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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: 5020

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: 2868

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: 1939

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: 5811

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: 419

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: 855

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: 220

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: 1633

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: 855

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: 855

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...
by justindesilva
Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Brahmachariya
Replies: 43
Views: 1633

Re: Brahmachariya

Is it true that in the past the 5 precepts include celibacy? :anjali: As explained before brahmacarya is not about sex. It is supremacy in behaviour ( carya). If one follows the five precepts then one has begun the most elementary stage of purity. The five precepts include the 1st five steps of ary...
by justindesilva
Sun Oct 20, 2019 5:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jhanas and rebirth as a god
Replies: 6
Views: 248

Re: Jhanas and rebirth as a god

So it is true that only by acquiring a jhana it is enough to be reborn as a god? I have read different accounts on the subject, some people say you need to master them, some people say that reaching the jhana state at the moment of death is what is needed. But none of those accounts seem very plaus...
by justindesilva
Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Brahmachariya
Replies: 43
Views: 1633

Re: Brahmachariya

Does anyone have any experience with not indulging in any sexual activity for lengthy periods of time. I've heard that sexual energy is the most powerful energy in the world and lust is very powerful I imagine if i renounced all sexual activity this could greatly enhance my practice I'm sure it wou...
by justindesilva
Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Neurophysiology, attention and distractions
Replies: 13
Views: 836

Re: Neurophysiology, attention and distractions

So, how many arahants did they do experiments on? None, so far as I know. Presumably, someone who achieves mastery in concentration has to some extent overcome that inherent distractibility. While I agree here , may I highlight that Karaniya metta sutta was expounded by lord Buddha, in order to ove...
by justindesilva
Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What do you think about Triratna?
Replies: 16
Views: 1109

Re: What do you think about Triratna?

Stephen18 wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:04 pm
What do you think about Triratna (former Friends of the Western Buddhist Order)?
Tri ratna ( triple gem) is Buddha damma sangha .
Buddha is being awakened of universal truth (4NT).
Damma is the contents of the universal truth.
Sangha is the community which protects the said damma.
With metta.