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Tue Mar 08, 2016 2:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thai forest tradition - Refuge in Awareness
Replies: 42
Views: 4014

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...
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Mon Feb 22, 2016 10:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Delusion
Replies: 3
Views: 435

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...
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Fri Feb 05, 2016 1:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the "stilling of all formations"?
Replies: 65
Views: 3685

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...
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Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the "stilling of all formations"?
Replies: 65
Views: 3685

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...
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Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the "stilling of all formations"?
Replies: 65
Views: 3685

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...
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Tue Jan 26, 2016 9:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Patrick Kearney on life after life
Replies: 25
Views: 1585

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...
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Thu Jan 14, 2016 12:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Samsara
Replies: 7
Views: 915

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...
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Sat Jan 09, 2016 6:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ways of making significant good kamma?
Replies: 67
Views: 8716

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...
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Tue Dec 29, 2015 3:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How sure are we ?
Replies: 5
Views: 683

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...
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Mon Dec 28, 2015 1:08 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Where is Buddha now? Does his mind stream continue?
Replies: 7
Views: 1027

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, ...
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Thu Nov 19, 2015 11:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Death or annihilation as the end point
Replies: 72
Views: 5617

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 ...
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Mon Aug 03, 2015 11:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is seeing Dependent Origination a must for Nibanna?
Replies: 48
Views: 3624

Re: Is seeing Dependent Origination a must for Nibanna?

At Sāvatthi, "Bhikkhus, those ascetics or brahmins who do not understand aging and-death, its origin, its cessation, and the way leading to its cessation; who do not understand birth … [habitual tendency] …clinging … craving …feeling … contact … the six sense bases … name-and-form … consciousness …...
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Sat Jun 20, 2015 12:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Possible misconception of cessation of suffering?
Replies: 114
Views: 6585

Re: Possible misconception of cessation of suffering?

When a person becomes an arahant, his citta or mind is liberated . But his body is still a source of suffering. The 12th link of Dependent Origination is Old Age and Death. Upon the death of the arahant, he is not reborn. Because there is no Birth, there is total cessation of suffering. Thanks pilg...
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Fri May 29, 2015 10:04 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Buddhist Diagnosis On Climate Change
Replies: 9
Views: 1057

Re: A Buddhist Diagnosis On Climate Change

Once thing I would like more clarity on is what " noble " constitutes in the Ecological Noble Eightfold Path. Just like the path...which leads the right way with a purpose. Does it lead to enlightenment , or is it noble in a more mundane sense... as in being a good and decent thing to do? That must...
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Tue May 19, 2015 10:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Walking out of a burning house
Replies: 5
Views: 1365

Re: Walking out of a burning house

Looking for some fresh perspective to a long conversation I had with my brother. The starter was... If you have relinquished any attachments to the physical body and/or physical world, and your house catches on fire while you are inside, do you walk out of it? Why or why not? Your quotation/text ar...