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by pegembara
Wed May 23, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Thoughts and Suffering
Replies: 26
Views: 436

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: 81

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: 1621

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: 1621

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: 1621

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: 1621

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: 1621

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: 1621

Re: Re:

"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: 2027

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: 2027

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...
by pegembara
Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:45 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do we have a soul till Nibbana?
Replies: 116
Views: 2027

Re: Do we have a soul till Nibbana?

"Just as an oil lamp burns in dependence on oil & wick; and from the termination of the oil & wick — and from not being provided any other sustenance — it goes out unnourished; in the same way, when sensing a feeling limited to the body, he discerns that 'I am sensing a feeling limited to the body.'...
by pegembara
Sat Mar 24, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Why being a loner may be good for your health
Replies: 18
Views: 551

Re: Why being a loner may be good for your health

While it may be good for some people, the majority are better off with social networking. Even the Buddha agreed. However good friends are really hard to find. As he was sitting there, Ven. Ananda said to the Blessed One, "This is half of the holy life, lord: admirable friendship, admirable companio...
by pegembara
Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are we dead now?
Replies: 12
Views: 408

Re: Are we dead now?

Dead men tell no tales. By merely asking/thinking, "you" already show that you are not dead.
by pegembara
Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If I am reborn it is not me. So why I care about the rebirth?
Replies: 120
Views: 2905

Re: If I am reborn it is not me. So why I care about the rebirth?

No, you shouldn't. You should instead care more about becoming dispassionate about stories of the "self" and gaining freedom. Rebirth(stored memories) might well be true but believing in it is not that helpful. "Monks, an uninstructed run-of-the-mill person might grow disenchanted with this body com...
by pegembara
Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If I am reborn it is not me. So why I care about the rebirth?
Replies: 120
Views: 2905

Re: If I am reborn it is not me. So why I care about the rebirth?

If I am reborn it is not me. So why I care about the rebirth? No you shouldn't. You should instead care about the doctrine of anatta(no self or not self). For if "what" is reborn is merely a conglomerate of the 5 aggregates which are not self, you wouldn't care. "Suppose a person were to gather or b...
by pegembara
Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If I am reborn it is not me. So why I care about the rebirth?
Replies: 120
Views: 2905

Re: If I am reborn it is not me. So why I care about the rebirth?

I'm holding my breath right now and therefore its not just a process that takes place without a will. Does "your" breathing stop when you fall asleep? What happens when "you" forget to breathe? When you're not purposefully stopping it, you've got it on autopilot, like when you're driving a car and ...
by pegembara
Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If I am reborn it is not me. So why I care about the rebirth?
Replies: 120
Views: 2905

Re: If I am reborn it is not me. So why I care about the rebirth?

Good point. How can belief in rebirth end dukkha? Because rebirth is ultimately the very definition of dukkha (as the Dhammapada quote below will show) and is what you're supposed to be trying to end. If you merely live once and then die, then dukkha just ends with death and you don't need to do an...
by pegembara
Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If I am reborn it is not me. So why I care about the rebirth?
Replies: 120
Views: 2905

Re: If I am reborn it is not me. So why I care about the rebirth?

Why do we need to look at before death and after death I wonder, we can just look between just two "breaths"!. The one who breaths the next breath, is not the one who took the previous one!. Curious? for if it were the same, we would never have grown old! There are countless breaths we've taken, th...
by pegembara
Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If I am reborn it is not me. So why I care about the rebirth?
Replies: 120
Views: 2905

Re: If I am reborn it is not me. So why I care about the rebirth?

Why do we need to look at before death and after death I wonder, we can just look between just two "breaths"!. The one who breaths the next breath, is not the one who took the previous one!. Curious? for if it were the same, we would never have grown old! There are countless breaths we've taken, th...
by pegembara
Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If I am reborn it is not me. So why I care about the rebirth?
Replies: 120
Views: 2905

Re: If I am reborn it is not me. So why I care about the rebirth?

Good point. How can belief in rebirth end dukkha? Instead one should pay attention to what is happening right here and now. "Because such a person considers attentively the factors which should not be considered and does not consider attentively the factors which should be considered, there arise in...