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by Dinsdale
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the sixth sense base ?
Replies: 39
Views: 363

Re: What is the sixth sense base ?

James Tan wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:18 am
The question is where is the base called mind ?
Otherwise , we should not called it base because it has no designation .
:redherring:
"Base" here refers to function rather than location.

"Sense-door" is perhaps more accurate than "sense-base".
by Dinsdale
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Five Khandas
Replies: 23
Views: 289

Re: The Five Khandas

James Tan wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:38 am
Fyi , DN 15 is a corrupted sutta or later development .
It would be good to see some evidence for this assertion.

Not that it effects the thrust of my argument above.
by Dinsdale
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Help me understand rapture
Replies: 9
Views: 92

Re: Help me understand rapture

SarathW wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:53 pm
The important thing is to understand is Piti is mental, not bodily.
I thought it was the other way round?
by Dinsdale
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Five Khandas
Replies: 23
Views: 289

Re: The Five Khandas

Interesting, and I agree with the idea that the khandas are a model of experience. However I wasn't convinced by the rather weak arguments put forward in this section: “If consciousness were not to descend into the mother’s womb, would name-and-form take shape in the womb?” “No, Lord.” “If the cons...
by Dinsdale
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Five Khandas
Replies: 23
Views: 289

Re: The Five Khandas

Interesting, and I agree with the idea that the khandas are a model of experience. However I wasn't convinced by the rather weak arguments put forward in this section: “If consciousness were not to descend into the mother’s womb, would name-and-form take shape in the womb?” “No, Lord.” “If the consc...
by Dinsdale
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Vipassana is not the way to enlightenment.
Replies: 20
Views: 278

Re: Vipassana is not the way to enlightenment.

I'm currently logging in at a public library with limited time, and it's not practical for me to watch long videos like this. Are you able to briefly summarise his opinion? Sorry about that. I generally use videos as props to stimulate the discussion on a particular topic. It is not necessary to wa...
by Dinsdale
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Vipassana is not the way to enlightenment.
Replies: 20
Views: 278

Re: Vipassana is not the way to enlightenment.

SarathW wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:54 am
I'm currently logging in at a public library with limited time, and it's not practical for me to watch long videos like this. Are you able to briefly summarise his opinion?
by Dinsdale
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Nihilism has poisoned modern society; as Buddhists, we should reject it.
Replies: 23
Views: 819

Re: Nihilism has poisoned modern society; as Buddhists, we should reject it.

manas wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:01 pm
Nihilism
It depends what you mean by "nihilism". People find meaning in all sorts of things - family, work, religion, politics, arts, sciences, etc and I suspect that has always been the case.
by Dinsdale
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the sixth sense base ?
Replies: 39
Views: 363

Re: What is the sixth sense base ?

In regards to 6th being Arupa On what ground would it be called 6th sense base if there is no eye base, no nose etc? "Buddhism and other Indian epistemologies[8][9] identify six "senses" as opposed to the Western identification of five. In Buddhism, "mind" denotes an internal sense organ which inte...
by Dinsdale
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the sixth sense base ?
Replies: 39
Views: 363

Re: What is the sixth sense base ?

justindesilva wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:46 am
The alaya vingnana is explained as the store house of past and karma. I have not found alaya vingnana explained in access to insight .
I think this is Mahayana stuff.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eight_Consciousnesses
by Dinsdale
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the sixth sense base ?
Replies: 39
Views: 363

Re: What is the sixth sense base ?

According to sutta , the sixth consciousness arises from the contact of the mind which is the sixth sense base versus mental objects . Therefore , what would you think is the sixth sense base ? Would you think the sixth sense base is of matter or non matter ? In the suttas the consciousness at each...
by Dinsdale
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is vipassana and anapanasati?
Replies: 39
Views: 398

Re: What is vipassana and anapanasati?

JC938 wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:57 pm
What is vipassana and anapanasati and are there any other meditations type in Buddhism.
Basically vipassana ( insight ) and samatha ( tranquillity ) are qualities of mind to be developed.

Anapanasati is a method.
by Dinsdale
Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?
Replies: 32
Views: 520

Re: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?

Ive been reminded by a few Mahayana layfolk to treat the dhamma with respect and as such only leave Buddhist text in clean places. I don't leave Buddhist texts in the bathroom, but have been know to take them there. ;) Surely you are not, erm, disposing of them there, Dinsdale? Please tell us you a...
by Dinsdale
Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is Nirvana permanent?
Replies: 62
Views: 3750

Re: Why is Nirvana permanent?

cappuccino wrote:
Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:21 am
it seems to be a desire to be annihilated
Seeking permanence suggests a desire not to be annihilated. Grasping at further becoming, which is an aspect of tanha in the Second Noble Truth.
by Dinsdale
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Hindu Practice Vs Buddhist Practice
Replies: 85
Views: 1087

Re: Hindu Practice Vs Buddhist Practice

How similar is it to Buddhist practice (compare practice to practice .. do not go off topic and keep repeating ad nauseum DO and 4NT exists only in Buddhism .. yes I know and do not disagree ..) I have the impression that both traditions involve a "seeing through" of personal experience. In Hinduis...
by Dinsdale
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Hindu Practice Vs Buddhist Practice
Replies: 85
Views: 1087

Re: Hindu Practice Vs Buddhist Practice

SarathW wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:51 pm
Another point is the term Hinduism is a latter invention.
I don't think that's true.
by Dinsdale
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Samatha Meditation instructions
Replies: 20
Views: 260

Re: Samatha Meditation instructions

Sam Vara wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:48 pm
https://www.samatha.org/
I have a couple of friends who are involved in Samatha Trust, good people. I didn't get on with their breath mediation technique though, it involves a deliberate manipulation of breath length.
by Dinsdale
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?
Replies: 32
Views: 520

Re: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?

Strive4Karuna wrote:
Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:35 am
Ive been reminded by a few Mahayana layfolk to treat the dhamma with respect and as such only leave Buddhist text in clean places.
I don't leave Buddhist texts in the bathroom, but have been know to take them there. ;)
by Dinsdale
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Hindu Practice Vs Buddhist Practice
Replies: 85
Views: 1087

Re: Hindu Practice Vs Buddhist Practice

If I understand correctly, Brahman is not the personal, it is the unconditioned which is said to be ineffable and beyond all descriptions. It seems the 'hangup' is with atman and the identification that takes place within the Vedantic tradition. Buddhism doesn't posit an atman, but it does posit ni...