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by budo
Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Doubts: cosmology, etc.
Replies: 16
Views: 468

Re: Doubts: cosmology, etc.

The moon and the sun are independent because they exist independently. They have an illusion of rising and falling because the Earth is spinning, but this is just an illusion, they really aren't rising and falling or born and dying. Likewise, that is the nature of reality things appear to rise and f...
by budo
Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Why did Buddha passed away in fourth Jhana?
Replies: 11
Views: 449

Re: Why did Buddha passed away in fourth Jhana?

Does this also mean that the formless jhanas (5 to 8) are not really special in comparison to the form jhanas?
by budo
Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How do you know if you've entered the stream?
Replies: 28
Views: 1457

How do you know if you've entered the stream?

I've been meditating since 2010 on and off, can enter the first few jhanas quite easily, and have been on a 15 day mahasi style vipassana retreat, and I still don't know if I've entered the stream. I've had moments of "blanking/blinking out" or "cessation" while meditating, and I can relate to the n...
by budo
Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: original buddhism
Replies: 27
Views: 2018

Re: original buddhism

I would be interested in finding a chronology of the suttas by date of 1) they were written and 2) by order they took place. I can see in some suttas the Buddha is referred to as Gotama (such as the suttas on the brahma viharas), and others where he is referred to as "Lord", which would help indicat...
by budo
Fri Apr 15, 2011 5:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Some questions after being away from Buddhism for a while
Replies: 2
Views: 437

Some questions after being away from Buddhism for a while

So I've been away from Buddhism for the past 4 months.. I still have many Buddhist beliefs, but after taking a step back for a while, some questions came up. 1. Is happiness a delusion? A few weeks ago I became infatuated over a girl, and somehow fooled myself into being really happy. At that time I...
by budo
Sun Jan 30, 2011 12:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: End suffering by disjoining mind & sense ojects at sensedoor
Replies: 21
Views: 1568

Re: End suffering by disjoining mind & sense ojects at sensedoor

Hello Matheesha and Budo, Many thanks for correcting me. My gut reaction to the question would be a definite "Not self / no selfhood" instead of "no self". Did the Buddha teach us "no self" as his approach to liberation? Did he classify the view of "no self" as a wrong view? Did the 1st five discip...
by budo
Sat Jan 29, 2011 5:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: End suffering by disjoining mind & sense ojects at sensedoor
Replies: 21
Views: 1568

Re: End suffering by disjoining mind & sense ojects at sensedoor

Hello Mathaasha, Your wise and kind advice has been most appreciated. As to your question: 'if you were to ask yourself, in a room where only you were - do I really believe that there is no self?' what would you say to yourself?' I would say to "myself": First let's look at the body and mind: 1) Th...
by budo
Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:42 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: are animals that kill reborn in hell?
Replies: 36
Views: 2966

Re: are animals that kill reborn in hell?

are animals that kill reborn in hell? http://img1.eyefetch.com/p/z3/699907-7a69d3aa-b173-428a-a9a4-f82449e6a57dl.jpg http://maniart.ne.jp/mani/imagemani/jigoku.JPG Probably not. I guess animals don't need to go to hell to have people cut them up like that. It happens on earth already. I guess that ...
by budo
Wed Jan 26, 2011 3:58 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: are animals that kill reborn in hell?
Replies: 36
Views: 2966

Re: are animals that kill reborn in hell?

Is a cat that is kept indoors or otherwise prevented from killing animals better off than a cat that is left outside where it will naturally do so? They will still smack the cockroaches, lizards, ants, spiders and occasionally the other dog/cat that doesn't comply with the TOS :tongue: So if animal...
by budo
Tue Jan 25, 2011 6:11 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: are animals that kill reborn in hell?
Replies: 36
Views: 2966

Re: are animals that kill reborn in hell?

I believe that a tiger that has during its lifetime a mind state of an average tiger will likely be reborn as a tiger. And they were born as tigers in the first place because that was close to their mind state in the previous life. Very difficult for a tiger to be a 'good' tiger or a 'bad' tiger. S...
by budo
Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:52 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: are animals that kill reborn in hell?
Replies: 36
Views: 2966

Re: are animals that kill reborn in hell?

PeterB wrote:I dont think in such literal terms Budo.
Does that mean you hunt? If you do not think in literal terms, then do you act in literal terms?
by budo
Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:50 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: are animals that kill reborn in hell?
Replies: 36
Views: 2966

Re: are animals that kill reborn in hell?

I believe that a tiger that has during its lifetime a mind state of an average tiger will likely be reborn as a tiger. And they were born as tigers in the first place because that was close to their mind state in the previous life. Very difficult for a tiger to be a 'good' tiger or a 'bad' tiger. S...
by budo
Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:48 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: are animals that kill reborn in hell?
Replies: 36
Views: 2966

Re: are animals that kill reborn in hell?

PeterB wrote:Perhaps they already have been.
So does that mean they will return to hell again once they kill again? Like an infinite loop, if they become a crocodile, they go back to hell, then are reborn as a tiger, go back to hell. This only stops when they are reborn as a non killing creature?
by budo
Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:01 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: are animals that kill reborn in hell?
Replies: 36
Views: 2966

are animals that kill reborn in hell?

Do the animals that kill, such as lions,tigers,snakes,scorpions,sharks,crocodiles,eagles,hawks,hyenas,etc.. are they reborn in hell?
by budo
Mon Jan 24, 2011 1:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Question on laity and stream-enterers
Replies: 19
Views: 1596

Re: Question on laity and stream-enterers

I would think it would depend on the lay person, and it would depend on the monk. A few monks I know just do plain work all day as if it's a full time job, and barely meditate, they may as well be lay persons. Similarly there are lay persons who meditate for many many hours a day, and practice volun...
by budo
Sat Jan 22, 2011 2:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Boredom
Replies: 13
Views: 1563

Re: Boredom

Dispassion ( viraga ) is not something which arises (in a buddhist sense that is..) just by watching something in your daily life or by thinking you don't particularly want anything. It is something which arises out a very specific sequential development of mental qualities: You need to 1) develop ...
by budo
Sat Jan 22, 2011 5:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What do you do for fun -- with other people?
Replies: 21
Views: 1687

Re: What do you do for fun -- with other people?

Movies, mini-golf, bowling, tea shops, malls, spas, sports/swimming pool, games
by budo
Fri Jan 21, 2011 7:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Boredom
Replies: 13
Views: 1563

Re: Boredom

Hi Budo I kinda recognize myself in what you're saying. Especially the "looking through the window" thing :jumping: I asked myself: "well, after all, am I not disentchanted with every thing?" Is it not supposed to be the sign of release. Still I get bored, not all the time, but a significant part o...
by budo
Fri Jan 21, 2011 7:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Boredom
Replies: 13
Views: 1563

Re: Boredom

So how does one develop true dispassion? According to the Buddha in MN 101 dispassion can be cultivated by looking on the cause of suffering, in this case your boredom, with equanimity... "And how is striving fruitful, how is exertion fruitful? There is the case where a monk, when not loaded down, ...
by budo
Fri Jan 21, 2011 6:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Boredom
Replies: 13
Views: 1563

Re: Boredom

How does one deal with boredom as a result of dispassion? Boredom is a form of aversion. If what you have developed is true dispassion there would be contentment not boredom. :anjali: So how does one develop true dispassion? Are you saying if one sits in a room with nothing to do, and they feel bor...