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by justindesilva
Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Greatest Theravada teachers alive that can meditate
Replies: 15
Views: 245

Re: Greatest Theravada teachers alive that can meditate

Can I hear some from you guys as I do not know who are they? There are many in Myanmar , SriLanka, Thailand and India . Most of them are not on internet and have restricted movements. Those who are interested in Sri Lanka can find them mostly in Ella monastery , meethirigala hermitage , Galduwa her...
by justindesilva
Sun Jul 21, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How was it technically verified in Theravada?
Replies: 18
Views: 264

Re: How was it technically verified in Theravada?

It wasn't. If they didn’t check, then at least how did it happen: did the ariya that reached the level inform the others about it? As it is known, only arhants were allowed to the first cathedral, which means they were somehow determined. From what I have learnt only lord Budda could identify an ar...
by justindesilva
Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What homage is owed, and to whom?
Replies: 44
Views: 1284

Re: What homage is owed, and to whom?

As a follower of budda darma I have learnt that first and foremost it is necessary to pay homage to Buddha , secondly to damma , and thirdly to sanga. Tge reason is these are the three institutions that releases us from suffering developing us up to nirvana. The next stage of homage is to parents gi...
by justindesilva
Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dukka problem as a mental illness
Replies: 25
Views: 350

Re: Dukka problem as a mental illness

Aloka wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:33 am
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Mental illness can also be genetic.



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But being born in such a family could be ones karma too.
by justindesilva
Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dukka problem as a mental illness
Replies: 25
Views: 350

Re: Dukka problem as a mental illness

Everyone, except the fully liberated ones, is to some degree mentally ill. The defilements are the expressions of craving and ignorance. A society may decide to label some of these expressions as mental illness. Mental illness arises due to cravings ( greed vexation & illusion. This fact is well ex...
by justindesilva
Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does the exterior is suffering?
Replies: 13
Views: 249

Re: How does the exterior is suffering?

I understand all except that eye etc and its objects are suffering. This means: they cause suffering. When something is visible, audible, etc. causes unpleasant feelings. According to this Sutta mind and the mind objects are also suffering! It is extremely clear that suffering is caused with our mi...
by justindesilva
Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Aiming for a fortunate rebirth
Replies: 7
Views: 142

Re: Aiming for a fortunate rebirth

form wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:38 am
Is that a goal for a Buddhist?
Aiming at a fortunate birth is upadana or clinging of bhava.
by justindesilva
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha teach anything other than four noble truths?
Replies: 38
Views: 481

Re: Did the Buddha teach anything other than four noble truths?

It seems to me that just penetrating the 4NT will be enough to get beyond Dukka. So what are the other stuff doing in the nikayas? I think it's to get you to the point where you can actually penetrate the four noble truths. While concentrating on Paticca Samuppada and then panca sila I am still try...
by justindesilva
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong?
Replies: 67
Views: 902

Re: What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong?

What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong? For instance some think self view is just a strategy . Others think Nibbana is a real place or arahants do not exist after death. Basically the question is what is the destination for people with wrong view? What about the peop...
by justindesilva
Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Enough?
Replies: 24
Views: 435

Re: Enough?

You can't attain Jhana or Nibbana by forces. When you follow the Noble Eightfold Path it is a natural progression to Jhana and Nibbana. It is explained that attaining jhana is like settling of dirt in a muddy water of a jar. As our klesha of citta or mind (say kamaccanda) settles , the mind is clea...
by justindesilva
Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is death ?
Replies: 23
Views: 454

Re: What is death ?

It appears break up of the aggregates, casting off of the body, interruption in the life faculty is what death means . Thus , it is correct to say that birth is the appearances of the aggregates , manifestation of the body , continuity in the life faculty . And with that one can be certain , prior ...
by justindesilva
Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What if we accept birth, death and suffering as it is?
Replies: 58
Views: 921

Re: What if we accept birth, death and suffering as it is?

What if we accept birth, death and suffering as it is? Do we still need Nibbana? Yes it is exactly when we can really see anicca with pragna. For a person who sees life from birth through suffering up to death is the very fact to realise damma. Birth is suffering, living is suffering, and death is ...
by justindesilva
Fri Jul 05, 2019 3:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why the references to Brahma
Replies: 5
Views: 227

Re: Why the references to Brahma

Good topic question. :shrug: Brahma seems to have been used in Hindu Vedas to mean the supreme being who created this earth and beings. But Buddhist texts use this word with brahmajala sutra , Brahma vihara , brahmacari. In all these a common indication of supremacy in darma is denoted. Brahmajala ...
by justindesilva
Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: one-time meal contradiction
Replies: 9
Views: 287

Re: one-time meal contradiction

Very strange sutta for exampe at AN 4.198 https://suttacentral.net/an4.198/en/sujato Buddha says next while criticizing ascetic practices: "They eat once a day....That’s how one person mortifies themselves, pursuing the practice of mortifying themselves." And at the same sutta he praise this practi...
by justindesilva
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Past, present and future all exist together?
Replies: 35
Views: 785

Re: Past, present and future all exist together?

In terms of scientific concepts, they do exist separately. Where a ballistic missile was, where it is now and where it will be in the future can be predicted well in advance. That is how a spacecraft lands on the moon. But in direct experience, none of them exists. Your past experiences are merely ...