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by pegembara
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anatta, Self?
Replies: 47
Views: 2157

Re: Anatta, Self?

Give up all questions except one, "Who am I?" After all the only fact you are sure of is that you "are". The "I am" is certain, the "I am this" is not. Struggle to find out what you are in reality. (Chapter 21; Who Am I?) Be content with what you are sure of. And the only thing you can be sure of i...
by pegembara
Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: how do we know what the buddha looked like?
Replies: 24
Views: 582

Re: how do we know what the buddha looked like?

We know that the Buddha was bald. (1) the core canon explicitly describes the Buddha as a bald-shaven man; moreover, (2) implicitly, these texts are incompatible with the historically-subsequent assumptions about the Buddha’s physical appearance now commonly found in statuary. http://www.newmandala....
by pegembara
Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: What is delusion?
Replies: 7
Views: 91

Re: What is delusion?

Expecting impermanent things to remain permanent, thinking that stressful things are pleasurable eg. the chase for fame/fortune/good looks and believing that the body, thoughts, feelings, perceptions are ours.
by pegembara
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Nibbana in your own words and understanding?
Replies: 14
Views: 198

Re: What is Nibbana in your own words and understanding?

You observe all the arisings/ceasings(sankhara) in meditation. After a while you realise there is "something" that does not arise nor cease. A sense of profound peace is felt punctuated by the sankharas which are felt as a disturbances. Like so: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cc/Wa...
by pegembara
Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Pleasant sensations
Replies: 9
Views: 194

Re: Pleasant sensations

I was just meditating and I had a good awareness going. I noticed when there was a pleasant feeling there was a sense of dissatisfaction while it was happening because I knew that it was going to go away. is this a correct insight? Yes. Known to him they arose, known to him they remained, known to ...
by pegembara
Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How the world empty if it is dependently originated?
Replies: 8
Views: 128

Re: How the world empty if it is dependently originated?

The world is empty precisely because it is dependently originated. It depends on the 6 sense bases functioning. "I will teach you the origination of the world & the ending of the world. The Blessed One said: "And what is the origination of the world? Dependent on the eye & forms there arises eye-con...
by pegembara
Mon Jul 30, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is impermanence (anicca) always suffering?
Replies: 16
Views: 316

Re: Is impermanence (anicca) always suffering?

Is impermanence (anicca) always suffering? If not why it is three marks of existence? 1. Impermanence isn't always painful. When pain goes away, pleasant feeling arise. Question is- Is that freedom from pain permanent? 2. Do you know of anything thing/phenomenon that comes into existence and stays ...
by pegembara
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are painful bodily feeling impermenanet (anicca)?
Replies: 8
Views: 135

Re: Are painful bodily feeling impermenanet (anicca)?

Chronic pain can last for years but their character changes The unpleasant sensation can appear relatively permanent. "When touched with a feeling of pain, the uninstructed run-of-the-mill person sorrows, grieves, & laments, beats his breast, becomes distraught. So he feels two pains,{1} physical & ...
by pegembara
Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Nirodha?
Replies: 80
Views: 1597

Re: What is Nirodha?

Liberation is the realisation that there is no self/atta to get annihilated. no self is a self doctrine liberation is beyond self doctrines Liberation isn't a doctrine. "When he finds estrangement, passion fades out. With the fading of passion, he is liberated. When liberated, there is knowledge th...
by pegembara
Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Nirodha?
Replies: 80
Views: 1597

Re: What is Nirodha?

annihilation is suffering, Nirvana has no suffering some understand annihilation, rather than Nirvana Of course, annihilation is dukkha. Liberation is the realisation that there is no self/atta to get annihilated. The "downside" is that nothing lives forever. That is the middle way - not eternalism...
by pegembara
Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Confusion between Eight fold noble path and Anatta
Replies: 12
Views: 353

Re: Confusion between Eight fold noble path and Anatta

Hello, I wonder what is the philosophy of Buddhism. I guess the whole philosophy of Buddhism is Anatta. (Not self) But, with meditation traditions, it seems that more people and instructors are lay more emphasis on the destination (Nirvana and its path) and not to understand Anatta. I don't see how...
by pegembara
Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Nirodha?
Replies: 80
Views: 1597

Re: What is Nirodha?

At the same time, what good would be the end of suffering if it meant total annihilation? Only people who hate themselves or hate all experience would go for it. Hate is a bit too strong word to use. One gone to the far shore without clinging without effluent his task completed, welcomes the ending...
by pegembara
Wed Jul 25, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Nirodha?
Replies: 80
Views: 1597

Re: What is Nirodha?

“If one is asked, ‘Is there a demonstrable requisite condition for consciousness?’ one should answer, ‘There is.’ “If one is asked, ‘From what requisite condition does consciousness come?’ one should say, ‘Consciousness comes from name-&-form as its requisite condition.’ The Buddha, however, denied...
by pegembara
Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: There is no sound without ear nor ear without sound?
Replies: 72
Views: 1144

Re: There is no sound without ear nor ear without sound?

If the organ of hearing is not working, there is no sound for that person, only vibrations can be felt/seen. Moreover, my world is not silent and void. I take pleasure in watching a flock of birds wheel about in the air, seeing the flow of water through a creek with mini waterfalls, and so on. I con...
by pegembara
Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: enlightenment in theravada
Replies: 14
Views: 297

Re: enlightenment in theravada

Is the release from the fire of passion, the fire of aversion, the fire of delusion. From birth, aging & death, from sorrows, lamentations, pains, distresses, & despairs. It comes from seeing the 3 marks of existence ie. seeing things as they are. “Monks, the All is aflame. Which All is aflame? With...