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by justindesilva
Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Re: Vinnanam Anidassanam. General Theravada Version.
Replies: 38
Views: 636

Re: Vinnanam Anidassanam. General Theravada Version.

Zom wrote:
Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:51 pm
I can let go, because it's not annihilation
You will let go until you pick it up again in this case ) Craving is bad, get rid of it.
It is upadana that is stopping to let go rather than craving( tanha).
by justindesilva
Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: respecting sangha
Replies: 46
Views: 611

Re: respecting sangha

Perhaps there is a feeling of distance but not towards the monk/nun form , just some aversion at some one personality , attitude , thinking or probably distaste towards a person appearance . It may be monk/nun shortcoming or it could be our shortcoming also . May I say it is our shortcoming of aver...
by justindesilva
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to develop rapture (piti) without concentration?
Replies: 7
Views: 136

Re: How to develop rapture (piti) without concentration?

Thank you for the question. Rapture is a factor on the way to concentration, not a product of it, it is the sense of initial attainment of the meditation subject following effort. It belongs to the active group of three in the Seven Factors for Awakening, mindfulness being the managing factor of th...
by justindesilva
Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: respecting sangha
Replies: 46
Views: 611

Re: respecting sangha

I'm quite sure they think that most women are hags anyway. Sorry Binocular, you're quite wrong here. Monks are men, like any others. They certainly are affected by women who visit the monastery. I can speak from experience! Western monasteries and Thai monasteries both. There is also a story told b...
by justindesilva
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: middle path and the three views
Replies: 6
Views: 146

Re: middle path and the three views

Some buddhists say "Existence, nonexistence, and all other views that are combinations of the two are mistaken, and the middle way is the path of being free from these kinds of views altogether", so ultimately the point is to realize that these views are not useful for enlightenment (rise above the...
by justindesilva
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: respecting sangha
Replies: 46
Views: 611

Re: respecting sangha

In Western cultures, respect has to be earned. We might show respect to a person for their learning, knowledge, sports achievements, etc but only when we see such achievements and knowledge for ourselves, not simply from a title. I think that in Western culture, there are big differences in this re...
by justindesilva
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Vinnanam Anidassanam. Classical Version.
Replies: 26
Views: 515

Re: Vinnanam Anidassanam

the Theravada understanding is that nibbana is an object of insight, not that nibbana has any type of consciousness. When you say that Nibbana is an "object of insight", do you mean it's an object of consciousness ( vinnana )? Something we become aware of? I already had shown my views before and ar...
by justindesilva
Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: respecting sangha
Replies: 46
Views: 611

Re: respecting sangha

Even at the time of lord budda there had been monks of various characters obvious from suttas Even Devadatta opposed budda. But lord budda with his virtues did not blame the sangha but had often refefred to a senior sangha for correction. The value of sangha remains as they are dedicated to store th...
by justindesilva
Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Vinnanam Anidassanam. Classical Version.
Replies: 26
Views: 515

Re: Vinnanam Anidassanam

Isn’t Vinnana a limb of Dependent Orignation? Vinnana is a limb of DO. This vinnana has the bases of 5 aggregates. But vinnanam anidassansm is beyond DO as it means Consciouness without surface or without features. If referred to DN11, MN 49, SN12.64( atthi raga sutta) it will explain to the scepti...
by justindesilva
Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth - how does it work?
Replies: 8
Views: 122

Re: Rebirth - how does it work?

Re birth is a result of past kamma. The only means of getting out of past kamma is attaining the state of nirvana.
by justindesilva
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is brahma vihara is important in Buddhism ?
Replies: 11
Views: 129

Re: Why is brahma vihara is important in Buddhism ?

Brahma vihara is called sublime stTes of mind. Brahma here means divine. Out of wholesome ( beautiful or sobana) states of mind mudita and karuna are also called limitless states. The four sublime states ( brahma vihara) are also metta ,, karuna, mudita, upekka. metta : loving kindness ( as a mother...
by justindesilva
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind lives on after death?
Replies: 40
Views: 1495

Re: Mind lives on after death?

I think atheists expect death, yet that will never happen you're in for a painful surprise, friend you will die I'm 99.99% sure that cappuccino knows that. What he means is that he fully expects a continuation of consciousness after death, whatever form that may take. I'm inclined to agree If there...
by justindesilva
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Children and parents
Replies: 11
Views: 156

Re: Children and parents

Singalovada sutta notes 5 duties by children towards parents as well as 5 duties by parents towards children
duties from parents are:
1 keep children away from evil
2 teach them to do good
3give them education
4 arrange their marriages in due course
5 give them their inheritances
by justindesilva
Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist cosmology explained
Replies: 8
Views: 162

Re: Buddhist cosmology explained

Well, Tolkien's races are partial parts of humanity. Therefore, I guess it may be the same in Buddhism. I am not much aquanted with tolkien' s races unless it is not realistic. I would like to know if we are talking of reality or legend. However the mahavamsa ( history of sri lanka) are written wit...
by justindesilva
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist cosmology explained
Replies: 8
Views: 162

Re: Buddhist cosmology explained

Nagas and yakkas are believed to be clans of people who lived in Sri Lanka No When Vijaya landed in Sri lanka he met a royal from the then yakka clan and married her. They tigether were the people who started the sinhala nation. The mahavamsa , book of sri lanka, notes this history, available in bl...
by justindesilva
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist cosmology explained
Replies: 8
Views: 162

Re: Buddhist cosmology explained

Nagas and yakkas are believed to be clans of people who lived in Sri lanka probably with south Indian relationships in pre vijaya era. Yakkas and nagas are mentioned in mahavsmsa ( sri lankan history) and mahabaratha and some other historical indian literature. These yakkas and Nagas are represented...
by justindesilva
Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind lives on after death?
Replies: 40
Views: 1495

Re: Re:

:clap: "As I understand the dhamma (the Teaching) as taught by the Bhagava, it is the same Consciousness which migrates and runs on (from existence to existence) and there is no other besides it (that does so)." Consciousness is continuous, yet changing same Consciousness is wrong The answer to the ...
by justindesilva
Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 231
Views: 3410

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

Gombrich makes the interesting observation (I'm not sure if it's true) that DO is unique in that there is an account of the Buddha saying that it is deep and extremely hard to understand. The Buddha says such things about the Dhamma in general, for example:... Thank you. DO is the most profound and...
by justindesilva
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 231
Views: 3410

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

:candle: :rolleye: Obviously, the 3 Lives model is not to be understood in this manner. All 12 links exist in every life, but the genius of the Buddha shows when he separates it out so that we see the entire process from 3 different perspectives - the Mechanical in the 1st life, the psycho-physical ...
by justindesilva
Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can you see the Dependent Origination within you in in this life itself?
Replies: 12
Views: 327

Re: Can you see the Dependent Origination within you in in this life itself?

Ajahn Brahmali says looking at the suttas, it's only a life-to-life thing, and you can't see it working from moment to moment. I had some arguments with him where I said I'd seen it clearly working moment to moment. The argument changed neither of our minds unfortunately. He continues to be wrong! ...