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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: 111

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: 1460

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: 147

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: 147

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: 147

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: 147

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: 1460

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: 187
Views: 2156

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: 187
Views: 2156

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: 325

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! ...
by justindesilva
Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right Livelihood & sattavaṇijjā - business in humans or in beings?
Replies: 5
Views: 97

Re: Right Livelihood & sattavaṇijjā - business in humans or in beings?

translated by Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu: Why does he translate it as "human beings"? I believe others do as well. Apparently the Thai tipiṭaka has "living beings", i.e. it does not specify only humans, according to my Thai friend. Based on the pāḷi alone I would incline to agreeing with that translation bu...
by justindesilva
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is wrong with Sati's pernicious viewpoint?
Replies: 11
Views: 234

Re: What is wrong with Sati's pernicious viewpoint?

In this diagram re vingnana , volition is shown as volition to go to bathroom. But from my understanding volition or intention in the thought process is different. It is the volition of a craving with lobha , dosa or moha which gives rise to kusala or akusala karma. Karma, consciouness and craving a...
by justindesilva
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Nibbana cessation of being?
Replies: 33
Views: 1077

Re: Is Nibbana cessation of being?

If you logout from a game server or delete a mmorpg character is that a cessation of being? To a certain extent it is. Is that annihilation? As for your character and the experiences derived from the game and interaction with the game world it is and to that extent it is annihilation. This not mean...
by justindesilva
Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If _you_ don't believe in rebirth, can _you_ be reborn?
Replies: 54
Views: 767

Re: If _you_ don't believe in rebirth, can _you_ be reborn?

not believing in rebirth is wrong view, which leads to hell or animal womb According to cases found by Stevenson and others this is not so. Stevenson's studies on rebirths is a physical survey only. It does not mention or has no reference to one's beliefs or even the religions of his study personel...
by justindesilva
Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A few questions about nibbana
Replies: 15
Views: 315

Re: A few questions about nibbana

The word nibbana and nirvana are of similar meanings ( one sanskrit and other pali). The meaning of nir-vana is ecplained as no desires. Where tanha or greed is eleminated. The condition of greed eleminated (cessation of greed) leaves no room for paticca samuppada. The chain or links of conditioning...
by justindesilva
Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If _you_ don't believe in rebirth, can _you_ be reborn?
Replies: 54
Views: 767

Re: If _you_ don't believe in rebirth, can _you_ be reborn?

Greetings. Do consider these two questions: If _you_ don't believe in rebirth, can _you_ be reborn? If _you_ don't believe in rebirth, could _you_ even know that _you_ have been reborn? Thank you. Whether one believes or not rebirth cannot be denied. We humans who have not got in to any form of sam...
by justindesilva
Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Question about Attachments
Replies: 4
Views: 79

Re: Question about Attachments

Why is it so difficult to let go of attachments in life? or should i ask can you let go of everything life trows at us? We are born and living with latent tendecies as a result of past karma. They , called anusaya also called latent tendencies are present with us , obsessed with our mind per greed ...
by justindesilva
Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is resistance (patigha)?
Replies: 9
Views: 391

Re: What is resistance (patigha)?

patigha is not a simple subject. It turns out to be resistance in the mind arising with greed and ignorance. Patigha nimitta arising with greed and ignorance as of ayoniso manasikara ( inappropriate attention ) creates ' vyapada' or anger that can remain fixed through the journey of samsara. It is e...
by justindesilva
Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is stealing always wrong?
Replies: 62
Views: 1173

Re: Is stealing always wrong?

Someone loses when ... What I meant was, by trading in such a way, the so called invester has not really "invested"., There are no actual work that produced anything, just a manupilation that creates wealth. When it happens too much bubbles form and they burst and so on..when it happens in a contro...
by justindesilva
Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between God's plan and Kamma?
Replies: 56
Views: 720

Re: What is the difference between God's plan and Kamma?

What is the difference between God's plan and Kamma? They both are invisible, they govern our lives, they are omnipresent, they reward you for good deeds, punish you for bad deeds. :namaste: Both of God's plan and laws of kamma work on rules of kusal and akusal. Hence both rely on good morals or da...