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by freedom
Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Back to self!
Replies: 84
Views: 2957

Re: Back to self!

When suffering arises in the case of those animals or small children, the tendency towards conceit is also present in them same as in humans. But the view that "there is me that suffers" does not arise because such a machine made out of 5 aggregates, unlike humans over age 2, does not possess suffi...
by freedom
Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Back to self!
Replies: 84
Views: 2957

Re: Back to self!

According to the historical Buddha, there is nobody observing, nobody suffering, nobody experiencing pleasure. There is just suffering, pleasure, thoughts, feelings, etc. arising and ceasing based on conditions. Same as a window might appear and disappear on a computer due to conditions. No self is...
by freedom
Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:16 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Sam Vara is stepping down as moderator
Replies: 19
Views: 1621

Re: Sam Vara is stepping down as moderator

Thanks Sam, you are a great and very patient moderator.
Wish you well. :thanks:
by freedom
Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 1097
Views: 100200

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

I have presented some background material on the "theory side" so far. In the next post I will start a series on the "actual practice". Just learning "theory" is not enough to get the benefits of Buddha Dhamma. One needs to avoid dasa akusala, and engage in dāna (giving), sila (moral conduct), and ...
by freedom
Sun Dec 23, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there no contradiction here?
Replies: 6
Views: 589

Re: Is there no contradiction here?

Also the commentary to Majjihma Nikaya Sutta 26 (p1217 of Bodhi's translation). The Atthakatha raises the question of why after countless aeons of striving to become a Buddha who could teach the Dhamma he now had such thoughts. The answer is that it was only now, after becoming a Buddha that he rea...
by freedom
Sat Dec 22, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 1097
Views: 100200

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

freedom said: "As I understand, those above are your views.." Those are not our views. Those are in the suttas and in Abhidhamma. Anyway, if you cannot comprehend or do not want to try to understand, you can just stop reading my posts. If you are happy with your explanations, that is fine with me. ...
by freedom
Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 1097
Views: 100200

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

I will try to summarize what you and Lal said... There is no vinnana (defiled thought) in an Arahant. Citta can be defined as ‘consciousness of the senses’ or ‘awareness of an object’... Citta is that which is conscious of objects all the times. This nature of awareness of objects is called consciou...
by freedom
Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:07 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 1097
Views: 100200

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

Let me ask you simpler questions: Is vinnana permanent or impermanent? If "pure" vinnana is different than vinnana then is "pure" vinnana permanent or impermanent? If (pure) vinnana is impermanent then is it suffering or not? I think my questions are simple and direct. If not, please let me know wh...
by freedom
Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 1097
Views: 100200

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

@freedom: Please explain what you mean by consciousness and "self", if you want any more clarification from me. I have explained those many times. These are fundamental concepts that we need to understand first. I think the basic issue here with the discussions today is that translators use a singl...
by freedom
Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 1097
Views: 100200

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

freedom said: Since you said that pure consciousness is short lived, so it is impermanent. If it is impermanent, then will it be suffering? If that pure consciousness is impermanent, will it be pure forever? if it is, then can we say that it is permanently pure? What do you mean "self" and "percept...
by freedom
Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 1097
Views: 100200

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

Suppose that you were an arahant, will you affirm that you are that pure consciousness? or that pure consciousness is yours, or it is part of you, or you are in it, or you have/possess that pure consciousness? If one is an Arahant, one would not have removed "asmi māna" or the "perception of a self...
by freedom
Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 1097
Views: 100200

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

A living Arahant would have undefiled consciousness or a pure consciousness that is without any greed, hate, ignorance. It is also the duty of the translator to point out that in the Paticca Samuppada, some terms are abbreviated. Sankhara are really abhisankhara (at least in the PS leading to rebir...
by freedom
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 1097
Views: 100200

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: 1097
Views: 100200

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: 1097
Views: 100200

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?