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by chownah
Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does a Buddha Suffer after Enlightenment
Replies: 26
Views: 272

Re: Does a Buddha Suffer after Enlightenment

I've read almost none of the posts here so I hope I'm not being repetitive:
It is beyond range.....there is no way for you to know about this....even if you achieve enlightenment it will be beyond range I think.
chownah
by chownah
Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dharmas are not authorative
Replies: 12
Views: 148

Re: Dharmas are not authorative

http://www.nirvanasutra.net/nirvanasutraz35.htm "Noble son, all phenomena [dharmas] are devoid of their own defining [external, distinguishing] attributes / characteristics [lakshanas], devoid of the defining attributes [lakshanas]of what is another, devoid of both their own and other defining attr...
by chownah
Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Evolution, Big Bang
Replies: 41
Views: 413

Re: Evolution, Big Bang

Pretty much our entire experience is a myth....the myth of the self....the myth of others....the myth of the "world out there that is real". Seeing thus, the well-instructed disciple of the noble ones grows disenchanted with form, disenchanted with feeling, disenchanted with perception, disenchante...
by chownah
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Evolution, Big Bang
Replies: 41
Views: 413

Re: Evolution, Big Bang

Pretty much our entire experience is a myth....the myth of the self....the myth of others....the myth of the "world out there that is real". Seeing thus, the well-instructed disciple of the noble ones grows disenchanted with form, disenchanted with feeling, disenchanted with perception, disenchante...
by chownah
Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:00 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Evolution, Big Bang
Replies: 41
Views: 413

Re: Evolution, Big Bang

You may be right, and science is just one of those myths. But the point is that different myths are incompatible in terms of what they say is existent. The Buddha's creation myth and the myth propagated by modern science - if that's what they are - cannot both be believed in their entirety. What su...
by chownah
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Evolution, Big Bang
Replies: 41
Views: 413

Re: Evolution, Big Bang

Why would he not teach a myth? Did he say that he would only stick to science? Pretty much our entire experience is a myth....the myth of the self....the myth of others....the myth of the "world out there that is real". You may be right, and science is just one of those myths. But the point is that...
by chownah
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Evolution, Big Bang
Replies: 41
Views: 413

Re: Evolution, Big Bang

Are you saying you don't believe the Buddha spoke of this in a literal sense? Why would he teach a myth? Why would he not teach a myth? Did he say that he would only stick to science? Pretty much our entire experience is a myth....the myth of the self....the myth of others....the myth of the "world...
by chownah
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1363

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

I can see that my words seem to be giving you a different meaning than I intended. I have no problem with the way you explained it. One of my points is that you do not experience the cessation of DO. The experiencer is not there and the paradigm has shifted in a way that is only conceptual to someo...
by chownah
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1363

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

No, neither positive nor negative. Just the way it is. We cannot 'know' what the cessation of DO is really like. The paradigm has changed. Well, according to the suttas, and my experience, how it is is not satisfactory. And according to the suttas the cessation of DO is a good thing (i.e. nibbana)....
by chownah
Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1363

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

I think that the word "empty" is used by the buddha to mean empty of self....isn't this precisely anatta?
chownah
by chownah
Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Rational Bible: Exodus
Replies: 17
Views: 322

Re: Rational Bible: Exodus

I think that all religions have a vested interest in maintaining social cohesion in their respective domains and children honoring their parents as a general societal norm is a strong component of social cohesion.....hence, religions promote it almost universally.
chownah
by chownah
Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does one observe Anatta ?
Replies: 108
Views: 1637

Re: How does one observe Anatta ?

My view of observing anatta is that the actual observing of anatta is very likely to give rise to the delusional self......I think this is why the buddha taught that the view "I have no self" is wrong view because the realization of not having a self gives rise to the delusional self.
chownah
by chownah
Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does one observe Anatta ?
Replies: 108
Views: 1637

Re: How does one observe Anatta ?

I do not dispute that recognizing impermanence can lead to recognizing not self. I do think, though, that the buddha gave many teachings where impermanence was not mentioned as part of a practice he suggested....for instance the Bahaya sutta in which the totality of his teaching was: "Then, Bāhiya,...
by chownah
Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does one observe Anatta ?
Replies: 108
Views: 1637

Re: How does one observe Anatta ?

You need develop sense of self, then you will know self. There is a path leading to self identification and after that there is path to cessation of self-identification. This is nonsense. I think that auto's post makes sense if it is worded a slightly different way. This is my alternative wording: ...
by chownah
Sun Jun 03, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does one observe Anatta ?
Replies: 108
Views: 1637

Re: How does one observe Anatta ?

It's just that recognition of not-self ( anattāsaññā ) follows the recognition of impermanence ( aniccasaññā ), as described in many suttas, referred to in the links I've given. Well, this practice is indeed hard to comprehend. I do not dispute that recognizing impermanence can lead to recognizing ...