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by Pondera
Tue May 15, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If mind = brain
Replies: 144
Views: 1343

Re: If mind = brain

I think the reality here is that the OP really wants to equate self and mind. Which, I think, is fine - until you ask; is there a Self in Nibbāna? A couple fragments from the Udana Sutta might help. First: “There is the case, monk, where an uninstructed, run-of-the-mill person—who has no regard for ...
by Pondera
Tue May 15, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If mind = brain
Replies: 144
Views: 1343

Re: If mind = brain

“Brains” are not recognized as a body part by standard Buddhist texts. So, the mind is not that goopy, stringy mess of nerves in your skull. :tongue:
by Pondera
Mon May 07, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: What is the past, present and the future?
Replies: 8
Views: 150

Re: What is the past, present and the future?

Dimond will last for many millions of years but a water bubble may last only for few seconds. There is nothing intrinsic called a water bubble or a diamond. Hence there is no intrinsic thing called time. Phena Sutta On one occasion the Blessed One was staying among the Ayojjhans on the banks of the...
by Pondera
Mon May 07, 2018 3:51 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: What is the past, present and the future?
Replies: 8
Views: 150

Re: What is the past, present and the future?

Consider the Buddha’s three super knowledges. One contains the path to the past in the form of memory - like 40,000 eaons of memory IIRC. Then, with the divine eye the Buddha sees how beings arise in future states according to their kamma. “Potentiality”. Somewhat deterministic - but also dependent ...
by Pondera
Mon Apr 30, 2018 5:27 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Non-Duality and the Wavefunction
Replies: 16
Views: 304

Re: Non-Duality and the Wavefunction

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There are arguments for and against. I happen to be on the “for” side. An arahant enters and emerges from Nibbana mindfully, IMHO.
by Pondera
Mon Apr 30, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Non-Duality and the Wavefunction
Replies: 16
Views: 304

Re: Non-Duality and the Wavefunction

Vinnana- “consciousness” is classified into 89 different types and there, currently, is a discussion going on about the “consciousness” of an arahant. I’ll link it for you in a sec - albeit worth saying the vinnana of an unbound arahant is qualifiable - and thus your question is a moot point. Your q...
by Pondera
Sun Apr 29, 2018 5:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: When an arahant has extreme pain is there a cure other than death?
Replies: 27
Views: 398

Re: When an arahant has extreme pain is there a cure other than death?

So the path, once one has reached arahantship, cures all suffering except physical pain. There are instances in the Pali Canon where an arahant is in such intense physical pain that they commit suicide. Is there another way? I have heard of Hindu yogis that gain the ability to control the sensation...
by Pondera
Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:13 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Non-Duality and the Wavefunction
Replies: 16
Views: 304

Re: Non-Duality and the Wavefunction

The wave function collapses when exposed to consciousnessness. Hmm, I've been thinking about this while getting my notes together for another term of teaching... In all of the experiments I've seen the wavefunction collapses when there is a measurement. This measurement usually involves things like...
by Pondera
Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:24 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Non-Duality and the Wavefunction
Replies: 16
Views: 304

Re: Non-Duality and the Wavefunction

I think I have a vague sense of what you are getting at and it sounds like an interesting avenue for exploration - not so much through intellectualizing but through meditation practice... “Sunyata” is the most common term for this indeterminate state. It is a concept developed less in Therevada and...
by Pondera
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Non-Duality and the Wavefunction
Replies: 16
Views: 304

Re: Non-Duality and the Wavefunction

I think I have a vague sense of what you are getting at and it sounds like an interesting avenue for exploration - not so much through intellectualizing but through meditation practice... “Sunyata” is the most common term for this indeterminate state. It is a concept developed less in Therevada and...
by Pondera
Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Non-Duality and the Wavefunction
Replies: 16
Views: 304

Re: Non-Duality and the Wavefunction

No, I don't grasp it. Your experience of non duality is probably within the field of thought and time which is probably not non duality but a conceptualization of what it might be. My grasp of non-duality is non-temporal. It is indeed conceptual, for it is a fabrication of consciousness. Non dualit...
by Pondera
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Non-Duality and the Wavefunction
Replies: 16
Views: 304

Re: Non-Duality and the Wavefunction

Food for thought. Thanks y’all That's all that this seems to be, 'food for thought'. You have to first examine what thought is and how it originates. Then you begin to see what thought is and what it isn't. What it can do and what it can't do. You cannot understand non duality through your thinking...
by Pondera
Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In your opinion what are the most awesome things about Buddhism?
Replies: 9
Views: 265

Re: In your opinion what are the most awesome things about Buddhism?

I like that the Buddha had forty teeth - as opposed to us regular people who have only 36. My wife has a very strong jaw line. She used to have 40 teeth before she had a couple pulled. Kay. I’m done bombing the board for the evening. Cheers.
by Pondera
Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:16 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Non-Duality and the Wavefunction
Replies: 16
Views: 304

Non-Duality and the Wavefunction

I’ve been going over, in my mind, what the eight jhana could be and I’ve come to this unsubstantiated conclusion - which I wouldn’t mind others chiming in on. So, in science class we’re taught that atomic particles, sub-atomic particles, even rocks have wave functions. The particle-wave duality mode...
by Pondera
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Astral Projection
Replies: 2
Views: 155

Re: Astral Projection

There’s IMO a tendency, when people talk about OBE’s, to imagine that the astral body will leave the material body with a very lucid view of the material body. The reality is not as stark. Anyone can have an OBE granted that they stop trying to actually leave their body. The OBE actually happens in ...
by Pondera
Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:03 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Race, IQ and Idenity politics: A debate.
Replies: 105
Views: 2078

Re: Race, IQ and Idenity politics: A debate.

Circle5 wrote:
Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:00 am
Context is what determines weather ...
Context ... not things like wind, sea temperature, precipitation, etc. I don’t know whether or not you made this spelling mistake intentionally, however if you did, it is a sign of low IQ. Whatever race you belong to is shaking it’s head right now.
by Pondera
Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A few questions about nibbana
Replies: 16
Views: 450

Re: A few questions about nibbana

The best thing is to enjoy what ever Nibbana you have realised now. Better practice for disenchantment with all worlds, for the destruction of craving and the disenchantment with feelings. Nibbana is inside the six sense object spheres. Nibbana is inside the six sense objects spheres but makes no c...
by Pondera
Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is this the cutest dog in the world ?
Replies: 12
Views: 314

Re: Is this the cutest dog in the world ?

I know a west highlander terrier which is perhaps the cutest dog in the whole world. She’s so good hearted and sporty. But hands down, my favourite dog is a Honduran rescue - brindle - a very good boy. Pugs are cute too. But for you it is this dog and I suspect it is a subjective matter in the end. ...
by Pondera
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A few questions about nibbana
Replies: 16
Views: 450

Re: A few questions about nibbana

Nibbana is inside the six sense object spheres. Nibbana is inside the six sense objects spheres but makes no contact with them. Consciousness has been eliminated - perception no longer functions - the body has been released from feeling. That is why “unbound” is the term used to describe the state.
by Pondera
Wed Apr 04, 2018 1:42 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Dispelling hatred and resentment
Replies: 7
Views: 238

Re: Dispelling hatred and resentment

So, you don’t know or you don’t care - or both. The answer is consciousness. The brahmaviharas belong to the consciousness aggregate.