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by Akuma
Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:20 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sarvastivada!
Replies: 19
Views: 4666

Re: Sarvastivada!

I'm a bit curious how the Sarvastivada school justified its doctrine in relation to the Buddha's teachings on anicca and anatta. I'm assuming that (like pretty much every Buddhist school) the Sarvastivadans claimed to be representing the authentic dhamma, and yet -- on the surface of it, at least -...
by Akuma
Sun Jun 12, 2011 5:51 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravdan vs Mahayana view of objective reality
Replies: 100
Views: 7893

Re: Theravdan vs Mahayana view of objective reality

The Zen koan "if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?" gets at this nicely
Thats not a Zen Koan but a question by an Irish philosopher.
by Akuma
Wed Jun 08, 2011 5:13 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Linda Clair - claims of being enlightened?
Replies: 141
Views: 17670

Re: Linda Clair - claims of being enlightened?

thereductor wrote: I certainly get the feeling from my own local master that he would supplant all three gems with himself. Alarming.

But what to do about it?
Education is the only thing that can be done imo, since those "masters" show up due to the desire of the people.
by Akuma
Wed Jun 08, 2011 10:45 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Linda Clair - claims of being enlightened?
Replies: 141
Views: 17670

Re: Linda Clair - claims of being enlightened?

Another denizen of the growing Non Duality Zoo I suspect...people, largely westerners, like Gangaji, Tony Parsons, Adyashani, Tolle etc etc...who have some kind of Peak Experience ( which are actually quite common and natural ) and get stuck there, and then set up shop. It is a million miles from t...
by Akuma
Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:01 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravdan vs Mahayana view of objective reality
Replies: 100
Views: 7893

Re: Theravdan vs Mahayana view of objective reality

1.How do you square the idea of an objective reality with anatta? if there is no self how can there be an other than self? Because there are different khanda-continui. 2. Where does the "self" (such as it may be in your view) stop and the other begin? Cittas have no spatial location. That doesnt me...
by Akuma
Sat Jun 04, 2011 8:04 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why would people do that ?
Replies: 92
Views: 10398

Re: Why would people do that ?

I sometimes think the older I get the less I understand. Why would someone repeatedly crash a site they are banned from ( two sites in fact ) ? Why would they adopt a range of nics and re-enter a site just to cause problems for that site ? I can understand getting banned , and then slipping under t...
by Akuma
Sun May 29, 2011 5:27 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Boredom
Replies: 15
Views: 3648

Re: Boredom

That's right. Conceptual thinking is object-predominance condition for dosa-mula-cittas, and so forth, which creates unpleasant feeling and dissatisfaction. "Boredom" is a concept, not a reality, so it is impossible define it is a single cetasika. While one is bored there may also be sloth and torp...
by Akuma
Sat May 28, 2011 9:58 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can Mahayanists achieve true Buddhahood
Replies: 26
Views: 2301

Re: Can Mahayanists achieve true Buddhahood

Peter wrote: This view accords nicely with the Mahayana Subsumist position which simply subsumes the Theravada into the Mahayana.
An intention cant hold a position.
by Akuma
Sat May 28, 2011 6:53 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Boredom
Replies: 15
Views: 3648

Re: Boredom

I don't think you understand the characteristic of dosa, friend. Dosa is aversion. It can be a very subtle, very slight, uneasiness or dislike, or it can be as strong as hatred. Simply, my friend, it is aversion of any level. When one feels 'bored' there is aversion, though it is not a strong avers...
by Akuma
Sat May 28, 2011 6:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can Mahayanists achieve true Buddhahood
Replies: 26
Views: 2301

Re: Can Mahayanists achieve true Buddhahood

As Williams pointed out so clearly in his book Buddhist Thought we have a unhealthy idea of a schism between Mahayana and Theravada that seems to stem partially from our western religious ideas influenced by Christianity. He writes Mahayana is not as such an institutional identity. Rather, it is an ...
by Akuma
Fri May 27, 2011 6:20 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Boredom
Replies: 15
Views: 3648

Re: Boredom

Viriya and chanda can both arise with dosa cetasika (boredom). Van Gorkoms equation of the two is completely eluding me since its nonsensical; no healthy human being feels bored every single time there is aversion which would be the logical outcome of this equation. The same goes for sloth-torpor b...
by Akuma
Thu May 26, 2011 8:31 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Boredom
Replies: 15
Views: 3648

Re: Boredom

I would like to understand "boredom" from the abhidhamma perspective. eg... which cetasikas does it associate with (if it can be thought about in this way at all). or anything else that is relevant to help me better clarify it's very nature. my2c: Boredom is characterized by the absence of determin...
by Akuma
Thu May 26, 2011 7:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: To Be Known Facts
Replies: 1
Views: 416

Re: To Be Known Facts

Good question. I assume this points to what is commonly called "knowables", which are the kinds of knowledge that the Buddhas have in their omniscience that sets them apart from the Sravakas. The hindrances to omniscience are called "Jneyavarana". The english introduction to the Patisambhidamagga me...
by Akuma
Tue May 24, 2011 5:16 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: what is buddhas saying about buddhahood?
Replies: 2
Views: 944

Re: what is buddhas saying about buddhahood?

It doesnt. Buddhahood is only existing as long as he hasnt entered Parinirvana. On the other hand side cessation of suffering is supposed to be permanent so the mindstream is supposed not to begin again / ignorance supposed to not arise again. About this I asked here http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewt...
by Akuma
Tue May 24, 2011 7:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: pdf suttapitaka
Replies: 2
Views: 730

Re: pdf suttapitaka

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