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by chandrafabian
Tue Aug 10, 2010 5:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: signless concentration vs emptiness
Replies: 23
Views: 2838

Re: signless concentration vs emptiness

I guess my point is that I am doubtful that the signless-concentration of the animitto sutta is referring to insight meditation proper, but rather a particular different sort of meditation attainment, a possible fruition of arahantship in fact, not merely general insight practice. Dear Kenshou, of ...
by chandrafabian
Tue Aug 10, 2010 5:38 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: nibbana
Replies: 32
Views: 3706

Re: nibbana

what do you think what happens when you are enlightend and die. The 5 aggregates which are ultimately just stressful cease without remainder, nothing continues, and no new thing originates. Nibbana is the end, it is neither remainder nor start of something new. Peace at last! The final word is Cess...
by chandrafabian
Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: signless concentration vs emptiness
Replies: 23
Views: 2838

Re: signless concentration vs emptiness

only in insight meditation we should not attached to nimitta/should not paying attention to nimitta To clarify, are you referring to "nimitta" in the general sense or in the context of jhana? Dear kenshou, in the context of Jhana, nimitta has special meaning (light perception) But in insight medita...
by chandrafabian
Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Not-self or No-self?
Replies: 37
Views: 3282

Re: Not-self or No-self?

, there are only mind and body processes. agreed No Individual entity, no personal entity, i see these as a self, not a soul when i think of a soul i think of some magic white ball that is inside me that goes to heaven or whatever when i die. i guess, i really have no idea what a soul is, however l...
by chandrafabian
Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Not-self or No-self?
Replies: 37
Views: 3282

Re: Not-self or No-self?

This is not-self, that is not-self... it's never said that "there is no self". To be pedantic, I see no difference between "no" and "not". The disctinction is whether they are applied to something: "Form is not self." "There is no self in form." As I recall, sentences similar to the latter appears ...
by chandrafabian
Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Not-self or No-self?
Replies: 37
Views: 3282

Re: Not-self or No-self?

Greetings, One big problem with the "no soul" interpretation is that anatta is not spoken in isolation without a frame of reference... it is always explained with respect to something. This is not-self, that is not-self... it's never said that "there is no self". Metta, Retro. :) Dear Retro, as far...
by chandrafabian
Tue Aug 10, 2010 2:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Not-self or No-self?
Replies: 37
Views: 3282

Re: Not-self or No-self?

how do you know? i mean what is a soul? a self is: me, mine, I, but a soul, who knows? can i have no soul but have a self? i don't have a dorsal fin either but knowing that doesn't help me in suffering less, but at least i know what a dorsal fin is, telling me i have no soul helps me in no way unle...
by chandrafabian
Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Not-self or No-self?
Replies: 37
Views: 3282

Re: Not-self or No-self?

somo wrote:anatta is the nature when out of the craving. therefor anatta has not any self. :namaste:
Dear Somo, anatta is the nature of everything is changing. Therefore no permanent entity or permanent soul wandering around as other religion believe to exist.

Mettacittena,
fabian
by chandrafabian
Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Not-self or No-self?
Replies: 37
Views: 3282

Re: Not-self or No-self?

Greetings, All phenomena within the realm of existence are not-self. I don't see what's ambiguous about that unless (despite the warning in SN 12.15) you're explicitly hunting for some kind of ontological proclamation that will state whether the soul "exists" or "does not exist". Metta, Retro. :) D...
by chandrafabian
Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Not-self or No-self?
Replies: 37
Views: 3282

Re: Not-self or No-self?

no soul is rather meaningless though, what is a soul? is it a self or is it some thing inside us we carry around or what?is it just the Indian concept of a soul that Buddha argues against and so the christian one is okay? or the Greek one? the word soul opens a whole can of worms that self does not...
by chandrafabian
Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Not-self or No-self?
Replies: 37
Views: 3282

Re: Not-self or No-self?

I think, in translating from the pali, we should consider the context... we can not translate all as not-self or all as no soul... Even though I think no-soul is applicable in almost all situation. The word "sabbe dhamma anatta" all conditioned dhamma has no-soul is correct. the translation "not sel...
by chandrafabian
Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Not-self or No-self?
Replies: 37
Views: 3282

Not-self or No-self?

Dear friends, I don't know if this topic has or has not been brought about, I read the statement of Ven. Thanissaro is somewhat misleading. He said the view "have self" or "have no-self" are equally wrong. I think he took different approach in translating "atta" as self only. He is not taking into a...
by chandrafabian
Tue Aug 10, 2010 12:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: signless concentration vs emptiness
Replies: 23
Views: 2838

Re: signless concentration vs emptiness

Dear Dhamma_spoon and Kenshou, As far as I know, pure samatha develop nimitta (very strong nimitta is known as patibhaga nimitta). Eventually the mind is absorbed into the nimitta and Jhana is reached. Whereas animitta is refer to insight meditation. In insight meditation the object is three charac...
by chandrafabian
Mon Aug 09, 2010 10:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Past "hunting" on meditators
Replies: 13
Views: 1184

Re: Past "hunting" on meditators

Dear Unspoken, It might be very helpful if you try to participate in intensive Vipassana meditation retreat under knowledgabel teacher, let's say 10 days. To practice Vipassana we need unbroken/continuous mindfullness, if we attend intensive retreat, the situation usually conducive for developing un...
by chandrafabian
Mon Aug 09, 2010 10:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: signless concentration vs emptiness
Replies: 23
Views: 2838

Re: signless concentration vs emptiness

Dear Dhamma_spoon and Kenshou, As far as I know, pure samatha develop nimitta (very strong nimitta is known as patibhaga nimitta). Eventually the mind is absorbed into the nimitta and Jhana is reached. Whereas animitta is refer to insight meditation. In insight meditation the object is three charac...