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by zan
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Land
Replies: 7
Views: 565

Re: Land

by zan
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do the suttas ever specify...
Replies: 12
Views: 362

Do the suttas ever specify...

That jhana is strictly to be done with eyes closed?
by zan
Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suttas on the destruction of the world by fire, wind, water?
Replies: 8
Views: 287

Re: Suttas on the destruction of the world by fire, wind, water?

Thank you. What is the meaning here? Is it to say that even when the earth is completely uninhabitable, beings become indestructible and remain on it and thus still suffer? Or that even though the earth is emptied out of living beings, all having died, they suffer in some other realm after rebirth?...
by zan
Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Hypothetically, would the Buddha have deemed an arupa loka inhabitant
Replies: 30
Views: 880

Re: Hypothetically, would the Buddha have deemed an arupa loka inhabitant

what existence could possibly be permanent? it's conditioned a question bearing a false premise; do we set it aside ? It's supposed to be a fun experiment with imagination. If you don't want to play, sure set it aside. If you can suspend your disbelief though I would like it if you shared your answ...
by zan
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Hypothetically, would the Buddha have deemed an arupa loka inhabitant
Replies: 30
Views: 880

Re: Hypothetically, would the Buddha have deemed an arupa loka inhabitant

Hypothetically, if the Buddha had met an arupa loka inhabitant who was immortal would he have deemed it to have a self? Let's pretend that this is literally the only immortal being in existence and no one else can become immortal. It has no effect or influence on anyone or anything else, so, for al...
by zan
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Hypothetically, would the Buddha have deemed an arupa loka inhabitant
Replies: 30
Views: 880

Re: Hypothetically, would the Buddha have deemed an arupa loka inhabitant

zan, There is a big contradiction in your idea. If this arupa loka being "has no effect or influence on anyone or anything" then the buddha could not have met him/her. If the buddha had met this being then the buddha would have been effected by that experience....so clearly if such a being exists t...
by zan
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Hypothetically, would the Buddha have deemed an arupa loka inhabitant
Replies: 30
Views: 880

Re: Hypothetically, would the Buddha have deemed an arupa loka inhabitant

Hypothetically, if the Buddha had met an arupa loka inhabitant who was immortal would he have deemed it to have a self? Actually the hypothesis doesn't exist 'cuz the Buddha already knew exactly the lifespan of beings in the arupa realms . And while their lifespan obviously seems exceedingly long r...
by zan
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Hypothetically, would the Buddha have deemed an arupa loka inhabitant
Replies: 30
Views: 880

Re: Hypothetically, would the Buddha have deemed an arupa loka inhabitant

So no one will play the game? It's a hypothetical using imagination. Accept the premise and then answer accordingly :) Picking apart and invalidating the premise is not how to have fun with hypotheticals lol Example of a not fun hypothetical: "What would you do with all the money in the world?" "I r...
by zan
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suttas on the destruction of the world by fire, wind, water?
Replies: 8
Views: 287

Re: Suttas on the destruction of the world by fire, wind, water?

It’s described in two places in the Visuddhimagga. First, briefly and in verse in the description of the defining of the four elements (ch. XI 102). Second, in a detailed prose exposition in the description of recollecting past lives (ch. XIII 29-35). The latter also quotes all the relevant sutta p...
by zan
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suttas on the destruction of the world by fire, wind, water?
Replies: 8
Views: 287

Re: Suttas on the destruction of the world by fire, wind, water?

There is The Leash: At Savatthi. “Bhikkhus, this saṃsara is without discoverable beginning. A first point is not discerned of beings roaming and wandering on hindered by ignorance and fettered by craving. “There comes a time, bhikkhus, when the great ocean dries up and evaporates and no longer exis...
by zan
Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suttas on the destruction of the world by fire, wind, water?
Replies: 8
Views: 287

Suttas on the destruction of the world by fire, wind, water?

I know I've seen one like this. In it the destruction of the world is explained as being caused by water, fire or air.

Any ideas?

It is not the Sermon of the Seven Suns AN 7.66.
by zan
Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Hypothetically, would the Buddha have deemed an arupa loka inhabitant
Replies: 30
Views: 880

Hypothetically, would the Buddha have deemed an arupa loka inhabitant

Hypothetically, if the Buddha had met an arupa loka inhabitant who was immortal would he have deemed it to have a self? Let's pretend that this is literally the only immortal being in existence and no one else can become immortal. It has no effect or influence on anyone or anything else, so, for all...
by zan
Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The Elders did not create paradoxes
Replies: 60
Views: 1778

Re: The Elders did not create paradoxes

Hello friend, I am quite sure, as of now, you've already found the answer to your OP in thread "Nibbana according to Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw". Still, regarding Mahasi Sayadaw's statement on "cessation of the mind that notes them", I've not found answers on original thread which referred directly t...
by zan
Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The Elders did not create paradoxes
Replies: 60
Views: 1778

Re: The Elders did not create paradoxes

The best explanation is that mind ceases and this is nibbana where is this explanation from? I disagree "With the utter fading away of ignorance, even that body is not there, dependent on which there arises for him inwardly happiness or unhappiness; that speech is not there, dependent on which ther...
by zan
Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:44 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The Elders did not create paradoxes
Replies: 60
Views: 1778

Re: The Elders did not create paradoxes

... Much metta to you :heart: Sorry I get frustrated sometimes. I just always expect to get only orthodox views in this sub forum and am irked when I inevitably read your decidedly counter-orthodox posts. I really need to just accept that this is going to be the case. Some day, though, it will hit ...