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by Dinsdale
Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness/Concentration
Replies: 12
Views: 192

Re: Mindfulness/Concentration

alfa wrote:
Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:38 am
If so, is it even mindfulness when you're aware of two objects at once? Because concentration, I believe, means awareness of only one object at a time? :shrug:
It's about where one's attention is placed, and how tightly that attention is focused.
by Dinsdale
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Important updates to Sections 2 & 4 of the Terms of Service
Replies: 30
Views: 733

Re: Important updates to Sections 2 & 4 of the Terms of Service

I'm talking about people with over a thousand posts to their name who could read the works of vens Nanananda and Nanavira themselves if they were genuinely interested. Been there, done that, still don't find their interpretation convincing. And it is just an interpretation, not some hallowed truth....
by Dinsdale
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Important updates to Sections 2 & 4 of the Terms of Service
Replies: 30
Views: 733

Re: Important updates to Sections 2 & 4 of the Terms of Service

Manopubbangama wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:37 am
Is there any standard to ensure that this "new way" of logic will be applied across the board evenly, so that it is not used as an indiscriminate method of a small group of individuals who know each other outside of the board to promote their views and stifle all others?
:goodpost:
by Dinsdale
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does consciousness exist?
Replies: 95
Views: 974

Re: Does consciousness exist?

"Then, Bāhiya, you should train yourself thus: In reference to the seen, there will be only the seen. In reference to the heard, only the heard. In reference to the sensed, only the sensed. In reference to the cognized, only the cognized. That is how you should train yourself. When for you there wi...
by Dinsdale
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does consciousness exist?
Replies: 95
Views: 974

Re: Does consciousness exist?

Erm... it's a meditative state attained through the cessation of viññāṇa, and the absence of abhisaṅkhata-viññāṇa. :? AN10.6 is still describing a temporary meditative experience. It it is not describing a general or final cessation of vinnana, which is what you appear to be proposing in the contex...
by Dinsdale
Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does consciousness exist?
Replies: 95
Views: 974

Re: Does consciousness exist?

For anyone who still thinks that the cessation of viññāṇa would lead one to being deaf, dumb and blind, I refer them to AN 10.6 which refutes such an erroneous conclusion. :redherring: AN10.6 describes a meditative state, and not the cessation of vinnana. If you are proposing that vinnana ceases, t...
by Dinsdale
Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does consciousness exist?
Replies: 95
Views: 974

Re: Does consciousness exist?

Greetings, If nirvana is the cessation of consciousness, then how is it different from a stone-like existence? Isn't it like saying we will be like inert objects once we attain nirvana? No, this merely reflects a misunderstanding of what viññāṇa is in the Buddha's teaching, and a failure to investi...
by Dinsdale
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does consciousness exist?
Replies: 95
Views: 974

Re: Does consciousness exist?

chownah wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:22 am
Notice that the final paragraph also says that this is the cessation of the six sense media......does this mean that arahants don't have eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind?
Clearly not. At least until they die.
by Dinsdale
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does consciousness exist?
Replies: 95
Views: 974

Re: Does consciousness exist?

As we said, the six types of consciousness, are all dependently originated, and are the products of ignorance. To speak then of nibbana, is to speak of the cessation of ignorance and all that flows forth from ignorance... Obviously consciousness is dependently originated in the suttas, but are you ...
by Dinsdale
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Dangers of Marijuana
Replies: 13
Views: 263

Re: Dangers of Marijuana

I was going to say something profound about this, but can't now remember what it was. :jumping:
by Dinsdale
Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is everyting predetermined?
Replies: 17
Views: 567

Re: Is everyting predetermined?

user99 wrote:
Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:40 am
Is everything predetermined?
No. Everything arises in dependence upon conditions, but we are able to alter the conditions.
by Dinsdale
Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Is learning pali really helpful?
Replies: 20
Views: 643

Re: Is learning pali really helpful?

I said I hoped it would help me discover what the Buddha really meant. He laughed, and said that although it would be a wholesome thing to do, I would be swapping the prejudices and conditioning of one translator for those of another: myself! :goodpost: Indeed, and we need to be aware of our own bi...
by Dinsdale
Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meaning of feeling in feelings ?
Replies: 26
Views: 838

Re: Meaning of feeling in feelings ?

SarathW wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:53 pm
When there is a pleasant feeling he sings and dance and wake up the neighbors.
Not at my time of life. :tongue:
by Dinsdale
Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meaning of feeling in feelings ?
Replies: 26
Views: 838

Re: Meaning of feeling in feelings ?

Feeling in feeling could just mean that feelings beget feelings so behind every feeling there is a previous feeling which can be found embedded therein. chownah Part of satipatthana practice involves noticing how feelings arise: "Or he remains focused on the phenomenon of origination with regard to...
by Dinsdale
Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Mindfulness vs full consciousness
Replies: 36
Views: 1511

Re: Mindfulness vs full consciousness

To end, it appears you are basically posting about 'McMindfulness'; which is like a deer staring into headlights. :hello: :meditate: :shrug: No, I am posting about the practice of satipatthana, which is how Right Mindfulness is defined in the suttas: "And what, monks, is right mindfulness? (i) Ther...