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by equilibrium
Mon Mar 14, 2016 1:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thai forest tradition - Refuge in Awareness
Replies: 42
Views: 6022

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
Sat Mar 12, 2016 5:57 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Consciousness
Replies: 182
Views: 21771

Re: Consciousness

The "conscious mind as explored and examined in modern psychology and psychiatry and medicine" is based on careful study as well as sophisitcated observation and examination of the body and of information gathered either from people that explain what they've experienced or deduced from their behavi...
by equilibrium
Fri Mar 11, 2016 7:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: karmic conundrum
Replies: 34
Views: 4016

Re: karmic conundrum

.....but what is your vibe on the repercussions of this act???. The Buddha describes the unpleasant consequences of not sticking to the precepts: (AN 8.40: Results): "Monks, the taking of life — when indulged in, developed, & pursued — is something that leads to hell, leads to rebirth as a common a...
by equilibrium
Fri Mar 11, 2016 1:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thai forest tradition - Refuge in Awareness
Replies: 42
Views: 6022

Re: Thai forest tradition - Refuge in Awareness

Is there any mention of this mystery in the Suttas? "mystery".....(noun).....something that is difficult or impossible to understand or explain. The most obvious one is probably the suttas themselves.....some are easier and some are very difficult to see its true meaning.....so suttas can be a myst...
by equilibrium
Thu Mar 10, 2016 11:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thai forest tradition - Refuge in Awareness
Replies: 42
Views: 6022

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: 6022

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: 6022

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: 6022

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: 6022

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: 657

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: 6308

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: 6308

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: 6308

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: 2184

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: 1393

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...