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by arijitmitter
Sat Nov 09, 2013 1:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What Is Nibbana
Replies: 35
Views: 2919

Re: What Is Nibbana

Let me summarize my questions and position - A ) I am not saying I reached Nibbana. I am not going to commit heresy and show stupidity in same line. I am asking is this state at all described anywhere in any kind of Buddhist texts ? If Nibbana be the Himalayas, I am not interested in visiting it but...
by arijitmitter
Sat Nov 09, 2013 10:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What Is Nibbana
Replies: 35
Views: 2919

Re: What Is Nibbana

Yes, there can be kensho experiences and they are useful but also potentially harmful as the practitioners proceed to reify them, construct a self around them and use them as a license for greed, anger and delusion, rather than redoubling their efforts at cutting the root. So if I were in your posi...
by arijitmitter
Sat Nov 09, 2013 7:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What Is Nibbana
Replies: 35
Views: 2919

Re: What Is Nibbana

I got a reply from a Zen practitioner that it is spontaneous kensho. Have to investigate more about it. Is there a similar word in Pali Canon or Mahayana texts ? If so then I would know which way to mold my meditation through further research.
by arijitmitter
Sat Nov 09, 2013 6:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What Is Nibbana
Replies: 35
Views: 2919

Re: What Is Nibbana

No, what you experienced is not nibbana. It sounds like a useful state of mind, though, and yes, you might profit by analyzing its causes and conditions so that you can establish it at will in stressful situations. The most helpful way to do this is probably to keep meditating and developing your p...
by arijitmitter
Sat Nov 09, 2013 5:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What Is Nibbana
Replies: 35
Views: 2919

What Is Nibbana

What exactly is Nibbana. I know the classical definition "to be blown out" (most common analogy being the candle). However in conversation with a Zen practitioner on another Forum I learned his master interpreted it as not necessarily a permanent condition. A person may attain temporary Nibbana (did...
by arijitmitter
Mon Nov 04, 2013 2:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: We can't all ordain...right?
Replies: 33
Views: 2919

Re: We can't all ordain...right?

There are other world systems. Scientists have identified about 1,000 planets. Not all will have the right environment to support life, but surely at least a few will have the right conditions, like earth. There are many millions of solar systems probably able to sustain life "otherwise it is an aw...
by arijitmitter
Sat Nov 02, 2013 4:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What Would A Buddhist Do When Hurt
Replies: 11
Views: 1081

Re: What Would A Buddhist Do When Hurt

I think people who are of the quiet type migrate to Buddhism. Introverted. By introvert I do not mean shy. I mean contemplative people who do not like large crowds. Of course I am making a generalization. Do very extroverted people convert ? Can anyone give anecdotal evidence to throw light on this ...
by arijitmitter
Sat Nov 02, 2013 2:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: We can't all ordain...right?
Replies: 33
Views: 2919

Re: We can't all ordain...right?

As far as continuation of human race goes there will have to be some sex for procreational purpose. After giving some thought about this I fail to find any reason why continuation of human race would be something that necessarily should be endorsed from theravadan point of view. I'm not knowledgeab...
by arijitmitter
Sat Nov 02, 2013 1:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What Would A Buddhist Do When Hurt
Replies: 11
Views: 1081

Re: What Would A Buddhist Do When Hurt

I am curious what put that idea in the forefront as the likely "Buddhist" position. Excellent question. And I have no answer. Partly from parts of scriptures like Dhp Verse 80 Farmers channel the water; Fletchers straighten the arrow; Carpenters work the timber; The Wise tame themselves. Partly fro...
by arijitmitter
Sat Nov 02, 2013 12:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What Would A Buddhist Do When Hurt
Replies: 11
Views: 1081

Re: What Would A Buddhist Do When Hurt

All the replies are excellent. Will really not like to turn this Forum into an agony aunt column. But sometimes help from Buddha's teachings is needed in humdrum daily life.

Will read through all the given material slowly and try to pray that person is is well and happy always.

