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by paul
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "the path is born"
Replies: 2
Views: 92

Re: "the path is born"

The dhamma is a universal law and the path arises when it is invoked by independent knowledge and practice, and the foundation of the path is morality: “The teaching of rebirth, taken in conjunction with the doctrine of kamma, implies that we live in a morally ordered universe, one in which our mora...
by paul
Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Unwholesome Jhananga?
Replies: 3
Views: 89

Re: Unwholesome Jhananga?

The information is in Table II., Formation- Group, Appendix, Buddhist Dictionary (also an appendix in the Vism.), where those formations are shown among the eleven general psychological elements, not necessarily unwholesome.
The source would be in the lists in the Abhidhamma, not in the suttas.
by paul
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Mind and mind-object
Replies: 18
Views: 3299

Re: Mind and mind-object

Wise attention is the analytical path of choosing between mind states of opposing characteristics, rather than the synthetic one of seeing relationships.
by paul
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Mind and mind-object
Replies: 18
Views: 3299

Re: Mind and mind-object

Attention and discrimination by consciousness towards these mind-objects, similar in nature to perceived external objects through the other 5 sense doors, results in action. A purer consciousness will be a better judge as to what action to take, an impure one not so good. That is why controlling an...
by paul
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Satipathana and Vipallasa?
Replies: 2
Views: 96

Re: Satipathana and Vipallasa?

It comes from the Commentary: “Or it may be said that these Four Arousings of Mindfulness are taught for casting out the illusions [vipallasa] concerning beauty, pleasure, permanence, and an ego. The body is ugly. There are people led astray by the illusion that it is a thing of beauty. In order to ...
by paul
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we teach Anicca, Dukkha , Anatta without the teaching of rebirth and Kamma?
Replies: 43
Views: 421

Re: Can we teach Anicca, Dukkha , Anatta without the teaching of rebirth and Kamma?

The three signata or marks of existence are the working dynamics of the four noble truths, which are the Buddha’s most concise formulation of his teaching. For example the third noble truth, which states that the removal of desire removes suffering, depends on recognition of impermanence and the sub...
by paul
Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Dukkha a learned thing?
Replies: 22
Views: 300

Re: Is Dukkha a learned thing?

"This is a total oversimplification and is itself a form of marketing for the writer. "
Thanissaro Bikkhu doesn't sell the books, they are distributed free.
by paul
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A theme I noticed among buddhism and monks
Replies: 14
Views: 281

Re: A theme I noticed among buddhism and monks

Almost certainly the monks would feel they have more chance of influencing beginners than those who are entrenched in their views, where debating is just a waste of time.
by paul
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Dukkha a learned thing?
Replies: 22
Views: 300

Re: Is Dukkha a learned thing?

"In the centuries since the Buddha’s time, teachers who follow the canon have adopted the vision of the path as purification, stressing the need to cleanse the mind of its defilements if awakening is to occur. In the Thai Wilderness tradition, for instance, teachers frequently describe Dhamma practi...
by paul
Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arguments against the Pali Canon being authentic?
Replies: 27
Views: 266

Re: Arguments against the Pali Canon being authentic?

The monasteries were educational institutions in the community, so were repositories of the current understanding of geography, physiology etc., which became mixed up with the religious content in some cases. There is the example in the Vism. where the movement of the limbs of the body was held to b...
by paul
Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: duality and non-duality in theravada
Replies: 56
Views: 1387

Re: duality and non-duality in theravada

:goodpost: IMO, to my knowledge, there is nothing about non-duality in Theravada. This seems to be a Hindu & Mahayana concept. Samsaric existence consists of dualities, and we are called to contemplate them (e.g. Sn 3:12: "Spiritual seekers still exploring the different contemplative traditions comm...
by paul
Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: duality and non-duality in theravada
Replies: 56
Views: 1387

Re: duality and non-duality in theravada

Samadhi is not complete in itself, it must be balanced by insight thereby completing a duality, otherwise the practitioner would be following a Hindu path.
by paul
Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: duality and non-duality in theravada
Replies: 56
Views: 1387

Re: duality and non-duality in theravada

In daily life the practitioner faces a stream of events where decisions lead either to deeper enmeshing in samsara on the one hand, or taking the liberating path towards nibbana on the other. That is the duality which must be navigated using wise attention (yoniso manasikara): “Wise Attention in Rem...
by paul
Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: duality and non-duality in theravada
Replies: 56
Views: 1387

Re: duality and non-duality in theravada

How does the middle path differ from non duality. Its is beyond all extremes, we could say that it is without any opposites. Isnt that what the middle way is emphasizing. I see the Buddhist path as a non dual path. I also do not see any difference between original Upanishads and pali dhamma. The mi...