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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: 1138

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: 1138

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: 480

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: 480

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: 480

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...
by SilaSamadhi
Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:30 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: 480

Are there canonical teachings about the fundamental invalidity of conceptual thinking and the necessity to eliminate it?

I am looking for Theravadin - ideally: Canonical - teachings about the fundamental invalidity of conceptual thinking and the necessity to eliminate it. One example I've already found is Bāhiya Sutta (Ud 1.10): “Then, Bāhiya, you should train yourself thus: In reference to the seen, there will be onl...
by SilaSamadhi
Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: “Empty of self” includes “empty of intrinsic nature” (Sabhāva).
Replies: 33
Views: 624

Re: "Empty of self" includes "empty of intrinsic nature" (Sabhāva).

From my understanding Bahiya was born a once returner, and had already developed the path in previous lives, and had mastered the jhanas under Buddha Kassapa. This is why he was already an ascetic. That's an interesting proposition, given that earlier in the Sutta, Bāhiya is told by a devatā: “You,...
by SilaSamadhi
Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: “Empty of self” includes “empty of intrinsic nature” (Sabhāva).
Replies: 33
Views: 624

“Empty of self” includes “empty of intrinsic nature” (Sabhāva).

Consider one of the main discourse on Emptiness (Suññata) in the Canon - Suñña Sutta (SN 35:85): Then Ven. Ānanda went to the Blessed One and on arrival, having bowed down to him, sat to one side. As he was sitting there he said to the Blessed One, “It is said that ‘the world is empty, the world is ...
by SilaSamadhi
Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why did the Buddha need to recall his early childhood jhana, when he had far more recent and advanced jhana practice?
Replies: 33
Views: 819

Re: Why did the Buddha need to recall his early childhood jhana, when he had far more recent and advanced jhana practice

Answered several times. Here, for example: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=27743&p=395333&hilit=Alara#p395333 Really liked this answer. Kind regards! He practiced diligently and attained the seven Jhanas under Kalama, What is the sutta reference for this, please ? One source is Majjhim...
by SilaSamadhi
Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why did the Buddha need to recall his early childhood jhana, when he had far more recent and advanced jhana practice?
Replies: 33
Views: 819

Why did the Buddha need to recall his early childhood jhana, when he had far more recent and advanced jhana practice?

The Buddha was a student under Alara Kalama and Uddaka Rāmaputta, both highly accomplished yogis focused on Jhana practice. He practiced diligently and attained the seven Jhanas under Kalama, and the eighth and final one under Rāmaputta. He was in fact such an accomplished student that both teachers...
by SilaSamadhi
Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In Ananda Sutta, the Buddha seems to state that both "there is a self" and "there is no self" are Wrong Views.
Replies: 83
Views: 3352

Re: In Ananda Sutta, the Buddha seems to state that both "there is a self" and "there is no self" are Wrong Views.

The Buddha kept silent. He kept silent when Vacchagotta asked him questions. When Ananda later asked him related questions, he spoke quite eloquently. Contrary to your claim, my goal here is not to affirm any preconceived view. Rather, I am trying to understand what the Buddha is teaching. So far I...
by SilaSamadhi
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In Ananda Sutta, the Buddha seems to state that both "there is a self" and "there is no self" are Wrong Views.
Replies: 83
Views: 3352

Re: In Ananda Sutta, the Buddha seems to state that both "there is a self" and "there is no self" are Wrong Views.

Then Ven. Ananda went to the Blessed One and on arrival, having bowed down to him, sat to one side. As he was sitting there he said to the Blessed One, "It is said that the world is empty, the world is empty, lord. In what respect is it said that the world is empty?" "Insofar as it is empty of a se...
by SilaSamadhi
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In Ananda Sutta, the Buddha seems to state that both "there is a self" and "there is no self" are Wrong Views.
Replies: 83
Views: 3352

Re: In Ananda Sutta, the Buddha seems to state that both "there is a self" and "there is no self" are Wrong Views.

The matter is cleared up by the sutta. I submit that it is not. Nowhere in this sutta does the Buddha state that the self positively does not exist. Vacchagotta is the person talking in the sutta & you appear to be listening to the doctrine of Vacchagotta rather than to the doctrine of the Buddha. ...
by SilaSamadhi
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In Ananda Sutta, the Buddha seems to state that both "there is a self" and "there is no self" are Wrong Views.
Replies: 83
Views: 3352

Re: In Ananda Sutta, the Buddha seems to state that both "there is a self" and "there is no self" are Wrong Views.

You seem to be taking a very obscure sutta (spoken to a very confused person) very seriously. It is one sutta from hundreds yet you seem to be taking the one sutta more seriously than the hundreds, even though it contradicts hundreds of other suttas. Can you perhaps quote a couple of good examples ...