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by Pondera
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: High Birth Low Birth
Replies: 12
Views: 173

Re: High Birth Low Birth

we could have been anything (even an animal) in a previous birth. There are many Jataka that Buddha was an animal in a previous birth. Perhaps Buddha wanted to point out this in a different way. If we trace back our ancestry there will not be anything to be proved about our present or the past. It ...
by Pondera
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: High Birth Low Birth
Replies: 12
Views: 173

Re: High Birth Low Birth

It sounds as though you are saying that the ends justify the means? No, one has to cook up something to qualify it as "ends justify means". In the DN 3 case, the Buddha didn't cook up anything. He simply stated the fact. [3] "In the case of words that the Tathagata knows to be factual, true, benefi...
by Pondera
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: High Birth Low Birth
Replies: 12
Views: 173

Re: High Birth Low Birth

Notice the exceedingly arrogant attitude Ambattha displayed when he first met the Buddha: 1.9. Ambattha went up to the dwelling and on to the verandah, coughed, and knocked. The Lord opened the door, and Ambaṭṭha went in. The young men entered, exchanged courtesies with the Lord, and sat down to on...
by Pondera
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: High Birth Low Birth
Replies: 12
Views: 173

Re: High Birth Low Birth

“Turn to ashes - dribble spit!” :tongue: ...even so the Brahmans hold that...

Wow! The Buddha shows a lot of patience in this sutta - however what are his intentions in DN 3? And does he fulfill those intentions with classism and racism?
by Pondera
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: High Birth Low Birth
Replies: 12
Views: 173

High Birth Low Birth

Is the Buddha exemplifying racism in his discourse with Ambattha? Ambattha starts by insulting the Sakyan clan three times. The Buddha thinks: 1.15. Then the Lord thought: ‘This young man goes too far in abusing the Sakyans. Suppose I were to ask after his clan-name? ’ So he said: ‘Ambattha, what is...
by Pondera
Sat Oct 13, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: “Enters & Remains”
Replies: 27
Views: 4148

Re: “Enters & Remains”

Curiosity beckons me to ask what the out-of-the-ordinary meaning is, in this case? Ajahn Brahmn's opinion is below: THE FIRST JHANA The “Wobble” (Vitakka and Vicára). All jhanas are states of unmoving bliss, almost. However, in the first jhana, there is some movement discernible. I call this moveme...
by Pondera
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: “Enters & Remains”
Replies: 27
Views: 4148

Re: “Enters & Remains”

2600htz: Many believe astral travel implies a full blown out of body experience. The subtle reality is that an astral “projection” is just that - a projection . One projects their astral body out side of there physical body to travel into space (or wherever). The “astral plane”, ie. The question is...
by Pondera
Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: “Enters & Remains”
Replies: 27
Views: 4148

Re: “Enters & Remains”

Hello: The meaning is that the individual enters a state, and remains in that state lol. I don`t know how you guys managed to talk 2 pages about that haha. Regards. It’s a mystery, isn’t it? For you it may be simple. “He enters a coma”. For me it may be more complicated. “He enters a room”. Ie. “He...
by Pondera
Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Karmic debt
Replies: 13
Views: 203

Re: Karmic debt

He also ate excrement, drank urine, held his breath until his bowels and head were splitting with pain, alongside eating one grain of rice a day to the point of near death. What did he do to accumulate merit towards those various ends? Actually all those were also due to exceptional amount of merit...
by Pondera
Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Karmic debt
Replies: 13
Views: 203

Re: Karmic debt

[quote="James Tan" post_id=488863 time=<a href="tel:1538796217">1538796217</a> user_id=13824] I thought the awakening has to do with the training not accumulation of merits ? Though the merits is beneficial and allows one to have a better life conditions . The wholesome kamma the Buddha had done si...
by Pondera
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: “Enters & Remains”
Replies: 27
Views: 4148

Re: “Enters & Remains”

I am inclined therefore to believe it is the four great elements - but a strait answer in the suttas is elusive. There is room for interpretation. Without a doubt, form is something made up from 4 mahabhutas - and suttas say that directly (for example in MN 28 if I'm not mistaken). Forms, again, ca...
by Pondera
Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: “Enters & Remains”
Replies: 27
Views: 4148

Re: “Enters & Remains”

In that case the whole tipitaka is merely a translation and many monks disagree with it Its a matter of what occurs in real jhana. Each of the monks I mentioned have said "vittaka and vicara" in respect to jhana don't have their ordinary meaning. Curiosity beckons me to ask what the out-of-the-ordi...
by Pondera
Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Eyes Open Or Closed During Practice?
Replies: 30
Views: 1088

Re: Eyes Open Or Closed During Practice?

[quote=Pondera post_id=488391 time=<a href="tel:1538356274">1538356274</a> user_id=4117] I drive a lot at work and I mediatate a lot while I drive. My eyes tend to close when my mind and heart reach tranquility. Sometimes I let them close completely. Sometimes I go in and out of sight just long eno...
by Pondera
Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: “Enters & Remains”
Replies: 27
Views: 4148

Re: “Enters & Remains”

SavakaNik wrote:
Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:34 pm
Enters means the 5 hindrances have been suppressed at the arising of the 5 Jhana factors, remains means one sustains his concentration in doing so.
Not according to Leigh Brasington. See here:

http://www.leighb.com/jhana_4factors.htm
by Pondera
Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: “Enters & Remains”
Replies: 27
Views: 4148

Re: “Enters & Remains”

How does one “permeate and suffuse” ones body with the joy and pleasure of that state if it is merely a state of perception? In other words, does the earth element itself come into contact with the body during jhana? Body is permeated with joy - as it is - this has nothing to do with perception. If...