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by justindesilva
Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does the exterior is suffering?
Replies: 8
Views: 116

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: 113

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: 415

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: 838

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: 403

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: 428

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: 831

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: 204

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: 273

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: 739

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 ...
by justindesilva
Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Chanting suttas from memory from past life
Replies: 36
Views: 4789

Re: Chanting suttas from memory from past life

Really, this is good material for someone to do some research on! As someone who has been exposed to partite chanting all his life, I found this melody amazingly beautiful. I have never heard this before. This is as close to incontrovertible proof as I have come to, of rebirth. With metta Matheesha...
by justindesilva
Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Past, present and future all exist together?
Replies: 35
Views: 739

Re: Past, present and future all exist together?

Maybe many confusions on this topic for us, modern people stemmed from our advancement in understanding in physics. Fourth dimension, parallel universe. Our minds are not the same as ancient people. May I present from J.Krishnamurthi that fear and anxiety arises by projecting the past experiences t...
by justindesilva
Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibbana and unconcious state same?
Replies: 36
Views: 819

Re: Nibbana and unconcious state same?

:anjali: "perceptions as vedana is not felt by an individual say in a state of fainting mode or in sleep" - something is felt by a something when an individual is sleeping. Example: bed sores come to mind. Incapacitated people need to be manually turned so that they don't develop bed sores. Mobile ...
by justindesilva
Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: SN24.1 pregnant women don’t give birth?
Replies: 19
Views: 332

Re: SN24.1 pregnant women don’t give birth?

Perhaps this example is about nihilism (does not exist) which Buddha rejected. I think many of us think things exist. Lord Buddha had expounded this as " Vatha sutta" to explain Anitya and Dukka arising out of salayatana and the impermanence in pancendriya. Lord Buddha concludes the Vatha sutta by ...
by justindesilva
Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibbana and unconcious state same?
Replies: 36
Views: 819

Re: Nibbana and unconcious state same?

unconditioned consciousness, not unconsciousness Vingnana in fact is a dependant phenomena in paticca samuppada (DO). Therefore we cannot think of an unconscious state that is independant per paticca samuppada. The only state of " unconsciouness" imaginable is ' vinnanam anidassanam" which is not a...