening). It is magic. Its worth reading the section on kamma in Ajahn Amaro's (abbot of Amaravati Monastery UK) little booklet "Who is pulling the strings". Excerpt from section 2 page 17 : ‘IS THIS PRINCIPLE OF “...
by spacenick
Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Jewels or Crap? That is the question.
Replies: 9
Views: 2056

Re: Jewels or Crap? That is the question.

Seeing that jewels cannot last forever and will inevitably cause suffering, you then realize that having anything in your mind actually comes down to only having shit in your mind. Maintaining an empty shelf is a source of tension, distress; so in the end you want to get rid of the container altoget...