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by beeblebrox
Tue May 25, 2010 8:23 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada
Replies: 478
Views: 49540

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada

Nagarjuna's In Praise of the Dharmadhatu - not sure if it's relevant to the debate in here.
by beeblebrox
Tue May 25, 2010 5:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent Origination: Mahavihara account
Replies: 89
Views: 9729

Re: Dependent Origination: Mahavihara account

"I" am working on it. And understanding the meaning of DO, vinnana and namarupa have played no role in the process, thus far. Simply realising Anatta is enough, and gradually deepening that in practice and life. I don't know if this is significant, but when Buddha was a Bodhisatta, he apparently di...
by beeblebrox
Mon May 24, 2010 8:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent Origination: Mahavihara account
Replies: 89
Views: 9729

Re: Dependent Origination: Mahavihara account

Also, since Buddha defined consciousness in terms of what it was consciousness of eg. 'eye-consciousness', so why do both viññāna and nāma exist prior to salāyatana? Consciousness = one thing. Name-and-form = another thing based on consciousness. Six sense bases = consciousness based on name-and-fo...
by beeblebrox
Mon May 24, 2010 7:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent Origination: Mahavihara account
Replies: 89
Views: 9729

Re: Dependent Origination: Mahavihara account

"Volitional formations" are pretty much the only thing that I've been having issues with (maybe because it's such a weird phrasing). These are basically my thought process: "Willful formation" or "intentional formation" doesn't seem right, especially when it's supposed to come "before" the conscious...
by beeblebrox
Sun May 23, 2010 10:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent Origination: Mahavihara account
Replies: 89
Views: 9729

Re: Dependent Origination: Mahavihara account

Without consciousness, there's no nama-rupas. It's really that simple, or maybe it's just me.
by beeblebrox
Sun May 23, 2010 10:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent Origination: Mahavihara account
Replies: 89
Views: 9729

Re: Dependent Origination: Mahavihara account

I found out that it becomes much easier to understand when you go through it backwards, the way it does in some of the suttas: Why is there aging and death? Because there was a birth. Why was there birth? Because of existence (or becoming, depending on translation). Why was there existence? Because ...
by beeblebrox
Fri May 21, 2010 1:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism in context: Anatta
Replies: 72
Views: 6486

Re: Buddhism in context: Anatta

The Nikayas are largely very coherent and systematic. However, if we look at the key text that describes Anatta, Anatta-lakkhana Sutta: The Discourse on the Not-self Characteristic , we find an argument for it, which doesn't appear to make much sense. Bhikkhus, form is not-self. Were form self, the...
by beeblebrox
Sun May 16, 2010 7:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Sucitto: Fragmentation & Distancing from Experience
Replies: 112
Views: 11083

Re: Ajahn Sucitto: Fragmentation & Distancing from Experience

tiltbillings wrote:Just because he is a bhikkhu does not mean he is above criticism. If he going to teach, he should be held to a something of a higher standard; there should be a bit more care in his choice of words, rather, than using a term that is already loaded.
I agree. :smile:
by beeblebrox
Sun May 16, 2010 5:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Sucitto: Fragmentation & Distancing from Experience
Replies: 112
Views: 11083

Re: Ajahn Sucitto: Fragmentation & Distancing from Experience

This is only my second post on here... so hope you don't think this is too forward. I think both sides in here are wrong. :tongue: This thread is like a model of Samsara, it keeps on spinning around and around. Even when someone seems to concede, it just keeps on spinning. I think Tilt is technicall...
by beeblebrox
Fri May 14, 2010 5:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: SN 35.236 The Simile Of Hands And Feet
Replies: 51
Views: 4856

Re: SN 35.236 The Simile Of Hands And Feet

Weird... I just read about this simile in one of Ven. Nanananda's books. :smile: (Concept and Reality, page 81.) Interesting book, by the way. He basically said that an Arahant sees through the concepts as easily as a person without hands would see that he have no hands. I guess it follows that you'...