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by chownah
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1234

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: 1234

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: 1234

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: 295

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: 1530

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: 1530

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: 1530

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: 1530

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 ...
by chownah
Sat Jun 02, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Forthcoming Changes to the DW Forums
Replies: 95
Views: 2062

Re: MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Forthcoming Changes to the DW Forums

Why does this forum have an admin with such political bias? Do you see the bias? Do you think it is okay? Where has it taken us? More questions as a response...interesting. Look how many I have answered. Are questions not okay? Why don't you want to answer them? Why has this forum had an admin with...
by chownah
Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does one observe Anatta ?
Replies: 108
Views: 1530

Re: How does one observe Anatta ?

I first observed anatta while doing moving meditation. I just noticed that I had been moving with clarity, precision, and focus but without any kind of motive intention. This happened long before I started studying what the buddha taught. I had not heard of the three "universal characteristics" at t...
by chownah
Fri Jun 01, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Purge of Thai sangha
Replies: 53
Views: 1179

Re: Purge of Thai sangha

There is another article here - Purging the Thai Sangha http://www.newmandala.org/ncpos-purge-thai-sangha/ Is this correct? King Asoka of Maurya India set an example when he tried and executed monks who failed to satisfy his standard of Buddhist knowledge and behaviour of course it is not true. Wha...
by chownah
Wed May 30, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does one observe Anatta ?
Replies: 108
Views: 1530

Re: How does one observe Anatta ?

If you look up how things come to be then feeling is a condition for craving to arise. Six sense bases arise even before, so yea in the seen only the seen right, its no self. You are right. But its too early the self forms later. With respect to your analysis I think the pertinent point is that if ...
by chownah
Wed May 30, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you hold any of these views?
Replies: 30
Views: 427

Re: Do you hold any of these views?

A discussion is welcome. Those are some erroneous views imo. I've corrected a typo on your list: 1. Attainment of Sotapanna is achieved merely by thinking about the Higher teachings 2. Attainment of Sotapanna is attainment of Right View 3. Attainment of Sotapanna is the beginning of the 8FNP 4. The...
by chownah
Wed May 30, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Not Feeling the Breath
Replies: 13
Views: 235

Re: Not Feeling the Breath

The only place I can feel the breath is in my chest as that rises and falls. For all I know it is perfectly fine to feel the breath in your chest when engaged in mindfulness of the breath. What I want to mention is that it is widely held that breathing from the diaphragm is considered by many (mayb...
by chownah
Wed May 30, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Compassion for Women
Replies: 111
Views: 1638

Re: Compassion for Women

Genital Mutilation is barbaric, so if they are against genital mutilation then by default I support them. I'm against mutilation of any sort. If there is a group who fights against mutilation but actively supports the subjugation of women in mostly every other way should I support them? I'm not wan...