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by acinteyyo
Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: How to stop associating yourself with your thoughts?
Replies: 47
Views: 2300

Re: How to stop associating yourself with your thoughts?

Right Effort, Right Intention and Right Concentration are skills to be developed. They aren't developed by mere will. I cannot simply decide to have Right Effort and Right Intention, but by constantly choosing wholesome conditions over unwholesome conditions (in order to know what is what there mus...
by acinteyyo
Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: How to stop associating yourself with your thoughts?
Replies: 47
Views: 2300

Re: How to stop associating yourself with your thoughts?

That's interesting, and the ( lack of ) control aspect is useful to consider, particularly at the mind-base. But what about the application of Right Effort Right Intention and Right Concentration, choosing to develop more skillful states of mind? And what about the view that mindfulness ( paying at...
by acinteyyo
Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Difference between Mind and Consciousness
Replies: 17
Views: 644

Re: Difference between Mind and Consciousness

DCM wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:50 pm
Aren't these factors a part of Mind Consciousness though?
I assume they are, yes.
by acinteyyo
Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Difference between Mind and Consciousness
Replies: 17
Views: 644

Re: Difference between Mind and Consciousness

Thank you. The universals as they are called in the Ahidhamma are numerate as 7. Are the 5 you have mentioned listed in any suttas and labelled as Citta? No, they aren't mentioned in the suttas labbeling citta. They are mentionend in the suttas describing nama in namarupa. When I remember the sutta...
by acinteyyo
Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Difference between Mind and Consciousness
Replies: 17
Views: 644

Re: Difference between Mind and Consciousness

Hi, I have just read the Mahānidāna Sutta (The Great Discourse on Origination), and going through the stages of dependant origination we have 'Mind-and-body conditions consciousness'. What is the difference between mind and consciousness? Thanks. Hi, “mind“ here is usually defined as attention (man...
by acinteyyo
Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: How to stop associating yourself with your thoughts?
Replies: 47
Views: 2300

Re: How to stop associating yourself with your thoughts?

I don't think it's something that you want to "root out". It comes back to mindfulness. Simply observe the rising and passing away of thoughts. If you can maintain the continuity of mindfulness, then the true nature of thoughts will reveal themselves. Then you will come to the realization that they...
by acinteyyo
Fri Jan 20, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Buddho
Replies: 235
Views: 33775

Re: Buddho

I am interested in Buddho as Vipassana, are there more instructions on how it can be used in this sense? In the mental recitation method for one-pointedness of the citta notice "who" is reciting "Buddho". One should look at the citta when it is calm. Let mindfulness watch the base and when any sens...
by acinteyyo
Mon Sep 26, 2016 7:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2230
Views: 104753

Re: Is Nibbana a transcendent reality, or just a state of mind?

I don't see why the putting out the fires of raga, dosa and moha excludes nibbana being a sphere. I don't see why they are mutually exclusive. And I don't see how you come to the conclusion that nibbana might be a sphere in the first place. The use of "atthi" ( "exists" ), suggests that Nibbana is ...
by acinteyyo
Sun Sep 25, 2016 2:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2230
Views: 104753

Re: Is Nibbana a transcendent reality, or just a state of mind?

Nibbana certainly involves the cessation of craving, aversion and delusion, but that is not the only description of Nibbana in the suttas. What is your take on the OP passage? It seems to describe Nibbana as always having been there, so more like a transcendent realm or sphere. You're right, the ce...
by acinteyyo
Sun Sep 25, 2016 6:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2230
Views: 104753

Re: Is Nibbana a transcendent reality, or just a state of mind?

Goofaholix wrote:I would think it is a transcendent state of mind. I don't think the word "just" is appropriate.
I second that.

We should keep in mind that nibbana is essentially a description for the final ending of greed, hatred and delusion.

best wishes, acinteyyo
by acinteyyo
Wed Sep 14, 2016 1:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phenomenology question - view about the world
Replies: 114
Views: 7422

Re: Phenomenology question - view about the world

Not particularly. If I understand the rest of your post, it is the assumption of a self in the process of seeing, not assumptions about external reality. However, I'm not sure I completely grasped it... From the assumption of a self in the seen comes the assumption of an external world. Remarkable ...
by acinteyyo
Tue Sep 13, 2016 11:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phenomenology question - view about the world
Replies: 114
Views: 7422

Re: Phenomenology question - view about the world

"In the seen, just the seen" suggests that there is something to be seen. It's as if the subject has gone ( "no you there" ) but the object remains ( "the seen" ). What if you assume that it was always this way, “objects“ only and that the mistake is to consider one or more “objects“ to be more tha...
by acinteyyo
Mon Sep 12, 2016 5:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phenomenology question - view about the world
Replies: 114
Views: 7422

Re: Phenomenology question - view about the world

Interesting point. I wonder if the Bahiya Sutta passage is relevant here, it seems to describe liberation from the assumption of "me" as a subject, the assumption of an "in here" as opposed to an "out there". But there is then the question of how we interpret "in the seen, just the the seen". http:...
by acinteyyo
Mon Sep 12, 2016 1:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phenomenology question - view about the world
Replies: 114
Views: 7422

Re: Phenomenology question - view about the world

But is the "bound" interpretation inexorable? Could you please give me a hint what exactly you are referring to? Hi acinteyyo It was a point canvassed in the Timeless Model thread, where 2 variants of Phenomenology's "bound" interpretation were addressed by pointing out 3 paradoxes which cannot be ...
by acinteyyo
Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phenomenology question - view about the world
Replies: 114
Views: 7422

Re: Phenomenology question - view about the world

Sylvester wrote:But is the "bound" interpretation inexorable?
Could you please give me a hint what exactly you are referring to?