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by justindesilva
Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Equanimity
Replies: 35
Views: 776

Re: Equanimity

How are you supposed to have lust or aversion in your mind and have equanimity at the same time? Equanimity is the result of eliminating lust and aversion. When you don't feel like or dislike, it is equanimity. Equanimity is one of mind states of brahmavihara. The four Brahma vihara are metta mudit...
by justindesilva
Sat Jan 04, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Equanimity
Replies: 35
Views: 776

Re: Equanimity

How are you supposed to have lust or aversion in your mind and have equanimity at the same time? Equanimity is the result of eliminating lust and aversion. When you don't feel like or dislike, it is equanimity. Equanimity is one of mind states of brahmavihara. The four Brahma vihara are metta mudit...
by justindesilva
Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Isn't mindfulness absurd?
Replies: 59
Views: 1364

Re: Isn't mindfulness absurd?

I think he is thinking of passages such as this one: It does not sound like knowing "this is my last breath" to me. Regards. :smile: Mindfulness of breath and death for a non Aryan or putugjana cannot be very practical. Any person on the verge of last breath will be scared so much overwhelmed with ...
by justindesilva
Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Looking for a text
Replies: 11
Views: 261

Re: Looking for a text

Is there a sutta mentioning Maha Monggallana saw his mother as hungry ghost and Buddha advice him to make dana to monks to dedicate to help her mother deliverance from the misery state ? I do not think there is a sutta. But I heard at a sermon that when maha moggallana thero learnt that his mother ...
by justindesilva
Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Nirvana?
Replies: 53
Views: 1640

Re: What is Nirvana?

I am reading a book and found the following interpretation for Nirvana. Page 29 of: http://www.dhammaweb.net/books/Dr_Walpola_Rahula_What_the_Buddha_Taught.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; An Arahant after his death is often compared to a fire gone out when the supply of wood is o...
by justindesilva
Thu Jan 02, 2020 2:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Universe and its constant change....purpose
Replies: 48
Views: 2878

Re: Universe and its constant change....purpose

Since the Buddha felt no need for there to be a creator God involved in the creation of our universe So what you would be concerned with, is the latter two. Viz. the expanding, actualized universe. What does (late) science and its philosophy might have to say about the expansion of the universe, in...
by justindesilva
Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why the Buddha never forbade suicide ?
Replies: 36
Views: 901

Re: Why the Buddha never forbade suicide ?

Despair is temporary The worst day will pass Suffering may lead to awakenin g With so called suicides ( a better word taking off life) of an arhant or even an Aryan with marga Pala, what we have to realise is their cetana or intension. It is clear that the intention of ending of life is away from l...
by justindesilva
Wed Jan 01, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Universe and its constant change....purpose
Replies: 48
Views: 2878

Re: Universe and its constant change....purpose

I don't think the Buddha necessarily said there was no creator, just that belief in one is not a requisite for following the path, so he declined to discuss the matter. The reason for this is probably that you can spend a lot of time asking questions and not really getting any answers if you follow...
by justindesilva
Mon Dec 30, 2019 2:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why the Buddha never forbade suicide ?
Replies: 36
Views: 901

Re: Why the Buddha never forbade suicide ?

I am baffled why the Buddha never forbade people from committing suicide ? He laid down precepts in which not allowing to kill other people (including animals) yet not including killing own life ? Isn't this is something illogical ? While with our knowledge we would be poor subscribers of our views...
by justindesilva
Sun Dec 29, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why the Buddha never forbade suicide ?
Replies: 36
Views: 901

Re: Why the Buddha never forbade suicide ?

I am baffled why the Buddha never forbade people from committing suicide ? He laid down precepts in which not allowing to kill other people (including animals) yet not including killing own life ? Isn't this is something illogical ? While with our knowledge we would be poor subscribers of our views...
by justindesilva
Sun Dec 29, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Some Challenges I'm Having with Theravada
Replies: 26
Views: 642

Re: Some Challenges I'm Having with Theravada

For me personally, I quickly recognized that I would not be able to have discussions around the practice that I was interested in, so I sought out a dharma center near me that the teachers have trained with IMS. I started with the sutta study but also a dedicated practice group, so it has been grea...
by justindesilva
Sun Dec 29, 2019 4:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Some Challenges I'm Having with Theravada
Replies: 26
Views: 642

Re: Some Challenges I'm Having with Theravada

It sounds like you have been exposed to Buddhism in the opposite way that most western Buddhists are: via the cultural merit making version first, and via the teachings second. Perhaps it is time to put the teachings first and give them a fair test before making decisions about the traditions that ...
by justindesilva
Sat Dec 28, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Do you have Jhana factors in Vipassana meditation?
Replies: 10
Views: 455

Re: Do you have Jhana factors in Vipassana meditation?

The above sounds like wrong understanding. Ok. Tell me the right understanding then, please. Thanks. Let me intrude in here please say , that there is no order at which time or period each and every Kusal or akusal citta can appear in our level of citta. A Kusal citta as alobha can appear and immed...
by justindesilva
Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is discussing dhamma a kind of mental proliferation ?
Replies: 53
Views: 1076

Re: Is discussing dhamma a kind of mental proliferation ?

It seems papanca is not a fetter and not in the fetters lists Because papanca is not just any single fetter. It's a combo of fetters (ie. self-view + desire + conceit, etc.) This is highly important and acceptable. Self view, desire,conceit etc makes one to separate one from others and act selfishl...
by justindesilva
Fri Dec 27, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Independent historical evidence of Buddha existence
Replies: 15
Views: 359

Re: Independent historical evidence of Buddha existence

Are there any source that is not Buddhism-based? By historian for example. I happened to read an article from web amp.theguardian.com as Archaeologists discover puts Buddha's birth 300 years earlier is in reference to work done by British archaeologist Robin Coningham as a 3 year expedition to Nepa...