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by SarathW
Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Who is our current 'bad guy', now that ISIL are in decline?
Replies: 6
Views: 44

Re: Who is our current 'bad guy', now that ISIL are in decline?

Still one more guy left 8-)
What am I going to have for lunch?
What about China?
by SarathW
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Nihilism has poisoned modern society; as Buddhists, we should reject it.
Replies: 6
Views: 65

Re: Nihilism has poisoned modern society; as Buddhists, we should reject it.

I just wonder who's in a best position to learn Buddhism. Eternalist or Nihilists? So I tried to investigate this in the past but I still do not know the answer. Not believing in God is not such a good idea. https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=15942&hilit= Did Buddha say annihilationism is ...
by SarathW
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Resources
Replies: 82
Views: 25740

Re: Pali Resources

There's an archive:
I can't download the video.
by SarathW
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?
Replies: 64
Views: 7538

Re: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?

[A far more accurate measure on the level of activity is how many Active Topics there are in the present 7 day period./quote]

I am glad you are a better statistician than me Retro.
Now I know it is in safe hand.
:twothumbsup:
by SarathW
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"
Replies: 49
Views: 591

Re: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"

It seems that name+form represents everything we can be conscious of, so nama-rupa is equivalent to the four aggregates of rupa, sanna, vedana and sankharas. No this is incorrect. Listen to the following Dependent Origination recoding by BB. http://bodhimonastery.org/the-buddhas-teaching-as-it-is.h...
by SarathW
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?
Replies: 64
Views: 7538

Re: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?

I did another quick assessment of the progress of DW.
Now it is averaging 2.79% ie (350/12543*100) users online compares to 2.27% last year.
This is a good indication that DW is growing at a steady pace.
Congratulation to all admin staff not to mention the regular users and contributors.
by SarathW
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 16.13 Saddhamma­patirūpaka Sutta. The Counterfeit of the True Dhamma.
Replies: 4
Views: 45

Re: SN 16.13 Saddhamma­patirūpaka Sutta. The Counterfeit of the True Dhamma.

Ajahn Thanissaro's notes show why this is not so easy,
It is strange Ven Thanissaro saying this.
Some people think that his teaching Nibbana as another consciousness seems the counterfeit of the true Dhamma.

:focus:
by SarathW
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"
Replies: 49
Views: 591

Re: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"

Buddha never said which came first, consciousness or the rupa. Only thing what Buddha said was, "It is as if two sheaves of reeds were to stand leaning against one another. In the same way, from name-&-form as a requisite condition comes consciousness, from consciousness as a requisite condition com...
by SarathW
Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Sixteen insight knowledges and seven purifications appear in every word of tipitaka
Replies: 6
Views: 112

Re: Sixteen insight knowledges and seven purifications appear in every word of tipitaka

When we recited and memorized pāli, we will see the relativity between words, meaning, sutta, section, nikāya, pitaka, antedate&
predate cannons.
Unfortunately, when we study Sutta translation in other languages we lose this valuable connection.
by SarathW
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What it means by that the mind reside in the cave?
Replies: 38
Views: 179

Re: What it means by that the mind reside in the cave?

chownah wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:26 am
I think your link is broken.
chownah
Fixed
by SarathW
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What it means by that the mind reside in the cave?
Replies: 38
Views: 179

What it means by that the mind reside in the cave?

What it means by that the mind reside in the cave? Dūraṅgamaṃ ekacaraṃ, asarīraṃ guhāsayaṃ; Ye cittaṃ saṃyamissanti, mokkhanti mārabandhanā. Dwelling in the cave, the mind, without form, wanders far and alone. Those who subdue this mind are liberated from the bonds of Mara. https://www.accesstoinsig...
by SarathW
Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"
Replies: 49
Views: 591

Re: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"

It is important to note that Buddha never said that mind reside in brain.
Intellect is not the brain or the hart as the popular belief in India in Buddha's time.
It is important to note that all beings do not have a hart.
by SarathW
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"
Replies: 49
Views: 591

Re: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"

Say for instance someone has dementia and forgets they are Buddhist. How does it work then? The chemistry in brain affects your intelligence, moods, behaviours, etc. Golly I'm confused
Is this similar to a question what will happen to an Arahant while s/he is in sleep?
by SarathW
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"
Replies: 49
Views: 591

Re: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"

I wonder anybody (other monks) are allowed to question him. Yes, all the time. At tea-time at Bodhinyana Monastery, he and all the monks have good discussions, and often some of the monks disagree with Ajahn Brahm. Even the junior monks or novices are allowed to tell him they think he is wrong, and...
by SarathW
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Sixteen insight knowledges and seven purifications appear in every word of tipitaka
Replies: 6
Views: 112

Re: Sixteen insight knowledges and seven purifications appear in every word of tipitaka

When you use that pāli (and it's practical pāli) to search in tipitaka the 16 ñāṇa and 7 viduddhi will appear in every word of tipitaka.
:twothumbsup:

I am glad you came up with this.
by SarathW
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Sixteen insight knowledges and seven purifications appear in every word of tipitaka
Replies: 6
Views: 112

Re: Sixteen insight knowledges and seven purifications appear in every word of tipitaka

Thank you mike.
I never thought it that way!!
By the way can you give me the link to the summary of Buddhas Word by Bhikkhu Bodi?
by SarathW
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"
Replies: 49
Views: 591

Re: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"

Yes, I've never been able to understand how the mind is separate from the brain. Is anyone able to explain this in plain English for me? There is a state of consciousness named Infinity of consciousness. This is an extension of the fourth Jhana. Some people argue that people who are borne to this f...
by SarathW
Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Can you practice Brahma Vihara in second Jhana?
Replies: 13
Views: 162

Re: Can you practice Brahma Vihara in second Jhana?

Thanks LG. those high stages of mental concentration called jhana Very interesting. So Jhana can be attained in many different ways. while the meditation on equanimity will lead to the fourth jhana only, in which equanimity is the most significant factor. This is even more interesting. It appears yo...
by SarathW
Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"
Replies: 49
Views: 591

Re: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"

Ajahn Brahm's view that mind is independent of brain is obviously not something totally Buddhist since certain suttas appear to refute AB's view. I agree. The consciousness arises depend on conditions. I wonder anybody (other monks) are allowed to question him. Following is the Sutta support. In de...