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by alfa
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is nirvana an impossible dream?
Replies: 15
Views: 175

Re: Is nirvana an impossible dream?

How can you attain something that you don't really want? Who doesn't really want the end of suffering? The problem is more that people don't understand that craving is incompatible with that. The end of suffering means the end of ALL stimulation, including the pleasant ones. Are we really earnest a...
by alfa
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is nirvana an impossible dream?
Replies: 15
Views: 175

Re: Is nirvana an impossible dream?

I will explain this further. How can you attain something that you don't really want? A smoker says he wants to quit. But his subconscious mind says the opposite. A seeker says he wants nirvana. But his subconscious mind is filled with desire for stimulation of all kinds. Contradiction? Again, how d...
by alfa
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is nirvana an impossible dream?
Replies: 15
Views: 175

Is nirvana an impossible dream?

Friends :smile: Not being too self-critical, but honestly at some point we must have asked this question. Consider this scenario. It's a holiday, vacation probably. You're lying down, relaxing. You are under no pressure to do anything. Yet the mind doesn't let you. If not physically, at least inward...
by alfa
Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ontology vs Soteriology
Replies: 5
Views: 127

Ontology vs Soteriology

Friends :smile: When I was young, ontology mattered a lot more. Now that I am getting older, soteriology has taken prime importance. All the details give me a headache, and the only question I keep asking myself is: what is the way out? Have you had a similar experience? At some point, you stop worr...
by alfa
Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Common problems during meditation
Replies: 7
Views: 194

Common problems during meditation

Hi :smile: This is about my experience so far, so it could be a bit subjective. Still, I feel there are certain experiences common to most people when they sit down to meditate: 1) Thoughts, memories, emotions going here and there: This is the most common problem. We go off on a long train of though...
by alfa
Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Controlling emotions vs controlling thoughts
Replies: 11
Views: 167

Controlling emotions vs controlling thoughts

Hi :smile: This is about self-control on all levels, but something occurred to me. I find that I can somewhat - with difficulty and striving, doubtless -control my emotions like anger, lust, etc. But thoughts continue to outsmart me, if you know what I mean. I may lose myself in certain ideas, or da...
by alfa
Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Signs of Liberation
Replies: 35
Views: 430

Re: Signs of Liberation

Let's say a person has no craving, lives an ethical life. He is not a Buddhist, nor does he know much about Buddhism. He doesn't meditate, doesn't have any big experience like jhana etc. He lives a normal, mundane life. But unlike worldly people, he lives a simple life without greed, anger, and lus...
by alfa
Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Signs of Liberation
Replies: 35
Views: 430

Re: Signs of Liberation

Hi :smile: I don't mean 'enlightenment' in the usual new-age spirituality context. I mean parinirvana, escaping the cycle of births and deaths. Now read on ... Let's say a person has no craving, lives an ethical life. He is not a Buddhist, nor does he know much about Buddhism. He doesn't meditate, ...
by alfa
Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Signs of Liberation
Replies: 35
Views: 430

Signs of Liberation

Hi :smile: I don't mean 'enlightenment' in the usual new-age spirituality context. I mean parinirvana, escaping the cycle of births and deaths. Now read on ... Let's say a person has no craving, lives an ethical life. He is not a Buddhist, nor does he know much about Buddhism. He doesn't meditate, d...
by alfa
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Liberation: Striving & Urgency
Replies: 13
Views: 444

Re: Liberation: Striving & Urgency

Thanks, everyone, for the posts. What u guys are basically saying is this: liberation does not just happen. We need to create the right conditions under which it happens. But is it even possible to create the right conditions, since we are products of certain conditions ourselves? The Inuit, for exa...
by alfa
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Liberation: Striving & Urgency
Replies: 13
Views: 444

Liberation: Striving & Urgency

.... Ultimately, race or nation makes little difference. Dhamma is known by liberation and liberation is reached due to an urgency for it. Not to digress, but isn't liberation something that JUST happens? Not something you strive for and attain? Even the Buddha suddenly attained it and NOT while he...
by alfa
Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:17 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Self is an Illusion
Replies: 44
Views: 2609

Re: Self is an Illusion

The self exists. When desire arises, the self arises with it and we say, "I desire." The self keeps arising in different contexts (I desire, I am angry, I am good, I am bad, etc.). Even after the death of the body, the process continues and the self keeps arising (taking on different bodies). The en...
by alfa
Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Isn't aversion necessary?
Replies: 16
Views: 557

Re: Isn't aversion necessary?

Comes down to what the meaning of "nibbida" is. Disenchantment; aversion; disgust; weariness. The skillful turning away of the mind from the conditioned samsaric world towards the unconditoned, the transcendent - nibbana F Disgust. Exasperation from sansara. Nibbidā, (f.) (Sk. nirvid, f. (also BSk....
by alfa
Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Isn't aversion necessary?
Replies: 16
Views: 557

Isn't aversion necessary?

I always hear Buddhists say that extremes must be given up, and that one should follow the middle path. Craving and aversion must both be given up, they say. Craving, I understand. But without aversion for this world, how can there be detachment? As long as one is attached to the world, how is liber...
by alfa
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: if things are impermanat (Anicca) where does Karma gets stored?
Replies: 23
Views: 656

Re: if things are impermanat (Anitya) where does Karma gets stored?

if things are impermanat (Anitya) where does Karma gets stored? Above idea came from another post and I thought better to have a discussion on this. https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=26749&start=435#p485563 Why are you posting in Sanskrit? The suttas say results of kamma remain until exh...