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by lostitude
Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are the gods and deities mentioned in Sutta are just the mythology?
Replies: 89
Views: 4154

Re: Are the gods and deities mentioned in Sutta are just the mythology?

Nibbana does contradict the reality of this world in the sense that craving and self is all we know and it’s what all others seem to operate on. I'm not sure how this is a contradiction. It's just an outlook on life from a different angle, but it is not mutually exclusive with other outlooks in my ...
by lostitude
Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are the gods and deities mentioned in Sutta are just the mythology?
Replies: 89
Views: 4154

Re: Are the gods and deities mentioned in Sutta are just the mythology?

Hello: But what is so strange about gods that is hard to believe in them?. What is "so strange" is that there is absolutely no evidence, not a shred of a beginning of an indication that they exist. Only hearsay from millenia ago. So there is no particular reason to "believe in them" (which in itsel...
by lostitude
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: recollecting past lives
Replies: 20
Views: 766

Re: recollecting past lives

cappuccino wrote:
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:04 pm
lostitude wrote:
cappuccino wrote:

false memories don't happen

unless you're incompetent
Then most of us are incompetent. Is this surprising?
unable to function properly?
You tell me.
by lostitude
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: recollecting past lives
Replies: 20
Views: 766

Re: recollecting past lives

cappuccino wrote:
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:02 pm
lostitude wrote: Those may well be false memories, which happens to everyone at some point or other in our lives.
false memories don't happen

unless you're incompetent
Then most of us are incompetent. Is this surprising?
by lostitude
Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: recollecting past lives
Replies: 20
Views: 766

Re: recollecting past lives

If you have trouble recalling what you did when you were 1 year old, imagine what it'd take to be able to recall your many past lives. The mind must be exceedingly still and bright to attain such capability. Hence even after 1st or 2nd jhanas, it's still not strong enough to get there. Only after t...
by lostitude
Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who/what is discerning the 5 aggregates?
Replies: 49
Views: 2170

Re: Who/what is discerning the 5 aggregates?

widespread intrusion of delusion on high places. I wonder how these people talk themselves out of it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thought_insertion irony? Are you being ironic? no, i straightforward know there is a self. It's funny you raise this, because I often wonder if buddhism isn't just a w...
by lostitude
Wed Jun 05, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who/what is discerning the 5 aggregates?
Replies: 49
Views: 2170

Re: Who/what is discerning the 5 aggregates?

widespread intrusion of delusion on high places. I wonder how these people talk themselves out of it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thought_insertion Causal-contextual The causal-contextual theory of thought insertion focuses on a lack of a feeling of ownership. This theory differs from the standar...
by lostitude
Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Understanding the truth of the dhamma? or convincing oneself of it?
Replies: 45
Views: 1920

Understanding the truth of the dhamma? or convincing oneself of it?

Hello, I know I'm out of my depth asking this sort of question, given my current level of practice, but it really bothers me so I'd appreciate your thoughts on this. I wonder why experienced meditators, even after having experienced firsthand the absence of self and "understood" it, still have to ca...
by lostitude
Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who/what is discerning the 5 aggregates?
Replies: 49
Views: 2170

Re: Who/what is discerning the 5 aggregates?

When he says "your very self doesn't know about you", why are "your very self" and "you" taken to be two different things? For the puthujjana, self can manifest in any number of ways: as an appearance, as that which is responsible for appearance, or both, or neither - depending on the view. But mor...
by lostitude
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who/what is discerning the 5 aggregates?
Replies: 49
Views: 2170

Re: Who/what is discerning the 5 aggregates?

I think this is a formalized depiction of the phenomenon: https://image.shutterstock.com/z/stock-photo-a-girl-holding-a-mirror-over-her-face-in-front-of-a-larger-mirror-creating-the-illusion-of-68015194.jpg (I don't want to hotlink it, so you'll just have to click the link -- it's a picture of a wo...
by lostitude
Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who/what is discerning the 5 aggregates?
Replies: 49
Views: 2170

Re: Who/what is discerning the 5 aggregates?

... As with any writer, I think it is most beneficial to start with his earlier essay series. Not for any other reason than to get a more solid footing with his terminology and because I think at this point it is assumed the listeners are already familiar with his ideas. The Bhikkhus Notebook serie...
by lostitude
Fri May 31, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who/what is discerning the 5 aggregates?
Replies: 49
Views: 2170

Re: Who/what is discerning the 5 aggregates?

The above question reflects the papanca of Nyanamoli speaking a tangled spaghetti about "you", "self", "not-self", etc. :roll: So far his papanca has been much more beneficial to me than your own. It's funny how you have no qualms doing your best to humiliate me a few days ago on another thread, an...
by lostitude
Fri May 31, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who/what is discerning the 5 aggregates?
Replies: 49
Views: 2170

Re: Who/what is discerning the 5 aggregates?

As usual the answer is to be experienced. :goodpost: the sky is impersonal under the sky, the forest is impersonal humans in the forest, impersonal Very interesting simile ! :anjali: Is it? I'm intrigued... the forest does not look at the sky and wonder about it though... so how is it similar?
by lostitude
Fri May 31, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who/what is discerning the 5 aggregates?
Replies: 49
Views: 2170

Re: Who/what is discerning the 5 aggregates?

Thank you all for your responses, so I take it there is no answer for me at this stage :)
by lostitude
Fri May 31, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are the gods and deities mentioned in Sutta are just the mythology?
Replies: 89
Views: 4154

Re: Are the gods and deities mentioned in Sutta are just the mythology?

Hello: But what is so strange about gods that is hard to believe in them?. What is "so strange" is that there is absolutely no evidence, not a shred of a beginning of an indication that they exist. Only hearsay from millenia ago. So there is no particular reason to "believe in them" (which in itsel...