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by Pondera
Thu May 28, 2020 12:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Analayo's article on Ingram
Replies: 15
Views: 479

Re: Analayo's article on Ingram

I don’t know much about Analayo. I did find it funny that he discounts Ingram’s experiences as a child while failing to recall that had the Buddha not spontaneously entered the first jhana as a child there might have been no alternative path for him away from his brutal austerities likely leading t...
by Pondera
Tue May 26, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhathu-vibhanga sutta question?
Replies: 42
Views: 670

Re: Dhathu-vibhanga sutta question?

“Attending to external emptiness” is not the same as “imputing external emptiness on to external objects”. The first case is mere observation. The second is an act of conceptualization. No. Unless the mind has psychic powers, realisation of the emptiness of external "persons" cannot occur due to me...
by Pondera
Tue May 26, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Analayo's article on Ingram
Replies: 15
Views: 479

Re: Analayo's article on Ingram

I don’t know much about Analayo. I did find it funny that he discounts Ingram’s experiences as a child while failing to recall that had the Buddha not spontaneously entered the first jhana as a child there might have been no alternative path for him away from his brutal austerities likely leading to...
by Pondera
Tue May 26, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhathu-vibhanga sutta question?
Replies: 42
Views: 670

Re: Dhathu-vibhanga sutta question?

For the “enlightened mind” there is no concept of sense objects. Not according to the teachings of the Buddha. Can you back that up, or should I take your word? :focus: Indulge me. Read what was posted. Realisation of sunnata occurs via internal insight and not via Nagarjuna intellectual gymnastics...
by Pondera
Tue May 26, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhathu-vibhanga sutta question?
Replies: 42
Views: 670

Re: Dhathu-vibhanga sutta question?

You have misunderstood “the cessation of perception and feeling”. Unlikely :focus: keep off the grass :mrgreen: Indulge me. How does one “impute” emptiness on reality? I know exactly how Nagarjuna would reply to this, but what in the good name of Theravada Buddhism are you doing imputing emptiness ...
by Pondera
Tue May 26, 2020 6:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhathu-vibhanga sutta question?
Replies: 42
Views: 670

Re: Dhathu-vibhanga sutta question?

The Buddha taught “the realm of infinite consciousness”. Whereas many rshis stop at this stage, the Buddha sees a further escape; he sees three further escapes.
by Pondera
Tue May 26, 2020 6:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhathu-vibhanga sutta question?
Replies: 42
Views: 670

Re: Dhathu-vibhanga sutta question?

It doesn't appear so to me. And "should be seen as it really is with correct wisdom" ( yathābhūtaṃ sammappaññāya daṭṭhabbaṃ ) doesn't sound at all like understanding, which comes from some kind of intellectual reasoning. I disagree. It is an external imputation based on internal realisation. For ex...
by Pondera
Tue May 26, 2020 6:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhathu-vibhanga sutta question?
Replies: 42
Views: 670

Re: Dhathu-vibhanga sutta question?

very sad to see some people or most of people are stuck on perception realm and confusing themselves which bring only stress. Perception does not bring stress. The above is wrong understanding of SteRoism. The Buddha taught craving & attachment brings stress. :focus: The Buddha taught “cessation of...
by Pondera
Tue May 26, 2020 4:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Analayo's article on Ingram
Replies: 15
Views: 479

Re: Analayo's article on Ingram

It's super that someone as knowledgeable as Venerable Analayo has taken time to examine Daniel Ingram's experiences, instead of just dismissing them immediately without investigation, like I've seen many bhikkhus do. Thanks for the link to the article. Well, after good investigation he does thoroug...
by Pondera
Tue May 26, 2020 3:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Only Problem with the Buddha...
Replies: 28
Views: 481

Re: The Only Problem with the Buddha...

Why didn't he devote his time doing any of those things if he had the abilities and was capable of doing so? It's probably related to that popular saying: "give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime". There was a story of Kisa Gotami coming to ...
by Pondera
Mon May 25, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Only Problem with the Buddha...
Replies: 28
Views: 481

Re: The Only Problem with the Buddha...

And now, as he came near to the riverside, a young woman came up to him, and after saluting him with great respect, said to him: "O Reverend Lord, have pity on me and tell me where I shall be able to find that seed which keeps away death." Siddhattha looked at her as if he would ask her what she me...
by Pondera
Mon May 25, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Only Problem with the Buddha...
Replies: 28
Views: 481

Re: The Only Problem with the Buddha...

Maybe he didn’t want to end up like Jesus. :shrug:
by Pondera
Mon May 25, 2020 2:25 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: 3 things + 3 more
Replies: 9
Views: 301

Re: 3 things + 3 more

The clinging aggregates are marked by:

1. Dukkha
2. Anicca
3. Anatta

Ie. “knowledge and vision of things as they really are”

Suttas:

1. AN 9.36 - Jhana Sutta
2. SN 12.23 - Vital Conditions Sutta
3. SN 1.2 - Liberation Sutta
by Pondera
Sun May 24, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Can we attain Jhana while we have a sexual relationship?
Replies: 115
Views: 9123

Re: Can we attain Jhana while we have a sexual relationship?

for getting gf.. need to spend wealth, and so much stress but for jhana is free and sit under tree A “dream” girlfriend shouldn’t cost you money. Vapid, narcissistic, superficial girls that cost a lot cannot give you the care and love that a dream girl can. Look for a nice mail order bride from Rus...
by Pondera
Sun May 24, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Can we attain Jhana while we have a sexual relationship?
Replies: 115
Views: 9123

Re: Can we attain Jhana while we have a sexual relationship?

jhana is tough to do but its easier than getting a dream girkfriend you have developed lots of opinions about nothing for getting gf.. need to spend wealth, and so much stress but for jhana is free and sit under tree A “dream” girlfriend shouldn’t cost you money. Vapid, narcissistic, superficial gi...