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by Zom
Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What is the tāvatiṃsā or gods of the Thirty-Three?
Replies: 7
Views: 420

Re: What is the tāvatiṃsā or gods of the Thirty-Three?

Vinaya, Culavagga 6.30: Now the Likkhavis of Vesâlî heard that the Blessed One had arrived at Kotigâma. And the Likkhavis of Vesâlî ordered a number of magnificent vehicles to be made ready, mounted these vehicles, and left Vesâlî with their magnificent vehicles in order to visit the Blessed One. So...
by Zom
Sat Oct 19, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What it means by "consciousness turn back"?
Replies: 37
Views: 1086

Re: What it means by "consciousness turn back"?

What it means by "consciousness turn back"? What is the opposite of turning back" (ie: consciousness not turning back) That's an interesting question if we are going into details, but no matter what the answer is, the essense here is the interconnectedness of consciousness with other mental factors...
by Zom
Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Brahmachariya
Replies: 43
Views: 1005

Re: Brahmachariya

In what sense do you mean that? In that they didn't have pictures of scantily clad women, romantic films, etc. etc. at every step? I mean back in those times even rich people lived like strict ascetics comparing to people nowadays. We live like kings, we have unthinkable level of comfort and sensua...
by Zom
Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Brahmachariya
Replies: 43
Views: 1005

Re: Brahmachariya

why say this when there are lay non-returners who have done just that Those were different times (I'd say drastically different from what we have today) and, also important, different people, much more advanced in spiritual potential, if you like. Again, it all depends on your way of life. If you l...
by Zom
Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Brahmachariya
Replies: 43
Views: 1005

Re: Brahmachariya

I imagine if i renounced all sexual activity this could greatly enhance my practice I'm sure it would be challenging but there must be a great deal of positive energy coming from non lust. I had such long-term experiments as a lay person (while being married, which makes it still much harder). Howe...
by Zom
Mon Oct 07, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Early text and not early text
Replies: 26
Views: 678

Re: Early text and not early text

So, then what are the differences? Just do some reading and you will see. 6 centuries is till when we can trace back those texts so far. If Vimuttimagga hadn't been discovered scholars wouldn't believe Vism's approach is at least ~400 years older than Buddhaghosa. Doesnt really matter, still the ap...
by Zom
Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Early text and not early text
Replies: 26
Views: 678

Re: Early text and not early text

How familiar are you with the commentaries from different early schools? Could you specify what is different between them and Theravada commentaries? I would be interested to learn about that. Quite familiar. You can start with Vaibhashika school whose works are well preserved in Tibetan buddhism ....
by Zom
Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Early text and not early text
Replies: 26
Views: 678

Re: Early text and not early text

It becomes clear Theras of the great councils have done a great thing for us by preserving the whole of tipitaka including commentary. Without a doubt, but one should also remember that there were many Great Theras of different early schools and their commentaries were very different. In this situa...
by Zom
Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Early text and not early text
Replies: 26
Views: 678

Re: Early text and not early text

Ye, but without it you can't climb it either.
by Zom
Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Early text and not early text
Replies: 26
Views: 678

Re: Early text and not early text

I'm not saying the designation is completely useless. It is very important to agree on the appropriate structures and terminology so there can be some orientation and organization throughout the wide variety of material in Buddhism. But remember this: even if you were to become an expert in navigat...
by Zom
Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Creating kasina disks out of modern materials?
Replies: 20
Views: 2833

Re: Creating kasina disks out of modern materials?

Forget about kasina disks and visuddhimagga kasinas altogether 8-)
by Zom
Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is "the underlying tendency to ignorance in regard to neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling"?
Replies: 24
Views: 634

Re: What is "the underlying tendency to ignorance in regard to neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling"?

Can anyone explain it? In particular, the emphasized statement is unclear. In my understanding neutral feeling creates a stable sense of self. I feel, I exist. 99% of time we don't feel pleasant or unpleasant feelings. But we constantly feel, 100% of time we have contact with this or that. And that...
by Zom
Mon Sep 23, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: vitakka synonym is saṅkappa?
Replies: 7
Views: 390

Re: vitakka synonym is saṅkappa?

Vitakka is translated as initial application, so it could suggest something what is there already. Like you were thinking of going to bathroom, so you can catch yourself from that thought. It is translated (or better say interpreted) this way only in commentaries, and only in jhanic context. But in...
by Zom
Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: vitakka synonym is saṅkappa?
Replies: 7
Views: 390

Re: vitakka synonym is saṅkappa?

Sankappa is inclination, intention; vitakka is just thinking. So, Samma Sankappa as a 2nd path factor is not just thinking, based on "non-sensuality" etc, but inclination to such states of mind and with such states of mind.
by Zom
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: MN 68: a good case study on how easy and ordinary first jhana is
Replies: 24
Views: 954

Re: MN 68: a good case study on how easy and ordinary first jhana is

If jhana were easy and ordinary, Buddha would not include it in Vinaya parajika rule (lying about superhuman states, e.g. attaining 1st jhana).