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by Zom
Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In Ananda Sutta, the Buddha seems to state that both "there is a self" and "there is no self" are Wrong Views.
Replies: 44
Views: 487

Re: In Ananda Sutta, the Buddha seems to state that both "there is a self" and "there is no self" are Wrong Views.

Though presumably consciousness is required to experience Nibbana? Presumably <-- Because, as Ven. Brahmali noticed, if we understand "nibbana" as "something" (unworldly), something which is not mental and bodily, then we need 7th type of consiousness to experience it. However, Buddha mentioned onl...
by Zom
Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?
Replies: 64
Views: 627

Re: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?

I am bended to think that currently in the world there are some Anagamis with fruition living around us. I hope so. Unfortunately I don't know people with perfect samadhi. Maybe they naturally prefer to stay away from the crowd in this dark age and hide their abilities 8-) At least, I think, I woul...
by Zom
Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?
Replies: 64
Views: 627

Re: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?

How do you think people are deteriorating? in what sense? Obviously, in the sense of (as sutta says) "little dust in their eyes". That is, as time passes (from the moment of Buddha's enlightenment), less and less people with "little dust" remain. From here, less and less arahants... then, less and ...
by Zom
Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In Ananda Sutta, the Buddha seems to state that both "there is a self" and "there is no self" are Wrong Views.
Replies: 44
Views: 487

Re: In Ananda Sutta, the Buddha seems to state that both "there is a self" and "there is no self" are Wrong Views.

Greetings, Similar to the ship named Theseus that has its parts changed out as they deteriorate and new parts added, eventually all the parts have been changed and there are no original parts to that ship. Is it still the same ship? No, but there was continuation of sorts in a series and Theseus ke...
by Zom
Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?
Replies: 64
Views: 627

Re: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?

From another post: "Although I theoretically believe in Nibbana, I believe in this day and age it is not very possible because of lack of good teachers. The most one can hope for is to have a well-rounded idea of Dhamma, lead a Dhammic life, be a decent and good person." ============ What is your o...
by Zom
Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: time travel what would you do
Replies: 8
Views: 143

Re: time travel what would you do

My conclusion is that every kamma that we experience is like time travel, and we have the power to change that through good kamma, uppekkha, or repentance hoping not to commit that kamma again, etc. What would you do if you would being able to time travel? Rectifying kamma? Meh... 8-) Here's the ri...
by Zom
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Are Vipassana Nanas silly?
Replies: 56
Views: 1259

Re: Are Vipassana Nanas silly?

It was a comment about the focus on jhana, which is impermanent, but seen to be something to cultivate.
Whether you like it or not - jhana must be attained and fully developed if you want to attain enlightenment.
by Zom
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Are Vipassana Nanas silly?
Replies: 56
Views: 1259

Re: Are Vipassana Nanas silly?

Jhanas are impermanent like all dhammas. Length is not the point. The idea that you are doing anything is already missing the point of right view and the idea that 'you' are climbing the ladder Impermanence have nothing to do with length. And the length of jhana is important to understand if you've...
by Zom
Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Are Vipassana Nanas silly?
Replies: 56
Views: 1259

Re: Are Vipassana Nanas silly?

Perhaps you should rethink this idea of yours about 1st jhana and length of time one should be able to stay in it. When you begin to measure things like this, you lose the view of impermanence and personalization. Heh ) View of impermanence has nothing to do with the length of jhana .) Let alone pe...
by Zom
Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Are Vipassana Nanas silly?
Replies: 56
Views: 1259

Re: Are Vipassana Nanas silly?

Is this your personal opinion or is there an actual teaching on jhana length? Partly. In the suttas and vinaya passages there is information about very long (from several hours up to days in higher jhanas) and undisturbed sittings by those who are in jhanas. This is, as I think , due to the (canoni...
by Zom
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Are Vipassana Nanas silly?
Replies: 56
Views: 1259

Re: Are Vipassana Nanas silly?

Teachers do not agree on what is first jhana, so they will not agree on seven steps which were systematised hundred s of years after Buddha's death. Chan is wiser here : the path is not a game where you win levels one after the other. There is a path but no objective measure. Trying to measure, at ...
by Zom
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"
Replies: 56
Views: 855

Re: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"

the practitioner cannot escape dealing with the stages of insight knowledge when it comes to actual application The thing is - these "stages of insight knowledge" themselves are late philosophical concepts which you can never meet in your actual practice. If you are attached to these views, you ll ...
by Zom
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Who is our current 'bad guy', now that ISIL are in decline?
Replies: 8
Views: 106

Re: Who is our current 'bad guy', now that ISIL are in decline?

who is the current 'bad guy' against whom, according the the controlled Mainstream Media, we can all unite? ISIL seem to have gone off the radar; it seems to be Kim Jong Un at the moment, but he's turning out to be somewhat pathetic; then again, Iran, long on the back-burner, might be presented to ...
by Zom
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"
Replies: 56
Views: 855

Re: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"

The practical contemplation aspect of mind and body (mentality-materiality) is to have direct knowledge that although they are interdependent like two sheaves of reeds propped against each other, they are also according to this image individual entities, and the Visuddhimagga manual instructs they ...
by Zom
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"
Replies: 56
Views: 855

Re: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"

Dementia is a disease affecting the brain. So then you need a fully functioning brain in order to be able to get the Jhanas? Is there an actual definition of what the mind is in the suttas? Sorry, I'm fairly new to all this and trying to understand it is giving me brain damage You need a functionin...
by Zom
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"
Replies: 56
Views: 855

Re: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"

So can it be said then that if you master the Jhanas you're immune from ever getting dementia? Heh, well, for example, if you have a kammic tendency to get dementia and at the same time somehow (lets suppose) you can reach jhanas then the likely outcome will be this: your ability to reach jhanas wi...
by Zom
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"
Replies: 56
Views: 855

Re: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"

Say for instance someone has dementia and forgets they are Buddhist. How does it work then? The chemistry in brain affects your intelligence, moods, behaviours, etc. Golly I'm confused Yes, it affects. As I said, there is strong interconnection. If you have dementia or smth, it ruins all the system...
by Zom
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"
Replies: 56
Views: 855

Re: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"

Some people argue that people who are borne to this formless spher do not have a Rupa or body. I'd say it this way: " some people argue that those who are born there do have body/rupa". Because normally buddhists don't have such strange ideas. Yes, I've never been able to understand how the mind is...
by Zom
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did you observe Uposatha today?
Replies: 16
Views: 169

Re: Did you observe Uposatha today?

I personally don't like scheduled observances. However, from time to time I observe Uposatha precepts for several days in a row (sometimes up to a week or more) - just when I feel this is the right time for me. It happens.. well.. naturally.