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by equilibrium
Sun May 17, 2015 3:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: AN 4.171 - Cetanāsuttaṃ (an excellent sutta I had never read before)
Replies: 16
Views: 1225

Re: AN 4.171 - Cetanāsuttaṃ (an excellent sutta I had never read before)

The piece of text is about Kamma.....how kamma is experienced via body, speech and mind.....conditioned by ignorance.....how kamma is created via body, speech and mind.....and how kamma is not created via body, speech and mind. What does this mean?:"others make one generate that bodily volitional ac...
by equilibrium
Tue May 12, 2015 9:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent Origination as Process (or not).
Replies: 191
Views: 15659

Re: Dependent Origination as Process (or not).

Here's SN 3.3 per BB's translation - At Sāvatthī. Sitting to one side, King Pasenadi of Kosala said to the Blessed One: “Venerable sir, for one who has taken birth, is there anything other [to expect] than aging and death?”205 “For one who has taken birth, great king, there is nothing other [to exp...
by equilibrium
Tue May 12, 2015 7:12 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What is our identity and nature of existence when we reach nibbana?
Replies: 15
Views: 2170

Re: What is our identity and nature of existence when we reach nibbana?

If consciousness is not self, what is left when the highest goal is attained? It is said if we experience Nibbana, you will know what you need to know. Self cannot be said to either exist or not exist.....for reasons. An impersonal emptiness that has no consciousness and is not a being or self of a...
by equilibrium
Mon May 11, 2015 8:12 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Let's consider how we experience this image
Replies: 87
Views: 6930

Re: Let's consider how we experience this image

pulga wrote:
equilibrium wrote: Only way out is removal of the I-am.
Out of what?
Samsara.....to "uncling" (the limitation of this thread) via release.....Nibbana (as per the teachings)
by equilibrium
Sun May 10, 2015 9:39 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Let's consider how we experience this image
Replies: 87
Views: 6930

Re: Let's consider how we experience this image

There's no way out of the box. There is no box!.....why do you "cling" to words? You will not get out via that piece of text. That text only tells you what makes one IN it! That text should be understood in this way: The first line is a question because there is a question mark at the end. And what...
by equilibrium
Sun May 10, 2015 3:11 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Let's consider how we experience this image
Replies: 87
Views: 6930

Re: Let's consider how we experience this image

Ok, this is an interesting thread but it is nothing but a MIRROR! Am going to try something different, say, trying to SEE it from another PERSPECTIVE: The teaching is about NO "I-am".....if this is the case, then the very question of "how we experience" would be a contradiction to the teachings. The...
by equilibrium
Sun Apr 12, 2015 12:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: New work on Paticcasamuppada by Ven. Ñāṇananda
Replies: 219
Views: 22928

Re: New work on Paticcasamuppada by Ven. Ñāṇananda

So why is it that there is Conventional truth and Ultimate truth exist between Trainee and Arahart? According to SN 22.87: Seeing the Dhamma: "For a long time, Lord, I have wanted to come and set eyes on the Blessed One, but I had not the strength in this body to come and see the Blessed One." "Enou...
by equilibrium
Sat Apr 11, 2015 9:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: New work on Paticcasamuppada by Ven. Ñāṇananda
Replies: 219
Views: 22928

Re: New work on Paticcasamuppada by Ven. Ñāṇananda

Directly knows/knowing can only be seen under the trainee and arahart....why not under run-of-the-mill person? This is because run-of-the-mill person is not on the N8P, therefore he is not learning the teaching hence will not have directly knows/knowing. It would be useful to clarify this expressio...
by equilibrium
Sat Apr 11, 2015 4:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: New work on Paticcasamuppada by Ven. Ñāṇananda
Replies: 219
Views: 22928

Re: New work on Paticcasamuppada by Ven. Ñāṇananda

Ok, back to MN 1: Run-of-the-mill person: "There is the case, monks, where an uninstructed run-of-the-mill person — who has no regard for noble ones, is not well-versed or disciplined in their Dhamma; who has no regard for men of integrity, is not well-versed or disciplined in their Dhamma — perceiv...
by equilibrium
Sat Apr 11, 2015 11:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: New work on Paticcasamuppada by Ven. Ñāṇananda
Replies: 219
Views: 22928

Re: New work on Paticcasamuppada by Ven. Ñāṇananda

Ok, back to MN 1: Run-of-the-mill person: "There is the case, monks, where an uninstructed run-of-the-mill person — who has no regard for noble ones, is not well-versed or disciplined in their Dhamma; who has no regard for men of integrity, is not well-versed or disciplined in their Dhamma — perceiv...
by equilibrium
Sat Apr 11, 2015 10:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: New work on Paticcasamuppada by Ven. Ñāṇananda
Replies: 219
Views: 22928

Re: New work on Paticcasamuppada by Ven. Ñāṇananda

I believe we already know impermanence is truth , so when we cultivate the perception of impermanence it is not for the purposes of repeatedly relearning what we already know Speaking as a puthajjana, I don't think we do. That's why this perception is something to be cultivated. Looks like rohana h...
by equilibrium
Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: New work on Paticcasamuppada by Ven. Ñāṇananda
Replies: 219
Views: 22928

Re: New work on Paticcasamuppada by Ven. Ñāṇananda

You want a moderator to delete Ven. Ñāṇananda's words from his new work on paticcasamuppada in a topic about his new work, because you insist they are incorrect, despite MN1 clearly saying otherwise? If you look at Page 8 where I posted, with MN 1. It is different in the use of words..... That is w...
by equilibrium
Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: New work on Paticcasamuppada by Ven. Ñāṇananda
Replies: 219
Views: 22928

Re: New work on Paticcasamuppada by Ven. Ñāṇananda

I am a little unclear about which particular concept the commentator has confounded. I think it is the highlight in the following: Then about the learner (sekha) who has not attained arahanthood this is what comes in the discourse: ‘paṭhaviṁ paṭhavito abhijānāti’. In this case it is not sañjānāti (...
by equilibrium
Fri Apr 10, 2015 8:53 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dhamma and the evolution of mind
Replies: 24
Views: 3511

Re: Dhamma and the evolution of mind

Also, Buddha nature here is defined as 1) the eventual capacity to understand reality and thus be free from suffering, and 2) a universal "energy" found in all living beings regardless of evolutionary progress. This connects all life together because all life shares a common piece of existence. Wou...
by equilibrium
Fri Apr 10, 2015 4:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: New work on Paticcasamuppada by Ven. Ñāṇananda
Replies: 219
Views: 22928

Re: New work on Paticcasamuppada by Ven. Ñāṇananda

I am a little unclear about which particular concept the commentator has confounded. I think it is the highlight in the following: Then about the learner (sekha) who has not attained arahanthood this is what comes in the discourse: ‘paṭhaviṁ paṭhavito abhijānāti’. In this case it is not sañjānāti (...