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by pegembara
Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:36 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Pain meditation in vipassana
Replies: 11
Views: 272

Re: Pain meditation in vipassana

The idea is not to learn to bear with the pain but to understand the true nature of rupa/form. "Bhikkhus, form is not-self. Were form self, then this form would not lead to affliction, and one could have it of form: 'Let my form be thus, let my form be not thus.' And since form is not-self, so it le...
by pegembara
Mon Dec 10, 2018 5:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there a mind ?
Replies: 22
Views: 432

Re: Is there a mind ?

Is 'manasikara' passive awareness or actively 'making' choices? It's actively selecting things from the moving stream like someone in a supermarket, and those selections form themes which either consolidate the hindrances or the enlightenment factors, to be visited on the practitioner in due course...
by pegembara
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there a mind ?
Replies: 22
Views: 432

Re: Is there a mind ?

What is the mind? noun 1. the element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think, and to feel; the faculty of consciousness and thought. 2. a person's ability to think and reason; the intellect. Is it some kind of a 'self'? The 'knower', 'experiencer', 't...
by pegembara
Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there a mind ?
Replies: 22
Views: 432

Re: Is there a mind ?

What is the mind? noun 1. the element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think, and to feel; the faculty of consciousness and thought. 2. a person's ability to think and reason; the intellect. Is it some kind of a 'self'? The 'knower', 'experiencer', 'th...
by pegembara
Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Body Scan
Replies: 22
Views: 300

Re: Body Scan

I believe it has to do with the elements - water/fire/wind/earth etc. These are tactile elements('touch') of the body (apart from sights/sounds/taste/smells). "And what is the earth property? The earth property can be either internal or external. What is the internal earth property? Anything interna...
by pegembara
Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Vibhava Tanha?
Replies: 4
Views: 154

Re: What is Vibhava Tanha?

Bhava and vibhava tanha are both rooted in the delusion that a 'self' exists. The former is the desire for that 'self' to continue its existence and the latter for that same 'self' to be annihilated due to aversion. The wish to commit suicide would be a case of vibhava tanha. The desire for nibbana ...
by pegembara
Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Question 4 re- MN118 Anapanasati Sutta
Replies: 36
Views: 540

Re: Question 1 re- MN118 Anapanasati Sutta

"In-&-out breaths are bodily fabrications. Directed thought & evaluation are verbal fabrications. Perceptions & feelings are mental fabrications." "But why are in-&-out breaths bodily fabrications? Why are directed thought & evaluation verbal fabrications? Why are perceptions & feelings mental fabr...
by pegembara
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Question 4 re- MN118 Anapanasati Sutta
Replies: 36
Views: 540

Re: Question 1 re- MN118 Anapanasati Sutta

"In-&-out breaths are bodily fabrications. Directed thought & evaluation are verbal fabrications. Perceptions & feelings are mental fabrications." "But why are in-&-out breaths bodily fabrications? Why are directed thought & evaluation verbal fabrications? Why are perceptions & feelings mental fabr...
by pegembara
Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anicca not impermanence
Replies: 14
Views: 382

Re: Anicca not impermanence

Anicca and anatta isn't dukkha unless one expects what is anicca to be permanent/everlasting and takes what is anatta to be self or belonging to self.
Without anicca, there is no possibility of liberation.
by pegembara
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Seeing both sides
Replies: 5
Views: 172

Re: Seeing both sides

Metta demands a breadth of compassion that is able to separate a person from their deeds. That is key. To see commonality ie. all beings are subject to aging, sickness and death no matter their station or deeds or beliefs. "Now, a disciple of the noble ones considers this: 'I am not the only one su...
by pegembara
Sat Nov 24, 2018 4:46 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Five Aggregates
Replies: 13
Views: 290

Re: Five Aggregates

It is not possible to delinate perception from consciousness: "Feeling, perception, & consciousness are conjoined, friend, not disjoined. It is not possible, having separated them one from another, to delineate the difference among them. For what one feels, that one perceives. What one perceives, t...
by pegembara
Thu Nov 22, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to eliminate the conceit ?
Replies: 23
Views: 1094

Re: How to eliminate the conceit ?

"So, as he dwells thus in contemplation of the rise and fall of the five groups of clinging, this subtle remnant from among the five groups of clinging, this subtle remnant of the 'I'-conceit, of the 'I'-desire, this unextirpated lurking tendency to think: 'I am' is brought to an end. https://www.ac...
by pegembara
Tue Nov 20, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where Does The World Go?
Replies: 7
Views: 408

Re: Where Does The World Go?

Some say that when one is unbound, the world disappears. Others maintain that the world remains, however perception and feeling with regard to the six sense spheres is absent. What should be the conclusion? In DN 11 the following comments are made: "'Your question should not be phrased in this way:...
by pegembara
Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Who or what is being mindful?
Replies: 38
Views: 1227

Re: Who or what is being mindful?

And who or what is referred to by Ajahn Chah's "one who knows"? There is the impression of an observer , but what exactly is that? 'That' is the conceit 'I am". "In the same way, friends, it's not that I say 'I am form,' nor do I say 'I am other than form.' It's not that I say, 'I am feeling... per...
by pegembara
Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?
Replies: 58
Views: 1625

Re: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?

What would you do if there IS reincarnation?