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by equilibrium
Sat Aug 25, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly are we supposed to do?
Replies: 31
Views: 429

Re: What exactly are we supposed to do?

Since we are here in this world, what exactly are we supposed to do? Both "we" and "world" are fabrications.....and there is no such a thing as "here"! At least try to escape from this illusion..... If liberation from the cycle of birth and death is the ultimate goal according to Buddhism .....So y...
by equilibrium
Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which type of Nibbana is the most important?
Replies: 21
Views: 560

Re: Which type of Nibbana is the most important?

Neither of them are important.
by equilibrium
Wed May 30, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does one observe Anatta ?
Replies: 108
Views: 2205

Re: How does one observe Anatta ?

The thought of IMPERMANENCE will make one realise EMPTINESS! .....the perception of impermanence should be cultivated for the removal of the conceit 'I am.' For when one perceives impermanence, Meghiya, the perception of not-self is established. When one perceives not-self one reaches the removal of...
by equilibrium
Sat May 26, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Doubt, Dhamma and the Middle Way
Replies: 68
Views: 1143

Re: Doubt, Dhamma and the Middle Way

In the Dhamma, doubt is one of the five hindrances. Doubt specifically about the Dhamma also causes issues... Yet, if one has absolutely certainty of their understanding of the Dhamma, and has no doubt about it whatsoever, they may be closing their minds to further advancement... What is the "middl...
by equilibrium
Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2236
Views: 119554

Re: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread

“Bhikkhus, there are these three characteristics that define the unconditioned!

What three? No arising is seen, no vanishing is seen, and no alteration while it persists is seen. These are the three characteristics that define the unconditioned.” [AN 3.47]
by equilibrium
Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2236
Views: 119554

Re: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread

First, there are 2 types of nibbana - with residue and without. First one, as I see it, and as Ven. Sariputta says, is "just a destruction of defilements". Which is well, the mind of arahant. Then, there is 2nd type - without residue. This is not "psychical nibbana", but a "real one", a final one. ...
by equilibrium
Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth - how does it work?
Replies: 8
Views: 289

Re: Rebirth - how does it work?

So if the aim is to avoid rebirth, then why do we need spiritual practice like meditation, metta, etc? A simple desire not to come back should suffice? To avoid rebirth is to BREAK out of the cycle of existence, to SEE the actual illusion. If this isn't seen, one is bound within it.....conditioned ...
by equilibrium
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do we have a soul till Nibbana?
Replies: 116
Views: 3111

Re: Do we have a soul till Nibbana?

.....how are we reborn if there is no soul if nothing goes from one life to the next. cycle of rebirth.....under SN 22.87: notes on Consciousness (established or unestablished)…and it is not a self. The Blessed One then addressed the bhikkhus thus: “Come, bhikkhus, let us go to the Black Rock on th...
by equilibrium
Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it possible to learn true dhamma without Pali ?
Replies: 42
Views: 871

Re: Is it possible to learn true dhamma without Pali ?

To be realised.......is not the same as learn.

Mundane knowledge is a raft!
by equilibrium
Sun Mar 04, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is self ? What is soul ?
Replies: 75
Views: 2504

Re: What is self ? What is soul ?

MN22:..... “If there were a self , monks, would there be my self’s property?” — “So it is, Lord.” — “Or if there is a self’s property, would there by my self?” — “So it is, Lord.” — “Since in truth and in fact, self and self’s property do not obtain, O monks, then this ground for views, ‘The univers...
by equilibrium
Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Nibbana and nihilism
Replies: 68
Views: 2124

Re: Nibbana and nihilism

MN22:..... “There can be, monk,” said the Blessed One. "In that case, monk, someone does not have this view: ‘The universe is the Self… eternally the same shall I abide in that very condition.’ He then hears a Perfect One expounding the Teaching for the removal of all grounds for views, of all preju...
by equilibrium
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Let's discuss Mount Sineru!
Replies: 35
Views: 1146

Re: Let's discuss Mount Sineru!

rightviewftw wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:29 pm
Something is missing here.
Ask yourself a question.....Where is the centre of the universe?
by equilibrium
Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the pratice summed up in a few words?
Replies: 21
Views: 635

Re: What is the pratice summed up in a few words?

Conditioned.....unconditioned!

Samsara.....Nibbana!

Cloudy day.....Sunny blue sky!

Prison.....Escaped from jail!

Delusion.....Non-delusion!

Day and night.....yet the sun is ALWAYS shining!
by equilibrium
Fri Feb 09, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Beautiful and inspiring words about Nibbana
Replies: 22
Views: 833

Re: Beautiful and inspiring words about Nibbana

Dhp VIII: You can beat a thousand men in a thousand battles, but the true conqueror is the person who conquers himself. Iti 43: "The escape from that is: calm, permanent, beyond inference, unborn, unproduced, the sorrowless, stainless state, the cessation of stressful qualities, the stilling of fabr...