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by equilibrium
Thu Nov 19, 2015 11:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Death or annihilation as the end point
Replies: 72
Views: 7721

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 ...
by equilibrium
Mon Aug 03, 2015 11:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is seeing Dependent Origination a must for Nibanna?
Replies: 48
Views: 5024

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 …...
by equilibrium
Sat Jun 20, 2015 12:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Possible misconception of cessation of suffering?
Replies: 114
Views: 9920

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...
by equilibrium
Fri May 29, 2015 10:04 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Buddhist Diagnosis On Climate Change
Replies: 9
Views: 1315

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...
by equilibrium
Tue May 19, 2015 10:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Walking out of a burning house
Replies: 5
Views: 1683

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...
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: 1350

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: 17620

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: 2371

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: 7718

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: 7718

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: 7718

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: 25945

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: 25945

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: 25945

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: 25945

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...