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by pegembara
Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does one observe Anatta ?
Replies: 108
Views: 1637

Re: How does one observe Anatta ?

Anatta is a realisation - "Oh, it really is like this." Just watch the flow of experience. “I remember when I was living as a monk in England and I would sometimes go visit Ajahn Sumedho in his room and on the wall he had a picture of an old man sitting inside his little brick cottage on a rainy day...
by pegembara
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does one observe Anatta ?
Replies: 108
Views: 1637

Re: How does one observe Anatta ?

Consider this - Who hears? Is there a gap between the perceiver of sounds– sounds and hearing– or is there just one process that we call hearing? Test it with a sound. Stop everything for two minutes and listen intently to all sounds that are present. Is there a hearer of sounds, separate from heari...
by pegembara
Tue May 29, 2018 4:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I apply Anatta to inanimate objects?
Replies: 48
Views: 630

Re: Can I apply Anatta to inanimate objects?

Not self; ownerless. No thingness does apply to inanimate objects. Characteristic of absence of essential characteristic or self inherent existence within all things. Among all the things that do exist in the universe, none do exist by itself. Any object or being can be nothing else than a compound...
by pegembara
Mon May 28, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Doubt, Dhamma and the Middle Way
Replies: 68
Views: 802

Re: Doubt, Dhamma and the Middle Way

Greetings, In the Dhamma, doubt is one of the five hindrances. Doubt specifically about the Dhamma also causes issues... "Furthermore, there is the case of the person in doubt & perplexity, who has not arrived at certainty with regard to the True Dhamma. Then he comes down with a serious disease. A...
by pegembara
Sat May 26, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I apply Anatta to inanimate objects?
Replies: 48
Views: 630

Re: Can I apply Anatta to inanimate objects?

Is the United States atta? Break it down into its component and you realise the US was determined into existence. It is anatta. So is the US Dollar bill. River Ganges. They are convenient, agreed upon fictions. Appearances are determined into existence. Why must we determine them? Because they don't...
by pegembara
Wed May 23, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Thoughts and Suffering
Replies: 26
Views: 621

Re: Thoughts and Suffering

In my own practice, I have found that thoughts seem to contribute the most to suffering than any of the other five sense objects. Would this be a fair statement? Akase padam natthi, samano natthi bahire, Papancabhirata paja, nippapanca tathagata. There are no footprints in the sky; You won’t find t...
by pegembara
Tue May 08, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: subduing hatred
Replies: 2
Views: 105

Re: subduing hatred

The Anger-Eating Demon (retold) Once there lived a "demon" (asura) who had a peculiar diet: He fed on the anger of others. His feeding ground was the human world. And there was no lack of food for him. For he found it easy to provoke a family quarrel, or national even racial hatred. So to stir up a...
by pegembara
Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind lives on after death?
Replies: 40
Views: 1696

Re: Mind lives on after death?

1) Is a self something that one cannot point to? 2) Can one point to the impersonal citta? Where is it? Or, by "pointing", do you mean "referring", as in "How can it be self if one can refer to it?" 3) If so, is a self something that one cannot refer to? An example. One can only see an image of one...
by pegembara
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind lives on after death?
Replies: 40
Views: 1696

Re: Mind lives on after death?

Does that mean that it is OK to regard the impersonal citta as self? How can it be self if one can point to it? 1) Is a self something that one cannot point to? 2) Can one point to the impersonal citta? Where is it? Or, by "pointing", do you mean "referring", as in "How can it be self if one can re...
by pegembara
Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind lives on after death?
Replies: 40
Views: 1696

Re: Mind lives on after death?

Sam Vara wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:26 am
pegembara wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:31 am
The impersonal citta is not part of the 5 aggregates which are to be regarded as not self and thus gain freedom.
Does that mean that it is OK to regard the impersonal citta as self?
How can it be self if one can point to it?
by pegembara
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind lives on after death?
Replies: 40
Views: 1696

Re: Mind lives on after death?

The impersonal citta is not part of the 5 aggregates which are to be regarded as not self and thus gain freedom. "So, bhikkhus any kind of form whatever, whether past, future or presently arisen, whether gross or subtle, whether in oneself or external, whether inferior or superior, whether far or ne...
by pegembara
Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind lives on after death?
Replies: 40
Views: 1696

Re: Mind lives on after death?

type of consciousness arises and ceases consciousness is always operative although consciousness is impersonal To clear possible confusion with terms here. First there is the 6 vinnanas. Then there is the citta which isn't personal that experiences or is aware of the arising/ceasing of the 6 vinnan...
by pegembara
Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind lives on after death?
Replies: 40
Views: 1696

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"As I understand the dhamma (the Teaching) as taught by the Bhagava, it is the same Consciousness which migrates and runs on (from existence to existence) and there is no other besides it (that does so)." Consciousness is continuous, yet changing same Consciousness is wrong Which of the six vinnana...
by pegembara
Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:51 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do we have a soul till Nibbana?
Replies: 116
Views: 2316

Re: Do we have a soul till Nibbana?

Akase padam natthi, samano natthi bahire, Papancabhirata paja, nippapanca tathagata. There are no footprints in the sky; You won’t find the sage out there. The world delights in conceptual proliferation (papanca). Buddhas delight in the ending of that (nippapanca). https://tricycle.org/magazine/tang...
by pegembara
Wed Mar 28, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do we have a soul till Nibbana?
Replies: 116
Views: 2316

Re: Do we have a soul till Nibbana?

If indeed there is a "soul" it is still not self. It's consistent with the saying that all things are not self - Sabbe dhamma anatta. "Suppose a person were to gather or burn or do as he likes with the grass, twigs, branches, & leaves here in Jeta's Grove. Would the thought occur to you, 'It's us th...