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by Sarva
Wed May 02, 2012 8:06 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Hot Topics: Atheist Quotes
Replies: 62
Views: 8454

Re: Hot Topics: Atheist Quotes

I don't think it is wise to promote Atheism (or Theism or arguably even politics) in pure Buddhism. I think it is useful to consider their roles and their effect on one another's mental formations... What is pure Buddhism? Is Buddhism not non-theistic? The devas and other celestial beings hardly co...
by Sarva
Wed May 02, 2012 8:38 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Hot Topics: Atheist Quotes
Replies: 62
Views: 8454

Re: Hot Topics: Atheist Quotes

The problem with supporting Atheism is that it is that it can be easily adopted as an idea or a belief (or continued to be held by one who already feels an inclination ). This leads to clinging and self-identity views if left unquestioned. The same with all theism also, e.g. Christo-Buddhism. My imp...
by Sarva
Wed May 02, 2012 7:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly is 'Unbinding'?
Replies: 24
Views: 1956

Re: What exactly is 'Unbinding'?

Thank you Dmytro and Ñāṇa
This quote has helped!

metta
by Sarva
Tue May 01, 2012 4:53 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Thoughts on Form and Consciousness in Dependent Origination
Replies: 19
Views: 2116

Re: Thoughts on Form and Consciousness in Dependent Origination

vinasp wrote:Hi Sarva,

Thanks for setting out your present understanding. The least that I can
do in return is to offer mine. I hope that it may be of some help to you.
Thank you Vincent, for taking the time to share you views it is helpful. :)
by Sarva
Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly is 'Unbinding'?
Replies: 24
Views: 1956

Re: What exactly is 'Unbinding'?

Hi Santa haha! :) Well exactly, this is why I find the following verse (quoted above) interesting: "When, Bahiya, for you in the seen is merely what is seen... in the cognized is merely what is cognized, then, Bahiya, you will not be 'with that.' When, Bahiya, you are not 'with that,' then, Bahiya, ...
by Sarva
Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2142
Views: 78204

Re: Cessation of perception and feeling and Nibbana

I think you missed the point. There are various ways to realise nibbana, such as the samadhi focusing on anicca, the samadhi focusing on dukha and the samadhi focusing on anatta. This sutta indicates another way to realise it. What I'm asking is what is the process through which nibbana is realised...
by Sarva
Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly is 'Unbinding'?
Replies: 24
Views: 1956

Re: What exactly is 'Unbinding'?

Hi Santa
The analogy is helpful. So it is a question of being a part of the world with mindfulness to determine if one has truly become Unbound. :)
by Sarva
Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly is 'Unbinding'?
Replies: 24
Views: 1956

Re: What exactly is 'Unbinding'?

Hi Sarva, Sarva: "Logically, all is anicca, and hence everything is subject to change .." Anicca might mean the complete, permanent disappearance, the vanishing of many (mental) things. Sarva: "I have seen people in general refer to nibbana as being something which once achieved is not lost .." Onc...
by Sarva
Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly is 'Unbinding'?
Replies: 24
Views: 1956

Re: What exactly is 'Unbinding'?

Also, habit energy is very important. For example, we have strong clinging and attachment because we've been reinforcing negative habit energy for so long. We're also struggling to maintain right discernment because we haven't reinforced the good habit energy long enough. The Buddha and His Arhants...
by Sarva
Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly is 'Unbinding'?
Replies: 24
Views: 1956

Re: What exactly is 'Unbinding'?

.... Sarva: or if it means Unbinding is the observations of how all things arise and pass away ..." Answer: I would say "no", one can see this without being enlightened. Sarva: In the quote from AN 9.36 below, unbinding appears to be the resolution or end of all fabrications for good:" Answer: Yes....
by Sarva
Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:35 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: For my friends
Replies: 9
Views: 1356

Re: For my friends

Thank you all, but I am ok. I started the thread for your benefit - not mine. I wanted to remind you of the necessity to do what needs to be done. As my teacher says: Make best use of your time! with metta, Ben Perhaps it would be useful to expose that which stops us from progressing on the noble p...
by Sarva
Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly is 'Unbinding'?
Replies: 24
Views: 1956

Re: What exactly is 'Unbinding'?

Thanks Vincent! This answers my doubt on whether the word implied something different to 'ceasing' or extinction, Nibanna etc. I feel my last quesiton to Santa100 above and in the OP has been well answered :) My remaining doubt is: Does extiction/ceassing/unbinding mean that one discerns correctly t...
by Sarva
Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly is 'Unbinding'?
Replies: 24
Views: 1956

Re: What exactly is 'Unbinding'?

I think the clearest metrics to Unbinding (or Nibbana, Unconditioned, Extinguishing, etc..) is the end of the 3 poisons: greed, aversion, and delusion. It doesn't have to be the end of the 5 aggregates (ex: the Buddha achieved it while still living). So from that, item 2 seems to fit the descriptio...
by Sarva
Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly is 'Unbinding'?
Replies: 24
Views: 1956

What exactly is 'Unbinding'?

I asking from a perspective of understanding the sutta which mention Unbinding or being Unbound. Is ‘Unbinding’ the same as ‘Nibbana’ and are they the same as the “end of stress”? I am not clear if it means an end of something, such as aggregates of clinging, for good so we should not expect to witn...
by Sarva
Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:21 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Porn Free for 90 Days
Replies: 326
Views: 33311

Re: Porn Free for 90 Days

Hi All Do you know if there are any articles which explains how frequent male ejaculation must be to maintain good health and fertile semen production etc? Sorry if I missed a reference elsewhere, I have yet to find a satisfactory answer on-line to this question so thought this might be a useful pla...
by Sarva
Sun Apr 29, 2012 1:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Once-returner?
Replies: 2
Views: 732

Re: Once-returner?

Hi Suriya
I hope this link helps with an answer:

http://www.thisismyanmar.com/nibbana/ariyas4.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

metta
by Sarva
Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Thoughts on Form and Consciousness in Dependent Origination
Replies: 19
Views: 2116

Re: Thoughts on Form and Consciousness in Dependent Origination

I had to continually keep in mind that I was not looking for an experience which renders us inoperable or comatose, we are all seeking the insight to end suffering and the cause of suffering only. Whilst I have a body I still must feed it and interact with a complicated world. Or to phrase it diffe...
by Sarva
Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:59 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Falling apart
Replies: 14
Views: 3114

Re: Falling apart

Good advice above! A problem with hellish states is at the time it feels that there is little energy to overcome them and it would be impossible for others to believe how one feels. You are doing the right thing speaking to professional for help. I suggest trying to replace negative or draining thou...
by Sarva
Sat Apr 28, 2012 7:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: ...analytical thinking reduces religious belief?
Replies: 3
Views: 469

Re: ...analytical thinking reduces religious belief?

"God or no God" is irrelevant really as the questionnaire is basically testing how beliefs can change. It may simply show what Buddhist have been teaching for years, that beliefs are empty of self and hence subject to change. :)
by Sarva
Sat Apr 28, 2012 6:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: my goals and ways of practice
Replies: 70
Views: 6230

Re: my goals and ways of practice

I would agree that it is a tool. I see it in the list of "62 Wrong Views": The 62 kinds of wrong view (regarding eternity, self, and causality): 58. The view that indulgence in the senses can still lead to nibbana. 59. The view that the first jhana is an enlightenment experience. 60. The view that ...