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by Zom
Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Is MN 117 fake Dhamma?
Replies: 39
Views: 779

Re: Is MN 117 fake Dhamma?

In comparing the Pali version with it parallels, the distinction between two types of right view is missing. This lends support to the idea that the distinction between the two is a later development. Yes, MN 117 was modified, while Tibetan and Chinese versions are original. The very idea of 2 view...
by Zom
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does one arrive at right view ?
Replies: 24
Views: 466

Re: How does one arrive at right view ?

So mundane right-view is just the beginning. Without it, no one will be inclined to renounce sensual pleasures or to strive hard on the path to attain concentration and insight. According to suttas, there is no need to renounce sensual pleasures and attain jhanas to become a stream-winner. All sutt...
by Zom
Mon Mar 30, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Impermanence of conciousness
Replies: 28
Views: 546

Re: Impermanence of conciousness

How, exactly? What is it specifically about jhanic states that enables awareness of the impermanence of consciousness? Superhuman (uttarimanussa) vision, obviously. Just normal ordinary observation is unable to see deep enough, no matter how hard you try. With consciousness things are even more int...
by Zom
Sun Mar 29, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Impermanence of conciousness
Replies: 28
Views: 546

Re: Impermanence of conciousness

I can see how one can be aware of the arising and passing of thoughts, sensations, sound etc but how is one aware of the impermanence of conciousness?
Jhanas needed.
by Zom
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without fake self could one survive another day ?
Replies: 48
Views: 728

Re: Without fake self could one survive another day ?

According to buddhism the aim is to eliminate the sense of self or conceit ie the fake self . But in reality is it possible not to defend yourself , your very body as self and its possessions ?!
According to tradition it is possible, but only for 7 days max 8-)
by Zom
Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: An old photo
Replies: 12
Views: 1404

Re: An old photo

fake image no need to explanation.
Religion must be full of miracles, otherwise it won't survive -)
by Zom
Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How many hours of meditation do Monks do per day?
Replies: 5
Views: 436

Re: How many hours of meditation do Monks do per day?

As ven. Buddhadasa once said: If it depended on how much you sit, all frogs would be enlightened 8-)
by Zom
Tue Mar 10, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How do Buddhists get rid of ants and other pests and insects?
Replies: 24
Views: 1609

Re: How do Buddhists get rid of ants and other pests and insects?

As is always I have found that rats and other insects invade due to our own fault which we have to investigate and find out. Not always. We've got ants in our apartments as a sabotage act by insect exterminators themselves, yes, that is how they do their business here. So for more than a year we tr...
by Zom
Wed Mar 04, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does one stay a good orthodox Theravadin and cope with modern scholarship while not sticking one's head in the sand?
Replies: 34
Views: 1752

Re: How does one stay a good orthodox Theravadin and cope with modern scholarship while not sticking one's head in the s

1.) Accept every scholars statements and decide most of Buddhism is inauthentic, not much goes back to the Buddha, and only practice the one or two teachings left that are purportedly authentic. Have you read this? https://ocbs.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/authenticity.pdf Our argument covers two...
by Zom
Wed Mar 04, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Mainstream or The Outsider?
Replies: 186
Views: 7037

Re: The Mainstream or The Outsider?

The problem that faces the practitioner who has encountered several interpretations of, for example, Dependent Origination, is how to deal with the apparent contradictions. Early suttas is our everything. Literally. Yes, they don't give too much details and explanations of everything, but, BUT - th...
by Zom
Fri Feb 28, 2020 2:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A short talk for laypeople by Ajahn Nyanamoli
Replies: 64
Views: 3208

Re: A short talk for laypeople by Ajahn Nyanamoli

The point in many of the talks directed at laypeople seems to be the theme of debunking that it is possible to live a fully sensual life and also develop steadily. He seems to be saying that the degree to which you resist sensuality, directly corresponds to the fruits of your development. But it do...
by Zom
Fri Feb 28, 2020 2:07 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Sense restraint question
Replies: 6
Views: 578

Re: Sense restraint question

Sense restraint according to suttas is a particular clear-cut practice, a mental exercise, based on a full and constant mindfulness/awareness. And here you just talking about a level of engaging in sensuality which is a different thing, more of a way of life.
by Zom
Thu Feb 27, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A short talk for laypeople by Ajahn Nyanamoli
Replies: 64
Views: 3208

Re: A short talk for laypeople by Ajahn Nyanamoli

Thoughts? Again, why I don't hear anything about such thing as Gradual Practice, which is there in many suttas? I really don't understand why buddhists keep ignoring it, especially those who teach Dhamma. This topic just cannot be ignored when talking about practice, and especially so, when talking...
by Zom
Sun Feb 23, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Does rūpa ever mean only 'visible sight' and not 'material [aggregate of] form'?
Replies: 21
Views: 2694

Re: Does rūpa ever mean only 'visible sight' and not 'material [aggregate of] form'?

I think it's also interesting that the object of the body (kāya) sense, touch (phoṭṭhabba) is just tangible/touch/contact, rather than form...
I don't think this is so. In my understanding phoṭṭhabba is material object with a certain texture which can be cognizied via skin of your own body.
by Zom
Sat Feb 22, 2020 11:45 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Does rūpa ever mean only 'visible sight' and not 'material [aggregate of] form'?
Replies: 21
Views: 2694

Re: Does rūpa ever mean only 'visible sight' and not 'material [aggregate of] form'?

I don't see why "eye and forms" is a better translation in such contexts than "eye and sights".
I suppose the difference is that sights is something formed in the mind after contact. While form - is something upon which sights can be formed. I think the word "nimitta" fits better for "sights".