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by justindesilva
Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Question about dependent origination
Replies: 12
Views: 112

Re: Question about dependent origination

I would say Kamma is performed due to free will If the Kamma is a result of ignorance there will be DO. If kamma is a result of free will then we have to decide on which type of kamma arises. It is shown that ignorance is the root cause of akusal which creates unwholesome karma. That shows that any...
by justindesilva
Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kamma of robots and artificial inteligence
Replies: 20
Views: 134

Re: Kamma of robots and artificial inteligence

no Can you explain why ? And in your opinion, who take a responsability of actions of an 100% automatic self conscious inteligence? Robots are the result of computerised in puts of a computer scientist. They act on the orders of a robot user. And the fact that the robot is not provided with a consc...
by justindesilva
Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What it means by that the mind reside in the cave?
Replies: 40
Views: 258

Re: What it means by that the mind reside in the cave?

What it means by that the mind reside in the cave? Dūraṅgamaṃ ekacaraṃ, asarīraṃ guhāsayaṃ; Ye cittaṃ saṃyamissanti, mokkhanti mārabandhanā. Dwelling in the cave, the mind, without form, wanders far and alone. Those who subdue this mind are liberated from the bonds of Mara. https://www.accesstoinsi...
by justindesilva
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Celibacy as a lay person and kamma
Replies: 41
Views: 484

Re: Celibacy as a lay person and kamma

Lord buddha before being enlightened was not a celibate but lived with princess yasodara and had a son Rahula. Later one of her major desciples Visaka who gave birth to 20 children was a sotapanna. Millionaire( situ) Anathapindika was a sotapanna along with his daughters and were having family live...
by justindesilva
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Celibacy as a lay person and kamma
Replies: 41
Views: 484

Re: Celibacy as a lay person and kamma

Hello: It depends on a lot of aspects. But some times people maintain celibacy for wrong reasons: to hide a pedophile inclination, porn and masturbation addiction, mental illness, fear of the opposite sex, lack of status and low self esteem, etc. Regards. Everything can be done for the wrong reason...
by justindesilva
Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Celibacy as a lay person and kamma
Replies: 41
Views: 484

Re: Celibacy as a lay person and kamma

May I please indicate that the path to wisdom lies by eradicating defilements ( asava) In my opinion, the path to eradicating defilements ( asava) lies by wisdom. I directly knew as it actually is: ‘This is the way leading to the cessation of the taints.’ MN 4 The noble eightfold path leads one on ...
by justindesilva
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Celibacy as a lay person and kamma
Replies: 41
Views: 484

Re: Celibacy as a lay person and kamma

Sabbasava sutta is a good sutta one can make use of without doubts. This sutta does not seem particularly helpful because it only refers to eradicating the asava of sensuality but does not provide any method or wisdom. [/quote] May I please indicate that the path to wisdom lies by eradicating defil...
by justindesilva
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Celibacy as a lay person and kamma
Replies: 41
Views: 484

Re: Celibacy as a lay person and kamma

Their is a sutta of anathapindika situ, a sotapanna , at the time of lord buddha who was having a family life with three daughters who theselves were sotapanna but married. I don't believe these suttas are true because I cannot imagine having having sex without self-view (sakkāya-diṭṭhi) & with the...
by justindesilva
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Celibacy as a lay person and kamma
Replies: 41
Views: 484

Re: Celibacy as a lay person and kamma

Instead the 3rd precept as refraining from sexual misconduct was the advice of lord budda. This sounds like Judaism, Islam & Protestantism, who believe celibacy is wrong. Regards [/quote] May I here indicate that lord buddha would have identified the fact that a layman cannot practise celibacy by t...
by justindesilva
Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Celibacy as a lay person and kamma
Replies: 41
Views: 484

Re: Celibacy as a lay person and kamma

Does maintaining celibacy as a lay person produce pleasant kammic results? I doubt celibacy is much different for a layperson compared to a monk; apart from monks receiving lots of Sangha support. Certain monks can struggle with celibacy & subsequently disrobe, even after 10, 20 and 30 years of cel...
by justindesilva
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Celibacy as a lay person and kamma
Replies: 41
Views: 484

Re: Celibacy as a lay person and kamma

Hello: It depends on a lot of aspects. But some times people maintain celibacy for wrong reasons: to hide a pedophile inclination, porn and masturbation addiction, mental illness, fear of the opposite sex, lack of status and low self esteem, etc. Regards. Celibacy for buddhist priests is a descipli...
by justindesilva
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Vitakka, Avitakka and Savitakka according to Sutta?
Replies: 12
Views: 107

Re: What is Vitakka, Avitakka and Savitakka according to Sutta?

