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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: 23
Views: 666

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: 23
Views: 666

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: 947

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: 947

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: 747

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: 738

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: 2653

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...
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Sat May 26, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Doubt, Dhamma and the Middle Way
Replies: 68
Views: 1435

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: 135858

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: 135858

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. ...
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Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth - how does it work?
Replies: 8
Views: 396

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: 4200

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...
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Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it possible to learn true dhamma without Pali ?
Replies: 42
Views: 1151

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: 3231

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...