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by Zom
Tue Feb 04, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: don't give up on jhāna yet, until you drink from the sutta cup
Replies: 15
Views: 2572

Re: don't give up on jhāna yet, until you drink from the sutta cup

Ajhan mun
Said who? That one who said that he had a chat with gods and buddhas.
this isn't realistic
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by Zom
Tue Feb 04, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Emptiness
Replies: 31
Views: 2575

Re: Emptiness

Because tibetan schools make something out of nothing. All of them declare eternalist views.
by Zom
Tue Feb 04, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: don't give up on jhāna yet, until you drink from the sutta cup
Replies: 15
Views: 2572

Re: don't give up on jhāna yet, until you drink from the sutta cup

So as a result, because of wrong ideas promulgated by Vism. and Ajahn Brahm, you have a large number of Buddhists thinking they can never realistically get jhana. Very tragic. Overestimation (aka jhana-lite) is bad, because this is falling into delusion. Realistically I don't know of anyone who has...
by Zom
Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: B. Brahmali incorrect translation and interpretation of jhāna and samādhi in Vinaya scripture
Replies: 25
Views: 2520

Re: B. Brahmali incorrect translation and interpretation of jhāna and samādhi in Vinaya scripture

That's an excellent point. It seems that Pali terms often have a wide range that can't be easily captured by a single English word. Dukkha is a classic example. Well, ye, that's an explanation. There is an interesting passage in MN 44 too (ven.Sujato trans.): ** What’s the verbal process (vaca sank...
by Zom
Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: B. Brahmali incorrect translation and interpretation of jhāna and samādhi in Vinaya scripture
Replies: 25
Views: 2520

Re: B. Brahmali incorrect translation and interpretation of jhāna and samādhi in Vinaya scripture

basically your idea of vitakka in jhāna = thinking would mean that a person has to think about something non-stop all the time while in jhāna. Indeed. More than that, this goes against the very idea of samatha, calming the mind down. Every meditator knows perfectly that any kind of thinking (even v...
by Zom
Sun Jan 26, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: B. Brahmali incorrect translation and interpretation of jhāna and samādhi in Vinaya scripture
Replies: 25
Views: 2520

Re: B. Brahmali incorrect translation and interpretation of jhāna and samādhi in Vinaya scripture

That is because rūpa jhānas are distinguished only by the jhāna factors (Buddha doesn't give any other way to distinguish between them). Actually Buddha does give it, one must look carefully for the most archaic parts (which sometimes are called "cryptic" by some as well -) From what I see these in...
by Zom
Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: Do we take this lifetime knowledge to the next life?
Replies: 14
Views: 1227

Re: Do we take this lifetime knowledge to the next life?

For instance, all the Dhamma book knowledge you gathered by reading will come to an end at your death. But venerable argues that it is better to acquire the knowledge than accumulating bad Kamma. Topic is highly speculative, but cases with kids remembering their past lives give some answers. And, a...
by Zom
Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Therevadins the true heretics?
Replies: 116
Views: 4585

Re: Are Therevadins the true heretics?

I challenge the Theravadins on this forum to provide proof that the Buddha taught that anything like matter exists or that everything is not imaginary, explicitly or even strongly implicitly. Here, bhikkhus, some misguided men learn the Dhamma—discourses, stanzas, expositions, verses, exclamations,...
by Zom
Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is self view?
Replies: 9
Views: 621

Re: What is self view?

but I can't get a hold on what self-view means. Also, what can you practice to get rid of self-view? Self view is a view that there is some kind of unchanging "thing" in a personality or that personality itself is unchanging and/or not dependent on conditions. Practice to get rid of self-view is wi...
by Zom
Fri Jan 03, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is there some proof that my karma can become better and so i can experience that in this life i living now?
Replies: 13
Views: 1360

Re: Is there some proof that my karma can become better and so i can experience that in this life i living now?

Is there some proof that my karma can become better and so i can experience that in this life i living now? Suttas is the proof I guess. And from there one can know that bad kammic result can be lessened if your mind becomes cleaner, and yes, clean mind as it seems makes bad kamma bring result in t...
by Zom
Sun Dec 29, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: The passing of Ven Dhammavuddho Mahathera
Replies: 15
Views: 2133

Re: The passing of Ven Dhammavuddho Mahathera

Oh, he was so good. Loved his talks.
I'm sure he was prepared and passed away with no regrets.
by Zom
Thu Dec 26, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Lack of progress
Replies: 65
Views: 3580

Re: Lack of progress

this is just a superstition
This is just a neophytism.
by Zom
Thu Dec 26, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Lack of progress
Replies: 65
Views: 3580

Re: Lack of progress

Also, I think we underestimate just how long this path will be for most of us. I mean, if we had done the work necessary for quick awakening and easy meditative achievements, we would have been born at the time of the Lord Buddha This, exactly. As seen from the suttas, the number of new arahants wa...
by Zom
Wed Dec 25, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha did not teach12 dependent arising links
Replies: 43
Views: 2246

Re: Buddha did not teach12 dependent arising links

Now that we know the actual links not twelve , so it seems everything in the early texts is not that reliable . In the suttas there are many different dependent origination models, 2 links, 3 links, 5, 8, 10, 12, and even more than 12. And all of that is very reliable. 12 link model somehow became ...
by Zom
Tue Dec 24, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theories are useless
Replies: 43
Views: 2158

Re: Theories are useless

DNS wrote:
Sun Dec 22, 2019 10:06 pm
alfa wrote:
Sat Dec 21, 2019 2:59 am
I think it's all useless. After pages and pages of discussion, after hundreds of articles and books, what's changed?
The anxiety, the desire, the pain ... all this continues.
Interesting theory. :popcorn:
:D And, it is useless too :D