:anjali: Arijit
by arijitmitter
Sat Nov 02, 2013 4:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What Would A Buddhist Do When Hurt
Replies: 11
Views: 1081

What Would A Buddhist Do When Hurt

What would a Buddhist do when truly hurt by someone who is a very close friend or relative. If that person acts in a manner that is really hurtful. I know the Buddhist will be silent. But how do you contain the pain and anguish you suffer? The normal way of shouting and arguing has a cathartic effec...
by arijitmitter
Thu Oct 31, 2013 5:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: We need new rules
Replies: 110
Views: 4650

Re: We need new rules

Alan, you made me feel better with your support in another thread. But there is a deeper issue at stake and one which both you and I have missed. Let alone any religion - are there new rules allowed in baseball, basketball, boxing ? It is what it is. That is why it is called rules. Those who did not...
by arijitmitter
Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are Theravadins Simpler ?
Replies: 125
Views: 7172

Re: Are Theravadins Simpler ?

It is not unusual for those without enough knowledge to adopt an extreme position. Later, after studying more carefully, and meditating systematically, they often adjust their stance, seeing the danger in attachment to views. Venerable Sir, You are elder to me and have far greater erudition about w...
by arijitmitter
Wed Oct 30, 2013 2:38 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are Theravadins Simpler ?
Replies: 125
Views: 7172

Re: Are Theravadins Simpler ?

Hi Arijit , Why not just let go...........it gets so much of peace . sanjay I had let it go. Then my name was dragged back. arijitmitter is speaking sense. No one is making arijitmitter become a bhikkhu, nor contribute towards the maintenance of the Sangha. If he'd rather restrict his Triple Gem re...
by arijitmitter
Wed Oct 30, 2013 2:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are Theravadins Simpler ?
Replies: 125
Views: 7172

Re: Are Theravadins Simpler ?

You accuse others of being deaf, but you are the one not listening to others, though most have been following Buddhism much longer than you have. Long experience doesn't always mean that one is right, but it should be worthy of more respect than you have shown. To take the dogmatic stance that you ...
by arijitmitter
Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are Theravadins Simpler ?
Replies: 125
Views: 7172

Re: Are Theravadins Simpler ?

dagon wrote:
arijitmitter wrote: Do I seem so foolish ?
Yes

metta
paul
My gratitude to all who have attacked me personally. I had some suspicion I was wrong. Now I have none.

:anjali: Arijit
by arijitmitter
Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:07 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are Theravadins Simpler ?
Replies: 125
Views: 7172

Re: Are Theravadins Simpler ?

Ajahns Brahm, Sumedho, Thanissaro Bhikkhu and others began as disciples of Thai Buddhism. However I do not believe that the student cannot rise past their school. When I say I am against Thai Buddhism do I mean I am against Ajahn Chah. Do I seem so foolish ? When I say I am not a Theravadin anymore ...
by arijitmitter
Wed Oct 30, 2013 1:41 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are Theravadins Simpler ?
Replies: 125
Views: 7172

Re: Are Theravadins Simpler ?

Sorry, Venerable Dhammika. My sincere apology. Mr Snyder, I am a lay person who follows 8 precepts. Urban monk is a term I like to use (a lay person living a life of extreme austerity and spending all free time in study and practice of Dhamma). I cannot ordain right now because some duties are left ...
by arijitmitter
Wed Oct 30, 2013 1:14 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are Theravadins Simpler ?
Replies: 125
Views: 7172

Re: Are Theravadins Simpler ?

To make my position clear (since I am half way out of Theravada and part of Buddhism with no lineage - just a simple Buddhist urban monk who follows 8 precepts dutifully) I cannot, shall not, will not accept under any circumstances that a Buddhist monk travels in business class despite attempts by s...
by arijitmitter
Sun Oct 27, 2013 4:38 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are Theravadins Simpler ?
Replies: 125
Views: 7172

Re: Are Theravadins Simpler ?

Thank you Sanjay. Since I do not react well to authority, I am not a suitable disciple for any form of formal Buddhism except for being a free thinker who follows Buddha. Being unorthodox, I cannot summon suitable calmness when reacting to a centuries old hierarchical structure if I think or suspect...