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by Pondera
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Buddhism is not Nihilism?
Replies: 15
Views: 210

Re: Why Buddhism is not Nihilism?

Nihilism is the theory that whether you do good or bad, there is no consequence. One of Buddha’s contemporaries held this view. Ie. giving gifts up and down one side of the Ganges results in no merit. Slaying men, women, and children up and down the other side of the Ganges until there is only one m...
by Pondera
Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Abdomen meditation?
Replies: 6
Views: 187

Re: Abdomen meditation?

Breathing originates in the diaphragm and is supported by the ligaments in the sacroiliac joint. There’s a great sequence you can follow which leads to perfect equanimity. That sequence is relaxation of the diaphragm- relaxation of the sacroiliac ligaments - relaxation of the mind as it pertains to ...
by Pondera
Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: characteristics of ariya
Replies: 11
Views: 204

Re: characteristics of ariya

LOL :rofl: I have to say - never had a caterpillar bite my wiener. I guess in the forest air this happens more commonly.
by Pondera
Sat Feb 23, 2019 3:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the duration of Jhana?
Replies: 1
Views: 63

Re: What is the duration of Jhana?

Jhana lasts for as long as you’re willing to cultivate rapture, pleasure, concentration, etc. As soon as you stop cultivating those factors, the experience of jhana will stop. One minute? Sure. But generally if you can say to your self, “I’ve been feeling rapture and pleasure now for a while, and I’...
by Pondera
Sat Feb 23, 2019 3:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: MN62 Why didn't Buddha mention consciousness in this Sutta?
Replies: 11
Views: 192

Re: MN62 Why didn't Buddha mention consciousness in this Sutta?

I had not read this sutta before - but is this not what I keep saying - the “form” jhanas are meditations on earth, water, fire and wind. It is not as Buddhaghosa’s medieval treatise says. For anyone interested - I’ve been exploring earth, water, fire and wind for the last three years. I know, witho...
by Pondera
Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Don't misrepresent the Blessed One
Replies: 26
Views: 515

Re: Don't misrepresent the Blessed One

The Buddha speaks of the cessation of feeling and perception as final extinction “First, take a mendicant who, quite secluded from sensual pleasures … enters and remains in the first absorption. To this extent the Buddha said that extinguishment is realizable in this very life in a qualified sense. ...
by Pondera
Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Don't misrepresent the Blessed One
Replies: 26
Views: 515

Re: Don't misrepresent the Blessed One

Cessation of feeling and perception is Nibbana "Then again the monk, with the complete transcending of the dimension of neither perception nor non-perception, enters & remains in the cessation of perception & feeling. And, having seen [that] with discernment, his mental fermentations are completely ...
by Pondera
Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Don't misrepresent the Blessed One
Replies: 26
Views: 515

Re: Don't misrepresent the Blessed One

Some one or some thing perceives Nibbāna and Unbinding. "Once, friend Ananda, when I was staying right here in Savatthi in the Blind Man's Grove, I reached concentration in such a way that I was neither percipient of earth with regard to earth... nor of the next world with regard to the next world, ...
by Pondera
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do we only crave pleasant feelings? Or do we crave feeling aggregate as a whole?
Replies: 7
Views: 146

Re: Do we only crave pleasant feelings? Or do we crave feeling aggregate as a whole?

Like a leper rubbing hot coals on his rotting skin to soothe it, beings in Samsara seek out pain and pleasure.
by Pondera
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:42 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Post sutta quotes that utterly rule out nibbana being consciousness or self
Replies: 60
Views: 1277

Re: Post sutta quotes that utterly rule out nibbana being consciousness or self

AN 10.7 [1][pts][bodh] Then Ven. Ananda went to Ven. Sariputta and, on arrival, exchanged courteous greetings with him. After an exchange of friendly greetings and courtesies, he sat to one side. As he was sitting there, he said to Ven. Sariputta, "Friend Sariputta, could a monk have an attainment o...
by Pondera
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:12 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Post sutta quotes that utterly rule out nibbana being consciousness or self
Replies: 60
Views: 1277

Re: Post sutta quotes that utterly rule out nibbana being consciousness or self

"What is the difference between one who is dead, who has completed his time, and a monk who has attained the cessation of perception & feeling?" "In the case of the one who is dead, who has completed his time, his bodily fabrications have ceased & subsided, his verbal fabrications ... his mental fa...
by Pondera
Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:41 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Post sutta quotes that utterly rule out nibbana being consciousness or self
Replies: 60
Views: 1277

Re: Post sutta quotes that utterly rule out nibbana being consciousness or self

"What is the difference between one who is dead, who has completed his time, and a monk who has attained the cessation of perception & feeling?" "In the case of the one who is dead, who has completed his time, his bodily fabrications have ceased & subsided, his verbal fabrications ... his mental fa...
by Pondera
Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Is meditation redundant?
Replies: 11
Views: 246

Re: Is meditation redundant?

Keep in mind that virtue is as much about physical action and restraint as it is about verbal fabrications and mental fabrications. Meditating to exhaust the mental fabrications of the poisons is not anymore important than curbing the tendency to exhibit the poisons in a verbal or physical way. We a...
by Pondera
Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Is meditation redundant?
Replies: 11
Views: 246

Re: Is meditation redundant?

The Eightfold Path has three divisions - Understanding, Meditation, and Virtue. Hate, lust, and ignorance are not the only impediments to virtue. Check out MN 8, for example. Here’s a quote. Effacement 12. "But herein, Cunda, effacement should be practiced by you:[16] (1) Others will be harmful; we ...
by Pondera
Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Happiness does NOT exist
Replies: 16
Views: 379

Re: Happiness does NOT exist

Dukkha? Sukkha.