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by equilibrium
Fri Mar 06, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibbana
Replies: 5
Views: 1005

Re: Nibbana

.....reaching the unconditioned.
by equilibrium
Sat Feb 15, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha die?
Replies: 52
Views: 3013

Re: Did the Buddha die?

.....Birth and death are merely illusions! AN 10.81: "Just as a red, blue, or white lotus born in the water and growing in the water, rises up above the water and stands with no water adhering to it, in the same way the Tathagata — freed, dissociated, & released from these ten things — dwells with u...
by equilibrium
Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: non-Theravada ideas about Viññanam Anidassanam
Replies: 159
Views: 3770

Re: non-Theravada ideas about Viññanam Anidassanam

it's about self (no-self) Its irrelevant. There is really not much difference between no-self and not-self. For example, the Buddha said things are empty of self. Empty of self or without self or no self is not much different...... No-self is annihilation based on delusion. Not-self is transient......
by equilibrium
Sun Dec 22, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Awareness as the goal
Replies: 212
Views: 5483

Re: Awareness as the goal

AN 10.81:
Just as a red, blue, or white lotus born in the water and growing in the water, rises up above the water and stands with no water adhering to it, in the same way the Tathagata — freed, dissociated, & released from these ten things — dwells with unrestricted awareness.
by equilibrium
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Either Buddhism is pure nihilism or dependent origination must be reinterpreted?
Replies: 65
Views: 3021

Re: Either Buddhism is pure nihilism or dependent origination must be reinterpreted?

Nibbana does exist according to the suttas. It is said to be a thing (dhamma). But since it is not part of DO, it does not solve the issue. If nothing exists but nibbana, we have all already reached nibbana, since that's all there is. If you're correct and it can't be said to exist, then there's li...
by equilibrium
Sat Dec 07, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Either Buddhism is pure nihilism or dependent origination must be reinterpreted?
Replies: 65
Views: 3021

Re: Either Buddhism is pure nihilism or dependent origination must be reinterpreted?

Or there's some other explanation that truly avoids this extreme. Truly, not just saying that extreme should be avoided, but solving the issue satisfactorily. Teaching teaches via the “ middle way ” which avoids the extremes.....to allow one to escape. To truly solve it, one must reach the uncondit...
by equilibrium
Sat Dec 07, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: He directly knows X as X : what does that mean?
Replies: 18
Views: 777

Re: He directly knows X as X : what does that mean?

"The Tathagata — a worthy one, rightly self-awakened — directly knows earth as earth. Directly knowing earth as earth, ..... An experience which is “ unconditioned ” and beyond the “ ALL ”.....which is “ directly ” experienced.....hence the word knowing. Knows.....refers the the Thus-one gone.....T...
by equilibrium
Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Timeless objects or not?
Replies: 7
Views: 1735

Re: Timeless objects or not?

Mundane is conditioned.....therefore subject to time.
Supramundane is unconditioned.....therefore not subject to time.

In terms of "mentality".....the difference is ignorance.....i.e. one is aware their experience is conditioned.....while knowing it's an illusion......which includes "time".
by equilibrium
Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and What it Offers
Replies: 73
Views: 3157

Re: Buddhism and What it Offers

Ito 43: "The escape from that is: calm, permanent, beyond inference, unborn, unproduced, the sorrowless, stainless state, the cessation of stressful qualities, the stilling of fabrications, bliss" AN 3.47: “Bhikkhus, there are these three characteristics that define the unconditioned ❗️ What three? ...
by equilibrium
Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 33147

Re: Theravada against mathematics

Germann wrote: The probability of reaching Nibbana in past lives (the number of which is infinite) = 1.
Are you aware Nibbana is transcendent?.....therefore numbers 0 and 1 do not apply!
by equilibrium
Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 33147

Re: Theravada against mathematics

What is the number for Nibbana or the unborn?
It isn't 0 or 1........?
by equilibrium
Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If there is no self why defend your self ?
Replies: 16
Views: 713

Re: If there is no self why defend your self ?

"No self".....is an extreme.....similar to "self"!.....a duality.
Teaching is about the middle-way.....transcending samsara.
Samsara v Nibbana.....isn't a duality!
by equilibrium
Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why right view comes first
Replies: 21
Views: 1131

Re: Why right view comes first

Rice / Barley is the N8P.....the path that allows one to transcend between samsara- Nibbana. And, bhikkhus, what is Right View? Insight-knowledge of dukkha, Insight-knowledge of the origin of dukkha, Insight-knowledge of the cessation of dukkha, Insight-knowledge of the path leading to the cessation...
by equilibrium
Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The problem of experience
Replies: 2
Views: 216

Re: The problem of experience

If experience is a problem.....then the teaching would be worthless!

As the teaching states:
Samsara is a conditioned experience.
Nibbana is an unconditioned experience.

A desire for unconditioned experience is better than a billion conditioned experiences!
by equilibrium
Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism in a nutshell
Replies: 26
Views: 1147

Re: Buddhism in a nutshell

Morality.....concentration.....wisdom.

Escape.....from samsara.
Everything else is worthless!