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by Bundokji
Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do we only crave pleasant feelings? Or do we crave feeling aggregate as a whole?
Replies: 7
Views: 88

Re: Do we only crave pleasant feelings? Or do we crave feeling aggregate as a whole?

I don't think there is anything wrong with pleasant feelings if they are seen as "feelings. I do not think what we crave for is the pleasant, but the "pleasant ness " of the pleasant feeling. Craving for pleasantness becomes a cause of pain, justifying the pain we go through to grasp what is pleasan...
by Bundokji
Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Theravada anti creativity?
Replies: 12
Views: 162

Re: Is Theravada anti creativity?

I think of Theravada as controlled creativity. Thinking in terms of dependent origination and the investigation of the dhamma in general implies deconstructing hidden assumptions and notions integral to conventional reality. The more we know that things are not as absolute or fixed as we thought the...
by Bundokji
Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Sufism and Western Vipassana Meditation
Replies: 12
Views: 228

Re: Sufism and Western Vipassana Meditation

Saint Paul also said "I die daily".

This can be understood in many different ways i think, but not necessarily literally.
by Bundokji
Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the Buddha ever define "mind" ?
Replies: 31
Views: 187

Re: Does the Buddha ever define "mind" ?

Sorry , but the doctors and scientists examine the brains not the mind itself , perhaps psychologist will examine the "symptoms" of the Assuming mind . They would still examine the brain as a functioning organ, and even if they divide it into different parts, they would be thinking of separate func...
by Bundokji
Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How Many Of You Experience Depression?
Replies: 28
Views: 541

Re: How Many Of You Experience Depression?

I do experience sadness from time to time (not very often though) and usually i don't resist it. In fact, i consider it as a more genuine/proper feeling considering our condition as humans. I don't induce though but when it happen, i don't necessarily consider it as a negative. In fact, i have more ...
by Bundokji
Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the Buddha ever define "mind" ?
Replies: 31
Views: 187

Re: Does the Buddha ever define "mind" ?

If so , the arising of Misleading question then has to trace back and goes back to the text that illustrates there is a number six sense base ! If you tell any doctors or scientists there is a number six sense base sense medium or sense faculty called mind , all the laboratory equipment , the appar...
by Bundokji
Sat Feb 16, 2019 4:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the Buddha ever define "mind" ?
Replies: 31
Views: 187

Re: Does the Buddha ever define "mind" ?

It is another substantive in which its meaning can be deduced from context. In general, what is the "mind" is a misleading question.
by Bundokji
Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Why aren't volitional formations the only aggregate?
Replies: 21
Views: 282

Re: Why aren't volitional formations the only aggregate?

If the notion "volitional formation is the only aggregate" is in itself a volitional formation, then its not the only way of presenting things, and its equally impermanent, unsatisfactory and not self. If there are numerous ways of presenting things, then what is it that makes one way preferable to ...
by Bundokji
Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Correct apprehension of impermanence
Replies: 12
Views: 395

Re: Correct apprehension of impermanence

paul wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:37 pm
............
Thank you :anjali:
by Bundokji
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Correct apprehension of impermanence
Replies: 12
Views: 395

Re: Correct apprehension of impermanence

"...[the perception of the] foulness [of the body]... the perception of inconstancy: such are the monks in this community of monks. Thanks paul :anjali: How should the practitioner understand the Buddha's instruction of perceiving the form/body in a certain way and reconcile it with other descripti...
by Bundokji
Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Correct apprehension of impermanence
Replies: 12
Views: 395

Re: Correct apprehension of impermanence

Would it be wrong to say that the above does not come without its potential drawbacks? For instance, acknowledging impermanence can become the basis of having a pessimistic view of life instead of using it to overcome clinging. From my current vantage point, seeing the teachings on impermanence as t...
by Bundokji
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: theseus and anatta
Replies: 21
Views: 451

Re: theseus and anatta

DNS wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:23 pm
As we construct more and new sankhāras, they replace the old ones.
But why the old ones need replacement. Why "all fabricated things are impermanent" is an inevitability? How such a thing can be directly known?
by Bundokji
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Happiness does NOT exist
Replies: 16
Views: 276

Re: Happiness does NOT exist

I think the problem is that the word "happiness" can be used to describe a wide range of experiences and mental states which are usually perceived as "positive". The teachings of the Buddha, as i see them, defy categorical answers. I don't think it completely negates worldly happiness, but helps us ...
by Bundokji
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Are collective apologies valid?
Replies: 15
Views: 291

Re: Are collective apologies valid?

Dhammanando wrote:
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:24 pm
some sanctimonious nitwit
I am not a native English speaker, but i had the feeling that the above is very sophisticated way of showing disagreement with a certain position :rofl:
by Bundokji
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What (kamma) causes a person to be Pandaka?
Replies: 14
Views: 227

Re: What (kamma) causes a person to be Pandaka?

Case in point, sexual orientation, one could be born a straight man, but engaging in killing, stealing, despising others, etc. and hence ends up in future woeful states. On the other hand, one could be born gay, but abstain from those acts, hence will arrive at future wholesome destinations. :goodp...