At the 4th stage the mind is fixed ( savitakka) on a single object or thought. The way I understand the Vitakka and Savitakka are the same meaning. Hi Sarath, May I say that when you say vitakka and savitakka are the same it is not totally correct. Vitakka is the initial stage of applying a thought...
by justindesilva
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Vitakka, Avitakka and Savitakka according to Sutta?
Replies: 12
Views: 107

Re: What is Vitakka, Avitakka and Savitakka according to Sutta?

A very popular monk (Walasmulle Abhaya) in Sri Lanka teaches like this. Is this incorrect? This appears incorrect. How do you rectify it? ========= First Jhana = Savitakka (Vitakka), Savicara (vicara),Pithy,Sukaha,Ekagata Second Jhana = Savitakka (avitakka), Savicara (avicara),Pithy,Sukaha,Ekagata ...
by justindesilva
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Vitakka, Avitakka and Savitakka according to Sutta?
Replies: 12
Views: 107

Re: What is Vitakka, Avitakka and Savitakka according to Sutta?

What is Vitakka, Avitakka and Savitakka according to Sutta? And what is their relation to Jhana? I appreciate if you can explain this in both Sutta jhana (four fold) and Abhidhamm (five fold) formula. As I am not an expert on jhana may I refer this as: These terms are in reference with meditation w...
by justindesilva
Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Would this break the first precept?
Replies: 6
Views: 136

Re: Would this break the first precept?

Scenario: You place a banana peel on the ground with the intention to decide at a later time whether or not you want someone to slip and fall and die because of it. You later decide mentally that yes you do want someone to die because of it. Someone later slips and falls and dies because of that ba...
by justindesilva
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism as a supra-national, supra-racial religion?
Replies: 22
Views: 373

Re: Buddhism as a supra-national, supra-racial religion?

One of the big differences Asian values will bring is the change in the concept of what morality is to one of harmony with a moral cosmos: The English word "morality" and its derivatives suggest a sense of obligation and constraint quite foreign to the Buddhist conception of sila; this connotation ...
by justindesilva
Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism as a supra-national, supra-racial religion?
Replies: 22
Views: 373

Re: Buddhism as a supra-national, supra-racial religion?

Greetings, I noted this elsewhere: I find it difficult to conceive of a Buddhism that is somehow separate from Asian cultures. I tend to think that Asians own the copyright to the Dhamma, so to speak. On the one hand, it seems silly to think so (and it makes Buddhism seem like just another tribal r...
by justindesilva
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: how is idle speech defined for lay followers
Replies: 8
Views: 183

Re: how is idle speech defined for lay followers

Cittasanto wrote:
Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:32 pm
hi,
it is talking with no meaning, small talk if you will. simply filling the silence.

Hope this helps
In Truth
Cittasanto
Good, and if you have to say nothing say nothing while if you have to talk nothing talk nothing. Then there would not be idle talk.
by justindesilva
Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How common is stream entry?
Replies: 527
Views: 63086

Re: How common is stream entry?

Yes. In the case of the dry insight worker it will always be the first jhāna. For others it may be any of the five rūpa jhānas just to note that although the lokuttara jhana has a force equivalent to the first jhana it is not the mundane first jhana. It is simply a momentary flash where all eight f...
by justindesilva
Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Five precepts and four lower realms (Apaya)
Replies: 11
Views: 154

Re: Five precepts and four lower realms (Apaya)

The result of observing the 5 precepts is a leading upwards towards the higher realms. There's no guarantee involved - it's a hard rule that the 5 precepts lead to higher realms, but not a hard rule that whoever observes them will be born there. There is also still a chance of falling back if one i...