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by Dinsdale
Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Is it okey to buy Meat in a foodstore and eat?
Replies: 50
Views: 841

Re: Is it okey to buy Meat in a foodstore and eat?

And wrong view is not harmless. Any view which leads to harm is by definition not harmless. In this case it is ( unnecessary ) harm to other living beings. Note that the path factor of Right Intention ( Right Resolve ) includes developing harmlessness. "Of those, right view is the forerunner. And h...
by Dinsdale
Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependant Arising - 2nd Link
Replies: 100
Views: 1129

Re: Dependant Arising - 2nd Link

Isn't the second link just: Intentional actions are performed based on ignorance? Basically that sounds correct - volitional formations arise in dependence upon ignorance. Here is the nidana "definition" for the second link, from SN12.2: “And what, bhikkhus, are the volitional formations? There are...
by Dinsdale
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Does ignorance originates from defilement ?
Replies: 26
Views: 618

Re: Does ignorance originates from defilement ?

Actually I think the interpretation of DO spanning multiple lifetimes is valid, but IMO the logical candidate for cyclical existence is the bhava nidana, since birth(s) arise in dependence upon it. I see the three lives model as somewhat contrived, though perhaps less contrived than some of the alt...
by Dinsdale
Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: ‘This is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self.’
Replies: 7
Views: 219

Re: ‘This is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self.’

He's referring to any notion of "myself", whether it's a personal self, absolute self, conventional self, universal self, etc, etc. Though "I have no self" is also a view about self. I suspect this is less to do with a view or position ( see DN1 ), and more to do with a practice, that of non-identi...
by Dinsdale
Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Does ignorance originates from defilement ?
Replies: 26
Views: 618

Re: Does ignorance originates from defilement ?

I'm still not seeing a basis for your assertion that DO is a circle - could you explain this with reference to DO suttas? I think there is a basis for saying that some nidanas are cyclical internally, eg bhava represents a cycle of birth and death, but I don't see how DO as a whole is a circle. It'...
by Dinsdale
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: ‘This is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self.’
Replies: 7
Views: 219

Re: ‘This is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self.’

DarrenM wrote:
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:35 pm
My question is a simple one. When he refers to the ‘I’ and ‘my self’ here, is he referring to the ordinary sense of self we have, or whatever else people like to call it, conventional self, etc?
I don't think it's clear from the suttas what exactly anatta is negating.
by Dinsdale
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Does ignorance originates from defilement ?
Replies: 26
Views: 618

Re: Does ignorance originates from defilement ?

Bundokji wrote:
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:15 am
A worse taint than these is ignorance, the worst of all taints. Destroy this one taint and become taintless, O monks!
This does suggest that ignorance is the prime mover.
by Dinsdale
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Does ignorance originates from defilement ?
Replies: 26
Views: 618

Re: Does ignorance originates from defilement ?

Sorry but I don't get this. How does ignorance arise in dependence upon aging+death? Isn't the point of DO that ignorance is the root cause/condition of suffering, while the proximate cause/condition is craving? As pointed out by Bundokji, it's like the chicken/egg question. If you agree with the t...
by Dinsdale
Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Does ignorance originates from defilement ?
Replies: 26
Views: 618

Re: Does ignorance originates from defilement ?

It does look that way, but is it significant that ignorance is the first nidana in DO? (ie. craving -> clinging -> becoming -> birth -> aging/death -> ignorance; is just as valid as: ignorance -> volition -> consciousness -> name/form -> six sensebases -> contact -> feeling -> craving). Sorry but I...
by Dinsdale
Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Does ignorance originates from defilement ?
Replies: 26
Views: 618

Re: Does ignorance originates from defilement ?

santa100 wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:53 am
They condition each other.
It does look that way, but is it significant that ignorance is the first nidana in DO?
by Dinsdale
Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Isn't aversion necessary?
Replies: 16
Views: 270

Re: Isn't aversion necessary?

I always hear Buddhists say that extremes must be given up, and that one should follow the middle path. Craving and aversion must both be given up, they say. Craving, I understand. But without aversion for this world, how can there be detachment? As long as one is attached to the world, how is libe...
by Dinsdale
Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhava in paticca samuppada
Replies: 16
Views: 392

Re: Bhava in paticca samuppada

If you don't like Bikkhu Bodhi's translation, then provide some alternatives. And then explain what difference it makes. Its not a matter of like or dislike. Its a matter of right & wrong. "Kama" means "sensual". Also, if "kama" meant "sensory" then arahants would have no sensory experience when ar...
by Dinsdale
Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Mind and mind-object
Replies: 28
Views: 3920

Re: Mind and mind-object

one_awakening wrote:
Sat Aug 25, 2018 10:04 am
2600htz wrote:
Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:29 am
Why make it complicated.
Mind-objects are thoughts :).
Sometimes we over-analyze
I'll have to think about that.... :thinking: :tongue:
by Dinsdale
Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Mind and mind-object
Replies: 28
Views: 3920

Re: Mind and mind-object

This seems rather contradictory, since when you focus on the breath you are focusing on the bodily sensations of breathing, rather than on the mind itself. I think, concentrating on the breath is how we close of the five holes. When the mind becomes unified in jhana we can catch the mind objects. W...
by Dinsdale
Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhava in paticca samuppada
Replies: 16
Views: 392

Re: Bhava in paticca samuppada

“And what, bhikkhus, is existence? There are these three kinds of existence: sense-sphere existence, form-sphere existence, formless-sphere existence. This is called existence." https://suttacentral.net/sn12.2/en/bodhi The above translation is definitely wrong. Even reincarnation advocates Brahmali...