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by ToVincent
Wed Jan 01, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Universe and its constant change....purpose
Replies: 48
Views: 2814

Re: Universe and its constant change....purpose

Since the Buddha felt no need for there to be a creator God involved in the creation of our universe and everything is in a constant state of change. Why would it be necessary to have a universe with such a variety of diverse and complex beings, planets and galaxies? First of all, Buddha never deni...
by ToVincent
Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: samādhi and sati
Replies: 12
Views: 527

Re: samādhi and sati

... It is true that conceit is an important notion. But let's not forget that it is a higher fetter. One should have the knowledge of the progression involved. First rooting out a lower fetter like self view - namely realizing that the khandhas are not ours (the "mine" part) - then rooting the high...
by ToVincent
Mon Dec 30, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: samādhi and sati
Replies: 12
Views: 527

Re: samādhi and sati

... Yes, the notion of "I entered" is more like waking up to any higher āyatana (field of experience). Like waking up to the first jhana; or the obtention (sati) into the field of experience of the [purified] "thinking upon" (sati,) in the fourth jhana - or any higher āyatana level. There is defini...
by ToVincent
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: what's the emptiness, 空, in 3rd jhana of STED 4 jhana formula in agamas?
Replies: 2
Views: 167

Re: what's the emptiness, 空, in 3rd jhana of STED 4 jhana formula in agamas?

what's the emptiness, 空, in 3rd jhana of STED 4 jhana formula in agamas? There are three major notions of emptiness in the early Buddhist texts with parallels - (indeed four; but the last two are quite similar). 1. As per the Buddhist's definition of the "world" (SN 35.82), the latter is "empty of ...
by ToVincent
Sun Dec 29, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Why is anattā translated as [no self]?
Replies: 15
Views: 762

Re: Why is anattā translated as [no self]?

maybe the problem could be summarized in the arising of individuation . I wonder if a closer meaning could be "without individuation" or "without individuality" Indeed, it is just about individuation. As said before, Olivelle said that atta is also used as the personal pronoun.Therefore atta is an ...
by ToVincent
Sat Dec 28, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Why is anattā translated as [no self]?
Replies: 15
Views: 762

Re: Why is anattā translated as [no self]?

I would like to add some more to the previous post, to make it clearer. Prāna, when singular, means "vital breath" - but in the plural, it means the "vital organ of senses" at large - (of which prāna (singular) is just a part). Some people might have wondered why prānesu has been translated as "amon...
by ToVincent
Fri Dec 27, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is discussing dhamma a kind of mental proliferation ?
Replies: 53
Views: 1051

Re: Is discussing dhamma a kind of mental proliferation ?

Papañca (Development of the (sensory) "world") https://justpaste.it/3f6gs ________ papañca = prapañca :::::::::::::::::::: प्रपञ्च prapañca [pra-pañca] (√ pac , or pañc) - the expansion of the universe , the visible world (Up.) पञ्च् √ pañc or √ pac - to spread out Dhātup. - the developing world (ŚB...
by ToVincent
Thu Dec 26, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: What "Pali" means ?
Replies: 1
Views: 119

Re: What "Pali" means ?

... पालि pāli is a middle-indic dialect (प्राकृत prākṛta >> प्राकृत prākṛta (vr. prakṛti-a) >> प्रकृति prakṛti (act. prakṛ) >> प्रकृ prakṛ (pra-kṛ)) . It is synonymous with pālibhāṣā. भाषा bhāṣā (obj. √ भाष् bhāṣ) - speech , language (esp. common or vernacular speech , as opp. to Vedic or in later ...
by ToVincent
Wed Dec 25, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Why is anattā translated as [no self]?
Replies: 15
Views: 762

Re: Why is anattā translated as [no self]?

Does attā really mean the self as it is commonly understood? It would be appropriate to utilize the proper English terms usually used to define the Pali/Sanskrit words. ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦ JIVA ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦ For instance "soul" (jiva) is usually used to describe the "vital life energy" of a particular ...
by ToVincent
Tue Dec 24, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Term: Paṭiccasamuppāda
Replies: 12
Views: 4187

Re: Pali Term: Paṭiccasamuppāda

Paṭicca-samuppāda "This particular compound has generated a heated controversy among Buddhists interested in grammar,..." --- "The usual translation "dependent origination" is meaningless and ungrammatical, besides being not very intelligent considering the canonical context,...." Dr. Ole Holten Pin...
by ToVincent
Fri Dec 20, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibbana and samsara are identical. Change my view.
Replies: 58
Views: 1889

Re: Nibbana and samsara are identical. Change my view.

Are there any Sarvastivadins today? I am curious. Sorry I can't help - I am not a Sarvāstivāda knower. I am just Interested in finding the common denominator between the early Buddhist's texts (Sarvāstivāda, Theravada, Pudgalavāda, etc.) - as well as finding a proper historical lexicography, from t...
by ToVincent
Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibbana and samsara are identical. Change my view.
Replies: 58
Views: 1889

Re: Nibbana and samsara are identical. Change my view.

May I just add some clearcutness to this "sabba" debate. 1. Sabba-atthi and sarva-asti cannot be compared. The sabba of sabba-atthi refers to the definition of the "All" in SN 35.23 (SA 309-perfect parallel). The eye and forms, the ear and sounds, the nose and odours, the tongue and tastes, the body...
by ToVincent
Sun Dec 08, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vipassana vs Samadhi? Confusion regarding difference
Replies: 9
Views: 328

Re: Vipassana vs Samadhi? Confusion regarding difference

One of my main concerns regarding the difference between Vipassana and Samadhi has to do with whether these represent totally different kinds of meditations, or if they are just different stages... They are stages. |||||||||||||||||||||||||| VIPASSANA: |||||||||||||||||||||||||| There might be some...
by ToVincent
Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: In which sutta does the Buddha explain what no self means?
Replies: 32
Views: 1549

Re: In which sutta does the Buddha explain what no self means?

DooDoot wrote:
Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:15 am
dhammacoustic wrote:
Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:36 pm
the buddha also states that he'd be siding with the ucchedavadin if he were to declare natthatta.
yes, ucchedavadin believes in a self, as follows:
‘.....
YES, ucchedavadin believes in a self.
NO, Buddha NEVER stated that he'd be siding with the ucchedavadin.

Nice move Doodoot!
by ToVincent
Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Term: Atta(n)
Replies: 8
Views: 2593

Re: Pali Term: Atta(n)

... The problem is that "rāmaṇeyyakaṃ" that you take as a counter-example, is a gerund of rāmeti ram (PTS). Gerund are considered as noun - So yes, in this case, "ka" has to be added to form an adjective , (as per your attachment). Secondly, as per your attachment again , rāmaṇeyyakaṃ is neuter (ad...