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by chownah
Wed Jun 03, 2020 2:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sight turns off during meditation?
Replies: 15
Views: 287

Re: Sight turns off during meditation?

If I meditate in the moonlight then my vision goes. I find after a while my eyes start stinging at which point I notice that they have been open for some time but without me seeing anything. I’ve not had this happen during the daylight hours. Perhaps because of more stimulation? During Jhana, which...
by chownah
Wed Jun 03, 2020 1:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sight turns off during meditation?
Replies: 15
Views: 287

Re: Sight turns off during meditation?

I think that the essence of this issue is presented from 9:15 to 9:50 in the video. He is not talking about just during meditation but about sight in general. I have experienced this many times when not meditating.....it does take some concentration but the concentration is to relax the eye and keep...
by chownah
Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Conditioned conciousness
Replies: 19
Views: 363

Re: Conditioned conciousness

The impulse to create theories about this or that is itself the manifestation of conceit. If conceit goes unnoticed in the moment it arises it is inevitably pursued and ... trapped. It is a matter of milliseconds! How to speak about conceit without using words or theories? How to use language? It's...
by chownah
Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there such thing in dhamma?
Replies: 12
Views: 178

Re: Is there such thing in dhamma?

Is "sensual pleasure" a way of say "a pleasant feeling" as being one of the three types of feelings namely pleasant, unpleasant, and neither pleasant nor unpleasant?.....or does "sensual pleasure" connote something more or something else?
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by chownah
Mon Jun 01, 2020 5:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there such thing in dhamma?
Replies: 12
Views: 178

Re: Is there such thing in dhamma?

The greater the pleasure the greater the suffering later? If by "greater pleasure" you mean "delighting in" then I think there is some support for what you say.....I think the buddha taught that it is not having a feeling of pleasure which is the problem but rather it is delighting in that feeling ...
by chownah
Fri May 29, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Buddha's final Nibbāna and solving the world's problems
Replies: 11
Views: 299

Re: The Buddha's final Nibbāna and solving the world's problems

Nibbana certainly does not depend on the world. Nibbana and world are symbiotic. Form is needed for the other. Without form there cannot be the realisation of nibbana. The flower sermon speaks this. It is precisely because there is a world that nibbana can be realised. How do you come to understand...
by chownah
Fri May 29, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Buddha's final Nibbāna and solving the world's problems
Replies: 11
Views: 299

Re: The Buddha's final Nibbāna and solving the world's problems

It would be good if the OP would say what they are meaning by "world".....the buddha used the world with a very specific meaning as evidenced by the various Loka suttas.
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by chownah
Wed May 27, 2020 4:53 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Living with intact sila is making me more confident man in soceity and many more
Replies: 25
Views: 556

Re: Living with intact sila is making me more confident man in soceity and many more

Self confidence is a good thing I think....it is one kind of faith (faith in ones self).....I think the best kind of self confidence is the kind where someone has faith in their ability to develop discernment because confidence without discernment can lead one to run amok (I have confidenct that I c...
by chownah
Wed May 27, 2020 4:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Looking for sutta re: giving different types of teachings according to personality of audience
Replies: 6
Views: 167

Re: Looking for sutta re: giving different types of teachings according to personality of audience

INdeed that is a great sutta. What do you think it means? Do you think it is just teaching about what topics to choose or avoid when talking to different kinds of people?.....or do you think it is saying something about each of those different kinds of people?....or do you think it is about some com...
by chownah
Mon May 25, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Dependent Origination an expression of self-view?
Replies: 24
Views: 361

Re: Is Dependent Origination an expression of self-view?

In giving his most detailed explanation of appropriate attention (MN 2), he starts with examples of inappropriate attention, which center on questions of identity and existence: "Do I exist?" "Do I not?" "What am I?" "Did I exist in the past?" "Will I exist in the future?" These questions are inapp...
by chownah
Mon May 25, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Dependent Origination an expression of self-view?
Replies: 24
Views: 361

Re: Is Dependent Origination an expression of self-view?

In giving his most detailed explanation of appropriate attention (MN 2), he starts with examples of inappropriate attention, which center on questions of identity and existence: "Do I exist?" "Do I not?" "What am I?" "Did I exist in the past?" "Will I exist in the future?" These questions are inapp...
by chownah
Mon May 25, 2020 4:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Old age, sickness and death
Replies: 16
Views: 608

Re: Old age, sickness and death

If old age, sickness and death arise within the container of the body, is it worth holding on to the body as 'I' or 'mine'? It seems that some here have taken to discussing why one should avoid dieing....so.....I have an idea to slightly alter your post so that it emphasizes the 'I' or 'mine'.........
by chownah
Sun May 24, 2020 5:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Subtle body
Replies: 13
Views: 310

Re: Subtle body

I provided a source that defined how I'm using subtle. Did you read that? I read the section on buddhism and all of those internal channels etc. do not appear anywhere in the Pali Tipitaka from what I have seen or heard......I can't believe that those internal channels etc. could possibly appear in...
by chownah
Wed May 20, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can feeling create craving ?
Replies: 17
Views: 514

Re: Can feeling create craving ?

In sn12.19 it says: Dwelling at Savatthi. "When a fool is obstructed by ignorance and conjoined with craving, this body thus results. Now there is both this body and external name-&-form. Here, in dependence on this duality, there is contact at the six senses. Touched by these, or one or another of ...
by chownah
Wed May 20, 2020 4:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can feeling create craving ?
Replies: 17
Views: 514

Re: Can feeling create craving ?

SN 22.47 wrote: When the uninstructed worldling is contacted by a feeling born of ignorance-contact, ‘I am’ occurs to him; ‘I am this’ occurs to him; ‘I will be’ and ‘I will not be,’ and ‘I will consist of form’ and ‘I will be formless,’ and ‘I will be percipient’ and ‘I will be nonpercipient’ and ...