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by SilaSamadhi
Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.
Replies: 92
Views: 1602

Re: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.

If one keeps asking how something arises, then one is probably operating out of the assumption that it once/somewhere/somehow wasn't there. Or one is just curious. Again, if I'm wondering about the cause of gravity, it does not mean I assume that it "wasn't there" at some past point, or that it car...
by SilaSamadhi
Sat Jul 27, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.
Replies: 92
Views: 1602

Re: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.

"And what is ignorance, what is the origin of ignorance, what is the cessation of ignorance, what is the way leading to the cessation of ignorance? Not knowing about dukkha, not knowing about the origin of dukkha, not knowing about the cessation of dukkha, not knowing about the way leading to the c...
by SilaSamadhi
Sat Jul 27, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.
Replies: 92
Views: 1602

Re: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.

binocular wrote:
Sat Jul 27, 2019 2:14 pm
If the question is important to you, then it is necessarily a moral issue.
Not necessarily. I'm interested in why objects fall down when dropped. No moral aspect to this question, but it's a prominent feature of my environment.
by SilaSamadhi
Sat Jul 27, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.
Replies: 92
Views: 1602

Re: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.

It's the narrative in some religions/spiritualities that explains how we (or mankind in general) were once good, pure, and worthy, and then came into a place of woe (ie. life on Earth); and why we need a particular religion/spirituality to again become good, pure, and worthy. First of all, as my or...
by SilaSamadhi
Fri Jul 26, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.
Replies: 92
Views: 1602

Re: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.

This would appear to be the main problem with any attempt to provide a narrative which involves an absolute or an unconditioned. Right, the problem is that we are having this discussion in a verbal (i.e. conceptual) medium, while the absolute is (aka the unborn, the unconditioned) is not conceptual...
by SilaSamadhi
Fri Jul 26, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.
Replies: 92
Views: 1602

Re: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.

If this question still stands, you still have an original fall scenario. Can you perhaps explain what you mean by "original fall" exactly? I am not very familiar with this idea, but even the few major essentials I know about "original fall" in Christianity will not be propositions I put forth or ag...
by SilaSamadhi
Fri Jul 26, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.
Replies: 92
Views: 1602

Re: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.

This is an original fall theory, the way they can be found in some schools of Christianity or Hinduism, for example. The last paragraph in my post asks why and how ignorance has arisen. The Buddha never answered that. In the quote you provided, he says that beginning is "inconceivable" and "not dis...
by SilaSamadhi
Fri Jul 26, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.
Replies: 92
Views: 1602

Re: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.

Where my post refers to "mind", it refers to the unconditioned mind, and not to any conditioned phenomena erroneously perceived as mind, such as the aggregate of consciousness. The Buddha explains that this unconditioned mind/state exists, which is why nibbana is possible: There is that dimension, m...
by SilaSamadhi
Fri Jul 26, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.
Replies: 92
Views: 1602

All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.

There is, monks, an unborn–unbecome–unmade–unfabricated. If there were not that unborn–unbecome–unmade–unfabricated, there would not be the case that escape from the born–become–made–fabricated would be discerned. But precisely because there is an unborn–unbecome–unmade–unfabricated, escape from th...
by SilaSamadhi
Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Aren't we losing much with attachment?
Replies: 14
Views: 421

Aren't we losing much with attachment?

Recently I was watching a well-executed horror film, and found myself gripped by fear and losing my equanimity. Almost reflexively, I took a mental step back and calmly observed the fear, unattached. This mindful adjustment quickly alleviated the fear and restored equanimity. However, the quality of...
by SilaSamadhi
Mon May 06, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How did Aṅgulimāla clear the vast amounts of dark karma he incurred by murdering hundreds of innocents, in a few years?
Replies: 44
Views: 1698

Re: How did Aṅgulimāla clear the vast amounts of dark karma he incurred by murdering hundreds of innocents, in a few yea

It seems only the realisation of anatta can end kamma. Could you cite any references in the Pali Canon supporting these claims? I mean the following two claims: Realization of Anattā will end kamma. Only realization of Anattā will end kamma. Both claims, if well supported, will be quite groundbreak...
by SilaSamadhi
Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How did Aṅgulimāla clear the vast amounts of dark karma he incurred by murdering hundreds of innocents, in a few years?
Replies: 44
Views: 1698

How did Aṅgulimāla clear the vast amounts of dark karma he incurred by murdering hundreds of innocents, in a few years?

Aṅgulimāla is told to have murdered hundreds of people in his lifetime, yet after encountering Sakyamuni Buddha, he becomes a follower and a monk, and the Buddha states that he attained Nibbana upon his death shortly after. However, my understanding is that all your karma must be cleared prior to a...
by SilaSamadhi
Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are there canonical teachings about the fundamental invalidity of conceptual thinking and the necessity to eliminate it?
Replies: 18
Views: 640

Re: Are there canonical teachings about the fundamental invalidity of conceptual thinking and the necessity to eliminate

Are the concepts of Dukkha and Anicca to be eliminated as well? Please, keep in mind that I'm not asking whether Dukkha has to be overcome or the knowledge of Anicca intuitively internalized beyond words, but whether concepts, even the ones that point to a higher truth, are unwholesome by thenselve...
by SilaSamadhi
Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are there canonical teachings about the fundamental invalidity of conceptual thinking and the necessity to eliminate it?
Replies: 18
Views: 640

Re: Are there canonical teachings about the fundamental invalidity of conceptual thinking and the necessity to eliminate

"Whereas formerly he foolishly had taken on mental acquisitions and brought them to completion, he has now abandoned them, their root destroyed, made like a palmyra stump, deprived of the conditions of development, not destined for future arising. Thus a monk so endowed is endowed with the highest ...
by SilaSamadhi
Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are there canonical teachings about the fundamental invalidity of conceptual thinking and the necessity to eliminate it?
Replies: 18
Views: 640

Re: Are there canonical teachings about the fundamental invalidity of conceptual thinking and the necessity to eliminate

Bahiya was an accomplished spiritual teacher. We can probably assume that he already had a strong grounding in sila and samadhi when this teaching was given him by the Buddha. That is precisely why I am interested in this sutta. There are many teachings in the Pali Canon about Sila and Samadhi. I'm...