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by Zom
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Peace, from Marietta, GA USA
Replies: 5
Views: 98

Re: Peace, from Marietta, GA USA

Hello :coffee:
by Zom
Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: [SN 44.10]Is “attā” self or essence?
Replies: 11
Views: 300

Re: [SN 44.10]Is “attā” self or essence?

It appears the Buddha thought the idea of the non-existence of a self is incomprehensible for the wanderer Vacchagotta.
Yes. The sutta is crystal clear, though still dim for eternalists 8-)
by Zom
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibbana experienced at mind-sense base... NOT
Replies: 128
Views: 2295

Re: Nibbana experienced at mind-sense base... NOT

The answer to that is "Nibbana is existence without contact" which is a paradoxical statement but guess what so is "pleasure where nothing is felt" Sorry, nibbana is not existence. Saying so is papanca - imagining something out of nothing. As for the second statement - absense of dukkha is sukha. T...
by Zom
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibbana experienced at mind-sense base... NOT
Replies: 128
Views: 2295

Re: Nibbana experienced at mind-sense base... NOT

There is no evidence here for your theory?
This is not my theory - this is how Commentary explains it. And it makes sense, sinse if nibbana were "something", there would be 7th kind of contact, 7th type of feeling, and 7th type of consiousness. But there are none.
by Zom
Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibbana experienced at mind-sense base... NOT
Replies: 128
Views: 2295

Re: Nibbana experienced at mind-sense base... NOT

40“Bhante, could a bhikkhu obtain such a state of concentration that (1) he would not be percipient of earth in relation to earth; (2) of water in relation to water; (3) of fire in relation to fire; (4) of air in relation to air; (5) of the base of the infinity of space in relation to the base of t...
by Zom
Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly is Ekagata. (One pointedness)?
Replies: 25
Views: 488

Re: What exactly is Ekagata. (One pointedness)?

Also, Agama parallels appear to have 0% relevance to the study of Pali Buddhism because Agama are hundreds of years after the Buddha.
That's not so. Agamas and Nikayas - both come from ancient original source. And both have distortions to this or that degree.
by Zom
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the ignorance remove later or in the beginning ?
Replies: 30
Views: 457

Re: Does the ignorance remove later or in the beginning ?

If ignorance is abandoned at the end when attaining arahatship , this means a sotapanna still have ignorant . Thus, the sotapanna will have Wrong View per Sn45.1. Therefore , a sotapanna do not have True Knowledge . Avijja (ignorance) is one thing, and Miccha Ditthi (including Sakkaya-Ditthi) which...
by Zom
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Into The Stream with Sensual Desires...
Replies: 6
Views: 167

Re: Into The Stream with Sensual Desires...

Thanks but if the feeling has been eliminated could one still choose to indulge in sensual pleasures but without the conditioned momentum that drives one towards sensual pleasures? You mean "craving" (not feeling, because all feelings are there). Well, when there is no craving for sensual pleasures...
by Zom
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Into The Stream with Sensual Desires...
Replies: 6
Views: 167

Re: Into The Stream with Sensual Desires...

Yes, they still occur, of course. But it's not about identification with them in this situation. It is about strength of craving which arises. So, in a stream-winner craving will be more strong than in once-returner. And in non-returner and arahant such kind of craving is eliminated completely.
by Zom
Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibbana experienced at mind-sense base... NOT
Replies: 128
Views: 2295

Re: Nibbana experienced at mind-sense base... NOT

Which "is" when Contact is not. Therefore there is also no mind base to speak about post cessation of contact, no suffering to speak of post cessation of suffering in other words. In that sense Nibbana[that dimension, monks, where there is neither earth, nor water, nor fire, nor wind...] is not exp...
by Zom
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Cūlapanthaka versus sutta expertise
Replies: 7
Views: 202

Re: Cūlapanthaka versus sutta expertise

It was said Cūlapanthaka wasn't able to memorise much . He was dull and not intelligent . But , he does attained Arahantship later . I doubt that commentarial story about Cūlapanthaka is true. There was one sutta in Anguttara where Buddha says that a dull person cannot attain ariyan levels. The who...
by Zom
Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Is SN 36.6 really about two "feelings"??
Replies: 2
Views: 155

Re: Is SN 36.6 really about two "feelings"??

Yes, vedana is twofold: mental and bodily.

As for paticcasamuppada - yes, feelings are there in several links.
by Zom
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: how do we know what the buddha looked like?
Replies: 31
Views: 1412

Re: how do we know what the buddha looked like?

We know that the Buddha was bald.
Also, as seen from the suttas, Buddha didn't differ too much in appearance from other monks; some people couldn't recognize him.
by Zom
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Conceit belongs to which of these (ignorance greed hatred) ?
Replies: 13
Views: 209

Re: Conceit belongs to which of these (ignorance greed hatred) ?

Could you elaborate ?
Of course. Conceit is based on the very feeling of self, which comes directly from ignorance - wrong understanding and perceiving of "how things really are".