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by aflatun
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Inspiring Words
Replies: 110
Views: 6272

Re: Inspiring Words

Mind is empty, we don’t have to make it empty... Do not hold onto the notion that mind is empty. To hold an idea, ‘Now it is empty; now it is empty,’ is a conceptual construct that we keep in mind. That is not necessary. In the moment of recognising, you see that mind is empty. At that point allow ...
by aflatun
Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Are Vipassana Nanas silly?
Replies: 38
Views: 1015

Re: Are Vipassana Nanas silly?

There are many approaches to the Dhamma in general, and meditation in particular, that have been useful to many people for many centuries. As I said, the insight knowledges were documented well over 1500 years ago, and were presumably assembled from the experiences of awakened individuals. Well sai...
by aflatun
Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Rain soddens what's covered..."
Replies: 49
Views: 2946

Re: "Rain soddens what's covered..."

I cannot recall where I heard this interpretation, but it seemed interesting. Here is my attempt at a summary: The most significant thing that is covered, protected and taken TO BE there, under its covers, is SELF. But there cannot be knowledge of what SELF actually is - all there can be is what it...
by aflatun
Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:51 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Nihilism has poisoned modern society; as Buddhists, we should reject it.
Replies: 9
Views: 124

Re: Nihilism has poisoned modern society; as Buddhists, we should reject it.

Greetings, Well said. Religions in toto are something of a mixed bag, but nihilism and post-modernism are arguably worse. On a related note, you may be interested in this somewhat lengthy, but related topic: Atheism is an Unskillful False Dhamma Metta, Paul. :) Another great thread! Thanks for that...
by aflatun
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"
Replies: 53
Views: 723

Re: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"

DooDoot wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:05 am
OK. Thanks for the (secular) education. :)
Hah, of course, and thank you for your time :thumbsup:
by aflatun
Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:27 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"
Replies: 53
Views: 723

Re: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"

But, again, this argument above is mere word-play. It has no basis in evidence or reality. Knowable reality is: 1. When the body is fatigued, due to a lack of food, the mind becomes fatigued. 2. When the body is exhausted due to sleep deprivation, the mind will collapse into unconsciousness sleep. ...
by aflatun
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"
Replies: 53
Views: 723

Re: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"

“Materialism seeks the primary and most simple state of matter, and then tries to develop all the others from it; ascending from mere mechanism, to chemism, to polarity, to the vegetable and to the animal kingdom. And if we suppose this to have been done, the last link in the chain would be animal ...
by aflatun
Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Inspiring Words
Replies: 110
Views: 6272

Re: Inspiring Words

In this natural state of primordial nonarising, There is nothing to be negated and nothing to be affirmed. Nirvāṇa and nonnirvāṇa Are without difference in the natural state of nonarising. This is not even nonarising as such, Because arising things do not exist. The seeming does not exist, the ulti...
by aflatun
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: why is authenticity under-valued
Replies: 31
Views: 368

Re: why is authenticity under-valued

let's talk about it It's not undervalued. It's just that some people don't accept "scientific history" or materialist textual criticism as the only criterion of authenticity. For example the buddhists writing the commentaries did not. They accepted their oral traditions, including the "supernatural...
by aflatun
Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 129
Views: 2576

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

It is a pity that monk didn't consult the Buddhist Dictionary by Nyanatiloka. He would have learned that in only certain contexts nama excludes vinnana. https://www.budsas.org/ebud/bud-dict/dic_idx.htm nāma: (lit. 'name'): 'mind', mentality. This term is generally used as a collective name for the ...
by aflatun
Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How common is stream entry?
Replies: 527
Views: 63010

Re: How common is stream entry?

Thank you so much for the response, Bhante! Cognition of the five sense objects is absent, just as it is with any jhānic consciousness. But not the sixth: the jhānic and supramundane consciousnesses are all instances of mind-consciousness and Nibbāna is the dhamma that they take as their object. .....
by aflatun
Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2142
Views: 78455

Re: Nirvana is a Transcendent Reality

Perhaps neither the classical Theravadins nor the suttanta Theravadins can be generalized to a specific view on nibbana. There is a wide range of views in all of them. I was familiar with Buddhaghosa not accepting the nihilist view, but I had thought most classical Theravadins today were of the ath...
by aflatun
Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: This/that conditionality in DO
Replies: 14
Views: 206

Re: This/that conditionality in DO

Time...timeless...and a can of worms :shock: Timeless I had a look at that thread, but I don't really understand the idea of timeless conditionality. The first mode "When this is, that is" means that the second thing is only present while the first thing is present - so there is a temporal dimensio...
by aflatun
Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nāmarūpa - Named Form?
Replies: 139
Views: 1559

Re: Nāmarūpa - Named Form?

The interdependence of consciousness and nama-rupa kind of covers the whole thing in a way. I suggested earlier in the thread that nama-rupa represents everything we can be conscious of, ie the objects of consciousness, ie the aggregates of rupa, sanna, vedana and sankharas. I noticed, sir! That's ...
by aflatun
Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2142
Views: 78455

Re: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread

If you can't pinpoint anything at all , how could anything being said arises or as being solid substance or being empty . That's the million dollar question (Nagarjuna) “The Transcendent Conqueror has taught That all deceptive phenomena are false. All conditioned phenomena are deceptive, And, there...
by aflatun
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:31 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Paranoid-schizoid position
Replies: 39
Views: 501

Re: Paranoid-schizoid position

I think in human terms, it is the point for the vast majority of folks who wish to be fully human and have a semblance of sanity. Only then, is there a possibility of going further and contemplating our own experience in the way the Buddha taught. I don't disagree with you, I just hesitate to reduc...
by aflatun
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:22 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 152
Views: 2113

Re: Diversity among mods

mikenz66 wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:19 am
aflatun wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:01 am
What a great photo!
Thanks. I also like the picture of the naga a few posts later...
viewtopic.php?f=12&t=2730&start=60#p369744

:heart:
Mike
Nice!
by aflatun
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:21 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 152
Views: 2113

Re: Diversity among mods

I'm an AJNAE (Jew-North African-Arab-European). https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=45&t=30999#p452765 Does that count for diversity? :tongue: Hah! I think what does count for diversity, of the kind I care about it anyway, is the variety of perspectives that moderators on this site bring to the...
by aflatun
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:01 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 152
Views: 2113

Re: Diversity among mods

Regarding identity, there is photo of Ven Dhammanando and I posing for a publicity shot here: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=2730&start=60#p369695 There was a picture of Robert and I earlier in that thread, but it seems to have become corrupt... :heart: Mike What a great photo!
by aflatun
Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Paranoid-schizoid position
Replies: 39
Views: 501

Re: Paranoid-schizoid position

The best description that I've come across in Buddhist terms that describe stress and other disturbances is Punnaji's beginning description of the path. He calls this disturbance, emotional reactivity. It is described as citta, the unconscious reactions of the 'animal' parts of our brain, the amygd...