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by santa100
Fri Apr 19, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why did the Buddha meditate ???
Replies: 33
Views: 421

Re: Why did the Buddha meditate ???

Seems like the Buddha and His noble disciples have penetrated a whole new dimension, one where us 4-D worldlings are yet able to break through. Maybe in this dimension, all the things like meditative absorption, satipatthana, the four right exertions, etc. simply became self intuit or second nature....
by santa100
Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do non-returners become bored?
Replies: 29
Views: 286

Re: Do non-returners become bored?

But what about once and non returners? Or even stream enterers? Any Noble disciple who's short of Arahantship is by definition, "still has work to do". Doesn't sound too boring to me. [Arahantship]Through dispassion, he is fully released. With full release, there is the knowledge, 'Fully released.'...
by santa100
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right Livelihood
Replies: 5
Views: 103

Re: Right Livelihood

If you like computer, try bioinformatics instead of biomedical research work. One won't have to kill anything except... computer "bugs" :tongue:
by santa100
Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha enjoy a luxury life?
Replies: 9
Views: 652

Re: Did Buddha enjoy a luxury life?

The above account does not seem to be the renunciation. It's important to read the rest of the background story to Dhp 177 : the unrivalled charity/asadisadana is such a rare event that it only occurred once during the appearance of each Buddha. Also, through the story, we see how much wisdom and s...
by santa100
Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jellyfish and Buddha
Replies: 23
Views: 244

Re: Jellyfish and Buddha

The Buddha was a unique being who possessed the capability to see things in both cosmic and microscopic perspectives. And from a cosmic perspective, it's inevitable that planet earth will die at some point, our galaxy will die at some point, our universe will die at some point, so it's a bit ridicul...
by santa100
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Buddha knew all along
Replies: 7
Views: 265

Re: Buddha knew all along

Buddha said his teaching would disappeared around 2,500 years, so we are quite near that period now. Did he mean we would encounter world annihilation? You mean in the next 2,500 years from now? Unfortunately it could be much shorter than that due to climate change. Stephen Hawking, one of the brig...
by santa100
Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are all forms of Dukkha related to a sense of self?
Replies: 7
Views: 177

Re: Are all forms of Dukkha related to a sense of self?

Obviously if one's transcended all the "I", "mine", or "myself", s/he'll be free from Dukkha, for there's no "self" there for Dukkha to latch onto.
by santa100
Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Amazing drop in BP by visualizing Buddha & chanting 'Budho'
Replies: 3
Views: 189

Re: Amazing drop in BP by visualizing Buddha & chanting 'Budho'

I could still hardly believe it. Should be no surprise though. I used to work for a really nasty boss. Everytime his image appeared in my mind, it made my blood boil. Pretty sure if I measured my BP right there, the number would be off the roof. On the other hand, the Buddha was truly the best boss...
by santa100
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahant and Action
Replies: 27
Views: 334

Re: Arahant and Action

To put it another way, what motivates an Arahant? Notice Arahants are those who already mastered the Five Faculties , one of which is "energy/viriya". But that doesn't mean Viriya simply stops all of a sudden post-Arahantship. Arahants still train and cultivate, not because there's still work to be...
by santa100
Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Meaning of phrase
Replies: 9
Views: 211

Re: Meaning of phrase

Beings with perception are regular wordlings like us. For those without, if you look at my attached link, under The Fine-Material World section, item (22), Unconscious beings/ASannaSatta are those who are reborn there due attainment of the Fourth Jhana, as a result their mind is temporarily absent d...
by santa100
Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Religious nones are the new #1
Replies: 20
Views: 361

Re: Religious nones are the new #1

Personally, I grew up around Catholicism & I think it was important for what morality we had; at least in the family & at school. The only highly intelligent spiritual friends I have are one or two Catholics. Its unlikely sexual misconduct & paedophilia is the exclusive domain of Catholicism. I nev...
by santa100
Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Paṭiccasamuppāda and Space
Replies: 57
Views: 736

Re: Paṭiccasamuppāda and Space

Evidence is not required to prove the unprovable. The above sounds exactly the same as Christians who demand proof to justify claims of atheists that god does not exist. Proof is not required to prove superstition. The "sabhava" of superstition is the inherent quality it is unprovable. An unflat ro...
by santa100
Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Meaning of phrase
Replies: 9
Views: 211

Re: Meaning of phrase

P Chaudhuri wrote:Is this about the beings in higher realms?
Right, basically it includes beings of the 3 realms, for example there're the ASannaSatta's in the Fine-Material realm, or the NevaSannanaSannayatanupaga's in the Immaterial realm. See Thirty-one Planes of Existence for further details.
by santa100
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:43 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Religious nones are the new #1
Replies: 20
Views: 361

Re: Religious nones are the new #1

On the other hand, could a society of religious nones be amoral? Well, if religion is the pre-requisite for one to be moral, then the Catholic Church and its high priests are doing a great job of disproving the point with their horrific child sex scandals. The Dalai Lama actually advocates what's c...
by santa100
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Liking and disliking people
Replies: 5
Views: 145

Re: Liking and disliking people

Should we cultivate a mind/heart that avoids liking and disliking people and develop an attitude of loving Everyone based on metta (unconditional love) is this possible? Or is it even a correct part of the path? In principle, yes. But in practice, what exactly do we mean unconditional love? If your...