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by srivijaya
Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Samatha and Anatta
Replies: 47
Views: 2131

Re: Samatha and Anatta

What is your opinion on why Buddha, his teachers and his ascetic friends did not achieve even stream entry despite achieving all 8 jhanas ? What is your opinion on all people that ever achieved stream entry in the suttas did so after hearing a discourse, while there are zero cases where they did it...
by srivijaya
Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Samatha and Anatta
Replies: 47
Views: 2131

Re: Samatha and Anatta

But it is later, not sooner. Right concentration (witch means jhana) is the 8th step of the noble 8thfold path. It is closely connected with non-returning. What a person first has to do is the first step of the path: right view (stream entry). I have no idea where you get that from but if it's work...
by srivijaya
Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Samatha and Anatta
Replies: 47
Views: 2131

Re: Samatha and Anatta

Please feel free to correct it. Realization about non existence of a self is done through contemplating suttas dealing with dependent origination, such as most suttas from SN. It is important to pay special attention to those suttas that end up with "after hearing this discourses, 20 bhikkhus attai...
by srivijaya
Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Samatha and Anatta
Replies: 47
Views: 2131

Re: Samatha and Anatta

Twilight wrote:
srivijaya wrote:
Stress equates to "self" - that's all "self" amounts to, nothing else.

Dissolving stress = dissolving "self" = anatta.
I don't know where you got these strange ideas from. Certainly not from the suttas.
Please feel free to correct it.
:anjali:
by srivijaya
Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Samatha and Anatta
Replies: 47
Views: 2131

Re: Samatha and Anatta

There are two components to meditation; calmness and awareness. The calmer you become, the more awareness is able to go deeper. When awareness goes deeper, you are able to locate subtle stress, which is released, leading to deeper calmness. The two are part of the self-same process. Stress equates t...
by srivijaya
Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna
Replies: 236
Views: 9688

Re: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna

But how far can an atom of earth element be broken down until it ceases without remainder? Not saying it's your view but I encountered a similar one many years ago whilst studying the tenet systems. It reminds me of the Vaibhasika school. One which accepts truly existent external objects. The basis...
by srivijaya
Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: 4 charged in hate crime
Replies: 25
Views: 1077

Re: 4 charged in hate crime

Labels here, labels there... I think as Buddhists we know what the deal is:
"He abused me, he struck me, he overpowered me, he robbed me." Those who harbor such thoughts do not still their hatred.
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .budd.html
by srivijaya
Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Failure of the Sexual Revolution
Replies: 52
Views: 1840

Re: Failure of the Sexual Revolution

Disciple wrote:This article is from breitbart, but it's a good one.
mmm... Breitbart.
by srivijaya
Tue Jan 03, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha say Anihilationism was to be the best of the wrong views.?
Replies: 30
Views: 999

Re: Did Buddha say Anihilationism was to be the best of the wrong views.?

Bhikkhu Bodhi's note 734: MA identifies the three views here as eternalism, annihilationism, and partial eternalism. Those segments didn't suggest that to me at all. I could find neither eternalist nor nihilist views amongst them? I think it is a mistake to assume that Buddha said Anihilationism to...
by srivijaya
Wed Dec 28, 2016 8:16 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Soul theories and the Dhamma
Replies: 469
Views: 15623

Re: Soul theories and the Dhamma

Thats why I suggested that the English word "identity" is closer to the Buddhist conception of "attā" than "self". The equivalent of the English term "self" is "mindstream" in Buddhist terminology, that is just my opinion though. Denying the mindstream is ucchedavāda as far as I know, by most ortho...
by srivijaya
Wed Dec 28, 2016 8:13 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Soul theories and the Dhamma
Replies: 469
Views: 15623

Re: Soul theories and the Dhamma

Here's the translation In this body are hairs, down, nails, teeth, skin, flesh, sinews, bone, marrow, kidney, heart, liver, membrane, spleen, lungs, bowels, mesentery, stomach, faeces, bile, phlegm, pus, blood, sweat, fat, tears, saliva, snot, synovial fluid, urine, and goes on to meditate after th...
by srivijaya
Wed Dec 28, 2016 7:25 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Soul theories and the Dhamma
Replies: 469
Views: 15623

