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by Nicolas
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: extreme bliss feeling without body awareness
Replies: 16
Views: 338

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: 283

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: 283

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: 238

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: 495

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: 495

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: 495

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: 345

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: 433

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: 499

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: 680

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: 488

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: 488

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: 13505

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...