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by Srilankaputra
Sat Sep 26, 2020 2:32 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: What is first Jhana - minor degree?
Replies: 4
Views: 138

Re: What is first Jhana - minor degree?

Degree of samapatti kusala or level of skill regarding those attainments, I think, Just a few examples from the Jhana Samyutta, https://suttacentral.net/sn34 “Mendicants, there are these four meditators. What four? One meditator is skilled in immersion but not in entering it. One meditator is not sk...
by Srilankaputra
Fri Sep 25, 2020 4:00 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: What means "to drain"?
Replies: 1
Views: 60

Re: What means "to drain"?

There is the case where evil, unskillful thoughts — imbued with desire, aversion, or delusion — arise in a monk while he is referring to and attending to a particular theme. He should attend to another theme, apart from that one, connected with what is skillful. When he is attending to this other t...
by Srilankaputra
Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: deathless element?
Replies: 17
Views: 2387

Re: deathless element?

“If, Ānanda, they were to ask you: ‘Friend Ānanda, what are the things of which an arising was discerned, a vanishing was discerned, an alteration of that which stands was discerned? What are the things of which an arising will be discerned, a vanishing will be discerned, an alteration of that whic...
by Srilankaputra
Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Cause and Condition - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 6
Views: 181

Re: Cause and Condition - Fact or Fiction?

Dutiya ñāṇavatthu sutta “Mendicants, I will teach seventy-seven grounds for knowledge. _Sattasattari vo, bhikkhave, ñāṇavatthūni desessāmi. Listen and pay close attention, I will speak.” _Taṃ suṇātha, sādhukaṃ manasi karotha, bhāsissāmī”ti. “Yes, sir,” they replied. _Evaṃ, bhante”ti kho te bhikkhū b...
by Srilankaputra
Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Cause and Condition - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 6
Views: 181

Re: Cause and Condition - Fact or Fiction?

I am not an expert, but I tend to look at it this way. For example, understanding the paramatthaness of viññana is a function of pañña as well as understanding its conditioned nature(in terms of whatever scheme). Abhidhamma is fine fine distinctions made by pañña.
by Srilankaputra
Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:59 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Concepts
Replies: 11
Views: 302

Re: Concepts

So concepts are always cognised along with the dhamma perceived. Directly experiencing the dhammas then is not an act devoid of concepts, but in differentiating the concept that is cognised along with the dhamma. As I understand, for us yes. strictly speaking no concepts are associated with any of ...
by Srilankaputra
Mon Sep 21, 2020 4:58 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Sacred Language - Commentary and Sutta Mismatch
Replies: 2
Views: 217

Re: Sacred Language - Commentary and Sutta Mismatch

For Ven Dhammanando when he gets back,
Dhammanando wrote: Thu Apr 16, 2020 7:05 am
by Srilankaputra
Mon Sep 21, 2020 3:02 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Concepts
Replies: 11
Views: 302

Re: Concepts

Just want to add here, paññatti can can only ever be an arammana for citta and associated Cetasikas. Preceding Paramattha Dhammas don't condition paññatti associated with proceeding cittas. Paññatti is classed as asankhata dhamma.
by Srilankaputra
Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:42 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Concepts
Replies: 11
Views: 302

Re: Concepts

As I understand. Concepts(paññatti) are only associated with mind door cittas. Strictly speaking paññatti can't be said to arise, atleast not in the sense referred to Paramattha Dhammas. Just as when boys or girls are playing with little sand castles:as long as they are not free from passion, desire...
by Srilankaputra
Sat Sep 19, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Do what i do depends on what happends in the surroundings?
Replies: 8
Views: 220

Re: Do what i do depends on what happends in the surroundings?

But isn't there cetana. It does a good job of acting like free will. Too good maybe. But it's in the grip of our delusions and cravings. Ultimately, its not realising Four Noble Truths that's spins this whole mess around.
by Srilankaputra
Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Two Truths
Replies: 17
Views: 506

Re: The Two Truths

Just some thoughts, An intellectual understanding is sooner forgotten than leading to any great transformation. Some problems has to be tackled by living and working in to a solution. Now, that is a real solution. For me it is strange to think that, the Four Noble Truths can be understood by concept...
by Srilankaputra
Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Two Truths
Replies: 17
Views: 506

Re: The Two Truths

For myself this is a very important distinction. Yes, conceptual understanding can bring peace, but this is like pulling out grass by the leaves. Its only when it is grabbed by the crown it can be pulled out root and all.
by Srilankaputra
Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Time to focus more on practice for me.
Replies: 11
Views: 422

Re: Time to focus more on practice for me.

When metta comes it doesn't have to look or feel like I think it will. It just has to show up. When it increases I will learn what it really is. Yes, I think it's the same with Sati, Samadhi and Pañña. What is needed is Saddha and Viriya. I really like this quote. How strange! You seek guidance, ye...
by Srilankaputra
Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:38 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What if we have violated a precept?
Replies: 13
Views: 298

Re: What if we have violated a precept?

From the very beautiful Angulimala Pariita, Yato’haṁ bhagini ariyāya jātiyā jāto, Nābhijānāmi sañcicca pāṇaṁ jīvitā voropetā. Tena saccena sotthi te hotu sotthi gabbhassa. Sister, since being born in the Noble Birth, I am not aware that I have intentionally deprived a being of life. By this truth ma...
by Srilankaputra
Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Duality in Theravada
Replies: 27
Views: 483

Re: Duality in Theravada

On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling at Vesali in the Great Wood in the Hall with the Peaked Roof. Now on that occasion the Venerable Anuradha was dwelling in a forest hut not far from the Blessed One. Then a number of wanderers of other sects approached the Venerable Anuradha and exchanged...