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by SDC
Wed Jul 24, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jhanas, Misconceptions that have arisen regarding the Four Rupa Jhanas.
Replies: 223
Views: 7621

Re: Jhanas, Misconceptions that have arisen regarding the Four Rupa Jhanas.

Let's all get back to the topic at hand, please. If this thread has reached the point of casual talk, perhaps it has run its course. The topic was answered & concluded, here: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=34797#p520271 I wish I had 8 hands because 2 thumbs just isn't enough..... :two...
by SDC
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Myanmar Meditation Visa Update
Replies: 2
Views: 213

Re: Myanmar Meditation Visa Update

Thanks for the update! Good news!
by SDC
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jhanas, Misconceptions that have arisen regarding the Four Rupa Jhanas.
Replies: 223
Views: 7621

Re: Jhanas, Misconceptions that have arisen regarding the Four Rupa Jhanas.

Let's all get back to the topic at hand, please. If this thread has reached the point of casual talk, perhaps it has run its course.
by SDC
Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: unleashing the hidden dragon (7sb awakening factors)
Replies: 2
Views: 187

Re: unleashing the hidden dragon (7sb awakening factors)

https://notesonthedhamma.blogspot.com/2019/07/unleashing-7sb-dragon.html Hi Frank, it would be appreciated if you could give more information to introduce the link and what you would like this thread to be about. Thank you. Here's a bit from the ToS that is often missed: Since you are not here alon...
by SDC
Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordination experience of Westerners
Replies: 24
Views: 697

Re: Ordination experience of Westerners

Westerners think they can practice like monks, without actually becoming monks and try to follow Sutta whose content is aimed at monastic practitioners. This leads to all sorts of problems and false moral dilemmas. Issues that the great majority of laity in Theravadin countries do not concern thems...
by SDC
Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?
Replies: 78
Views: 1849

Re: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?

binocular wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:41 pm
Admirable friendship is the whole of the holy life.
But what if there are no admirable people? Or just very few? Then no Dhamma?
by SDC
Sun Jul 21, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How was it technically verified in Theravada?
Replies: 31
Views: 845

Re: How was it technically verified in Theravada?

It wasn't. If they didn’t check, then at least how did it happen: did the ariya that reached the level inform the others about it? As it is known, only arhants were allowed to the first cathedral, which means they were somehow determined. Sorry, I didn't understand you at first. As Justin said, onl...
by SDC
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bound by Ignorance
Replies: 36
Views: 1210

Re: Bound by Ignorance

I suppose I will remain with this uncertainty until stream entry, and you'll just have to get used to it until then. :tongue: Although I suppose I could use my big head to become more cultured in the meantime, and cope with the uncertainty in a more ... elegant way. I truly look forward to that! I ...
by SDC
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bound by Ignorance
Replies: 36
Views: 1210

Re: Bound by Ignorance

I don't see Buddhism/the Dhamma that way. For a number of reasons. One of them is that it is said that it is only upon stream entry that one has the kind of unshakeable, irreversible understanding of the Dhamma as I sketched out above -- ie. as the context to all other contexts; as the principle be...
by SDC
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bound by Ignorance
Replies: 36
Views: 1210

Re: Bound by Ignorance

Is that really so hard to understand and relate to? It's not like epistemic trivialism was committed to by default, prior to any experience with a particualr community. Or would you, too, have people persist in all social settings with some epistemic strategy that makes them vulnerable to abuse? I ...
by SDC
Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?
Replies: 78
Views: 1849

Re: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?

Thank you.Yes it is the OUTWARD mode or orientation of inclining the mind that troubles me about rituals.I am 100% sure the Buddha cannot save me.I have to save myself by practicing meditation and contemplating three characteristics.if I harm someone say cut somebody and then go do bowing and light...
by SDC
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?
Replies: 78
Views: 1849

Re: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?

I'm not sure if buddhism with all the bowing and chanting and rituals is for me.I use to be very self reliant on inner qualities like my own virtue and kind deeds but now tried to go to external things and don't feel authentic. I don't feel really inspired when I visit temples or monasteries. As so...
by SDC
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bound by Ignorance
Replies: 36
Views: 1210

Re: Bound by Ignorance

No, agreement is what is characteristically not required for epistemic trivialism. Are you using the epistemic trivialist's approach in order to assess the grounds of epistemic trivialism? Sounds ridiculous and redundant doesn't it? But the mode is shaping your entire world view - at some point you...
by SDC
Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greeting
Replies: 6
Views: 219

Re: Greeting

Welcome, Bhante! It is wonderful to have you as a member!