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by Nicolas
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech
Replies: 10
Views: 166

Re: Right Speech

What comes to mind: You already have enough mindfulness that you notice when you get sucked into the gossip -- better than not noticing it at all. Just practice mindfulness and restraint more, and eventually those slips will be less and less frequent. If you have a very agreeable temperament, then j...
by Nicolas
Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: About "masculine faculties", "manly effort" etc.
Replies: 12
Views: 309

Re: About "masculine faculties", "manly effort" etc.

My perspective: Does having stamina, persistence and effort make one butch? No. Don't be "manly", don't be butch, don't indiscriminately develop "masculine" qualities, but instead develop stamina, persistence, and effort. Forget about gender and instead develop wholesome qualities, regardless of whe...
by Nicolas
Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong?
Replies: 67
Views: 828

Re: What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong?

This sutta quote might be useful--in short, wrong view is always unwholesome kamma, but one with wrong view might be "reborn" in a higher realm (due to other circumstances, e.g. good conduct from present or past life): There is the case where a certain person is one who takes life, takes what is not...
by Nicolas
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: extreme bliss feeling without body awareness
Replies: 17
Views: 527

Re: extreme bliss feeling without body awareness

It sounds like 1st jhana :thumbsup:
by Nicolas
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Some questions and points on Buddhism
Replies: 18
Views: 518

Re: Some questions and points on Buddhism

Antaradhana (& cappuccino): agreed, but I phrased things the way I did taking into consideration our audience, thinking that emphasizing those points too strongly might not have a beneficial effect and would just lead to more resistance to these concepts from Vimokand. I've heard of some teachers wh...
by Nicolas
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Some questions and points on Buddhism
Replies: 18
Views: 518

Re: Some questions and points on Buddhism

The below is my understanding (which appears to have turned into somewhat of a ramble, perhaps): Buddhism hinges on the concept of an "afterlife". If there is no "afterlife", then by committing suicide, there is the cessation of all feeling (vedanā). The Bahuvedanīya Sutta (MN 59) describes various ...
by Nicolas
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: accidental pāli translations and unintentional profound Dhamma exclamations
Replies: 6
Views: 312

Re: accidental pāli translations and unintentional profound Dhamma exclamations

There are these four perversions of perception, perversions of mind, perversions of view. Which four? ‘Constant’ with regard to the inconstant [...], ‘pleasant’ with regard to the stressful [...], ‘self’ with regard to not-self [...], ‘attractive’ with regard to the unattractive [...]. Perceiving c...
by Nicolas
Wed May 15, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Conceit = identity view
Replies: 23
Views: 606

Re: Conceit = identity view

No , that is why a sotapanna is not a theoretically understand the five aggregates as not self . If It is so , everyone is already an ariya ! [...] A sotapanna see dependent origination , see the dhamma , i.e. the five aggregates as not self . Therefore , one would not think in term of I am . One w...
by Nicolas
Wed May 15, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Conceit = identity view
Replies: 23
Views: 606

Re: Conceit = identity view

sentinel wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 4:55 pm
[...]
Khemaka had uprooted identity view but not conceit, he was not an arahant.
Identity view and conceit are not the same.
Please read the passage I quoted again, there is no problem.

The part you quoted in bold is simply the elders misunderstanding.
by Nicolas
Wed May 15, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Conceit = identity view
Replies: 23
Views: 606

Re: Conceit = identity view

[...] Here is the answer: I do not regard anything among these five aggregates subject to clinging as self or as belonging to self, yet I am not an arahant, one whose taints are destroyed. Friends, the notion ‘I am’ has not yet vanished in me in relation to these five aggregates subject to clinging...
by Nicolas
Fri May 03, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: An Anthology of Discourses for Lay Followers
Replies: 9
Views: 403

Re: An Anthology of Discourses for Lay Followers

I find Bhikkhu Bodhi's anthology of suttas, The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony , to be an excellent anthology for laypeople (even though a lot of the suttas are addressed to monastics). I have the project of creating a topic with its table of contents and links to the suttas refer...
by Nicolas
Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Goodness
Replies: 6
Views: 492

Re: Goodness

Perhaps he was referring to the law of kamma? Good actions invariably bring good results.
by Nicolas
Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If it's not you that will be reborn, why care about the future?
Replies: 20
Views: 570

Re: If it's not you that will be reborn, why care about the future?

"If it's not you that will be reborn, why care about the future?" My understanding: Fully awakened ones don't "care about the future" in the way we would. We are not fully awakened, we are deluded, our "I am" conceit has not been uprooted. As such, "I am" and its consequences remain and so we do car...
by Nicolas
Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Why is "physical birth" suffering?
Replies: 20
Views: 778

Re: Why is "physical birth" suffering?

I’ve heard that being born can both be painful and deeply traumatic. If being in the womb is pleasant, being compressed down the birth canal, having to breathe, and being thrown into the world can certainly be very stressful in comparison.