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by pegembara
Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why does a comedian go to hell or animal womb?
Replies: 52
Views: 555

Re: Why does a comedian go to hell or animal womb?

"Now suppose that a magician or magician's apprentice were to display a magic trick at a major intersection, and a man with good eyesight were to see it, observe it, & appropriately examine it. To him — seeing it, observing it, & appropriately examining it — it would appear empty, void, without sub...
by pegembara
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Hindu Practice Vs Buddhist Practice
Replies: 85
Views: 1013

Re: Hindu Practice Vs Buddhist Practice

VI. Dharana (Concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness) Dharana means "immovable concentration of the mind". The essential idea is to hold the concentration or focus of attention in one direction. "When the body has been tempered by asanas, when the mind has been refined by the fire ...
by pegembara
Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is Nirvana permanent?
Replies: 62
Views: 3714

Re: Why is Nirvana permanent?

Permanence and impermanence are time bound. The unconditioned is not time bound - so is neither permanent or impermanent which depends on time. It is beyond time(timeless)....and space. There is, bhikkhus, that base where there is no earth, no water, no fire, no air; no base consisting of the infini...
by pegembara
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Beautiful and inspiring words about Nibbana
Replies: 20
Views: 316

Re: Beautiful and inspiring words about Nibbana

"Bhikkhus, all is burning. And what is the all that is burning? "The eye is burning, forms are burning, eye-consciousness is burning, eye-contact is burning, also whatever is felt as pleasant or painful or neither-painful-nor-pleasant that arises with eye-contact for its indispensable condition, th...
by pegembara
Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: An unique experiment - First time on a buddhist forum
Replies: 72
Views: 1162

Re: An unique experiment - First time on a buddhist forum

Here, nobody is making unfalsifiable claims. Falsification can only apply to objects of experience (i.e. is my experience this way, or that way) but Vallicella never suggests that the self might be an object of experience. So you are deploying the FSM trope inappropriately. The problem regarding th...
by pegembara
Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 134
Views: 2074

Re: "Is there a Self?"

A very strange question to ask if indeed there is a self, don't you think? Of course, "I" exist! "I think, therefore I am" or I am the thinker who thinks thoughts. How odd then that one doesn't know what the next thought will be before it makes an appearance. Can one separate thinking from the think...
by pegembara
Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Advice for getting over being humiliated?
Replies: 14
Views: 217

Re: Advice for getting over being humiliated?

In most cases the humiliating situation happened only once. If one keeps replaying the scenario over and over again, one is merely repeating the humiliation. Who do you think is responsible for the repeated humiliation? Who is the one really responsible for the pain and hurt? If something causes hur...
by pegembara
Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 134
Views: 2074

Re: "Is there a Self?"

There is a huge difference between no-self, what the Buddha did not teach and not-self, what he did. I think this discrepancy would clear up a large amount of misundersanding of his teaching on anatta. :namaste: If all things(conditioned and unconditioned) are not self (sabbe dhamma anatta), the co...
by pegembara
Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: nibbāna is the cessation of existence
Replies: 133
Views: 1974

Re: nibbāna is the cessation of existence

Nibbana is cessation-fullstop. "This is peace, this is exquisite — the stilling of all fabrications, the relinquishment of all acquisitions, the ending of craving, dispassion, cessation, Unbinding." — MN 64 The "stilling of all fabrications" here just refers to volitional activity associated with c...
by pegembara
Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Negative feelings after meditating on Anicca
Replies: 16
Views: 264

Re: Negative feelings after meditating on Anicca

Hi, Has anyone experienced a negative outcome after meditating on Impermanence? I have been experiencing a palpable dread and sense of futility as a result. I guess the realisation is there, but now it seems to have sapped some of the enjoyment and pleasure I would normally have experienced from th...
by pegembara
Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: nibbāna is the cessation of existence
Replies: 133
Views: 1974

Re: nibbāna is the cessation of existence

Being awake to how a being (your existence) come about. So it's about the realisation of our non-existence. I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying near Savatthi at Jeta's Grove, Anathapindika's monastery. Then Ven. Radha went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, having bowed do...
by pegembara
Thu Feb 01, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: nibbāna is the cessation of existence
Replies: 133
Views: 1974

Re: nibbāna is the cessation of existence

alfa wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:58 am
If nibbana is cessation, then what stops a person from committing suicide and attaining nibbana?

Not being flippant. Genuinely like to know.
Greed, "hatred" and delusion. Those have not ceased! A suicidal person wants the "self" to cease existing. That is far from being one who is fully awake.
by pegembara
Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: nibbāna is the cessation of existence
Replies: 133
Views: 1974

Re: nibbāna is the cessation of existence

Nibbana is cessation-fullstop. "This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications, the relinquishment of all acquisitions, the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Nibbana." — AN 3.32 "This is peace, this is exquisite — the stilling of all fabrications, the relinquishment of...
by pegembara
Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How to reach the 1st Jhana?
Replies: 85
Views: 1532

Re: How to reach the 1st Jhana?

This may also be relevant- Samatha yoked with vipassana. "Monks, these are the four developments of concentration. Which four? There is the development of concentration that, when developed & pursued, leads to a pleasant abiding in the here & now. There is the development of concentration that, when...
by pegembara
Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:36 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How to reach the 1st Jhana?
Replies: 85
Views: 1532

Re: How to reach the 1st Jhana?

I think the idea is to achieve a degree of stillness for this reason. This is a metaphor for life and a metaphor to understand your real mind – which is naturally still – like a clear forest pool. In life, many weird and wonderful people of all kinds will come into your life and go away back into th...
by pegembara
Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?
Replies: 79
Views: 1191

Re: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?

Isn't the Buddha the best teacher? Are his teachings no longer available? How are we to know whether his teachings are available or not? It's not like we can prove, "Yes, this is what the Buddha taught." We are not supposed to blindly follow anything but to test it out ourselves. If it works as adv...
by pegembara
Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?
Replies: 79
Views: 1191

Re: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?

From another post: "Although I theoretically believe in Nibbana, I believe in this day and age it is not very possible because of lack of good teachers. The most one can hope for is to have a well-rounded idea of Dhamma, lead a Dhammic life, be a decent and good person." ============ What is your o...
by pegembara
Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Question about dependent origination
Replies: 21
Views: 453

Re: Question about dependent origination

archaic wrote: My question however, is more philosophical. If everything arises from causes - everything is conditional - then would this not imply lack of free will? Yes. At Savatthi. "Monks, intention for forms is inconstant, changeable, alterable. Intention for sounds... Intention for smells... ...
by pegembara
Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Question about dependent origination
Replies: 21
Views: 453

Re: Question about dependent origination

To me, anatta is a characteristic of existence regardless one's opinion or clinging. In this discourse, the Buddha clearly point towards the no self doctrine based on impermanence. As in there being no permanent person. The realisation of anatta(seeing things as arising from causes and conditions o...
by pegembara
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:13 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Question about dependent origination
Replies: 21
Views: 453

Re: Question about dependent origination

Free will implies that there is a person making all those choices. In the face of anatta, one could say that choices are being made which are driven by causes and conditions without a self behind them. Anatta is always a controversial topic... To my understanding anatta is not about if there is a s...