Search found 201 matches

by freedom
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 778
Views: 54832

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

Does anicca make more sense as an "inability to maintain something to one's own satisfaction?" or does impermanence make more sense. Doesn't the "inability to maintain something to one's own satisfaction" represent dukkha ? As the suttas say, "what is impermanent is unsatisfactory". Anicca and dukk...
by freedom
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 778
Views: 54832

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

Freedom said: “I am wondering why you cannot maintain something to your own satisfaction?” - That statement pertains more to the rebirth process, even though it is also true in this life (even those things that one has been able to maintain in this life will have to be given up when one dies). Even...
by freedom
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:19 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 778
Views: 54832

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

Orinsine wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:19 pm
Does anicca make more sense as an "inability to maintain something to one's own satisfaction?" or does impermanence make more sense.
I am wondering why you cannot maintain something to your own satisfaction?
by freedom
Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where are the arahants ?
Replies: 46
Views: 936

Re: Where are the arahants ?

That’s exactly my point. And I’m saying you could hang in your home if an arahant, as you would not be attached to this as no attachment to home but could be simply practical. However, if you simply hang in your home and never try to live without your home then if your home is burnt out or it is in...
by freedom
Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where are the arahants ?
Replies: 46
Views: 936

Re: Where are the arahants ?

What do the sutras go on to say about the 7 day ordain or die position. Seems ludicrous that your life is in jeopardy Upon reaching this mindstate, why can’t you simply hang in your home and eat when body requires nourishment. I am not a sutta guy, so maybe others can help you. You can hang in your...
by freedom
Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where are the arahants ?
Replies: 46
Views: 936

Re: Where are the arahants ?

So you have to physically walk away from stuff to prove you’ve broken the bonds of attachment. That really doesn’t seem a necessary step, if bond is broken your free. Right??? If you can’t easily walk away your still in bondage and delusional if thinking your an arahant. The physicality seems unimp...
by freedom
Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where are the arahants ?
Replies: 46
Views: 936

Re: Where are the arahants ?

You put an end to mental suffering, you reach arahantship. Part of this realization is the wisdom that you don’t really own your house you are not defined by your house, you are not your job whether you are a janitor or a meditation teacher. This is just means for survival and contribution to socie...
by freedom
Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where are the arahants ?
Replies: 46
Views: 936

Re: Where are the arahants ?

I do agree with the Commentaries that if a lay person becomes an arahant, he/she will ordain within 7 days or perish. The lay life and responsibilities would not work with the mind-state of an arahant. Considering this, we could dismiss any lay person claim that they are an arahant, unless they per...
by freedom
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 778
Views: 54832

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

While this is a good advice, I want to add some minor elements. It seems you underestimate the work to transmit or teach the dhamma. E.g. "Even if we can remember and teach all "true" Buddha's Dhamma, but if we cannot see our own clinging and why we cling to them then we are living in vain." As the...
by freedom
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 778
Views: 54832

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

The goal of Buddhism is to uproot all clinging, not to prove that I am right or I possessed the true Dhamma, or I am noble, this or that,... If we follow a path and our clinging is increased, then it is not the Buddha's path. It is better to see if we are clinging to something than to argue this is ...
by freedom
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 778
Views: 54832

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

According to student of Ven Thero who is also a monk, he defined anicca as "insatiablity" Meaning that our 6 senses can never be satiated. We are ignorant of the nature of anicca (insatiability) and we think there is some satisfaction and gratification in wordly objects in our world thus we become ...
by freedom
Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 778
Views: 54832

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

I am not quite sure what freedom is trying to say. I am sorry that you do not understand what I have tried to say. However, I have tried my best and cannot explain better. I understand each person has different level of awakening, different goal, and different understanding when approaching the Dha...
by freedom
Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 778
Views: 54832

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

As to your question on “How do we know that we are clinging to something?” is partially explained in the above. Sometimes, we do not realize the burden on the mind due to these clingings or cravings. Most of us cannot even see how there can be a burden to the mind due to cravings. It is only when w...
by freedom
Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 778
Views: 54832

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

Please post a specific question. Let us start with the most important one. You can copy it from there and post it, so that I know what the specific question is. I am a simple person and have very limited knowledge about the Dhamma, so I have a very simple question: "How do we know that we are cling...
by freedom
Sun Sep 30, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 778
Views: 54832

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

@SarathW Did you not realize that your title for the new thread that you opened could be offensive? You should also realize that it reflects on your character, not mine. The Buddha himself was attacked in much worse ways. One time he was accused of murdering a prostitute. So, I am not bothered OR s...