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by freedom
Sun Jun 11, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The stilling of all fabrications?
Replies: 28
Views: 674

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: 674

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: 674

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: 4008

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: 674

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: 4008

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: 674

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: 674

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: 674

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: 1031

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: 6326

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: 6326

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: 6326

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...
by freedom
Fri May 26, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 203
Views: 6326

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana Buddhism

This wish comes from craving to be or to get something better, not from relinquishment, dispassion, cessation. It has nothing to do with wanting to be "better than" others, if one's motivation is to follow the Buddha's example. Why did the Buddha decide to teach others after attaining enlightenment...
by freedom
Fri May 26, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 203
Views: 6326

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana Buddhism

Just look at how many people nowadays think they knew and understand the Dhamma. They created so many branches of Buddhism based on their own views (or on their teacher's view - out of faith) and teach others what they think "the truth". Why? because the Buddha is no longer available to validate and...
by freedom
Fri May 26, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 203
Views: 6326

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana Buddhism

How can a drowning person, who does not realize that he/she is in serious trouble, does not know how he/she ended up there, does not know the way to escape, has no intention to escape the danger, never see and experience the solid ground, can help others, who are also drowning, to escape from drown...
by freedom
Fri May 26, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 203
Views: 6326

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana Buddhism

How can a drowning person, who does not realize that he/she is in serious trouble, does not know how he/she ended up there, does not know the way to escape, has no intention to escape the danger, never see and experience the solid ground, can help others, who are also drowning, to escape from drowni...
by freedom
Mon May 22, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 203
Views: 6326

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana Buddhism

The goal of Buddhism is to end all sufferings for whoever can follow its path (Unless we think it has different goal!). From what condition suffering come to be? Birth . Therefore, to end suffering, we need to end birth (or we can say the goal is to end birth). When one reaches the goal, that means ...
by freedom
Sat May 20, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 130
Views: 8491

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

When one smokes, does one see the danger of smoking? The drawback of it? The escape from it? and the way to end that danger? Or one sees the safety of it, the advantage of it, the necessity of it, and the way to continue that action. We can honestly ask ourselves to see where are we leaning to.
by freedom
Sat May 20, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 130
Views: 8491

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

If one delights, craving will increase. Wrong: if one attends inappropriately then craving will increase. There are times when the Buddha delighted in things, such as sound gatherings of Arahants, delighted in solitude, delighted in warming his back in the sun late in the day... With the arising of...