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by santa100
Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Are five hindrances eliminated in the first Jhana?
Replies: 1
Views: 23

Re: Are five hindrances eliminated in the first Jhana?

The overcoming of these 5 hindrances by the absorptions is, as already pointed out, a merely temporary suspension, called 'overcoming through repression' (vikkhambhana-pahāna). They disappear forever on entering the 4 supermundane paths (s. ariyapuggala), i.e. skeptical doubt on reaching Sotāpanshi...
by santa100
Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self defence
Replies: 11
Views: 174

Re: Self defence

How can we do this whilst maximising wholesome states and minimising unwholesome ones? Any advice on how to engage in self defence without engaging in negative mind states? Start training in a martial art that you're interested in. If one keeps on doing the drills repeatedly day in day out, the mov...
by santa100
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How did Aṅgulimāla clear the vast amounts of dark karma he incurred by murdering hundreds of innocents, in a few years?
Replies: 22
Views: 322

Re: How did Aṅgulimāla clear the vast amounts of dark karma he incurred by murdering hundreds of innocents, in a few yea

However, my understanding is that all your karma must be cleared prior to attaining Nibbana. Sure, there's no avoiding of one's own "debt settlement", but key point is that its intensity/severity varies. Even in our mundane court of law, the sentencing for some crime is not constant, the judge and ...
by santa100
Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: space, uncompounded?
Replies: 14
Views: 478

Re: space, uncompounded?

Per the Abhidhamma model, only Nibbana is considered ASankhata/UnConditioned. Both components of "space" belong to the Rupa group, which is Sankhata: 1. Air: under the Mahabhuta/FourGreatEssential sub-group; and 2. Space element: under the UpadayaRupa/DerivedMaterial sub-group; This model has no con...
by santa100
Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 5 or 6 qualities ?
Replies: 4
Views: 119

Re: 5 or 6 qualities ?

What is the meaning of correct wisdom ? Ven. Bodhi's note citing Comy's definition: "Spk: Seeing with correct wisdom (sammappaññāya) is the wisdom of the path together with insight. The mind becomes dispassionate (virajjati) at the moment of the path, and is liberated (vimuccati) at the moment of t...
by santa100
Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 5 or 6 qualities ?
Replies: 4
Views: 119

Re: 5 or 6 qualities ?

Ven. Bodhi's translation: Bhikkhus, without having abandoned six things, one is incapable of entering and dwelling in the first jhāna. What six? Sensual desire, ill will, dullness and drowsiness, restlessness and remorse, doubt; and one has not clearly seen with correct wisdom, as it really is, the ...
by santa100
Fri Apr 19, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why did the Buddha meditate ???
Replies: 33
Views: 559

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: 388

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: 136

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: 10
Views: 726

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: 322

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: 9
Views: 421

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: 225

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: 280

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: 392

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...