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by pegembara
Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is expanded ego better than the contracted ego?
Replies: 11
Views: 194

Re: Is expanded ego better than the contracted ego?

The point that includes is better than the point that excludes.
by pegembara
Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:51 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Support of consciousness in Arupadhatu
Replies: 17
Views: 365

Re: Support of consciousness in Arupadhatu

Clearly the mind can transcend the form dimension(rupadhatu). Then comes infinite space, infinite consciousness, nothingness. The next two states: dimension of neither perception nor non-perception and cessation of feeling & perception may well be where consciousness isn't even present until the min...
by pegembara
Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What’s More Enjoyable?
Replies: 10
Views: 237

Re: What’s More Enjoyable?

Instead of using (the loaded term for some) meditation, why not use mental cultivation(bhavana). Also whether one wants a temporary relief or a more permanent solution. And what is the development of concentration that, when developed & pursued, leads to a pleasant abiding in the here & now? There i...
by pegembara
Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the view (Ditthi)? How it deffer from thoughts (Sankappa)
Replies: 26
Views: 441

Re: What is the view (Ditthi)? How it deffer from thoughts (Sankappa)

The question is why do people have views. Can't we live without views? There obviously are different understandings of 'view'. In the context of 'right view', 'view' is considered to be panna in Theravada. Then there are other non-Theravada teachings that teach "no view" which also includes 'right ...
by pegembara
Thu Jun 25, 2020 4:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I be happy without an external object?
Replies: 59
Views: 710

Re: Can I be happy without an external object?

whynotme wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 4:02 am
........., which im not really interested in.
Fine by me.
by pegembara
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I be happy without an external object?
Replies: 59
Views: 710

Re: Can I be happy without an external object?

How can you be conscious of the unconscious? You cannot, it is contradictio in adjecto . So the unconscious is some useless term? No, it is the unconscious of the others. "You have a smudge on your robe, Venerable." "Oh, thank you, layman." So it is an aware question. Awareness of one’s self. Simil...
by pegembara
Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I be happy without an external object?
Replies: 59
Views: 710

Re: Can I be happy without an external object?

The question is can you be happy with any object? How long is that happiness going to last? Such a question is inappropriate because every object has its subject (that is happy/unhappy) and every subject has its (found) object, there is subject-object correlation. How so? When you/subject get a new...
by pegembara
Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I be happy without an external object?
Replies: 59
Views: 710

Re: Can I be happy without an external object?

The question is can you be happy with any object?
How long is that happiness going to last?

Or can you be contented with the moment; rather than wishing for it to last(and not end) or for it to be otherwise(This too shall pass!).
by pegembara
Tue Jun 23, 2020 3:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Clinging
Replies: 30
Views: 531

Re: Clinging

Thanks, everyone, for your input. And thanks, Bhante, for your link to the encyclopedia article from Bhikkhu Analayo. Everyone apart from an arahant has some degree of clinging. One of the most fundamental being clinging to life or existence (bhava tanha). This struggle for survival, of course, lea...
by pegembara
Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Clinging
Replies: 30
Views: 531

Re: Clinging

Let's say someone is starving... are they clinging when they think all the time about food? Everyone apart from an arahant has some degree of clinging. One of the most fundamental being clinging to life or existence (bhava tanha). This struggle for survival, of course, leads to mental suffering. Ro...
by pegembara
Sat Jun 20, 2020 3:17 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: About the Pain Body
Replies: 8
Views: 276

Re: About the Pain Body

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by pegembara
Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: About the Pain Body
Replies: 8
Views: 276

Re: About the Pain Body

The physical body isn't yours. The 'pain body' isn't yours either. Interestingly the mind made body can also influence the physical one. "Monks, an uninstructed run-of-the-mill person might grow disenchanted with this body composed of the four great elements, might grow dispassionate toward it, migh...
by pegembara
Wed Jun 17, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: vipasanna for 6 sense base
Replies: 6
Views: 171

Re: vipasanna for 6 sense base

I remember I would sometimes go visit Ajahn Sumedho in his room. On the wall he had a picture of an old man sitting inside his little cottage on a rainy day, sitting just inside the window, looking out, and in his hand he held a cup of coffee. And I remember Ajahn Sumedho saying, for him this was t...
by pegembara
Thu Jun 11, 2020 2:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: incline the mind to deathless? what?
Replies: 51
Views: 828

Re: incline the mind to deathless? what?

so what is incline the mind to deathless, what one cognize? how to understand? It is the same as turning away from the conditioned or sankhara. A laying down of the burden of the five aggregates partially at first before the final nibbana. The Buddha then spoke of ways to dissolve the fetters throu...
by pegembara
Tue Jun 09, 2020 4:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Nirvana a suicide in the good sense of the word?
Replies: 60
Views: 956

Re: Is Nirvana a suicide in the good sense of the word?

This includes And if I — being asked by Vacchagotta the wanderer if there is no self — were to answer that there is no self, the bewildered Vacchagotta would become even more bewildered: 'Does the self I used to have now not exist?' that sutta is difficult to understand very difficult Indeed. So is...