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by paul
Sat Feb 25, 2017 5:55 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Isn't liberation a matter of chance?
Replies: 11
Views: 179

Re: Isn't liberation a matter of chance?

"For a person endowed with virtue, consummate in virtue,... So the first condition, virtue, sila, does require an act of will and volition. The sequence that follows on from that initial human decision exemplifies that the dhamma is a universal law with predictable effects and why sila is the ...
by paul
Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Isn't liberation a matter of chance?
Replies: 11
Views: 179

Re: Isn't liberation a matter of chance?

Will or volition (cetana) is a mental factor bound up with all consciousness and volition is the most significant mental factor in generating kamma, since it determines the ethical quality of an action by leading associated states: "Cetana...is the mental factor that is concerned with the actua...
by paul
Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Present Moment and Time
Replies: 6
Views: 89

Re: Present Moment and Time

The truth of impermanence includes the past, present and future and that cycle should be studied and become inclusive in mindfulness, in fact mindfulness means remembering the three times and it's an incorrect interpretation to think it means focussing exclusively on the present : "You may well...
by paul
Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The whole body, not the heart, as "seat of consciousness": the Buddha's view
Replies: 14
Views: 289

Re: The whole body, not the heart, as "seat of consciousness": the Buddha's view

"Having reached/contacted [the attainment] with the body" means having reached/contacted with the conascent body of mental [factors]. Thanissaro Bikkhu (when discussing mindfulness of the breath) disagrees with this interpretation, saying that body means physical body. He gives several ar...
by paul
Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:52 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: What are 18 types of perceptios (Sanna)?
Replies: 13
Views: 309

Re: What are 18 types of perceptios (Sanna)?

In the 18 perceptions listed above, the word perception is used pejoratively to mean a wrong interpretation, a perception rather than a truth. On the other hand the 18 opposites for substitution are called contemplations and in Vism. they are headed up as Principal Insights. The first 7 of them deal...
by paul
Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:26 am
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Need advice on low energy dull mind
Replies: 11
Views: 279

Re: Need advice on low energy dull mind

"Accustomed to the stimulation of constant desire and aversion, some people become tired or deflated when these stimuli are absent. After meditation has calmed the mental activity of wanting and averting, sloth and torpor may be the hindrance that needs to be overcome. Doing so renews a healthy...
by paul
Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nessajika: Sleeping upright not lying down
Replies: 6
Views: 540

Re: Nessajika: Sleeping upright not lying down

AN 4:28 describes the four traditions of the Noble Ones regarding robe, food, dwelling and right effort. It can be seen that the thirteen standardised ascetic practices listed in Vism.II are based on these four divisions and the final two dealing with sleeping practice are presumably an expression o...
by paul
Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: more controversial views of theravada buddhism
Replies: 4
Views: 156

Re: more controversial views of theravada buddhism

General comments : Regarding the Four Noble Truths, you should verify them for yourself beginning with the truth of suffering. Suffering is caused largely by clinging to things which are impermanent. You should investigate your world and see if things are impermanent. Liberating insight is non-verba...
by paul
Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to remove ignorance ?
Replies: 8
Views: 318

Re: How to remove ignorance ?

Q .It is said that in order to remove ignorance, we have to see how everything is impermanent and not-self. In my opinion, vipassana meditation, witch claims to do that, is just focusing on "body fabrications, speech fabrications, mind fabrications". But in order to dispel ignorance, one ...
by paul
Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The meaning of "aggregates subject to clinging are suffering"
Replies: 35
Views: 688

Re: The meaning of "aggregates subject to clinging are suffering"

The Buddha sums up his definition of dukkha with: "aggregates subject to clinging are suffering" (pancu­padanak­khan­dha). Q. What is the meaning and what are the implications? A. The implications for practice are immense. “Just as when the component parts such as axles, wheels, frame pole...
by paul
Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Annihilation View - A New Interpretation.
Replies: 35
Views: 638

Re: Annihilation View - A New Interpretation.

“One to whom it might occur, ‘I’m a woman’ or ‘I’m a man’. Or ‘I’m anything at all’— Is fit for Mara to address.” (SN 5.2) Does this mean that I am not allowed to be a person? No it doesn't, as long as you have the right attitude. "These are merely names, expressions, turns of speech, designati...
by paul
Sun Feb 12, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: What are 18 types of perceptios (Sanna)?
Replies: 13
Views: 309

Re: What are 18 types of perceptios (Sanna)?

The nine perceptions are the nine kinds of knowledge from the sixth stage of purification. Mindfulness of breathing is a different structure tacked on at the end for reasons of attaining tranquillity so that the previous nine knowledges can be contemplated for insight.
by paul
Sun Feb 12, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: What are 18 types of perceptios (Sanna)?
Replies: 13
Views: 309

Re: What are 18 types of perceptios (Sanna)?

The second 18 are clearly connected with the seven stages of purification, particularly the nine kinds of knowledge mentioned in the sixth stage. This is described in Vism. XXI and mentioned in M 24. In fact the 18 Principal Insights are listed in Vism. XX: 90.
by paul
Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Annihilation View - A New Interpretation.
Replies: 35
Views: 638

Re: Annihilation View - A New Interpretation.

In his 50-page introduction to the sutta, Bikkhu Bodhi agrees the annihilationist view (often connected with materialism) is prevalent in the modern era through "political and social ideologies which deny that human life has any deeper dimension than economic well-being and social security whic...
by paul
Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Annihilation View - A New Interpretation.
Replies: 35
Views: 638

Re: Annihilation View - A New Interpretation.

The annihilationist arrives at his notion of annihilation through wrong application of the “method of diversity”. He sees beings dying and passing away, and other beings taking birth, and comes to the conclusion that they are entirely disparate entities, springing up out of nothing with the first mo...
by paul
Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What Is The Need Of Studying Philosophy?
Replies: 34
Views: 401

Re: What Is The Need Of Studying Philosophy?

“I wish to know know that the little things are little, and the big things big,” In Sri Lanka there are some big statues of the Buddha spread through the countryside like the Aukana Buddha in the North Central Province: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-oFcM_ZZJFzY/T1Lop5uBWeI/AAAAAAAABlA/MsMD7cT9AJA/s1600/...
by paul
Sat Feb 04, 2017 5:34 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: In orthodox Theravada is there such a thing as physical/material?
Replies: 16
Views: 281

Re: In orthodox Theravada is there such a thing as physical/material?

The ultimate realities: 1. Citta, mind or consciousness, defined as that which knows or experiences an object. Citta occurs as distinct momentary states of consciousness. 2) Cetasikas, the mental factors that arise and occur along with the cittas. 4) Rūpa, physical phenomena, or material form. 5) Ni...
by paul
Fri Feb 03, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Misunderstanding the Buddha
Replies: 82
Views: 1544

Re: Misunderstanding the Buddha

Right from the beginning it is necessary to begin work on developing direct knowledge of factors of the path such as gross impermanence, cause and effect resulting from renunciation, and the overcoming action of right effort. Verifying these things experientially is what treading the path is, and on...
by paul
Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the End of Suffering Actually Possible?
Replies: 18
Views: 331

Re: Is the End of Suffering Actually Possible?

"After the experience of total release, the arahant returns to an experience of the world of the six senses, but with a sense of being disjoined from it because the mind no longer needs to feed on it. “Sensing a feeling of pleasure, [the arahant] senses it disjoined from it. Sensing a feeling o...

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