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by Volo
Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are there Dhammayut groups without 'eternal citta' belief
Replies: 26
Views: 310

Re: Are there Dhammayut groups without 'eternal citta' belief

Few quotes from Ven Ajahn Maha Boowa on citta/heart, which never dies: Arahattamagga - Arahattaphala: The citta itself is never born and never dies. Rather, the defiling influences that infiltrate and permeate the citta keep us in a repetitious cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Acariya Mun Spiritua...
by Volo
Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Patisambhidamagga, anyone?
Replies: 12
Views: 218

Re: Patisambhidamagga, anyone?

It took me a long time to really "get" the Paṭisambhidāmagga, and Warder's heavy-going introduction wasn't a lot of help in this. It's perhaps better to read Warder's piece after one has read the text itself. What did prove to be of great help in my coming to appreciate the text were the several di...
by Volo
Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Derivation of the word "dukkha" ???
Replies: 2
Views: 82

Re: Derivation of the word "dukkha" ???

You have probably read what wikipedia suggests https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dukkha#Etymology_and_meaning. I cannot say that I'm fully convinced by any of the derivations, but also cannot say I have particular objections (although some suggestions like "wickedly empty" referring to impermanence of...
by Volo
Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 12.31: Why is the term "nutriment" used ???
Replies: 26
Views: 562

Re: SN 12.31: Why is the term "nutriment" used ???

"An expert in linguistic", you say. I don't think one has to get to that extreme. Just checking the meaning of a word in the pre- Buddhist literature will suffice. And it is even better, when the meaning goes across Buddha's time. Well, at least one has to know what one is doing. In some cases ther...
by Volo
Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What (kamma) causes a person to be Pandaka?
Replies: 14
Views: 221

Re: What (kamma) causes a person to be Pandaka?

There are two types of gays: 1) real gays, who never feel attracted to a woman, even in a dream (I don't think this class is very numerous), 2) those who became gays due to circumstances (e.g. living in predominantly male environment, having problems in making relationships with an opposite sex, etc...
by Volo
Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 12.31: Why is the term "nutriment" used ???
Replies: 26
Views: 562

Re: SN 12.31: Why is the term "nutriment" used ???

Once more, the issue is not to know if manu (as "wise") exists or not (elsewhere) in the suttas, and if you prefer your reading of it- the issue is about the validity of looking at Sanskrit-English dictionaries, without being called "not-Buddhist". One can do a more throughout study, investigating ...
by Volo
Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Reference on the Buddha tasting food?
Replies: 5
Views: 145

Re: Reference on the Buddha tasting food?

Although the particular story is from Mahayana, Buddha did have a perfect sense of taste:
DN 30 wrote:he has a perfect sense of taste. Whatever he touches with the tip of his tongue he tastes in his throat, and the taste is dispersed everywhere.
by Volo
Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 12.31: Why is the term "nutriment" used ???
Replies: 26
Views: 562

Re: SN 12.31: Why is the term "nutriment" used ???

Can you show any other place in Tipitaka , where anuyogaṁ anuyutta is sandhied as anuyogamanuyuttā ? The choice between these two types of writing is up to the editor. And, btw, "yes" I can show (Vinaya, Mahavagga, 251 in Myanmar edition): Now at that time the monks of Bhaddiya were addicted to the...
by Volo
Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 12.31: Why is the term "nutriment" used ???
Replies: 26
Views: 562

Re: SN 12.31: Why is the term "nutriment" used ???

Both translators skipped the translation of "manu", because there is no translation of manu (मनु manu) as "wise", in any Pali-English-dictionary. Only in the Monier-Williams'. Can you show any other place in Tipitaka, where "manu" is used? But not as a part of compound or sandhi (because you can re...
by Volo
Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Seeing White Light in Meditation
Replies: 13
Views: 1009

Re: Seeing White Light in Meditation

Many people see different lights (including white) during meditation, but very few have real nimitta, which can lead to jhāna. The safest thing is to stick to the meditation object (i.e. breath or whatever), and not to pay attention to lights (nimitta, btw can be of any color, not necessarily white)...
by Volo
Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: SN 40.1 impure jhāna is still jhāna, learner's jhāna. role of V&V
Replies: 12
Views: 182

Re: SN 40.1 impure jhāna is still jhāna, learner's jhāna. role of V&V

The technical meaning of jhana as 4 jhanas is in your own mind. Look at how the word 'jhana' is used in SN 43, and the AN 1 passages: http://lucid24.org/sted/8aam/8samadhi/4j-is-4sp/index.html#calibre_link-35 right 'jhana' also referes to the practice of satipatthana, bojjhaga, brahmavihara, any of...
by Volo
Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: SN 40.1 impure jhāna is still jhāna, learner's jhāna. role of V&V
Replies: 12
Views: 182

Re: SN 40.1 impure jhāna is still jhāna, learner's jhāna. role of V&V

Jhana in the suttas just means 'meditation', or 'obsessive focus'. The fuel for the meditation/jhana determines it as right or wrong jhana. Imo we can say that jhāna has two meanings: 1) technical meaning as 1-4th jhāna 2) general "meditation" or "obsessive focus". Do you agree with this? What we a...
by Volo
Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The Mahanidessa is a Commentary?
Replies: 15
Views: 241

Re: The Mahanidessa is a Commentary?

Tradition counts it as a canonical text, but it is evident that the Niddesa is an old commentary which was included in the canon in a later period. The evidence which stands against the traditional view is examined here. The antiquity of the Aṭṭhaka and the Pārāyana Vagga is well known. There are r...
by Volo
Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: SN 40.1 impure jhāna is still jhāna, learner's jhāna. role of V&V
Replies: 12
Views: 182

Re: SN 40.1 impure jhāna is still jhāna, learner's jhāna. role of V&V

In brief? The first paragraph of this article: http://lucid24.org/sted/8aam/8samadhi/vitakka/index.html I find it difficult to follow texts like this: (7sb → 1. 🐘 sati) and (7sb → 2. 💭🕵️ Dhamma-vicaya) 🚫💑 vivicc’eva kāmehi 🚫💑 Quite-withdrawn (from) sensuality, I find all these emoji and abbreviatio...
by Volo
Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:40 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: SN 40.1 impure jhāna is still jhāna, learner's jhāna. role of V&V
Replies: 12
Views: 182

Re: SN 40.1 impure jhāna is still jhāna, learner's jhāna. role of V&V

DooDoot wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:40 am
Their point appears to be ordinary active thinking exists in the 1st jhana.
I also understood the OP this way, but since I found the arguments in the blog post are somewhat loosely formulated I wanted the author to state them more explicitly before start answering.