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by retrofuturist
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1618

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

Greetings Mike,

Next time I am at a PC, I will... because I want to source some quotes - definitely from Nanavira, but possibly others too.

If I happen to forget, don't hesitate to remind me.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1618

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

Greetings,
cappuccino wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:43 am
Cultivating impermanence is the practice.
How do you "cultivate impermanence" when all fabricated dhammas are impermanent anyway, with or without your practice?

:shrug:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1618

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

Greetings Sarath, How is it possible to explain dependent origination Why did Buddha teach Dependent Origination? What is the purpose? ( Same answer as above... ) Dependent origination explains an ignorant mis-understanding of emptiness, and its consequences. In cessation mode, it explains that when...
by retrofuturist
Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: New Facebook page for ReadingFaithfully.org
Replies: 2
Views: 133

Re: New Facebook page for ReadingFaithfully.org

Greetings bhante,

Followed!

All the best.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1618

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

Greetings, I wish it were so, Paul, but this is not what the Buddha really meant by 'seeing things the way they are'. Intellectually, I can speak about certain things and use logic up to a certain point so we can have a conversation. But the change that takes place in one's body with the realization...
by retrofuturist
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1618

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

Greetings Saengnapha, The whole process of name and form is tied to conditioned perception. Any analysis must be conditioned, too, as it uses the same tools, perception, memory, cognition, and all are interpretive. I truly doubt that any intellectual sharpening can result in 'seeing things the way t...
by retrofuturist
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1618

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

Greetings, Dependent Origination and the emptiness is the same as far as I am concern. Reverse Dependent Origination is necessary for the understanding of cessation. Dependent origination explains an ignorant mis-understanding of emptiness, and its consequences. In cessation mode, it explains that w...
by retrofuturist
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1618

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

Greetings Saengnapha, Perhaps you could explain to me that if emptiness is really understood, and all dhammas are devoid of essence and necessarily devoid of self, why would one turn to an analysis of paticcasamupadda as a practice? In terms of understanding what's going on in paticcasamuppada, you ...
by retrofuturist
Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1618

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

Greetings Sarath,
SarathW wrote:
Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:19 am
It appears to me emptiness is something more than not self.
In a sense you are correct.

All dhammas are devoid, or empty, of essence. (See here for what I mean by essence.)

Being devoid of essence, they are necessarily devoid of any self.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1618

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

Greetings Sarath, Could someone tell me whether Dependent Origination also means interdependent? HHD says that DO has to be understood in above two levels. Is this the Theravada teaching as well? Without watching the video, no. Only the nama-rupa and vinnana could reasonably be said to be "interdepe...
by retrofuturist
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Without Mahayana and Tantric teaching it is difficult have a deep understanding of four noble truths-HHDL
Replies: 33
Views: 651

Re: Without Mahayana and Tantric teaching you can't have a deep understanding of four noble truths-HHDL.

Greetings Sarath, Ok, Shall we change the title to and discuss it. And it is done... And with that said, I'll echo what Mike said above... In my opinion, if teachers are not in one's "inner circle", then there are two options that may be useful: 1. Ignore them - you can't learn about everything! 2. ...
by retrofuturist
Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Khmer Temple Song/Chanting for Nirvana Day
Replies: 6
Views: 122

Re: Khmer Temple Song/Chanting for Nirvana Day

Greetings DS, Well, I have been looking off and on for some time, and now that I post a request here, I suddenly find the answer. Quite auspicious! Glad you found what you were looking for... for all its downsides, the Information Age is pretty cool! :geek: Thanks for sharing. Metta, Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Without Mahayana and Tantric teaching it is difficult have a deep understanding of four noble truths-HHDL
Replies: 33
Views: 651

Re: Without Mahayana and Tantric teaching you can't have a deep understanding of four noble truths-HHDL.

Greetings,
rightviewftw wrote:
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:21 pm
if was true there would be no people understanding the teachings before mahayana was developed xD
Indeed. I love when people use simple logic to refute the ludicrous.

:thumbsup:

But as Mike said, HHDL may have been inadvertently misrepresented by Sarath.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordination in the Mahamevnawa in Sri Lanka
Replies: 21
Views: 2124

Re: Ordination in the Mahamevnawa in Sri Lanka

Greetings, Happy to tell that my ordination as a Buddhist monk took place April 8 at the Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery in Polgahawela in Sri Lanka. My new name is now Bhante Sudewa Thero. For more information on Mahamevnawa in Sri Lanka and other places in the world, please visit http://mahamevnawa...
by retrofuturist
Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is there an equivalent to Tantra in Theravada Buddhism?
Replies: 87
Views: 1761

Re: Is there an equivalent to Tantra in Theravada Buddhism?

Greetings Grigoris, I am not interested in Tantra vs Theravada arguments, as I am not a sectarian. That's nice. Good also of you to admit that Tantra is not Theravada. Nobody here is compelled to agree with, or follow, Tantra but there is no reason to act like asses either. Once more, I agree with y...