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by SamKR
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Self is an Illusion
Replies: 43
Views: 882

Re: Self is an Illusion

The self exists. Only the body exists, not self. Only the mind exists, not self. Only consciousness exists, not self. If the body (or mind, or consciousness) exists then self also exists. Both are abstractions based on conditions like direct experiences and their interpretations. It depends upon wh...
by SamKR
Wed Aug 29, 2018 3:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anicca, Dukkha, and Anatta refer to the consciousness?
Replies: 43
Views: 662

Re: Anicca, Dukkha, and Anatta refer to the consciousness?

Moreover, why do we need third party validation (suttas), authority, or scripture based beliefs/analyses (I am not saying they are useless; they may be helpful), when direct ordinary experience is vivid and alive right now, and we can verify it right now - easily and with full certainty. If a take ...
by SamKR
Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anicca, Dukkha, and Anatta refer to the consciousness?
Replies: 43
Views: 662

Re: Anicca, Dukkha, and Anatta refer to the consciousness?

Moreover, why do we need third party validation (suttas), authority, or scripture based beliefs/analyses (I am not saying they are useless; they may be helpful), when direct ordinary experience is vivid and alive right now, and we can verify it right now - easily and with full certainty.
by SamKR
Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anicca, Dukkha, and Anatta refer to the consciousness?
Replies: 43
Views: 662

Re: Anicca, Dukkha, and Anatta refer to the consciousness?

There are many suttas that I think support the above. But I am not sure why you labeled the above post as solipsism (not that I find it a derogatory word, and I would be okay with it, but its mainstream definition does not seem to be in line with what my post is implying).
by SamKR
Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anicca, Dukkha, and Anatta refer to the consciousness?
Replies: 43
Views: 662

Re: Anicca, Dukkha, and Anatta refer to the consciousness?

SarathW wrote:
Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:38 am
But you seem to deny a rock is impermanent
Yes rock is impermanent but is not Dukkha.
Rock (more accurately "rock-idea") is dukkha too. There is no rock (or at least you can never find it) as a consciousness-independent entity except as an idea and form - both of which are dukkha.
by SamKR
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anicca, Dukkha, and Anatta refer to the consciousness?
Replies: 43
Views: 662

Re: Anicca, Dukkha, and Anatta refer to the consciousness?

You can never access "material objects" whose existence can never be verified in direct experience. So. In your opinion Rupa (form) does not refer to the physical object we can perceive with our senses? In my opinion, Rupa does not refer to "physical objects" which is a modern translation/interpret...
by SamKR
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anicca, Dukkha, and Anatta refer to the consciousness?
Replies: 43
Views: 662

Re: Anicca, Dukkha, and Anatta refer to the consciousness?

Anicca, Dukkha, and Anatta refer to the consciousness? After much reading and thinking I am now convinced Anicca, Dukkha, and Anatta refer to consciousness, not for the material objects. What is your opinion? You are correct, in my opinion. You can never access "material objects" whose existence ca...
by SamKR
Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the rupa khandhas in the five aggregates is referring to as materiality ?
Replies: 13
Views: 378

Re: Does the rupa khandhas in the five aggregates is referring to as materiality ?

In direct actuality there are just appearances which appear and disappear (to no one). For example, the vision/shape/color/touch 'of the laptop' are the direct appearances (where as 'of the laptop' is an idea). (Shapes and color do not exist independent of experiences. Actually, shapes/colors are th...
by SamKR
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the rupa khandhas in the five aggregates is referring to as materiality ?
Replies: 13
Views: 378

Re: Does the rupa khandhas in the five aggregates is referring to as materiality ?

However , your meaning is rupa khandhas are not meant to give an account of matter (four primary elements earth, water, fire and air) as constitutive of external reality . Not about materiality or physicality . Correct, in my understanding, Rupa is not about physicality as understood in modern era....
by SamKR
Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 128
Views: 2647

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

Pesonally I find that most of the words he used refer to the same or similar concepts as in early Hinduism, including Karma, Dharma, Nirvana, Anatma, Anitya, Dukha, Bhava, Avidya, Samskara, Vijnana, Nama, Rupa, Vedana, Trishna, Samsara, Jati, Dhyana, Samadhi, etc. We may be going off-topic a bit, b...
by SamKR
Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the rupa khandhas in the five aggregates is referring to as materiality ?
Replies: 13
Views: 378

Re: Does the rupa khandhas in the five aggregates is referring to as materiality ?

Does the rupa khandhas in the five aggregates is referring to as materiality? No, not in the sense of modern meaning: physical material or matter, which never appears as form in direct world except as a thought. What is your view on the meaning of rupa khandhas in the five aggregates ? What does it...
by SamKR
Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 128
Views: 2647

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

Not participating in discussion about the infallibility of Buddha's teachings but the doctrine of Karma was hardly an unknown concepts in the subcontinent. Buddha was one of many who created a school of thought surrounding it. In the Rig Veda written in approximately 1500 BC the word occurs several...
by SamKR
Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 128
Views: 2647

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word? No. Believing anything blindly before directly realizing any teachings may not be good. (On the other hand, rejecting any of his teachings blindly is also not helpful. Having at least some faith might be necessary initially to practice the t...
by SamKR
Wed May 30, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I apply Anatta to inanimate objects?
Replies: 48
Views: 901

Re: Can I apply Anatta to inanimate objects?

Is Atta-sanna applicable to inanimate objects like chairs, cars etc. ie: Is seen a chair as a chair a Atta-citta & atta-ditthi? Yes, by naming it as an object (chair) and so assuming that it can be pinned down, we already created the self of the chair, which is a type of atta-ditthi. Then by assumi...
by SamKR
Wed May 30, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does one observe Anatta ?
Replies: 108
Views: 2229

Re: How does one observe Anatta ?

One way is to do as instructed in Malunkyaputta Sutta (or Bahiya Sutta): "Then, Malunkyaputta, with regard to phenomena to be seen, heard, sensed, or cognized: In reference to the seen, there will be only the seen. In reference to the heard, only the heard. In reference to the sensed, only the sense...