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by Awakening
Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jhana meditation and attachment to pleasure
Replies: 52
Views: 10003

Re: Jhana meditation and attachment to pleasure

“Here, bhikkhus, quite secluded from sensual pleasures, secluded from unwholesome states, a bhikkhu enters upon and abides in the first jhāna…the second jhāna…the third jhāna…the fourth jhāna. This is called the bliss of renunciation, the bliss of seclusion, the bliss of peace, the bliss of enlight...
by Awakening
Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Awareness independent of the 6 senses? (Thanissaro)
Replies: 72
Views: 10930

Re: Awareness independent of the 6 senses?

First of all, extinguishment (nibbāna) is clearly not annihilation. The reason for this is simply that there is nothing to be annihilated. Only existing entities can be annihilated, and since Buddhism rejects the idea of a self, annihilation is by definition impossible. Processes, on the other hand...
by Awakening
Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: buddha nature...
Replies: 22
Views: 3694

Re: buddha nature...

A better translation might be that the mind is "illuminating", not luminous. The term "luminous" makes it sound like something which is light, rather than which sheds light upon, for most people. That said, it is that very illuminating property that makes possible Buddhahood, therein the "illuminati...
by Awakening
Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How can physical pain not be dukkha?
Replies: 20
Views: 3044

Re: How can physical pain not be dukkha?

Physical pain is actually just another phenomena, your perception of it and resistance to it is what makes it dukkha. Arahants are free from dukkha, but not necessarily the bare phenomena of what is called "physical pain". But physical pain ( the first arrow ) is still an unpleasant experience isn'...
by Awakening
Wed Mar 06, 2013 4:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How can physical pain not be dukkha?
Replies: 20
Views: 3044

Re: How can physical pain not be dukkha?

Dukkha is not something that happens to one, it is something that one participates in. Physical pain is actually just another phenomena, your perception of it and resistance to it is what makes it dukkha. Arahants are free from dukkha, but not necessarily the bare phenomena of what is called "physic...
by Awakening
Wed Mar 06, 2013 4:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Sammaditthi (right view)?
Replies: 11
Views: 2141

Re: What is Sammaditthi (right view)?

Essentially, the difference between the mundane and supramundane view is the difference between knowing through inference and/or belief and knowing through direct discernment.
by Awakening
Wed Mar 06, 2013 4:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do enlightened people experience kamma vipaka
Replies: 24
Views: 2705

Re: Do enlightened people experience kamma vipaka

Yes, otherwise the nama-rupa of the enlightened being would "disappear" upon enlightenment. Instead, nama-rupa continues to unfold according to karmic conditioning.