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by Dinsdale
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1257

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

retrofuturist wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:07 am
In cessation mode, it explains that when that ignorant misunderstanding ceases, "origination" based upon it ceases too.
DO in cessation mode also means the cessation of physical birth, aging and death. That is problematic for some interpretations.
by Dinsdale
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1257

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

Basically, because of ignorance, we fabricate dhammas. There is consciousness of that which is fabricated, and this dhamma is garnished with name-and-form, and consciousness grasps the name-and-form, and so on... I see three obvious problems with this interpretation: 1. Most DO suttas don't describ...
by Dinsdale
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1257

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

With all due respect to Sarath, the problems arise because he takes commentarial Abhidhamma notions (such as that of rupa as "materiality", and nama as "mentality") and tries to super-impose them over the suttas, where rupa actually means "form", and "nama" is as described as being exclusive of vin...
by Dinsdale
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1257

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

SarathW wrote:
Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:45 pm
Are emptiness and Anatta the same?
It's really a matter of scope, for example the Heart Sutra starts with the emptiness of the five aggregates ( anatta ), and then broadens the application to include other phenomena.
by Dinsdale
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1257

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

retrofuturist wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:59 am
Nama-rupa & vinnana are the exception to this rule, for they are actually co-dependent upon one another for its arising... hence the simile.
But not in all DO suttas, eg here: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .than.html
by Dinsdale
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: How to understand AN 9.34 (my explanation).
Replies: 112
Views: 1866

Re: How to understand AN 9.34 (my explanation).

What you have to prove is that it does so without cessation of perception and feeling... because you are saying that it is not necessary but i have equated it to the attainment of the Deathless in which development of perception of impermanence cultivates. Are you talking about cessation of percept...
by Dinsdale
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: How to understand AN 9.34 (my explanation).
Replies: 112
Views: 1866

Re: How to understand AN 9.34 (my explanation).

3. Therefore, when non-Aryians read AN 9.34, because a non-Aryian has not tasted the freedom of Nibbana, they might believe Nibbana is the Cessation of Perception & Feeling (which is a state of unconsciousness ; compared to a corpse in MN 43 ). MN43 also describes a monk emerging from the attainmen...
by Dinsdale
Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can everyone share their views on dependent origination ?
Replies: 32
Views: 521

Re: Can everyone share their views on dependent origination ?

Zom wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:28 pm
Everything else is minor details and not really important.
I'm not sure I agree, since with DO it seems that the devil is in the detail. :thinking:
by Dinsdale
Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can everyone share their views on dependent origination ?
Replies: 32
Views: 521

Re: Can everyone share their views on dependent origination ?

Wizard in the Forest wrote:
Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:02 am
Since we can't change nama rupa, salayatana, phassa, or even vedana, we look at tanha, because it is where we can regain control.
So how do you understand DO in cessation mode, when presumably all these nidanas cease?
by Dinsdale
Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: If you can only see with your eyes, what is it that sees your thoughts?
Replies: 13
Views: 528

Re: If you can only see with your eyes, what is it that sees your thoughts?

Bundokji wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:43 pm
I did not pay much attention to it at the beginning, but maybe it is worth a deeper contemplation. When we talk about attachments and desires, we seem to refer more to the heart than the mind.
And there is clearly a close connection between what we are thinking and what we are feeling.
by Dinsdale
Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How consciousness be infinite if it is dependently originated?
Replies: 14
Views: 192

Re: How consciousness be infinite if it is dependently originated?

SarathW wrote:
Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:19 am
I am talking about Vinnānañcāyatana.
In the suttas I understand it to be a meditative experience ( arupa jhana ), rather than an ontological reality. Some Mahayana schools might have a different view. ;)
by Dinsdale
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Dhammawheel is not growing - because it has zero SEO
Replies: 61
Views: 1419

Re: Dhammawheel is not growing - because it has zero SEO

Grigoris wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:58 am
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by Dinsdale
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Reading Mahayana books
Replies: 35
Views: 707

Re: Reading Mahayana books

What is your view on reading books by authors of the Mahayana tradition, like Thich Nhat Hanh or others? Helpful? Not helpful? Confusing? I think it's useful to develop a sense of the bigger picture. Comparing and contrasting the different assumptions and practices across Buddhist schools can be ve...
by Dinsdale
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?
Replies: 45
Views: 1368

Re: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?

thepea wrote:
Sun Mar 11, 2018 2:44 am
It’s only ok if the text is held with your left hand and the cigarette with your right. After you flush, the cigarette must be extinguished and the text tapped on your head six times. This will negate any wrong kamma incurred.
And don't forget to wash your hands. :jumping: :toilet:
by Dinsdale
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can everyone share their views on dependent origination ?
Replies: 32
Views: 521

Re: Can everyone share their views on dependent origination ?

I was wondering if anyone can share their own understanding of how the dependent origination goes about ? I don't see a consensus on interpretation, just a lot of different theories, not all of which seem well supported by the nidana "definitions" in SN12.2. Practically speaking I can notice how co...