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by Pondera
Sun Apr 26, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On the Nature of Consciousness
Replies: 56
Views: 691

Re: On the Nature of Consciousness

Indeed. You have many questions! I will try to address them. Pondera wrote at some point in the thread "Yes. Consciousness is a “kasina”. It plays a special role in perception and feeling. It plays a general role in “keeping objects together” Is this "Kasina" consciousness same as the dependently or...
by Pondera
Sun Apr 26, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On the Nature of Consciousness
Replies: 56
Views: 691

Re: Darwinism and the Dhamma

If you guys just want to have a random, off-topic discussion, please do it via PM and spare the rest of us. :focus: Pulsar seems to be interested. Could you split the topic? Maybe call it “On the Nature of Consciousness”? Starting here https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=36854&start=150#to...
by Pondera
Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Views and Nibbana: Nibbana is the only Truth?
Replies: 222
Views: 3559

Re: Views and Nibbana: Nibbana is the only Truth?

As far as nibbana is concerned the Buddha's teachings are exhaustive. That is the reason we should accept the suttas as they are - ie. because they are exhaustive. E.g. we do not have the luxury of picking parts we want to believe and leaving out parts we don’t want to believe. Whatever you want to...
by Pondera
Sun Apr 26, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Views and Nibbana: Nibbana is the only Truth?
Replies: 222
Views: 3559

Re: Views and Nibbana: Nibbana is the only Truth?

Is it not your belief that Nibbāna is beyond experience? As far as nibbana is concerned the Buddha's teachings are exhaustive. That is the reason we should accept the suttas as they are - ie. because they are exhaustive. E.g. we do not have the luxury of picking parts we want to believe and leaving...
by Pondera
Sun Apr 26, 2020 6:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Views and Nibbana: Nibbana is the only Truth?
Replies: 222
Views: 3559

Re: Views and Nibbana: Nibbana is the only Truth?

Well, everything intuited, thought and said or written is fabrication. Knowing this, everything intuited, thought and said or written is skillful means. Not knowing this, everything intuited, thought and said or written is manifestation of ignorance. Something relevant posted in the quotable Thanis...
by Pondera
Sun Apr 26, 2020 5:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Views and Nibbana: Nibbana is the only Truth?
Replies: 222
Views: 3559

Re: Views and Nibbana: Nibbana is the only Truth?

I am just pushing 'mental boundaries' to show that there is not such a thing as 'mental boundaries', besides fabricated ones. Well, everything intuited, thought and said or written is fabrication. Knowing this, everything intuited, thought and said or written is skillful means. Not knowing this, ev...
by Pondera
Sun Apr 26, 2020 5:05 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On the Nature of Consciousness
Replies: 56
Views: 691

Re: Darwinism and the Dhamma

... ... If you guys just want to have a random, off-topic discussion, please do it via PM and spare the rest of us. :focus: Pulsar seems to be interested. Could you split the topic? Maybe call it “On the Nature of Consciousness”? Starting here https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=36854&star...
by Pondera
Sat Apr 25, 2020 6:39 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On the Nature of Consciousness
Replies: 56
Views: 691

Re: Darwinism and the Dhamma

Uh oh. I think it’s too late!!! :tantrum: Image
(that’s good stuff, man)
by Pondera
Sat Apr 25, 2020 5:32 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On the Nature of Consciousness
Replies: 56
Views: 691

Re: Darwinism and the Dhamma

Okay. Well just use your better judgment and don’t do anything you don’t feel comfortable doing. And certainly don’t let a dirty, perverse 38 year old man like my self use his skilfully deceptive modes of persuasion to enchant you and entice you through numerous various means to go and get high on ...
by Pondera
Sat Apr 25, 2020 5:30 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On the Nature of Consciousness
Replies: 56
Views: 691

Re: Darwinism and the Dhamma

You’ve contradicted your self. On the one hand you have said that my version of red won’t be the same as Donald Trump’s. I have never said that Yes. You did. You said something like, “well if we use experience, then yours won’t be the same as his...” etc. Etc. It’s like these people who get high an...
by Pondera
Sat Apr 25, 2020 5:06 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On the Nature of Consciousness
Replies: 56
Views: 691

Re: Darwinism and the Dhamma

Pascal2 wrote: So I will report this post of yours to the mod team they will decide what to do or not to do and I will not engage in further discussions on this topic. Hey. Maybe the next time you start using a forum, how about you start off with something like, “Hey. I’m Pascal2. Please don’t talk...
by Pondera
Sat Apr 25, 2020 5:01 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On the Nature of Consciousness
Replies: 56
Views: 691

Re: Darwinism and the Dhamma

The mind measures things by knowledge. Knowledge is the instrument of the mind. If you ask, how do you know a cherry is red? Do I need to provide you with scientific instruments and measurements. The mind in samadhi “knows and sees things as they really are”. Since we already established that scien...
by Pondera
Sat Apr 25, 2020 4:29 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On the Nature of Consciousness
Replies: 56
Views: 691

Re: Darwinism and the Dhamma

Pascal2 wrote: So I will report this post of yours to the mod team they will decide what to do or not to do and I will not engage in further discussions on this topic. Hey. Maybe the next time you start using a forum, how about you start off with something like, “Hey. I’m Pascal2. Please don’t talk ...
by Pondera
Sat Apr 25, 2020 4:07 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On the Nature of Consciousness
Replies: 56
Views: 691

Re: Darwinism and the Dhamma

A mind in samadhi is the vital condition for “knowledge and vision of things as they really are”. Ie. how the skhandas have the three marks. This includes specific understanding of the consciousness aggregate. I was asking you how practically a mind in samadhi can measure that, so this is not an an...
by Pondera
Sat Apr 25, 2020 1:54 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On the Nature of Consciousness
Replies: 56
Views: 691

Re: Darwinism and the Dhamma

For a person who tries to actively observe this closed-eye perception on a regular basis, there comes a point where if they look at a flat-shaded object with their eyes wide open, and try to actively look for this visual noise, they will become aware of it and see the random pointillistic disorgani...