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by dhamma follower
Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:21 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Stand Against Suffering
Replies: 63
Views: 2189

Re: Check this thread from Suttacentral

Article starts with naming 13 Leading Buddhist teachers, i think this is wrong, they are not even in the top 100 probably. These are lay people mostly and i dont think Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi teaches meditation or meditates much from what i heard. Had they not included Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi in th...
by dhamma follower
Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:23 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The False Song of Globalism
Replies: 119
Views: 3865

Re: The False Song of Globalism

The assumption in your argument is China will want to export itself -- culture and style of functioning -- when it becomes powerful. Look at last 4,000 years of history. India, China and Japan have never wanted to export their culture when they were powerful (and make no mistake they were immensely...
by dhamma follower
Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:02 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The False Song of Globalism
Replies: 119
Views: 3865

Re: The False Song of Globalism

And while you are looking at that map, take a moment to contemplate how the world will become after 2050 when China will be the superpower of the world instead of US. With all their flaws, US has always been quite fair in international affairs and most of the time did their best to help allied coun...
by dhamma follower
Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Why indifference is worse than pleasure?
Replies: 19
Views: 1054

Re: Why indifference is worse than pleasure?

Bhikkhu Bodhi's note on verse 1 §4 Consciousness Rooted in Greed (lobham3lacittani)— 8 Thus upekkha or equanimous feeling is also called adukkhamasukha vedana, neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling. But upekkha is a quality of mind, (to put in context, consider: Metta, Mudita, Karuna, Upekkha) Vedan...
by dhamma follower
Thu Feb 18, 2016 1:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The causes for wisdom
Replies: 1300
Views: 117149

Re: The causes for wisdom

Akaliko refers to the fact the the fruit (phala citta, supermundane dhamma) follows immediately the Path moment (magga citta). This is as opposed to mundane dhammas, which can only give result at another moment with intervals between the moment of cause and the moment of result (nānā khanika kamma)...
by dhamma follower
Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The causes for wisdom
Replies: 1300
Views: 117149

Re: The causes for wisdom

Hello MikeNZ, all, I don't think anyone disagrees that the removal of defilements is what the Buddha taught. Where I see people disagreeing often seems to revolve around differences of opinion over (1) The timescale ; and (2) The method . (1) Timescale: When the Buddha says "do away with X" some in...
by dhamma follower
Fri Feb 05, 2016 8:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The causes for wisdom
Replies: 1300
Views: 117149

Re: The causes for wisdom

Then Ven. Assaji, arising early in the morning, taking his robe and bowl, entered Rajagaha for alms: gracious in the way he approached and departed, looked forward and behind, drew in and stretched out his arm; his eyes downcast, his every movement consummate. Sariputta the wanderer saw Ven. Assaji...
by dhamma follower
Fri Feb 05, 2016 8:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The causes for wisdom
Replies: 1300
Views: 117149

Re: The causes for wisdom

Without one's own studying of the Teaching which is now our Teacher because the Buddha is gone, there's no way to know whether someone's teaching is the Buddha's teaching or not, let alone knowing what level of attainment he/she has, in such cases,it would be one's own speculations and expectations...
by dhamma follower
Thu Feb 04, 2016 2:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The causes for wisdom
Replies: 1300
Views: 117149

Re: The causes for wisdom

Hi Cormac, As to "the truth of what someone says" - someone might speak Dhamma but not act in accordance with it, i.e. reciting teachings but breaking precepts, I wouldn't like to take such a person as a teacher. Learning by example is equally if not more important than learning from someone's words...
by dhamma follower
Thu Feb 04, 2016 2:10 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Javana = Cetana
Replies: 6
Views: 880

Re: Javana = Cetana

What are the Cetana arise outside Javana? Please explain this using seventeen thought moments. As far as I know Kamma is operative only in Javana thought moment. Hi Sarath, Cetana is a mental factor that arises with ALL consciousnesses, being one of the 7 universal mental factors. Resultant conscio...
by dhamma follower
Thu Feb 04, 2016 10:13 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Javana = Cetana
Replies: 6
Views: 880

Re: Javana = Cetana

Javana = Cetana I was listening to the following video by Ven Dhammanando. He say all the thinking are not kamma but only the Cetana is kamma. Further analysis I came to the conclusion Javana thought in Abhidhamma means Cetana. Then question come why Abhidhamma teachers did not use the word Cetana....
by dhamma follower
Thu Feb 04, 2016 7:09 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: What is the name of that Process that believe it is SELF?
Replies: 19
Views: 2405

Re: What is the name of that Process that believe it is SELF?

