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by Chandaka
Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Where to begin?
Replies: 13
Views: 1643

Re: Where to begin?

If tranquility of mind is what you need, I suggest you begin with metta meditation.
by Chandaka
Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:11 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: When the eye does not exist?
Replies: 34
Views: 2912

Re: When the eye does not exist?

Does anyone know where I can get an English translation of the Abhidhamma?
by Chandaka
Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: When the eye does not exist?
Replies: 34
Views: 2912

Re: When the eye does not exist?

35. Salayatanasamyutta, 155 (10) A Speaker on the Dhamma, SN If, through revulsion towards the eye, through its fading away and cessation , one is liberated by nonclinging, one can be called a bhikkhu who has attained Nibbana in this very life . Does this Sutta seem to be saying that there is a ces...
by Chandaka
Wed Jan 18, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: When the eye does not exist?
Replies: 34
Views: 2912

Re: When the eye does not exist?

About the eye not existing, here is my answer from the topic about making feeling not exist. It is the same with the eye: As long as the 5 aggregates will be assembled there will be no way to destroy one of the aggregates individually. Buddha solution was to cut the fuel that propels this self-suff...
by Chandaka
Wed Jan 18, 2017 3:43 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: "The Myth of Mental Illness" by Thomas Szazs
Replies: 12
Views: 807

Re: "The Myth of Mental Illness" by Thomas Szazs

I would say that mental illness is psycho-physical. In most circumstances, when a schizophrenic takes his meds, he is fine, but when he goes off his meds, he gets paranoid and delusional.
by Chandaka
Wed Jan 18, 2017 2:38 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: When the eye does not exist?
Replies: 34
Views: 2912

Re: When the eye does not exist?

I've heard people say that when one reaches nibbana, one blips out for a brief moment. Is that correct, or do they not know what they are talking about?
by Chandaka
Wed Jan 18, 2017 2:21 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: When the eye does not exist?
Replies: 34
Views: 2912

Re: When the eye does not exist?

santa100 wrote:You probably didn't read the hyperlink I provided. Nibbana without residue means the death of the arahant. Since "s/he" won't come back, the sense bases cease to exist.
Sorry, am reading it now.
by Chandaka
Wed Jan 18, 2017 2:16 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: When the eye does not exist?
Replies: 34
Views: 2912

Re: When the eye does not exist?

In SN 35.133, by the cessation of the eye, Ven. Udayi was referring to the ultimate state of Nibbana without residue . From SN 35.117, another sutta in the same Division III's The Third Fifty as SN 35.133, the Comy. says: Spk: “It is Nibbana that is called the cessation of the six sense bases, for ...
by Chandaka
Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: When the eye does not exist?
Replies: 34
Views: 2912

Re: When the eye does not exist?

When there is no eye-consciousness, no forms, or no eye, there is no contact at the eye, the eye does not "exist" then. So does it mean that we should strive for unconsciousness? Please stay with me on this. I am slightly confused and need extra clarity. As far as striving is concerned, we strive t...
by Chandaka
Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: When the eye does not exist?
Replies: 34
Views: 2912

Re: When the eye does not exist?

Nicolas wrote:When there is no eye-consciousness, no forms, or no eye, there is no contact at the eye, the eye does not "exist" then.
So does it mean that we should strive for unconsciousness? Please stay with me on this. I am slightly confused and need extra clarity.
by Chandaka
Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: When the eye does not exist?
Replies: 34
Views: 2912

Re: When the eye does not exist?

SarathW wrote:Yes.
It does not mean that your have to be physically blind.
In fact physical blindness and deafness etc. are road blocks for the path.
But what does it mean? Does it mean to see the eye as being empty of actual reality?
by Chandaka
Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: When the eye does not exist?
Replies: 34
Views: 2912

When the eye does not exist?

In the Sutta 133 (10) Verahaccani of the Samyutta Nikaya it says: “…the arahants maintain that when the eye exists there is pleasure and pain, and when the eye does not exist there is no pleasure and pain.” What does it mean, exactly when it says, “the eye does not exist?” It does not mean physicall...
by Chandaka
Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Samatha and Anatta
Replies: 47
Views: 4664

Re: Samatha and Anatta

Many experiences are mistaken to mean jhana. As you yourself have pointed out, the jhanas Buddha reached before enlightenment were not the jhanas that he taught after enlightenment. They were probably hindu jhanas achieved through focusing on a single spot. Just take a look at MN 39 to get an idea ...
by Chandaka
Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Samatha and Anatta
Replies: 47
Views: 4664

Re: Samatha and Anatta

When the Blessed One perceived that the mind of Upāli, the householder, was prepared, pliant, free from obstacles, elevated and lucid, .... MN 56 When hearing a complicated teaching such as the doctrine of dependent origination or a teaching on how a car engine works, the mind has to be in a good s...
by Chandaka
Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Samatha and Anatta
Replies: 47
Views: 4664

Re: Samatha and Anatta

I thought: "While my Sakyan father was busy and I (as a child) was sitting in the shade of the a rose apple tree, then quite secluded from sensual desires, secluded from unprofitable ideas, I had direct acquaintance of entering upon and abiding in the first jhana-meditation, which is accompanied by...