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by santa100
Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ignorance or craving as the cause of suffering?
Replies: 20
Views: 506

Re: Ignorance or craving as the cause of suffering?

Hold on, so you're saying that DO is strictly and exclusively a kind of momentary thing, like all 12 links happen in 1 single life-time? No, I'm not saying that at all. I'm saying that I haven't seen evidence in the suttas that the Buddha was talking about a cyclical process. My point is not about ...
by santa100
Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ignorance or craving as the cause of suffering?
Replies: 20
Views: 506

Re: Ignorance or craving as the cause of suffering?

I can see bhava as being cyclical, but not DO as a whole. Please explain why you don't see DO as being cyclical? I don't wish to speak for Spiny, of course, but I have seen different delineations or presentations of DO (i.e. as opposed to seeing DO as an object of direct personal perception). Some ...
by santa100
Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ignorance or craving as the cause of suffering?
Replies: 20
Views: 506

Re: Ignorance or craving as the cause of suffering?

2. Avijja/ignorance and its twelve links of DO should be seen as cyclical instead of a linear start-to-end fashion. That's why you see many graphical demonstration of DO in the form of a spinning wheel with 12 spokes. I can see bhava as being cyclical, but not DO as a whole. Please explain why you ...
by santa100
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 1754
Views: 148767

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by santa100
Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Śrāvakayāna / Sutta Pitaka also teach that Saṃsāra is a delusion, or is this teaching only in Mahāyāna?
Replies: 18
Views: 385

Re: Does Śrāvakayāna / Sutta Pitaka also teach that Saṃsāra is a delusion, or is this teaching only in Mahāyāna?

While I generally seem to agree more with Śrāvakayāna and the Sutta Pitaka, in this matter I agree with Mahāyāna: its explanation is more profound and creates a more consistent view overall. It's like Mahāyāna follows the chain of thought initiated by Śrāvakayāna to its ultimate conclusion, while Ś...
by santa100
Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Could someone explain what is "Contact at the intellect"
Replies: 4
Views: 154

Re: Could someone explain what is "Contact at the intellect"

Ven. Bodhi's version is a bit easier to understand: Bhikkhus, all is burning. And what, bhikkhus, is the all that is burning? The eye is burning, forms are burning, eye-consciousness is burning, eye-contact is burning, and whatever feeling arises with eye-contact as condition—whether pleasant or pai...
by santa100
Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: AN 3.10 Mala Sutta. Stains.
Replies: 11
Views: 343

Re: AN 3.10 Mala Sutta. Stains.

Hi all, I have a few questions. 1. What is immoral then? Is it just violate of the Patimokkha/or the 5 Precepts or include the whole bunch of sila restraint of senses, reflect on food, medicine, etc,... ? 2. I understand envy is bad. But why miserly? Surely a person/monk who live a minimalist life ...
by santa100
Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Regarding paying off ALL of ones debts first.
Replies: 26
Views: 882

Re: Regarding paying off ALL of ones debts first.

i suppose it wouldn't matter at all if you ordained in a southeast asian country and all your creditors were in usa. for me, i just have student loans, credit cards and maybe hospital bills. but that does total to roughly 20,000 dollars and i don't see myself paying that off soon. it impresses me, ...
by santa100
Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What is it about Hollywood?
Replies: 28
Views: 659

Re: What is it about Hollywood?

Why is Hollywood such a cesspool of sexual abuse, drug abuse, paedophilia, misogyny, sanctimonious virtue signalling, fraud, crime, hypocrisy, cultural Marxism, cover-ups, pervertion, hedonism and other forms of moral and spiritual degeneracy? Whilst I'm happy to hear "conventional" explanations ab...
by santa100
Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 16.10 Bhikkhunūupassaya Sutta. The Bhikkhunīs’ Quarters.
Replies: 19
Views: 401

Re: SN 16.10 Bhikkhunūupassaya Sutta. The Bhikkhunīs’ Quarters.

It's all relative. "Foolish" for women is not a bad attribute compared to "Evil" for men. Women'd have a long long long way to catch up to men when it comes to this department. Men are the outright undisputed world champions there. Gengis Khan, Ivan the Terrible, Hitler, Pol Pot, etc. they're all me...
by santa100
Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is worth spending time on?
Replies: 14
Views: 263

Re: What is worth spending time on?

So I'm wondering, from a buddhist perspective, what is worth spending time on? What will leave me fulfilled each day and give me meaning? Exercise, read suttas, meditate, and spend more time outdoor. Nature and fresh air do wonder to the human body and spirit. They're the cheapest and most effectiv...
by santa100
Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How to live the three dhamma seals?
Replies: 4
Views: 133

Re: How to live the three dhamma seals?

I've always found the three dhamma seals to be more useful and more profound than the four noble truths... ...So my question is how do you go about living/realising/subsuming/accepting the truth of selflessness and impermenance? 3-C and 4-NT are equally important and vital to the cultivation of the...
by santa100
Sat Oct 21, 2017 1:00 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 485
Views: 75134

Re: The Great Jhana Debate

Then you're basically saying that being a jhana professional is a much easier pursuit than all other mundane disciplines like judo professionals or engineering professionals who DO put 8 hours or more day in, day out to earn their status? And again, how the h... can you prove anyone's claim about a...
by santa100
Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 485
Views: 75134

Re: Monks Average Meditation Routine

Anyway, I think you, Zom and santa100 have already made up your minds. I guess you can keep believing that the first jhāna is nearly impossible to attain and that you would have to practice 8 hours per day for months or even years Then you're basically saying that being a jhana professional is a mu...
by santa100
Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:01 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 485
Views: 75134

Re: Monks Average Meditation Routine

Which I agree is unlikely. But I don't think that implies that isn't impossible for many people to access at least first jhana quite regularly. While it's not impossible to attain 1st jhana, it's certainly not trivial at all to get there. As mentioned in a previous post, even for mundane discipline...
by santa100
Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Monks Average Meditation Routine
Replies: 20
Views: 881

Re: Monks Average Meditation Routine

And then there is another monastery here in town where the abbot is very good and serious. The monks meditate in formal sitting meditation sessions 5 times a day; each one hour long. That is almost like a retreat schedule, but it is all year long. That's the way it should be. Even for all of us lay...
by santa100
Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sit with Pain. Don't sit with Pain.
Replies: 10
Views: 221

Re: Sit with Pain. Don't sit with Pain.

Some teachers say to sit with pain. Others say don't sit with pain, just get comfortable. Are they different practices with different goals? For me, when I've sat with pain for long periods, I find it helps develops equanimity. However it prevents the entering of Jhanas. Sitting without pain allows...
by santa100
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Debt to ones parents
Replies: 51
Views: 731

Re: Debt to ones parents

The fact that one has a healthy enough mind and body to be able to think how "messed up" his parents are, is enough proof that at the very least his mother was caring enough for a full 9-month duration to properly nurtured the baby inside and his father was caring enough to provide a safe condition ...
by santa100
Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 1754
Views: 148767

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by santa100
Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:32 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 1754
Views: 148767

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