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by Dinsdale
Sun Jul 21, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation Objects
Replies: 7
Views: 123

Re: Meditation Objects

Do we need to master all the objects to have full benefits? I dont think so, but I've found that it is useful to have different tools in the box. And some methods might work better for different people, or at different times. It's not just about the objects, its also about how the objects are used.
by Dinsdale
Sun Jul 21, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 689
Views: 15442

Re: Re:

Easy. If satta does not exit, who feels? The dhamma which feels feels. If satta does not exit, who knows? The dhamma which knows knows. ... ... If satta does not exist, who chooses? The dhamma which chooses chooses. Needed no involvement of the good old satta. The suttas say there is no dhamma whic...
by Dinsdale
Sun Jul 21, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?
Replies: 70
Views: 952

Re: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?

Exactly. I'm not sure we're on the same page. If you want the benefits to be gained by fitting in, then you can fit in. If you don't want those benefits, then you can walk away, or lurk on the periphery if that's what feels safer. Problems occur when people want the benefits, but don't want to fit ...
by Dinsdale
Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 689
Views: 15442

Re: Re:

... But if satta does not exist - whose is free choice? No satta - no freedom. ... Easy. If satta does not exit, who feels? The dhamma which feels feels. If satta does not exit, who knows? The dhamma which knows knows. ... ... If satta does not exist, who chooses? The dhamma which chooses chooses. ...
by Dinsdale
Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: DN 15 has interesting way of telling about consciousenss and namarupa, plus it has listed 8 liberations
Replies: 36
Views: 352

Re: DN 15 has interesting way of telling about consciousenss and namarupa, plus it has listed 8 liberations

sentinel wrote:
Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:51 am
The four arupa is unnecessary to attain liberation .
The arupa jhanas are often included in the suttas. I'm not sure why this is the case if they're not necessary.
by Dinsdale
Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: DN 15 has interesting way of telling about consciousenss and namarupa, plus it has listed 8 liberations
Replies: 36
Views: 352

Re: DN 15 has interesting way of telling about consciousenss and namarupa, plus it has listed 8 liberations

https://suttacentral.net/dn15/en/bodhi “Having completely surmounted the base of neither perception nor non-perception, one enters and dwells in the cessation of perception and feeling. This is the eighth emancipation. “Ānanda, when a bhikkhu attains these eight emancipations in forward order, in r...
by Dinsdale
Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Proof: Dharma is Buddha's Teaching, not "mental qualities"
Replies: 4
Views: 78

Re: Proof: Dharma is Buddha's Teaching, not "mental qualities"

Sorry but I don't get your argument with the factors of Right Effort. How can unskillful qualities (dhamma) be the same as dhamma teachings or dhammic principles (Dhamma)? Why not just accept that there are two different meanings of "dhamma"? There are two problems here that are separate but releva...
by Dinsdale
Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?
Replies: 70
Views: 952

Re: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?

With some groups there IS quite a lot of pressure to fit in. In those circumstances walking away might be the best option. Yes, its a good idea to investigate carefully before getting too involved, because I think there are probably a few cult-like groups around who call themselves "Buddhists". I t...
by Dinsdale
Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Re-birth stories within Buddhas time.
Replies: 14
Views: 186

Re: Re-birth stories within Buddhas time.

There are even examples of being born as a human for 500 consecutive lives: Then the Blessed One, having directed attention to Ven. Pilindavaccha's previous lives, said to the monks, "Don't take offense at the monk Vaccha. It's not out of inner hatred that he goes around addressing the monks as if ...
by Dinsdale
Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which ceases first , hatred , conceit , ignorance or greed ?
Replies: 15
Views: 133

Re: Which ceases first , hatred , conceit , ignorance or greed ?

So , ignorance is not knowing dependent origination , and as opposed to it , Knowledge is knowing the dependent origination . Therefore , knowing the dependent origination one eradicate ignorance , thereby , achieve the first turning of the noble truth and seeing the path . If one were to abandon l...
by Dinsdale
Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: DN 15 has interesting way of telling about consciousenss and namarupa, plus it has listed 8 liberations
Replies: 36
Views: 352

Re: DN 15 has interesting way of telling about consciousenss and namarupa, plus it has listed 8 liberations

The unusual use of the term "patiṭṭhaṃ" (I mentioned) in relation to consciousness appears irrelevant. consciousness, as I already posted, DN 15 appears to separate " mutually dependent consciousness & nama-rupa " from the " mother's womb ". This appears to be illogical because the " mother's womb ...
by Dinsdale
Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?
Replies: 70
Views: 952

Re: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?

But you don't have to fit in. You don't have to conform because of peer pressure. Exactly so. If you think you have to fit in, then you might as well fit in; that way you at least gain whatever benefits there are in so doing. The thought that one has to fit in is a dhamma that ought to be examined ...
by Dinsdale
Sun Jul 21, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Proof: Dharma is Buddha's Teaching, not "mental qualities"
Replies: 4
Views: 78

Re: Proof: Dharma is Buddha's Teaching, not "mental qualities"

Sorry but I don't get your argument with the factors of Right Effort. How can unskillful qualities (dhamma) be the same as dhamma teachings or dhammic principles (Dhamma)? Why not just accept that there are two different meanings of "dhamma"? Personally I would prefer "unskillful states" to "unskill...
by Dinsdale
Sun Jul 21, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suffering is not a satisfactory translation for the Pali word "Dukkha"?
Replies: 65
Views: 609

Re: Suffering is not a satisfactory translation for the Pali word "Dukkha"?

Remember the 3 levels of Dukkha: dukkha-dukkha, viparinama-dukkha, and sankhara-dukkha. It's the 3rd type which says that dukkha pervades all conditioned phenomena, because they're all changing, impermanent, and without susbtance. So how does cessation of dukkha happen with this view of sankhara-du...