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by Bundokji
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Universe and its constant change....purpose
Replies: 37
Views: 844

Re: Universe and its constant change....purpose

Dear Dhamma Wheel members, this is my first post after my introduction. :anjali: Hello InsightVision. Welcome to DW :anjali: What I am wondering about tonight has to do with the universe. Since the Buddha felt no need for there to be a creator God involved in the creation of our universe and everyt...
by Bundokji
Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right grasp on the content of thoughts
Replies: 17
Views: 357

Re: Right grasp on the content of thoughts

I've been looking for a sutta which if I remember correctly is a good example of the buddha advising a monk on how to guard the senses using wise attention. I haven't been able to find it. Maybe someone else can. It goes something like: the buddha says don't be around women....the monk says what if...
by Bundokji
Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right grasp on the content of thoughts
Replies: 17
Views: 357

Re: Right grasp on the content of thoughts

I don't know if thinking that there is a thought and it has content is a useful construction. Without content there is no thought. I think a better construction is to consider that there is thought and there is the process or conditions which surround or are associated with the arising of that thou...
by Bundokji
Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right grasp on the content of thoughts
Replies: 17
Views: 357

Re: Right grasp on the content of thoughts

Mental Formations goes under "dhammas contemplation" in Satipathana Sutta. But there is no such object as "meaning" or "content". As said Mikenz - it's difficult to jump into the river and not be moving by the flow. As is technically difficult to jump into the river and still dry, to be interested ...
by Bundokji
Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right grasp on the content of thoughts
Replies: 17
Views: 357

Re: Right grasp on the content of thoughts

Hi Bundokji, I know you didn't ask for specific technique, but Patrick Kearney's talks on this subject, which are typically called something like "Tracking the Thought Stream" can be helpful: http://www.dharmasalon.net/Audio/audio.html Typically, he gives some exercises and then there is some discu...
by Bundokji
Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right grasp on the content of thoughts
Replies: 17
Views: 357

Re: Right grasp on the content of thoughts

Oh yes, maybe :anjali: Can you please repeat your question in other words because I find it difficult to grasp on what is your question really is? PS I read one more time the OP and answer that comes is pretty much the same : there is no bad or good, there is only peace and agitation, dukkha and no...
by Bundokji
Sat Sep 07, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right grasp on the content of thoughts
Replies: 17
Views: 357

Re: Right grasp on the content of thoughts

Hello :anjali: Unwholesome is what lead to agitation. Wholesome is what lead to peace. If you want not to generate kamma, then you should not react on your thoughts in body, speach or mind, even wholesome or unwholesome. Thoughts are just toughts, they are result of past kamma, but reacting on them...
by Bundokji
Sat Sep 07, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right grasp on the content of thoughts
Replies: 17
Views: 357

Re: Right grasp on the content of thoughts

We need to be able to discern which thoughts are wholesome and which thoughts are unwholesome (MN 19) and how to deal with them (MN 20). Mindfulness is also the gatekeeper that discriminates & sorts ( here and here ). If the mind is strained by this dividing and thinking, then the mind should be qu...
by Bundokji
Sat Sep 07, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right grasp on the content of thoughts
Replies: 17
Views: 357

Right grasp on the content of thoughts

The Buddha's teachings encourage us to be aware, mindful and heedful. What thoughts have in common is their ephemeral nature, but what makes thoughts distinctive from one another is their content which conveys different meanings to each thought. From the perspective of "right attention", to what ext...
by Bundokji
Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Ariṭṭha!? What sutta come to mind when you read this?
Replies: 6
Views: 239

Re: Ariṭṭha!? What sutta come to mind when you read this?

Let none find fault with others; let none see the omissions and commissions of others. But let one see one's own acts, done and undone.
by Bundokji
Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: If you're delusional, how can you be sure you've chosen the right religion/Buddhist school?
Replies: 62
Views: 1599

Re: If you're delusional, how can you be sure you've chosen the right religion/Buddhist school?

This isn't about being upset over being told that you look fat in those jeans or that your van dyke is ridiculous. This is about being a goat while a human is required for the job. One possible explanation for getting upset or a sense of bitterness is if one feels that he/she is required to make bi...
by Bundokji
Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nirvana is the Cessation of Consciousness
Replies: 51
Views: 1099

Re: Nirvana is the Cessation of Consciousness

That would equate those who attained Nibbana with philosophical zombies

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophical_zombie
by Bundokji
Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Science “Proves”/finds accurateness in some Buddhist concepts of Consciousness
Replies: 33
Views: 727

Re: Science “Proves”/finds accurateness in some Buddhist concepts of Consciousness

Can consciousness be known without sankhara? I think you can. Neither perception nor-non perception is the last trace of consciousness. After that comes the cessation of perception and feeling where there is no consciousness. Following this logic, this would make the cessation of perception and fee...
by Bundokji
Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Science “Proves”/finds accurateness in some Buddhist concepts of Consciousness
Replies: 33
Views: 727

Re: Science “Proves”/finds accurateness in some Buddhist concepts of Consciousness

Regardless of the article, the idea of self is unrelated to consciousness therefore even if consciousness is a universal substance it would be impersonal according to Buddhism. It is "thinking" ('sankhara') rather than consciousness that creates duality, self & suffering. Hi DD, Can consciousness b...
by Bundokji
Fri Aug 30, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: If you're delusional, how can you be sure you've chosen the right religion/Buddhist school?
Replies: 62
Views: 1599

Re: If you're delusional, how can you be sure you've chosen the right religion/Buddhist school?

Do explain why do you think that is relevant? Because you seem to be equating mere disputing of views with disqualifying someone's ability to reflect, assess, investigate and comprehend. I'm talking about disqualification, not mere criticism. The putthujjana is not being merely criticized, but disq...