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by Zadok
Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6109
Views: 523616

Re: Does rebirth make life less meaningful?

Adhering to Self is incorrect. But adhereing to Not-Self is also incorrect. It is attachment is the problem. Eventually one should let go of clinging to all and any views, no matter how "right" they are. There resides the issue we all inevitably face. If we perceive there is a right view then we ar...
by Zadok
Sat Jul 12, 2014 8:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibbana does not exist when . . .
Replies: 159
Views: 6471

Re: Nibbana does not exist when . . .

tiltbillings wrote:
Zadok wrote: . . .
There is value in looking at the Buddha's words.
Indeed, truly his teachings bring blessings upon all who study and practice.

Blessings dear tiltbillings.
by Zadok
Sat Jul 12, 2014 8:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6109
Views: 523616

Re: Does rebirth make life less meaningful?

None of us exist, we would like to believe we do but we don't. There is no "I" other than the creator which manifested creation. Adhering to Self is incorrect. But adhereing to Not-Self is also incorrect. Because neither truly have an existence beyond the mind that constructed them. If the mind is ...
by Zadok
Sat Jul 12, 2014 8:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6109
Views: 523616

Re: Does rebirth make life less meaningful?

If I believed that this was my only life, I'd be a monk Right Now, and I'm 20. It would be my only goal to reach Nibbana and live a peaceful, fruitful life with no suffering. Or I would truly live life on the edge and enjoy. I would be making some serious money right now and dating tons of girls if...
by Zadok
Sat Jul 12, 2014 7:47 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Boris: In the caves of withdrawal from the world
Replies: 643
Views: 33809

Re: In the caves of withdrawal from the world

I agree, but anyway reminds the problem how to recognize aryan from puthujjana? Everyone would like to have aryan kalyanamitta but not everyone is able to recognize him. One will come to recognize the Aryan when their spiritual disciplines have developed past the stage of grasping the ego. One must...
by Zadok
Sat Jul 12, 2014 7:23 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A sad story of Vesali sutta (mass suicide)
Replies: 19
Views: 3580

Re: A sad story of Vesali sutta (mass suicide)

This story is not to be taken literally but as a lesson. If one clings to perceptions of duality ones own ignorance will inevitably be the cause of their death.

The moral of the story is ignorance is suicide.

Blessings to all.
by Zadok
Sat Jul 12, 2014 7:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibbana does not exist when . . .
Replies: 159
Views: 6471

Re: Nibbana does not exist when . . .

It is foolish for a man to seek that which is beyond concept with conceptual means. If one wishes to understand the spiritual one must practice diligently. No man has reached enlightenment by studying scriptures alone. When the desire to question teachings arises let it be and contemplate it's oppos...
by Zadok
Sat Jul 12, 2014 7:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Deep Contradiction?
Replies: 163
Views: 6496

Re: Deep Contradiction?

Hi everyone, What if the teachings are a contradiction? I do not mean simply that what is said in one place contradicts what is said in another place. I mean that what the teachings ask one to do in one place, conflicts with what one is asked to do in another place. The best example of this is rebi...
by Zadok
Sat Jul 12, 2014 6:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is No-Self?
Replies: 145
Views: 9898

Re: What is No-Self?

Blessings to you. If you wish to experience the no-self clear your mind by emptying it of thought until only just an awareness of the emptiness resides. Then place ear plugs in your ears so you may not hear, close your mouth so you may not taste, and hold your nose so you may not breath. In that mom...
by Zadok
Sat Jul 12, 2014 5:52 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Buddha's Omniscience.
Replies: 40
Views: 8126

Re: The Buddha's Omniscience.

Regarding the Buddha's omniscience, as it is generally understood by traditional Buddhists at least, there appears to be a fair amount of evidence suggesting that this was a later invention. In SN 54.9, for example, the Buddha gives a group of monks a talk praising foulness of the body meditation. ...
by Zadok
Sat Jul 12, 2014 5:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Exact nature of the mind
Replies: 16
Views: 947

Re: Exact nature of the mind

The mind and body, are they separate? Yes and no. The mind perceives a body but focus should be placed on what perceives the mind. The consciousness, mind, and body- are they all separate entities? If ignorance blinds the individual then yes, they may be viewed as separate entities. In ultimate rea...
by Zadok
Sat Jul 12, 2014 5:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibbana does not exist when . . .
Replies: 159
Views: 6471

Re: Nibbana does not exist when . . .

LXNDR has this as his signature: Nibbana does not exist when there's no arahant or buddha in the world to experience it IF (A) Nibbana does not exist when there's no arahant or buddha in the world to experience it THEN (B) Nibbana is subjective, a psychological phenomenon IF (B) Nibbana is subjecti...