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by alfa
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:29 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mystic beings
Replies: 9
Views: 391

Re: Mystic beings

https://sg.yahoo.com/news/largest-flying-animal-history-identified-study-174300792.html The remains of such large animals is very seldom found. Maybe this is why remains of a Naga etc. has never been seen before. We understand that all sentient as nama rupa are mind and form. Mind of course not see...
by alfa
Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Isn't Buddhism an extreme path?
Replies: 8
Views: 238

Isn't Buddhism an extreme path?

:namaste: The monks have to get up early, eat only one meal. This is an extreme. The layperson cannot drink alcohol or seek entertainment. Must live like a robot. Isn't this a little extreme? How then is Buddhism the middle path? Maybe compared to other paths that were popular back then, it is. But ...
by alfa
Sat Aug 31, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The importance of Sangha
Replies: 3
Views: 202

The importance of Sangha

:namaste: The triple gem ... sangha is often underrated. Humans are social beings. We need to connect with each other. Even a recluse or an introvert needs to connect with other people. Connecting, sharing, exchanging - these things keep our mind on the dhamma and the buddha. So in a way sangha is e...
by alfa
Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nirvana is the Cessation of Consciousness
Replies: 51
Views: 1099

Re: Nirvana is the Cessation of Consciousness

So nirvana = cessation of consciousness. :anjali: I don't think so. What I understood is that it is the cessation of feeling and perception. One who is enjoying a cessation experience in this very life is not unconscious like someone who is in a coma or dead. They are fully conscious of the object ...
by alfa
Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nirvana is the Cessation of Consciousness
Replies: 51
Views: 1099

Nirvana is the Cessation of Consciousness

:namaste: The Buddha likened consciousness to a magic show. Probably because just like a magic show, there is nothing real about it. It is full of disorder and illogical. So wouldn't it naturally follow that nirvana is the ending of this madness called consciousness? Does it even matter if there is ...
by alfa
Mon Aug 26, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and What it Offers
Replies: 73
Views: 1720

Re: Buddhism and What it Offers

So you're saying the self exists, but continuity of self doesn't exist? Absolutely not. What the Dhamma says is that there is no continuity, and that this continuity is the illusion. (SN 22.95) Nothing among the khandhas (or the internal ayatanani) should be regarded as self or belonging to a self ...
by alfa
Mon Aug 26, 2019 2:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do people like war or peace?
Replies: 23
Views: 645

Re: Do people like war or peace?

What constitutes war or peace is not as clear cut as we might think. The world seems to be living in a state of cold war at all times anyway. There's never really peace, just the time it takes to reload the weapons. Not unlike our own minds. We may have suppressed our hate, fear, etc., but they're ...
by alfa
Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and What it Offers
Replies: 73
Views: 1720

Re: Buddhism and What it Offers

ToVincent wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:23 pm
cappuccino wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:10 pm
you're not silent about no-self, hence you confuse the issue[/i]
Yes I know. I should have remained silent WITH YOU.
I am so stupid! :)
So you're saying the self exists, but continuity of self doesn't exist?
by alfa
Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:19 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do people like war or peace?
Replies: 23
Views: 645

Re: Do people like war or peace?

Do people like war or peace? I just started to wonder whether people like the war over peace. When there is a war they work hard to finish the war. Then they forgot about it and start another. Sometimes I see when everything is quite a peaceful someone start the war. Our history is all about war. I...
by alfa
Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What is Nibbana?
Replies: 17
Views: 793

Re: What is Nibbana?

Mujo1127 wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:23 am
Whats nibbana?How can we attain Nibbana?
Nirvana=Cessation of consciousness.
by alfa
Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: what's the nature of consciousness, and its relationship with time
Replies: 50
Views: 925

Re: what's the nature of consciousness, and its relationship with time

chownah wrote:
Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:07 am
cappuccino wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:48 pm
the impermanence of consciousness is change

consciousness itself isn't impermanent
Consciouness is a fabrication....all fabrications are impermanent...so consciousness itself is impermanent.
chownah
Wouldn't that make nibanna an unconscious state? :shrug:
by alfa
Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suffering as a gateway to the truth
Replies: 98
Views: 1838

Re: Suffering as a gateway to the truth

If, Ānanda, they were to ask you: ‘Friend Ānanda...what are the things of which an arising is manifest, a ceasing is manifest, a persisting-while-changing is discerned?’—being asked thus, Ānanda, how would you answer?” Can u explain the bolded part? The phrase is ṭhitassa aññathattaṃ paññāyatī’ti a...
by alfa
Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Results of past karma
Replies: 56
Views: 1311

Re: Results of past karma

If vipaka is both outward and inward, then we have no control over mind states. That's not true, because you can control your intentional actions, which thereby influences, or exerts control over, which kind of vipaka will arise to begin with. I am talking about the results of actions here, NOT int...
by alfa
Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suffering as a gateway to the truth
Replies: 98
Views: 1838

Re: Suffering as a gateway to the truth

SDC wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:24 am
If, Ānanda, they were to ask you: ‘Friend Ānanda, what are the things of which an arising is manifest, a ceasing is manifest, a persisting-while-changing is discerned?’—being asked thus, Ānanda, how would you answer?”
Can u explain the bolded part?
by alfa
Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Results of past karma
Replies: 56
Views: 1311

Re: Results of past karma

I'll rephrase this. Let's say I lose my job. Let's call this karma vipaka (the results of my previous karma). Let's say I suffer mental strain as a result of losing my job. My question here is: losing job (outward) is karma vipaka. But losing peace of mind as a result (inward) - is this also karma v...