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by Spiny Norman
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Uncovered Misery
Replies: 9
Views: 169

Re: Uncovered Misery

I am familiar with the idea that meditation can bring up things in our consciousness that we were unaware of. I recently meditated 30 min metta and 30 minutes Mahasi vipassana for about a week. A lot of stuff came up. Grief, rage, sadness, loneliness, hatred, anger, now that I've opened Pandora's b...
by Spiny Norman
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Sound object for concentration meditation
Replies: 12
Views: 162

Re: Sound object for concentration meditation

Can I get a recommended reading list for understanding sound object as meditation? I googled but failed to find anything on it. My recent experience in using gong sound as meditation object has been very positive and would like to explore further. Thanks! You might want to google around for "the so...
by Spiny Norman
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Evening chanting
Replies: 6
Views: 70

Re: Evening chanting

I already have the chanting book, and the recordings are online, so I can listen and read along, which is what I've been doing, but I was wondering if anyone had and techniques they'd recommend, or could share their experience. I wouldn't worry about it, just use the chanting book initially if you ...
by Spiny Norman
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?
Replies: 109
Views: 1476

Re: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?

Spiny, I like your stick to itiveness. ToVincent is trying to answer your question by quoting scripture. Unfortunately, this is not going to answer your question experientially. My reading of the thread shows both Vincent & Spiny are referring to scripture however both have a different reading or i...
by Spiny Norman
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?
Replies: 109
Views: 1476

Re: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?

Again, I go for that definition of mine, for phassa - that is to say "transfer of possession" (of the external khandhas). Just because, there is some rationale to that, in the Sankrit "contemporary texts. And because it also makes a lot of gumption. A lot. But it isn't just about "external khandas"...
by Spiny Norman
Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?
Replies: 109
Views: 1476

Re: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?

And that is what I said before (but you don't seem to catch it) - that in SN 22.88: If he feels a pleasant feeling, he understands: ‘It is impermanent’; he understands: ‘It is not held to’; he understands: ‘It is not delighted in.’ If he feels a painful feeling, he understands: ... If he feels a pl...
by Spiny Norman
Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?
Replies: 109
Views: 1476

Re: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?

Mkoll wrote:
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:59 pm
Along with the "great Nibbana=?" thread we need a "great nature of the arahant=?" and "great dependent origination=?" so these neverending philosophical diversions can be sequestered in one place. I feel like I've read a million threads just like this one.
Not a bad idea.
by Spiny Norman
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?
Replies: 109
Views: 1476

Re: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?

This is worth a look - I prefer "sense-impression" to "contact" as a rendering for phassa.

http://www.palikanon.com/english/wtb/n_r/phassa.htm
by Spiny Norman
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?
Replies: 109
Views: 1476

Re: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?

I think Arahants have a "new wheel" until they attain parinibbana, otherwise it would be impossible for them to function in the world. Once they attain parinibbana, the aggregates cant be put together anymore because they lack "moisture" (craving), so thats when all the 12 links cease once for all....
by Spiny Norman
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4229
Views: 254188

Re: the great vegetarian debate

binocular wrote:
Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:58 am
We have quinoa, but we don't have quorn.
Quorn products are widely available in UK supermarkets. I am having quorn sausages today as it happens. :woohoo:
by Spiny Norman
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?
Replies: 109
Views: 1476

Re: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?

It seems to me that "over a period of time" and "in the same instant" both are interpretations or mental constructions relating to concepts of time. Nibbana often is presented as "totally beyond the process of rebirth and the constraints of space and time" as discussed here . Discussing Nibbana is ...
by Spiny Norman
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?
Replies: 109
Views: 1476

Re: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?

Perhaps this will help explain a little more clearly, although it is a dreaded Mahayana explanation: However in the Buddhist context the Illusion is not removed but rather seen as jnana itself-transformed into Jnana. And this Jnana is not something that is the support or base of samsara. It is the ...
by Spiny Norman
Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?
Replies: 109
Views: 1476

Re: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?

And, by the way, it is not: "it's not "mine"". But "it's not "I"" - The "mine" comes later, if there is phassa and upādāna. (reading AN 4.199, might help you elucidate that). There are still sense impression for an Arahant - an Arahant still feels, sees hears etc. But how can there be sense impress...
by Spiny Norman
Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The relationship between Kamma and ignorance
Replies: 24
Views: 274

Re: The relationship between Kamma and ignorance

When we study dependent origination, we find that ignorance precedes kamma. The problem is, ignorance has a negative quality (by definition) so how it can be a cause of anything? The first two verses of the Dhammapada seem relevant here: 1. Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they...
by Spiny Norman
Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2132
Views: 70687

Re: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread

cappuccino wrote:
Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:26 pm
If Buddha cannot help you, I cannot.
:shrug:
by Spiny Norman
Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2132
Views: 70687

Re: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread

On Self, No Self, and Not-self http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn44/sn44.010.than.html You are avoiding a straightforward question ( again ). The Sunna Sutta says: "the world is empty of a self, or anything pertaining to a self". What is the practical difference between that and "there i...
by Spiny Norman
Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2132
Views: 70687

Re: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread

cappuccino wrote:
Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:03 pm
Again the difference is subtle.
And the difference must be appreciated.
If you really think there is a practical difference, then explain it clearly what it is.
by Spiny Norman
Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nāma-rūpa is best rendered as...?
Replies: 67
Views: 961

Re: Nāma-rūpa is best rendered as...?

DooDoot wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:23 pm
chownah wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:01 pm
Namarupa is the domain of sattipattana.
Is nama-rupa the observer or meditator in sattipattana or is nama-rupa what is observed? Please explain, more.
I reckon nama-rupa is that which is observed.
by Spiny Norman
Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?
Replies: 109
Views: 1476

Re: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?

... whether it is progressive or instantaneous. What is the difference, if any? Nidanas ceasing in succession over a period of time v. all nidanas ceasing at the same instant. I don't see how the nidana definitions in SN12.2 could support instantaneous cessation, ie all the nidanas ceasing when Nib...
by Spiny Norman
Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2132
Views: 70687

Re: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread

Same thing. If the world is empty of a self, then there is no self in the world. The difference is subtle. You fail to appreciate the difference. There is no practical difference. The Sunna Sutta says the world is empty of a self or anything pertaining to the world. So are you proposing a self outs...