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by pegembara
Fri Jun 05, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 29
Views: 202

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

To that end, I present a quote from the Buddha's words: "Monks, how is a person practising for their own benefit as well as for the benefit of others? Here, monks, a person refrains from killing living beings themselves, and also encourages others to refrain from killing living beings." -AN 4.99 [/...
by pegembara
Fri Jun 05, 2020 2:46 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 29
Views: 202

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

For householders it’s really an individual thing. Personally I’m trying to become less political and less involved in the world, as an aid to practice. Not really. For householders, there is a duty towards the society at large like choosing the right leaders in a democracy ie. live in a suitable lo...
by pegembara
Fri Jun 05, 2020 2:28 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 29
Views: 202

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

One cannot remove good governance and social justice from Buddhist practice. They are interdependent at least for the lay Buddhists. The problems are not the "other people's". I liked what the Pope did ... provide moral support in the struggle for social justice. ‘“But what, sire, is the duty of an ...
by pegembara
Wed Jun 03, 2020 12:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is citta not an aggregate or niddana?
Replies: 36
Views: 862

Re: Why is citta not an aggregate or niddana?

The well-instructed disciple realises that the citta isn't the same as the incoming defilements and is able to separate the two. So the citta is the self then. No (You are not that either!). That realisation comes later. Nevertheless, it is a useful resting place for the moment. But without the abi...
by pegembara
Tue Jun 02, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is citta not an aggregate or niddana?
Replies: 36
Views: 862

Re: Why is citta not an aggregate or niddana?

what got me confused was that some explanations about citta is that it is something "Supreme", "Pure", "Radiant" .. so there is no logic to "develop" .. what we have to do is reach that state .. by your explanation, I understood that we must develop our mind (citta) to perceive and reach this state...
by pegembara
Mon Jun 01, 2020 5:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there such thing in dhamma?
Replies: 12
Views: 170

Re: Is there such thing in dhamma?

The greater the attachment to pleasure, the greater the dukkha. Why do you think children cry when they have to leave Disneyland when they were apparently having a great time at first? Pleasure may well be dukkha in disguise. It's just that when the man was a leper covered with sores and infections,...
by pegembara
Fri May 29, 2020 4:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth is ended
Replies: 29
Views: 579

Re: Rebirth is ended

hence annihilation in contrast to existence With regards to final nibbana: True, if you believe in existence and therefore by convention. The same event viewed through different lenses. Bhavatanha : 'craving for (eternal) existence' https://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/bhavatanha What? Do you assum...
by pegembara
Thu May 28, 2020 3:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A verse that hard to understand in Kodhana Sutta
Replies: 12
Views: 373

Re: A verse that hard to understand in Kodhana Sutta

"Furthermore, an enemy wishes for an enemy: ‘If only they don’t get all they need!’ Why is that? Because an enemy doesn’t like to have an enemy who gets all they need. When an irritable person, overcome and overwhelmed by anger, gets what they don’t need they think ‘I’ve got what I need!’ When they...
by pegembara
Wed May 27, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to forgive people when you are correct?
Replies: 17
Views: 241

Re: How to forgive people when you are correct?

If you don't get into a verbal argument in the first place, there is no need for forgiveness.
When you argue, you are basically trying to win the argument assuming you are right, and he is wrong.
In such situations, there will only be winners and losers.
Don't try too hard to win him/her over.
by pegembara
Wed May 27, 2020 3:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Dependent Origination an expression of self-view?
Replies: 24
Views: 348

Re: Is Dependent Origination an expression of self-view?

are you saying I am is false? Not at all. "I am" is merely dukkha. I am is a fetter AGREE hence it's false NOT REALLY It can be true or false depending on which shore one is standing on. True or falsehood are merely viewpoints. The Buddha never declared it as true or false. The relevant question is...
by pegembara
Tue May 26, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Dependent Origination an expression of self-view?
Replies: 24
Views: 348

Re: Is Dependent Origination an expression of self-view?

What about the third possibility? are you saying I am is false? No at all. "I am" is merely dukkha. If "you are" real, then all insults and denigration would then be real for you. If "you are" body then you are subject to aging, sickness, and death. "You" would then want to live a full, enriched li...
by pegembara
Tue May 26, 2020 3:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Dependent Origination an expression of self-view?
Replies: 24
Views: 348

Re: Is Dependent Origination an expression of self-view?

Is Dependent Origination an expression of self-view? Even the idea of that there is a five aggregate seems to be a self-view. What is your opinion on this? Because there has to be a self so there is a always a self view; even no-selfers have a self view, i.e. that they are the body only and there i...
by pegembara
Mon May 25, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Dependent Origination an expression of self-view?
Replies: 24
Views: 348

Re: Is Dependent Origination an expression of self-view?

Is Dependent Origination an expression of self-view? Even the idea of that there is a five aggregate seems to be a self-view. What is your opinion on this? The 5 aggregates are a burden. If you choose to regard them as yours, they become your burden. The task is to lay them down or at least try. Ev...
by pegembara
Sun May 24, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhathu-vibhanga sutta question?
Replies: 43
Views: 739

Re: Dhathu-vibhanga sutta question?

Because external consciousness would be someone else's consciousness and you wouldn't be directly conscious of it. *** Consciousness is not here or there or in the past or future. Although the objects of consciousness may defer, my consciousness and yours are the same! It isn't young or old, male o...