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by Sarva
Sun Apr 29, 2012 1:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Once-returner?
Replies: 2
Views: 1226

Re: Once-returner?

Hi Suriya
I hope this link helps with an answer:

http://www.thisismyanmar.com/nibbana/ariyas4.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

metta
by Sarva
Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Thoughts on Form and Consciousness in Dependent Origination
Replies: 19
Views: 3454

Re: Thoughts on Form and Consciousness in Dependent Origination

I had to continually keep in mind that I was not looking for an experience which renders us inoperable or comatose, we are all seeking the insight to end suffering and the cause of suffering only. Whilst I have a body I still must feed it and interact with a complicated world. Or to phrase it diffe...
by Sarva
Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:59 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Falling apart
Replies: 14
Views: 3636

Re: Falling apart

Good advice above! A problem with hellish states is at the time it feels that there is little energy to overcome them and it would be impossible for others to believe how one feels. You are doing the right thing speaking to professional for help. I suggest trying to replace negative or draining thou...
by Sarva
Sat Apr 28, 2012 7:47 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: ...analytical thinking reduces religious belief?
Replies: 3
Views: 765

Re: ...analytical thinking reduces religious belief?

"God or no God" is irrelevant really as the questionnaire is basically testing how beliefs can change. It may simply show what Buddhist have been teaching for years, that beliefs are empty of self and hence subject to change. :)
by Sarva
Sat Apr 28, 2012 6:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: my goals and ways of practice
Replies: 70
Views: 9131

Re: my goals and ways of practice

I would agree that it is a tool. I see it in the list of "62 Wrong Views": The 62 kinds of wrong view (regarding eternity, self, and causality): 58. The view that indulgence in the senses can still lead to nibbana. 59. The view that the first jhana is an enlightenment experience. 60. The view that ...
by Sarva
Sat Apr 28, 2012 5:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: my goals and ways of practice
Replies: 70
Views: 9131

Re: my goals and ways of practice

But the problem is, it's unclear how to withdraw from sensuality technically. Hi Ignobleone I take "sensuality" to mean the arousal of "pleasurable" versus "dis-pleasurable" or "attractive" versus "ugly" etc. Correct me if different? The withdraw of sensuality would imply the end of the perspective...
by Sarva
Sat Apr 28, 2012 1:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism, rebirth and suicide
Replies: 61
Views: 12337

Re: Buddhism, rebirth and suicide

I guess with the same logic, if Parinibbana is nibbana with no effluents, the ultimate nibbana, which is the great goal, the Buddha should've killed himself the moment he attained liberation. Seeing that he did not, shows, in my view , that there was a value in living for him , that it was not simp...
by Sarva
Sat Apr 28, 2012 1:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism, rebirth and suicide
Replies: 61
Views: 12337

Re: Buddhism, rebirth and suicide

Hi Reflection That is a fresh perspective, if I understood correctly you are saying that the aggregates property changes depending on rebirth being true or not. Feel free to correct me if I misunderstood . :) It lead me to the thought which is that in both cases it is both A and B aggregates themsel...
by Sarva
Sat Apr 28, 2012 12:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Five aggregates of appropriation (upādānakkhandha)
Replies: 131
Views: 13600

Re: Five aggregates of appropriation (upādānakkhandha)

Hi Sarva, -cut for space- Recently published Margaret Cone's dictionary gives such meanings of the word in question: upādānīya, [from upādāna] likely to be taken as one's own, tending to produce grasping; serving as a support or fuel;... In this sutta, this word has the first meaning, 'likely to be...
by Sarva
Sat Apr 28, 2012 9:34 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Thoughts on Form and Consciousness in Dependent Origination
Replies: 19
Views: 3454

Re: Thoughts on Form and Consciousness in Dependent Origination

Thanks Aloka and Mike,
I will look forward to reading these files you share (or others might suggest), I plan to cling :quote: to as much DO reading as I can as I am currently finding it very useful. :smile:
by Sarva
Sat Apr 28, 2012 9:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Five aggregates of appropriation (upādānakkhandha)
Replies: 131
Views: 13600

Re: Five aggregates of appropriation (upādānakkhandha)

Hi everyone, Here is another passage from SN 22.79 that may help us to understand the aggregates: (cut for space) So an ordinary person has piled up "form", "feeling", "perception" and so forth.The word "form" here, does not mean actual form, but form appropriated as belonging to self, form which i...
by Sarva
Sat Apr 28, 2012 9:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: my goals and ways of practice
Replies: 70
Views: 9131

Re: my goals and ways of practice

The Buddha attained the nibbana from mastering jhanas. No, he did not. The jhanas are tools that helped him master the insight necessary for awakening. I would agree that it is a tool. I see it in the list of "62 Wrong Views": The 62 kinds of wrong view (regarding eternity, self, and causality): 58...
by Sarva
Sat Apr 28, 2012 9:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: my goals and ways of practice
Replies: 70
Views: 9131

Re: my goals and ways of practice

1. From the Law of Dependent Origination, craving(taṇhā) comes after feeling(vedanā), and feeling comes after the other three which constitute perception(sañña). The way to cut off craving is by cutting of the roots. Nibbana is also known as cessation of perception and feeling. Notice that percepti...
by Sarva
Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Five aggregates of appropriation (upādānakkhandha)
Replies: 131
Views: 13600

Re: Five aggregates of appropriation (upādānakkhandha)

Hi Sarva, (cut for space) Do the things we cling to sustain our sense of self? Regards, Vincent. Hi Vincent Yes, I believe it does. I believe through the act of clinging we propel ourselves forward towards more ignorance (and suffering) because we objectify the thing to which we cling. By objectify...
by Sarva
Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Five aggregates of appropriation (upādānakkhandha)
Replies: 131
Views: 13600

Re: Five aggregates of appropriation (upādānakkhandha)

Hi Sarva, "And what are the five clinging-aggregates? "Whatever form — past, future, or present; internal or external; blatant or subtle; common or sublime; far or near — is clingable, offers sustenance , and is accompanied with mental fermentation: That is called the form clinging-aggregate." (And...