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by Bundokji
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Believe Commentaries? [From Transfer/Sharing merit limits]
Replies: 13
Views: 161

Re: Why Believe Commentaries? [From Transfer/Sharing merit limits]

I am not sure if the following is relevant. Just my worthless general observations. Later additions to the original teachings is common to all religions, not only Buddhism. In Islam for instance, the original book is the Quran, and the later additions is the Hadith which is regarded highly by Sunni ...
by Bundokji
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: What is delusion?
Replies: 7
Views: 96

Re: What is delusion?

Inability to differentiate between the essential and the unessential
Those who mistake the unessential to be essential and the essential to be unessential, dwelling in wrong thoughts, never arrive at the essential.
by Bundokji
Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Nibbana cool down all temperaments & dissolve greed & enmity?
Replies: 40
Views: 568

Re: Does Nibbana cool down all temperaments & dissolve greed & enmity?

Perhaps Nibbana is analogous to the view from the top of the mountain? Perhaps you are correct. Say, the path is the Noble Eightfold Path in Buddhism. What is the mountain in Buddha's teaching? I remember encountering a simile/story shared by Ven Dhammanando likening the teachings to a map, mindful...
by Bundokji
Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The sequence of the four noble truths
Replies: 15
Views: 207

Re: The sequence of the four noble truths

I came across the doctor's analogy before, and it sounds like a good one, but was it mentioned by the Buddha himself? Does anyone know the historical background of this analogy?... Two possibilities: https://suttacentral.net/an3.22/en/sujato https://suttacentral.net/an10.108/en/sujato Edit: https:/...
by Bundokji
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The sequence of the four noble truths
Replies: 15
Views: 207

Re: The sequence of the four noble truths

Could you please elaborate? I think your request is relating to Dukkha and Dukkha Satya. I tried to discuss this topic in another thread as well. https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=32465&hilit= It appears many do not fully comprehend the meaning of Dukkha. What is important to understand ...
by Bundokji
Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The sequence of the four noble truths
Replies: 15
Views: 207

Re: The sequence of the four noble truths

Thanks for all good replies. I think Four Noble Truths start from some thing known to every person. However according to Buddhist teaching Dukkha and Dukkha Satya are two different things. Even non-Buddhists understand the Dukkha but not the Dukkha Satya. So it is important to clarify this from the...
by Bundokji
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The sequence of the four noble truths
Replies: 15
Views: 207

Re: The sequence of the four noble truths

Thank you all for your answers. I came across the doctor's analogy before, and it sounds like a good one, but was it mentioned by the Buddha himself? Does anyone know the historical background of this analogy? Could there be better explanation? Did it happen to any of the practitioners here that the...
by Bundokji
Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The sequence of the four noble truths
Replies: 15
Views: 207

Re: The sequence of the four noble truths

I forgot to add that the same thing applies to the first two noble truths. One would expect cause to precede effect, and yet, the first noble truth of suffering (effect) precedes the second noble truth (the cause of suffering)
by Bundokji
Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The sequence of the four noble truths
Replies: 15
Views: 207

The sequence of the four noble truths

Friends, Is the sequence of the four noble truths of any significance? One would assume that the Buddha taught the four noble truths in certain order because this would have an impact on the practice. Usually, we take a path to reach a destination, so logically, the path comes first then the destina...
by Bundokji
Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Nibbana cool down all temperaments & dissolve greed & enmity?
Replies: 40
Views: 568

Re: Does Nibbana cool down all temperaments & dissolve greed & enmity?

The fire simile does not explain why the arahant goes beyond the possibilities of becoming deluded again.
by Bundokji
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Nibbana in your own words and understanding?
Replies: 14
Views: 199

Re: What is Nibbana in your own words and understanding?

"ending suffering" This resonates with me too. Is this the equanimity? Then it should not be the household equanimity. Nibbana is something more than equanimity as far as I understand. The teachings are often likened to a medicine. Fantasies about health (a positive) can never be a cure. For the un...
by Bundokji
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Nibbana in your own words and understanding?
Replies: 14
Views: 199

Re: What is Nibbana in your own words and understanding?

My approach to Nibbana has something to do with words and how they affect my mind. When i look at my mind, i find using "positive" terms such as Nibbana or enlightenment can be problematic. Therefore, i prefer to use "the end of suffering". A mindset that is driven by "ending suffering" is investiga...
by Bundokji
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Authenticity. From: Why Read the Suttas?
Replies: 33
Views: 507

Re: Authenticity. From: Why Read the Suttas?

The issue of authenticity should concern historians and scholars. For a practitioner, the priority is better be understanding the teachings, seeing if they correspond with experience, how they influence behavior and whether they lead to positive outcomes (if followed) or not.
by Bundokji
Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Quick death is worse than torture?
Replies: 21
Views: 361

Re: Quick death is worse than torture?

The Vinaya is primarily a legal system, not an ethical system. It has many ethical elements to it, but it's primarily a system of laws governing the behaviour of monks. Unfortunately legal systems based on numbered rules can lead to loopholes, and sometimes the laws are unable to deal satisfactoril...
by Bundokji
Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and memory
Replies: 26
Views: 277

Re: Buddhism and memory

Is there any sutta that directly use the term "living in the present moment"? You shouldn't chase after the past or place expectations on the future. What is past is left behind. The future is as yet unreached. Whatever quality is present you clearly see right there, right there. Not taken in, unsh...