Search found 1000 matches

by SamKR
Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does karma affect our consciousness?
Replies: 3
Views: 137

Re: Does karma affect our consciousness?

Does this apply to both the outside world and our inner life? Once it is seen that in the direct experience there is only this direct experience (and that the distinction of "outside world" and "inner life" is a cognition arising in this ), then it may be seen that this (including the appearance of...
by SamKR
Sat Feb 09, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does consciousness exist?
Replies: 95
Views: 1482

Re: Does consciousness exist?

If nirvana is the cessation of consciousness, then how is it different from a stone-like existence? Isn't it like saying we will be like inert objects once we attain nirvana? Phrases like "we will be", "inert objects", and "attain" does not apply to nirvana. It is because nirvana is the cessation o...
by SamKR
Sat Feb 09, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does consciousness exist?
Replies: 95
Views: 1482

Re: Does consciousness exist?

Translating vinnana as "consciousness" is causing a lot of confusion. Is there a better English word for vinnana? I would prefer "dualistic knowing" or "discriminative knowing" (based on the meaning of vinnana) though it sounds clumsy and I am not a native English speaker, so I am not sure. Hi SamK...
by SamKR
Sat Feb 09, 2019 5:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ontology vs Soteriology
Replies: 8
Views: 309

Re: Ontology vs Soteriology

alfa wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:39 am

Therefore, the question is: is practice more important than knowledge?
Knowledge (knowledge that is relevant to awakening) is an aspect of practice, and practice may lead to more clear knowledge. Practice is not some mechanical activity - it starts and ends with knowledge.
by SamKR
Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does consciousness exist?
Replies: 95
Views: 1482

Re: Does consciousness exist?

Translating vinnana as "consciousness" is causing a lot of confusion. Is there a better English word for vinnana? I would prefer "dualistic knowing" or "discriminative knowing" (based on the meaning of vinnana) though it sounds clumsy and I am not a native English speaker, so I am not sure.
by SamKR
Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it possible to achieve the Goal in such a short period of time?
Replies: 20
Views: 394

Re: Is it possible to achieve the Goal in a short period of time?

Do you believe it is possible to achieve the Goal in such a short amount of time? If so, how can it be explained? I am not sure about Arahantship but I strongly believe it is very possible to "achieve" sotapatti (stream-entry) in such a short amount of time - by following the eight-fold path and wi...
by SamKR
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does consciousness exist?
Replies: 95
Views: 1482

Re: Does consciousness exist?

cappuccino wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:46 am
You cannot confuse me.
Not trying to confuse you...just trying to learn things. You could perhaps elaborate your views in more details instead of short sentences (and explain how it is not different from Advaita Vedanta), if possible for you. Thanks.
by SamKR
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does consciousness exist?
Replies: 95
Views: 1482

Re: Does consciousness exist?

The middle is the place that this teaching is speaking of There is no middle as a thing or a place or a state. There is a "middle way" as a teaching of course, which itself is conditioned though. And this "middle way" teaching is precisely about not taking anything as an inherently existent or abso...
by SamKR
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does consciousness exist?
Replies: 95
Views: 1482

Re: Does consciousness exist?

Buddha never spoke of suicidal annihilation. Nor of staying the same. Life to life to life. So - where does that leave us? Somewhere in the middle. Who is talking about "suicidal annihilation"? There cannot be any annihilation (since there is no independent 'thing' to annihilate). Nor can there be ...
by SamKR
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does consciousness exist?
Replies: 95
Views: 1482

Re: Does consciousness exist?

well that's all not so Regarding your views on consciousness expressed in above posts - I don't see significant difference between Advaita Vedanta and your views. It's not that Advaita Vedanta is not good - it is great actually, but the Buddha's teachings surpass it precisely because of having more...
by SamKR
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does consciousness exist?
Replies: 95
Views: 1482

Re: Does consciousness exist?

(i.e., the Buddha’s real teaching is not to temporarily escape materiality, but to reach an ending of suffering. And since all forms of viññāṇa (yaṁ kiñci viññāṇaṁ…) are said countless times to be suffering, even the infinite consciousness has to go.) Nirvana is a state, sans suffering, since consc...
by SamKR
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does consciousness exist?
Replies: 95
Views: 1482

Re: Does consciousness exist?

anidassana viññāṇa is different from the regular viññāṇa. The latter viññāṇa (which is the one relevant to OP) is the dualistic consciousness dependent upon ignorance about the illusion of subject-object duality (in addition to other types of ignorance) and consequent craving and suffering. This viñ...
by SamKR
Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does consciousness exist?
Replies: 95
Views: 1482

Re: Does consciousness exist?

cappuccino wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:28 am
SamKR wrote: consciousness arises when there is ignorance. It does not arise when there is no ignorance.

are you without ignorance to speak of this?
No. Are you implying that to speak of this I need to be free of ignorance?
by SamKR
Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does consciousness exist?
Replies: 95
Views: 1482

Re: Does consciousness exist?

Thanks, friends, for your contribution. Let's approach this in another way. What DOES exist, according to the Buddha? Again, since the word 'exist' creates confusion (due to many shades of its meaning), I would prefer not to use it without defining it. If you define "to exist" means "to exist inher...
by SamKR
Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does consciousness exist?
Replies: 95
Views: 1482

Re: Does consciousness exist?

Does consciousness exist? The word 'exist' is one of the most misleading words used in Buddhist circles. Instead of 'exist' I would use 'arise'. So, if the question is "Does consciousness arise?", then the answer is: Yes, consciousness arises when there is ignorance. It does not arise when there is...