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by pegembara
Fri Nov 22, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: An incorporeal mind?
Replies: 5
Views: 110

Re: An incorporeal mind?

"Mind" is without body or should I say the body is within "mind". "Mind" can 'travel' to the past or future and be 'anywhere' via Facetime/Skype in an instant. Letting go of the "Mind" is really tough. "Monks, an uninstructed run-of-the-mill person might grow disenchanted with this body composed of ...
by pegembara
Mon Nov 18, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Must we suffer, in order to get free from suffering?
Replies: 20
Views: 411

Re: Must we suffer, in order to get free from suffering?

There is a saying- When you are alive you just can't let go but when you are dying you just can't hold one. So start practising while you still can. If you are old enough, the experience of your friends/loved ones passing from the scene will give you pause. "Mindfulness of death, when developed & pu...
by pegembara
Mon Nov 18, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Why is Nibbana desirable?
Replies: 27
Views: 749

Re: Why is Nibbana desirable?

Nibbana is the absence of desire. As long as you have not arrived at the desireless, you will always desire to have things including Nibbana itself. There are those who don't wish to be monkeys running after one banana after another blindly being led by their desires. Absolute freedom. Self-restrain...
by pegembara
Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:00 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: four frames of mindfulness
Replies: 16
Views: 620

Re: four frames of mindfulness

I am planning to practise four frames of mindfulness from today and at end of seventh year ill hope to be free from suffering. can anyone tell apart from the instruction, we should separate awareness from 5 clinging aggregate? Not so much to separate "awareness" from aggregates. More to just stop c...
by pegembara
Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: We can't change the past. So isn't the past permanent?
Replies: 38
Views: 565

Re: We can't change the past. So isn't the past permanent?

What Are False Memories? Although memories seem to be a solid, straightforward sum of who people are, strong evidence suggests that memories are actually quite complex, subject to change, and often unreliable. Memories can be reconstructed as people age and also as their worldview changes. They can ...
by pegembara
Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: You have to be an Arahant to become an Arahant!!
Replies: 13
Views: 220

Re: You have to be an Arahant to become an Arahant!!

You don't become anything- not even an arahant. Even the thought that you are an arahant proves that you aren't! "Any consciousness whatsoever that is past, future, or present; internal or external; blatant or subtle; common or sublime; far or near: every consciousness is to be seen as it actually i...
by pegembara
Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: We can't change the past. So isn't the past permanent?
Replies: 38
Views: 565

Re: We can't change the past. So isn't the past permanent?

If the past were permanent you can't grow old. You wouldn't be able to call it the "past"!
by pegembara
Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Among the Twelve Nidānas, why does Avijjā lead to Saṅkhāra?
Replies: 18
Views: 328

Re: Among the Twelve Nidānas, why does Avijjā lead to Saṅkhāra?

The best simile I know is that from Sayadaw U Pandita posted elsewhere. When Catholics say " Eternal Rest Eternal rest grant unto them", do they truly mean what they say? Let us imagine that there is a multimillionaire or millionairesse who has available to him or her all the imaginable sense pleasu...
by pegembara
Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Among the Twelve Nidānas, why does Avijjā lead to Saṅkhāra?
Replies: 18
Views: 328

Re: Among the Twelve Nidānas, why does Avijjā lead to Saṅkhāra?

Avijja is not realising that "All" is burning. Without disenchantment(nibbida) sankhara(preparations will keep arising). The sequence “nibbidā virāgā nirodhā". "Bhikkhus, all is burning. And what is the all that is burning? "The eye is burning, forms are burning, eye-consciousness is burning, eye-co...
by pegembara
Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sankhara or dhamma?
Replies: 7
Views: 236

Re: Sankhara or dhamma?

This has indubitably been asked many times, but the words are so common I'm not going to even attempt to search the forum for an answer, so I was hoping wise folk here could help me. Sabbe sankhara anicca. Sabbe sankhara dukkha. Sabbe dhamma anatta. Is this statement true: Sabbe dhamma anicca? Is t...
by pegembara
Sun Nov 10, 2019 3:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Existence and bhava
Replies: 17
Views: 428

Re: Existence and bhava

IMO namarupa is the 5 aggregates or the totality of experience or the "world"(loka). "I will teach you the origination of the world & the ending of the world. Listen & pay close attention. I will speak." https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn12/sn12.044.than.html Origin of stress and ending ...
by pegembara
Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:40 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: In which sutta does the Buddha explain what no self means?
Replies: 10
Views: 394

Re: In which sutta does the Buddha explain what no self means?

Self means dukkha. You can work out from this what liberation from dukkha means. Hint- The complete absence of self views. No I, me or mine stories. "This is how he attends inappropriately: 'Was I in the past? Was I not in the past? What was I in the past? How was I in the past? Having been what, wh...
by pegembara
Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Existence and bhava
Replies: 17
Views: 428

Re: Existence and bhava

Now what, bhikkhus, is the Nibbana-element with no residue left? Here a bhikkhu is an arahant... completely released through final knowledge. For him, here in this very life, all that is experienced, not being delighted in, will be extinguished. That, bhikkhus, is called the Nibbana-element with no...
by pegembara
Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Existence and bhava
Replies: 17
Views: 428

Re: Existence and bhava

Does the existence meaning as alive and existing carry same meaning as bhava or becoming or continuation ? What then is No coming back to renewed existence ? Not being Alive and Not Existing ? Not Existing appear to be a kind of annihilation . “It is because of ignorance, this great delusion, that ...
by pegembara
Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What decides my choices and actions?
Replies: 10
Views: 213

Re: What decides my choices and actions?

What/who acts is not a valid question. The proper way is to ask what condition leads to those choices and actions? "You" feel hot, so "you" turn up the cooler for example. Perhaps it is contact at the six senses and so forth. "Lord, who feels?" "Not a valid question," the Blessed One said. "I don't ...