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by justindesilva
Fri Dec 27, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Independent historical evidence of Buddha existence
Replies: 15
Views: 363

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...
by justindesilva
Thu Dec 26, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is discussing dhamma a kind of mental proliferation ?
Replies: 53
Views: 1086

Re: Is discussing dhamma a kind of mental proliferation ?

Is it ? Question is whether discussing damma is a mental proliferation. Damma is two fold. Sammuti sacca or conventional truth. The real damma is Paramatta darma which is beyond sammuti sacca. Seeing a person or the world water or any matter as they are is sammuti sacca. One who sees matter in a br...
by justindesilva
Thu Dec 26, 2019 5:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6232
Views: 651229

Re: the great rebirth debate

Even from the American atheistic “you only have 1 birth, life, death” view.... we were suddenly born into this world without choice, we experience life, and we die and we go back to that same “place” before birth. What do you think is stopping “you” from experiencing a new “birth” as a new identity...
by justindesilva
Thu Dec 26, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theories are useless
Replies: 43
Views: 1128

Re: Theories are useless

You know what's another obstacle to meditation? Being in a place where one doesn't belong. one doesn't belong in Samsara This question of not being belonging to samsara is quite interesting. May I know , is it anatta ,not self, from anatta lakkhana sutta that is being discussed as not belonging to ...
by justindesilva
Wed Dec 25, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theories are useless
Replies: 43
Views: 1128

Re: Theories are useless

But all this might not be convincing for those who suffer from doubt the way the OP does. Indeed. Although maybe it's not doubt at all; maybe it's a lack of certainty. One can lack both doubt and certainty. Whether it is doubt or lack of certainty both are Vicikicca. Vicikicca is one of the five ob...
by justindesilva
Tue Dec 24, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theories are useless
Replies: 43
Views: 1128

Re: Theories are useless

.... " Kalamas when you your self know , these things are good, these things are not blameable, these things are praised by the wise,... That's an important point: "these things are praised by the wise" and shows that faith is required because nobody can know who is wise or unwise. One may only hav...
by justindesilva
Tue Dec 24, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theories are useless
Replies: 43
Views: 1128

Re: Theories are useless

The first person who proposed not to go by theory is lord Buddha in Kalama sutta. He said Do not go by what has been acquired by hearing. Not by tradition. Not by rumor. Nor by scriptures. Nor by surmise.nor by tradition. Nor upon axiom ( theory). Nor upon reasoning. Nor upon others seeming ability...
by justindesilva
Tue Dec 24, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theories are useless
Replies: 43
Views: 1128

Re: Theories are useless

:namaste: I think it's all useless. After pages and pages of discussion, after hundreds of articles and books, what's changed? The anxiety, the desire, the pain ... all this continues. Whether you believe in no-self or not-self, dependent origination or emptiness, this or that, it doesn't seem to m...
by justindesilva
Mon Dec 23, 2019 3:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theories are useless
Replies: 43
Views: 1128

Re: Theories are useless

Greetings Alfa, :namaste: I think it's all useless. After pages and pages of discussion, after hundreds of articles and books, what's changed? The anxiety, the desire, the pain ... all this continues. Whether you believe in no-self or not-self, dependent origination or emptiness, this or that, it d...
by justindesilva
Sun Dec 22, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha did not teach12 dependent arising links
Replies: 43
Views: 1145

Re: Buddha did not teach12 dependent arising links

How can we analyse ignorance in Paticca samuppada with reference to an infant , just born , one to two years with attachments only to mother, a grade one school going child,
with a contrast.
Are they eligible to understand the four noble truths.
by justindesilva
Sat Dec 21, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sutta reference
Replies: 5
Views: 215

Re: Sutta reference

From the link it appears that his story is not from a sutta (as per the OP's request). chownah This is not Burger King. :jumping: Eventhough the OP requests that it be from a sutta, that can't make it so. It's not found in the suttas and is found exactly and only where robertk has shown. There are ...
by justindesilva
Sat Dec 21, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha did not teach12 dependent arising links
Replies: 43
Views: 1145

Re: Buddha did not teach12 dependent arising links

Bhante , what is your opinion on these ? I reject them. I think that compared with the orthodox view (I mean the view deemed orthodox by all Indian Buddhist schools) that the twelvefold dependent arisal was what the Buddha himself taught, these modern revisionist theses all fall foul of Occam's raz...
by justindesilva
Sun Dec 15, 2019 2:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will everything be repeated in next life?
Replies: 16
Views: 596

Re: Will everything be repeated in next life?

Thank you all for the great replies here. This helps me a lot and it calmed me down. Greetings Having gone through the answers , I feel that I have to add to ensure the safety of next life the best possible is to strictly stick to pancasila ( five precepts). It is said by keeping to the five precep...
by justindesilva
Sun Dec 15, 2019 2:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly Sati is?
Replies: 15
Views: 443

Re: What exactly Sati is?

collectedness, presence? learn the meaning of it thru your experience 'how, exactly, is a bhikkhu sato ? he remembers what was said and done long ago' memory Without sati one cannot drive a vehicle in traffic. So is our spiritual life. We have to be aware of the defilements that encounter us morall...
by justindesilva
Sun Dec 15, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The cause of cycle of birth and death ?
Replies: 32
Views: 688

Re: The cause of cycle of birth and death ?

It is very clear that if one can get rid of clinging to desires (tanha) then the cause of next bhava ceases. That is where nirvana is explained as " no desires". Can clinging to desire be destroyed without abandon the ignorance ? Not quite. However all those who seek to abandon ignorance and clingi...