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by vesak2014
Tue Aug 05, 2014 5:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly is equanimity?
Replies: 71
Views: 4066

Re: What exactly is equanimity?

Hi Vesak Can you describe house hold equanimity in your words with some examples? :) Hi, actually you have provided the examples: Ok for an example, -a three year old child kill a bug, without any anger or attachment. -A person see a stranger dying in the roadside. He just walk away without any ang...
by vesak2014
Sat Aug 02, 2014 6:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly is equanimity?
Replies: 71
Views: 4066

Re: Are there five senses or six senses?

I'm talking about upekkhā vedanā , there is no such thing, and it is not the pali term for the third type of feeling. This small yet critical error makes the rest of the path misleading. What is the difference between upekkhindriya , classed as vedanā and said to be anything to be experienced as ad...
by vesak2014
Fri Aug 01, 2014 3:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly is equanimity?
Replies: 71
Views: 4066

Re: Are there five senses or six senses?

The way I understand there is no un skill (wrong) equanimity. According to Buddhism equanimity is always wholesome. The way I understand equanimity may arise from wholesome activities or unwholesome activities. But Buddha encourage us to experience equanimity by wholesome activities. It is less dam...
by vesak2014
Tue Jul 29, 2014 4:20 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How low can you go?
Replies: 39
Views: 1934

Re: How low can you go?

tiltbillings wrote:
vesak2014 wrote: . . .
Still playing games, expecting others to jump through hoops, and you have yet to deliver anything of substance.
You failed to see anything of substance. Don't blame on me.
by vesak2014
Tue Jul 29, 2014 3:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How low can you go?
Replies: 39
Views: 1934

Re: How low can you go?

"Good luck to you, sir." ~ Trungpa This one might be more appropriate for your own contemplation, vesak2014: "Nevertheless, if a person is skilled enough - not necessarily intelligent - but skilled enough and patient enough to sift through his own rubbish and study it thoroughly, then he will be ab...
by vesak2014
Tue Jul 29, 2014 3:55 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How low can you go?
Replies: 39
Views: 1934

Re: How low can you go?

Mkoll wrote:More like pretentious in this case. ;)
"Good luck to you, sir." ~ Trungpa

;)
by vesak2014
Tue Jul 29, 2014 3:51 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How low can you go?
Replies: 39
Views: 1934

Re: How low can you go?

Given the games you have played in earlier threads, what a boring surprise. Be patient, keep the ball rolling, and you will elicit more. It's not a game, instead It's an approach to keep the discussion going by stimulating thinking rather than merely listening. The context is... they are your own w...
by vesak2014
Tue Jul 29, 2014 2:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Actors go to Hell?
Replies: 100
Views: 10765

Re: Actors go to Hell?

I'm not sure of what you're trying to say. Anyway, I have strong faith in the triple gem. That doesn't mean I have strong faith in texts that are meant to represent teachings that were heard 450 years before they were written down. Such texts have been around for 2050 years. Since we've seen what h...
by vesak2014
Tue Jul 29, 2014 1:43 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How low can you go?
Replies: 39
Views: 1934

Re: How low can you go?

Not sure how much I like using 'low,' in reference to nibbana.. If a thing is 'low' then there are other things 'higher' than it, and is nibbana not described as the highest bliss? It also suggests a depth, as if you're referring merely to a deep meditative state rather than a permanent attainment ...
by vesak2014
Mon Jul 28, 2014 2:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Actors go to Hell?
Replies: 100
Views: 10765

Re: Actors go to Hell?

I wonder whether I misunderstand the sutta. This is an old thread so I'd like to ask (for confirmation) those who commented recently (clw_uk, waterchan, David N. Snyder.) After reading the sutta, according to it, you guys think actors go to hell? Seriously? Who can say :shrug: If we take the positi...
by vesak2014
Mon Jul 28, 2014 2:12 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How low can you go?
Replies: 39
Views: 1934

Re: How low can you go?

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:Passion is hot, dispassion is cool, nibbāna is totally cooled, like absolute zero.
Nice, inspiring mapping of the "low" metaphor to temperature. What is got cooled to absolute zero?
by vesak2014
Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Actors go to Hell?
Replies: 100
Views: 10765

Re: Actors go to Hell?

I wonder whether I misunderstand the sutta.
This is an old thread so I'd like to ask (for confirmation) those who commented recently (clw_uk, waterchan, David N. Snyder.)
After reading the sutta, according to it, you guys think actors go to hell? Seriously?
by vesak2014
Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Progress Along The Path Self Generated
Replies: 28
Views: 1437

Re: Is Progress Along The Path Self Generated

When a psychic power is being demonstrated, people may think that's because of a kind of charm or amulet. In case of David Copperfield, David Blaine, Criss Angel, Cyril Takayama (to mention a few), the psychic powers come from the third party entity ( - you live in Asia, you should have known this....
by vesak2014
Sun Jul 27, 2014 9:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How low can you go?
Replies: 39
Views: 1934

Re: How low can you go?

Does anybody really believe that talking about nibbana in their own words is a good idea? I mean if someone didn't get the meaning of nibbana through the terms used in the suttas, implied that those terms alone are enough to understand what nibbana means in the first place, knowing that an enlighte...
by vesak2014
Sun Jul 27, 2014 8:53 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How low can you go?
Replies: 39
Views: 1934

Re: How low can you go?

m0rl0ck wrote:Ok. Ill take a shot:

Reality.

Just as it is free of delusion.
Well, aren't they too broad and abstract? Merely rhetorics?
by vesak2014
Sun Jul 27, 2014 6:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The train morality problem
Replies: 108
Views: 15230

Re: The train morality problem

What would you do? I'd flip the switch and reach the tied person as soon as possible to set him free. Whichever nearest comes first. If the mad philosopher is around, I'd ask him to help me by doing either one. At least you do something other than just watching someone gets killed. What would Buddh...
by vesak2014
Sun Jul 27, 2014 4:35 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How low can you go?
Replies: 39
Views: 1934

How low can you go?

The question is meant to talk about nibbana. I believe some people can get the meaning from the question itself. It is inviting people to talk about nibbana using your own words instead of merely using the stock phrases in the suttas.
by vesak2014
Sun Jul 27, 2014 4:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Progress Along The Path Self Generated
Replies: 28
Views: 1437

Re: Is Progress Along The Path Self Generated

Thank you Mike. Yes I will try not to question the instructions / instructors. But I have to wait till January. There are two times during the year when I can possibly take such a break, one in January and one in July and scheduled retreats in January and July of this year had to be cancelled becau...
by vesak2014
Sun Jul 13, 2014 4:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Deep Contradiction?
Replies: 163
Views: 5395

Re: Deep Contradiction?

:goodpost: :goodpost: :goodpost: IMO, thljcl's message above should be made sticky in every reader's memory. "Reading Nikayas is really like solving a jigsaw puzzle. Pieces are spread out in different suttas." "The answer is being spread out in many suttas in the beginnings." "As I recalled, after r...
by vesak2014
Thu Jun 26, 2014 2:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can Enlightenment Be A Ruse?
Replies: 56
Views: 1874

Re: Can Enlightenment Be A Ruse?

Someone here few days back warned me of rebirth in lower realms if I did not immediately stop being an agnostic and became an atheist. Hi No_Mind, I never meant to say so, you have been misunderstood. I meant only to give you some information, not to frighten you. This is also the reason I didn't a...