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by Zom
Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: The arising of the four paths endures for only one mind-moment
Replies: 41
Views: 1050

Re: The arising of the four paths endures for only one mind-moment

lokiya-magga=training of no skill practitioner. lokuttara-magga=graduation of practitioner's training. This is the first time I hear such explanation -) Anyway, even if it is correct, it still sounds weird - the name "lokiya magga" for the name of actually world-transcending noble path 8-) I wonder...
by Zom
Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released
Replies: 10
Views: 195

Re: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released

So now V. Analayo is regularly "selling" books, and with testimonials from Jack Kornfield & Co. ... becoming just another populist "dharma" teacher?
Seem so 8-)
by Zom
Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Neurological vs Psychological
Replies: 13
Views: 158

Re: Neurological vs Psychological

So if this whole dukkha thing (and other philosophical ideas) are explained neurologically, then what is samsara or nibanna? Wouldn't they also be irrelevant?
To start with - modern science can't explain such thing as "consciousness" at all. Nobody knows what the hell is that 8-)
by Zom
Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I'm trying to attain some inner peace here
Replies: 26
Views: 372

Re: I'm trying to attain some inner peace here

Like?
If you have problems with meditation that means that preliminary stages of the path are not developed.
by Zom
Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I'm trying to attain some inner peace here
Replies: 26
Views: 372

Re: I'm trying to attain some inner peace here

Any tips that can help me? Yes, I have tried counting. I have tried metta. I have tried walking. I have tried focusing on discursive thoughts. I have tried coffee. Nothing works.
Have you tried doing other things than meditation...?
by Zom
Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: explain
Replies: 8
Views: 121

Re: explain

Self-view is a belief, view or opinion (ditthi); similar to believing the earth is flat is a view (ditthi)
Yes, this is right.

And conceit is not a belief, it is an actual experience, the feeling of self. It can be directly observed when it appears, just like any other mental phenomenons.
by Zom
Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Why did Buddha passed away in fourth Jhana?
Replies: 11
Views: 221

Re: Why did Buddha passed away in fourth Jhana?

I just wonder why Buddha attain Parinibbana in fourth Jhana.
Why not first or say second Jhana.
As I see it - it was his last lesson. You can either attain arahantship after attaining last arupa sphere (nirodha samapatti), or in/after 4th jhana.
by Zom
Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 38
Views: 437

Re: Free Will

Thanks for this, Zom; it's interesting and well-explained. If one takes this view, what does one then make of Right Effort? Is the effort to attain enlightenment not real, or not really an attribute of the one who apparently makes the effort? If it is not "his" will, then whence the attainment? If ...
by Zom
Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 38
Views: 437

Re: Free Will

Conditioned. True. However, an unenlightened person doesn't see this and agrees that "his" will is "free". This very idea is based on the deepest inner sense of selfhood. And this is why, according to paticca-samuppada, ignorance leads to kammic activities, which, in turn, require such thing as wil...
by Zom
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Phenomenal correlate of Piti
Replies: 21
Views: 360

Re: Phenomenal correlate of Piti

I recall Ven. Thanissaro explained this jhanic factor as inner kind of energy, but not necessarily felt as pleasant, as some may find it frightening or disturbing, for example. Pleasure - both mental and bodily - is anoher, separate jhanic factor, actually.
by Zom
Sun Nov 05, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: The arising of the four paths endures for only one mind-moment
Replies: 41
Views: 1050

Re: The arising of the four paths endures for only one mind-moment

The question asking about magga-vithī, but you showing us vipassanā-vithī, why? Because you never recite and memorize tipitaka-pāli. I'm showing you what is said about 4 paths and 4 fruits in the suttas. Nowhere there you will find another kind of explanation, like "one-moment-path". There is, for ...
by Zom
Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: The arising of the four paths endures for only one mind-moment
Replies: 41
Views: 1050

Re: The arising of the four paths endures for only one mind-moment

Maybe you can help me out here. I still don't understand the thread title. Where does this appear and what does it mean? The "paths" in Dhamma (even in abhidhammic one) mean these 4 paths: to stream-entry, to once-returning, to non-returning, and to arahantship. Fruits mean 4 corresponding spiritua...
by Zom
Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: The arising of the four paths endures for only one mind-moment
Replies: 41
Views: 1050

Re: The arising of the four paths endures for only one mind-moment

Abstract? These texts show that Path and Fruit are not some "momentary states", but long periods of spiritual training .) This is why "one who gained a path" is one person, while "one who gained a fruit" is another one. And this is why Buddha says about "4 pairs" and "8 individuals" when speaking ab...
by Zom
Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: The arising of the four paths endures for only one mind-moment
Replies: 41
Views: 1050

Re: The arising of the four paths endures for only one mind-moment

This sutta is one of the most important explanations for path and fruit that I've seen. Very concise. Disenchantment, dispassion=Release. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. If you want sutta (that is - valid) explanation for Paths and Fruits, you should read this (SN 48.18): “Bhikkhus, th...
by Zom
Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Animals Reborn In Heaven?
Replies: 15
Views: 270

Re: Animals Reborn In Heaven?

I think this is possible, not because of kamma created in the animal world, but because of the previous human one. Animals can create good kamma, but it will be quite a weak one, maybe leading to human rebirth at best, but not higher than that. That's my opinion.
by Zom
Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Could someone explain what is "Contact at the intellect"
Replies: 4
Views: 148

Re: Could someone explain what is "Contact at the intellect"

What is contact at the intellect? That translation is a bit misleading. Better to say thus: The mind is aflame. Mental objects are aflame. Consciousness at the mind is aflame. Contact at the mind is aflame. Now, the mind is a general thing here. If we are to divide ourselves into 2 parts, we get: 1...
by Zom
Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 485
Views: 74992

Re: Monks Average Meditation Routine

Yes, I certainly agree with that, that an anagami would have to attain at least the first jhana, but again this does not mean that everyone who attains first jhana is an anagami.
I've said already about Right Views factor.. -)
by Zom
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibanna and sleep
Replies: 3
Views: 100

Re: Nibanna and sleep

In deep sleep, there is no awareness of body or world.
Are you sure? Maybe you just don't remember (no "record mode" ,)
by Zom
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 485
Views: 74992

Re: Monks Average Meditation Routine

First jhana is not a guarantee of non-return from the way all those and other passages read. It is a guarantee if you have 1st path factor accomplished - that is - Right Views. (see "Autumn sutta"). Also, it works backwards as well - you can reach jhanas without Right Views factor, but as soon as y...
by Zom
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 485
Views: 74992

Re: Monks Average Meditation Routine

It follows that formula for all the jhanas and formless realms, not just the first jhana. There is the potential, the opportunity to waste away the five fetters in any of those jhanas and attain the Pure Abodes; it does not say it is a requirement that it must be so that only the first jhana for th...