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by Bundokji
Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Uṇṇābha the brahmin
Replies: 31
Views: 436

Re: Uṇṇābha the brahmin

The significance is that whereas infinite regression can validly apply to causality, "recourse" cannot in this context mean "caused by". Therefore infinite regression cannot apply to Unnabha's sequence by virtue of it being a causal sequence. If "recourse" means "caused by", then we would have the ...
by Bundokji
Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Uṇṇābha the brahmin
Replies: 31
Views: 436

Re: Uṇṇābha the brahmin

That might be the case, but endless regression is only a possibility where the relationship between the different stages remains the same. In Unnabha's case, they don't. He is not talking about causality or contingency (whose endless regression fuels the 2nd and 3rd of Aquinas' "Five Ways", for exa...
by Bundokji
Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:58 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Religious nones are the new #1
Replies: 20
Views: 353

Re: Religious nones are the new #1

I think it depends on what kind of religion is left behind, and what moral system is being adopted to replace it.
by Bundokji
Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Uṇṇābha the brahmin
Replies: 31
Views: 436

Re: Uṇṇābha the brahmin

Again, that's fairly obvious, but what do you make of this step where Uṇṇābha asks what mind has recourse to? I think it has to do with the problem of endless regress rooted in causality. The regress argument (also known as the diallelus[1] (Latin) or diallelon, from Greek di allelon "through or by...
by Bundokji
Sat Apr 13, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A wonderful teaching
Replies: 15
Views: 319

Re: A wonderful teaching

I think there is an underlying balance in the world that is hidden from most of us and only revealed to the wise. Behind suffering and happiness (or easier and more difficult to use the OP's own words), maybe things are not as different as they appear to be. I think what makes them look so different...
by Bundokji
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Whatever arises passes away
Replies: 70
Views: 957

Re: Whatever arises passes away

This is one of those questions that might benefit from some clarifying. What is meant by existence here? In my mind, existence means Existing things ("existents")? Existence as a whole, or as an abstract property? One's own personal existence? One's continuing or future existence?[/quote] In my min...
by Bundokji
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Whatever arises passes away
Replies: 70
Views: 957

Re: Whatever arises passes away

binocular wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:38 am
Bundokji wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:33 am
I think what is gradual is the letting go of our craving for existence.
And the craving for existence is not infinite?
What would make it infinite is the belief that craving can be ended by craving.
by Bundokji
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Whatever arises passes away
Replies: 70
Views: 957

Re: Whatever arises passes away

The Path is said to be gradual -- but what exactly does "gradual" mean here? Does one, by following the Path, gradually increase (one's knowledge, purity) toward a perfection that is infinite? Is Nibbana infinite? I think what is gradual is the letting go of our craving for existence. We value our ...
by Bundokji
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Whatever arises passes away
Replies: 70
Views: 957

Re: Whatever arises passes away

Suppose that you would be enlightened some day, and then look back and account thusly: "In March 2019, I realized that 157 things that arose, also passed away. In April 2019, I realized that 272 things that arose, also passed away. In May 2019 ... In November 2019... In August 2022, I realized that...
by Bundokji
Tue Apr 09, 2019 4:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Whatever arises passes away
Replies: 70
Views: 957

Re: Whatever arises passes away

So, is it a sort of supramundane knowledge that is beyond the way we function and only known to those who realize it? Yes, it appears so. But that's not the problem, is it. It's that we have to take it on faith and trust those people, or their followers. I think there is another way. First it is be...
by Bundokji
Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Whatever arises passes away
Replies: 70
Views: 957

Re: Whatever arises passes away

So, is it a sort of supramundane knowledge that is beyond the way we function and only known to those who realize it? Yes. There is a conditioning process at work that interferes with seeing as the Ariyas do. But when those conditions are removed by following the path the veils are lifted. imo And ...
by Bundokji
Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Whatever arises passes away
Replies: 70
Views: 957

Re: Whatever arises passes away

Since THE ALL and THE WORLD mean that which arises from the six sense media (and seem to be pointing at ones own individual experience while one lives) when those terms are used with respect to the buddha's teachings it seems that with respect to individuals who expire after a finite length of time...
by Bundokji
Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Whatever arises passes away
Replies: 70
Views: 957

Whatever arises passes away

One of the major insights which leads to release in Buddhism is having the following certainty : Whatever arises, passes away. Based on inductive reasoning, this would makes it highly probable, but not certain. Also if our inductive knowledge itself arises and passes away, this makes it unreliable t...
by Bundokji
Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Becoming in DO
Replies: 6
Views: 129

Re: Becoming in DO

With these habitual tendencies we have birth of action, we act out the habitual tendencies which are stored away in our being ... Which ALWAYS leads to suffering I enjoyed reading your post, Anthony. The only part that i would like to expand on, is the term always. The gap between the conventional ...
by Bundokji
Sat Apr 06, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dukkah and contentement
Replies: 93
Views: 757

Re: Dukkah and contentement

I don't recall ever seeing any passage in the suttas that would claim that seeing things in terms of the three characteristics would suffice for enlightenment. Can anyone post some examples? The perceiving of impermanence, bhikkhus, developed and frequently practiced, removes all sensual passion, r...