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by Srilankaputra
Sun Mar 24, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Discerning the "good" and the "bad" in others
Replies: 12
Views: 148

Re: Discerning the "good" and the "bad" in others

or to explain why you agree or do not agree that there's in scope in the Dhamma to apply judicious discernment, in order to assess as the actions of another as "good" or "bad". A lion is not bad, but i wouldn't want to get in to a cage with one. Judicious discernment is valuable in assessing wether...
by Srilankaputra
Sun Mar 24, 2019 4:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who follows the noble path?
Replies: 14
Views: 199

Re: Who follows the noble path?

I am not saying we're unreal. As you said, even our mental states and desires are temporary. Which means even the desire to practice the noble path is temporary. In a certain mental state, we follow the noble path. But that mental state will cease, as will our motivation to follow the path. And so ...
by Srilankaputra
Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism idealistic?
Replies: 9
Views: 123

Re: Is Buddhism idealistic?

SarathW wrote:
Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:15 am
Is Buddhism idealistic (characterized by idealism; unrealistically aiming for perfection)?
If you think Buddhism is the way for perfecting the 'self' , thats definitely unrealistic.

If you think Buddhism is the way for removing the cause of suffering, thats definitely realistic.


imo.
by Srilankaputra
Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who follows the noble path?
Replies: 14
Views: 199

Re: Who follows the noble path?

There is no self, only a mechanical karmic process that is mistaken for the self or "I". Isn't this realization enough? If one says no, this isn't enough and that one has to follow the noble path. Again, who is going to follow it? Which self? Which "I"? It's like realising you have a disease, does ...
by Srilankaputra
Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent Origination, Meditation and Stream Entry
Replies: 9
Views: 348

Re: Dependent Origination, Meditation and Stream Entry

Budo. It is a fascinating idea (conceptual thought) above but how does a stream-enterer " know & see " ( pajānāti & passati ) dependent origination over three lifetimes :shrug: ? For example, how does a stream-enterer " know & see " past life ignorance & sankhara and how does a stream-enterer " kno...
by Srilankaputra
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Equanimity in SFoE ,fourth jhana and four Brahma vihara
Replies: 16
Views: 298

Re: Equanimity in SFoE ,fourth jhana and four Brahma vihara

My understanding; Equanimity brahma vihara is directed at all beings including oneself. Making no distinctions between all. Equanimity of fourth jhana pertains to purity of cognizance that is able to witness the rising and ceasing of dhammas without getting disturbed. Seven factors of enlightenment ...
by Srilankaputra
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No Self=Multiple Selves?
Replies: 5
Views: 132

Re: No Self=Multiple Selves?

alfa wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:47 am
Point is: there is a succession of "I" or selves based on desire, thoughts, emotions, etc. And since each "I" is different from the preceding one, there is no permanent "I" or self.
:anjali: ye dhammā hetuppabhavā
by Srilankaputra
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Why don't jhana states dissolve?
Replies: 8
Views: 193

Re: Why don't jhana states dissolve?

“Mendicants, I will teach you what fuels and what starves the five hindrances and the seven awakening factors. “Pañcannañca, bhikkhave, nīvaraṇānaṃ sattannañca bojjhaṅgānaṃ āhārañca anāhārañca desessāmi; Listen … taṃ suṇātha. And what fuels the arising of sensual desire, or, when it has arisen, mak...
by Srilankaputra
Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: The Drawbacks & Dangers of Sensual Craving
Replies: 10
Views: 328

Re: The Drawbacks & Dangers of Sensual Craving

SarathW wrote:
Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:58 am
This thread is for posting stories of craving gone horribly wrong,
Isn’t our whole existence is about the cravings horribly gone wrong?
Haha. Good one!
by Srilankaputra
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Rebirth might be real
Replies: 42
Views: 773

Re: Rebirth might be real

Position of General Siha ; When this was said, General Siha said to the Blessed One: "As for the four fruits of generosity visible in the here & now that have been pointed out by the Blessed One, it's not the case that I go by conviction in the Blessed One with regard to them. I know them, too. I am...
by Srilankaputra
Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Rebirth might be real
Replies: 42
Views: 773

Re: Rebirth might be real

Hi again! Is that something you know by yourself, seen by yourself, confirmed by yourself? Or is it something read somewhere else, heard from somewhere else, or inferred by mere logic? Kind regards! This is how I currently understand dhamma I have studied. Definitely, I don't have direct vision of ...
by Srilankaputra
Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Rebirth might be real
Replies: 42
Views: 773

Re: Rebirth might be real

Hi Srilankaputra! The analogy seems pretty good, but it does not seem to explain how does the consciousness and tendencies from one "being" (the one dying) are transferred to a new "being" (the one being born). How is that process possible? Kind regards! Yes this question would be a problem if you ...
by Srilankaputra
Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to deal with humiliation?
Replies: 9
Views: 178

Re: How to deal with humiliation?

What about the blessed ones example. A Prince who could have become a king, wearing cast of cloths for robes eating alms food. Wouldn't that count as total utter failure by worldly standards. We being deciples of the blessed one, why should we fear such fools humiliation? But as you say we are assai...
by Srilankaputra
Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Rebirth might be real
Replies: 42
Views: 773

Re: Rebirth might be real

It's more like this; Sankharas construct both the hardware and the software. (The above is only an simile, nothing permanent is transfered of course) Imo Hi Srilankaputra! The analogy seems pretty good, but it does not seem to explain how does the consciousness and tendencies from one "being" (the ...