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by pegembara
Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:01 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Anapanasati Sutra
Replies: 7
Views: 125

Re: Anapanasati Sutra

Actually you don't need an entire book. It's the practice that counts. We use breath as our focus. It serves as that vital reference point from which the mind wanders and is drawn back. Distraction cannot be seen as distraction unless there is some central focus to be distracted from. That is the fr...
by pegembara
Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is timeless model of the dependent origination of conditioned phenomena?
Replies: 32
Views: 392

Re: What is timeless model of the dependent origination of conditioned phenomena?

Time is a mental construct. To me DO is a way of seeing(in the here and now) that is independent of time. Our illusion of the past arises because each Now in Platonia contains objects that appear as "records" in Barbour's language. "The only evidence you have of last week is your memory. But memory ...
by pegembara
Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: If everything ceases, is Buddhism the way to bring the ultimate cessation of the cycle of rebirth? What's after?
Replies: 6
Views: 133

Re: If everything ceases, is Buddhism the way to bring the ultimate cessation of the cycle of rebirth? What's after?

The goal is cessation of dukkha. This can happen while alive ie. nibbana with residue. "Now this, monks, is the noble truth of stress:[1] Birth is stressful, aging is stressful, death is stressful; sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, & despair are stressful; association with the unbeloved is stress...
by pegembara
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does the self view arises ?
Replies: 37
Views: 487

Re: How does the self view arises ?

Answers when, not how. Regarding the studies of children and mirrors, here is how Stern describes what happens to a child at around 18 months: Prior to the age of eighteen months, infants do not seem to know that what they are seeing in a mirror is their own reflection. After eighteen months, they d...
by pegembara
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can you see Dependent Origination instantly at this (thought) moment?
Replies: 48
Views: 645

Re: Can you see Dependent Origination instantly at this (thought) moment?

'This Dhamma is to be seen here & now, timeless, inviting verification, pertinent, to be by the observant for themselves,'

Seen here and now is not the same as at this thought moment. It means what it says literally.
by pegembara
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: voidness: signless meditation
Replies: 17
Views: 292

Re: voidness: signless meditation

‘It is said, “the signless concentration of mind, the signless concentration of mind.” What now is the signless concentration of mind?’ “Then, friends, it occurred to me: ‘Here, by nonattention to all signs, a bhikkhu enters and dwells in the signless concentration of mind. This is called the signl...
by pegembara
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In Praise of Pain
Replies: 42
Views: 671

Re: In Praise of Pain

Pain pushes and pleasure pulls. Choose your poison or not. "Monks, there are these four modes of practice. Which four? Painful practice with slow intuition, painful practice with quick intuition, pleasant practice with slow intuition, & pleasant practice with quick intuition. There is the case where...
by pegembara
Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: At what point the causal link can be broken?
Replies: 43
Views: 545

Re: At what point the casual link can be broken?

Interesting this - https://suttacentral.net/iti53/en/ireland[/i] 53. Feelings (2) This was said by the Lord… “Bhikkhus, there are these three feelings. What three? Pleasant feeling, painful feeling, and neither-pleasant-nor-painful feeling. Pleasant feeling, bhikkhus, should be seen as suffering, pa...
by pegembara
Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:09 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can anyone refute this depressing viewpoint?
Replies: 35
Views: 805

Re: Can anyone refute this depressing viewpoint?

Yes, it can be depressing because your sense of self cannot accept this . Why is this happening to 'me'? Is there any hope for 'me'? How can 'I' escape this? How do 'I' attain nibbana? 18. "That person considers improperly thus: 'Did I exist in the past? Did I not exist in the past? Who was I in the...
by pegembara
Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: At what point the causal link can be broken?
Replies: 43
Views: 545

Re: At what point the causal link can be broken?

Feeling/vedana is a good place to explore. "There are these three kinds of feeling: a pleasant feeling, a painful feeling, and neither-pleasant-nor-painful feeling. On the occasion when one feels a pleasant feeling, one does not feel either a painful feeling or a neither-pleasant-nor-painful feeling...
by pegembara
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:29 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: A question about ego death
Replies: 26
Views: 588

Re: A question about ego death

Hello friends - I am new to this forum and have a burning question that has been bothering me for quite some time. Of course, it is one of 'the' impossible, mysterious questions,' but I am wondering if anyone here among us has also struggled with this and if anyone has any philosophical or practica...
by pegembara
Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:39 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can anyone refute this depressing viewpoint?
Replies: 35
Views: 805

Re: Can anyone refute this depressing viewpoint?

Are intentions permanent?
Do they lead to dukkha? (Of course, they can also lead to the end of dukkha)
If they are neither, are they fit to be regarded as self or belonging to self?

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .than.html
by pegembara
Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What does it mean "hot blood rose out of their mouths"?
Replies: 14
Views: 291

Re: What does it mean "hot blood rose out of their mouths"?

work one's heart out, exert one's utmost effort https://www.proz.com/kudoz/chinese-to-english/idioms-maxims-sayings/1266431-%E5%91%95%E5%BF%83%E6%B2%A5%E8%A1%80.html The vomiting of blood as a result of extreme anger, hatred or sadness is frequently seen in Chinese historical dramas. https://forum.w...
by pegembara
Wed Dec 26, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Most important thing to know...
Replies: 31
Views: 461

Re: The Most important thing to know...

Everything is impermanent and expecting them to be otherwise causes suffering. They are the result of causes and conditions- therefore there is no owner.

How one reacts or don't will determine the results.
by pegembara
Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: When practice Satipathana you can't go beyond first Jhana?
Replies: 33
Views: 923

Re: When practice Satipathana you can't go beyond first Jhana?

The only time you stop practicing ie. noting arising and passing is during cessation of perception and feeling as well as the dimension of neither perception nor non-perception. Furthermore, with the abandoning of pleasure & stress — as with the earlier disappearance of elation & distress — Sariputt...