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by santa100
Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Who or what is being mindful?
Replies: 35
Views: 303

Re: Who or what is being mindful?

Is there a way to practice satipatthana without the sense of an observer? I haven't found it. Actually that's the end goal to be achieved, not something available at the beginning of the practice. That's the whole point of practicing Satipatthana, by repeating the drill over and over and over count...
by santa100
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Who or what is being mindful?
Replies: 35
Views: 303

Re: Who or what is being mindful?

Who or what does the "I" and "he" refer to in the Satipatthana Sutta? Notice the Buddhist rejection of the 'I' is not a rejection of its use in the conventional sense: 'I am speaking', 'I am walking', etc. What is rejected is the absolute 'I', the 'I' that stands for a substantial, permanent, and c...
by santa100
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: In the Buddha's Words - Open Source Version
Replies: 23
Views: 21729

Re: In the Buddha's Words - Open Source Version

DarrenM wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:29 am
Anyone know what’s wrong with the noblepath.org website? Are Ven. B. Bodhi stalks available anywhere else?
Ven. Bodhi's lecture series on the MN and AN are also available on youtube's "BAUS Chuang Yen Monastery" channel or you can click the link directly at: https://www.youtube.com/user/venbodhi
by santa100
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ven. Buddhadasa - rejection of the re-birth doctrine?
Replies: 6
Views: 148

Re: Ven. Buddhadasa - rejection of the re-birth doctrine?

SarathW wrote:Perhaps, some of you may have a better understanding of Ven. Buddadasa' s teaching.
Don't worry about getting a better understanding of Ven. Buddhadasa's teaching. Worry more about getting a better understanding of the Buddha's teaching.
by santa100
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?
Replies: 55
Views: 576

Re: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?

What then would you do if there really is no rebirth ? Guess it'd vary depending on the individual. To some, it'd literally mean indulging in all kinds of sensual pleasures like there's no tomorrow. It's also possible for some other to do something meaningful before the show is over. However, one o...
by santa100
Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?
Replies: 90
Views: 1271

Re: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?

I knew a person who followed a new age guru for about 25 years... Too bad Buddhism doesn't quite have that kind of direct "hands on" interaction between teachers and students. It'd be impossible to take a Judo student 25 years to find out the real skillset of Master Kyuzo Mifune, 10th dan, who was ...
by santa100
Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?
Replies: 90
Views: 1271

Re: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?

I feel that the modern trend is actually quite the opposite: nowadays jhānas, magga-phalas or at least some vipassana ñāņas are attained during a weekend retreat. Well, it's difficult to test other's progress on the Path and so anyone can claim anything they want. It's an irony that folks practicin...
by santa100
Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Brahm
Replies: 20
Views: 342

Re: Ajahn Brahm

What is the prevailing consensus about him? From AN 4.192 : Monks, these four traits may be known by means of four [other] traits. Which four? "It's through living together that a person's virtue may be known, and then only after a long period, not a short period; by one who is attentive, not by on...
by santa100
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahant and Vibhava Tanha
Replies: 13
Views: 139

Re: Arahant and Vibhava Tanha

If an arahant wish to Terminate his/her life , as described in the sutta , does that mean arahant still have Tanha (vibhava tanha) ? If an arahant still had Tanha, then s/he'd still have "work to be done". But arahant, by definition, is the only class of being who can declare: 'Birth is ended, the ...
by santa100
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us
Replies: 67
Views: 629

Re: The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us

The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us
Don't worry about that scenario. Worry about US forgotten about Him (ie. forgotten the cultivation of Sila, Samadhi, Panna, which is what He really represents).
by santa100
Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Can someone help me quit smoking ?
Replies: 10
Views: 234

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: 2368

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: 114
Views: 2482

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: 591

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: 540

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...