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by santa100
Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Can someone help me quit smoking ?
Replies: 4
Views: 73

Re: Can someone help me quit smoking ?

I am very afraid and depressed due to my smoking habits Smoking habit is certainly a tough one to abandon. But it's totally possible if one has strong enough determination and effort to follow through. Use all the helps from all the sources possible: your doctor, your loved ones, various internet p...
by santa100
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is special about ordination?
Replies: 32
Views: 1871

Re: What is special about ordination?

I have a friend who seems to insist that ordaining is kind of superficial and that you can live like a monk without ordaining and you would not be missing out on anything and may even have an advantage. I don't share this opinion but I don't have hard evidence on hand to refute. There are also so m...
by santa100
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Rapture and Pleasure (Piti Sukha) Experienced in Nibbana? It Seems So!
Replies: 75
Views: 1688

Re: Are Rapture and Pleasure (Piti Sukha) Experienced in Nibbana? It Seems So!

Nothing wrong with the presence of Piti/Sukha for one who has attained Nibbana. From Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma they're Cetasikas that belong to the Annasamana group (Ethically Variable). So it depends on the associated citta that arises. With kusala cittas they behave as if they are kusala ...
by santa100
Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What exactly is the "lifespan" of a deva?
Replies: 17
Views: 545

Re: What exactly is the "lifespan" of a deva?

Therefore, how do devas lose whatever conditions that sustain their pure abode? Do any suttas or commentaries offer any explanation of this? The answer is right there in the question: "whatever conditions that sustain". Conditioned phenomena, no matter how great and wonderful, like the form and for...
by santa100
Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: cycle of life and death question
Replies: 22
Views: 519

Re: cycle of life and death question

I also like the fact that the teaching of the Buddha can be verified in my everyday life and doesn’t have to be based on blind faith. But the going from one physical body to the other and various realms change all that and add stuff that, in my humble opinion, can’t be verified. There're things the...
by santa100
Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the ignorance remove later or in the beginning ?
Replies: 30
Views: 776

Re: Does the ignorance remove later or in the beginning ?

You didn't answer my questions as I provided you with the Sutta and my explanations already . However , you have your own views and not that other must agree with me. None of your cited quotes said anything to back up your claim, and you have not answered any of my questions. So all I could say is ...
by santa100
Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the ignorance remove later or in the beginning ?
Replies: 30
Views: 776

Re: Does the ignorance remove later or in the beginning ?

Ok then , what about the logic behind per questions I asked ? Why is restlessness in the five hindrances suddenly reappeared in the higher fetters ? And it seems that Attachment to the Formless realm is illogical since many Arahants did not have the arupa jhana ? What do you mean restlessness "reap...
by santa100
Sun Oct 21, 2018 4:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the ignorance remove later or in the beginning ?
Replies: 30
Views: 776

Re: Does the ignorance remove later or in the beginning ?

Take note that I did not say ignorance is something of 100% composition , instead is veil of darkness , once abandoned no more . You just lift the veil and there the light is shining through . There is a different compare to your understanding . Problem is your cited reference does not support your...
by santa100
Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:51 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can I become Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King or Gandhi?
Replies: 16
Views: 783

Re: Can I become Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King or Gandhi?

SarathW wrote:Can I become Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King or Gandhi?
Sure, why not. But just a heads-up, you'll face the same tragic end like all three of them: death by gunshot wound.
by santa100
Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha ever see the sea?
Replies: 22
Views: 648

Re: Did the Buddha ever see the sea?

I'm wondering if his knowledge of the former was thru heresay from others or personal sight of the sea or was it, like his knowledge of the cosmos, acquired thru his psychic vision. Per the Suttas, the Buddha already mastered all the Iddhis, so it'd be the latter, psychic power. Also from the sutta...
by santa100
Sun Oct 21, 2018 2:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is born by moisture?
Replies: 6
Views: 263

Re: What is born by moisture?

TRobinson465 wrote:but what are some creatures that are moisture born?
MN 12 wrote:What is moisture-born generation? There are these beings born in a rotten fish, in a rotten corpse, in rotten porridge, in a cesspit, or in a sewer; this is called moisture-born generation.
Probably maggots and various kinds of larvas.
by santa100
Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the ignorance remove later or in the beginning ?
Replies: 30
Views: 776

Re: Does the ignorance remove later or in the beginning ?

So, what do you think ? For a sotapanna , According to the sequence there is no mentioning of ignorance abandoning ? In that case , your Assumption that sotapanna abandoned certain degree of the ignorance is not really making sense , does it ? That's easy to explain. But you've still continuously f...
by santa100
Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the ignorance remove later or in the beginning ?
Replies: 30
Views: 776

Re: Does the ignorance remove later or in the beginning ?

No, sorry to say that I did not see any proof of the sutta that says ignorance is something constitute of 100% ignorance , and a person needs to chip off bit by bit of the ignorance . Then how do you explaine both Sutta and Abhidhamma's specification of Ignorance as belonging to the higher fetters,...
by santa100
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the ignorance remove later or in the beginning ?
Replies: 30
Views: 776

Re: Does the ignorance remove later or in the beginning ?

Can you provide logical reason with why desire for formless realm and restlessness is included in the fetters ? If an arahant only attained to form jhana how can s/he abandon the desire for formless realm fetter ? Since I've already provided references, but you have not provided any to back up your...
by santa100
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the ignorance remove later or in the beginning ?
Replies: 30
Views: 776

Re: Does the ignorance remove later or in the beginning ?

I doubt that the five higher fetters is correct. As I said , ignorance is about View , once abandoned , only left greed hatred to work on . Please provide backup sutta references/literature to back up your claims above, especially your belief that Sotapannas have completely 100% eradicated Ignorance.