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by kirk5a
Mon Sep 07, 2015 11:13 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the meaning of "Birth is ended"?
Replies: 131
Views: 6736

Re: What is the meaning of "Birth is ended"?

Not sure if anyone posted this quotation yet, but clearly, here we have a "psychological" explanation of birth. This was said by the Blessed One, said by the Arahant, so I have heard: "There are these four birthplaces of craving where a monk's craving, when taking birth, takes birth. Which four? Eit...
by kirk5a
Thu Sep 03, 2015 11:16 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Annihilation
Replies: 22
Views: 1901

Re: Annihilation

Thanks, Yes, this more or less seems to confirm the idea of ineffable ness, putting Buddhism in the same class as other religions that say, "You cannot understand, so just believe". It definitely confirms the utter destruction of everything we are capable of comprehending, and the ending of experie...
by kirk5a
Thu Sep 03, 2015 1:03 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Annihilation
Replies: 22
Views: 1901

Re: Annihilation

[Upasiva:] He who has reached the end: Does he not exist, or is he for eternity free from dis-ease? Please, sage, declare this to me as this phenomenon has been known by you. [The Buddha:] One who has reached the end has no criterion [3] by which anyone would say that — for him it doesn't exist. Wh...
by kirk5a
Fri Aug 07, 2015 6:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If a Tree Falls In a Forest...
Replies: 24
Views: 2786

Re: If a Tree Falls In a Forest...

samseva wrote:1. If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

2. If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, did it fall?

(Within the phenomenological context)
sound, but no one is around
by kirk5a
Wed Jun 24, 2015 11:21 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana definition by Ajahn Brahm
Replies: 133
Views: 11033

Re: Jhana definition by Ajahn Brahm

:goodpost: Kirk Can you give your own opinion please. I am not going to hold you for this. :) Lacking an explanation as to why Ven. Ananda did not list jhanas 1-4 as states of concentration in which one cannot hear anything, if in fact that is the case, I am lead to the conclusion that jhanas 1-4 a...
by kirk5a
Wed Jun 24, 2015 1:04 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana definition by Ajahn Brahm
Replies: 133
Views: 11033

Re: Jhana definition by Ajahn Brahm

Ven. Ananda did not list jhanas 1-4 as satisfying the following. Only the dimensions of infinite space, infinite consciousness, nothingness, and "the fruit of gnosis." Ven. Ananda said, "It is amazing, friends, it is marvelous, how the Blessed One who knows & sees, the worthy one, rightly self-awake...
by kirk5a
Mon May 18, 2015 2:33 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Non-clinging
Replies: 14
Views: 982

Re: Non-clinging

dhammacoustic wrote:Any suttas to help me out?
Perhaps AN 11.1 would be helpful. You might be trying to go directly to non-clinging without fully developing the necessary supporting conditions.
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
by kirk5a
Wed May 06, 2015 12:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are Effects independent of Intention?
Replies: 6
Views: 653

Re: Are Effects independent of Intention?

I wonder if you are not distinguishing between kamma, and the result of kamma. Kamma literally means "action." The Buddha pointed out that intending, is itself, action. "Intention, I tell you, is kamma. Intending, one does kamma by way of body, speech, & intellect. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tip...
by kirk5a
Thu Apr 23, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A list of Theravada teachers that teach a true self?
Replies: 23
Views: 3319

Re: A list of Theravada teachers that teach a true self?

At his earlier appearance at the Wisdom Pub panel discussion on mindfulness AB stated plainly and emphatically that he believed that nibanna "is IT", that nothing more remains after that. AN 4.174 says that one should not say "there is not anything else" or "there is anything else" or "there both i...
by kirk5a
Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2234
Views: 110140

Re: Nibbana is unconscious? so, what's use of it

acinteyyo wrote: Which one does it? I don't see the connection at the moment. AN10.6 speaks of samadhi. I don't see where it mentiones viññanam anidassanam.

best wishes, acinteyyo
Oh sorry, I pasted the wrong link. Actually here:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
by kirk5a
Wed Apr 15, 2015 1:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2234
Views: 110140

Re: Nibbana is unconscious? so, what's use of it

When I recall the sutta correctly then it says that the four great elements don't get a footing in "consciousness without surface". I conclude therefore that anything else doesn't get a footing in "consciousness without surface". However this doesn't mean that such a consciousness doesn't establish...
by kirk5a
Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:37 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Open letter to the English Theravada Buddhist community
Replies: 76
Views: 6680

Re: Open letter to the English Theravada Buddhist community

Same as here https://alntv.wordpress.com/2011/02/20/top-10-things-that-make-me-feel-closer-to-god/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Please check...
by kirk5a
Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:18 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Open letter to the English Theravada Buddhist community
Replies: 76
Views: 6680

Re: Open letter to the English Theravada Buddhist community

Where are Buddhist people better than Christains You're reverting to an external focus. I think you've already proven to yourself there's no real benefit in that. But what if you were to develop wakefulness for yourself? Have a look at what Ajahn Lee says about taking refuge on the level of inner q...
by kirk5a
Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:05 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Open letter to the English Theravada Buddhist community
Replies: 76
Views: 6680

Re: Open letter to the English Theravada Buddhist community

Hi Luca, thanks for sharing. Your letter is very focused externally. But how about beneficial qualities as they actually are present right within? Ten years of Zen training and nothing to report in that regard?
by kirk5a
Thu Apr 09, 2015 2:41 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Fear of emptiness
Replies: 11
Views: 2481

Re: Fear of emptiness

We are all the ocean of bliss :) i will keep in mind. . Careful with that. Bliss is impermanent, therefore it is also not self. There is the case where a monk, secluded from sensuality, secluded from unskillful qualities, enters & remains in the first jhana: rapture & pleasure born of seclusion, ac...