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by beeblebrox
Wed May 21, 2014 2:55 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Misunderstanding of sakaya-ditthi.
Replies: 74
Views: 10934

Re: Misunderstanding of sakaya-ditthi.

vinasp wrote: You have misunderstood what I am saying. The correct term for the beliefs about past and future
lives before the Buddha started teaching is reincarnation.
So, what is the difference in between reincarnation and rebirth? Maybe that might answer your question.

:anjali:
by beeblebrox
Tue May 20, 2014 6:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What will be your last thought in this life?
Replies: 22
Views: 2348

Re: What will be your last thought in this life?

Hi all,

Considering how impermanent life is, I'd try to make peace with whatever is happening right now.

:anjali:
by beeblebrox
Tue May 20, 2014 2:40 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Misunderstanding of sakaya-ditthi.
Replies: 74
Views: 10934

Re: Misunderstanding of sakaya-ditthi.

Here I am trying to reconstruct what people believed in the early period, around the time of the Brahmajala Sutta, before the rebirth doctrine had yet been developed.[conjectural.] Hi Vinasp, The idea of rebirth was around before the Buddha... one of its main uses was to try justify the castes, or ...
by beeblebrox
Tue May 20, 2014 12:54 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Finding the right amount of concentration and balance betwee
Replies: 5
Views: 1225

Re: Finding the right amount of concentration and balance be

I think the tension might come from expecting things to stay still, or the same (which includes concentration), while actually they're always changing, and possibly fighting against each other. If there was no awareness of that happening, it might cause some tightening, or frustration. It's like exp...
by beeblebrox
Mon May 19, 2014 6:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dropping non-duality
Replies: 55
Views: 4003

Re: Dropping non-duality

Though everyone's is slightly different, here's two. The general consensus is that at some point, everything is essentially made of the same stuff. I don't think some people understand. There are really some definitions which are different, and there is really no general consensus about it. Some pe...
by beeblebrox
Mon May 19, 2014 1:35 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Cannabis
Replies: 65
Views: 5947

Re: Cannabis

Hi all,

I don't think that a person is under any obligation to share about what his conditions are, especially not with people that he don't know online.

:anjali:
by beeblebrox
Mon May 19, 2014 12:19 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Misunderstanding of sakaya-ditthi.
Replies: 74
Views: 10934

Re: Misunderstanding of sakaya-ditthi.

The question seems to be: does "regarding" necessarily imply a "view"? Or perhaps: Are "regarding" and a "view" just two ways of talking about the same thing? I think the more relevant questions are: Is it possible for a person to see (passati) with the awareness that there might be a view that mod...
by beeblebrox
Sun May 18, 2014 7:11 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Misunderstanding of sakaya-ditthi.
Replies: 74
Views: 10934

Re: Misunderstanding of sakaya-ditthi.

This is what I see in these passages : a) Regarding things as self causes craving, clinging and suffering. If that regarding becomes habitual then it becomes a view. b)The view of self is the origin or source of craving, clinging and suffering. c)Removing the view of self removes craving, clinging ...
by beeblebrox
Sun May 18, 2014 12:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Difference between emptiness and nonself
Replies: 34
Views: 2727

Re: Difference between emptiness and nonself

Avicenna said " He who denies the law of non- contradiction should be beaten until he admits that 'is being beaten' is not the same as 'is not being beaten'. " This isn't to say that the Buddha taught one way or other, but I think that we still need to be aware there are different definitions of "n...
by beeblebrox
Sun May 18, 2014 11:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Difference between emptiness and nonself
Replies: 34
Views: 2727

Re: Difference between emptiness and nonself

bharadwaja wrote: The buddha taught the non-dual path (i.e. the middle-way) avoiding polar opposites (dualities).
Hi Bharadwaja,

Actually, in the sutta he taught the middle way as discerning the arising of suffering, along with the cessation of it... i.e., paticcasamuppada.

:anjali:
by beeblebrox
Sat May 17, 2014 6:25 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Misunderstanding of sakaya-ditthi.
Replies: 74
Views: 10934

Re: Misunderstanding of sakaya-ditthi.

What do we know? That sakkaya-ditthi certainly is some views of self. The question is: is it only some or is it all views of self? Hi Vinasp, It might be helpful to think of "view" as a "belief." A stream entrant is convinced that any idea of "self" is invalid. Though they might still experience it...
by beeblebrox
Sat May 17, 2014 1:04 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Life from what period
Replies: 108
Views: 10961

Re: Life from what period

In embryo's case, the womb is its namarupa. And what is your source for this? Hi Waterchan, As I've mentioned, I felt like what I wanted to say was being overextended. There is no way for a person to try determine whether there was consciousness in the embryo or not, except through one's own namaru...
by beeblebrox
Sat May 17, 2014 7:06 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Life from what period
Replies: 108
Views: 10961

Re: Life from what period

Sylvester wrote:I'm at a loss for words....
Welcome to samsara.
by beeblebrox
Sat May 17, 2014 6:56 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Life from what period
Replies: 108
Views: 10961

Re: Life from what period

I'm quite prepared to listen to your argument concerning the nāmarūpa around "it", "it" presumably being intended to refer to the embryo. Hi Sylvester, I think you're asking me to overextend what's already been said... but here goes: Namarupa (and its consciousness) is pervasive. There is nothing i...
by beeblebrox
Fri May 16, 2014 12:53 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Misunderstanding of sakaya-ditthi.
Replies: 74
Views: 10934

Re: Misunderstanding of sakaya-ditthi.

If someone here in the "west" does not believe in past and future lives, and does not take the annihilationist view either, and has doubts about whether there is a real self here-and-now - is he not already a stream-winner? Hi Vinasp, I think you forgot two other fetters, doubt (of the Buddha, his ...