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by SteRo
Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Terms for subconsciousness and monkey mind
Replies: 7
Views: 118

Re: Terms for subconsciousness and monkey mind

... but then I saw that virtually every translation and explanation of it includes both involuntary and voluntary consciousness (the latter including our choices, voluntary attention, decisions, voluntary actions). "involuntary and voluntary consciousness" ? Consciousness as all aggregates is not c...
by SteRo
Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Question about Evidence of Nibanna
Replies: 34
Views: 342

Re: Question about Evidence of Nibanna

konchy wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:27 pm
My question is: Where is the direct evidence for Nibanna?
"Evidence" is a sign as a basis for syllogistic inference: "This is nibbana because of that sign/evidence" OR "Nibbana exists because of that sign/evidence."
There can't be such an evidence because nibbana is signless.
by SteRo
Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Evil action and consiousness
Replies: 47
Views: 417

Re: Evil action and consiousness

From my personal observations, we often deal with the problem of evil not with sympathy, but with condemnation. A more sympathetic way to address evil is to try to understand what is it that people who perform evil acts are trying to do. Evil is often associated with annihilation. Its shadow seems ...
by SteRo
Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Evil action and consiousness
Replies: 47
Views: 417

Re: Evil action and consiousness

From my personal observations, we often deal with the problem of evil not with sympathy, but with condemnation. A more sympathetic way to address evil is to try to understand what is it that people who perform evil acts are trying to do. Evil is often associated with annihilation. Its shadow seems ...
by SteRo
Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Please guide me about goal setting.
Replies: 16
Views: 216

Re: Please guide me about goal setting.

Hello, I have 3 goals - health, wealth and spiritual. Should I focus on 1 goal at a time or 3 goals at a time. I'm really confused here. Should I work on weight loss along with earning money along with meditation everyday or should I focus on just weight loss for a few months until achieved, then m...
by SteRo
Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Life after life
Replies: 16
Views: 223

Re: Life after life

Is it possible according to Theravada doctrine that attainment and understanding of the dhamma from this life could transfer to the next? If this were not possible then attaining sotapanna in this life would have to be repeated interminably in future lives and liberation would never be attained. If...
by SteRo
Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Life after life
Replies: 16
Views: 223

Re: Life after life

simsapa wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:11 pm
Is it possible according to Theravada doctrine that attainment and understanding of the dhamma from this life could transfer to the next?
If this were not possible then attaining sotapanna in this life would have to be repeated interminably in future lives and liberation would never be attained.
by SteRo
Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do i always have right intention?
Replies: 12
Views: 277

Re: Do i always have right intention?

Do you mean that every unmoral action everyone have did could have beeing stoped in time before it happened of him self or did it happen because of his craving and couldnt have been prevented? "everyone have did could have beeing stoped in time" what does that mean? There should be a conventional E...
by SteRo
Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: arguments against killing in self-defense
Replies: 15
Views: 228

Re: arguments against killing in self-defense

for the purpose of this thread please only reply in accordance with the buddha's teaching that one should not kill even to save their own life or that of another The word "should" seems to exclude other than moral arguments or arguments of precept. Since the precepts are clear what is there to argu...
by SteRo
Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Nāgārjuna
Replies: 145
Views: 7309

Re: Nāgārjuna

What is the final take home message in madhyamaka? Not to cling to anything or any concept? is that the final message? No. "Not to cling to anything or any concept" would be an instruction. You don't need madhyamaka to state such popular instructions. Madhyamaka is about insight into reality. Insig...
by SteRo
Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do we send Mudita to Ourselves?
Replies: 22
Views: 355

Re: Do we send Mudita to Ourselves?

muditā: 'altruistic (or sympathetic) joy', is one of the 4 sublime abodes (brahma-vihāra, q.v.). https://www.dhammatalks.net/Buddhist.Dictionary/dic3_m.htm What's the purpose of sending muditā? I've never come across that expression before. Others already have joy and that is what oneself delights ...
by SteRo
Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Nāgārjuna
Replies: 145
Views: 7309

Re: Nāgārjuna

What is the final take home message in madhyamaka? Not to cling to anything or any concept? is that the final message? No. "Not to cling to anything or any concept" would be an instruction. You don't need madhyamaka to state such popular instructions. Madhyamaka is about insight into reality. Insig...
by SteRo
Wed Jul 29, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the Existence of Nibbana
Replies: 241
Views: 3457

Re: On the Existence of Nibbana

. NIBBANA (NIRVANA IN SANSKRIT) is a word that is used to describe an experience. If Nibbana would be an experience then it would depend on the aggregates. When the heart is free of all obscurations, and is utterly in accord with nature, Ultimate Reality (Dhamma), it experiences perfect peace, joy ...
by SteRo
Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the Existence of Nibbana
Replies: 241
Views: 3457

Re: On the Existence of Nibbana

Nibbana is the cessation of existence, thus the question 'does nibbana exist?" is nonsense No, it's the cessation of ignorance which amounts to the cessation of dukkha. Considering Sutta and Abhidhamma it is fine to say that nibbana exists. when ignorance is cease, how is bhava (momentary birth) be...
by SteRo
Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the Existence of Nibbana
Replies: 241
Views: 3457

Re: On the Existence of Nibbana

Consider the question "does extinction exist?" - it is an invalid inquiry, i.e. the question "does Nibbana exist?" does not apply. :shrug: Nibbana is the cessation of existence, thus the question 'does nibbana exist?" is nonsense No, it's the cessation of ignorance which amounts to the cessation of...