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by nichiren-123
Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What is wisdom?
Replies: 27
Views: 3638

Re: What is wisdom?

Having thought about this for a while, I'd like to give my take on what I think wisdom is: Wisdom is closely related to emotional intelligence. You can act based on emotional impulses or you can learn to act based on wisdom - that is acting from what you know to be the right thing, without being swa...
by nichiren-123
Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How to stop associating yourself with your thoughts?
Replies: 47
Views: 3549

Re: How to stop associating yourself with your thoughts?

So I've been thinking about whether my thoughts are 'me' and have realised that they are impersonal and that the same goes for my feelings. My thoughts and feelings are beyond my control so there's no logic to saying "I thought of this idea" or "this is my idea" because in reality I did not choose ...
by nichiren-123
Sun Oct 22, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is worth spending time on?
Replies: 14
Views: 927

What is worth spending time on?

So I'm currently not working or studying due to mental illness which is now subsiding and that means I have allot of time on my hands. So I've been wasting my time just watching TV, listening to music, anything to fill my day. But this feels like such a waste of time in the grand scheme of things. S...
by nichiren-123
Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How to live the three dhamma seals?
Replies: 4
Views: 522

How to live the three dhamma seals?

So I've always found the three dhamma seals to be more useful and more profound than the four noble truths. I mean that: 1) conditioned phenomena are impermenant 2) conditioned phenomena have no independent existence 3) Nirvana is peace obtained through understanding the first two dhamma seals. Nich...
by nichiren-123
Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How to stop associating yourself with your thoughts?
Replies: 47
Views: 3549

Re: How to stop associating yourself with your thoughts?

So I've been thinking about whether my thoughts are 'me' and have realised that they are impersonal and that the same goes for my feelings. My thoughts and feelings are beyond my control so there's no logic to saying "I thought of this idea" or "this is my idea" because in reality I did not choose ...
by nichiren-123
Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How to stop associating yourself with your thoughts?
Replies: 47
Views: 3549

How to stop associating yourself with your thoughts?

So I've been thinking about whether my thoughts are 'me' and have realised that they are impersonal and that the same goes for my feelings. My thoughts and feelings are beyond my control so there's no logic to saying "I thought of this idea" or "this is my idea" because in reality I did not choose t...
by nichiren-123
Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How does a Buddhist socialise?
Replies: 13
Views: 1459

Re: How does a Buddhist socialise?

I don't know exactly how to explain...in social situations you have to react quickly in order to get by socially. Hello, nichiren-123, As you have not replied to the posts so far, it is hard to know if you think they are getting at what you are getting at that is hard to explain. I'll offer a diffe...
by nichiren-123
Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How does a Buddhist socialise?
Replies: 13
Views: 1459

How does a Buddhist socialise?

I don't know exactly how to explain his but I will try I've been (attempting) to practice the eightfold path for about a month now. I've noticed that when in social situations you have to react quickly in order to get by socially. But this seems incompatible with the teachings of the Buddha which re...
by nichiren-123
Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What is wisdom?
Replies: 27
Views: 3638

What is wisdom?

I read a dhammapada quote (340) earlier: Everywhere these streams are swirling, up-bursting creepers (craving) rooted firm. Seeing the craving-creeper there with wisdom cut its root! And this raises a question for me: What does 'wisdom' mean as a buddhist concept? What exactly are we using to cut th...
by nichiren-123
Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: examining nirvana with the three dhamma seals
Replies: 0
Views: 296

examining nirvana with the three dhamma seals

This topic is about my idea of what nirvana is and a chance to talk about how to go about reaching it. This is meant to talk about the issue whilst going beyond the four noble truths, to view it from another angle - the three dhamma seals. Criticism and additions to this short essay are more than we...
by nichiren-123
Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Setting up a practice?
Replies: 8
Views: 1020

Setting up a practice?

Hi, I'm new. I am Mahayana Buddhist but I'm interested in practising Theravada as I see that it's the earliest extant form of Buddhism. I'm familiar with the concepts of the 4 noble truths and the eightfold path but I don't know how to set up a practice? I.e. how to go about practising mindfulness a...
by nichiren-123
Tue Jul 04, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: suffering is inseparable from nirvana?
Replies: 6
Views: 552

Re: suffering is inseparable from nirvana?

chownah wrote:In theravada the usually accepted idea is that the end of suffering is nirvana.
chownah
Honest question:
How can we realize nirvana when it is an unconditioned state, but everything we experience is necessarily conditioned?
by nichiren-123
Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: original buddhism
Replies: 27
Views: 3691

Re: original buddhism

As a follow-up to my recent DhammaWiki article on Pudgalavada (and topic here), I made this analysis / interpretation of original Buddhism. I'm sure it will have some detractors from both hard-core Theravadins and hard-core Mahayanists, but that's okay: https://dhammawiki.com/index.php?title=Origin...
by nichiren-123
Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: suffering is inseparable from nirvana?
Replies: 6
Views: 552

suffering is inseparable from nirvana?

Hi, I'm a practising mahayana buddhist (Nichiren, Sokka Gakkai member) but I am finding myself drawn towards Theravada as I see it as the earliest buddhist school still in existence. In mahayana, there is sayings that say "The sufferings of birth and death are nirvana" and "earthly desires are enlig...