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by Volo
Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: solving the murder mystery from 3rd jhāna
Replies: 26
Views: 392

Re: solving the murder mystery from 3rd jhāna

Glossing the base of infinite space formula, which is the samadhi attainment right above fourth jhana. It shows that, if that is the attainment where one transcends sights, sounds, smells,...., then it means in the 4th jhana, and first through 4th jhana, one has NOT transcended sights, sounds, smel...
by Volo
Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: solving the murder mystery from 3rd jhāna
Replies: 26
Views: 392

Re: solving the murder mystery from 3rd jhāna

The problem is you're too ignorant and lazy about doing your due diligence before making ridiculous statements. I never disputed that kāya has non physical usages. I'm not going to repeat what I already laid out in the article which you obviously didn't read. AN 5.28, AN 5.28 commentary, KN Peta, A...
by Volo
Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lies lies lies ... lets settle this!
Replies: 6
Views: 174

Re: lies lies lies ... lets settle this!

From the sutta we can take that the buddha had the ability to take himself and nanda to some sort of heaven there to view 500 dove-footed nymphs (sorry I mistakenly said it was pink pigeon-footed devas).....and to guarantee nanda (and to deliver on that guarantee) of same....and the buddha had the ...
by Volo
Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lies lies lies ... lets settle this!
Replies: 6
Views: 174

Re: lies lies lies ... lets settle this!

In a sutta the buddha told a follower that if he followed the buddha's instructions for a certain length of time and was successful (If I remember correctly) then the buddha would give him access to a heavenly realm where there would be 500 delightful creatures who would delight him in every way......
by Volo
Sun Sep 15, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: solving the murder mystery from 3rd jhāna
Replies: 26
Views: 392

Re: solving the murder mystery from 3rd jhāna

If you guys don't understand this point, and I suspect many people don't, you really need to brush up on logic and critical thinking because you're going to have a lot of misunderstandings about the EBT. The problem is that you think you have the authority to decide when kāya is used metaphorically...
by Volo
Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: solving the murder mystery from 3rd jhāna
Replies: 26
Views: 392

Re: solving the murder mystery from 3rd jhāna

It's very easy to show where B. Sujato is wrong. The sutta passages quoted, you'll notice they all have to do with arupa samadhis, which ARE NOT 4 jhanas. The word 'kāya', just like the word 'body' in English, is context sensitive, and we know from context when 'body' is meant metaphorically and no...
by Volo
Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Help requested for basic lessons in how to translate Pali
Replies: 12
Views: 415

Re: Help requested for basic lessons in how to translate Pali

A New Course in Reading Pali is my favorite (also available for purchase directly from the Indian publisher Motilal Banarsidass). Especially for those who already have some basic skills in Pali. Ven bhikkhu Bodhi's course is a very useful aid to it without which the book would be a bit too dry. Both...
by Volo
Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: He breathes far (lofty) & close (low)
Replies: 5
Views: 334

Re: He breathes far (lofty) & close (low)

The simile the Buddha gives for digha and rassa rules out these ideas about far/near, and shows that long/short (or some similar qualities) is what is intended: Just as a skilled lathe-operator or his apprentice, when making a long turn, understands: ‘I make a long turn’; or, when making a short tur...
by Volo
Sun Sep 15, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Help requested for basic lessons in how to translate Pali
Replies: 12
Views: 415

Re: Help requested for basic lessons in how to translate Pali

Sorry. I actually overlooked the 'yā'. 1. How do I work out its case? Thanks 2. Also, when you say the 'yā' pertains to 'jati', which 'jati' does it pertain to? The jati in the question (Katamā ca, bhikkhave, jāti ?) or the jati in the answer (Yā tesaṃ tesaṃ sattānaṃ tamhi tamhi sattanikāye jāti , ...
by Volo
Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Help requested for basic lessons in how to translate Pali
Replies: 12
Views: 415

Re: Help requested for basic lessons in how to translate Pali

Yā tesaṃ tesaṃ sattānaṃ (gen or dat; plural) tamhi tamhi (locative) sattanikāye (nom; sing) jāti (nom; sing) sañjāti (nom; sing) okkanti (nom; sing) abhinibbatti (nom; sing) khandhānaṃ (gen or dat; plural) pātubhāvo (nom; sing) āyatanānaṃ (gen or dat; plural) paṭilābho (nom; sing) Correct, only sat...
by Volo
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Help requested for basic lessons in how to translate Pali
Replies: 12
Views: 415

Re: Help requested for basic lessons in how to translate Pali

OK. Thanks Volo. However, the 'pītiyā ca virāgā' is difficult, why the 'ca' is in-between. Indeed a bit strange. Would be more logical to have "pītiyā virāgā ca". Hopefully some more knowledgeable people could clarify it. 1. Pītiyā is dat/gen. Does it mean the Pītiyā is possessed of or governed by ...
by Volo
Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Help requested for basic lessons in how to translate Pali
Replies: 12
Views: 415

Re: Help requested for basic lessons in how to translate Pali

1. Pītiyā is either instrumental, dative, ablative or genitive. Virāgā is either instrumental or ablative. Both words are the same case because of the 'ca' connecting them and thus they are either instrumental or ablative. I guess the above translation is instrumental Pītiyā is dat/gen, Virāgā is I...
by Volo
Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:18 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: What is the Classical Theravada argument against consciousness outside the aggregates?
Replies: 31
Views: 675

Re: What is the Classical Theravada argument against consciousness outside the aggregates?

Consciousness without feature,[ 1 ] without end, luminous all around Kevatta Sutta … it differs from the consciousness factor in dependent co-arising, which is defined in terms of the six sense media. Lying outside of time and space, it would also not come under the consciousness-aggregate … Then y...
by Volo
Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: What is the Classical Theravada argument against consciousness outside the aggregates?
Replies: 31
Views: 675

Re: What is the Classical Theravada argument against consciousness outside the aggregates?

Bhikkhus, though someone might say: ‘Apart from form, apart from feeling, apart from perception, apart from volitional formations, I will make known the coming and going of consciousness, its passing away and rebirth, its growth, increase, and expansion’—that is impossible.

SN 22.53
by Volo
Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: A reason for lying
Replies: 30
Views: 792

Re: A reason for lying

sentinel wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:57 pm
It could develop into habits for most people .
Agreed. When I decided to follow 5 precepts strictly, I noticed how often I used to lie even when there was absolutely no necessity for that. It's a bad habit indeed.