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by Pondera
Mon Nov 18, 2019 6:26 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Why is Nibbana desirable?
Replies: 27
Views: 583

Re: Why is Nibbana desirable?

Read the dhamma and learn. “Nothingness” is not Nibbana. Nor can you “theoretically” “turn everything” “into Nothing”. The concept and destination of “Nothingness” is already encompassed by the 9 jhanas. And it is not desirable and it is not the goal. So your above assertion is meaningless in a Bud...
by Pondera
Sun Nov 17, 2019 2:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Have you ever had suicidal thoughts?
Replies: 56
Views: 818

Re: Have you ever had suicidal thoughts?

I have, often. I find it annoying. Other thoughts which express in my mind (which are annoying): 1) “I can’t do this anymore!” Encourages me to quit and give up all the good things in my life. It is a remnant of frustrated memories. The past seems to repeat itself and therefore I find my self thinki...
by Pondera
Sun Nov 17, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Why is Nibbana desirable?
Replies: 27
Views: 583

Re: Why is Nibbana desirable?

Why is Nibbana desirable? It is said that Nibbana is the extinguishing of suffering. You can theoretically extinguish suffering by turning everything into nothing, but that is not desirable, at least not to the person writing this. Thank you, and may you be happy. You have not done your homework. I...
by Pondera
Tue Oct 29, 2019 4:09 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The Nature if the Buddha’s Memory
Replies: 1
Views: 601

The Nature if the Buddha’s Memory

I just realized something new about recollections of past lives, despite having read it in suttas many times. Case in point. Recollection of Past Lives "With his mind thus concentrated, purified, and bright, unblemished, free from defects, pliant, malleable, steady, and attained to imperturbability,...
by Pondera
Mon Oct 28, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mara and Satan
Replies: 27
Views: 878

Re: Mara and Satan

What are the differences between Mara in Buddhism and Satan in Abrahamic religions? and to what extent these differences are indicative about the aim of the spiritual life from the perspective of each religion? Thanks :anjali: The difference between Māra and Satan is that Māra couldn’t win with the...
by Pondera
Sat Oct 19, 2019 5:04 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.
Replies: 63
Views: 1990

Re: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.

My older brother went to meet the DL when the DL came to town. There was a crowd of people. A fat man came to greet the DL. According to my brother the DL rubbed the fat man’s belly for good luck and also had a good chuckle about it too - mentioning something to the effect of “Very well fed. Very he...
by Pondera
Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:20 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Adolf Hitler
Replies: 32
Views: 1806

Re: Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler took acquisition of many Buddhist concepts. In fact, Mr. Nietzsche had a few opinions on Buddhism as well. I disagree with your assumption that he "took acquisition of many Buddhist concepts". It is simply not true. Nazism was a pastiche of ultranationalism, racism, communism/socialism...
by Pondera
Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:13 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Adolf Hitler
Replies: 32
Views: 1806

Re: Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler took acquisition of many Buddhist concepts. In fact, Mr. Nietzsche had a few opinions on Buddhism as well. I disagree with your assumption that he "took acquisition of many Buddhist concepts". It is simply not true. Nazism was a pastiche of ultranationalism, racism, communism/socialism...
by Pondera
Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Antinatalism
Replies: 48
Views: 2223

Re: Antinatalism

How can we expect progress in the world if we don’t give birth to a generation that fights for it; that expects it; that longs for it. We should not accept that our children are a lost cause. When the absolute dead line of our past generations wrong doings have pushed the current generation into a c...
by Pondera
Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Adolf Hitler
Replies: 32
Views: 1806

Adolf Hitler

My understanding of this subject is very rudimentary. So I may be referring to “my understanding” repeatedly. I trust that there are members here with sophisticated knowledge of the subject. Adolf Hitler took acquisition of many Buddhist concepts. In fact, Mr. Nietzsche had a few opinions on Buddhis...
by Pondera
Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: should I marry or be single?
Replies: 72
Views: 2261

Re: should I marry or be single?

I can use my own hand which is reduced week by week but my mind automatically says no if it involves someone other person. I think I dont like other person touching my part or I can't handle the guilt after I have. even using my hand, I feel awkward these days. I think negative mindset or feeling c...
by Pondera
Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:06 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: should I marry or be single?
Replies: 72
Views: 2261

Re: should I marry or be single?

Why can’t you have sex? Are you physically unable? You say you use your hand. So erections and orgasms aren’t the problem. Is it a precept? Just curious. I can use my own hand which is reduced week by week but my mind automatically says no if it involves someone other person. I think I dont like ot...
by Pondera
Mon Oct 07, 2019 5:00 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: should I marry or be single?
Replies: 72
Views: 2261

Re: should I marry or be single?

Why can’t you have sex? Are you physically unable? You say you use your hand. So erections and orgasms aren’t the problem. Is it a precept? Just curious.
by Pondera
Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sutta Support for Jhana Distinction
Replies: 3
Views: 158

Sutta Support for Jhana Distinction

I was curious where the suttas first describe jhana as either Rupa or arupa. Can anyone provide textual evidence for this distinction?

Thank you,

Pondera
by Pondera
Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Land
Replies: 14
Views: 1335

Re: Land

Very interesting indeed! What is the difference between an Arhant in Nirodha Samapatti (cessation of perception and feeling) and a non-percipient being? Thanks and I don't know, good question. The question was for someone else, but I reply to it here. I don't myself know what the difference in the ...