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by SarathW
Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Death contemplation.
Replies: 8
Views: 56

Re: Death contemplation.

According to this monk the general understanding of death contemplation is similar to the points made by Rightview. However, this monk point out that is the wrong death contemplation which leads to the insanity of some meditators. It appears death contemplation is more about self-review about the st...
by SarathW
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Death contemplation.
Replies: 8
Views: 56

Re: Death contemplation.

4. Dutiyamaraṇassatisuttaṃ - Second on the perception of death Thank you Rightview. Now you read the Sutta and let me know whether you wish to change or improve your statement. 4. Dutiyamaraṇassatisuttaṃ - Second on the perception of death Page down two or three times. http://awake.kiev.ua/dhamma/t...
by SarathW
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Death contemplation.
Replies: 8
Views: 56

Death contemplation.

Death contemplation.

I was listening to a Dhamma talk given by a Sri Lankan monk.
He took some examples from AN 8.74 and said that many of us practice death contemplation incorrectly.
How do you contemplate on death?
by SarathW
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nāmarūpa - Named Form?
Replies: 145
Views: 2010

Re: Nāmarūpa - Named Form?

What do you mean by a "state" ?
I did not mean Gandhabba here.
I just wonder whether there is an intermediate thing between Nama and Rupa.
ie: You cant say it is Nama or Rupa. It is a combination of both.
This is just another view.
by SarathW
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Vipassana is not the way to enlightenment.
Replies: 14
Views: 182

Re: Vipassana is not the way to enlightenment.

just saying you don't need to meditate for long periods What he saying is that the quality of meditation is more important than the quantity. I agree with his principle but in practice, this may not work. A beginner may need long hours of practice to break old habits. In my case, I have never done ...
by SarathW
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Vipassana is not the way to enlightenment.
Replies: 14
Views: 182

Re: Vipassana is not the way to enlightenment.

Why anyone should take a guru from another religion as an authority on how to practise Buddhism, is a question indeed.
Agree.
With your experience why monks have to get up 4.00am to do meditation.
Aren't many of them half asleep?
by SarathW
Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nāmarūpa - Named Form?
Replies: 145
Views: 2010

Re: Nāmarūpa - Named Form?

Perhaps Namarupa could be a state between pure Nama and Pure Rupa.
:shrug:
by SarathW
Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Five Khandas
Replies: 18
Views: 231

Re: The Five Khandas

But is does. Why don't you consider trying harder to use yoniso manasikara to read the suttas clearly?
My question is how the chariot simile fitting with Nibbana.
ie: What happened to the consciousness when you attain Nibbna?
by SarathW
Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Five Khandas
Replies: 18
Views: 231

Re: The Five Khandas

It sounds like you believe consciousness is The Self (Atman).
Say hypothetically the chariot had the consciousness.
Then chariot is not there but still the consciousness is there just like the wheels etc.
by SarathW
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the sixth sense base ?
Replies: 30
Views: 306

Re: What is the sixth sense base ?

Isn't Manayatana included in Salayatana?
by SarathW
Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the sixth sense base ?
Replies: 30
Views: 306

Re: What is the sixth sense base ?

the Theravada description of the 6th sense base limits it to within the mental scope.
Does this mean Dependent Origination is only about mental phenomena?
ie: When it says Salayatana means only mental not physical?
by SarathW
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Five Khandas
Replies: 18
Views: 231

Re: The Five Khandas

This metaphor is directly en­acted by Tibetan monks who painstakingly construct a mandala of colored sand over many days, then sweep it away upon com­pletion. The scattering begins with the contemplation of the dan­ger of the aggregates: This is the first time I had some appreciation of mandala exe...
by SarathW
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Vipassana is not the way to enlightenment.
Replies: 14
Views: 182

Re: Vipassana is not the way to enlightenment.

I'm currently logging in at a public library with limited time, and it's not practical for me to watch long videos like this. Are you able to briefly summarise his opinion? Sorry about that. I generally use videos as props to stimulate the discussion on a particular topic. It is not necessary to wa...
by SarathW
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Vipassana is not the way to enlightenment.
Replies: 14
Views: 182

Vipassana is not the way to enlightenment.

Vipassana is not the way to enlightenment. Just sitting ten hours is a waste of time. The best time to sleep is after 4.00am. You can meditate about one hour at 7.00am. It is more productive. Observing precepts are more important than meditation to attain enlightenment. Is this a fair criticism? htt...
by SarathW
Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: how well do you know buddhism quiz
Replies: 7
Views: 83

Re: how well do you know buddhism quiz

They will not give answers unless you give your email.
Useless quiz. Do not waste your time.
by SarathW
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are spiritual people depressed and unhappy and poor?
Replies: 16
Views: 223

Re: Are spiritual people depressed and unhappy and poor?

not numbers on a screen or metal in hand.
:rofl:
I wish we can practice this.
by SarathW
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do we find four stages of sainthood in Mahayana or Vajrayana?
Replies: 27
Views: 260

Re: Do we find four stages of sainthood in Mahayana or Vajrayana?

What can you say about suchness? Does it exist
Buddha said there is an escape from Samsara.
by SarathW
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are spiritual people depressed and unhappy and poor?
Replies: 16
Views: 223

Re: Are spiritual people depressed and unhappy and poor?

Southern evangelical christians are some of the happiest people I've ever met.
When we meet people in a social occasion, temple or a pub it seems they all are happy.
In the OP I am talking about people in general without their mask on.
by SarathW
Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do we find four stages of sainthood in Mahayana or Vajrayana?
Replies: 27
Views: 260

Re: Do we find four stages of sainthood in Mahayana or Vajrayana?

There is no distinction whatsoever between saṃsāra and
nirvāṇa.
Does this mean without Samsara there is no Nibbana?
Or
Samsara and Nibbana the two sides of the same coin?
by SarathW
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are spiritual people depressed and unhappy and poor?
Replies: 16
Views: 223

Are spiritual people depressed and unhappy and poor?

Are spiritual people depressed and unhappy and poor?
Why many countries like India and Sri Lanka are poor even though they are the beacon of the spirituality?