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by pegembara
Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma and Science
Replies: 31
Views: 405

Re: The Dhamma and Science

Buddhists truths are experiential truths and doesn't require science or mathematics which are conventional truths. Even if the Big Rip or the Big Freeze are true, you are still going to have aging, sickness and death or are you? "So, Malunkyaputta, remember what is undeclared by me as undeclared, an...
by pegembara
Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:36 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What Now?
Replies: 15
Views: 302

Re: What Now?

The truths of the teachings are more important. Meditation is only a means to get to an understanding of what the Buddha showed. Perhaps now is the time to "hear" and 'understand" the teachings again. Svakkhato Bhagavata dhammo Dhamman namassami To the Teachings so completely explained by the Blesse...
by pegembara
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Satta asaññino: Why are non-percipient beings related to the 4th jhana ???
Replies: 14
Views: 176

Re: Satta asaññino: Why are non-percipient beings related to the 4th jhana ???

No. 5 appears to have no correlation to the jhanas. More like 8th or 9th jhana. Here is Bhante G's take: THE FOURTH JHANA In the fourth jhana you go deeper still. You turn away from all mental states that would counter total stillness, even happiness. The turning away happens by itself; no effort is...
by pegembara
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Abiding as "that which knows"
Replies: 5
Views: 138

Re: Abiding as "that which knows"

Our practice and mental cultivation in this life is to observe the way things are: suffering and the arising of suffering. We should understand and acknowledge what suffering is, not just react to it. In the second Noble Truth is the insight is to let go of desire. The third Noble Truth is the real...
by pegembara
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are all forms of Dukkha related to a sense of self?
Replies: 6
Views: 145

Re: Are all forms of Dukkha related to a sense of self?

Dukkha is caused by desire or craving. It is also the craving or tanha that creates a sense of self. This is already a latent tendency in the newborn. O house-builder, you are seen! You will not build this house again. For your rafters are broken and your ridgepole shattered. My mind has reached the...
by pegembara
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Whatever arises passes away
Replies: 70
Views: 957

Re: Whatever arises passes away

Contemplate or ponder this- Your entire existence arising and passing in one breath. "But whoever develops mindfulness of death, thinking, 'O, that I might live for the interval that it takes to swallow having chewed up one morsel of food... for the interval that it takes to breathe out after breath...
by pegembara
Sat Apr 06, 2019 3:47 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Anupadisesa Nibbana and the Great Ocean ???
Replies: 6
Views: 271

Re: Anupadisesa Nibbana and the Great Ocean ???

Perhaps it is 'citta' (and not vinnana) that is liberated. unconditioned consciousness is possible otherwise, it's impermanent because it's conditioned Only nibbana is unconditioned. 'Consciousness' is an activity/verb -not noun. One is always conscious of "...." Perhaps you mean consciousness of t...
by pegembara
Thu Apr 04, 2019 4:27 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Anupadisesa Nibbana and the Great Ocean ???
Replies: 6
Views: 271

Re: Anupadisesa Nibbana and the Great Ocean ???

"Is consciousness permanent or impermanent?" — "Impermanent, venerable sir." — "Now is what is impermanent pleasant or painful?" — "Painful, venerable sir." — "Now is what is impermanent, what is painful since subject to change, fit to be regarded thus: 'This is mine, this is I, this is my self'"? ...
by pegembara
Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Lifespan of a thought?
Replies: 5
Views: 177

Re: Lifespan of a thought?

If you consider thoughts as words, the life span could even be the duration of a syllable. What ...is....the...life.....span....of....a....thought? The thinking mind stops. We can use deliberate thinking also, noticing the space between the words. For example: 'I am a human being.' Before thinking i...
by pegembara
Wed Apr 03, 2019 3:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who is doing the "attaching"?
Replies: 23
Views: 511

Re: Who is doing the "attaching"?

'Who' is CRAVING? Craving IS the housebuilder of identity. Destroy craving and the whole thing comes down. Through many a birth in samsara have I wandered in vain, seeking the builder of this house (of life). Repeated birth is indeed suffering! O house-builder, you are seen! You will not build this ...
by pegembara
Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can the life faculty (Jīvitindriya) intentionally be ceased?
Replies: 5
Views: 170

Re: Can the life faculty (Jīvitindriya) intentionally be ceased?

Hospice and palliative care clinicians routinely see cases in which people who are nearing life’s end seem to will themselves to hold on until a certain point, after which time they let go. But is the letting go ending life? Or is the holding on merely prolonging life? :shrug: Or letting go merely ...
by pegembara
Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can the life faculty (Jīvitindriya) intentionally be ceased?
Replies: 5
Views: 170

Re: Can the life faculty (Jīvitindriya) intentionally be ceased?

I believe the will to live can be relinquished. Hospice and palliative care clinicians routinely see cases in which people who are nearing life’s end seem to will themselves to hold on until a certain point, after which time they let go. Dr. Toby Campbell, an oncologist and palliative care specialis...
by pegembara
Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:23 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Anicca
Replies: 23
Views: 700

Re: Anicca

I see you slowly coming with that usual interpretation: "you are not responsible - live your experiences to the fullest, blabla". Sure! Beings are just mere painful phenomena "made of" khandhas, dhatus and ayatanas that are impermanent (anicca) and not "one's own" (anicca). So what? Everyone should...
by pegembara
Sat Mar 30, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Anicca
Replies: 23
Views: 700

Re: Anicca

Atta is 'thingness'. 'Things' include living beings. Once thingness is assumed, there is the appearance of that 'thing' moving through space and time. That apparent movement through time gives rise to the phenomenon of anicca or impermanence like so. http://www.plasticsurgery.co.za/wp-content/upload...
by pegembara
Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Three Marks of Existence and the mechanism of disenchantment
Replies: 9
Views: 260

Re: The Three Marks of Existence and the mechanism of disenchantment

After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box. In the literal sense, it means that when you’re done playing chess, all the pieces go back in the same box, no matter how lofty or lowly their position was in the game, no matter which side they were on. In life, when we are done with the ...