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by Spiny O'Norman
Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Craving - Analysis.
Replies: 133
Views: 6834

Re: Craving - Analysis.

Hi Spiny, In his Buddhist Dictionary, Nyanatiloka says: PARINIBBANA: "full Nibbana", is a synonym for Nibbana: this term, therefore, does not refer exclusively to the extinction of the 5 groups of existence at the death of the Holy One, though often applied to it. Cf. nibbana. I don't disagree with...
by Spiny O'Norman
Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Craving - Analysis.
Replies: 133
Views: 6834

Re: Craving - Analysis.

nowheat wrote:
Spiny O'Norman wrote:So what kind of existence remains for an arahant?
Nibbana. Existence without the arising of that which is described as coming into being through the process of dependent arising.

:namaste:
So there is cessation of bhava for an arahant?

Spny
by Spiny O'Norman
Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:14 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 12.23 Upanisa Sutta: Discourse on Supporting Conditions
Replies: 19
Views: 26983

Re: SN 12.23 Upanisa Sutta: Discourse on Supporting Conditions

And the Commentary interprets the additional steps according to the development of concentration and the progress of insight as in the Visuddhimagga: faith : repeatedly arising faith (aparāparaṃ uppajjanasaddhā ; that is, tentative faith, not the unwavering faith of a noble disciple) gladness : (pā...
by Spiny O'Norman
Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Noble silence during retreats
Replies: 11
Views: 1087

Re: Noble silence during retreats

I understand from other's comments that it might very well be the case that other meditators would not necessarily appreciate being disturbing by my talking. Yes, I think that's worth remembering. Although being silent on retreat needs some adjustment initially it can be very helpful in allowing th...
by Spiny O'Norman
Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation, 5 hindrances, and the misconception
Replies: 33
Views: 4376

Re: Meditation, 5 hindrances, and the misconception

Do you define "meditation" as only "Jhana"? If yes, then is Anapanasati also not "meditation"? Does one need to already have abandoned all the hindrances in order to practice Anapanasati? Most people would consider Anapanasati to be "meditation" I would think. I think you can view anapanasati as a ...
by Spiny O'Norman
Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Craving - Analysis.
Replies: 133
Views: 6834

Re: Craving - Analysis.

Hi Spiny, You say:"I think traditionally Pari-nibbana would be regarded as the cessation of existence." No. Because bhava means the existence of "a being". Since craving has ceased for an arahant, clinging and bhava "existence" have also ceased. Regards, Vincent. So what kind of existence remains f...
by Spiny O'Norman
Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monks who did not practise jhana?
Replies: 22
Views: 2345

Re: Monks who did not practise jhana?

1. What sort of person is one emancipated at times? [samaya-vimokkha] "Here a person goes on experiencing the eight stages of emancipation from time to time, and he having seen them through insight, some of his asava's are completely destroyed. Such a person is said to be emancipated at times." [te...
by Spiny O'Norman
Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation, 5 hindrances, and the misconception
Replies: 33
Views: 4376

Re: Meditation, 5 hindrances, and the misconception

I have argued in the past that 'abandoning the hindrances' IS the practice. When you say "abandoning the hindrances", are you thinking of Right Effort, ie abandoning and and preventing unwholesome states? Or are you thinking of the hindrances being abandoned as a result of of meditation and mindful...
by Spiny O'Norman
Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation, 5 hindrances, and the misconception
Replies: 33
Views: 4376

Re: Meditation, 5 hindrances, and the misconception

ignobleone wrote: The point is, you cannot meditate properly if one or more of the five hindrances exist.
If by "meditate properly" you mean accessing the jhanas then I'd agree.

