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by chownah
Sun Feb 23, 2020 5:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the world just a projection of the mind?
Replies: 210
Views: 1689

Re: Is the world just a projection of the mind?

That should all be seen as being "unreal" as compared to what should be seen as being "real"? chownah Maybe my question is uninteresting or maybe I didn't state it clearly enough: If the world should be seen as being unreal then what should be considered real?.....I guess I'm asking for examples of...
by chownah
Sun Feb 23, 2020 5:23 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: An account of Christian meditation
Replies: 5
Views: 77

Re: An account of Christian meditation

I think this should be called "a kind of meditation that some christians do" as opposed to it being called "christian meditation". :thumbsup: Indeed. There are many other kinds of Christian meditation, and most Christians don't do anything resembling meditation anyway. ... I think that if one wants...
by chownah
Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the world just a projection of the mind?
Replies: 210
Views: 1689

Re: Is the world just a projection of the mind?

The world (or "a world") and the description of the world (or: "concept of the ((a)) world") are lumped together. "Unreal" is a description. When you go too far, you get pulled back in. The Buddha would like us to know when and how to bring things to a stop. What we call the world is nothing but ou...
by chownah
Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:24 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: An account of Christian meditation
Replies: 5
Views: 77

Re: An account of Christian meditation

I think this should be called "a kind of meditation that some christians do" as opposed to it being called "christian meditation". I think that if one wants to find out what "christian meditation" might be one should read the new testament of the bible and learn what jesus taught since what jesus ta...
by chownah
Sat Feb 22, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the world just a projection of the mind?
Replies: 210
Views: 1689

Re: Is the world just a projection of the mind?

The world (or "a world") and the description of the world (or: "concept of the ((a)) world") are lumped together. "Unreal" is a description. When you go too far, you get pulled back in. The Buddha would like us to know when and how to bring things to a stop. What we call the world is nothing but ou...
by chownah
Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Perceptions and Views
Replies: 25
Views: 448

Re: Perceptions and Views

I don't know if you would HAVE (have here indicating a requirement) to see how something is dependently arisen, impermanent, suffering and not self to not grasp but I think that the buddha teaches that seeing how something is dependently arisen, impermanent, suffering and not self is one way that n...
by chownah
Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Perceptions and Views
Replies: 25
Views: 448

Re: Perceptions and Views

How does one not grasp views? By recognising that they are just views or opinions, and not taking them so seriously, or personally. Clearly this is not always easy to do, particularly if one has invested heavily in "proving" the correctness of a view, or set of views. To not grasp would you not hav...
by chownah
Tue Feb 18, 2020 6:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Stream enterers and sexual desire
Replies: 34
Views: 2343

Re: Stream enterers and sexual desire

Having attained Sotapanna when I was 17 I can only say desire became more aggressive and intense for many years. Sexual desire was one of the main senses that was significantly heightened along with anger and other obsessions. I felt a little cheated by the whole experience expecting to have been r...
by chownah
Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Stream enterers and sexual desire
Replies: 34
Views: 2343

Re: Stream enterers and sexual desire

No. Attenuation occurs with Once-Returner, not before. However the sotapanna does not conceptually self-identify with sexual desire anymore, his self does not conceptually depend on the satisfaction of sexual desire anymore. Thus a sotapanna will neither seek sexual pleasure nor sexual relief anymo...
by chownah
Mon Feb 17, 2020 2:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Stream enterers and sexual desire
Replies: 34
Views: 2343

Re: Stream enterers and sexual desire

Having attained Sotapanna when I was 17 I can only say desire became more aggressive and intense for many years. Sexual desire was one of the main senses that was significantly heightened along with anger and other obsessions. I felt a little cheated by the whole experience expecting to have been r...
by chownah
Mon Feb 17, 2020 2:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sotapanna
Replies: 127
Views: 5834

Re: Sotapanna

I still have desires and passions of course but where to now, or even if there is a next step and just basically sit and wait? Maybe you could blow up your t.v. throw away your paper go to the country, build you a home plant a little garden, eat a lot of peaches try an find jesus on your own as joh...
by chownah
Sat Feb 15, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha die?
Replies: 52
Views: 1010

Re: Did the Buddha die?

SteRo wrote:
Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:33 pm
Eventually all views have to vanish, be it in this life or any of the lives to come.
A view is a mental event. It vanishes as soon as the mind turns to other matters. Views are arising and vanishing almost constantly.
chownah
by chownah
Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In Praise of Virtue
Replies: 13
Views: 346

Re: In Praise of Virtue

God helps those who help themselves......Anon
Virtue comes in many flavors.
chownah
by chownah
Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Emptiness
Replies: 31
Views: 889

Re: Emptiness

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.122.than.html Here is thanissaro's introduction to his translation of this sutta: Translator's Introduction This sutta gives many valuable lessons on practical issues surrounding the attempt to develop an internal meditative dwelling of emptiness, to ma...
by chownah
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha die?
Replies: 52
Views: 1010

Re: Did the Buddha die?

From accesstoinsite: 44. Avyakata-samyutta — Undeclared See Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Introduction to this samyutta. SN 44.1: Khema Sutta — With Khema {S iv 374; CDB ii 1380} [Thanissaro]. Ven. Sister Khema explains to King Pasenadi why questions about the fate of the Tathagata after death are unanswerab...