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by pegembara
Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meditation for beginners - Anicca
Replies: 16
Views: 215

Re: Meditation for beginners - Anicca

You may like the so called beginner's handbook by Bhante G. Once your mind is free from thought, it becomes clearly wakeful and at rest in an utterly simple awareness. This awareness cannot be described adequately. Words are not enough. It can only be experienced. Breath ceases to be just breath; it...
by pegembara
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Antenna consciousness theory
Replies: 3
Views: 150

Re: Antenna consciousness theory

I think viewing the mind as an antenna makes a lot of suttas make more sense, like for example suttas on eye consciousness getting in contact with eye aggregates.. What do you think? My take is that consciousness isn't a thing/noun but rather is a process/verb. One can be conscious of sights, sound...
by pegembara
Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Determinism vs Dependent origination
Replies: 44
Views: 704

Re: Determinism vs Dependent origination

James Tan wrote:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:28 am
There is Relative(free) will but Not Absolute free will .
The only freedom we have is to follow our desires or not. What happens when there are no more desires?

As for determinism - Is the radioactive decay deterministic or random?
by pegembara
Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Anicca, Dukkha and Anatta are the five clinging-aggregate?
Replies: 55
Views: 1072

Re: What is Anicca, Dukkha and Anatta are the five clinging-aggregate?

Don't play with sandcastles(5 aggregates). Their nature is dukkha. "Just as when boys or girls are playing with little sand castles:[4] as long as they are not free from passion, desire, love, thirst, fever, & craving for those little sand castles, that's how long they have fun with those sand castl...
by pegembara
Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sutta teachings about forgiveness
Replies: 15
Views: 375

Re: Sutta teachings about forgiveness

Forgiveness is given to those who have caused hurt and make the blood boil. The ultimate idea is transcendence, like water off a duck's back not forgiveness. "In the same way, monks, there are these five aspects of speech by which others may address you: timely or untimely, true or false, affectiona...
by pegembara
Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:26 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Christian is troubled by thoughts...
Replies: 3
Views: 293

Re: A Christian is troubled by thoughts...

Yesterday morning on the way to the Steeple House an immensely violent thought shot into my mind, a picture of me hitting someone who has brought me a lot of trouble over the years. I tell people who are disturbed by the same sort of things that pop into their awareness that this isn't uncommon, th...
by pegembara
Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: enlightening by hearing the dhamma
Replies: 11
Views: 289

Re: enlightening by hearing the dhamma

Their minds were close to liberation and only needed a little push to send them over. Examples "Now, Aggivessana, this body — endowed with form, composed of the four primary elements, born from mother & father, nourished with rice & porridge, subject to inconstancy, rubbing, pressing, dissolution, a...
by pegembara
Sat Sep 29, 2018 3:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Not self - Ven. Yuttadhammo got it wrong too?
Replies: 30
Views: 788

Re: Not self - Ven. Yuttadhammo got it wrong too?

In the following video Ven. Yuttadhammo said not-self means nothing under your control. Is this the Theravada teaching? To me, the message is "everything is uncertain". In other words not under your control. Others may read differently. Who knows? As long as our practice, our peace of mind, is depe...
by pegembara
Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it possible to take birth at will ?
Replies: 8
Views: 191

Re: Is it possible to take birth at will ?

"A monk who is a trainee — yearning for the unexcelled relief from bondage, his aspirations as yet unfulfilled — directly knows earth as earth. Directly knowing earth as earth, let him not conceive things about earth, let him not conceive things in earth, let him not conceive things coming out of e...
by pegembara
Thu Sep 27, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Seeing Impermanence, what does this mean
Replies: 7
Views: 249

Re: Seeing Impermanence, what does this mean

Seeing anicca leads to disidentification with the seen, heard, smelled, tasted, sensed, cognized (not me, not mine not I). Also the realisation that everything that arises passes away and isn't self -sabbe sankhara anicca, sabbe sankhara anatta. At Savatthi. "Monks, eye-consciousness is inconstant, ...
by pegembara
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:37 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Developing Nimittas as in Visuddhimagga ?
Replies: 9
Views: 368

Re: Developing Nimittas as in Visuddhimagga ?

How about this? ‘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 c...
by pegembara
Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Liberation: Striving & Urgency
Replies: 13
Views: 283

Re: Liberation: Striving & Urgency

.... Ultimately, race or nation makes little difference. Dhamma is known by liberation and liberation is reached due to an urgency for it. Not to digress, but isn't liberation something that JUST happens? Not something you strive for and attain? Even the Buddha suddenly attained it and NOT while he...
by pegembara
Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth is suffering ! So is death !
Replies: 26
Views: 567

Re: Rebirth is suffering ! So is death !

[The bandit chief:] Those who for the sake of sacrifice for the sake of wealth we have killed in the past, against their will have trembled & babbled from fear. But you — you show no fear; your complexion brightens. Why don't you lament in the face of what's greatly to be feared [Ven. Adhimutta:] Th...
by pegembara
Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:32 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Clear Comprehending
Replies: 19
Views: 507

Re: Clear Comprehending



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by pegembara
Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Clear Comprehending
Replies: 19
Views: 507

Re: Clear Comprehending

In the Sutta Pitaka, the Buddha gave two explanations of the term sampajañña. In the Samyutta-nikaya the Buddha defines sampajano as follows: Kathañca, bhikkhave, bhikkhu sampajano hoti? Idha, bhikkhave, bhikkhuno vidita vedana uppajjanti, vidita upatthahanti, vidita abbhattham gacchanti; vidita sañ...