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by justindesilva
Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is stilling physical processes ?
Replies: 20
Views: 445

Re: What is stilling physical processes ?

Frank says passambhayaṃ kāyasaṅkhāraṃ is Pacifying (passaddhi-sambojjhanga) co body (kaya-sankhara) ?! Were both same meaning bcuz I don't know Pali . What Exactly is physical processes ? Can physical processes makes to become Still ?! 4th step is said Calming of breathing to the point of Stopping ...
by justindesilva
Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Heavy Good Kamma
Replies: 15
Views: 424

Re: Heavy Good Kamma

If you give dana to any enlightened being, even accidentally, that's massive merit. I remember in the suttas somebody gave some food to an enlightened one, and was reborn in a heaven realm. The layman didn't even realize the monk (could have been the Buddha?) was enlightened. A sutta quotes " sabba...
by justindesilva
Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The cause of suffering
Replies: 12
Views: 242

Re: The cause of suffering

Thank you. The question is what's the source of that attachment? Aversion or desire? Or is all aversion grounded on desire? The answer to this question lies in Paticca samuppada or dependant co or intimation. Starting from Nama Rupa : Nama Rupa meaning mind & form , Nama Rupa conditions salayatana ...
by justindesilva
Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Question about nirvana
Replies: 28
Views: 485

Re: Question about nirvana

Aloka wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:01 am
justindesilva wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:31 am

Explaining nirvana by a lay person to another lay person is like explaining what an elephant is, to another blind person.
Or to put it simply, : "The blind leading the blind"!


.
Indeed
by justindesilva
Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Reconciling Suttas on Debate
Replies: 19
Views: 470

Re: Reconciling Suttas on Debate

I also thought DD made a good point that the "crushed feeling" in the sutta was because of the attitude and argumentativeness that the protagonist Saccaka brought to the debate. A very good point. Also good to acknowledge that the simile was that of Dummukha who seems to be a bit of a troublemaker....
by justindesilva
Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Question about nirvana
Replies: 28
Views: 485

Re: Question about nirvana

Could Nibbana not simply be the removal of all irritating and intrusive thoughts and feelings that take one out of the present moment? yes only a diamond knows what being a diamond is like And now I'm curious as to your stance on a visibly present Dharma eye upon the attainment of enlightenment.a c...
by justindesilva
Wed Jan 08, 2020 5:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If one react with a wrong bodymovement? If thats possible. What is the cause?
Replies: 6
Views: 235

Re: If one react with a wrong bodymovement? If thats possible. What is the cause?

... The cause can be understood with the 1st verse of Damma pada........Mano pubbangama damma Mano setta Manomaya. Manasa ce paduttena basati Vs karoti Va. Tatonam dukkamanveti cakkamva vahato padam. All mental phenomena have mind as their forerunner . They have mind as their chief, they are mind m...
by justindesilva
Tue Jan 07, 2020 3:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arupa is mind only being
Replies: 50
Views: 1063

Re: Arupa is mind only being

You're looking for a cause instead of looking at what is happening. Sense organs have observable characteristics gained from past kamma performed by the body, speech and mind in sensuous realm. Consciousness is dependent on sense-organ and its characteristic. Objects(observable characteristics) can...
by justindesilva
Tue Jan 07, 2020 2:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Tipitaka translation in Buddhist countries
Replies: 22
Views: 438

Re: Tipitaka translation in Buddhist countries

I hardly read anything in Sinhalese except listening to monks in Sinhalese. However I like to know the opinion of Ven. Dhammanado. Though Pali is the best of the four to learn, it's valuable to supplement this with either Sinhalese, Thai or Burmese. Doing so gives one access to much more comprehens...
by justindesilva
Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Body or Mind? Or both?
Replies: 5
Views: 199

Re: Body or Mind? Or both?

Relevant to the Abhidhamma, two other classifications of vedanaa must be mentioned. Five Kinds: bodily agreeable feeling — kaayikaa sukhaa vedanaa (sukha) bodily disagreeable feeling — kaayikaa dukkhaa vedanaa (dukkha) mentally agreeable feeling — cetasikaa sukhaa vedanaa (somanassa) mentally disag...
by justindesilva
Sat Jan 04, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arupa is mind only being
Replies: 50
Views: 1063

Re: Arupa is mind only being

Without sense organ an arupa being ? Mind only ? Correct. When the body sense doors shut mind is no longer linked to body. Arupa states. It is explained that the realms of 31,30,29 & 28 has stupa form beings. They are said to be unable to listen and understand damma. Yet they are non returners ( an...
by justindesilva
Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Equanimity
Replies: 35
Views: 760

Re: Equanimity

How are you supposed to have lust or aversion in your mind and have equanimity at the same time? Equanimity is the result of eliminating lust and aversion. When you don't feel like or dislike, it is equanimity. Equanimity is one of mind states of brahmavihara. The four Brahma vihara are metta mudit...
by justindesilva
Sat Jan 04, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Equanimity
Replies: 35
Views: 760

Re: Equanimity

How are you supposed to have lust or aversion in your mind and have equanimity at the same time? Equanimity is the result of eliminating lust and aversion. When you don't feel like or dislike, it is equanimity. Equanimity is one of mind states of brahmavihara. The four Brahma vihara are metta mudit...
by justindesilva
Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Isn't mindfulness absurd?
Replies: 59
Views: 1317

Re: Isn't mindfulness absurd?

I think he is thinking of passages such as this one: It does not sound like knowing "this is my last breath" to me. Regards. :smile: Mindfulness of breath and death for a non Aryan or putugjana cannot be very practical. Any person on the verge of last breath will be scared so much overwhelmed with ...
by justindesilva
Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Looking for a text
Replies: 11
Views: 256

Re: Looking for a text

Is there a sutta mentioning Maha Monggallana saw his mother as hungry ghost and Buddha advice him to make dana to monks to dedicate to help her mother deliverance from the misery state ? I do not think there is a sutta. But I heard at a sermon that when maha moggallana thero learnt that his mother ...