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by equilibrium
Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 301
Views: 3057

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: 301
Views: 3057

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: 290

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: 14
Views: 246

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: 95

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: 454

Re: Buddhism in a nutshell

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

Escape.....from samsara.
Everything else is worthless!
by equilibrium
Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: According to Orthodox Theravada only, in the suttas, is nibbana the self?
Replies: 24
Views: 1259

Re: According to Orthodox Theravada only, in the suttas, is nibbana the self?

Furthermore, isn't Nibbana always there? ....as it is unconditioned.....it is therefore permanent.....Irrespective of one passing away or not? I find the suttas rather ambiguous on this question. Is Nibbana only "in here" as an experience, or is it also "out there" in some sense? Nibbana cannot hap...
by equilibrium
Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: According to Orthodox Theravada only, in the suttas, is nibbana the self?
Replies: 24
Views: 1259

Re: According to Orthodox Theravada only, in the suttas, is nibbana the self?

but nibbana is always there, and so it remains after the death of arahant. For me such kind of view is "nibbana = true self". I don't think Nirvana = true self. I also don't think Nirvana is annihilation. Yet an Arahat knows there is no birth or death.....how then therefore can death be true? Furth...
by equilibrium
Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where are the arahants ?
Replies: 46
Views: 1530

Re: Where are the arahants ?

Pecceka-Buddha: An independently enlightened one / separately / individually enlightened one. (Silent/Private Buddha) This is a term for an Arahat who has realized Nibbana without having heard the Buddha's doctrine from others. He comprehends the 4 NT individually, independent of any teacher, by his...
by equilibrium
Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where are the arahants ?
Replies: 46
Views: 1530

Re: Where are the arahants ?

One who sees
sees who sees,
sees who doesn't.

One who doesn't see
doesn't
see who sees
or who doesn't.
by equilibrium
Sat Aug 25, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly are we supposed to do?
Replies: 31
Views: 889

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: 942

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: 3113

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: 1711

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...