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by pegembara
Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ideas, emptiness, etc.
Replies: 11
Views: 118

Re: Ideas, emptiness, etc.

So is the real issue here the contradiction between Life and Idea? Reality is but when ideas and expectations clash with it, problems are created. There is a saying: If you don’t have a problem… then don’t worry. If you have a problem, but you can’t do something about it….then don’t worry. If you h...
by pegembara
Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I'm trying to attain some inner peace here
Replies: 26
Views: 368

Re: I'm trying to attain some inner peace here

Try something less difficult like listening to sounds of nature, music or whatever. Anything that temporarily takes one out of one's thoughts. Do that until the mind gets used to the relaxed state just like the young Buddha used to do under a tree while his father was working in the field.
by pegembara
Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Nibbana?
Replies: 14
Views: 156

Re: What is Nibbana?

In essence, then, the Middle Teaching[23] describes two processes: 1. Samudaya: the origination mode of the Dependent Origination cycle: ignorance => volitional impulses ... becoming => birth => aging and death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief and despair = the arising of suffering. 2. Nirodha: th...
by pegembara
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Nibbana?
Replies: 14
Views: 156

Re: What is Nibbana?

I have heard that on one occasion Ven. Sariputta was staying near Rajagaha in the Bamboo Grove, the Squirrels' Feeding Sanctuary. There he said to the monks, "This Unbinding is "pleasant", friends. This Unbinding is pleasant." When this was said, Ven. Udayin said to Ven. Sariputta, "But what is the...
by pegembara
Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Nibbana?
Replies: 14
Views: 156

Re: What is Nibbana?

There's the conditioned and there's the unconditioned and the realisation that they coexist. Form and emptiness. The conditioned includes all the sights, sounds, smells, tastes. touch, feelings, thoughts, impressions etc. They arise and pass. The unconditioned has been there all along but because on...
by pegembara
Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 38
Views: 437

Re: Free Will

Perhaps one should inquire if one's intentions are conditioned or unconditioned. Conditioned. And it is precisely because they are conditioned that there is the possibility of change for better or worse. Change isn't the problem. Ignorance is. The mistake is to think that one can control change in ...
by pegembara
Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 38
Views: 437

Re: Free Will

Perhaps one should inquire if one's intentions are conditioned or unconditioned. The answer given is that they are dependent on contact/phassa among other things. So is our pain entirely self inflicted or not? If not, how intention("will") has to be conditioned. "Whatever brahmans & contemplatives, ...
by pegembara
Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is all happiness dukkha, or only some forms of it? If the latter, how do we distinguish dukkha from nondukkha happiness?
Replies: 15
Views: 238

Re: Is all happiness dukkha, or only some forms of it? If the latter, how do we distinguish dukkha from nondukkha happin

Joy At Last To Know There Is No Happiness In The World - Ajahn Brahm Doesn't Ajahan Brahm teach people to find joy in meditation, specifically in the Jhanas? But here he is referring to something finer than that. It's great to be able to reflect on the Jhanas. First Jhana is so much less than you h...
by pegembara
Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is all happiness dukkha, or only some forms of it? If the latter, how do we distinguish dukkha from nondukkha happiness?
Replies: 15
Views: 238

Re: Is all happiness dukkha, or only some forms of it? If the latter, how do we distinguish dukkha from nondukkha happin

Joy At Last To Know There Is No Happiness In The World - Ajahn Brahm The Happiness And Suffering Of The Senses Are Just Contrast - That's All It is the nature of a human being to get suffering and happiness in roughly equal proportions. If we're suffering now, it's because of some happiness that we...
by pegembara
Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ignorance or craving as the cause of suffering?
Replies: 20
Views: 501

Re: Ignorance or craving as the cause of suffering?

According to the four noble truths, craving is the cause of suffering and by removing all forms of craving - craving for sensual pleasure, craving for existence and craving for non-existence - we become liberated. According to dependent origination, the first link in the round of births and the roo...
by pegembara
Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:41 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Volitions at the end of life
Replies: 4
Views: 91

Re: Volitions at the end of life

It's complicated. "There are these four unconjecturables that are not to be conjectured about, that would bring madness & vexation to anyone who conjectured about them. Which four? "The Buddha-range of the Buddhas[1] is an unconjecturable that is not to be conjectured about, that would bring madness...
by pegembara
Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:51 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: question regarding not-self of volition and conscious action
Replies: 8
Views: 216

Re: question regarding not-self of volition and conscious action

Put in another way, you feel that volition/intention/kamma is produced by a self. That self is then subject to the consequences of one's actions. That is mundane right view. "And what is right view? Right view, I tell you, is of two sorts: There is right view with effluents [asava], siding with meri...
by pegembara
Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Internal / External - significance and meaning
Replies: 96
Views: 1844

Re: Internal / External - significance and meaning

That requires thinking. How are "they" feeling, thinking etc? One stops viewing thoughts as just thoughts as directly experienced. Doesn't that require thinking too ? One who is mentally retarded or a baby will not "view thoughts as directly experienced". Interpreting information about both interna...
by pegembara
Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Internal / External - significance and meaning
Replies: 96
Views: 1844

Re: Internal / External - significance and meaning

Sure, it's all wind property, but it seems the distinction between between internal and external is valid, based on where the wind property is actually felt - is it felt as pressure on your skin ( external ), or as the movement of your chest/abdomen ( internal )? In any case the internal/external d...
by pegembara
Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Internal / External - significance and meaning
Replies: 96
Views: 1844

Re: Internal / External - significance and meaning

Point is that skin is a mental image built up through thinking . If one stop putting names to things like skin, chest or abdomen the distinction of ext/internal goes away. Just wind property and not "Wind on my face". or even "Where am I feeling this wind?" Even space is conceptualised as internal/...
by pegembara
Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Internal / External - significance and meaning
Replies: 96
Views: 1844

Re: Internal / External - significance and meaning

I could, for example, stand by the sea with my eyes closed, and feel the light pressure of wind on my face - but only if the wind is actually blowing! That would be felt as "external" only if one has a mental image of being embodied. Likewise for "internal" winds. Without that image there is no inn...
by pegembara
Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:39 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What makes make-believe so attractive?
Replies: 8
Views: 222

Re: What makes make-believe so attractive?

Always feeling young, strong and healthy, living together happily ever after, having all that one wants (wealth, power, fame, control). All these are adukkha, no? Even if they are make-believe.

This is the False Promise of Happiness.
by pegembara
Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Internal / External - significance and meaning
Replies: 96
Views: 1844

Re: Internal / External - significance and meaning

"And what is the wind property? The wind property may be either internal or external. What is the internal wind property? Anything internal, belonging to oneself, that's wind, windy, & sustained: up-going winds, down-going winds, winds in the stomach, winds in the intestines, winds that course thro...
by pegembara
Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Internal / External - significance and meaning
Replies: 96
Views: 1844

Re: Internal / External - significance and meaning

"And what is the liquid property? The liquid property may be either internal or external. What is the internal liquid property? Anything internal, belonging to oneself, that's liquid, watery, & sustained: bile, phlegm, pus, blood, sweat, fat, tears, oil, saliva, mucus, oil-of-the-joints, urine, or ...
by pegembara
Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the difference between Dhithi (view) and Panna (wisdom)?
Replies: 12
Views: 231

Re: What is the difference between Dhithi (view) and Panna (wisdom)?

Hello: You could say that "a thicket of views" are the 12 links arising, and wisdom are the 12 links ceasing. In buddhism wisdom is understanding that process, not being caught in the dreamworld of the 12 links. Good point. I understand the same in a diffrent way. In Noble Eightfold Path you start ...