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by Volo
Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:30 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Vibhaṅga and Conception
Replies: 12
Views: 590

Re: Vibhaṅga and Conception

Greetings everyone, In relation to another thread I was reading the vibhaṅga in relation to this passage on conception: At the moment of conception in the element of desire, in whom are seven sense-bases apparent? In womb gestated beings, at the moment of conception seven sense-bases are apparent, ...
by Volo
Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: SN 41.8 Jain founder doesn’t believe 2nd jhana possible, B. Sujato interpretation of vitakka illogical and incoherent
Replies: 9
Views: 407

Re: SN 41.8 Jain founder doesn’t believe 2nd jhana possible, B. Sujato interpretation of vitakka illogical and incoheren

Just as 'placing the sound wave and connecting it to the ear drum' is just an incomplete subset of vaca (speech, vocalization), 'placing the mind' is an incomplete subset of 'thought', and not even the important part! I think you are confusing speech with producing (or hearing to) any, even meaning...
by Volo
Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:29 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: SN 41.8 Jain founder doesn’t believe 2nd jhana possible, B. Sujato interpretation of vitakka illogical and incoherent
Replies: 9
Views: 407

Re: SN 41.8 Jain founder doesn’t believe 2nd jhana possible, B. Sujato interpretation of vitakka illogical and incoheren

http://notesonthedhamma.blogspot.com/2020/06/sn-418-jain-founder-doesnt-believe-2nd.html excerpt: Now Nigantha is not a Buddhist, he's the founder of the Jain religion, so he’s using vitakka and vicara in the way the rest of the world understands it, as ‘thinking and evaluation.’ If you compare my ...
by Volo
Thu Jun 11, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: lifespan of other beings
Replies: 8
Views: 370

Re: lifespan of other beings

Hello, I'm sure many of you are familiar with the various suttas that talk about the lifespans of devas. I am wondering if there are any suttas or even commentaries that talk about the lifespan of the other realms, such as the brahma, hell and preta realms. If so can somebody direct me to some? Tha...
by Volo
Sat Jun 06, 2020 5:27 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Best Guide for Breath Meditation For Beginners
Replies: 29
Views: 993

Re: Best Guide for Breath Meditation For Beginners

But some misguided people, who are not able to do it, go around criticizing the method. The above appears to say the Buddha was "misguided"; including for teaching "kayanupassana" & "sabbakāyapaṭisaṃvedī". I never said Buddha was misguided, and I never would say such a thing. I don't see any reason...
by Volo
Sat Jun 06, 2020 3:18 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Best Guide for Breath Meditation For Beginners
Replies: 29
Views: 993

Re: Best Guide for Breath Meditation For Beginners

Wondering where I can find a good guide or book with steps for breath meditation suitable for a beginner, who does not have access to a meditation center or in-person guidance. Pa-Auk / Vism breath meditation is (imo) truly the best. My limited experience and experience of some other people, who ar...
by Volo
Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Commentary and the Commentarial Tradition
Replies: 51
Views: 1264

Re: Commentary and the Commentarial Tradition

Maybe more practical criteria than four mahāpadesā for what is Dhamma and what is not would be Buddha's instructions to Mahāpajāpati: 8.53 Brief Gotamī, those things of which you might know: ‘These things lead (1) to passion, not to dispassion; (2) to bondage, not to detachment; (3) to building up, ...
by Volo
Thu Jun 04, 2020 5:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Two Nibbana elements
Replies: 16
Views: 385

Re: Two Nibbana elements

DooDoot wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:35 am
Therefore, are you saying the Nibbāna-element with no residue left is not specifically Parinibbana? :shrug: If so, this sounds reasonable. Thanks :thanks:
Yes, that's what I meant.
by Volo
Thu Jun 04, 2020 5:15 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Old age, Sickness and Death
Replies: 15
Views: 495

Re: Old age, Sickness and Death

Therefore, I am asking does Abhidhamma define ending of jīvita as "marana" ("death")? Haven't checked the canonical Abhidhamma, but here is what Vism (VIII.7 in English translation) says: Herein, death (maraṇa) is the interruption of the life faculty included within [the limits of] a single becomin...
by Volo
Thu Jun 04, 2020 2:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Two Nibbana elements
Replies: 16
Views: 385

Re: Two Nibbana elements

There is of course just one Nibbana, but what the sutta is pointing out is that whilst alive the Arahant still has to experience past kamma in the form of the aggregates whilst at the end of life these aggregates cease without remainder. Obviously any speculation beyond that is not wise. Do you agr...
by Volo
Thu Jun 04, 2020 2:06 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Old age, Sickness and Death
Replies: 15
Views: 495

Re: Old age, Sickness and Death

Death can be taken in both ways: as cutting off the life faculty (jīvita), which is a type of rūpa, and as a concept. But I'm not sure about old age, sickness... Please kindly provide an reference. Thank you Reference to what? That jīvita is a type of rūpa? Check any Abhidhamma book, chapter on rūp...
by Volo
Wed Jun 03, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Two Nibbana elements
Replies: 16
Views: 385

Re: Two Nibbana elements

confusedlayman wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 2:45 pm
So nibbana means buddha never had physical pain while using his body?
The point is these two words are used synonymously in the Pali texts, parinibbāna and its derivatives are not reserved exclusively for the death of an arahant.
by Volo
Wed Jun 03, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Old age, Sickness and Death
Replies: 15
Views: 495

Re: Old age, Sickness and Death

Ceisiwr wrote:
Sun May 31, 2020 2:21 pm
Greetings everyone,

Just a quick one for the Abhidhamma experts here. Are old age, sickness and death classed as dhammas or concepts?
Death can be taken in both ways: as cutting off the life faculty (jīvita), which is a type of rūpa, and as a concept. But I'm not sure about old age, sickness...
by Volo
Wed Jun 03, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Two Nibbana elements
Replies: 16
Views: 385

Re: Two Nibbana elements

Just a short notice: as K.R. Norman pointed out, there is no difference between Nibbāna and Parinibbāna - they are synonymous, and taking Parinibbāna as a designation for Nibbāna after death of an Arahant is a misconception, which probably arrised due to the name of the Mahāparinibbāna sutta, and fu...
by Volo
Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Commentary and the Commentarial Tradition
Replies: 51
Views: 1264

Re: Commentary and the Commentarial Tradition

I guess the question remains, "How do we know a commentary is as reliable as the text it is examining?" Do we just accept it all? The older the better? So...how to do it responsibly... For me, the only reliable interpretation we have nowadays is classical Buddhaghosa's commentaries + Vism + tikas. ...