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by thomaslaw
Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What is the "pre-sectarian period" ???
Replies: 4
Views: 106

Re: What is the "pre-sectarian period" ???

Dear forum, In his excellent looking book A History of Mindfulness , Bhikkhu Sujato refers to the "pre-sectarian period". Given Bhikkhu Sujato appears to include the Samyutta Agama within the "pre-sectarian period", what would be the date of this "pre-sectarian period"? Thank you :smile: It may ref...
by thomaslaw
Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: About paññatti 'concept'
Replies: 18
Views: 612

Re: About paññatti 'concept'

The terms, rittaka and sunnata, are an adjective, indicated in SN 22.95, and SN 35.197. That simply means 'empty'. So, it is empty (void) of both, existence and non-existence, which are based on self-attachment, following the middle way teachings indicated in SN 12.15. "Sunnata" appears used in a s...
by thomaslaw
Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:25 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: About paññatti 'concept'
Replies: 18
Views: 612

Re: About paññatti 'concept'

Seeing and knowing 'anicca, dukkha, anatta' in the SN suttas, for e.g., is indicated as yathaabhuuta.m 'things as they really are' (dhammas), not as paramattha 'ultimate reality' (dhammas). When the Anapanasati Sutta refers to seeing Dhamma (steps 13 to 16), it refers to: 13. Impermanence (unsatisf...
by thomaslaw
Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: About paññatti 'concept'
Replies: 18
Views: 612

Re: About paññatti 'concept'

Khandhas, āyatanas, dhātus are not ultimate reality, according to the SN/SA suttas. They are rittaka 'without reality' and su~n~naka 'just empty' (e.g. SN 22.95, SN 35.197. Cf. Choong MK, The F. rittaka means void- it is void of anything lasting, void of self . khandhas , ayantanas and dhatus are r...
by thomaslaw
Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: About paññatti 'concept'
Replies: 18
Views: 612

Re: About paññatti 'concept'

Seeing knowing khandhas, āyatanas as anicca-dukkha-anatta is not ultimate reality; it is just 'things as they really are'. Let's do it one by one. First, do we agree that khandhas, etc. are intrinsically different from "person, house, table", etc and vipassana (seeing 3 characteristics) is meant to...
by thomaslaw
Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: About paññatti 'concept'
Replies: 18
Views: 612

Re: About paññatti 'concept'

Designation (for paññatti) suggests it is a mental phenomenon, a product of mental construction. It should be a dhamma (phenomenon), according to suttas. But according to Abhidhammattha Sangaha (p. 25, edited by Bhikkhu Bodhi), paññatti is not a dhamma. The word dhamma has so many meanings. Better ...
by thomaslaw
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: About paññatti 'concept'
Replies: 18
Views: 612

Re: About paññatti 'concept'

The meaning of "dhamma" used in the Abhidhamma book is the so-called paramattha "ultimate reality". It seems not found in the suttas. I think the above meaning can be derived from the suttas, such as in AN 3.136 (quoted below) and even in the Anapanasati Sutta, where the final tetrad (contemplation...
by thomaslaw
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: About paññatti 'concept'
Replies: 18
Views: 612

Re: About paññatti 'concept'

However, paññatti in the Abhidhammattha Sangaha "Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma" (p. 25, edited by Bhikkhu Bodhi) is regarded as not a dhamma. In the suttas, it seems everything is a "dhamma"; including unwholesome, wholesome and enlightened. Is it correct to say paññatti 'concept' is a conditi...
by thomaslaw
Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: About paññatti 'concept'
Replies: 18
Views: 612

Re: About paññatti 'concept'

Is it correct to say paññatti 'concept' is a conditioned phenomenon (dhamma), according to suttas, but not Abhidhammas? I don't think so. Especially, since paññatti in the suttas can also mean "mere designation", similar to Abhidhamma. Yes, mostly paññatti meant making known/lay down/set forth/decl...
by thomaslaw
Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Dhammapada an EBT?
Replies: 23
Views: 1919

Re: Dhammapada an EBT?

sphairos wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:44 pm
There is a monograph by John Brough, called "The Gandhari Dharmapada". It clearly shows, that the text was fundamental for the Early Buddhist tradition.
Acceding to Yin Shun, the text was not fundamental for early Buddhist tradition. It is not part of the four basic Agamas/Nikayas.
by thomaslaw
Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What is the difference between "themeless" vs "emptiness" liberation?
Replies: 19
Views: 1025

Re: What is the difference between "themeless" vs "emptiness" liberation?

There are in fact three liberations: “ The 3 liberations are: 1. the conditionless (or signless) liberation (animitta-v.), 2. the desireless liberation (apanihita-v.), 3. the emptiness (or void) liberation (suññatá-v. ). They are also called 'the triple gateway to liberation' (vimokkha-mukha; Vis.M...
by thomaslaw
Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What is the difference between "themeless" vs "emptiness" liberation?
Replies: 19
Views: 1025

Re: What is the difference between "themeless" vs "emptiness" liberation?

~~Emptiness liberation is contemplating on the anicca and viraga aspect of the five aggregates. SA80 《雜80經》之「 空三昧 」內容為︰ 「(有正思惟三昧,)善觀色 無常 、磨滅、 離欲 之法,如是觀察受、想、行、識無常、磨滅、離欲之法;觀察彼陰無常、磨滅、不堅固、變易法,心樂清淨、 解脫是名為空 。」 ~~Signless liberation is contemplating on the Nirodha aspect of the six sense objects. The cess...
by thomaslaw
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What is the difference between "themeless" vs "emptiness" liberation?
Replies: 19
Views: 1025

Re: What is the difference between "themeless" vs "emptiness" liberation?

How exactly are the themeless/signless liberation and emptiness liberation different? How are they the same? Thank you :smile: ~~Emptiness liberation is contemplating on the anicca and viraga aspect of the five aggregates. SA80 《雜80經》之「 空三昧 」內容為︰ 「(有正思惟三昧,)善觀色 無常 、磨滅、 離欲 之法,如是觀察受、想、行、識無常、磨滅、離欲之法;觀察...
by thomaslaw
Thu Sep 27, 2018 1:19 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Suttas where bhikkhuni teach rebirth ?
Replies: 12
Views: 674

Re: Suttas where bhikkhuni teach rebirth ?

The suttas below are in the collection SN 5. Bhikkhuni Samyutta. The collection about bhikkhuni in most cases that Mara tries to interrupt and disturb Bhikkhuni's concentration; this is followed by the bhikkhuni and Mara challenging each other in 'verse'; and finally Mara, after being identified, d...
by thomaslaw
Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Suttas where bhikkhuni teach rebirth ?
Replies: 12
Views: 674

Re: Suttas where bhikkhuni teach rebirth ?

The suttas below are in the collection SN 5. Bhikkhuni Samyutta. The collection about bhikkhuni in most cases that Mara tries to interrupt and disturb Bhikkhuni's concentration; this is followed by the bhikkhuni and Mara challenging each other in 'verse'; and finally Mara, after being identified, de...