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by dhammacoustic
Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: In which sutta does the Buddha explain what no self means?
Replies: 10
Views: 279

Re: In which sutta does the Buddha explain what no self means?

“no-self” was NEVER declared by the buddha , it is an interpretation of the doctrine. anatta means not-self (or without self) according to nikaya buddhism. in many suttas the buddha teaches that the five khandhas (rupa—forms, vedana—sensations/feelings, sanna—perceptions, sankhara—combinations/tende...
by dhammacoustic
Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Time
Replies: 15
Views: 292

Re: Time

What did Buddha says about notion of time ? arising, decay and alteration. uppado pannayati vayo pannayati thitassa annathattam pannayati — AN 3.47 By saying beginningless does it implied time ? time is not a unified-absolute, therefore beginnings are beginningless. Is it not the concept of infinit...
by dhammacoustic
Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: No soul, consciousness confused?
Replies: 30
Views: 692

Re: No soul, consciousness confused?

(...) Can there be rebirth but no karma? no. rebirth is karma. I mean when we die, obviously energy is released (atleast if nothing else from our decaying body), now if fetuses are going to be around, obviously this energy will move into one of the fetuses. As energy can neither be created, destroy...
by dhammacoustic
Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: No soul, consciousness confused?
Replies: 30
Views: 692

Re: No soul, consciousness confused?

“no soul” is a western interpretation mostly based on metaphysical misunderstandings and incorrect translations. there is no such teaching in buddhism. however, you shouldn't imagine a flying white ghost either.. if you're referring to anatta , it means that sensual/intellectual phenomena should not...
by dhammacoustic
Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:12 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Living is Violence
Replies: 12
Views: 289

Re: Living is Violence

:namaste: To live is to do some basic violence at all levels. For physical survival, we eat plants or animals. That's violence. To survive in this world, we compete (which is also violence). Exploitation is violence. War is violence. Almost all existence is an act of violence. it's possible that it...
by dhammacoustic
Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vinnana depends on a dyad, it doesn't create one...
Replies: 93
Views: 1728

Re: Vinnana depends on a dyad, it doesn't create one...

vinnana is the bridge between nama and rupa. it ultimately means “cognition [of distinction]” , it encompasses our character as a whole. all that we are is vipakavinnana , therefore the third link is kammavinnana (that is, patisandhivinnana)..
by dhammacoustic
Mon Oct 28, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastics and suicide
Replies: 233
Views: 4315

Re: Monastics and suicide

just keep in mind that many a great people have committed suicide on this planet , and it's usually the deep, sensitive and thoughtful ones.. This is at the heart of this topic, we are talking about a human being who spent decades living by precepts and then broke one in a way that causes a terribl...
by dhammacoustic
Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastics and suicide
Replies: 233
Views: 4315

Re: Monastics and suicide

not all monks are realized buddhas , thepea. people commit suicide because they can't take the pain anymore. it's not right to criticize him, or any other monk , for life is not made of the suttas.. ven. samahita was a good man. he was always about peace , and helping others and all that. apparently...
by dhammacoustic
Sun Oct 27, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mara and Satan
Replies: 27
Views: 755

Re: Mara and Satan

As two states of mind, samsara is the first noble truth (suffering) and nibbana is the the third noble truth (end of suffering). The root cause for samsara is ignorance of the four noble truths, while nibbana is wisdom and those who attain it have flawless understanding of the four noble truths. If...
by dhammacoustic
Sun Oct 27, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Samahita has passed away
Replies: 58
Views: 1738

Re: Bhikkhu Samahita has passed away

any information on how he did it?
by dhammacoustic
Sat Oct 26, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mara and Satan
Replies: 27
Views: 755

Re: Mara and Satan

I think Nagarjuna's view is not inline with the Buddha's teachings. (...) That does not make Samsara indistinguishable from nirvana due to the effects of delusion on the functionality of the aggregates. could you elaborate a little more on why you think nagarjuna is not in line with the buddha, and...
by dhammacoustic
Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha discourage monks to attain Jhana?
Replies: 6
Views: 241

Re: Did Buddha discourage monks to attain Jhana?

Did Buddha discourage monks to attain Jhana? (...) But a disciple of the Blessed One, having stayed there, having used up all the life-span of those devas, is unbound right in that state of being. This, monks, is the difference, this the distinction, this the distinguishing factor, between an educa...
by dhammacoustic
Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahant or Rahat?
Replies: 27
Views: 780

Re: Arahant or Rahat?

How is it possible to know how words were pronounced in the buddha's time? chownah apologies for the delayed response , the book didn't really say anything about it but there were citations i think (i remember reading about some other pronounciations other than araha as well) , as far as i know anc...
by dhammacoustic
Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mara and Satan
Replies: 27
Views: 755

Re: Mara and Satan

If the human condition is a result of political, geographical and cultural factors, then there can't be anything universal about it and each religion will be different. (...) i'm not saying “the human condition is a result of [...] factors”. i'm saying that there is no actual distinction between th...
by dhammacoustic
Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mara and Satan
Replies: 27
Views: 755

Re: Mara and Satan

That is an interesting perspective dhammacoustic! I think this is particularly true in the case of Islam and Judaism as both prophets (Muhammad and Moses) were engaged in establishing political entities (nations) in certain geographical locations hence their religions included both metaphysics and ...