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by justindesilva
Mon Apr 20, 2020 4:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why the self?
Replies: 137
Views: 2846

Re: Why the self?

Indeed. They also go on to claim there is a God or a True Self, thus showing that they have got lost in fabrications. If it was total cessation, they wouldn’t claim a “thing”. The Buddha claimed Nibbana, which is not a thing nor nothing, similar to God. God is said to be timeless and unconditioned....
by justindesilva
Sat Apr 18, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What are Samprapalapa?
Replies: 23
Views: 580

Re: What are Samprapalapa?

What are Samprapalapa? What is the reason we engage in Samprapalapa? Is that the attachment, aversion or ignorance? For instance, lying is a result of aversion, harsh speech is a result of aversion, backbiting is a result of aversion. Sampappralapa is unreal untrue slanderous speech. It is covered ...
by justindesilva
Sat Apr 18, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Evolution of Perception and Feeling
Replies: 18
Views: 412

Re: The Evolution of Perception and Feeling

I’m creating this thread as a place to discuss the scientific theory of evolution of perception and feeling from a Buddhist perspective. As I’ve said in another thread, I don’t believe that perception and feeling faculties could have evolved without a “real target”. For that reason alone, I believe...
by justindesilva
Sat Apr 18, 2020 6:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha realise Samsara (Dukkha Satya) before his enlightenment?
Replies: 23
Views: 520

Re: Did Buddha realise Samsara (Dukkha Satya) before his enlightenment?

Did Buddha realise Samsara (Dukkha) before his enlightenment? Yes but ignorantly. What is the Pali term for "ignorant (avijjā) realisation (abhiññāya)"? Thanks At the time of kasyapa Budda , he had met and seen him and would have seen an end to his samsara. At the time he had mastered meditation an...
by justindesilva
Sat Apr 18, 2020 4:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha realise Samsara (Dukkha Satya) before his enlightenment?
Replies: 23
Views: 520

Re: Did Buddha realise Samsara (Dukkha Satya) before his enlightenment?

Did Buddha realise Samsara (Dukkha) before his enlightenment? Ven. Vijithanada argued that Buddha realise Dukkha (suffering) and Samsara after his enlightenment. Based on that we realise Samasara and suffering only when we walk on the path. Why did Buddha leave the palace if he did not know that li...
by justindesilva
Thu Apr 16, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The second noble truth & feelings
Replies: 64
Views: 1476

Re: The second noble truth & feelings

Feelings, (bodily and mental) often called sensations, are there wherever there is life. It only ends with death. Feeling or vedana is mentioned in pancendriya as Rupa, vedana, sangna,Sankara vingnana. In nama Rupa starting with vedana continues as sangna, cetana, phassa, manasikara (attention) jiv...
by justindesilva
Wed Apr 15, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to best understand Saññā and Vedanā
Replies: 30
Views: 632

Re: How to best understand Saññā and Vedanā

ToVincent On another forum (I assume it was you) you wrote back in 2018: Now, if in the same way, you take the Vedic underlying meaning of vedana as “experience, with the wish to know more” - (in other words: the wish to inquire); then the Vedic underlying meaning of sanna as “inquiry, with its ass...
by justindesilva
Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist Paradoxes I Still don't understand
Replies: 58
Views: 1676

Re: Buddhist Paradoxes I Still don't understand

because nibbana is not a phenomenal happiness. Ajahn Chah was an arahant, BUT he still yelled angrily at people when he was losing his brain function. Now the antinomy appears to be : No one knows nibbana in actuality except the definition described in the texts or those so called ariya . So it see...
by justindesilva
Tue Apr 14, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist Paradoxes I Still don't understand
Replies: 58
Views: 1676

Re: Buddhist Paradoxes I Still don't understand

I don't think this is Buddhism. Of course not. That's the point. Doesn't matter how advanced Nanquan was in his samadhi attainment, if it's true that he did kill the cat, then he'd have to spend some vacation days down there at the Niraya hotel just like everyone else, no exception. The statement t...
by justindesilva
Mon Apr 13, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist Paradoxes I Still don't understand
Replies: 58
Views: 1676

Re: Buddhist Paradoxes I Still don't understand

Buddhism sometimes feels a little silly to me because of the following contradictions. 1. There is no separate self; everything is interconnected and interdependently arisen, we are completely and entirely social beings, we only exist with reference to our environment, our sphere of action is limit...
by justindesilva
Mon Apr 13, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Habits according to Buddhism, and how to change them
Replies: 16
Views: 591

Re: Habits according to Buddhism, and how to change them

Where is the nama rupa level? Comes after what? There is hardly any time left to perceive, these habits go on wthout our volition, so to speak. Habits I believe arise from asavas or taints also known as mental fermentations. Kamasava is sensual desire arising from asavas. Mental formation of ignora...
by justindesilva
Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the difference between Jhananga and Bojjanga?
Replies: 3
Views: 256

Re: What is the difference between Jhananga and Bojjanga?

What is the difference between Jhananga and Bojjanga? The way I understand: - Samatha Jhana develop Jhanaanga (Vitakka, Vicara,Pithy,Sukha,Ekagata) - Vipassna Jhana develop Bodhianga (seven factors of enlightenment): Mindfulness (sati, S. smṛti) Investigation (dhamma vicaya, S. dharmapravicaya) Ene...
by justindesilva
Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the difference between Jhananga and Bojjanga?
Replies: 3
Views: 256

Re: What is the difference between Jhananga and Bojjanga?

What is the difference between Jhananga and Bojjanga? The way I understand: - Samatha Jhana develop Jhanaanga (Vitakka, Vicara,Pithy,Sukha,Ekagata) - Vipassna Jhana develop Bodhianga (seven factors of enlightenment): Mindfulness (sati, S. smṛti) Investigation (dhamma vicaya, S. dharmapravicaya) Ene...
by justindesilva
Sat Apr 04, 2020 6:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mental Standpoints
Replies: 8
Views: 334

Re: Mental Standpoints

What does it mean to have a “mental standpoint”... adhiṭṭhāna fr. adhi + sthā https://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/stha Householder, through the destruction, fading away, cessation, giving up and relinquishment of desire, lust, delight, craving, engagement and clinging, mental standpoints, adherenc...
by justindesilva
Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhamma for difficult times - resources
Replies: 24
Views: 1183

Re: Dhamma for difficult times - resources

Let me please express the view of Ven. Baddhiya Thero in Sri Lanka what somebody should do during these difficult days. And that is that it is better to be mindful with Yoniso manasikara expressed in damma. And that is , to feel if one is one, seated, standing , or walking or lying. And what surroun...