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by equilibrium
Sun Dec 22, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Awareness as the goal
Replies: 212
Views: 3671

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: 62
Views: 1593

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: 62
Views: 1593

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: 525

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: 669

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: 2585

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: 26607

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: 26607

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: 651

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: 1003

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: 190

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: 1019

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: 2667

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: 2667

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: 3099

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...