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by kirk5a
Thu Apr 02, 2015 1:13 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: There is nothing either good or bad ...
Replies: 19
Views: 2060

Re: There is nothing either good or bad ...

It's a dangerous thought.

Juliet:
What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet

Similarly:
That which we call hell
by any other name would hurt as much

Disregarding names does not erase causality.
by kirk5a
Thu Apr 02, 2015 12:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: When is right thinking too coarse and should be stoped?
Replies: 8
Views: 934

Re: When is right thinking too coarse and should be stoped?

Alex123 wrote:But I wonder: At what point should I drop correct thinking and "contemplate in silence" ? Is it possible that after some point (which one?) thinking, even right thinking, is too coarse and just a hindrance for higher level?
Is it possible that moving is a hindrance to being still?
by kirk5a
Tue Mar 31, 2015 4:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: An Amazing opportunity - ven. Wajirabuddhi Thero
Replies: 135
Views: 8704

Re: An Amazing opportunity

Greetings, 30 pages through the book is all I read, as it struck me a just a generic Dhamma talk with no particular insight. My quick skim yielded a similar perspective. Metta, Retro. :) Let's see if either of you can explain what's in those first 30 pages of "no particular insight," as you say. Wh...
by kirk5a
Mon Mar 30, 2015 6:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2236
Views: 124501

Re: (PARI)Nibbana is unconscious? so, what's the use of it

Thanissaro Bhikkhu wrote: These are not the words of a person who has found release in unconsciousness.
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... icity.html
by kirk5a
Sat Mar 28, 2015 1:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: An Amazing opportunity - ven. Wajirabuddhi Thero
Replies: 135
Views: 8704

Re: An Amazing opportunity

I'm reading the e-book and finding his teachings to be high quality and quite inspiring. So thank you for that.
by kirk5a
Fri Mar 27, 2015 5:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2236
Views: 124501

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

As I know, nirodha is said to be analog to this state. And there is NO awareness there. It is total UNCONSCIOUSNESS. This is real peace yes. PEACE OF UNCONSCIOUSNESS. People who go under general anesthesia are totally unconscious. That's not an analog to nibbana. Here's something Ven. Pesala said: ...
by kirk5a
Fri Mar 27, 2015 2:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2236
Views: 124501

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

Apparently some people confuse the state of non-perception with nibbana or cessation. The second state was one I happened to hit one night when my concentration was extremely one-pointed, and so refined that it refused settle on or label even the most fleeting mental objects. I dropped into a state ...
by kirk5a
Fri Mar 27, 2015 1:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2236
Views: 124501

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

One more question: Why did the Buddha go to the parinibbana from the 4th jhana and not from the sphere of neither perception nor unperception? Actually he emerged from the 4th jhana immediately prior to parinibbana. Rising from the third jhana, he entered the fourth jhana. And, rising from the four...
by kirk5a
Fri Mar 27, 2015 1:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2236
Views: 124501

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

People have been worried about this since the Buddha's day. Here are a couple quotes to consider, perhaps they will help with the doubts. [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 k...
by kirk5a
Mon Mar 23, 2015 1:56 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: The Truth
Replies: 6
Views: 921

Re: The Truth

silver surfer wrote:Give it up for the paccekabuddha.
I'm not about to sit through an hour of whatever he's gearing up to say/sell, but "paccekabuddha" by definition, is certainly not applicable.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pratyekabuddha
by kirk5a
Mon Mar 23, 2015 1:32 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Buddhism closer to Christianity than atheism?
Replies: 198
Views: 11556

Re: Is Buddhism closer to Christianity than atheism?

Christian's believe in a next world. Is that right view? Is right view just holding a position? The view that there is only one next world (eternal salvation/damnation) is obviously not the same view as the Buddhist view. But it is nevertheless morally effective in this life. Therefore it is more c...
by kirk5a
Mon Mar 23, 2015 1:07 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Buddhism closer to Christianity than atheism?
Replies: 198
Views: 11556

Re: Is Buddhism closer to Christianity than atheism?

Mr Man wrote:
kirk5a wrote: "There is a next world" is right view, not wrong view.


Not necessarily.
The Buddha said it is right view. When are you saying it is "not necessarily" right view?
by kirk5a
Mon Mar 23, 2015 12:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Buddhism closer to Christianity than atheism?
Replies: 198
Views: 11556

Re: Is Buddhism closer to Christianity than atheism?

Aloka wrote:This is a 4 minute video from Sam Harris called "The Meaning of Life".
I would say Sam Harris' "precious moments" view of life is closer to hedonism.

""Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow, we die."
by kirk5a
Mon Mar 23, 2015 12:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Buddhism closer to Christianity than atheism?
Replies: 198
Views: 11556

Re: Is Buddhism closer to Christianity than atheism?

clw_uk is right. An annihilationist who's virtuous and 'good at heart' is definitely closer to deliverance. Except that is part of the problem in the first place. Regarding annihilationists: it can be expected that, shunning these three skillful activities — good bodily conduct, good verbal conduct...
by kirk5a
Mon Mar 23, 2015 12:23 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Buddhism closer to Christianity than atheism?
Replies: 198
Views: 11556

Re: Is Buddhism closer to Christianity than atheism?

No one is arguing that it's a right view. What is being argued is that out of all the wrong views, such as life after death/Eternalism, annihilationism is closer to dispassion. "There is a next world" is right view, not wrong view. See MN60 for further contrast between annihilationists and those wh...