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by alfa
Sun Feb 17, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Post sutta quotes that utterly rule out nibbana being consciousness or self
Replies: 28
Views: 309

Re: Post sutta quotes that utterly rule out nibbana being consciousness or self

"What is the difference between one who is dead, who has completed his time, and a monk who has attained the cessation of perception & feeling?" "In the case of the one who is dead, who has completed his time, his bodily fabrications have ceased & subsided, his verbal fabrications ... his mental fa...
by alfa
Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Fear of Time?
Replies: 1
Views: 26

Fear of Time?

:namaste: Suppose I tell you, "I am gonna put you in solitary confinement for a minute," you will not be bothered. But if I tell you, "I am gonna put you in solitary confinement for a week," your face will turn pale. You will experience a gamut of negative emotions. In both instances, it's solitary ...
by alfa
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Sufism and Western Vipassana Meditation
Replies: 12
Views: 218

Re: Sufism and Western Vipassana Meditation

Except for Raman Maharshi (and others like him), most 'enlightened' masters are fake.

IMO. :anjali:
by alfa
Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Does the posture matter?
Replies: 12
Views: 145

Re: Does the posture matter?

I'd also like to make a larger point here.

Is a steady, still posture the result of a steady, still mind?

If so, aren't we putting the cart before the horse, so to speak?
by alfa
Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Does the posture matter?
Replies: 12
Views: 145

Re: Does the posture matter?

Other traditions (Zen) emphasize the importance of posture, giving reasons from simple stability and comfort needed for longer sits to enabling right energy flows, conducive to a clearer and more vigorous meditation. I would say that the former is quite uncontroversial and if one does a retreat wit...
by alfa
Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Does the posture matter?
Replies: 12
Views: 145

Does the posture matter?

Friends :smile: The lotus and half lotus are popular meditation postures. But is it okay to lie down (provided one doesn't fall asleep)? One can meditate for longer hours lying down rather than sitting straight up. While sitting straight up, the focus is more on maintaining the posture, the aches an...
by alfa
Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The problem of experience
Replies: 2
Views: 63

The problem of experience

Friends :smile: A wise man once said: experience is the problem. It doesn't matter what you experience - pleasant, unpleasant, neutral. The fact that you experience is the problem, since there can be no experience without consciousness. And consciousness is conditioned. So your desire for experience...
by alfa
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Is meditation redundant?
Replies: 11
Views: 155

Is meditation redundant?

Before impulsively saying yes or no, please read it fully. As human beings, we are victims of the three poisons - greed, hate, delusion. As long as these remain, what good is meditation? You cannot be greedy or cruel in the world and then expect to have a calm mind during meditation. But if you are ...
by alfa
Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Inner Chattering
Replies: 4
Views: 71

Inner Chattering

Friends :smile: Buddha (and other Buddhists, arhants, bodhi satvas etc.) taught us to control emotions. One can, for instance, observe anger or jealousy, instead of giving in. Emotions, no matter how overwhelming, come and go ... which means we have a chance to step back and observe. But consider a ...
by alfa
Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Neither indulging nor suppressing
Replies: 2
Views: 90

Neither indulging nor suppressing

Friends :smile: In meditation, we're told not to indulge in pleasant stuff or suppress unpleasant stuff. But if it's neither indulgence nor suppression, what is it exactly? Is it just observation? If so, does mere observation have the power to change things? Or is there a deeper process involved? :a...
by alfa
Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The human body and Tanha
Replies: 3
Views: 97

The human body and Tanha

Friends :smile: Tanha or craving must be abandoned. But what if the body itself - by its very constitution - gives birth to craving? We are all 'wired' to do things in certain ways. For example, some people may be restless owing to certain neurological conditions, and they may 'crave' constant stimu...
by alfa
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Isn't pleasure also Dukkha ?
Replies: 30
Views: 301

Re: Isn't pleasure also Dukkha ?

DooDoot wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:01 am
alfa wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:00 am
Not everything is dukkha. But everything we experience is dukkha.
Maybe. However, the suttas do definitely say whatever is impermanent is dukkha. Therefore, how does SriLankaPutra solve this riddle? :shrug: :smile:
Can't we interpret it as: we experience impermanence as dukkha. :anjali:
by alfa
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Isn't pleasure also Dukkha ?
Replies: 30
Views: 301

Re: Isn't pleasure also Dukkha ?

yes, if i make the tree mine. Maybe. But in this case, it appears the "mine" ("upadana") is the dukkha rather than the tree or leaf. "What do you think, monks: if people were to carry away the grass, sticks, branches and leaves in this Jeta Grove, or burnt them or did with them what they pleased, w...
by alfa
Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Happiness does NOT exist
Replies: 15
Views: 249

Re: Happiness does NOT exist

cappuccino wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:00 am
Buddha says to develop the good. And decrease the bad.

Hence, I must strongly disagree.
Read between the lines, then. :anjali:
by alfa
Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Happiness does NOT exist
Replies: 15
Views: 249

Re: Happiness does NOT exist

Greetings, Therefore, the only conclusion is this: love cannot exist except as a negation of hate. What do you mean by "negation"? Imagine a scale, where 1 is love, 0 is neutral, and -1 is hate. Do you mean the "absence of hate" (0) or the "opposite of hate" (1)? Metta, Paul. :) Instead of absence,...