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by freedom
Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Question about dependent origination
Replies: 21
Views: 463

Re: Question about dependent origination

To me, anatta is a characteristic of existence regardless one's opinion or clinging. In this discourse, the Buddha clearly point towards the no self doctrine based on impermanence. As in there being no permanent person. The realisation of anatta(seeing things as arising from causes and conditions o...
by freedom
Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Question about dependent origination
Replies: 21
Views: 463

Re: Question about dependent origination

Free will implies that there is a person making all those choices. In the face of anatta, one could say that choices are being made which are driven by causes and conditions without a self behind them. Anatta is always a controversial topic... To my understanding anatta is not about if there is a s...
by freedom
Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Question about dependent origination
Replies: 21
Views: 463

Re: Question about dependent origination

However, if conditions are such that a person has let their ignorance build up very much, and not practiced restraint of their tanha, and has let their impulses rule, such as an extremely desire-driven human... Then wouldn't they, in certain situations, be compelled to follow their cravings and the...
by freedom
Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Question about dependent origination
Replies: 21
Views: 463

Re: Question about dependent origination

My question however, is more philosophical. If everything arises from causes - everything is conditional - then would this not imply lack of free will? With feeling as condition, craving comes to be. When feeling can be used as condition, craving will come with no exception. However, this does not ...
by freedom
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sotapanna
Replies: 41
Views: 736

Re: Sotapanna

Once one understands "the more I get, the more I suffer" and lives accordingly with that understanding, the more he/she lives with that principle, the less "I, my" he/she gets. Once he/she no longer holds on to whatever related to "I, my", he/she cuts off self-view (view that has "I, my" in it). He/...
by freedom
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:37 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Dukkha
Replies: 22
Views: 503

Re: Dukkha

When I'm doing vipassana meditation for me it is just watching everything in my experience arise be and cease like watch my thoughts pass then if a feeling comes up I'll be aware of its shelf life, but then I get a feeling of impermanence Because I'm seeing everything change then I get the feeling ...
by freedom
Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: This/that conditionality in DO
Replies: 14
Views: 251

Re: This/that conditionality in DO

I'm interested in exploring the practical difference(s) between the two modes of conditionality described in dependent origination: "'When this is, that is. (1) "'From the arising of this comes the arising of that. (2) "'When this isn't, that isn't. (1) "'From the cessation of this comes the cessat...
by freedom
Sun Jun 11, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The stilling of all fabrications?
Replies: 28
Views: 1184

Re: The stilling of all fabrications?

So the letting go of self-view, and the conceit "I am"? I mean everything that we can put the "my" in. When there is "my", there is "I". When there is "I", there is "my". So, self-view and "I am" are included. I was referring to self-view and "I am" as fetters. As I see it these are habitual tenden...
by freedom
Sun Jun 11, 2017 2:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The stilling of all fabrications?
Replies: 28
Views: 1184

Re: The stilling of all fabrications?

And does anyone know what this bit means: "the relinquishment of all acquisitions"? That means we need to give up everything that has the "my". So the letting go of self-view, and the conceit "I am"? I mean everything that we can put the "my" in. When there is "my", there is "I". When there is "I",...
by freedom
Sun Jun 11, 2017 2:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The stilling of all fabrications?
Replies: 28
Views: 1184

Re: The stilling of all fabrications?

As I understand, it is the volitional formations in dependent origination: the stilling of bodily, verbal, and mental volitional formation from all experiences. With the cessation of volitional formations, cessation of consciousness -> cessation of this whole mass of suffering. That's why "This is ...
by freedom
Sat Jun 10, 2017 3:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The place of doubt in practice
Replies: 164
Views: 5357

Re: The place of doubt in practice

I have a question for everyone here: If somebody would come to you one day and say "Cars are not propelled forward because of an engine, but because they are pushed by a mysterious force or spirit" would you have any doubts regarding this ? Would you get in a big dilemma and have no idea what to th...
by freedom
Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The stilling of all fabrications?
Replies: 28
Views: 1184

Re: The stilling of all fabrications?

But with the remainderless fading away and cessation of ignorance that body does not exist, that speech does not exist, that mind (intellect) does not exist. This is the stilling of volitional formations. SN12.25 With this bit right here, are you saying that body as it is, the thing that has the fi...
by freedom
Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The place of doubt in practice
Replies: 164
Views: 5357

Re: The place of doubt in practice

The place of doubt in practice This is what I see... We are in doubt when we think what we know may be wrong, but we cannot prove or confirm that. We are not in doubt if we can confirm what we know is right or wrong, or when we do not think what we know is right or wrong when we are not sure with t...
by freedom
Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The stilling of all fabrications?
Replies: 28
Views: 1184

Re: The stilling of all fabrications?

Spiny Norman wrote:And does anyone know what this bit means: "the relinquishment of all acquisitions"?
That means we need to give up everything that has the "my".
by freedom
Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The stilling of all fabrications?
Replies: 28
Views: 1184

Re: The stilling of all fabrications?

As I understand, it is the volitional formations in dependent origination: the stilling of bodily, verbal, and mental volitional formation from all experiences. With the cessation of volitional formations, cessation of consciousness -> cessation of this whole mass of suffering. That's why "This is ...
by freedom
Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The stilling of all fabrications?
Replies: 28
Views: 1184

Re: The stilling of all fabrications?

As I understand, it is the volitional formations in dependent origination: the stilling of bodily, verbal, and mental volitional formation from all experiences. With the cessation of volitional formations, cessation of consciousness -> cessation of this whole mass of suffering. That's why "This is p...
by freedom
Sun Jun 04, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Death, killing, and monks growing their own food.
Replies: 28
Views: 1300

Re: Death, killing, and monks growing their own food.

To my understanding, alms-mendicant is designed for freedom. When we depend on everybody, we do not depend on any specific person, place or group. If these people cannot support us, there will be others who can, and we simply move to wherever/whoever can provide that support. This lifestyle provides...
by freedom
Sun May 28, 2017 12:59 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 203
Views: 7896

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana Buddhism

"The Tathagata isn’t concerned with whether all the cosmos or half of it or a third of it will be led to release by means of that Dhamma" Why? because this is not the focus of his teaching. He focused on how beings can be freed from sufferings. He understood the diversity of all beings and what the...
by freedom
Sat May 27, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 203
Views: 7896

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana Buddhism

This pencil is long because there is something shorter than it. This food is good because there is some food that is not as good as it is. There is black, yellow, red, white,... There are smart people, stupid people, fishes, cats, dogs, tigers, trees... There are professors, there are engineers, the...
by freedom
Sat May 27, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 203
Views: 7896

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana Buddhism

There is nothing wrong with compassion and helping or teaching others. The problem is that one who does not understand the Dhamma, not seeing the hidden dangers, not understand suffering and the way to end suffering, looking for attainment can help or teach others out of suffering. This is impossibl...