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by Garrib
Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: one word to defeat the eternalists
Replies: 19
Views: 326

Re: one word to defeat the eternalists

Maybe it's not so important that we understand exactly what Nibbana is, so that we can argue about it online...maybe it is more important that we do what we can day by day, moment by moment, to get closer to actually realizing Nibbana. Then we can know for sure what it is, and how to think of it, or...
by Garrib
Sun Jan 28, 2018 3:00 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Should you sit 12 hours to know that your are in first Jhana?
Replies: 105
Views: 1620

Re: Should you sit 12 hours to know that your are in first Jhana?

From another post by Zom: So far I don't know anyone who genuinely attain it and could sit for a very long time (except one person from Nepal but the situation with him is very controversial by now). There are many who teach, but again, I've never seen and never heard that any of these teachers cou...
by Garrib
Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Does the cosmology in the EBTs teach a Flat Earth?
Replies: 9
Views: 303

Re: Does the cosmology in the EBTs teach a Flat Earth?

good question- I don't think I've ever seen anything like that in the Nikayas. I'm pretty sure I have seen this alleged, however.
by Garrib
Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:07 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lay people should still try
Replies: 27
Views: 699

Re: lay people should still try

The best lessons in life sometimes come from trying circumstances. There will never be a perfect time to meditate, there will always be a mosquito, and itch, a nagging mind-thought, or an aching joint. Its like upgrading your tires to drive in mud... At first they spin spin spin when you have tires...
by Garrib
Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:40 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Avijja translated as "Insentience"
Replies: 44
Views: 1317

Re: Avijja translated as "Insentience"

Coëmgenu wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:29 am

Does Ven Bunnaji have precedence in stating that the Buddha "has" avijja? I thought getting "rid" of avijja was central to the Buddha's path as usually taught.
Yes, this is a little confusing to me. I assume I must be misunderstanding something...
by Garrib
Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Avijja translated as "Insentience"
Replies: 44
Views: 1317

Re: Avijja translated as "Insentience"

Thanks James,

What you write makes sense to me, but I am still confused about the translation of avijja as insentience...It sounds like 'insentience' (cessation of perception and feeling) is what stops DO?? But in DO, avijja is the cause for the arising of subsequent links.

Any thoughts?
by Garrib
Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lay people should still try
Replies: 27
Views: 699

Re: lay people should still try

I am finding it nearly impossible at times to practice in a full house. When I was living alone, at least I could make some modest progress in meditation. It even feels like people (my own family members) are demonically trying to throw me off from my practice. Lay life is for the birds!!
by Garrib
Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What does spirit mean in Buddhism?
Replies: 21
Views: 325

Re: What does spirit mean in Buddhism?

Ok,

I'm not really interested in fruitless online confrontations, and I honestly am not sure I understand what it is you're trying to express to me. I apologize if my comment offended you in some way.

Be well.
by Garrib
Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: What is my ancestry? who cares.
Replies: 29
Views: 537

Re: What is my ancestry? who cares.

I had my maternal grandpa and dad do a DNA test last year. We found out a few new things about the family on both sides. I don't think this is all that helpful in practice, but I do think this kind of investigation might lead to a greater appreciation for the preciousness of your human birth, albeit...
by Garrib
Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What does spirit mean in Buddhism?
Replies: 21
Views: 325

Re: What does spirit mean in Buddhism?

May benevolent Devas rejoice and share in all of our merits, and may they protect us and help us to succeed in our lives and in our practice. I have no problem whatsoever mentally reciting this kind of "prayer", and I don't think anyone else should either! :) If one sees reciting this prayer as bei...
by Garrib
Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mental ilness, causes and apaya realms
Replies: 3
Views: 98

Re: Mental ilness, causes and apaya realms

Hi guys, Mental illness is not uncommon in modern society, from mild to severe illness. Depression, (generalized) anxiety disorder, panic disorder and schizophrenia, to name a few. Do people with (long-term) mental illness are "destined" to be reborn in one of lower realms or they're just illness r...
by Garrib
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What does spirit mean in Buddhism?
Replies: 21
Views: 325

Re: What does spirit mean in Buddhism?

May benevolent Devas rejoice and share in all of our merits, and may they protect us and help us to succeed in our lives and in our practice.

I have no problem whatsoever mentally reciting this kind of "prayer", and I don't think anyone else should either! :)
by Garrib
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:48 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism and alcohol
Replies: 156
Views: 3725

Re: Buddhism and alcohol

I failed, it's game over. I give up the fight against Mara. This demon is invincible. I go to samsara, in my next life I will succeed. wrong choice my friend!!!! Take it one day at a time. You know how meditation teachers always talk about the breath - it doesn't matter how many times your attentio...
by Garrib
Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: My Abstract Art
Replies: 16
Views: 310

Re: My Abstract Art

Cool stuff, Lyndon. Thanks for sharing. Are you still painting?
by Garrib
Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Worldly success & Dhamma practice
Replies: 25
Views: 569

Re: Worldly success & Dhamma practice

The problem I think is not so much with "success" (however you define that) as it is with the way that 'praise, honor, and gain' can obsess the mind and lead to unwholesome things (breaking precepts and so forth). So for myself, I think the real challenge for the lay Buddhist who is involved in secu...
by Garrib
Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:58 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Different cosmic durations - just FYI
Replies: 2
Views: 153

Re: Different cosmic durations - just FYI

treyg21 wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:43 am
Very interesting! Sometimes it's hard to comprehend time as a human.
Yes and I wonder do beings in different realms experience time the same way we do. I suspect not. Time is relative.
by Garrib
Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nobility of the Bodhisatta
Replies: 13
Views: 245

Re: Nobility of the Bodhisatta

But the whole idea of stream-entry (or any noble attainment) is that you never fall back from it, even if you do get reborn. You never have to re-enter the stream, so to speak...
by Garrib
Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nobility of the Bodhisatta
Replies: 13
Views: 245

Re: Nobility of the Bodhisatta

Was the Bodhisatta born on earth as a stream enterer (or higher) ?? Why, or why not? Is there any canonical support one way or the other?? The only sutta support I am aware of for this idea is MN 123 . If MN 123 is authentic, it would not only contradict MN 64 but it shows young Bodhisatta already ...
by Garrib
Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:58 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Love, A contemplation
Replies: 5
Views: 194

Re: Love, A contemplation

Isn't there a sutta somewhere in which a Gandhabbha or Yakkha composed and sang some verses on "Arahants and Love" ( romantic love! ), and didn't the Buddha compliment him on this?

Congratulations and may you two enjoy much happiness together!
by Garrib
Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nobility of the Bodhisatta
Replies: 13
Views: 245

Re: Nobility of the Bodhisatta

This sounds trivial I guess but I think it is substantial.....the buddha was born as a baby and it seems that a baby doesnot have the faculties developed to the point to be a noble one....so....seems it had to develop over time as the baby developed unless you believe that sutta which says that the...