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by Nicolas
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: accidental pāli translations and unintentional profound Dhamma exclamations
Replies: 6
Views: 204

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: 449

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: 449

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: 449

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: 316

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: 409

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: 486

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: 638

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.
by Nicolas
Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: "In this very life"
Replies: 10
Views: 456

Re: "In this very life"

I don't know if the book says that (upon quick look at an online PDF, it doesn't look like it). I just remembered the term from some suttas and looked up the original Pali in those suttas. I also found this: The Pali word used in MN13 is sandiṭṭhiko , and throughout the suttas, including in MN13, it...
by Nicolas
Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: "In this very life"
Replies: 10
Views: 456

Re: "In this very life"

Sandiṭṭhika: visible; belonging to, of advantage to, this life, actual. (PTS dictionary)

https://suttacentral.net/search?query=sandiṭṭhika
by Nicolas
Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 12999

Re: Theravada against mathematics

The restriction is that it needs effort. Again, I've provided examples (based on mathematics) to show that something that stretches infinitely into the past doesn't have to span all possibilities, there are lawful things (~"deterministic") that only return a certain result after an infinity of diffe...
by Nicolas
Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 12999

Re: Theravada against mathematics

"not more", "exceeds", etc. doesn't apply the same way with infinities. You're saying (in the case of countably infinite apples and oranges) "but there is not more fruit than there are apples (since they have same cardinality), therefore all fruit must be apples!". This is not the case! The way that...
by Nicolas
Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 12999

Re: Theravada against mathematics

Let's suppose there is an infinite Hilbert basket with compartments that can hold a piece of fruit. Each compartment has a fruit name in it, like apple, or orange. I can put all my infinite oranges in the "orange" compartments. (all my past lives are possible lives) I can also put all my oranges in ...
by Nicolas
Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 12999

Re: Life is a finite sequence of combinations of a finite set of elements (dhammas).

We get a pair of items. If there are a couple of elements, then life is lived. A pair of items is not the same item. There are two of them. Possible life is like a guest. Past life is like a hotel room. Guest is not a hotel room . But if a room was found for each guest, then all the guests were acc...