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by equilibrium
Thu Mar 10, 2016 11:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thai forest tradition - Refuge in Awareness
Replies: 42
Views: 4182

Re: Thai forest tradition - Refuge in Awareness

Sometimes an ironic, paradoxical, or illogical description can highlight the profoundness of the mystery, other times it's just BS. I'm inclined towards the latter regarding the description we're discussing. It all depends.....but no matter how much we like to read, to hear and even point at it.......
by equilibrium
Thu Mar 10, 2016 8:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thai forest tradition - Refuge in Awareness
Replies: 42
Views: 4182

Re: Thai forest tradition - Refuge in Awareness

It seems all pretty Mahayana to me,..... Be it Mahayana or Theravada, maybe Zen or Vajrayana.....doesn't matter.....all labels.....the purpose for their existence is to ship beings from one shore to the other.....for different discriminative minds. .....just because we're talking about a state that...
by equilibrium
Thu Mar 10, 2016 1:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thai forest tradition - Refuge in Awareness
Replies: 42
Views: 4182

Re: Thai forest tradition - Refuge in Awareness

If we analysis further on awareness here, we see that at one point, it is conditioned.....then at another point, it is unconditioned.....this gives an impression that it changes.....this change is an illusion.....the reason being is that awareness had always been unconditioned.....at all times. Sou...
by equilibrium
Wed Mar 09, 2016 1:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thai forest tradition - Refuge in Awareness
Replies: 42
Views: 4182

Re: Thai forest tradition - Refuge in Awareness

The point is that awareness is not inherently unconditioned, which is the view I think the OP posited. For most people awareness is very much conditioned, but for those who are awakened I believe it's reasonable to say awareness is unconditioned. If we analysis further on awareness here, we see tha...
by equilibrium
Tue Mar 08, 2016 2:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thai forest tradition - Refuge in Awareness
Replies: 42
Views: 4182

Re: Thai forest tradition - Refuge in Awareness

Ajahn Sumedho from his book Intuitive Awareness : In terms of this conditioned realm that we perceive, create and hold to, it is a very unstable, uncertain, undependable and changing condition in itself. That’s just the way it is. The Buddha pointed to the instability of conditioned phenomena, to t...
by equilibrium
Mon Feb 22, 2016 10:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Delusion
Replies: 3
Views: 443

Re: Delusion

You can say the difference between Nibbana and Samsara is delusion.....Not knowing. AN 3.33: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an03/an03.033.than.html SN 35.80: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn35/sn35.080.than.html AN 3.68: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an03/an03.0...
by equilibrium
Fri Feb 05, 2016 1:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the "stilling of all formations"?
Replies: 65
Views: 3825

Re: What is the "stilling of all formations"?

Another interesting piece of text from SN 35.116: The dimension of non-objectification , although it may not be described, may be realized through direct experience. " Monks, that dimension should be experienced where the eye [vision] stops and the perception [label] of form fades. That dimension sh...
by equilibrium
Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the "stilling of all formations"?
Replies: 65
Views: 3825

Re: What is the "stilling of all formations"?

So does this suggest that "stilling of all formations" means "stilling of all thoughts"? Another relevant piece of text from: "Anicca Vata Sankhara". http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/bodhi/bps-essay_43.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" The most important fact to underst...
by equilibrium
Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the "stilling of all formations"?
Replies: 65
Views: 3825

Re: What is the "stilling of all formations"?

Here is an interesting piece of text.....to view it at another "angle" if you like.....Discernment vs. Self-Deception under Reading the Mind: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai/kee/readmind.html The cycle of rebirth and the processes of thought-formation are one and the same thing . As a result...
by equilibrium
Tue Jan 26, 2016 9:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Patrick Kearney on life after life
Replies: 25
Views: 1601

Re: Patrick Kearney on life after life

AN 4.36 With Dona: "When asked, 'Are you a deva?' you answer, 'No, brahman, I am not a deva.' When asked, 'Are you a gandhabba?' you answer, 'No, brahman, I am not a gandhabba.' When asked, 'Are you a yakkha?' you answer, 'No, brahman, I am not a yakkha.' When asked, 'Are you a human being?' you ans...
by equilibrium
Thu Jan 14, 2016 12:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Samsara
Replies: 7
Views: 929

Re: Samsara

An interesting piece of text from AN 10.95 which is repeated in some other suttas: .....In that case, my friend, I will give you an analogy, for there are cases where it is through the use of analogy that intelligent people can understand the meaning of what is being said. "Uttiya, suppose that ther...
by equilibrium
Sat Jan 09, 2016 6:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ways of making significant good kamma?
Replies: 67
Views: 8962

Re: Ways of making significant good kamma?

(I don't remember where) that "whatever kamma there is who's result is to be experienced in the next life could be changed into being experienced in the current life, that is impossible", something along those lines, and vice versa, and some other categories, if I recall correctly. (If someone know...
by equilibrium
Tue Dec 29, 2015 3:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How sure are we ?
Replies: 5
Views: 711

Re: How sure are we ?

At what point do you know for sure that the Buddha's awakening was genuine?.....MN27: The Blessed One said: "Suppose an elephant hunter were to enter an elephant forest and were to see there a large elephant footprint, long in extent and broad in width. A skilled elephant hunter would not yet come t...
by equilibrium
Mon Dec 28, 2015 1:08 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Where is Buddha now? Does his mind stream continue?
Replies: 7
Views: 1059

Re: Where is Buddha now? Does his mind stream continue?

I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying at Savatthi in the Eastern Monastery, the palace of Migara's mother. Then in the evening, Ven. Ananda, coming out of seclusion, went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, having bowed down to him, sat to one side. As he was sitting there, ...
by equilibrium
Thu Nov 19, 2015 11:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Death or annihilation as the end point
Replies: 72
Views: 5823

Re: Death or annihilation as the end point

Death isn't the issue here.....as death cannot exist by itself. For there to be death, there must be birth in the first place. (Anything that has a beginning must have an end) Death is inevitable.....so no matter how you see it, it will not solve the problem.....of birth! Birth is more important as ...