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by Nicolas
Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Mainstream or The Outsider?
Replies: 186
Views: 7037

Re: The Mainstream or The Outsider?

Pulsar wrote:
Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:26 pm
"Sujato's comment on Thanissaro's view of not self" caught my attention. Can you pl, give me a link to this?
This could be it: On not-self, existence, and ontological strategies by Ven. Sujato
by Nicolas
Tue Mar 31, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Bare Awareness and Nibbana
Replies: 32
Views: 558

Re: Bare Awareness and Nibbana

Could "bare awareness" be understood to be connected to either animitto (signless) samādhi (SN 40.9) or appaṇihito (undirected) samādhi (SN 47.10)?
by Nicolas
Wed Feb 05, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha mentioned about equality?
Replies: 8
Views: 420

Re: Did Buddha mentioned about equality?

Whoever supposes himself to be equal, superior or inferior Would contend with others because of it. But for one who is untroubled by these three modes of thought There is nobody equal, superior or inferior. Also: "Why not me?" (Not directly related to equality, but it came to mind.) ‘This body come...
by Nicolas
Wed Feb 05, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Emptiness or shunyata meditation instruction
Replies: 41
Views: 3930

Re: Emptiness or shunyata meditation instruction

There is also this, on suññatā cetovimutti : And what is the emptiness awareness-release? There is the case where a monk, having gone into the wilderness, to the root of a tree, or into an empty dwelling, considers this: ‘This is empty of self or of anything pertaining to self.’ This is called the e...
by Nicolas
Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6793
Views: 692789

Re: the great rebirth debate

But before Nibbana... Insofar as there is a "you" and a "me", there is rebirth. Insofar as there is no "you" or "me", there is no rebirth. Two truths. "Rebirth" is conventional. But insofar as we speak of conventions, it is there, in the Buddha's teachings. Kamma, devas, heavens, hells, etc. The spi...
by Nicolas
Tue Feb 04, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Emptiness
Replies: 31
Views: 2007

Re: Emptiness

The Theravada school focuses on emptiness a lot. It just usually calls it anattā (anātman). “Venerable sir, it is said, ‘Empty is the world, empty is the world.’ In what way, venerable sir, is it said, ‘Empty is the world’?” “It is, Ānanda, because it is empty of self and of what belongs to self tha...
by Nicolas
Tue Feb 04, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can stream of consciousness naturally come to an end?
Replies: 128
Views: 3993

Re: Can stream of consciousness naturally come to an end?

The stream of consciousness doesn't end until final Nibbana.
The stream of consciousness isn't unchanging, it changes.
The stream of consciousness itself is composed of many different instances of consciousness, different from each other.
by Nicolas
Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Help wanted: what do suttas say, about metta even for very evil people?
Replies: 18
Views: 1287

Re: Help wanted: what do suttas say, about metta even for very evil people?

Yet the Buddha taught metta towards all beings, amongst other “being”-related Dhamma. There are stages in the path, and for some, having intermediary purification of mind of this kind can be useful without going straight to not seeing beings and only seeing aggregates.
by Nicolas
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Providing comfort to a grieving non-Buddhist
Replies: 12
Views: 2051

Re: Providing comfort to a grieving non-Buddhist

:goodpost: This came to mind: This is not a surprise, it's normal, the way of things, nature. We can't fight the inevitable, we must accept it. If we try to fight against the truth, we will only suffer. The truth is we will lose everything, we will all die. We must be in harmony with the way things ...
by Nicolas
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Help wanted: what do suttas say, about metta even for very evil people?
Replies: 18
Views: 1287

Re: Help wanted: what do suttas say, about metta even for very evil people?

I've been noticing for some time now, ill-will is painful. But...how to not feel it towards those I mentioned above? Some ways to not feel ill-will towards evil people: think that they are just like you in the most fundamental ways: they are beings with minds just like you, they are human just like...
by Nicolas
Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Help wanted: what do suttas say, about metta even for very evil people?
Replies: 18
Views: 1287

Re: Help wanted: what do suttas say, about metta even for very evil people?

Some more quotes from the suttas: Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world. By non-hatred alone is hatred appeased. This is a law eternal. A mind that remains unshaken By the ups and the downs of the world, Sorrowless, stainless and safe: This is the greatest good fortune. There are these te...
by Nicolas
Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Help wanted: what do suttas say, about metta even for very evil people?
Replies: 18
Views: 1287

Re: Help wanted: what do suttas say, about metta even for very evil people?

the Buddha advises us to spread metta out in all directions, east, west, north, south, up, down etc, to all living beings, as I understand it. Does that include such monsters - men (or, sometimes even women) who are so heartless & barbaric, that they can commit the very worst of crimes, against eve...
by Nicolas
Wed Jan 29, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How would you place your hands when bowing/saluting the shrine/showing respect to monastics
Replies: 27
Views: 2223

Re: How would you place your hands when bowing/saluting the shrine/showing respect to monastics

I do the palms and fingers against each other (like in the first picture), but typically with the thumbs only touching each other and not the rest of the hands (i.e. the thumbs are more relaxed and less "tight"), it's what comes most naturally to me.
by Nicolas
Fri Jan 24, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Has the Buddha ever been challenged through the three marks of existance?
Replies: 100
Views: 2713

Re: Has the Buddha ever been challenged through the three marks of existance?

1+1=2 is known to be true because it proves its reliability through time. The notion "all phenomenon are impermanent" disputes this reliability. If 1+1 = 2 is always true whether i think of it or not and If 1+1=2 is a phenomenon Then, "all phenomenon are impermanent" cannot be true because the trut...
by Nicolas
Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Has the Buddha ever been challenged through the three marks of existance?
Replies: 100
Views: 2713

Re: Has the Buddha ever been challenged through the three marks of existance?

[...] "1+1=2" is a concept, which is not a phenomenon unless it occurs as a thought or within a thought in a mind. When I think "1+1=2", then no longer think it, that thought/phenomenon is impermanent. That doesn't mean that 1+1=2 is not always true, whether I think it or not. Same goes with sabbe ...