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by Zom
Sat Aug 21, 2010 5:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: About nibbana
Replies: 71
Views: 6051

Re: About nibbana

But that is not the cessation, ending, of everything. It is simply the non-attachment to the all. Heh... how about this one: Then, on realizing the significance of that, the Blessed One on that occasion exclaimed: The body disintegrated, perception ceased, pain & rapture were entirely consumed, fab...
by Zom
Sat Aug 21, 2010 5:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Three Things a Buddha Cannot Do?
Replies: 102
Views: 11516

Re: Three Things a Buddha Cannot Do?

Are you saying that to be a true Buddhist one must accept the a literal, unquestioning belief in everything stated in the suttas? If you have much saddha, you will accept. If you have not much saddha, you will not accept. The main point in this "accepting" is that it lessens or even removes your hi...
by Zom
Sat Aug 21, 2010 5:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: About nibbana
Replies: 71
Views: 6051

Re: About nibbana

None of this points to nibbana being the cessation of everything Here: 1. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn35/sn35.024.than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; 2. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn35/sn35.023.than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return f...
by Zom
Sat Aug 21, 2010 4:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: About nibbana
Replies: 71
Views: 6051

Re: About nibbana

Nibbana is not nirodha samapatti, a jhana state that is not nesssary for the attainment of nibbana. In several posts above I already proved by suttas why these states are synonyms - "cessation" (nirodha) or "nibbana" (fading, literally). Plus I can add a bit more to all those arguments. For example...
by Zom
Fri Aug 20, 2010 8:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Three Things a Buddha Cannot Do?
Replies: 102
Views: 11516

Re: Three Things a Buddha Cannot Do?

Wouldn't you agree, though, that it's a matter of debate and interpretation as to whether a belief in the Buddha's omniscience is required for Right View? Because I don't see this included in the sutta expositions of either mundane or transmundane Right View. To say that it can be found somewhere i...
by Zom
Fri Aug 20, 2010 7:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: About nibbana
Replies: 71
Views: 6051

Re: About nibbana

but it is NOT nibbana, nor is it necessary for nibbana. Nibbana is not the cessation of everything. Actually it is a cessation of everything. And what is everything (All)? As suttas say - all is: eye and forms, ear and sounds..... .. mind and mind objects. And this all this ceases in nibbana. In ni...
by Zom
Fri Aug 20, 2010 4:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: About nibbana
Replies: 71
Views: 6051

Re: About nibbana

Yes, so that is, and perhaps that is why ancient ascetics who reached 8th jhana couldn't reach nibbana, they still had this "self view". But that one who has more wisdom, he can let go completely and thus reach nibbana. In one sutta Buddha says that the closest to Dhamma "priests and contemplators" ...
by Zom
Fri Aug 20, 2010 2:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: About nibbana
Replies: 71
Views: 6051

Re: About nibbana

Mmm. I didn't mean there is some self inside that must be perished to see that there is none -) I said that we have a feeling that this self do exist. Like you know, you see a rope in darkness and you are sure that this is a snake. Same here. So what you do? You turn on light and see - ah... no snak...
by Zom
Fri Aug 20, 2010 2:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Three Things a Buddha Cannot Do?
Replies: 102
Views: 11516

Re: Three Things a Buddha Cannot Do?

I'll take a look, thanks! But is the Visuddhimagga necessarily to be regarded as an infallible source? I know that many people boldly criticize it, and me too - in some aspects. But concerning this particular aspect (explanation of this common sutta formula descibing The Blessed One) - I believe it...
by Zom
Fri Aug 20, 2010 2:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Three Things a Buddha Cannot Do?
Replies: 102
Views: 11516

Re: Three Things a Buddha Cannot Do?

Sorry, I didn't mean to attack you personally or someone else here. I was just discussing only the matter, without any extrapolation on this or that forum member.
by Zom
Fri Aug 20, 2010 2:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Three Things a Buddha Cannot Do?
Replies: 102
Views: 11516

Re: Three Things a Buddha Cannot Do?

Ok, but is belief in the Buddha's omniscience specifically defined as part of Mundane Right View? In Visuddhimagga it is. If you have a copy, take a look - "Recollection of the Enlightened One (Buddha)". Those whose Right Views factor is completed have "unshakable saddha" in Buddha's quialities. Om...
by Zom
Fri Aug 20, 2010 1:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Three Things a Buddha Cannot Do?
Replies: 102
Views: 11516

Re: Three Things a Buddha Cannot Do?

Do you at least know that you're reading the suttas from your own personal view? (It's the same with everyone else... myself included.) By the way, belief and Right View are two very different things. Everyone reads everything from their own views. But that doesn't mean that everyone is mistaken be...
by Zom
Fri Aug 20, 2010 1:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Three Things a Buddha Cannot Do?
Replies: 102
Views: 11516

Re: Three Things a Buddha Cannot Do?

I will repeat my question Zom. If I do not accept the schemata that you present does that make me; a) Not a Buddhist, or simply b) A second class Buddhist ? It depends on how to define this term "a buddhist". For example, if someone practises vajrayana tantric sex, can you call him buddhist or not?...
by Zom
Fri Aug 20, 2010 1:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Three Things a Buddha Cannot Do?
Replies: 102
Views: 11516

Re: Three Things a Buddha Cannot Do?

Does it say anything there about omniscience? It is said about omniscience in another suttas. And in short common formula "Indeed, the Blessed One is worthy and rightly self-awakened, consummate in knowledge & conduct, well-gone, an expert with regard to the world, unexcelled as a trainer for those...
by Zom
Fri Aug 20, 2010 1:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Three Things a Buddha Cannot Do?
Replies: 102
Views: 11516

Re: Three Things a Buddha Cannot Do?

There is no indication whatsoever in the First factor of the Eightfold path that indicates one MUST believe in Kamma, and neither is there any indication that there MUST to be a belief in The Next Life. This is your belief, and of course, you are entitled to it. But there is no 'Must' about any Bel...