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by bharadwaja
Wed Jun 18, 2014 8:28 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Where is God in Buddhism?
Replies: 367
Views: 16574

Re: Where is God in Buddhism?

The phrase brahmabhūtena attanā viharati "the atta having become (united) with brahman stays"... note the use of the instrumental case signifying "with". Are you able to cite a grammatical reference to support your reading? Both brahmabhūtena and attanā are in the instrumental case. Is there a vali...
by bharadwaja
Tue Jun 17, 2014 10:13 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Where is God in Buddhism?
Replies: 367
Views: 16574

Re: Where is God in Buddhism?

I did some quick research on the term Brahmābhu'to (God become/became) and it appears in several suttas including MN 1.341, DN 3.84, DN 1.248, DN 1.249, SN 3.83 and SN 5.5 to name a few. Sorry I do not have the time to pull them up but wanted to get them into the discussion early because I think th...
by bharadwaja
Tue Jun 17, 2014 5:24 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Avijjā
Replies: 16
Views: 1418

Re: Avijjā

√vid = to know is related to √vind = to find.

a-vidyā (or its malformed equivalent avijjā) is the state of not having found (knowledge).

So the OP is right in that there is no separate thing called avidyā, it is simply the absence of vidyā
by bharadwaja
Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:39 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A logical reasoning that maybe proves there is a self
Replies: 74
Views: 5900

Re: A logical reasoning that maybe proves there is a self

seeker242 wrote:I don't think you are an arahant, but that's just my opinion.
Thank you for your honest opinion, it makes no difference to me even if you did consider me one. I'm the best authority to know my self-realization, it would be odd of me to ask someone else to confirm or refute it.
by bharadwaja
Mon Jun 16, 2014 1:32 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A logical reasoning that maybe proves there is a self
Replies: 74
Views: 5900

Re: A logical reasoning that maybe proves there is a self

What I question is the whole notion of "arguing against the self-deniers" to begin with! I don't see any point in doing that. To an arahant, all actions after nibbana are pointless. The preaching of the Dhamma was pointless to the Buddha. But when faced with a choice of action vs inaction in a poin...
by bharadwaja
Mon Jun 16, 2014 8:40 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A logical reasoning that maybe proves there is a self
Replies: 74
Views: 5900

Re: A logical reasoning that maybe proves there is a self

Me? Do you mean that which sees, hears, smells, tastes, touches and thinks? Apart from these, I can not find anything that I can take for me. Can you show it apart from these?
To whom should I show?
by bharadwaja
Mon Jun 16, 2014 12:06 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A logical reasoning that maybe proves there is a self
Replies: 74
Views: 5900

Re: A logical reasoning that maybe proves there is a self

Who is the nibbana for? What is your answer to this? It is the sense of "I am" that experience Nibanna or what? The nibbana is for me, if I am the one striving. It is for you, if you are the one who strives. You can extinguish something that exists. You cannot extinguish something that did not exis...
by bharadwaja
Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:26 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhists are losers?
Replies: 112
Views: 8596

Re: Buddhists are losers?

A good thread going on here. Sadly, I would say Buddhism has done a great deal to damage my ambition and work ethic and because of that I'm paying a big price as I'm in my mid twenties and haven't even finished college yet. On top of that I feel like I have become more "anti social" as lot of the t...
by bharadwaja
Sun Jun 15, 2014 7:45 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Anatta - a hindrance?
Replies: 376
Views: 20139

Re: Anatta - a hindrance?

"Self-deniers" You mean the puthujjanas? And you know that "Nibbana is impossible for self-deniers" how? Use logic ruthlessly until you have exhausted all the impossibilities, all perplexities have to cease. Keep doing it until you reach nibbana. Then you will get the dibbacakkhu with which you wil...
by bharadwaja
Sun Jun 15, 2014 7:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A logical reasoning that maybe proves there is a self
Replies: 74
Views: 5900

Re: A logical reasoning that maybe proves there is a self

I consider Theravada to be anattavada. Unfortunately there are no other early schools of Buddhism (or their readings of the canon) left, otherwise I might have gone to their forums. So, you are here to teach those of us who just do not have the right, correct, understanding of the Buddha's teaching...
by bharadwaja
Sun Jun 15, 2014 4:10 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Anatta - a hindrance?
Replies: 376
Views: 20139

Re: Anatta - a hindrance?

No different from your own?
I believe I have found many people here who would agree with my understanding that Nibbana is impossible for self-deniers.
by bharadwaja
Sun Jun 15, 2014 4:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A logical reasoning that maybe proves there is a self
Replies: 74
Views: 5900

Re: A logical reasoning that maybe proves there is a self

tiltbillings wrote:But why are you here on a Theravadin forum?
I consider Theravada to be anattavada. Unfortunately there are no other early schools of Buddhism (or their readings of the canon) left, otherwise I might have gone to their forums.
by bharadwaja
Sun Jun 15, 2014 3:55 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A logical reasoning that maybe proves there is a self
Replies: 74
Views: 5900

Re: A logical reasoning that maybe proves there is a self

tiltbillings wrote:Why are you here, on a Theravadin forum?
I'm here to discuss some finer points of the Dhamma, and I am finding the people who would understand it in the first place. I've found a few now.
by bharadwaja
Sun Jun 15, 2014 3:37 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Anatta - a hindrance?
Replies: 376
Views: 20139

Re: Anatta - a hindrance?

I already have knowledge of the self (attaññū). And all the rest of us are, to use the word you have used in this thread several times, puthujjanas. Is that not your assessment?? Not at all, there are many puthujjanas, but not all are. There are several people with very nuanced and highly evolved u...
by bharadwaja
Sun Jun 15, 2014 3:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A logical reasoning that maybe proves there is a self
Replies: 74
Views: 5900

Re: A logical reasoning that maybe proves there is a self

Could you please explain how belief in the self can help to realize Nibbana? Who is the nibbana for? As long as you keep denying self-existence, nibbana is not a possibility for you. You can extinguish something that exists. You cannot extinguish something that did not exist. Let go of all the thin...