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by Benjamin
Wed Jun 04, 2014 9:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: About Consciousness
Replies: 4
Views: 878

Re: About Consciousness

Hi Benjamin, The exclamation mark was intended to show that the statement was ironic (always risky on a forum). No, the goal is not to become unconscious. Consciousness (vinnana) is always cognitive. It is a mode of knowing. There is more than one kind. Many of them should be eliminated. Regards, V...
by Benjamin
Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: About Consciousness
Replies: 4
Views: 878

Re: About Consciousness

Hi vesak2014, If consciousness is awareness then the goal is to become unconscious! Regards, Vincent. Sorry for the confusion, but are you saying that a) consciousness is not awareness, or b) that the goal is to become unconscious? Either way, I'd love to hear an explanation regarding your view.
by Benjamin
Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Karma and Buddha.
Replies: 4
Views: 885

Re: Karma and Buddha.

The exact same talk can be heard in much better quality here:

http://www.audiodharma.org/teacher/16/

Scroll down and listen to the talk titled "War on Karma".

Cheers,

Ben
by Benjamin
Mon Jun 02, 2014 3:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Concentration is the heart of the path
Replies: 7
Views: 735

Concentration is the heart of the path

Hey everyone, I was listening to this talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu today and wondered if anyone had the sutta reference for this bit: "And as he (the Buddha) later said, all the other factors of the path are handmaidens or requisites of concentration , in other words they help concentration along. So ...
by Benjamin
Mon May 19, 2014 4:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dropping non-duality
Replies: 55
Views: 3380

Re: Dropping non-duality

So he teaches in a "reverse order": realize you're "already enlightened", so relax; your identity is beyond limited dualistic concepts, not bound by ideas of self and other, etc., then cultivate and deepen this initial insight into maturity through being relaxed, open, present and aware. But you kn...
by Benjamin
Mon May 19, 2014 11:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dropping non-duality
Replies: 55
Views: 3380

Re: Dropping non-duality

Benjamin, have you looked into Kenneth Folk's three-gear explanation? http://kennethfolkdharma.com/2009/07/the-three-speed-transmission/ Yes I've heard of it, and it's a good example of someone's attempt at integrating these teachings. I can't say I'm an avid follower of Kenneth Folk, though. To th...
by Benjamin
Mon May 19, 2014 1:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dropping non-duality
Replies: 55
Views: 3380

Dropping non-duality

Hey all, I like to think that I'm not the only one who has witnessed the rising interest in non-duality these past couple of years, and I'd like to open up a discussion regarding it's influence on Buddhist practice and teaching here in the west. When I speak of non-duality, I am referencing the mode...
by Benjamin
Fri Feb 14, 2014 2:21 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: And therefore, God does not exist!
Replies: 221
Views: 8985

Re: And therefore, God does not exist!

I am still waiting to see some good arguments against God. Honestly, I don't think that's the best way to frame it. To give an example of what I mean: "I am still waiting to see some good arguments against fairies." "I am still waiting to see some good arguments against vampires." "I am still waiti...
by Benjamin
Sat Dec 21, 2013 5:18 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 2011
Views: 197432

Re: What music are you listening to right now?

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by Benjamin
Thu Dec 05, 2013 3:33 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Word Association Game
Replies: 11969
Views: 684920

Re: Word Association Game

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by Benjamin
Wed Dec 04, 2013 10:41 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Word Association Game
Replies: 11969
Views: 684920

Re: Word Association Game

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by Benjamin
Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:43 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Any relation between Jannah and Jhana?
Replies: 5
Views: 1325

Re: Any relation between Jannah and Jhana?

daverupa wrote:There was a play on this once with books that took the character of Winnie the Pooh and used him to express Taoist ideas, since the Chinese character pŭ means 'simple' (iirc).
The Tao of Pooh? I quite enjoyed that book.
by Benjamin
Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:34 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Brian Ruhe and Representation
Replies: 148
Views: 13032

Re: Brian Ruhe and Representation

In my eyes we could turn this teachings around into something useful. Maybe anybody who feels offended is attached to belonging to a group or identifies with labels. I mean, if anybody were to call Theravada "Hinayana" and say it is basically shit that leads nowhere, I wouldn't feel hurt by that. S...
by Benjamin
Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:12 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Any relation between Jannah and Jhana?
Replies: 5
Views: 1325

Any relation between Jannah and Jhana?

This is for fun more than anything, but has anyone ever found it interesting that the Arabic word for heaven (Jannah) sounds just like the "Jhana" of the Pali Canon? Considering the spread of Buddhism stretched out as far as Afghanistan, I've always wondered if the nearly same sound was purely coinc...
by Benjamin
Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:54 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Word Association Game
Replies: 11969
Views: 684920

Re: Word Association Game

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