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by PeterC86
Sat Feb 22, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Site maintenance fee ?
Replies: 16
Views: 4427

Re: Site maintenance fee ?

DNS wrote Web hosting goes up with usage, so we're at only a few thousand USD per year What is the range like? $2000-$3000? or $5000-$6000. Few can be either of the above or another number. About $3000 to $5000 (this is the total cost for all of my Dhamma / Dharma websites, not just this forum. All...
by PeterC86
Sat Feb 22, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Your Way Home - A Road to Nirvana for the West
Replies: 280
Views: 21152

Re: On Your Way Home - A Road to Nirvana for the West

In a few days I will start traveling, and it could take a long time before I can improve upon the book again. I have recently improved the book a bit, and before I go, I want to share it. Aside from some professional editing, I feel that the book is nearly finished now. Fix list: -linguistical error...
by PeterC86
Tue Feb 18, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: How To See Impermanence ?
Replies: 15
Views: 536

Re: How To See Impermanence ?

Hello friends, How exactly does one "see" the three characteristics ? I am a bit new to vipassana-style meditation, have a hunch that I am actually doing it, but don't have a clue of how or what it actually looks like. Have heard of different styles that work, but how does one actually begin to see...
by PeterC86
Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Relative truth vs Ultimate truth
Replies: 53
Views: 1160

Re: Relative truth vs Ultimate truth

As such, one must be extremely cautious in regard to concepts pertaining to Sammâ Ditthi. One might distinguish between the relatively true and false in theory, between the precise and the vague in terminology, between the scholastic and the wayward in phraseology, but one has to remember that as c...
by PeterC86
Tue Feb 18, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Relative truth vs Ultimate truth
Replies: 53
Views: 1160

Re: Relative truth vs Ultimate truth

Greetings everyone. In re-reading Ven. Nanananda's book "Concept and Reality" I came across this interesting teaching in relation to Right View and concepts: Thus 'Sammâ Ditthi' aims at the utter eradication of all views together with propensities towards the same. The entire conceptual structure h...
by PeterC86
Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sotapanna
Replies: 127
Views: 5987

Re: Sotapanna

dunner079 wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 4:07 pm
I still have desires and passions of course but where to now, or even if there is a next step and just basically sit and wait?
Find the middle way. I can only show you the path, you are the one that has to walk it. viewtopic.php?f=16&t=33773&start=255#p540111
by PeterC86
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the necessity of "going forth"
Replies: 26
Views: 662

Re: On the necessity of "going forth"

Following your feelings is in direct contradiction to the Buddha's teachings, is it not? You cant trust a mind that has delusion, including your own. Isn't that the point of following a path that is proven to work? This is the fundamental contradiction, isn't it? No, your feeling, which comes throu...
by PeterC86
Wed Feb 12, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the necessity of "going forth"
Replies: 26
Views: 662

Re: On the necessity of "going forth"

I'm not sure why you feel comfortable giving advice on something you have no experience with. Have you ever stayed at a monastery? Maybe you'd be surprised at the benefit you'd gain. I did not say that staying at a monastery cannot be beneficial. The Buddha designed monasticism to be the most coduc...
by PeterC86
Wed Feb 12, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the necessity of "going forth"
Replies: 26
Views: 662

Re: On the necessity of "going forth"

So then why should I go forth? I can also live a simple lay life, being small, wanting little. I think you already had the answer if you simply extend the logic a little further. The reason you're able to experience some degree of happiness now is due to the fact that you've ALREADY given up certai...
by PeterC86
Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the necessity of "going forth"
Replies: 26
Views: 662

Re: On the necessity of "going forth"

Hi questioning, I have written a bit about how living according to a monastic code or rules could be an obstacle for progress, even more so if you are able to renunciate as a lay person. You can find the thread here: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=36127#p540657 It is just about living ...
by PeterC86
Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Motivation to Reach Nibbana
Replies: 154
Views: 2703

Re: Motivation to Reach Nibbana

auto wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:41 pm
So there is this "you" who needs understand?
If you refer to the experience you are having being you, then yes, if you mean something different, then no.
That there needs be no cultivation at all?
No, cultivation should result in letting go.
by PeterC86
Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Motivation to Reach Nibbana
Replies: 154
Views: 2703

Re: Motivation to Reach Nibbana

Why then do you teach in the first place if letting go what you teach entails understanding what you teach? To use one of the best known parables in Buddhism; The Dhamma can be compared to a raft, for the purpose of crossing over, not for the purpose of holding onto. I will repeat this once just fo...
by PeterC86
Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Motivation to Reach Nibbana
Replies: 154
Views: 2703

Re: Motivation to Reach Nibbana

The point is that "there never was a consciousness to begin with" is an extreme view not compatible with the middle way. Or maybe you have not fully understood the middle way. Here I wonder about different variants of the middle way. It's really weird how you try to explain consciousness to be non-...
by PeterC86
Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Motivation to Reach Nibbana
Replies: 154
Views: 2703

Re: Motivation to Reach Nibbana

First you are speculating about consciousness as if it would be a container that might become empty and then you speak about the realization "that there never was a consciousness to begin with". But since you are speaking about what you think you have realized then why do you speculate about that o...