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by justindesilva
Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Existence and bhava
Replies: 17
Views: 517

Re: Existence and bhava

The nidana "definition" for bhava in SN12.2 describes existence in the 3 realms, dependent on which there is (physical) birth, aging and death. Unfortunately there is no consensus about what this actually means, just a lot of theories. https://suttacentral.net/sn12.2/en/bodhi Rev Punnaji explains e...
by justindesilva
Wed Nov 06, 2019 5:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Physical posture during seated meditation
Replies: 20
Views: 2687

Re: Physical posture during seated meditation

Samadhi can be developed just as well in standing meditation. Interesting. Won't you fall down? It is said that Anando thero attained arhant status in meditation but in a posture between seating and lying down . He was also known to have been in meditation in all 4 postures standing sitting walking...
by justindesilva
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Namarupa as name & form or mentality & materiality ?
Replies: 63
Views: 1423

Re: Namarupa as name & form or mentality & materiality ?

sentinel wrote:
Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:37 am
Is there a difference between name and form with mentality and materiality ?
Nama rupa is very well described in Sammaditthi sutta.
I wish that by reading this sutta one can alleviate doubts.
by justindesilva
Fri Nov 01, 2019 3:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Namarupa as name & form or mentality & materiality ?
Replies: 63
Views: 1423

Re: Namarupa as name & form or mentality & materiality ?

The puzzlement is the translator supposed to be expert in Pali ( E.g. sujato ) I think anyone with knowledge of Dhamma would place Ven. Sujato near the bottom of the list of translators. Rupa in the texts were referred as four great elements but why do a Pali expertise translate it as form ? Becaus...
by justindesilva
Thu Oct 31, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Purpose of Concentration
Replies: 15
Views: 511

Re: Purpose of Concentration

When we meditate the mind is focused on a single object. When the mind is focused, the mental defilements are supressed. When the mental defilements are supressed, the mind become pure. When the mind is pure, we can see things as they really are. That is the purpose of meditation. In reference with...
by justindesilva
Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vinnana depends on a dyad, it doesn't create one...
Replies: 93
Views: 2500

Re: Vinnana depends on a dyad, it doesn't create one...

I have seen it argued here that vinnana (sense-consciousness) somehow creates a dyad, duality or bifurcation, but I still haven't seen any clear sutta support for this interpretation. On the contrary, the suttas clearly describe how vinnana arises in dependence on a dyad, that of sense-base and sen...
by justindesilva
Sun Oct 27, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Understanding Vinnana and Namarupa is the key to Nibbana?
Replies: 48
Views: 2260

Re: Understanding Vinnana and Namarupa is the key to Nibbana?

What I am saying is Arahants do not have the Patisandi Vinnana (rebirth consciousness) I think we can use Patisandi Vinnana as the synonymous for clinging Vinnana. To my understanding there is no patisandi vinnana. It must be patisandi citta. It is the quallity of the mind (citta) at the moment of ...
by justindesilva
Sun Oct 27, 2019 5:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahant or Rahat?
Replies: 28
Views: 1046

Re: Arahant or Rahat?

I'd be interested to hear where the term comes from. Arahati means "he deserves, he is worthy, he ought", which is where I believe the title Arahant comes from. I knew a Thai monk called Ajahn Rahat a couple of years ago. I didn't make the connection with the word then, but he was a very impressive...
by justindesilva
Sun Oct 27, 2019 5:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Knowledge of Anatta
Replies: 85
Views: 3384

Re: Knowledge of Anatta

Friends, How would you describe the knowledge of Anatta? Intellectual? intuitive? imaginative? revelation? super natural? common sense? deductive? inductive? love and blessedness? perspectivism? or something else? Thanks :anjali: In fact anatta lakkana sutta speaks of " not self characteristics". I...
by justindesilva
Sat Oct 26, 2019 4:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Five aggregates Buddhism copyright
Replies: 9
Views: 305

Re: Five aggregates Buddhism copyright

Is this solely belongs to Buddhism ? What about Buddha , Dharma , nibbana , avijja Brahma etc ? They were used interchangeably . Five aggregates of Buddhism is rupa vedana sangna sankara vingnana. In no other philosophy other than paticca samupada which involves salayatana ( salayatana paccaya phas...
by justindesilva
Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there a being?
Replies: 20
Views: 647

Re: Is there a being?

The " becoming " mentioned here is bhava in paticca samuppada. Bhava is only a temporary stage of the process of dependant origination. My understanding is the word "paticcasamuppada" means "dependent- co -arising'. In other words, all 12 conditions arise together to produce sorrow, lamentation, pa...
by justindesilva
Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mundane insights versus supramundane insights
Replies: 4
Views: 161

Re: Mundane insights versus supramundane insights

Form, Can you explain what your idea is about what is mundane insight and what is supramundane insight? I'm wondering about your ideas....... and if you know any sutta references which have helped you in getting these ideas that would be good too. chownah Supramundane is about how to stop rebirth. ...
by justindesilva
Wed Oct 23, 2019 3:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Brahmachariya
Replies: 43
Views: 1123

Re: Brahmachariya

The metaphor of Mara's three daughters tempting the Buddha in the night he attained enlightenment, could be interpretated as the wildest sexual fantasy test for him. This shows that brahmacarya is meant by overcoming akusala citta totally while that was the effort of lord buddha. The three daughter...
by justindesilva
Wed Oct 23, 2019 3:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there a being?
Replies: 20
Views: 647

Re: Is there a being?

But when u analyse individual body parts there is no living thing in any parts when I analyse body parts, they are not "a being" but obviously, if the idea of "you" still arises & exists, that idea of "you" is "a The craving that makes for further becoming — accompanied by passion & delight, relish...
by justindesilva
Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there a being?
Replies: 20
Views: 647

Re: Is there a being?

Yes. This "yes" can only be supported with paticca samuppada. The being here is nothing other than nama-rupa. It arises from the initial stage of avidya. Avidya paccaya sankara. Diffused mind owing to ignorance creates ( sankara) that causes nama - rupacognites with vingnana, which then causes sala...