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by Jerafreyr
Thu May 23, 2019 2:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do I get more merits if I give more?
Replies: 20
Views: 1145

Re: Do I get more merits if I give more?

I like to think there's a difference between merit and kamma though I don't know a sutta reference for this distinction. The principle difference for me is in the way it is used. Good kamma may be used by ordinary "worldlings" for pleasure but merit has a dhammic mode in my mind. Like what Buddhists...
by Jerafreyr
Thu May 23, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Have any monks suggested a particular order for studying the entirety of the Pali Canon?
Replies: 10
Views: 621

Re: Have any monks suggested a particular order for studying the entirety of the Pali Canon?

The Milindapanha was the first real look into Buddhism for me. This led me to the khanda sutta. As for an order, in my opinion, your interests will carry you to the destination. If you're new I'd be cautious with using commentary.

Just curious, do you have any doubts about anything you have read yet?
by Jerafreyr
Wed May 15, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No self theory do I get it right?
Replies: 109
Views: 5193

Re: No self theory do I get it right?

These are three essential points in your post. 1) When consciousness exists in the universe, the illusion comes from its fragmented state... 2) ... inter-being is one consciousness, spread out over several locations in the universe... 3) ... everything is dictated by the absolute causality... 1) is ...
by Jerafreyr
Wed May 15, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No self theory do I get it right?
Replies: 109
Views: 5193

Re: No self theory do I get it right?

so don't even pretend you know what is meant with the no self and on what... unknot...untie knots etc. It was nice chatting when there was less pride. If there is a self then where did it come from? Your mother or father? The self is the origin of knots and you will tire yourself into their webs by...
by Jerafreyr
Wed May 15, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: beneficial in the beginning...
Replies: 9
Views: 994

Re: beneficial in the beginning...

It means freedom from past, present and future. Edit: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn35/sn35.145.than.html "So, monks, I have taught you new & old kamma, the cessation of kamma, and the path of practice leading to the cessation of kamma. Whatever a teacher should do — seeking the welf...
by Jerafreyr
Tue May 14, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No self theory do I get it right?
Replies: 109
Views: 5193

Re: No self theory do I get it right?

Some things do seem solid and stable I agree. However, they are like the presentation of a rainbow from a distance. When you closely look you will find no essence. When you wake up from the dream of self you will breathe relief and your body will be suffused with joy; the mind and appearances become...
by Jerafreyr
Tue May 14, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No self theory do I get it right?
Replies: 109
Views: 5193

Re: No self theory do I get it right?

Since everything is changing, like manasikara itself, there is nothing stable within or without; what importance is your so called self realization? This is not the objective of the Buddha dharma. 1.when the being what appears to be immoveable and permanent while the arising perishing and change is...
by Jerafreyr
Tue May 14, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No self theory do I get it right?
Replies: 109
Views: 5193

Re: No self theory do I get it right?

Hi there. By everything I mean all that exists. Now you got me thinking... Is a Buddha's wisdom a thing subject to existence, non existence, both or neither. I've read a few suttas but I don't claim expertise. I've always thought wisdom is what we call when there is a lack of phenomena not a thing ...
by Jerafreyr
Tue May 14, 2019 1:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No self theory do I get it right?
Replies: 109
Views: 5193

Re: No self theory do I get it right?

Hi there. By everything I mean all that exists. Now you got me thinking... Is a Buddha's wisdom a thing subject to existence, non existence, both or neither. I've read a few suttas but I don't claim expertise. I've always thought wisdom is what we call when there is a lack of phenomena not a thing t...
by Jerafreyr
Mon May 13, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No self theory do I get it right?
Replies: 109
Views: 5193

Re: No self theory do I get it right?

Since everything is changing, like manasikara itself, there is nothing stable within or without; what importance is your so called self realization? This is not the objective of the Buddha dharma.
by Jerafreyr
Mon May 13, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do I get more merits if I give more?
Replies: 20
Views: 1145

Re: Do I get more merits if I give more?

If you practice the path of non attachment and non self, then yes. The purpose of merit is ease in body and mind which aids in the development of wisdom.
by Jerafreyr
Sun May 12, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No self theory do I get it right?
Replies: 109
Views: 5193

Re: No self theory do I get it right?

I'm not sure what you mean. Could you clarify without using suttas?
by Jerafreyr
Sun May 12, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Karma and Intent
Replies: 11
Views: 688

Re: Karma and Intent

#1 & 2 are not problems. It's like the desire to get rid of desire. :clap:
by Jerafreyr
Sun May 12, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No self theory do I get it right?
Replies: 109
Views: 5193

Re: No self theory do I get it right?

Do you call your awareness your consciousness? Do you own it or was it given to you by another?

Also, are you trying to prove your case or are you trying to test your observation?
by Jerafreyr
Fri May 10, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No self theory do I get it right?
Replies: 109
Views: 5193

Re: No self theory do I get it right?

To ordinary people who are not engaged on the path to awakening I do not discuss whether or not there is a self because it is futile. To those who wish to develop changeless wisdom, to untangle the knot of views and to put an end to craving - they should understand there is no self. If there were a...