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by Dinsdale
Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 36
Views: 241

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

Yes, BUT the suttas have been changed, edited, recompiled, retconned, deleted, added, invented, and mucked around with many many times. So it's all dodgy. You just have to use your common sense, and a bit of critical analysis. Yes, and see whether the methods of practice described lead to something...
by Dinsdale
Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 115
Views: 1130

Re: Slandering buddha

Also this thread is about slandering the Tathagata, so it is most natural that it would be pointed out. What mostly happens on this forum is people disagreeing about how the suttas should be interpreted. I don't think it's about "slander", which sounds rather melodramatic. And I think generally it ...
by Dinsdale
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the cause for craving is feeling ?
Replies: 20
Views: 227

Re: Does the cause for craving is feeling ?

Except we are told that the Buddha felt pain in his back (as an example) - what could this pain be but feeling/sensation (vedana)?? The feeling is there, but not the craving -- Yes, there is still clearly physical/bodily vedana for an Arahant, which the Arahant feels "disjoined", according to the A...
by Dinsdale
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 115
Views: 1130

Re: Slandering buddha

befriend wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:10 pm
Coming up with theories that say "Buddha taught about ghosts because he had to teach to the audience".
If you feel that the Buddha's teachings are being misrepresented you could challenge the assertion being made, and request evidence/support from the suttas. Or not.
by Dinsdale
Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the cause for craving is feeling ?
Replies: 20
Views: 227

Re: Does the cause for craving is feeling ?

Also, does an arahant still have feelings ? Looking at the Arrow Sutta my understanding is there are still physical feelings for the Arahant, but that mental feelings have ceased. "In the same way, when touched with a feeling of pain, the well-instructed disciple of the noble ones does not sorrow, ...
by Dinsdale
Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Noting throughout the day
Replies: 7
Views: 147

Re: Noting throughout the day

Could anyone offer some advice on noting practice in daily life? I’m curious if as a practice one should start out using it in formal sitting and walking sessions and gradually trying to keep up the noting with other tasks as mindfulness/concentration becomes stronger? I find that on the cushion al...
by Dinsdale
Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Losing friendships
Replies: 13
Views: 239

Re: Losing friendships

Hello, My friends like to go partying, drinking, going to festivals, chasing their dreams of succes, enjoying a whole lot of entertainment. And I'm totally opposite of what they're doing. I spend most of my hours in meditation, read meditation manuals, go to dhamma groups and to retreats. I think m...
by Dinsdale
Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Dependent Origination about Nama,Rupa or Nama-Rupa?
Replies: 22
Views: 378

Re: Is Dependent Origination about Nama,Rupa or Nama-Rupa?

In these discussions that Lord budda used a logic ( sequence as well as circular logic) to explain the process of samsara in sensual spheres should not be forgotten. If we try to break down this form of logic , then the meaning will not surface. Could you elaborate on what you mean by "circular log...
by Dinsdale
Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The original meaning of "viññāṇa"
Replies: 24
Views: 506

Re: The original meaning of "viññāṇa"

Thanks, an interesting discussion, though somewhat inconclusive. It occurred to me In the suttas consciousness arises in dependence upon sense-base and sense-object, eg eye and visible form - does this mean that vinnana depends upon a duality? "The Blessed One said: "And what is the origination of ...
by Dinsdale
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Dependent Origination about Nama,Rupa or Nama-Rupa?
Replies: 22
Views: 378

Re: Is Dependent Origination about Nama,Rupa or Nama-Rupa?

In these discussions that Lord budda used a logic ( sequence as well as circular logic) to explain the process of samsara in sensual spheres should not be forgotten. If we try to break down this form of logic , then the meaning will not surface. Could you elaborate on what you mean by "circular log...
by Dinsdale
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The original meaning of "viññāṇa"
Replies: 24
Views: 506

Re: The original meaning of "viññāṇa"

Am I right in thinking that the "vi" of "vinnana" means "two", and denotes a duality? I think it does have a dual association to it, subject object dichotomy. The end of consciousness would also be the end of vinnana. This is big departure from Advaita and the Hindu model. They don't acknowledge th...
by Dinsdale
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The original meaning of "viññāṇa"
Replies: 24
Views: 506

Re: The original meaning of "viññāṇa"

Am I right in thinking that the "vi" of "vinnana" means "two", and denotes a duality? Here's an earlier thread which goes into that: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=12543 Thanks, an interesting discussion, though somewhat inconclusive. It occurred to me In the suttas consciousness arises in...
by Dinsdale
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Dependent Origination about Nama,Rupa or Nama-Rupa?
Replies: 22
Views: 378

Re: Is Dependent Origination about Nama,Rupa or Nama-Rupa?

OK, here's your example: https://suttacentral.net/sn12.61/en/sujato#5.2--5.3 ‘When this exists, that is; due to the arising of this, that arises. ‘iti imasmiṃ sati idaṃ hoti, imassuppādā idaṃ uppajjati; When this doesn’t exist, that is not; due to the cessation of this, that ceases. That is: imasmi...
by Dinsdale
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The original meaning of "viññāṇa"
Replies: 24
Views: 506

Re: The original meaning of "viññāṇa"

Am I right in thinking that the "vi" of "vinnana" means "two", and denotes a duality?
by Dinsdale
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Dependent Origination about Nama,Rupa or Nama-Rupa?
Replies: 22
Views: 378

Re: Is Dependent Origination about Nama,Rupa or Nama-Rupa?

I continue to struggle to comprehend why folks view the descriptions of birth, aging and death in DO as "physical". Simply because they are described in physical terms in the suttas, specifically in SN12.2 and MN9. Perhaps you don't want to accept this because it undermines your personal interpreta...