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by Dinsdale
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Form is emptiness
Replies: 16
Views: 258

Re: Form is emptiness

2600htz wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:39 pm
Dinsdale wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:13 pm
2600htz wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:11 pm
Hello

Empty of what? Air? Hindrances? Self?

Regards
Empty of independent existence.
What does independent existence mean?.

Regards.
Existing independently. :tongue:
by Dinsdale
Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Ajahn Sucitto says mindfulness is "not judgmental", I say it is very judgmental.
Replies: 20
Views: 264

Re: Ajahn Sucitto says mindfulness is "not judgmental", I say it is very judgmental.

Judgmental is a negative word to describe someone who often rushes to judgment without reason. The adjective judgmental describes someone who forms lots of opinions — usually harsh or critical ones — about lots of people. Judgmental types are not open-minded or easygoing. https://www.bing.com/searc...
by Dinsdale
Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The relation about Dhamma and reality itself
Replies: 8
Views: 101

Re: The relation about Dhamma and reality itself

The impression I have is that the suttas are mostly concerned with "my world" and not with "THE world".
So it's about the way we experience our "personal reality", rather than an investigation of "ultimate reality".

https://suttacentral.net/sn12.44/en/bodhi
by Dinsdale
Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Form is emptiness
Replies: 16
Views: 258

Re: Form is emptiness

2600htz wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:11 pm
Hello

Empty of what? Air? Hindrances? Self?

Regards
Empty of independent existence.
by Dinsdale
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the difference between Citta and Vinnana?
Replies: 47
Views: 489

Re: What is the difference between Citta and Vinnana?

No, it was a straightforward question. My thoughts arise "in my head", or at least it feels like that. I think this is because the main sense organs are located physically in the head, so it feels like that's the "centre" of my experience. I'm still not sure what you're questioning though. Are you ...
by Dinsdale
Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the difference between Citta and Vinnana?
Replies: 47
Views: 489

Re: What is the difference between Citta and Vinnana?

Well, yes, that's one of these points of controversy... However, the point is that in the suttas there are these various terms that are used in different contexts, even though they have a large overlap. :heart: Mike It could be a case of overlap, or it could be more like a hierarchy, with citta as ...
by Dinsdale
Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Form is emptiness
Replies: 16
Views: 258

Re: Form is emptiness

Emptiness could just be another word for the three marks of existence. In the Heart Sutra sunyata describes the lack of independent existence, phenomena nor existing "from their own side". It appears related to idappaccayata, the conditional nature of phenomena, and therefore related to the three m...
by Dinsdale
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Form is emptiness
Replies: 16
Views: 258

Re: Form is emptiness

Does any Theravadin here believe that the Mahayana Suttras are the words of the Buddha? Here's an article written a number of years ago about the Northern and Southern traditions by Ajahn Amaro, who's the Abbot of Amaravati Theravada Thai Forest Tradition monastery UK: The View from the Centre: htt...
by Dinsdale
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What are the Benefits of Chanting?
Replies: 9
Views: 287

Re: What are the Benefits of Chanting?

Any thoughts about whether it is better to chant in English or Pali? I've tried both, and found chanting in English to be more useful. I prefer reading the meaning of the chant in English then chanting in pali.something about pali that has a tranquilising effect.☺ I was brought up as a Roman Cathol...
by Dinsdale
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Ajahn Sucitto says mindfulness is "not judgmental", I say it is very judgmental.
Replies: 20
Views: 264

Re: Ajahn Sucitto says mindfulness is "not judgmental", I say it is very judgmental.

budo wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:56 am
I would say Sati remembers to make attention appropriate again. The defilements and hindrances drag or pull the attention away towards improper objects.

It's a battle for attention at the end of the day.
So is the exercise of appropriate attention an aspect of Right Effort?
by Dinsdale
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Ajahn Sucitto says mindfulness is "not judgmental", I say it is very judgmental.
Replies: 20
Views: 264

Re: Ajahn Sucitto says mindfulness is "not judgmental", I say it is very judgmental.

Interesting. In SN35.245 the gatekeepers role is specifically that of guarding the senses, which does involve continual judgement. https://suttacentral.net/sn35.245/en/bodhi This wise guarding function of mindfulness sounds different to being "judgemental", which has come to mean being harshly criti...
by Dinsdale
Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:57 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What are the Benefits of Chanting?
Replies: 9
Views: 287

Re: What are the Benefits of Chanting?

Any thoughts about whether it is better to chant in English or Pali? I've tried both, and found chanting in English to be more useful.
by Dinsdale
Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do the suttas ever specify...
Replies: 12
Views: 317

Re: Do the suttas ever specify...

However, in deep Jhana even if your eyes open you may not see. Yes, deeper meditative states seem to involve a withdrawal from sensory input. Though with eyes open, I have found that "looking" at a moving background makes this more difficult, since the movement is distracting. I asume that's why so...
by Dinsdale
Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: SN22.79 Fabricate the fabricated?
Replies: 29
Views: 317

Re: SN22.79 Fabricate the fabricated?

Well since the sutta Sarath quoted says "consciousness is a conditioned phenomenon", you'll just have to abide that implausibility. Metta, Paul. :) Ha , the eyes ears consciousness could be there , the thought probably never been there . A baby look at an apple , is there fabrication ? Yes, assumin...
by Dinsdale
Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Form is emptiness
Replies: 16
Views: 258

Re: Form is emptiness

Emptiness could just be another word for the three marks of existence. In the Heart Sutra sunyata describes the lack of independent existence, phenomena nor existing "from their own side". It appears related to idappaccayata, the conditional nature of phenomena, and therefore related to the three m...