Spiny
by Spiny O'Norman
Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation, 5 hindrances, and the misconception
Replies: 33
Views: 4376

Re: Meditation, 5 hindrances, and the misconception

Yes, to remove hindrances one should practice samma-sati, not samma-samadhi. Yes, that does seem to be supported here: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an09/an09.064.than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Although jhana is dependent on a temporary suspension of the hindr...
by Spiny O'Norman
Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Craving - Analysis.
Replies: 133
Views: 6834

Re: Craving - Analysis.

vinasp wrote: So "a being" is the same as the five clinging aggregates.
Would it be more accurate to say that a being is a result of clinging to the five aggregates?

Spiny
by Spiny O'Norman
Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Craving - Analysis.
Replies: 133
Views: 6834

Re: Craving - Analysis.

Hi everyone, Wikipedia has a good article on Theravada cosmology, link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhist_cosmology_%28Theravada%29" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Quote: "The inhabitants of these realms are possessed entirely of mind. Having no physical form or location, they ar...
by Spiny O'Norman
Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Craving - Analysis.
Replies: 133
Views: 6834

Re: Craving - Analysis.

The Three Kinds of Existence. "Bhikkhus, there are these three kinds of existence. What three? Sense-sphere existence, form-sphere existence, formless-sphere existence. These are the three kinds of existence. The Noble Eightfold Path is to be developed for direct knowledge of these three kinds of e...
by Spiny O'Norman
Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Noble silence during retreats
Replies: 11
Views: 1087

Re: Noble silence during retreats

Is it OK to break the noble silence during retreats if it is to share meditation experiences or insights? That would seems quite "connected with the goal", by opposition to "how are you doing", "where do you come from", and discussions about kings, princes, armies, land and sea, etc. (you know the ...
by Spiny O'Norman
Tue Mar 06, 2012 2:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Jealousy
Replies: 15
Views: 1507

Re: Jealousy

I looked at it, but was defeated by this monster. I try to analyze the causes and conditions for its rising, but feel helpless and resentment grows. :shrug: I've found that although practices like metta-bahavana are helpful in a general way, it can be very difficult to analyse feelings like this ob...
by Spiny O'Norman
Tue Mar 06, 2012 2:25 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 12.23 Upanisa Sutta: Discourse on Supporting Conditions
Replies: 19
Views: 26983

Re: SN 12.23 Upanisa Sutta: Discourse on Supporting Conditions

.... conviction has stress & suffering as its prerequisite, joy has conviction as its prerequisite, rapture has joy as its prerequisite, serenity has rapture as its prerequisite, pleasure has serenity as its prerequisite, concentration has pleasure as its prerequisite, knowledge & vision of things ...
by Spiny O'Norman
Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Crazy statements in the Sutta Pitaka.
Replies: 44
Views: 3307

Re: Crazy statements in the Sutta Pitaka.

vinasp wrote: So when Dependent Origination is considered with the links ceasing, the
eye-sphere cannot be understood as the actual eye.
When birth ceases, so do eyes. ;)

Spiny
by Spiny O'Norman
Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Craving - Analysis.
Replies: 133
Views: 6834

Re: Craving - Analysis.

vinasp wrote: I believe that the teachings also offer an alternative, for those who
find rebirth to be not credible.
Vincent, it's interesting to consider alternative ways of looking at the suttas, though I wonder whether a disbelief in rebirth is really an objective basis on which to proceed?

Spiny
by Spiny O'Norman
Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Craving - Analysis.
Replies: 133
Views: 6834

Re: Craving - Analysis.

The teachings define "a being" as a psychological entity... Where, exactly? As we've been discussing, the references to beings in DO are to actual "physical" beings who are born, age and die. You can say they are also "psychological" beings, and you can say there is a mutual dependence between body...
by Spiny O'Norman
Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Craving - Analysis.
Replies: 133
Views: 6834

Re: Craving - Analysis.

It is the body which has broken teeth, grey hair, and wrinkled skin. For those who understand "a being" as an actual, physical, living being, there is no problem. But if "a being" is mental, then it cant have broken teeth. So we have an apparent contradiction. It seems to me a complete contradictio...