Re: Soul theories and the Dhamma

A postulated "eternal, unchanging" soul is a conceptually fabricated straw-man. Because a self by very definition is a living thing and must change [in some sense at least]. Nor are unchanging and eternal equivalent words [at least not in all senses]. Very much so. Once the conceptually fabricated,...
by srivijaya
Sun Dec 25, 2016 8:27 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Soul theories and the Dhamma
Replies: 469
Views: 15623

Re: Soul theories and the Dhamma

A postulated "eternal, unchanging" soul is a conceptually fabricated straw-man. The refutation predicated on this 'assertion' has as much "substance" as 'the child of a barren woman'. Self/No-self assertion and denial are meaningless obscurations.
by srivijaya
Fri Dec 23, 2016 10:06 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Book about Anattā - No Inner Core
Replies: 24
Views: 1667

Re: Book about Anattā - No Inner Core

The linked suttas do not appear to contain speculative doctrinal expositions on the existence/non-existence of atta. If they do, then please make it more explicit. I would like to see why you consider they do. You may be forgetting what you were claiming as speculation. This is your post I responde...
by srivijaya
Fri Dec 23, 2016 10:03 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Book about Anattā - No Inner Core
Replies: 24
Views: 1667

Re: Book about Anattā - No Inner Core

I think you are confusing metaphysical existence, ontological existence, and phenomenological existence. Hi Coëmgenu, Interesting observation. Not something I think I'm doing but I'll defer to your judgement on that. from a phenomenological angle, the Buddha does thoroughly dismiss selfhood, notion...
by srivijaya
Thu Dec 22, 2016 9:55 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Book about Anattā - No Inner Core
Replies: 24
Views: 1667

Re: Book about Anattā - No Inner Core

Carefully read The Simile of the Snake ( Alagaddūpama Sutta MN.22 ). There are oodles more examples, but this one is the most direct. The linked suttas do not appear to contain speculative doctrinal expositions on the existence/non-existence of atta. If they do, then please make it more explicit. I...
by srivijaya
Wed Dec 21, 2016 3:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Sex positive movement
Replies: 84
Views: 4241

Re: Sex positive movement

Even if such a thing were in line with the Buddha's teaching, the act of determining whether or not various worldly conceivings are in line with the Buddha's teaching seems not to be in line with the Buddha's teaching. I could be wrong. Agree. In the group I occasionally attend there is a lady who ...
by srivijaya
Wed Dec 21, 2016 2:45 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Book about Anattā - No Inner Core
Replies: 24
Views: 1667

Re: Book about Anattā - No Inner Core

Silananda Sayadaw was Burmese, so might come across as a bit doctrinaire. He was something of a heavy-weight (accomplishments, writings, etc.), though, and founder of the Tathagata Meditation Center, 12 miles from here in San Jose, California. If you're bent on dissing his interpretations, good luc...
by srivijaya
Wed Dec 21, 2016 2:41 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Book about Anattā - No Inner Core
Replies: 24
Views: 1667

Re: Book about Anattā - No Inner Core

"He proclaimed that He teaches anattà, that is, when He denied the existence of atta." Buddha never affirmed or denied the existence of such... A claim based on guesswork of the Ānanda Sutta ( SN. 44.10 ) no doubt. Is it yours or are you regurgitating the surmise of another? Hi ancientbuddhism, I'm...
by srivijaya
Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:00 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Book about Anattā - No Inner Core
Replies: 24
Views: 1667

Re: Book about Anattā - No Inner Core

The intro states: "He proclaimed that He teaches anattà, that is, when He denied the existence of atta." Buddha never affirmed or denied the existence of such. He wasn't into affirmation or denial of metaphysical speculation. It goes on to state: "In the absolute sense, the anattà doctrine denies an...