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by Garrib
Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thought Experiment
Replies: 13
Views: 245

Re: Thought Experiment

I used to think about this quite a bit: "What do I actually know!?" - because I desperately wanted to ensure that my choices in life were informed by some kind of actual truth, at least to some extent. I ended up landing on the fact that I would die - I could know this to be absolutely true, regardl...
by Garrib
Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does practice the eight precept alone can lead to liberation ?
Replies: 6
Views: 138

Re: Does practice the eight precept alone can lead to liberation ?

I think maybe believing that the eight precepts alone could lead you to liberation could be considered 'clinging to rites and rituals' (silabataparamasa) -
but observance of the precepts couldn't hurt
by Garrib
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Self is an Illusion
Replies: 43
Views: 796

Re: Self is an Illusion

I don't think Sam Harris has arrived at this view completely independently of Buddhism - Harris is a meditator and has participated in Goenka retreats and so forth. I believe he is fairly well versed in Pali Buddhism, as well as Dzogchen. Granted, he is looking at things more from a certain philisop...
by Garrib
Sat Aug 25, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Raga, Dosa and moha in paralale to Anicca, Dukkha, Anatta?
Replies: 8
Views: 148

Re: Are Raga, Dosa and moha in paralale to Anicca, Dukkha, Anatta?

I've never considered this possibility but it seems interesting. Like you said, raga seems to be associated with failing to consider that pleasant sense objects and the gratification derived from them are totally impermanent. Dosa is our unskillful response to painful feeling/sickness/aging/death/su...
by Garrib
Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What are these Ajahn Chah sangha monks' names?
Replies: 17
Views: 904

Re: What are these Ajahn Chah sangha monks' names?

Puriso wrote:
Sat Aug 25, 2018 12:35 pm
I can tell you the names of all of these monks. The one at the back far left is Puriso Bhikkhu (myself), who left the robes in 1992
Hi Puriso,

I am curious - what you are up to now? Are you practicing and/or teaching Dhamma?

Thank you,

Brad
by Garrib
Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New Member Seeking Buddhist Fellowship
Replies: 4
Views: 241

Re: New Member Seeking Buddhist Fellowship

Hi Dave,

Glad to see you on the DW boards. May you quickly attain nibbana!

-Brad
by Garrib
Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: What is forbidden?
Replies: 2
Views: 110

Re: What is forbidden?

It would be fun if someone can explain more about the laws what one not are allowed to do tel me every law you know. 5 Precepts: -Abstain from killing living beings -Abstain from taking what is not given (theft) -Abstain from sexual misconduct (adultery, sexual exploitation/abuse etc...) -Abstain f...
by Garrib
Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Dukkha include Pithy and Sukha?
Replies: 2
Views: 98

Re: Does Dukkha include Pithy and Sukha?

SarathW wrote:
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:52 am
Does Dukkha include Pithy and Sukha?
Are they permanent or impermanent?
by Garrib
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: HH Dalai Lama
Replies: 7
Views: 310

Re: HH Dalai Lama

Really? Where? The suttas often refer to the five strands of sensual pleasures rather than the five strands of sensory experience. I think you need to provide some sutta support for the claims above. I don't feel the need to provide sutta support in this case - I think it is conventional to speak o...
by Garrib
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: HH Dalai Lama
Replies: 7
Views: 310

Re: HH Dalai Lama

"Our consciousness" or the "element of consciousness"? The Pali scriptures appear to instruct to examine "consciousness" and to abandon the idea of "our consciousness", as follows: True, but to be fair, the Pali scriptures also seem to suggest that it is sometimes appropriate to use common terminol...
by Garrib
Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:47 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Why do we have resentment towards the people are very close to us?
Replies: 18
Views: 293

Re: Why do we have resentment towards the people are very close to us?

Aversion/Ill-Will. It is a sad thing. We want things and people to be a certain way and they aren't, so we blame them and get upset, and we suffer. I think this happens with those closest to us precisely because they are closest to us. That is to say, we interact with them regularly - so it make sen...
by Garrib
Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Third Eye Meditation
Replies: 51
Views: 1134

Re: Third Eye Meditation

Maybe it could be a "nimitta"? - a sign of the mind becoming more still...You might look up Ajahn Brahm's teachings on this (how to cultivate it and use it to enter samadhi), and I believe it is also mentioned in the VisudhiMagga. Of course, there is also the divine eye (Dibba Chaku) which the Araha...
by Garrib
Sun Jul 29, 2018 5:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nothingness is a Perception attainment
Replies: 4
Views: 192

Re: Nothingness is a Perception attainment

It is said in suttas that “Nothingness” is a perception attainment. Sariputta further delineates the attainment as so in “one after another” sutta "Furthermore, with the complete transcending of the dimension of the infinitude of consciousness, [perceiving,] 'There is nothing,' Sariputta entered & ...
by Garrib
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: When was Gotama a sotapanna?
Replies: 22
Views: 529

Re: When was Gotama a sotapanna?

maximum of 7 times more before attaining final awakening Here the maximum is seven but no minimum. So it could be this life itself. Perhaps that means seven thought moments for the remaining seven fetters. :shrug: I'm choosing to treat your response as a koan :namaste: What you say is interesting -...