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by alfa
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Liberation: Striving & Urgency
Replies: 13
Views: 229

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: 229

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: 1291

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: 341

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: 341

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: 433

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...
by alfa
Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Two questions on random thoughts
Replies: 12
Views: 204

Re: Two questions on random thoughts

What is the pali term for random thoughts or discursive thinking, where without any conscious effort on your part you keep getting random thoughts into your head? Well, I would say it might be something like cetaso vikkhepa (mental distraction, unbalance of mind) or simply vitakka . Although the la...
by alfa
Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Two questions on random thoughts
Replies: 12
Views: 204

Re: Two questions on random thoughts

What is the pali term for random thoughts or discursive thinking, where without any conscious effort on your part you keep getting random thoughts into your head? I'm pretty sure that discursive thinking and random thoughts are entirely different things....in fact I think they are pretty much oppos...
by alfa
Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can mind sustained without an object?
Replies: 20
Views: 480

Re: Can mind sustained without an object?

In the realm of neither perception nor none perception, the mind itself becomes the object. There will be plenty of NOTHING to observe, broken up with little vibrations, these are the links of dependent origination. There may also be little sankharas appearing, bubbling away on the surface, but the...
by alfa
Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Two questions on random thoughts
Replies: 12
Views: 204

Two questions on random thoughts

Hi Friends :smile: What is the pali term for random thoughts or discursive thinking, where without any conscious effort on your part you keep getting random thoughts into your head? Is this also a form of craving (craving for consciousness or something)? Second, once we get caught and go off on a lo...
by alfa
Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can mind sustained without an object?
Replies: 20
Views: 480

Re: Can mind sustained without an object?

“But what is the pleasure here, my friend, where there is nothing felt?” If there is nothing felt does this mean there is no object? In the realm of neither perception nor none perception, the mind itself becomes the object. There will be plenty of NOTHING to observe, broken up with little vibratio...
by alfa
Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly are we supposed to do?
Replies: 31
Views: 564

Re: What exactly are we supposed to do?

seeker242 wrote:
Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:44 am
What exactly are we supposed to do?
Keep the precepts and do meditation. :meditate:
This is what I keep hearing, and it makes little sense. If I realise that I am in this prison/samsara, shouldn't that knowledge be enough to keep me from coming back? Then why follow precepts or meditation????
by alfa
Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly are we supposed to do?
Replies: 31
Views: 564

Re: What exactly are we supposed to do?

Getting out of prison of birth and death is by realising anatta - that there is no one home. It's all going, going, gone. Precisely what I am getting at. Is practice necessary at all, or just the feeling that anatta/anicca is the truth? Once we understand this truth, there is no coming back?
by alfa
Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly are we supposed to do?
Replies: 31
Views: 564

What exactly are we supposed to do?

In the Buddhist context, that is. Not new agey stuff like living in the present, reducing stress etc. Since we are here in this world, what exactly are we supposed to do? If liberation from the cycle of birth and death is the ultimate goal according to Buddhism, then what are we doing here in this m...
by alfa
Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dangers of Meditation
Replies: 18
Views: 633

Dangers of Meditation

Recently I read something online, can't find the link now. Anyway, the scholar says something like this: When we sit down and do nothing, it becomes hard for us, NOT because doing nothing is hard. But when we have nothing to do, we are forced to come face to face with the inner demons, subconscious ...