Wondered if you could help with a definition of the word "Bhavanga" and location within the suttas? Hi The Thinker, "Bhavanga" means life-continuum. It is the consciousness that arises at the moment of rebirth, then throughout life in between the processes of cognition through the six sense doors. ...
by dhamma follower
Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The causes for wisdom
Replies: 1300
Views: 117149

Re: The causes for wisdom

As regards teachers, it seems more appropriate to follow monks (of the Vinaya-following variety) than laypeople. Hi Cormac, Here is another perspective on the meaning of a bikkhu: In the Dhammapada commentary of Buddhaghosa, a bhikkhu is defined as "the person who sees danger (in samsara or cycle o...
by dhamma follower
Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The causes for wisdom
Replies: 1300
Views: 117149

Re: The causes for wisdom

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by dhamma follower
Wed Jun 24, 2015 2:04 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is animal euthenasia 'humane'?
Replies: 227
Views: 13188

Re: Is animal euthenasia 'humane'?

Hi Tilt, Re: Ven Channa. What I said earlier about him: I wonder about Ven Channa, who became an arahant and after he became an arahant did what he wanted to do before he became an arahant because of the pain of his disease was so great, he wanted to end it -- so he killed himself. While he will not...
by dhamma follower
Wed Feb 25, 2015 5:39 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: With wrong view or without wrong view?
Replies: 13
Views: 3049

Re: With wrong view or without wrong view?

Any Sutta reference for " unprompted, accompanied It seems prompted vs unprompted is a matter of effort being present or not. Thus, in an unprompted state of mind there is no effort but in a prompted state of mind there is either Right Effort or Wrong Effort. Actually, according to the Abhidhamma, ...
by dhamma follower
Wed Feb 25, 2015 5:23 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: With wrong view or without wrong view?
Replies: 13
Views: 3049

Re: With wrong view or without wrong view?

Hi SarathW, Thanks Any Sutta reference for " unprompted, accompanied by pleasure" etc.? :thinking: From the footnote to Abhidhammatthasangaha: 12. Sankhārika- This is purely a technical term used in a specific sense in the Abhidhamma. It is formed of 'sam', well and Ö 'kar', to do, to prepare, to ac...
by dhamma follower
Fri Feb 13, 2015 2:47 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: How do you reconize Perceptions and Ideas?
Replies: 9
Views: 1835

Re: How do you reconize Perceptions and Ideas?

Greeting ss213, Hi, I have a question regarding perceptions and ideas - Perceptions are identified as mental Labels, that together with attention shape Views. - Ideas are identified as being the object of the sixth sense, the intellect. What i don't understand is the following. 1 - How are Perceptio...
by dhamma follower
Sun Feb 08, 2015 7:57 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Involuntary memories
Replies: 5
Views: 1133

Re: Involuntary memories

How would involuntary memory be classified according to Abhidhamma? My thinking is that it would be a wholesome or unwholesome vipāka, is that correct? An example would be: a thought arises about the past, accompanied by painful mental feeling/aversion towards the content of that thought. Is the pa...
by dhamma follower
Wed Feb 04, 2015 5:00 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: How does bhavanga relate to samatha meditation?
Replies: 6
Views: 1758

Re: How does bhavanga relate to samatha meditation?

sleep is physical Greeting Paul, While there are physical processes during sleep, we can not say that sleep is physical. Sleep is mental phenomena. During sleep with dreaming, there is thinking, a mental process. During fast sleep, it is the series of bhavanga cittas that keep arising and passing a...