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by freedom
Tue Jun 09, 2020 2:19 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: vitarka and vicara in EBT agamas and (non Theravada) Abhidharma sources
Replies: 1
Views: 151

Re: vitarka and vicara in EBT agamas and (non Theravada) Abhidharma sources

http://notesonthedhamma.blogspot.com/2020/06/vitarka-and-vicara-in-ebt-agamas-and.html excerpt: vitarka and vicara in EBT agamas and (non Theravada) Abhidharma sources I'm looking to add more sources to this set of references on non Theravada EBT explanations of vitakka and vicara in first jhana. E...
by freedom
Thu Jun 04, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without the Vinaya, would we all be living like animals?
Replies: 38
Views: 890

Re: Without the Vinaya, would we all be living like animals?

Forgot to mention that this comes from my experience, and Nibbana is not something that can be rationalized. Not being able to distinguish right from wrong is not a view. Do you see that you take your experience as true or right? "Nibbana is not something that can be rationalized. Not being able to...
by freedom
Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without the Vinaya, would we all be living like animals?
Replies: 38
Views: 890

Re: Without the Vinaya, would we all be living like animals?

Action is not dependent upon knowing right or wrong. That is the whole goal of Nibbana; to cut away this sense of self that is trying to distinguish between you and other. If I stand on the road, and a car is coming at me at high speed, I don't have to think if it is right or wrong to stay there.. ...
by freedom
Thu Jun 04, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without the Vinaya, would we all be living like animals?
Replies: 38
Views: 890

Re: Without the Vinaya, would we all be living like animals?

The base as to even establish right or wrong is gone. So what you are referring to does not apply. What do you mean with right? Or wrong? If you are trying to hunt a live deer but keep diving in an open ocean to look for it then it is wrong. If you are looking for safety, but keep blindly running i...
by freedom
Thu Jun 04, 2020 2:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without the Vinaya, would we all be living like animals?
Replies: 38
Views: 890

Re: Without the Vinaya, would we all be living like animals?

... I have experienced that when one gains fruition of the 8th Jhana, there is no base as to make a difference between right and wrong anymore. Basically, I realised that the Vinaya code is obsolete to achieving Nibbana and even counterproductive as such... When one cannot make a difference between...
by freedom
Fri May 29, 2020 3:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A verse that hard to understand in Kodhana Sutta
Replies: 16
Views: 766

Re: A verse that hard to understand in Kodhana Sutta

What is meaning of these words of Budha in kodhana sutta:"Furthermore, an enemy wishes for an enemy: ‘If only they don’t get all they need!’ Why is that? Because an enemy doesn’t like to have an enemy who gets all they need. When an irritable person, overcome and overwhelmed by anger, gets what the...
by freedom
Sun May 03, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Throwing away food in water with no bacteria in it
Replies: 21
Views: 684

Re: Throwing away food in water with no bacteria in it

second there seems to have been some incantations or chanting done over the food and it seems that this is the reason why the buddha would not eat it as evidenced by the sutta quote "What's been chanted over with verses shouldn't be eaten by me." chownah I do not know much of Pali so I cannot comme...
by freedom
Sun May 03, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Throwing away food in water with no bacteria in it
Replies: 21
Views: 684

Re: Throwing away food in water with no bacteria in it

second there seems to have been some incantations or chanting done over the food and it seems that this is the reason why the buddha would not eat it as evidenced by the sutta quote "What's been chanted over with verses shouldn't be eaten by me." chownah I do not know much of Pali so I cannot comme...
by freedom
Sat May 02, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Throwing away food in water with no bacteria in it
Replies: 21
Views: 684

Re: Throwing away food in water with no bacteria in it

For someone who may be interest in different understanding of the sutta, not just its face meaning. Here is how I understood the sutta: Kasi Bharadvaja Sutta This sutta is about "qualification and method of a receiver". Actions bear fruits. Among all the fruits, deathless is the highest and the most...
by freedom
Wed Apr 22, 2020 3:30 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Taoism
Replies: 71
Views: 5336

Re: Taoism

If you can name it, then it is not Tao, it is like a control loop to check if what you practice or cultivate is the Tao. The 'eternal' refers to the practice results what will be brought to the heaven. The Tao what can be named will not go further than earth. As I understand, the first 2 sentences ...
by freedom
Sun Apr 19, 2020 12:48 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Taoism
Replies: 71
Views: 5336

Re: Taoism

One layer of meaning that might add context: 天地 means "heaven and earth" and is a Chinese euphemism for "everything." 萬物 means "10,000 things" and is a Chinese euphemism for "all things." Reading so, we can read: Without a name, is it the wellspring of everything. With a name, it is the mother of e...
by freedom
Sat Apr 18, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Taoism
Replies: 71
Views: 5336

Re: Taoism

Here is the original in Chinese for the first two sentences 道 可 道 非 常 道 名 可 名 非 常 名 A Tao(道) that can be (可) a Tao (道) is not (非) an eternal (常) Tao (道) A Name(名) that can be (可) a Name (名) is not (非) an eternal (常) Name (名) This means if something exists as a "Tao" then it cannot be eternally as t...
by freedom
Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:50 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Viññāṇa
Replies: 58
Views: 2850

Re: Viññāṇa

With this understanding, I can understand “Vinnanam Anidassanam” as “unestablished consciousness” or "unestablished cognition". Anidassanam does not mean unestablished. The Pali word for unestablished is ap patiṭṭhita . As I remember, conciousness and perception are conjoined not disjoined. Unestab...
by freedom
Sat Apr 18, 2020 2:56 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Viññāṇa
Replies: 58
Views: 2850

Re: Viññāṇa

I'd like to contribute some of my understanding. vinnana = established consciousness or established cognition. Why “established”? We called it “vinnana” because it cognizes. It cognizes sounds, odors, flavors, tangibles,… It cognizes blue as blue, water as water, smelly as smelly, bitterness as bit...
by freedom
Sat Apr 18, 2020 2:27 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Taoism
Replies: 71
Views: 5336

Re: Taoism

if I look at the following texts, from my perspective, it appears as if Taoism also points to Nibbana, but just calls it Tao. Underneath are two translations from one part of a verse in the Tao Te Ching. "If you can talk about it, it ain’t Tao. If it has a name, it’s just another thing." (Ron Hogan...